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When a classroom teacher enters his or her fourth-grade classroom on any given day, he or she is greeted with the following:
Johnny, one of 30 students in the class, sits quietly at his desk and appears to be intently reading from his basal reader. Appearances can be deceiving, however; although Johnny “looks” as if he is reading, in reality, Johnny reads at a first-grade level and cannot decode or comprehend anything that is being presented in the fourth-grade text.
Sally, sitting right next to Johnny, has her nose in a library book. She finished the basal story within a few minutes of starting and can recall the fine details ...