Can you imagine going to the doctor and the doctor not asking you a single question about why you are there?
Imagine walking in the office and the doctor immediately starts to talk about how to take the medications but not what the medications are, why they are being prescribed or how they will help?
Lately, it seems like I have heard the term ‘reluctant reader’ more than usual. Maybe I am just listening more carefully, but every time I hear it, I am struck by the carelessness of the speaker using the term. Unfortunately (or fortunately), people who use that term are revealing much more about themselves than they are about the student they are labeling.
Let me make my point by taking the time to understand the word, reluctant. So let’s start with a trip to the etymology dictionary (www.etymonline.com):
This article was originally published in Dystinct Magazine.
“I always viewed myself as the stupid slow kid who just couldn’t read or spell. I had minimal self-worth from an academic perspective, which quickly spilled over into the personal areas of my life, which in turn affected many of the choices I made, many resulting in negative behaviors” ~ Stacey
Today I asked an IEP team why they thought the student we were meeting about wasn’t making progress in spelling, despite her progress in reading.