• The World Needs More Adult Educators

    The World Needs More Adult Educators

    I have the opportunity to serve on a board that promotes adult and community education in the state of Utah. We recently held a conference for adult educators from across the state and I was reminded of the wonderful individuals that serve in this critical segment of the education landscape. ...

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    Oct 26 2010
  • The Impact of Economic Status on School Performance & Reading Ability

    The Impact of Economic Status on School Performance & Reading Ability

    I read an interesting article from The Washington Post today titled: “School Study Sees Benefits in Economic Integration.” The article discussed how a recent study revealed that by integrating students from a lower socioeconomic status into more affluent schools, the school performance of the students from poorer backgrounds improved significantly in math and to a lesser degree in reading. ...

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    Oct 15 2010
  • Is Phonics Important When Teaching Spelling?

    Is Phonics Important When Teaching Spelling?

    I cannot tell a lie; I love a good debate! Here is the topic: Is phonics important when teaching spelling? I like to hear points and proof, rebuttals and rebukes. So, to handle this one, I thought I would let the people who claim improving spelling with phonics is "for the birds" give their points, and I will then give my response, as politely as possible. Obviously, I find phonics to be foundational when teaching spelling. ...

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    Oct 14 2010
  • Teach: Tony Danza to Understand Reading Disabilities

    Teach: Tony Danza to Understand Reading Disabilities

    Sunday night I was relaxing at home, flipping through the T.V. channels and something caught my eye.  A&E’s new reality show Teach: Tony Danza follows sitcom start Tony Danza as he tries his hand and teaching English in the biggest public school in Philadelphia. The thing that caught my attention was his reaction to the students in his class who had reading disabilities. ...

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    Oct 13 2010
  • Strengthening Reading Comprehension by Exercising Active Reading Strategies

    Strengthening Reading Comprehension by Exercising Active Reading Strategies

    Dr. Monica Bomengen

    It seems to be the message that has pounded our culture for the past few years: exercise more, be more active, take better care of your body, and watch your health habits. Conversely, parents and educators have worried about the ills of sedative activities such as extensive participation in TV viewing, internet browsing, and video games. Through these repetitive messages about exercise and activity I think we have all established in our minds that exercise and activity help our bodies become stronger. Just like increasing the amount of exercise we engage in helps our bodies become stronger, increasing the amount of activity we put into reading increases the strength of reading comprehension. ...

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    Oct 13 2010
  • Life, Literacy and the Pursuit of Happiness: Reading Intervention at Harvard

    Life, Literacy and the Pursuit of Happiness: Reading Intervention at Harvard

    This week I had the opportunity to travel to Boston to attend a conference for Reading Horizons.  While I was there I was able to walk the red brick Freedom Trail.  As I strolled past sites such as, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Paul Revere’s house, USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument I reflected on the United States Declaration of Independence and how these monuments are a reflection of where it all began. ...

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    Oct 08 2010
  • The National Reading Panel’s Take on Computer Assisted Reading Instruction

    The National Reading Panel’s Take on Computer Assisted Reading Instruction

    The National Reading Panel (NRP) was created by Congress and charged with the task of evaluating different approaches used to teach children to read and assessing the effectiveness of each. In its 2000 report called Teaching Children to Read, the NRP presented a summary of the research in eight areas of reading instruction and literacy, which have been called the five dimensions of reading, including computer-assisted instruction. ...

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    Oct 06 2010
  • What Causes Dyslexia? An Overview of 5 Theories

    What Causes Dyslexia? An Overview of 5 Theories

    As you may know, dyslexia is a learning disability that causes reading and language difficulties. These difficulties are the result of the way the dyslexic brain processes graphic symbols (letters) in connection to their sounds (phonemes) in a given language.

    Although many of the symptoms of dyslexia have been discovered, it still remains unclear what causes dyslexia. However, there are several theories which help explain the origin of this condition. Most researchers believe dyslexia is caused by a combination of these theories, but the exact combination or specific cause is yet to be discovered. ...

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    Oct 04 2010

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