Interview with Leah King: Educator, reading specialist, and reader, Part 2

[Editor’s note and disclaimer: This is Part 2 of our discussion with educator and reading specialist Leah King. The content for this two-part post came from an interview conducted by Miriam Ruff on October 4, 2020, and it has been edited somewhat for length and fluency.] To read Part 1, click here. MR: Like everyone … Continue reading “Interview with Leah King: Educator, reading specialist, and reader, Part 2”


Interview with Leah King: Educator, reading specialist, and reader, Part 1

[Editor’s note and disclaimer: This is another in an occasional series of interviews with readers, reading specialists, and educators. The content for this two-part post came from an interview conducted by Miriam Ruff on October 4, 2020, and it has been edited somewhat for length and fluency.] MR:  Thanks for being with us and sharing … Continue reading “Interview with Leah King: Educator, reading specialist, and reader, Part 1”


How Closed Captioning Can Improve Literacy

If you want to learn to read well, watch TV — with closed captioning. Captions provide readers, and especially emergent, struggling, or English Language Learning readers, with additional print exposure; and they offer an inexpensive way for students to build and improve their foundational reading skills, including phonics, word recognition and vocabulary building, and fluency. … Continue reading “How Closed Captioning Can Improve Literacy”


Guest Blog: The Unexpected Benefits of Virtual Learning, and How to Make the Most of Them

[Editor’s note: Today’s blog was written by Jane Miller, a freelance writer, part-time high school English teacher, and a graduate student based in Seattle, Washington.] In the roughly six months since the coronavirus pandemic struck the U.S. in earnest, virtual learning has developed something of a mixed reputation. In those six months, students of all … Continue reading “Guest Blog: The Unexpected Benefits of Virtual Learning, and How to Make the Most of Them”


Instruction in the Time of the Pandemic: Parental Involvement

2020 has been hard on everyone, and when it comes to education, it’s especially evident with parents, teachers, and administrators. With the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown that closed schools for an indefinite period, parents have found themselves in the position of having to help instruct their children — of many different ages and … Continue reading “Instruction in the Time of the Pandemic: Parental Involvement”


The Science of Reading – Part 1: Unlocking Language

[Editor’s note: This is the first part of our five-part series on the best practices of learning to read and learning to read better.] There’s a long-standing debate about how best to teach children to read, which has led to what is colloquially known as the “reading wars.” On one side of the battle are … Continue reading “The Science of Reading – Part 1: Unlocking Language”


Guest Blog: 8 Factors to Consider when Choosing an eReader

By Kenny Trinh Editor of the gadget review publication netbooknews.com (https://www.netbooknews.com/) [Editor’s note: Periodically we like to open up our blog to others in the reading and education industries, to get a wider perspective of the discoveries and trends happening in these fields. Mr. Trinh graciously offered to contribute today’s post, which has been edited … Continue reading “Guest Blog: 8 Factors to Consider when Choosing an eReader”


Authors, Developing Words — Arthur C. Clarke

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine.” So said Arthur C. Clarke, pioneering scientist and one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words — Arthur C. Clarke”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 21: Printing, Publishing, and Language Norms in the Digital Age

[Editor’s note: This is the twenty-second 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 21: Printing, Publishing, and Language Norms in the Digital Age”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 15: Printing and the Spread of Writing (Part 2 of 3)

[Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. It is also the second of a three-part discussion of the rise of printing and its effect on various civilizations. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 15: Printing and the Spread of Writing (Part 2 of 3)”