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I have often said not all of my students have a reading deficit; they have a “like” deficit. Therefore, I spend time getting them excited about learning. We begin our day with a “would you rather” question in which they must make a choice and defend this decision.

We focus on the “why” this decision is best for them.[…] Continue Reading »

In his book “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Or as Brazilian educator Paulo Freire framed it: both reading and writing the word and reading and writing the world. Reading is the gateway to success in school and in life.[…] Continue Reading »

Imagine this: You are a seventh-grader. School is probably one of the last things on your mind. You are taking six different subjects with six different teachers and they all have their own teaching styles, expectations, grading systems and ways of providing feedback. You feel like they are all speaking their own language. You are learning about osmosis in science, the electoral process in social studies and geometry in math class.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBlog on Education recently interviewed Todd Brekhus, a leader in technology-enhanced literacy solutions for more than two decades, about challenges in literacy education, personalized literacy and future trends in the field. Brekhus spent eight years in the classroom as a teacher, department chair and technology director and now serves as president and creator of myON, a business unit of Capstone. Here are some of his insights, based on his work with educators and school administrators.[…] Continue Reading »

English language learners comprise the most rapidly growing segment of students in K-12. More than 10% of students are now identified as foreign language learners of English. Many states, including Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana have seen the number of ELL students increase three times or more over the past 10 years.[…] Continue Reading »