Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Absolutely! Students do understand texts that are read aloud to them that are above their independent reading level. But if they are struggling to read text on their own that is too difficult for them to decode, they will not have good comprehension.  Struggling students in the upper grades are increasingly expected to read texts … Continue reading Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

What a concept! Some teachers assign books to their students that they can actually read instead of assigning them to read books that are far above their reading ability! Is this surprising? Is it a bad thing? Are policy-makers suggesting that students should be assigned to read books at an instructional level that they cannot … Continue reading Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

Should You Teach Sight Words to Your Beginning Readers? Part 1

Should you start teach sight words to your child when he or she is beginning to learn to read? There is a lot of debate about this topic.  Many people think that the English language is so difficult to learn that they must teach sight words or children will not learn to read well.  Is … Continue reading Should You Teach Sight Words to Your Beginning Readers? Part 1