Do teachers know?

Some do. In elementary school, Madeleine struggled to read. There was no explicit reading instruction. She was seemingly expected to learn just by being around books. Fortunately, her parents were able to move her to a clinical school where she was taught to read through a multi-sensory structured language program. Within a couple of years, she was on her way. She knew she wanted to be a teacher. She attended a university with one of the best education programs in the country. There, she discovered that students planning to teach elementary school did not learn how to teach reading. Only because she also studied special education was she exposed to MSSL teaching. So, she knows how to teach reading. She now does in Atlanta. Madeleine wishes, however, that she had been spared the years of doubting her own intelligence. She knows we don't have to do this to people.