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  • Center for Teaching Quality

    Hard to hit "it's good" for content with this title! The NPR report, however, was thought-provoking and insightful. A tension exists between attracting reluctant readers and challenging students with complex texts. Does anyone else have thoughts about how the Common Core will/will not influence this trend?

    • Kris Giere

      I have no thoughts on the Common Core question. Instead, I have more questions. As a Reading and Writing instructor myself, I don't see any issue with this. Through critical thinking activities and discussions, I can make a below-level piece more rigorous, and through scaffolding, modeling, and discussions, I can make a challenging piece more accessible. Interest drives student motivation though. And if the student is interested and the activities associate with the piece are rigorous, is the reading-level label a higher priority?