Close reading is a requirement of the Common Core State Standards, and it demands critical thinking of text, especially thinking about one’s own thinking, defined as metacognition. Getting the gist of text is the first step in comprehending, but it is not enough to develop a deep understanding. One must pay close attention to form, structure, and … Continue reading What is Close Reading?
High failure rate prompts review by Regents to “recalibrate” and lower the passing score on the teacher licensing exam. Isn’t this what teachers do when they mark on a “curve” and essentially lower the bar to have more passing students? What exactly is required on the new test that is so difficult? Let’s begin with … Continue reading Teaching to the Video Test
The other day, I posted a picture of my Wilson certification and a few lines encouraging parents to contact me if their child is a struggling reader or writer. A member of the group responded with this comment: “I am asking the question I ask of all trained/certified instructors of reading approaches such as OG, … Continue reading Can a Reading Program Guarantee Success?