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I was a student teacher last year, working with 2 groups of 4th and 5th graders in the resource setting. We read aloud in round robin fashion, and sometimes we would stop to talk about vocabulary that we didn't know or pause so I could ask the kids questions about the character's actions. The principal came into my classroom for 5 minutes one day as we were reading "The Bridge to Terabithia". She told me later that the book was too hard for my students, and that I should really pick something else. She observed my student that struggles the most reading aloud (with a principal lurking over her shoulder) for 5 minutes and felt that she could make that call. We continued to read and discuss the book, and I saw their understanding through our projects that we completed as we read. Yes, it can be rough while students are picking up the tricks and techniques, while they are working through their own struggles with reading - however, this doesn't mean that we shouldn't challenge them with complex material. I saw my students change from unexcited readers that asked why they had to read "baby books", to students who were inspired by what they read - and that, made all the difference.
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