The News from Frederick, Maryland on June 3, 1970 · Page 8
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The News from Frederick, Maryland · Page 8

Frederick, Maryland
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Wednesday, June 3, 1970
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THE NEWS, Frederick, Maryland Schoo/s Are Still Teaching 'Johnny How To Read SUSAN LYNCH is also shown recording a master track. Susan utilizes a small cassette type recorder, however, from which the recording will later be "dubbed" on to the type cassette used by the language laboratory. ; News-Post Feature Page Miss Alice Moser 'Quite Helpful' Program Detractors of present day education are fond of saying that children should spend more time with me "S-R's" and IMS time with the so-called "frills" of education. Inevitably also, the old spectre of Johnny's alleged inability to read looms up when talk gets around to educatton today, m spite of these attitudes, however, today'* children are being taught to read and the effort toward improving reading skills continues through their entire twelve years of public schooling. An example of the concernfeltforthe junior high and high school student with a reading problem is shown in a program currently underway at Walkersville High School. According to Arnold N. Fleagle, principal of the school, the idea for ibis particular approach originated with Miss Alice M. Moser, school guidance counselor. .Kiss Moser felt a growing concern for seventh graders who were reading below grade level. After consulting reading specialists, attending conferences on reading on her own time, and doing research on the subject, Miss Moser came up with a program which proved quite helpful to the children Involved. Basically the program consists of the same multi-sensory approach used for teaching primary children to read, but up-graded for use at the secondary level. For materials Miss Moser turned to those things which a high school age student might find interesting. Newspapers, automobile magazines, and other seemingly non-academic materials found then* way into the program and were seized up eagerly by the students. The program received a boost from students themselves when a group of tenth graders approached Mr. Fleagle about being included. It seems this group, neartng driving age, suddenly realized that being able to read well was a necessary prerequisite for drivers training and the acquisition of a license. Miss Moser's program currently involves twenty-one students at Walkersville High School. It also enlists the services of a number of volunteer workers or "patrons" without whose efforts it could not have succeeded. These volunteers include the following women from the community: Mrs. Ernest J. F. Dettbarn, Mrs. Henry Hearn, Mrs. John Hunt, Mrs. William Nicholson, Mrs. John Spicer, Mrs. Charles C. T. Stall, Jr., Mrs. Harvey L. Thomas. An important component of the program is the school's language laboratory. Here the students listen to tapes of appropriate reading material, following a copy of the text in their possession. They also record their own reading, and read both silently and aloud. The taped reading selections which the students follow in their text or re-record simultaneously on the second track of the language laboratory are recorded originally by llth grade academic students. These are students who have had sufficient experience with the language laboratory to have acquired proficiency in its use. Stories which the students make up and record of their experiences are transcribed in shorthand and typed by senior commercial students. These "experience stories" are then reread and used as materials by the students who originally dictated them. A formal evaluation of the Walkersville program has not yet been done, comparing measured reading levels before and alter. A subjective comparison of tapes of the students reading before and after, and a comparison of their attitudes toward reading as a skill, are ample evidence of the success of the program, however. The accompanying photos illustrate various phases of the Walkersville program. STEPHEN LOGSD0N, student .technician for the program, inserts a cassette in the tape deck of the language laboratory. ROGER SIGOUIN'S FACE lights up as he hears his recorded voice reading a selection. APRIL GREEN RECORDS the "master" track with a selection to be used later by students. VOLUNTEER, Mrs. Charles C. T. Stall Jr., checks the progress of student, Martin Huggins, as he follows a taped lesson on his typed text. MRS. STULL WORKS with Joe Fogle as he reads aloud from a texbook. SENIOR COMMERCIAL STUDENTS, Ann Harris, (L) and Mary Esworthy, (R) transcribe student's recorded experience stories for later typing. MRS. WILLIAM NICHOLSON, another community volunteer. NEWSPAPER! vWSPAFERf

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