About reading

November 7, 2007

I once heard Connie Juel, a prominent researcher in early reading, describe an interview with a struggling fourth-grade student. Connie had spent four years following a group of students who, in first grade, had been identified as at risk. She was wrapping up her longitudinal study, asking them how they felt about reading. "Reading?" one boy said. "I hate it. I'd rather clean a bathtub."


July 24, 2007

I'm often asked what the best sequence is for teaching letter sounds. From the work done by the National Reading Panel, we know that systematic and explicit phonics programs teach children letter–sound relationships directly in a well-defined and predetermined sequence.

Most systematic phonics programs sequence phonics generalizations from least difficult to more difficult. Even still...

February 13, 2007

The International Reading Association published their 11th Annual "What's Hot" survey . If you haven't looked at this survey before, the results reflect the opinions of 25 literacy leaders; each respondent is asked to rate a topic...


"Reading is not optional." —

Walter Dean Myers