I'm almost done with my master's and right now we are discussing the knowledge gap that happens in 4th grade with our lower-class students. They know or have the skills for how to read (for the most part) but seem not to be able to comprehend what they are reading due to the fact that they don't have background knowledge like their upper-class peers - which is due to life experiences. Have you noticed this in your classes? I have but didn't realize why it was so hard to catch them up.

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This has always been a big topic for discussion for my school too. We are wondering if it is a combination of experiences/support and a curriculum that is subpar

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If you're interested in some great reads that will help you back this up for when it's time to switch curriculum - Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel Willingham and The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler (just came out in 2020) Super insightful. There's a lot more out there but these two are really good.

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