Stealing Reading Moments

Jan 17, 2013 by

I don’t think any of us would argue that children need lots of time to read in order to become proficient, lifelong readers.   There is an overwhelming amount of research that points to a correlation between “eyes on text” and reading achievement.  Here is one piece of data that can be found in Richard Allington’s What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs: Reading Volume of Fifth-Grade Students of Different Levels of Achievement Achievement Percentile Minutes of Reading per Day Words per Year 90th 40.4 2,357,000 50th 12.9 601,000 10th 1.6 51,000 Adapted from Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988 In summary, the more children read, the higher their reading achievement.  In Outliers: The Story of Success Malcom Gladwell describes “the 10,000 hour rule”, where he asserts that it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated...

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What I Did on My Snow Day

Feb 2, 2011 by

It’s a snow day here in Michigan (along with many other parts of the country), so I’m using this opportunity to do some catching up.  One thing I did was register for the spring MRA (Michigan Reading Association) conference which, in my opinion, is such a bargain!  I’m looking forward to hearing some of the country’s leading literacy professionals and children’s book authors next month.  I’m most excited to hear Donalyn Miller the author of my new favorite book The Book Whisperer. Read more about this on my previous blogpost about her. Another thing I did today was a little web surfing.  I found a site that I haven’t had time to fully explore yet, but just had to share it with you.  It’s called Not For Robots.  Under the title on the homepage...

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