Reading and Writing are being taught as school subjects They should be taught in the context of their use.
Yesterday in working through this issue with Yetta I finally realized why I reject RTI (Response to Instruction)
RTI assumes that literacy learning is the result of instruction. So research in reading is trying various instructional methods, materials or hypotheses to see how much learning is produced. And the best method is the direct teaching of most effective instruction. Then the curriculum is the sequential organisation of the elements of literacy as defined by the instruction. And the proof that the instruction is successful- is a test of how well the learners respond to the instruction.
But learning is no sense limited to instruction. Human beings have the universal ability to create, learn and use languag in the process of connecting with a community of language users and participating in the language use.
Effective in instruction is a response to learning. In Re:spnse to Learning (RTL)
Research in reading is studying the language learning children achieve and the conditions that most facilitate the learning which is occurring. The best method is creating the conditions in the classroom which most facilitate the learning
The curriculum starts where the learner is and responds to the learning in the context of its use in all the rest of the curriculoum,. And Inliteracy education the proof that the instructions is successful is the quality of the reading and writing the students achieve.
So Yetta and I drafted a challenge to promote
Rsponse to Learning
One of the coauthored books, we’ve just completed is a book of selected readings as part of Routledge International Educationalist Series which has provided focus to look at our work with greater depth than before. As graduate students and colleagues have been responding to these works and given the present political realities in terms of learning, teaching and instruction in reading, we have been thinking of framing the teaching of reading and writing in a somewhat new way but in keeping with our established theoretical frames.
This is particularly important at this point because of the increasing emphasis in so many schools in stopping everything else and teaching reading and writing as autonomous skills.so that the serious and important work being done by colleagues in inquiry, reflection, reclaiming literacies, conditions of learning, critical thinking etc. is being marginalized and not considered important aspects of school learning.