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Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Practice makes perfect: Overlearning to read

Below-level readers often have an underdeveloped capacity for working with text as a pathway for learning. One way that technology can help students create increased capacity for reading is through “overlearning,” which basically means continuing to learn a skill even after you have mastered it. 

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Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Reading is a process. So what’s missing?

Many teachers observe that their students are good decoders of text, but they just can’t comprehend it. So what’s going on? Reading comprehension is comprised of underlying skills working together in unison. When one of those parts is underdeveloped or inefficient, students struggle to understand

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Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Are we there yet? Evaluating progress for struggling readers

Progress is personal to every child. Amazing growth for one student is a disappointing slide for another, and it’s the work in-between assessments that offers a more complete picture of skill development. Struggling readers often have a lot of ground to cover, making it even

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Reading Practice
Sue Koch

It’s the most wonderful time for reading

It’s been a challenging few months for all of us, but teachers and students have been working diligently to overcome the uncertainty of this unusual school year. The holidays may be longer than normal this year, so it’s time to get creative! Here are a

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Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Reading is hard, so let’s break it down

Many students struggle with reading – two-thirds of 8th-grade students read below proficiency levels (NAEP 2019). It’s only natural to avoid something we find difficult, but for struggling readers, that means less reading, less learning, and ultimately more frustration as the deficit grows over time.

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