Diglossia, African American English, & Literacy Instruction in the United States
There is a concept termed diglossia worth exploring in relation to dialects of African American English used in the United States. What is diglossia? Diglossia can be defined as “the coexistence of two varieties of the same language throughout a speech community. Often, one form is the literary or prestige dialect, and the other is…
A Multicomponent Approach
I am a nerd, and I skim through a fair number of research papers, both to keep current for my professional role, and because I just like learning about literacy and language. While I use Zotero to organize some of what I come across, I tend to read through papers on my phone on buses/trains…
How you interpret “the science of reading” depends on how you think of “science”: Part IV
This is Part IV in a series digging into two articles from Keith Stanovich that provides useful ways for educators to understand the science in the science of reading. In Part I, we examined a 2003 article that proposed 5 different “styles” that can influence how science is conducted and perceived. Since Part II, we’ve…
How you interpret “the science of reading” depends on how you think of “science”: Part III
The “science of reading” has become a loaded term — partly due to how “science” itself may be conceived. Since starting this series (yes, I know, I take a really long time to write posts), there’s been a fascinating trend of articles reacting to the term in various ways. These takes seem only slated to…
How you interpret “the science of reading” depends on how you think of “science”: Part II
“The field’s failure to ground practice in the attitudes and values of science has made educators susceptible to the ‘authority syndrome’ as well as fads and gimmicks that ignore evidence-based practice.” –Paula and Keith Stanovich
A Healthy Diet of Openness and Skepticism Towards Education Research
A review and recommendation to read Andrew Watson’s “The Goldilocks Map”
Phonemic Proficiency: A Hypothesis to be Tested
There’s been a kerfuffle in the reading nerd sphere for a while now about Dr. David Kilpatrick’s theories of orthographic mapping and the advanced phonemic awareness activities promoted by his Equipped for Reading Success program. At issue have been the following: Are phonemic awareness activities without letters time well spent for Tier 1 instruction? Are…
What does it take to internalize the cipher?
What does it take to get an individual child to internalize the cipher of written English?
Advancing Literacy for Black boys
I’ll never forget the moment when I realized that the students in a school I was supporting had not read anything more than a few pages of text for close to two months. There were a myriad of potential excuses for it. They were ramping up for test prep season, there was a spring break…
A Finale: Learning to Read and Write is a Remarkable Human Feat
What have I learned from my exploration of whether learning to read is natural or unnatural? It’s complicated.