Need a Job? Get a Reading Mentor

Need a Job? Get a Reading Mentor

Need a Job? Get a Reading Mentor

Most students in ninth grade are working on their grade point average, college admissions, and jobs. And they have enough things on their minds to make an adult appear exhausted. But what about kids who want to be police officers, fire fighters, engineers, etc.? Having strong reading skills can open many doors for them.

Going forward, a Reading Mentor Program Coordinator can help student’s learn all the ways in which reading skills contribute to their overall learning. After all, most students want to learn to read so they can find as many jobs as possible.

To find out what skills are critical in ninth grade, the American Library Association collaborated with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to publish the State of Reading in 2014 report. The organizations examined 11- and 12-year-olds from 50 states in 43 different subjects.

1. Vocabulary

Vocabulary sounds more like research than reading, but the consequences of reading less are staggering. According to the CDC, 38 percent of second-graders can’t read and 78 percent can’t read at grade level by the third grade. This is when “multiple intelligences” of intelligence are critical for success.

“Comprehension is born out of vocabulary, vocabulary is born out of reading, and reading is born out of it,” Dr. Veronica Groetman, a third-grade science teacher at a public charter school in Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press.

2. Reading comprehension

The State of Reading report also showed that 50 percent of students can’t read and 62 percent can’t understand the words they are reading. This means students will be shortchanged in the workforce and getting ready for the citizenship test, for example.

Reading comprehension is not only important in the classroom, but should play a role in your job as a Reading Mentor Program Coordinator. Many positions require you to read, such as engineering, law, accounting, and public relations. You can develop skills in reading and reading comprehension that will be beneficial to job applicants.

3. Information and/or logical reasoning

Many nonfiction books and journals make far more sense if students understand their main purpose and the terminology. You can help students understand how information is used in the real world so they are able to sift through it and absorb it.

4. Intellectual curiosity

In this information age, students should ask questions and then explore the answer. If students understand the point of what you are teaching, they will approach the material with knowledge, curiosity, and a “what’s next” mindset.

At the end of the day, there is no substitute for knowledge and learning it to one’s heart’s content.

The National Center for Education Statistics offers one of the most comprehensive sources of reading information on the internet. This site provides all the different ways in which students can improve their reading skills. The most informative areas are their articles on Literacy Career Opportunities, Career Lifelong Learning, and Measuring Your Reading Skills.

Holly Korbey is a registered child literacy counselor and writer. She is a former public school teacher in South Carolina, author of the children’s book, Mrs. Skaggs, and is a regular contributor to Life Savers and In the Willows magazines.

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