Science-based instruction is important but careful observation of kids to see what they need to succeed is paramount.
How do some kids score as proficient on yearly tests while the large majority don’t?
Children taught to ask questions enter school ready to learn.
Last September the International Literacy Association (ILA is the largest professional literacy educator organization in the world) released the Children’s Rights to Read, a set of 10 rights associated with ensuring all children around the globe learn to read books and grow to be joyful readers throughout their lives. This is not the first time that a “bill of rights” […]
Good readers don’t necessarily think about wanting to read better, they typically just want more time to read. Struggling readers certainly don’t want to spend any more time reading, they just want to read better–or not at all. Hmmm….but what if struggling readers DID want to spend more time reading? Researchers uniformly predict their reading […]
The question echoed quietly down the halls of his school as his teachers shared their concerns. It was a constant topic in telephone calls between his parents and their family members. The question, “So, how’s he doing in school?,” was always answered with: “Stevie doesn’t like to read. It’s a fight.” Stevie is now a […]
*Click on images to see larger version. Forty-some years ago I joined the International Reading Association (IRA), a huge collection of reading educators from all over the world. I also joined the National Reading Conference (NRC), which was a rather small organization of reading researchers. Members of these organizations met to share what they’ve been up […]
By Mike McGuffee My mother always had a garden. To be precise, she had lots of gardens. Our yard was dotted with plants that were given the prospect of a good life from my mother’s hands. Through the backyard of my childhood, I grew alongside Black Diamond Watermelons and Paper Shell Pecan Trees. I believe […]
One of the most powerful gifts that we adults can give infants and toddlers is to shower them all day long with conversation in their home languages. It only costs time and attention, and since language and the family culture that accompanies it fulfill kids’ needs to understand their loved ones and the world around […]
Have you ever tried to teach someone to do something that you yourself didn’t like to do? It’s the very hardest teaching because the primary thing that needs to be developed within every learner is a burning desire to learn whatever it is. The easiest teaching in the world is to help children learn something they are […]