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Finding the Source of Reading Difficulties

Edutopia – Ana Wright

“It’s a common refrain heard in upper elementary and middle school teachers’ lounges: “These kids can’t read!” But what do we really mean when we say a child can’t read? Too often, we don’t know what we mean—we just know that the child’s needs seem too overwhelming for us to address. As a result, intervention in these cases often looks like more test prep passages, more graphic organizers, more annotation strategies. All of this doesn’t treat the underlying causes of the child’s reading difficulties—instead, it frustrates the child and the teacher further.” (more)

A Magical Summer Reading List

Edutopia – L.L. Barkat

“The phenomenon of the summer slide is well established. It relates to a number of factors that aren’t always simple, though for families and communities with resources it’s a fairly straightforward matter of being aware and finding easy ways to keep kids reading. But regardless of resources, using fairy tales in summer is one great solution with younger kids.” (more)

Pre-to-3: Research finds reading aloud has many benefits, from birth on

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Parents and early-childhood educators know that reading aloud to young children builds their vocabularies and supports other early literacy skills. But a recently published study also shows a positive connection to better behavior, such as less hyperactivity, when the children are ready to enter kindergarten.” (more)

Borsuk: Wisconsin Reading Corp tutors combat literacy crisis one child at a time

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“As someone recently put it to me, improving Wisconsin’s overall results in reading will not come from pushing one button. It will require pushing maybe 10 buttons. A lot needs to be done. Some of the buttons that should be pushed connect to what goes on in school. Some connect to things beyond school, including what happens at home and what happens in a child’s earliest years. Some may not be so hard to push; others are enormous challenges. I hope — I even expect — that the Wisconsin Reading Corps will be a button that brings good results.” (more)

Access to Books Improves Learning

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

““Reaching Families Where They Are: Examining an Innovative Book Distribution Program,” published in Urban Education, examines a community-wide effort to promote greater access to books through the mechanisms of physical and psychological proximity. It addresses the seasonal summer slide through an innovative book distribution program in neighborhoods identified as “book deserts.” Four low-income neighborhoods were provided with vending machines used to dispense free children’s books over the summer months. Within a design research framework, the study was designed to capture how, why, and in what ways these machines were used in communities. Results indicated that providing greater access through close physical proximity to books and greater adult support enhanced children’s opportunities to learn.” (more)

A Community of Readers in Middle School

Edutopia – Jason DeHart

“One of the lessons I quickly learned—the hard way—when I began working with eighth graders was that they don’t all like the same kind of reading material. Here are some of the novels I tried out in my classroom—including ones that flew high and others that sank like literary stones.” (more)