Tag Archives: Literacy learning

Skimming and immersion in reading…

Also thought-provoking: “What’s important is that they [bookshops] survive, along with libraries, as brick-and-mortar entities. It’s crucial that they’re part of the visible fabric of our lives, as much for this generation as future ones. We learn by what we … Continue reading

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Interesting – some learning-to-read neuroscience

http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/how-children-learn-read

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Assessing reading ability

Helen Irlen again: “Reading difficulties have basically been defined by standardized reading tests. Those instruments look for very specific types of problems, primarily in comprehension, encoding and decoding skills, and sight vocabulary. But reading encompasses many more skills than those. … Continue reading

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Reading difficulties and the Irlen method

Talking to a pediatric Occupational Therapist about Irlen Syndrome, she told me that people don’t often think to ask children who are struggling to read ‘What does it look like when you read?’ Children who have Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome may reply … Continue reading

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Literacy, Places and Identity – Kerkham and Comber

I recently found another article that had been languishing unread in my locker – languishing in spite of the fact that it deals with all sorts of concepts that fascinate me (place, identity, literacy, and literary constructions of meaning). Drawing … Continue reading

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“it is important where you are thinking from”

Reflecting on “the connection between teachers’ early memories and the way they conceptualize their work,” (p.290) Liz McCaw describes her own approach to teaching. She explains: “As [Anne] Lindbergh muses, it is important where you are thinking from. / In a … Continue reading

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Reading teaching and ECE – some research on PD

I just read a rather interesting (American?) article that advocates for more carefully informed and specific teacher PD in the field of early literacy development. Their interest is in the knowledge of ECE teachers and they argue that this field … Continue reading

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Interactive read alouds are important learning opportunities…

Just reading an interesting article by Angela Wiseman… Abstract: “Interactive read alouds are important learning opportunities for emergent readers because teachers and peers can actively model and scaffold comprehension strategies, engage readers, and cultivate a community of learners. Using data … Continue reading

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Parents’ reading-related knowledge and children’s reading acquisition

I had many questions as I read this article (I didn’t always feel that the many possible variables were being adequately taken into account), but it is still worth hearing the view of these authors: “Current research suggests that reading … Continue reading

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COMPETENT OUTSIDERS; 3 ways of being ‘scientifically literate’

A recent issue of New Zealand Science Teacher (the NZASE journal -issue 129) focused on science and literacy. Summing up the submissions received, Rosemary Hipkins (a member of the Editorial Advisory Group) writes that the various authors describe 3 ways of being … Continue reading

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