Ever since I started reading Daniel T. Willingham’s column, “Ask the Cognitive Scientist,” in American Educator, I have followed his articles and books. His writing style is direct and clear, and he makes any topic easy to understand, whether one is unfamiliar with the content or has advanced knowledge. His latest book, The Reading Mind: … Continue reading Book Review: The Reading Mind
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
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
“Relax!” Few things grate on my nerves more than being told to “relax” when frustrated or anxious. When someone tells you to calm down, does that work for you? I would think most people cannot relax on demand. Children lacking in self-regulation cannot be told to calm down; they need to be taught how to … Continue reading A “Mindfulness” Approach to Reading
Doesn’t it seem as though parents and children can look at a messy room and see the same thing differently? In my mind, I am thinking to myself, “Why does this have to sit on the floor? Doesn’t it bother you? How long does it take to just put it away or throw the clothes … Continue reading Messy Thinking?