Reading at Frustration Levels
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
With the Common Core’s charge that by the end of a school year, students should be able to read grade-level, complex texts, many students will be asked to “read” at their frustration levels. For English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and those developing readers who are three or more years below grade level, this is an unreasonable expectation. In fact, asking students to read and reread many times material they can’t comprehend means they don’t learn from the material and their feelings of self-confidence and self-efficacy can diminish greatly. We teachers need to work with our school administrators to obtain permission to help readers who struggle by teaching them where they are and moving them forward. Please let me know your feelings about this teaching dilemma.