If you’re new to structured literacy or the science of reading, this book will be an excellent introduction, particularly if you’re a secondary teacher facing dozens of students who are struggling to read. On the other hand, if these are familiar topics, as they are to me, then there may not be enough specific advice to be very helpful. That said, Thinking Reading does recommend practices like spelling and vocabulary development, background knowledge, and the study of morphology. Unfortunately, if your school or district can’t or won’t sponsor widescale secondary-level testing and intervention, there may not be (according to the authors) much you can do as a solitary classroom teacher.
Quotation of the Month
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: “The authoritarian playbook has no chapter on failure. Nothing prepares the ruler to see his propaganda ignored and his charismatic hold weaken until his own people turn against him.”
- A Review of Thinking Reading
- Humankind: A Hopeful History (by Rutger Bregman)
- Rosenshine’s Principles in Action
- Using Blogger for Online Learning
- A few thoughts on returning to school in the age of Covid-19
- Decontenting & the Honour Roll
- Looming on the horizon: English Studies 12
- A Few Thoughts on BC’s Electoral Reform Ballot
- Curriculum must be a teacher’s ally, not a teacher’s foe.
- On the latest report card “innovation”