October 16 , 2018

In today’s technology obsessed society, it seems as if the idea of reading and the progression thereof has increasingly declined. Not just with adults but, unfortunately, with school aged children who are still learning the foundation of reading and writing skills. However, many early readers who struggle with reading run into many other problems relating to assignments which involve critical thinking questions or other questions regarding what was read.

            Although reading and learning to read proficiently is awesome, reading comprehension is much more important! Statistics show that “Without comprehension, reading is a frustrating, pointless exercise in word calling. It is no exaggeration to say that how well students develop the ability to comprehend what they read has a profound effect on their entire lives (Texas Educational Agency. (2002)”. I mean let’s be frankly honest, how can one understand a story if he or she has no comprehension of what they’re reading? Doesn’t make sense, right? Right! In addition, reading comprehension transfers from one subject to the next, not just in reading and ELA classes.

           So, as the child advances from one grade to the next, reading comprehension levels become more challenging and more advanced. That’s why when I tutor my students with reading, my goal is to teach them the techniques to understand the context of the text which will aid them in becoming strong readers.

Mori Kemp
Monroe Langston Tutoring Program