Posts Tagged: research

On Teaching: Polanyi’s Paradox

I was recently reading an article about ALPHAGO, the computer that’s been programmed to be the best Go player ever. In the article, the author described Polanyi’s Paradox, which can briefly be described as “know[ing] more than [you] can tell.” One example the article cited was face recognition– most humans are incredibly good at this, but we cannot… Read more »

Response to the ILA Research Advisory on Dyslexia

It’s been almost a week since someone shared the International Literacy Association’s Research Advisory paper on Dyslexia on one of the listservs I’m on. I am not 100% satisfied with my response, but I am 1 person doing this in my spare time not a whole panel of experts, and I still feel that I have… Read more »

#inthenews: July edition

Want to listen to this post? Highlight text, click the speaker, and it will be read aloud to you, thanks to GSpeech technology! I have seen the Great Predictor of Reading Disabilities pop up #inthenews multiple, trusted sources, so I felt the need to comment. I have to admit that my thoughts on this aren’t 100%… Read more »

Stop #summerslide: Reading Comprehension (Elementary Edition)

As with reading fluency, many of my students who have difficulty with reading comprehension need explicit active reading instruction from a professional, but for all of the other days of summer, I encourage students to read, read, read (with a few stipulations, of course…) Reading Comprehension Tips (Elementary Edition) General Tips/Thoughts Silent reading without reflection,… Read more »

Diigo: Chrome Extension We Love (Google-a-Day)

If a Kindle and a Kurweil 3000 had a baby, they’d make Diigo library. Diigo is one of my favorite online learning tools for middle school and high school students. What it Does Diigo library lets you: highlight (in multiple colors) add sticky notes share pages share notes add tags compile all of your notes &… Read more »

Best Technology Tools for the Classroom

This week was a holiday week, so I took a break from my Google-a-Day posts to let you know about a Jedi Mind Trick, and share an oldie-but-goodie. I’d shared this list with several educators, but never formally published it before. So, here they are! —– From K to 12 and Math to Science, there seems… Read more »

Reading and Writing Milestones (article on Noodle.com)

As you can see, I have been busy! This is my latest article on Noodle.com, which looks at typical reading and writing development, or Reading and Writing Milestones. It highlights what children should be learning, and when. Though less specific than the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the goals do align with the Foundational, Reading, and… Read more »

Top 5 Myths about Dyslexia: Busted! An article on Noodle.com

I am thrilled to announce my latest article on Noodle.com, entitled “5 Myths About Dyslexia: Busted.” It lists common beliefs about dyslexia, then corrects those illusions with the most current research about reading. Some of the language is a little fancy, but it is intended for teachers, parents, and even high school students. Click through the sources to read more… Read more »

7 Top Reading Comprehension Strategies: An Introduction

The Institute for Educational Services (IES) has an amazing website, with lots of research-based resources and white papers. One excellent resource, is the practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade. Among its great recommendations are teaching students Reading Comprehension strategies. They include: Activating Prior Knowledge (or Making Connections to the Text) Predicting Visualizing Questioning Making Inferences… Read more »