As I scroll through Facebook or drive through communities on Long Island and see the proliferation of tutors and tutoring companies and agencies, I realize that it must be difficult for parents to make decisions based on what tutors say about themselves. Many will present as experts, but many are “experts” without portfolio. Here are … Continue reading Choosing a Reading Tutor
What happens in the intermediate grades that causes a downward spiral in reading development? For some students, the change is dramatic. In the early grades, such children exhibit few, if any, struggles and appear happy to read. Then, by third grade, it slowly starts to change, and by fourth grade, these same children begin failing … Continue reading The Reading Slump: What Happens in Fourth Grade?
According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia is defined as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.” The key word is “neurobiological,” an illness of the nervous system caused by genetic or biological factors. … Continue reading Dyslexia or Dys“teach”ia?
With parent-teacher conferences around the corner, you may hear that your child has gone up a level or two in reading based on the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (F&P BAS). What does this actually mean in terms of your child’s skill in learning to read? It might surprise you that your child can … Continue reading The Parent-Teacher Conference: Reading Progress vs. Proficiency
Having followed and been a fan of E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and his Core Knowledge Foundation for years, I knew that his latest book, Why Knowledge Matters – Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories, was a book I had to read! His convincing argument, based on empirical evidence, reveals that reading comprehension is not a … Continue reading Book Review: Why Knowledge Matters – Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories