A recent Best Practices Weekly website article “How to Best Help Struggling Readers” summarized another article by researcher Robert Slavin published in   Better:  Evidence-Based Education.  Companion teacher planning guides and a podcast are on the same page when you click the link above.

The research suggests the following:

  1. One-to-one tutoring with teacher to focus on teaching phonics (or tutoring with well-trained aide or parent volunteer)
  2. Very small group tutoring
  3. Whole-class strategies , especially cooperative learning
  4. Technology is the least effective, so it 44should be used in conjunction with other strategies shown above