We have known for a long time that our immune systems keep the growth of disease in our bodies in check. Even if we have a genetic predisposition for a specific disease, a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction practices can help reduce the growth of cancerous cells and diminish the … Continue reading Early Identification and Intervention
Until recently, my favorite book on reading research was Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It by Diane McGuinness, Ph.D. The book was published in 1999, and it literally changed the way I thought about reading instruction. It was groundbreaking at a time when the science of reading was in … Continue reading Book Review: Language at the Speed of Sight
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states that federal funds should be used for effective instruction and intervention programs. A new website, evidenceforessa.org, has been created to provide districts with an easy way to check a program’s effectiveness. The website was produced by the Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins … Continue reading Intervention: Which Programs are Effective?
While working on the past tense verb,“ed,” with a first grader, I noticed this little girl was having difficulty understanding how “ed” could have three different sounds. For example, planted or landed both have the id sound added to the base word – (plant-ed) and (land-ed) while the word “hopped” sounds like a /t/ at … Continue reading What is Explicit Instruction?
Penmanship, a (w)rite of passage, used to be part of the school curriculum. Third grade was traditionally the year when children began transitioning from manuscript to cursive writing. Over time, the practice of teaching handwriting began to fade as typing on the computer became more important across classrooms. With this change, fewer children were able … Continue reading Cursive Writing: A (W)rite of Passage