Tag Archives: Literacy teaching

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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The teacher’s daily job is to raise the dead

“Knowledge is preserved in dead codes – dessicated symbols in books – and the teacher’s daily job is to raise the dead, to bring the codes back to life in new minds.” ~ Kieran Egan (p.109, An Imaginative Approach) “Knowledge is … Continue reading

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The best children’s books enter our minds

“The poetry and prose of the best children’s books enter our minds when we are young and sing back to us all our lives.” Ref: p.44 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling … Continue reading

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The physical side of reading

Helen Irlen writes: “Almost never are those with reading problems questioned about whether reading is comfortable. It is assumed that reading is equally comfortable for everyone. In reality, there are some for whom reading is very painful. There are actual … 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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History of the politics, practice and process of reading

I do love the BBC audio archives! … check out the following podcast available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iotc/all Reading Thu, 17 Feb 00, Duration: 29 mins The history of the politics, practice and process of reading. With guests Kevin Sharpe and Jacqueline … 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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