language arts

Efficiency, Motivation and Comprehension = the 'Skill, Will and Thrill' of Reading

Nick Mack, a fourth-grade teacher in Burlington, Vermont, says his students are at a transformative stage of their early education. “Around fourth grade, students transition from just reading for reading’s sake—or just for pleasure—to reading for understanding content,” he explains. But if students are reading inefficiently, it means they can’t get enough information from the text to develop background knowledge—or to acquire vocabulary.

Reading Is Visually Unnatural—Here's How to Help Students Who Struggle

When Mark Taylor was growing up near Huntington, NY, his house had a special draw no other home in the neighborhood could boast: a basement full of prisms, projectors and other cool optometric gadgets. His friends loved coming over to mess around with the devices, but these were no mere toys: they were part of a family legacy.

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