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In Learning to Read, There’s No Such Thing as a Second Chance

That’s depressing, isn’t it?  …but actually it isn’t. No really, it’s not. This notion was spawned when I read an article about a teacher who gives students a “second chance” .  It was a very uplifting argument by an excellent middle school teacher that understood children and childhood and academic standards for particular grades and […]

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We are WAY Too Late!

In a recent week’s National Center for Literacy Education Smartbrief I found, “Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event.” You may read this review of a panel discussion about involving families by clicking here. My first reaction was that nobody who understands children and learning would argue against family / school partnerships. They are an essential […]

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The Formative Assessment Question that EVERYONE Should Ask

There are two kinds of assessments that are pertinent to teachers of reading and their professional decision making about children and learning. We hear about “Summative” assessments through news outlets. These yearly tests of achievement also end up on the transcripts of our students / children. They are used to gather evidence of a child’s progress […]

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When Reading a book Isn’t Reading the Words…

  At Unite for Literacy, we provide free narrated picture books online to children around the world. Aimed at children birth through about age eight (and their cuddling parents), our books are free, via mobile networks and the Internet. Wondrously Infinite Global Library The narrations of our books include 15 different languages, to date. Parents […]