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?
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
Finland is universally ranked as having the top educational system in the world. Before Finnish children enter school, many attend a daycare program that builds skills they will need before formal schooling. Through teacher-directed play and free play, children learn how to problem-solve and think creatively. They are not bombarded with hours of homework and … Continue reading Literacy: Finland vs. USA