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Apr 18

A Ride Through the Reading Stages Part 1

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  Dr Richard Selznick talks about Dr Jeanne Chall’s Stages of Reading Development as providing teachers, parents, and evaluators with ‘signposts’ about what to do with a child with reading difficulties. His featured video located about half way down his home page for The Shutdown-Learner provides us with a wonderful overview of this model.    […]

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Apr 18

The Great Reading Debate Part 2

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I introduced this topic in my previous blog, where I attempted to condense into a few paragraphs, a century of reading instruction that veered between the extremes of whole-word literacy immersion and explicit but tedious phonic based instruction. In this concluding part, I examine the main battles of the Reading Wars and the important reading […]

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Mar 18

The Great Reading Debate Part 1

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  Ever since colonial times, educators have debated the correct way to teach reading. A century ago, this crystallized into distinct factions teaching either explicit decoding using phonics or more implicit learning through whole-word instruction methods. The argument between researchers, reading professionals, politicians, teachers and parents has become very heated at times, and in the […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Part 5: The Diagnostic Evaluation

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This is the last in a series of blogs I am writing about how schools determine which children need remedial instruction and of those, which have dyslexia.     You can find the preceding blogs through the bullets below: ● Introduction and overview, part 1 and part 2 ● Finding those that need a careful […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Part 4

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  This is the fourth in a series of blogs I am writing on dyslexia screening. You can find the first two here and here, for an overview of this topic, and the third dives into universal screening.      The universal screener is a quick and easy test to run on every student. When […]

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Feb 18

What is Ear Reading and How Can it Help Someone with Dyslexia?

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What is ear reading?       According to the International Dyslexia Association, ear reading is defined as reading using audiobooks or similar text-to-speech software. Instead of the written word taken soley through the eyes, the verbal words are processed through the ears and eyes simultaneously and then processed in the brain.   What is eye […]

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