Title

The Effects of Words Their Way on Low-Performing Kindergartners

Date

5-28-2015 4:30 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 6:00 PM

Location

Education (ED) 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Chair

Carmen Cáceda

Session Chair

Holly Eckles

Session Title

MAT / MSEd Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Tracy Smiles

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The kindergarten classroom of 2015 is dramatically different than those seen in the past. Even within the last 5 years, changes in standards have resulted in kindergarten programs that eschew developmentally appropriate practices such as dramatic play, art lessons and recess. Today, kindergarten students are expected to be reading and writing by the end of the kindergarten year. Teachers of kindergarten have voiced concerns about the change, and the effects of this change are difficult to predict, but teachers are working to meet the expectations. Words Their Way is professed to be "...a developmental approach to word study, phonics, spelling and vocabulary instruction" This action research study seeks to determine if Words Their Way will have a beneficial effect on lower performing kindergarten students. When used consistently, what is the impact of the Words Their Way program on the reading and writing scores of low performing kindergarten students?

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May 28th, 4:30 PM May 28th, 6:00 PM

The Effects of Words Their Way on Low-Performing Kindergartners

Education (ED) 217

The kindergarten classroom of 2015 is dramatically different than those seen in the past. Even within the last 5 years, changes in standards have resulted in kindergarten programs that eschew developmentally appropriate practices such as dramatic play, art lessons and recess. Today, kindergarten students are expected to be reading and writing by the end of the kindergarten year. Teachers of kindergarten have voiced concerns about the change, and the effects of this change are difficult to predict, but teachers are working to meet the expectations. Words Their Way is professed to be "...a developmental approach to word study, phonics, spelling and vocabulary instruction" This action research study seeks to determine if Words Their Way will have a beneficial effect on lower performing kindergarten students. When used consistently, what is the impact of the Words Their Way program on the reading and writing scores of low performing kindergarten students?