Reading is a teaching-learning process that involved many aspects like word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation (Edward, 2010). It is also the process of looking at a series of written symbols, sounds, patterns and getting meaning from them. When we read, we use our eyes to receive written symbols (letters, punctuation marks, and spaces and we use our brain to convert them into words, sentences, and paragraphs that communicate something to us. Reading can be silent in our head or read aloud so that other people can hear (Edward, 2010).
Reading is a receptive skill. Through it, we respond, to open ideas, and received information from the printed materials we read. Reading is a complex process that also requires the skill of speaking, in order to for us to pronounce the words that we read. In this sense, reading is also a productive skill in which we are both receiving information and transmitting it even if only to ourselves (Crase, 2008).
Csikszentmihalyi (2001) describes reading engagement as a state of complete absorption called flow. Flow is characterized by a student so lost in a passage that he or she is oblivious to his or her surroundings.
For the last three (3) years in Bonbon Elementary School the Phil-IRI result was very alarming. The school garnered a high percentage of frustration readers and non-readers in the Post Phil-IRI result. In 2015 the percentage of frustration level is 32%, 2016 is 41%, and 56% in 2017. With this data, the school reading coordinator initiated to conduct an intervention that helped learners increase their reading performance in the school.
The national achievement test (NAT) of Bonbon Elementary School for the last three years was quite deteriorating, every year the mean percentage score (MPS) is decreasing in number. Poor performance is a problem manifested in various subject areas. In the previous years, a number of strategies and interventions were administered by the teacher to tackle the issue but only produced a marginal positive result. The teachers attributed this poor performance to several factors including but not limited to learners lack reading comprehension, study habit, poor home reinforcement and encouragement as well as poor diet and nutrition.
This study will serve as the basis to improve and increase the mean proficiency score (MPS) in the National Achievement Test (NAT) and reduce the number of learners with difficulty in reading at school.
II. Review of Related Literature
Reading Comprehension
It was proved that many children and adolescents have inadequate reading comprehension (NAEP, 2003). Comprehension of the reading material is the aim of the reader, difficulty in reading comprehension has far-reaching consequences not just for school achievement but also for a student’s future educational and occupational opportunities. Some of the researchers assumed that bottom-up skills (word recognition and decoding) were the prevailing reason for difficulty with reading comprehension. Various independent researchers have demonstrated that if a reader is seriously deficient at decoding and recognizing words, this will necessarily impede successful comprehension (see Lyon, 1995; Torgesen, 2000). Furthermore, it is thought that not just accuracy in bottom-up skills is important but also their efficiency or speed as well. On the other processes, slow word reading increases demands, such as working memory, which in turn poses difficulties for comprehending connected text and thus creates a processing bottleneck (e.g., Perfetti ; Hogaboam, 2002; Perfetti, Marron, ; Foltz, 1996; Wolf ; Katzir-Cohen, 2001; Shankweiler, 1999).
Other lines of research, however, suggest that reading comprehension deficits can arise for multiple distinct reasons, which include, but are not limited to, weaknesses in bottom-up skills (Cain ; Oakhill, 2006; Catts, Fey, Zhang, ; Tomblin, 1999; Biancarosa ; Snow, 2004; Catts, Hogan, Adof, ; Barth, 2003a; Leach, Scarborough, ; Rescorla, 2003; McCardle, Scarborough, ; Catts, 2001; Nation ; Snowling, 2000, 1998; Scarborough, 1990, 2005; Snow, 2002). This is especially illustrated by the population of children who have specific reading comprehension deficits (S-RCD, i.e., poor comprehension in spite of apparent absence of weaknesses in bottom-up skills). According to several studies, about 3– 10% of school-aged children display this reading deficiency (e.g., Aaron, Joshi, ; Williams, 1999; Catts, Hogan, ; Fey, 2003b; Leach et al., 2003; Nation, 2001; Torppa et al., 2007). These findings suggest that components other than efficient word recognition, not all of which have been fully identified, are likely to make a substantial contribution to reading comprehension.
Reading Disabilities
In recent years metacognition has gained cognizance in the field of learning disabilities (Wong, 2000). Research indicates that students with reading disabilities, in particular, benefit from explicit instruction in the use of cognitive and metacognitive strategies (e.g., Baker ; Brown, 2003; Chan, 2004; Chan, Cole, ; Barfett, 2001; Paris ; Oka, 2000). However, strategy maintenance and generalization are not often demonstrated. It has typically been observed that students with learning disabilities who do not spontaneously make use of cognitive strategies can easily be taught, and benefit from, the use of strategies; however, when they are no longer prompted to use the learned strategy, they fail to generalize its use to relevant learning situations (e.g., Chan ; Cole, 2001; Chan, Cole, ; Morris, 2000; Ringel ; Springer, 2000). Ellis (2001) maintained that some techniques of cognitive strategy training may, in fact, interfere with goals of generalization.
Many cognitive training programs use teacher-oriented and direct instruction approaches to teach students to employ self-instruction in guiding strategy use. Some of these instructional practices, if not counteracted appropriately, may inadvertently encourage an external focus of control and subdue student use of metacognition. For example, the use of teacher-oriented feedback and extrinsic reward systems, or instruction that is highly organized and tightly structured, can subtly reinforce dependency behaviors and conflict with independence in action required for strategy generalization. Hence, researchers in the field have paid particular attention to the search for instructional practices and procedures that will promote strategy generalization. The general conclusion from the relevant literature is that, in order to induce generalization, certain “conditions of generalization” (Wong, 2000) have to be met. Specifically, the instructional procedures should include one or more of the following elements: (a) explicit information given to students about the what, when, why, and how of strategy use, and feedback about the effectiveness oof the new strategy—that is, informed training (Brown ; Palincsar, 2001); (b) the teaching of general control strategies to supplement task-specific strategies and to allow internalization of the new taskspecific strategy—that is, training executive control directly (Borkowski ; Cavanaugh, 2003); (c) procedures for systematically changing the teacher, setting, material, cues, and reinforces, that is, explicit generalization training (Ellis, Lenz, ; Sabornie, 2001); (d) explicit directions requesting students to generalize the strategy to similar types of tasks and situations-that is, environmental transfer (Ellis, Lenz, ; Sabornie, 2000); and (e) helping students to stunned the outlooks of helplessness, they experience when faced with difficulties in task completion, by changing their causal attributional beliefs (Ellis, 1986).
Teacher-Teacher Collaboration
In the current written works, it is recommended in both special and general education that collaborative approach to the work of those involved in the profession. Friend (2000) asserts that calls for teamwork in the education literature are seen everywhere. Collaboration was labeled in numerous editions and articles that both recommended performs and methods to collaboration, in relating collaboration here is surprisingly little data that will describe to it. It states that collaboration is directed to educators working with classroom teachers, but there was nominal written works describing data-based practices (Miller, 2005). One can find written works relating teachers’ own impression of the assistances of collaboration (Welch, Brownell, & Sheridan, 2005), and the impresses of parents (Gerber & Popp, 2007), but there is insufficient which shows, that carry out in collaboration most effectively lead to student progress.
In the substantive reviews, which have been conducted, the lament had little known about the specific application of collaboration. What are they actually perform?, teachers are being effectively collaborative. And absence of evocative research relating the elements, which actually occur during teacher-teacher collaboration, was cited from the assessments of representative citations.
•”In research base for such an endeavor is virtually nonexistent, despite the growing popularity of collaborative instruction,” (Boudah, Schumacher, & Deshler, 1997).
•”The general and special instruction teachers actually did once they were providing teaching organized in inclusive classrooms to provide a data-based description” (Boudah, Schumacher, & Deshler, 1997).
•”Collaboration in schools appears to be guided by popular belief than by careful inquiry…. It is distressing that so much writing about school alliance that focuses only the professionals’ gratification with working organized and so few on what they actually did” (Friend, 2000).
• “Because a collaborative model is both recommended and used in inclusive classrooms, one might infer that the interaction of co-teachers has been examined extensively and that the criteria for an ideal model have been defined. However, this assumption is unsupported” (Austin, 2001).
•”Very few provide experimental data that numerous authors currently espouse co-teaching as an effective alternative to service delivery for students with disabilities within the general education setting,: (Murawski ; Swanson, 2001).
Further, there is the hypothesis that placing collaboration into place is relatively easy: one just desires to put personalities together and say, “Together we work.” However, it also appears to be not the case. Friend, said that teachers, themselves, remark “how tough collaboration is, how little attention was compensated to collaboration in their proficient preparation, and how staff development opportunities are presented connected to it” (Friend, 2000). When they asked to demonstrate their collaboration knowledge and skills, “They frequently flounder” (Friend, 2000). Educators need specific training in significant to “in what way to work, communicate, and collaborate with other adults” (McCormick, Noonan, Ogata, ; Heck, 2001). Teachers may not have learned this, because the most common practice for teachers is to work in relative isolation (McManus ; Kauffman, 1991), and they are used to making decisions alone (Janney, Snell, Beers, ; Raynes, 1995). Those who have attempted to institute more collaborative practices have found that formulating and maintaining these teaching approaches are difficult to put into place (Niles ; Marcellino, 2004). Others have found that specific training and monitoring are needed, or it just doesn’t happen. (Schumm, Vaughn, Haager, McDowell, Rothlein, & Saumell, 1995). Using other descriptive terms for a collaborator, Gersten, Darch, Davis, and George (1991).state that, “Although an individual may be a skilled or experienced teacher, he or she will not automatically become a skilled consultant, and advisor. “.
The present study designed to endorse collaboration to the teachers to increase the reading performance of the learners. The collaboration of the teachers will serve as an intervention to help learners enhance their reading skills with the help of their teacher adviser and with the other teachers who were expert in dealing with the learners with reading disability.
III. Action Research Questions
1. What is the reading performance of the learners with respect to the reading intervention used such as teacher-teacher collaboration (TTC)?
2. What are the reasons affecting the reading skills of the learners as perceived by teachers and parents?
3. What are the learning experiences of the learners in TTC?
IV. Intervention
Teacher-teacher collaboration is a reading intervention that would help mitigate the number of learners with difficulty in comprehending and reading the printed materials. Five (5) teachers in grade three level and three (3) teacher-researchers in Bonbon Elementary School collaborated with each other in remediating the learners with difficulty in reading by dividing the three processes in reading such as word recognition, comprehension, and fluency. Each teacher in every grade level focused on one reading process in remediating the learners and after which the learners proceeded to the other teacher who also focused on the other reading process. In TTC the teacher-adviser identified the reading ability of the learners by conducting the Phil-IRI pretest. The learners who were identified with a reading difficulty were exposed to the reading intervention teacher-teacher collaboration (TTC). Teacher-teacher collaboration consumed 30 minutes per day for three months, 15 minutes was spent for video presentation and another 15 minutes for one on one instruction every day during remedial instruction. The learners having difficulty in reading answered some worksheets that include the topics of identifying letters, phonetics and reading comprehension.
In teacher-teacher collaboration, the teacher-researchers helped the advisers in teaching the learners having difficulty in reading in identifying the letter sounds and word recognition through video presentation. After the video presentation all learners having difficulty in reading proceeded to their teacher-adviser for one on one instruction in reading. During one on one instruction, the teacher adviser gave instruction on how to answer the worksheet of the day and the learners having difficulty in reading answered the worksheets given to them and after answering it the teacher-adviser then checked the worksheets. After checking the worksheets, the teacher adviser let the learners answer again the incorrect items and if the learner got the perfect score that’s the time he will stop answering the worksheet. All learners having difficulty in reading were given the same exercises, and worksheets every meeting. The same posttest was given to the learners.
TTC reading intervention likewise served as a remediation method for the learners at risk in reading. This intervention served as the basis to improve and mitigate the number of learners with difficulty in reading.


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