The History of Writing and Reading – Part 6: Japanese Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the seventh of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 6: Japanese Writing”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 3A: The Rise of Indo-European Languages (Part 1 of 2)

[Editor’s note: This is the third of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to the previous posts are listed at the end of this one.] … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 3A: The Rise of Indo-European Languages (Part 1 of 2)”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the first of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today.] Today, we take reading and writing for granted – we look at the … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing”


Parrots Can Speak, but Can They Read?

Jennifer Cuhna is a lawyer with a bachelor’s degree in psychology; she also served as a research assistant at the University of Florida in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory and spent many years teaching inner-city kids how to read. Those experiences gave her both the inquisitiveness and the expertise to work on a rather unconventional study … Continue reading “Parrots Can Speak, but Can They Read?”


Critical Thinking and the Future of Reading

Over the years on this blog, we have addressed the critical need for critical thinking at all ages and levels of education, as well as the fact that while humans are hard-wired for speech, we are not hard-wired for reading and writing, which must be taught and learned. This past Saturday, the U.S. edition of … Continue reading “Critical Thinking and the Future of Reading”


Guest Blog, Elizabeth Smith – Ace Reader: A Solution to a Multi-Faceted Problem

According to the 2015 NAEP Report (the last year that twelfth graders were included), slightly over 1/3 of public school fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders read at a proficient level or above.[1] The overwhelming majority of that 37% is at the proficient level. As most teachers know, “proficient” isn’t equivalent with grade level. The statistics … Continue reading “Guest Blog, Elizabeth Smith – Ace Reader: A Solution to a Multi-Faceted Problem”


Stop the Summer Reading Slide

Today’s post is a re-post of a blog we ran last year. As this year the summer slide seems even  more entrenched than ever, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic. As the last of the school bells ring, kids head off to a summer that (they hope) will be … Continue reading “Stop the Summer Reading Slide”


Does Spacing after a Period Affect Reading Speed and Comprehension?

Ever since there has been typesetting and printed text, there has been a debate about spacing, particularly about the spacing after a period – should there be one space or two? The first printers used two space sizes. A regular space was used for separating words, and a slightly larger space (called the emspace) was … Continue reading “Does Spacing after a Period Affect Reading Speed and Comprehension?”


AceReader and the Assessment Process

Now that the school year is coming to a close, both teachers and students may wonder how AceReader’s Assessment tests can help determine the amount students have improved in their reading fluency skills over the past academic semester or year, as well as how they demonstrate the program’s effectiveness for reading instruction. When working through … Continue reading “AceReader and the Assessment Process”


Interview with Sam Adams – Writer, Poet, and Avid Reader

[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff, and it is the second installment in what will be a series of interviews about the different approaches people take to discover and learn new topics. It was lightly edited for clarity.] MR: We’re talking today with Sam Adams, a reader, writer, poet, and co-founder of … Continue reading “Interview with Sam Adams – Writer, Poet, and Avid Reader”