Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In Ed Week, Mary Schleppegrell discusses teaching complex literacy to secondary students

Tags: common core, digital signage, literacy, schleppegrell, teaching and learning

An article in the March 16, 2011 Education Week examines teaching issues with regard to the Common Core Standards' call for students to "read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently." Mary Schleppegrell says that helping students work through complicated idea and technical language in a variety of disciplines has "the potential to make a huge difference," but she cautions that secondary teachers must be cautious about over simplifying complexity. 

“Too often, teachers simplify rather than dive deeply into it,” she says. “On the secondary level, you can’t really make it simpler and still maintain the level of content. You have to amplify instruction around it.”

Mary Schleppegrell is a professor in the School of Education.

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