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3 benefits of independent reading—and how to make it work in your classroom

Education Dive – Staff Writer

“Can school actually diminish a child’s love of reading? When students lack choice about the books they read, it can limit their enjoyment and motivation to read. Enter independent reading programs: Students can naturally find they love to read and build confidence when they choose their own reading materials. And as a result, independent reading programs can help improve comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.”(more)

How should we handle boys who can’t read?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Many people know that girls, on average, are worse at math than boys. But the gender difference is three times greater when it comes to reading. According to international studies, this is where boys struggle. Why? And what can be done about it? For starters, children who struggle most with learning to read could be identified earlier than is currently done. And now, researchers are finding new ways to do this.”(more)

How the brain changes when we learn to read

Medical X-Press – Nicola Bell

“Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort. In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting from left to right across your screen, somehow making meaning from what would otherwise be a series of black squiggles. Reading for you is not just easy – it’s automatic. Looking at a word and not reading it is almost impossible, because the cogs of written language processing are set in motion as soon as skilled readers see print. And yet, as tempting as it is to think of reading as hard-wired into us, don’t be fooled. Learning to read is not easy. It’s not even natural.”(more)

Spoken languages affect reading strategies and cognitive foundations of literacy

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“The way bilingual people read is conditioned by the languages they speak. This is the main conclusion reached by researchers at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) after reviewing the existing scientific literature and comparing this information to the findings of studies at their own centre. The scientists found that the languages spoken by bilingual people (when they learned to read in two languages at the same time) affect their reading strategies and even the cognitive foundations that form the basis for the capacity to read. This discovery could have implications for clinical and education practice.”(more)

Figures show drop in Scottish pupil literacy rates

BBC – Staff Writer

“The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy found that less than half of Scotland’s 13 and 14-year-olds are now performing well in writing. P4 and P7 pupils also saw a drop in writing performance. The reading ability of P4, P7 and S2 pupils remains broadly similar to 2014 – but lower than 2012. And there has been no reduction in the big gap between the performance of the country’s wealthiest and most deprived pupils.”(more)

Summer must! 5 ways to support struggling readers

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“With summer break on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to not only better help struggling readers in the classroom, but understand what helps them improve and want to read when they’re at home. More than 10 million American students struggle to read, but only 2.3 million are identified and even fewer receive special help; therefore, schools must provide support for struggling students by creating a culture of reading. In “45 Ways to Support Struggling Readers: A School-Wide Approach,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Learning Ally, Terrie Noland, Learning Ally National Director, Educator Engagement; and Kristy Mathieu, Kiker Elementary, Austin, TX, presented tips for how schools can support struggling readers in the classroom and at home.”(more)