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Sep 18

The National Reading Panel and The Big Five

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  In my previous article, “Why Can’t All My Students Read: The Solutions,” about how to adequately prepare trainee teachers to teach reading, I concluded that any short-term solution was likely to be piecemeal. Most likely it would involve professional development to address the science of reading and how to teach “The Big Five.” State-by-state […]

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Sep 18

Why Can’t All My Students Read? The Solutions

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  In a previous blog, entitled “Wont’ Read, Can’t Read”, I argued how we need to focus on the large role that education could play in changing and improving on the fact that half of US children read at a basic level and few become fully proficient. The way we teach children to read isn’t […]

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Aug 18

Why Can’t All My Students Read? A Teacher’s Perspective

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  Following on from my Won’t Read, Can’t Read blogs, I wanted to further examine the reasons why many of our students are unable to read. However, this time I wanted to make it very personal, and walk you through my own training as a teacher in the UK in the 1980s, and why this […]

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Jul 18

Won’t Read, Can’t Read-Part 2

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  In my previous blog on this topic, I promised that I would discuss why many children can’t read, and why so many more struggle. In this installment, I also explain the reasons why “27-34% of fourth graders in the USA read significantly below grade level.”     Like a lot of human behavior, reading […]

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22
Jul 18

The Compensating Reader

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In a series of three blogs on the Simple View of Reading (SVR 1, 2, 3), I described three types of readers or reading profiles, but I didn’t major on the fourth profile of an adequate or good reader.      The diagram above shows these profiles, but in this blog I plan to talk […]

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Jun 18

What are Executive Functioning Skills and how are they Important in Learning to Read?

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What are Executive Function Skills?     For how many of these questions can you give the answer, “YES?”   Are you able to set goals and achieve them? Can you plan a vacation and organize all of the necessary details to make sure the trip runs smoothly? If you are angry, can you stop […]

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