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There is no nobler act than to teach someone to read.
It is the power to work and to provide for oneself and for one’s family; the power to participate in the civic and social life of our society; the power to learn; the power to pursue happiness.
As teachers and parents we know that the literacy we strive to provide cannot be accomplished alone—we need to work together, and therefore we must be saved by love.
I talk a lot about research in this space. I argue for research-based instruction and policy. I point out a dearth of empirical evidence behind some instructional schemes, and champion others that have been validated or verified to my satisfaction. Some readers are happy to find out what is “known,” and others see me as a killjoy because the research findings don’t match well with what they claim to “know.” Members of this latter group are often horrified by my conclusions. They often are certain that I’m wrong because they read a book for teacher...
Teacher question: I am working with schools who are strongly committed to the “I Do, We Do, You Do” method of teaching reading, and attempt to use this method when working with the reading of complex texts. I have noticed tha...
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