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Letting boys read what they want can help boost lagging language scores, Colorado educators say

The Denver Post – Monte Whaley

“Reading experts lay the blame for boys’ lagging reading skills on physical and emotional factors. Boys tend to be more fidgety in elementary school classrooms, making it harder for them to focus and settle down long enough to read a book. Girls, meanwhile, generally do better than boys in verbal ability, giving them an early advantage in learning to read, psychologists Paula Schwanenflugel and Nancy Flanagan Flapp wrote in Psychology Today.” (more)

Reading is fundamental, so why do so many children lack the basics?

The Chicago Tribune – Esther J. Cepeda

“Listen in on any parent-teacher conference and you’ll hear teachers asking, “What is your most pressing concern for your child?” Nine times out of 10, parents of elementary-school students will answer: “I want him/her to read better.” Difficulties with reading are a major roadblock to students’ overall academic success, and the statistics are startling.” (more)

Baby and toddler storytime can create a lifetime love of reading

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“During the summer, dozens of libraries across California offer free programs for parents who want fun and engaging activities that promote early reading skills, such as open-ended creative playtime with blocks or puzzles. Though infants and toddlers are not subject to a loss of learning momentum that summer sometimes brings for older students, literacy experts say summer is an important period for children birth to age 5 to develop new vocabulary words and sounds.” (more)

Classroom libraries can plant the seed for a lifelong love of learning

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” A book in a child’s hand is a gateway to learning, opening a door into other worlds. Teachers know this inherently, which is the reason many K-12 educators invest in classroom libraries, curating collections of books that students can access without ever leaving their room.” (more)

Reading Buddies

Edutopia – Ryan Wheeler

“Peer mentoring is a powerful, underused tool in schools. One study suggests that partnering with higher achieving peers can have a positive influence on a student’s learning, and students who are older, more capable readers can be these peers for young students. With this in mind, I have used a practice called Reading Buddies in elementary schools to great effect.” (more)

Improving Reading Skills Through Talking

Edutopia – Nina Parrish

“As a former middle school special education teacher and current tutor of middle and high school students, I often work with older children who struggle immensely with reading and writing tasks. This issue impacts them in every academic area and, if not addressed, can eventually affect their motivation to learn and to come to school. Many students I work with receive extra support in their English or language arts class, but then are on their own or receive less support in their other academic classes.” (more)