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March 2019 by V. R. Duin

READING MENTORING PROGRAM

The charging bull of illuminated energy in structured reading mentoring programs, reading mentorship and reading tutoring helps reach the expected level or the next level.

Mentoring fills gaps. Structured mentoring teams offer continuity of effort and oversight to assist dual working and single parents. Their expertise bridges the broad ranges of student academic and socio-economic levels.


Going Places? Stages in learning advance by experience rather than by age. Learning to read takes practice. Mentorship may instill an enthusiasm for reading activities. Students learn by participating with others.


Pastel Play? A structured reading mentoring program can supplement the diminishing role of family in education. The Reading Mentors Program of the Governor's Office of Georgia is a working example.


Small Wonder? Religious organizations are getting involved. Churches and temples go beyond teaching scripture and elements of faith. They help guide families to appropriate educational materials and healthy interpretations.


Net Neutrality? Screens with unmemorable content, hyped-up junk and games captivate children. The playing field often consists of weaker or equal players. Little may be gained from those closely aligned with them.


Maximum Impact? Reading proficiency at the end of third grade is an indicator of future success. Skills are prescribed by academic standards. Book complexity is judged by technical applications, formulas and systems.

Methods to Improve Reading

Green Screen? Typing two paragraphs of extracted text in Microsoft Word under Spelling & Grammar scores readability. Reading online text helps determine complexity. An author's work rarely differs in this respect.


Popular? The Lexile Framework used in schools is a registered trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc. It offers a framework for determining text difficulty and for measuring students' different reading abilities.


One Scale? State Departments of Education use MetaMetrics' publishing technologies and research branches. These connect designated books to tens of million students across the U.S. and the English-speaking world.


Flaws? MetaMetrics Research initially was funded by: NICHD under NIH, part of HHS. Their tests send money to specific titles, despite inaccurate qualifying scales and accompanying restrictions on students reading choices.


Omissive? MetaMetrics partners with EBSCO This extends the Lexile Scale to article databases made available in schools and libraries. Processing excludes rhyming texts, links, citations and other non-prose information.

Reading Mentorship

Compare and Contrast? Mentors are stronger players. They help others rise to challenges. It is helpful to have a child read a passage, then explain the content. A mentor may hasten integration and advancement of late bloomers.


Silver Lining? Mentors rarely expect or need reciprocation. They can be older or younger than the person mentored. They are defined by expertise and willingness to facilitate the metamorphosis of someone less experienced.


Perfect World? Mentorship need not be in the form of a structured system. An experienced, knowledgeable mentor can guide those with less experience or knowledge. A mentor helped V. R. Duin learn to write for children.


Not my Mirror? Mentors have their own brand of energy. V. R. Duin was fortunate to have Graeme Lofts as her mentor in the field of childhood reading, writing and education. He continues to influence her work.


Growth Plan? Schools are incorporating mentorship into student development. Guidance and direction aid in the development of skills and knowledge. Homelessness, suspension and early parenthood may be curbed.

Beyond Reading Tutoring

All Covered? Tutoring adds individualized structure and progress measurement to educational efforts. It may promote academic confidence in struggling readers and help advanced children push beyond grade level.


Seeing Red? Fast-moving screen time pulls kids from reading. Screen time is fast-paced, but rarely instructive. Children play online rather than read. A child who does not read, does not learn about career-building subjects.


Tutoring for Writers? Editing and ghostwriting companies have long served literature. An expert eye can massage work into polished form. It is helpful to have professional guidance into the audiences for distinct genres and ages.


Craft Work?. Tutors help beginners mature. Should individuals be lucky enough to find contributors with vast experience, the expectation is for them to work hard on any deficiencies. Self help with: Reading Helps Writing.


Technology? Constant change and inherent complexities make one-on-one assistance critical. Learning how to use state-of-the-art hardware and software applications can provide great advantage in the literary world.