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Shanahan on Literacy

Timothy Shanahan

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. All posts are reprinted with permission from Shanahan on Literacy.

August 27, 2015

Teacher question:

August 17, 2015

From a teacher: What do you recommend is the best way to teach vocabulary to struggling readers at the middle school level? My snappy reply:

August 3, 2015

Many educators trumpet the idea of reading-writing relationships, emphasizing how close reading and writing are. As a teacher I was a big believer in this — my kids wrote every day, despite the lack of a report card space for writing, a writing curriculum, writing standards, or even any professional development on the topic.

July 29, 2015

From a teacher:

July 24, 2015

From a reader: Any thoughts on top 2 or 3 literacy concepts on which you would focus librarians? Grades 4-8? My response:

July 16, 2015

From a teacher: I have read a few articles and books by Daniel Willingham in the past, and I wonder if you are familiar with his work. I recently read an article about reading comprehension strategies and am curious to know what you think of his ideas. He says that focusing heavily on reading strategies isn’t really necessary.

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Reading intervention specialist working one-on-one with an elementary student struggling readers

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