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Outcomes of Journal Writing

During the past several months Bob ran into three people he knows who do not read or write. He encouraged them to sign up for the literacy program, though he says they have not yet done so. On one occasion he mentioned that he learned more during the past year than in all his school years. He says he is using his reading skills on the job more than ever before. Recently he took the Slosson Oral Reading Test (SORT). He has jumped a grade level from last year and is now reading at fourth grade level. He was very encouraged by the results. He is proud of the fact that he did not drop out of the program. Assessing the impact of just the journals is not possible, but I am positive that they contributed to his improved skills. He reads more now and appears to be more confident. He is enthusiastic about the fact that he can write grocery lists by himself.

As a tutor I have gained immensely as well. Initially I was sometimes disappointed at our slow progress. I found it hard to fathom why Bob did not want to write much. Now I understand the anxieties underprepared learners grapple with. The recent interview with him helped put things in perspective. The journal has been a good learning experience. As a teacher I am thankful to celebrate small victories.


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