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Teaching Adults to Read with Reading Apprenticeship

Renton Technical College is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, in no small measure because of the author’s enthusiasm in bringing Reading Apprenticeship first into her Adult Basic Education classes and then to other faculty members on campus. In this article, Michele Lesmeister describes the first stage of this journey—how Reading Apprenticeship has changed her own instructional practices, and the benefits for students. Student retention is higher, and students are reading more, tackling more challenging texts, and experiencing greater engagement and deeper comprehension. The author describes her class now as an active learning community in which students gain productive insights into their own and each other’s reading processes.

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AUTHORS
Michele Benjamin Lesmeister
Association of Career and Technical Education, Techniques, 2010


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