The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 5 (Strategies for Hearing Parents)

[Editor’s note: This is the last post of a five-part series on the deaf and educational interventions to ensure reading comprehension and fluency. To read the first part, go here. To read the second part, go here. To read the third part, go here. To read the fourth part, go here.] If you’re a hearing parent of a … Continue reading “The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 5 (Strategies for Hearing Parents)”


The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 4 (Reading to Deaf Children)

[Editor’s note: This is the fourth post of a five-part series on the deaf and educational interventions to ensure reading comprehension and fluency. To read the first part, go here. To read the second part, go here. To read the third part, go here.] Reading aloud is just as important for deaf children as it … Continue reading “The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 4 (Reading to Deaf Children)”


The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 3 (ASL and Literacy)

[Editor’s note: This is the third post of a five-part series on the deaf and educational interventions to ensure reading comprehension and fluency. To read the first part, go here. To read the second part, go here.] If a child’s primary language is ASL (American Sign Language), does this enhance or expedite the acquisition of … Continue reading “The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 3 (ASL and Literacy)”


The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 2 (Phonics Instruction)

[Editor’s note: This is the second post of a five-part series on the deaf and educational interventions to ensure effective reading comprehension and fluency. To read the first part, go here.] Chamberlain & Mayberry (2000) indicate that reading requires two related abilities. First, you must be familiar with a language. Second, you must understand the … Continue reading “The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 2 (Phonics Instruction)”


The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 1 (Overview)

[Editor’s note: This is the first post of a five-part series on the deaf and educational interventions to ensure reading comprehension and fluency.] Chamberlain & Mayberry (2000) indicate that reading requires two related abilities. First, you must be familiar with a language. Second, you must understand the mapping between that language and the printed word … Continue reading “The Deaf and Reading Comprehension – Part 1 (Overview)”


Artificial Intelligence and Reading Comprehension

If you believe the sensational headlines from January 2018, both Microsoft and Alibaba have developed computer programs that outperform humans on reading comprehension. Can this be correct? Well, it really depends on how you define “comprehension.” Let’s first start with the claims. The test given to the programs is actually a dataset compiled by a … Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence and Reading Comprehension”


Teaching Reading Strategies for Comprehension

Reading comprehension is the key to critical thinking and learning new information. However, it’s not always an easy process for students to navigate, and it’s at the point where learning to read transitions into reading to learn that many falter. So what’s the best approach to assuring that students are able to master this complex … Continue reading “Teaching Reading Strategies for Comprehension”


Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues

A short time ago, we discussed Dolly Parton’s creation of the Imagination Library program in 1995. The non-profit program, underwritten by local libraries and other community institutions, provides one free book a month to children from newborns to five years old. From its small start in Sevier County, where Parton grew up, the Library has grown … Continue reading “Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues”


Vision Problems and Reading Comprehension

If a child is having difficulty reading, sometimes vision problems may be the cause. The problems may not be apparent, though, if the child does not complain about difficulty seeing or has passed their school’s vision screening. What’s required is a comprehensive optometric examination, one that addresses the many different components required for reading and comprehension. … Continue reading “Vision Problems and Reading Comprehension”


Study Skills Part 2 – Reading Comprehension

Last week we talked about the many types and aspects of listening. Today we’re going to address a somewhat related topic – reading comprehension. As with listening, reading has many different parts, and it is a skill; like any skill, you need to practice to get better at it. Children start learning to read with the … Continue reading “Study Skills Part 2 – Reading Comprehension”