Fall festivities have begun! Halloween and Thanksgiving themed decor fill the classrooms and stores, but its the literacy rate among boys in our nation, especially young Black boys, which is frightening and of concern to our organization.
Here are a few thought-provoking articles:
Research data from 160,000 adults studied across 31 countries concludes how a home that is filled with books gives literacy skills to children later in life. The home library should be bountiful to have significant impact. Read more
No substantial scientific evidence can be found which proves that learning styles, such as auditory or visual actually exist, but theories do. Researchers proposed these theories in order to categorize learners, which could alter teaching approaches and workplace management. During the experiment, learners did not respond positively to their purported styles. Researchers recommend transforming your thinking to match the task at hand, irrespective of what you believe your learning style is. Read more
Natasha Tarpley is the author of the best-selling picture book I Love My Hair! Natasha wrote the book to bring positive messaging and pride to African-American children. A former reporter and recipient of numerous awards, Ms.Tarpley’s book is on the recommended-reading lists of school and library systems. Is it in your home or classroom? Read more
Virtually all children learn to read, but more than 6 in 10 4th graders aren’t proficient, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress. Hundreds of scientific studies show that educators need to teach phonics, and how to decode words. Ignoring the science of reading is problematic. Many whole-language proponents added some phonics to their teaching approach and rebranded it “balanced literacy.” Read more
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