When students log in daily, they are all reading the same text. Based on how they tested initially and how they are progressing individually, the text is different—it reflects exactly where they are at as readers. Students can choose from a wide variety of articles. Many of the texts are relevant to content they’re studying in history and science. Others are timely articles of high interest: sports, current topics in the news, entertainment. Students read with a focus on comprehension and answer eight questions. Then they have an option to do a stretch activity (more reading) or a math connection. Students know instantly how they’ve done. They can track their own growth, though most of them don’t really know what a lexile score means. “I guess what I like most about the program is the material that they are gathering and presenting to our students. These articles, which come from the most reputable of sources, present academic English language at its best to our students, at a level that they can understand” says Mr. Cisneros.
For more than fifteen years, English Teacher Sam Cisneros has been involved in education at many levels in San Diego. He earned his undergraduate degree, teaching credential, and Master’s degree all from local universities. Beyond teaching at Muirlands, Mr. Cisneros spends his summers teaching English as a Second Language courses at a variety of district high schools including San Diego, Mira Mesa and Crawford. Two evenings a week, he can also be found teaching Reading and Critical Thinking at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.