Your Quick Guide to Breakthrough to Dynamic Reading Self-Improvement
Breakthrough to Dynamic Reading Self-Improvement is a schedule for systematically testing and then improving basic reading skills.
The schedule assumes no specialized knowledge and can therefore be applied by lay persons as well as those actively occupied in Education.
Rabbi Zobin, recognized by many professionals as a pioneer in Jewish education, is one of the first Yeshiva-based educators to conduct extensive research and develop a comprehensive system for the rapid enhancement of Hebrew language reading-skills.
His program is aimed to help readers of practically any age-group having a wide range of reading and learning problems, from underachievers to those who are recognized as being dyslexic. Rabbi Zobin's system has been enthusiastically endorsed by a number of leading Jewish educators, psychologists and institutions around the world. "I know of no other method which is simple enough to be used by a lay-person yet which is so effective over such a wide range of ages and such a wide range of reading-deficiencies!" attests Dr. M. Teller, a Jerusalem-based educational and psychological consultant. The international application of Dynamic Reading Self-improvement has resulted in hundreds of students experiencing dramatic improvements in academic performance, as well as in related issues such as self-esteem, behavior, and general development. As Rabbi Elkins, MS of the Kriah Clinic, Boro Park, New York, writes, "I have found his techniques to be extraordinarily useful, and in some cases, a life-saver."
The new system will be of great interest to both instructors of regular classes as well as special ed personnel. Adaptable to many settings, the program's flexibility was a major factor in its enthusiastic acceptance by, for example, the Gateshead community in England in all educational levels from primary to through high-school. "He has successfully developed a systematic and simple method for pinpointing the 'weak spots', analyzing the cause of the weakness and rectifying it in a short time." comments Rabbi S. Wagshal, Principal of Gateshead Jewish Primary School.
Requiring no special background in special education, the program has been readily mastered and applied by both educators and laymen. The ease of training personnel will be of special note to school administrators who are interested in upgrading their reading programs but have been hampered until now by increasing budget restrains.
The schedule comprises three Manuals.
The first Manual - The First Level - (this manual) describes the basic system for testing and improving reading skills. It also includes discussion of common reading problems, how they relate to learning problems, and their corrections.
The second Manual - The Second Level - comprises rigorous surveys of nearly-all commonly encountered reading problems, an intensive schedule for testing basic reading skills and an extensive range of reading-improvement exercises.
The third Manual - Behind the Scenes - is a comprehensive treatise on the relationship between basic reading skills, learning problems and the reading-improvement exercises.
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU . . . IF YOU WANT TO HELP . . .
Modern educational material contains less text and more pictures and diagrams than was the case in the past. Communications media are also becoming progressively more graphics-oriented. People read less intensively than they used to do, and texts tend to be of larger and clearer typography than texts printed thirty or forty years ago.
Basic reading skills are not, therefore, always as well developed as they used to be. As a result, many people need to boost their reading-proficiency and they would like to do so as quickly and enjoyably as possible.
The techniques in this book are designed to be used effectively even by people who have no special training. They will entertain and challenge adults as well as children and can help both educators and layman detect potential reading problems before they develop into real PROBLEMS.
This book is for you if you want to help someone help himself or herself.
Rabbi Zobin's "Breakthrough to Dynamic Reading Self-Correction" has truly made a "breakthrough" in the techniques available to special educators, rebbes, morahs and parents in their efforts to help yeshiva children experiencing that most crippling of problems: difficulty with kriah.
As a consultant to yeshivot, I am painfully aware of the widespread and largely undetected kriah problems of children throughout our community, at all age levels.Rabbi Zobin has combined the systematic thoroughness of the scientist with the subtlety and human understanding of the artist. Adding to this the depth and insight of the talmudic scholar, and the devotion and experience of a veteran mechanech, he has developed a most effective and easy-to-use kriah program. Both the originality, and practicality of Rabbi Zobin's remedial techniques, as well as his in-depth analysis of the underlying causes of kriah problems have contributed immeasurably to the tools available to parents, rebbeim, teachers and specialists for helping children and adults with problems in Hebrew reading.
In my own practice, I have found his techniques to be extraordinarily useful, and in some cases, a real life-saver, in dealing with with the kriah problems of children, older bochurim and adults.
May HaSh-m grant Rabbi Zobin and all who have helped him in this important work, continued brocha and hatzlacha.
Rabbi CHAIM P. SCHEINBERG
Zvi Zobin is a long-time member of the Torah Ore Kollel who has, for many years, been developing techniques to help students improve their learning-skills. Many people who otherwise might have forsaken their dream to study Torah have been helped to become more proficient in learning Gemora. He is now printing a manual which describes the system he has developed for assessing and improving reading skills which he has called "Dynamic Reading Self-Correction".
I am happy to see from the many Approbations from Mechanchim who have been using "Dynamic Reading Self-Correction" that it can be an important tool in helping a wide range of people, from small children to mature adults.
As stressed by those Mechanchim, nowadays efficient reading is a key skill in all levels of studying Torah, yet it is often overlooked because it is difficult to assess the extent to which inefficient reading is preventing a talmid's success in his studies. Not only does "Dynamic Reading Self-Correction" enable this factor to be assessed, it also enables even a layman - relative or friend - to help the student.
Bostoner Rebbe, Shlita
I am well aware of the good work that Rabbi Tzvi Zobin has done in the areas of enabling adults, teenagers and children to become proficient in reading Hebrew. I know personally of many who have been helped and therefore laud the time, effort, and system which Rabbi Zobin has established. May his efforts lead to success for many.
I strongly urge anyone who is not proficient in reading Hebrew to purchase these books so as to be better able to study Torah and be Mispallel to Hashem.
With blessings from Yerushalayim
MIRRER YESHIVA K'TANA
After having read Rabbi Tzvi Zobin's work and having spent extensive time speaking with him, I was deeply impressed with both the work and the person. Reading, the most basic and crucial learning tool is almost always the most ignored. This is primarily due to the lack of ability on the part the mechanech and the parent to identify a specific reading problem. Rabbi Zobin successfully educates and sensitizes both mechanchim and parents in gaining an insight into identifying specific reading skills and the remediation process.
Many children who are performing poorly in a classroom and are not fulfilling their potential can attribute, at least partially, their lack of success to a reading weakness. How can we expect a child to learn, even in an optimum situation, if his learning needs are hampered by kriah difficulty? It is imperative that parents and mechanchim of all grades familiarize themselves with this well-planned and tested approach.
May Hashem help Rabbi Zobin reach a broader range of children and adults and help them all reach their potential
GATESHEAD JEWISH PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Zvi Zobin is to be commended for producing another valuable book in his "Breakthrough" series. His main impetus for finding a way to improve the quality of reading was to help mature students, handicapped in their study of higher Jewish learning by their poor reading.
He has successfully developed a systematic and simple method of pinpointing the "weak spots", analysing the cause of the weakness and rectifying it in a short time.
His system is not the result of "trial and error" experience, but rather is based upon his deep understanding of the workings of all the human faculties involved in the process of reading - i.e. the eye, the brain and the mouth and how they co-ordinate.
Although the methods outlined require a one-to-one relationship, I feel that teachers, parents and anyone involved in teaching, as well as teachers of reading, will benefit from studying "Breakthrough to Dynamic Reading Self-Correction".
YESHIVA KESER DOVID
4 Tammuz 5753
Our Yeshiva caters to help bochurim who, despite their high intelligence and background of Yeshivot and Yeshiva high school, have not been able to attain a working ability to learn Gemora on their own.
"Dynamic Reading Self-Correction" is now a part of our program. We find that it is invaluable in assessing how best to guide our talmidim and in helping them improve their basic reading skills.
We must thank Rabbi Zobin for first indicating to us the link between inefficient reading and inability to learn Gemora. The student's ability to learn Gemora usually improves significantly when he has worked on his reading skills using "Dynamic Reading Self-Correction". Talmidim find the program both enjoyable and challenging, rapidly improving their reading and boosting their self-confidence.
Kamenitz Institutions of Jerusalem 22
As Principal of a cheder in Jerusalem, I have found that one of our children's most important learning tools - their basic reading skill - is often neglected after 1st grade. In my search to correct this problem, I was privileged to meet Rabbi Zvi Zobin. His methods are simple, motivating and successful for both younger and older children. I think that it would be a good idea for every cheder to have someone to screen and work with the children that need help in improving their reading skills, using Rabbi Zobin's methods.
I believe that good results will be realized not only in the actual reading but also in other subjects as well. The techniques are easy and enjoyable enough for parents to use with their children, thus enabling parents to help their children at home too if the child needs it.
Meshulom Teller Ph.D. Educational and
I am delighted to see that Zvi Zobin has at last consigned to print his techniques for helping people improve their reading thus enabling the wider general public to benefit from his research. I know of no other system which is simple enough to be used by a lay-person yet which is so effective over such a wide range of age groups and such a wide range of reading-deficiencies. Even when no obvious reading-deficiency is indicated, reading-efficiency should be screened whenever a child or adult does not seem to be attaining their projected level of proficiency.
"Breakthrough to Dynamic Reading Self-Correction" can be a vital tool for undertaking mass screening and subsequent correction or referral to specialists. This work is a major resource for every educational establishment and educationally-conscious home.
Dr. Avraham ben Yochanan
Zvi Zobin has compiled a system for the
teaching of reading that includes a theoretical-technical
explanation of the reading process as well as a detailed
procedure for evaluating a reader's progress. Mr. Zobin
places a strong emphasis on improving reading related
visual perception and discrimination as well as gradually
increasing reading speed in order to move from simple
decoding of letters and vowels to automatic reading of
words and phrases.
Teacher Training Seminary for Girls,
The simplicity of your system belies its depth and power. Having used it on "problem" readers of all ages, and consulted on its use in our Primary and Secondary Schools, I now include a description of it in my courses at Gateshead Seminary. Our girls teach throughout the world and amongst their future pupils there will be many a forlorn child to whom your methods will bring new life.
Indeed, although we enjoy a perfectly normal range of abilities, we are now screening every boy at Secondary level (11 years old and above) using a condensed screening chart and shall naturally be consulting you on the results.
Many thanks for the proofs of your book; I greatly look forward to the day when every honest mechanech uses the "Zobin System" to raise standards and save untold misery.
BINAH Jewish Special Education Service
I feel that this book will be an invaluable help to teachers and that it will allow readers to read and choose their level of understanding according to their own preferences.
With best wishes for your continued efforts.I feel privileged that you have given me the opportunity for an early look at this draft.
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