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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.
Teacher Question: I’m a big phonics promoter. Recently, someone challenged me saying that the fact that Reading First didn’t work shows that emphasizing phonics is a bad idea. Can you help? Shanahan replies: In 2001,...
Teacher question: What do you think about “modeling” in literacy instruction? Shanahan’s reply: Tyler’s mom sent me the video. It was riveting. Like many 21st century parents she had a camera going in the nursery at naptime. And, the camera revealed something pretty cool during an afternoon nap. Tyler was a toddler. He had started day care recently, the youngest kid there. Now he was in his crib and supposed to be sleeping. But Tyler had his book and was jabbering away. He wasn’t pretending to read so much as he was pretending to read to a group of...
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