Academic journal article Ohio Reading Teacher

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Academic journal article Ohio Reading Teacher

From the Editors

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"Empowerment" is a buzzword we hear often in educational circles these days. We talk of empowering learners as inquirers and teachers as decision' makers. Most of the articles in this issue of ORT put the concept of empowerment into practice. The issue begins with results of a survey in which almost 200 teachers share their beliefs and habits around effective instructional practices. The next article continues with a discussion of how effective primary teachers use the strategy of word walls in their classrooms.

Writing as empowerment for students of all ages is a theme for the next three articles. A primary classroom teacher describes how one of her students, Molly, discovered the power of writing for an audience. High school and university students use writing to talk about reading through their email correspondence over a novel. A university instructor explores "compare-contrast planners," an effective writing strategy that can be adapted to many instructional settings.

Support for struggling readers is always empowering! A team of researchers explore whether students experiencing difficulty can benefit from intervention that combines Guided Reading with Project READ. …

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