American Public Media

Margaret Goldberg, a teacher and literacy coach in the Oakland Unified School District, and a colleague recorded first-graders talking about what makes them good readers. In this video, Mia, on the left, was in the phonics program. Mia says she’s a good reader because she looks at the words and sounds them out. JaBrea, on the right, was taught the cueing system. JaBrea says, “I look at the pictures and I read it.”