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March 2020 by Terry Verduin

READING MENTORING PROGRAM

Reach the next level with the charging bull of illuminated energy of a reading mentoring program with reading mentorship and reading tutoring methods that improve reading and writing of children and adults.

What is Mentoring?

Beyond Tutoring? Mentoring is multi dimensional and involves more than mere academics. A mentor helps a younger or less experienced individual develop life skills for success at work, in the community and in school.


Mentoring fills gaps. Structured mentoring teams offer continuity of effort and oversight. Their expertise allows dual working and single parents to bridge academic and socio-economic gaps for their children's success.


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.


Crowd Publishing? Colleagues can work together to craft content. Writers' groups and mentors often collaborate as friends and fans. A group mindset brings more books to market. The products may be better; sales still may lag.


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


Maximum Impact? Reading proficiency at the end of third grade is an indicator of future achievement. 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.


Hands of Time? The self-published book market may have stalled. Web anonymity and innumerability are attractive and distractive. Creators must apply strong tech skills or pay for access to mold an online presence.


Less is More? Companies abound for book self-publishing. They serve in the production of e-books, board books, audio books, paperback and hardcover print books. Independent upstarts outnumber traditional houses.


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. Testing sends money to specific titles, despite the inaccurate qualifying scales and accompanying restrictions on student 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.

Why 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.


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.


Manual Override? Unflagging persistence with unsuccessful approaches leads to downfall. Ideas must agree with the reader's nature and compel progress. Mentors provide awareness of these evolving trends.


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.

What is Tutoring?

Pure Academics? A tutor assists the learning of a new method or concept. Tutors are skilled individual teachers of specialized subjects. They can get to the root cause of a specific problem area.


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.


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


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. Get self-help: Reading Helps Writing.

Beyond Reading Tutoring

Mental Tricks? To compete with high-functioning students of mathematics, parents throughout the world should explore the Sokoban system. This Japanese game version of Abacus is used to perform quick calculations.


Start-ups? Arduino Uno is an easy-to-use programmable micro-controller board from Italy. With simple coding languages, beginners can make robots or other ingenious electronic devices for personal or business purposes.


Readers Need Writers? There can be no readers without writers. Those who aspire to success in life must be exposed to successful examples. Writers are no exception to this time-tested rule.


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.


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 this author learn to write for children.


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


Launch Pad? Change and the inherent complexities of outreach make technology critical. The search is on for an influential successor to take over and expand the potential for this multi-site platform of literary properties.


Stale Status Quo? Unknown writers find it virtually impossible to gain traction. Established early arrivers are entrenched in public awareness. Surprising content in influential hands may bring welcome disruption.