It’s possible to learn some words by rote, even if you don’t know how letters and sounds go together, but in order to have a strategy for decoding novel words, you need the phonics skills. Sure, English is an irritatingly irregular language, so phonics doesn’t always give you the right answer, but without phonics, you have no strategy for approaching an unfamiliar word.
Have you worried about how your child is doing in school? Have you had the feeling that something just wasn’t right? Have you been told by teachers, tutors, and school professionals that your child is probably just a “late bloomer.” Perhaps no one can put their finger on exactly why your child is struggling. If this scenario sounds familiar, you might be dealing with a child that has dyslexia. The word ‘dyslexia’ literally means trouble with language. And the way this manifests itself is through difficulty reading, spelling, writing, and even sometimes with finding the right words to verbally communicate a thought or idea.
The ability to read has long been linked in society's mind to intelligence, but dyslexia is surprisingly common at MIT, to such an extent that the founder of the MIT Media Lab and the One Laptop per Child Association, Nicholas Negroponte (a dyslexic himself), called it the MIT disease in his autobiography. Recent research has found that dyslexia is not related to IQ. It is, however, the most common learning disability, at MIT and elsewhere, affecting between 5% and 20% of the population.
What science tells us about the incredible shrinking childhood.
Now most researchers seem to agree on one thing: Breast budding in girls is starting earlier. The debate has shifted to what this means. Puberty, in girls, involves three events: the growth of breasts, the growth of pubic hair and a first period. Typically the changes unfold in that order, and the process takes about two years. But the data show a confounding pattern. While studies have shown that the average age of breast budding has fallen significantly since the 1970s, the average age of first period, or menarche, has remained fairly constant, dropping to only 12.5 from 12.8 years. Why would puberty be starting earlier yet ending more or less at the same time?
"Since people learn from people they love," he writes in the same column, "education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student. By insisting on constant informal contact and by preserving that contact year after year, The New American Academy has the potential to create richer, mentorlike or even familylike relationships for students who are not rich in those things."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of My Dyslexia, Philip Schultz, reads from his book at the National Center for Learning Disabilities "Celebrating Our Schools" Luncheon. Visit www.ncld.org for more insightful ...
It would be truly unfortunate if twenty years from now we woke up to the realization that U.S. prominence in the world's economy had dropped even farther from where it stood today, because we made the mistake of shortchanging our educational systems.
It is often assumed that students above the third or fourth grade have acquired sufficient decoding skills and that the struggles they continue to have are simply related to comprehension difficulties. But older dyslexic students still have problems with word recognition. Because they haven’t benefitted from years of reading and targeted instruction, they are often held back by lack of vocabulary, background knowledge and this is a huge component of their comprehension difficulties.
IBNLive.comAutism Awareness In April Draws Attention To A National Epidemic1330 WFINApril is Autism Awareness Month and the Center For Autism and Dyslexia In Findlay will be busy promoting their cause.
LEOMINSTER -- Leominster High Schools Center for Technical Education needs a makeover for the 21st century, according to Schools Superintendent James R.The innovation schools are similar in concept to charter schools, said Secretary of Education Paul Reville.
Except they are in-district schools so municipalities do not lose state aid as they do when students leave to attend charter schools.
Each Innovation School is expected to provide inventive strategies and creative approaches to education and have more freedoms to work outside of the normal public school rubric.
Patrick signed the Achievement Gap Act in January 2010, which includes creation of innovation schools to act like in-district charter schools.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 30,2012 - 2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Grants
The U.S. Department of Education released the 2012 notice inviting applications for new “Scale-up” and “Validation” grants available through the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund.
“This next round of i3 projects will build on the fund’s growing portfolio of promising education programs that help close achievement gaps, personalize learning, and accelerate student achievement,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The first description of dyslexia occurred in 1896, when a headmaster reported that a student woud be the "smartest lad in the school" if the instruction were entirely oral. Since that time, experts have recognized the real challenges as well as talents associated with dyslexia.