After listening to Thomas Reid and his must-listen-to podcast “Reid My Mind Radio” I find myself thinking deeper about blackness and reading, disability and reading, and of course, the intersectionality of blackness and disability.
“When we speak of building a dictionary in each child’s brain, we are referring to building a bank of syllables and words within each child – that includes information on pronunciation, meaning, and critically, spelling. These stored patterns and words referred to by scientists as lexical representations, we refer to here as brain words” p 2.
I am thinking about the intersections of literacy instruction and learning that centers the voices of Black students. I know that even as I am thinking about this, and sharing my own thoughts and questions, that I have been indoctrinated with racist tendencies that I have subconsciously absorbed: 10 Ways Good White People Can HelpContinue reading “Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices”
What are the instructional strategies that promote reading success especially for marginalized students?
Assessing reading ability is a very difficult task. This is because reading is very complex. What exactly are readers doing when they read? How do they understand what they read? At this day in age, I think we are more aware that reading is one of the most important skills that we need. It isContinue reading “Is Assessment also an Inquiry?”
The Third Teacher takes a close look at how the design of learning spaces can impact learning. Beyond mere aesthetics, which are undoubtedly essential, the set up and organization of a learning space impacts the learning that they are able to achieve. This is particularly true for literacy. The ability for students to be ableContinue reading “Beyond Aesthetics: The Third Teacher and the Literate Learner”
When working with our young readers, the way we design our instruction and assessment has a significant impact on the development of proficiency.
We spend so much time talking about the technology, and all of the great new apps, programs, tips and tricks. Undoubtedly it is a literacy unto itself. But do we really teach our kids how to ‘read’ the internet? How do we harness literacy skills as they specifically relate to the technologies available toContinue reading “Reading the Internet”