Dyslexia or Dys“teach”ia?

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?

The Parent-Teacher Conference: Reading Progress vs. Proficiency

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

Book Review: Why Knowledge Matters – Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

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