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When you are teaching middle school reading you are usually teaching reading comprehension.
Teaching middle school reading is all
about reading comprehension.
Nearly all students who have been taught
to read using phonics can read very well. But the problem arises when
the students do not understand
what they are reading. They just do not understand the meaning of the
Now the best thing you can do is buy your child a dictionary or find an easy one to use on the internet.
This way your children can look up the words they donít understand without you getting involved. If your children ask you what a word means tell them to look it up in the dictionary. This way they get into the habit of using a dictionary and this simple act will save you a lot of frustration. There are a number of ways to teach reading comprehension but I think most students just seem to pick it up. If there is a problem they should just do more reading. Usually the problem with reading is the TV or computer games.
Now if you are teaching middle school reading and the students havenít mastered phonics you have to start from the basics.
And that is phonics. Most reading problems are phonics problems. If you can somehow set up a buddy system with good readers teaching problem readers you will be amazed at how fast the students will learn. That is one of the many advantages of Montessori schools and the Montessori teaching method.
For more information about phonics courses I recommend including a Montessori course see our Teach Reading page.