S.C. third-grade retention law worries Lancaster County parent of dyslexic children

BY AMANDA HARRIS aharris@heraldonline.com AUGUST 12, 2017 6:25 PM LANCASTER COUNTY  Carmen McKoy, a Kershaw mother of five, is worried a state literacy law will spell trouble for children like hers. McKoy, who has children in Lancaster County schools, learned a few years ago that her two youngest have dyslexia, a learning disability. Starting this… Continue reading S.C. third-grade retention law worries Lancaster County parent of dyslexic children

Dyslexia, My Gift

By Nathan Tabor —— Bio and Archives August 14, 2017 I wrote this column to encourage others with dyslexia.  The layout is simple.  The paragraphs without parenthesis are my original words.  The paragraphs with parenthesis are my editor’s corrections.  Please share with others who struggle with dyslexia! Growing up I didn’t know I had dyslexia.  I couldn’t read until… Continue reading Dyslexia, My Gift

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

August 15, 20172:29 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air In the event of a zombie attack, author Max Brooks will be ready. His books The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z are fictional manifestations of his own fears and anxieties — and his impulse to overcome them by preparing for the worst. "The notion of learning how to survive… Continue reading Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Decoding difficulty relates to the mapping of sounds to letters, rather than the visual appearance of the words

By Christopher Bergland from https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/christopher-bergland Neuromyths are common misconceptions about how the mind and brain function. Once these myths take hold in the public consciousness, it’s often difficult for people to separate brain facts from brain fiction. Previous research has found that belief in neuromyths is common among the general public, as well as teachers, in other countries. But, until recently, there… Continue reading Decoding difficulty relates to the mapping of sounds to letters, rather than the visual appearance of the words

Massive data collection is happening in our schools

  Emily Talmage warns that data mining is happening 24/7, whenever children (or adults) go online, at school or at home. On Monday, the FBI published a public service announcement alerting parents that “smart toys” and entertainment devices for kids may be collecting vast amounts of data about their children. “The collection of a child’s… Continue reading Massive data collection is happening in our schools

Florida State University licensing research for public use

by Byron Dobson, Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Published 6:35 a.m. ET July 31, 2017 Florida State University researcher Yaacov Petscher has developed a web application that will assist teachers in projecting reading success in elementary-age students beyond the standard one-year period. Currently, based on a series of fluency assessments, teachers are able to determine if a… Continue reading Florida State University licensing research for public use

My Reading Challenge

Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Instagram | Bloglovin’ Reading has never been my strong point. I mean, I can read, it is possible, and I’d say I do it quite well. I can even understand that whole sentence no problems at all. But they say* that if you’re not reading for pleasure by 5 […]… Continue reading My Reading Challenge