Reading Comprehension & Technology

Whether we like it or not, digital reading is now an integral part of our daily lives and becoming increasingly prevalent.  Although there are many similarities between using and comprehending digital and paper texts, there are some key differences and we cannot assume that students will learn the skills associated with reading digital texts. Due […]

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Spelling in Middle English

If you are a poor speller, you may wish that you were a scribe in the 13th century.  During this Middle English period there was a huge amount of variation in the spelling of words. For example, in the Oxford English Dictionary of that era there were over sixty variants of the spelling of ‘night’: […]

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Developing Reading Comprehension

Once students can read, reading then becomes an activity for acquiring knowledge. As they build knowledge through reading, this in turns provides a foundation for further thinking, understanding and learning. Effective reading comprehension is important not just in the educational setting, but for employment and daily living. We need to teach students how to read […]

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Modifying Spelling Programs

  I had a long discussion with a classroom teacher who was frustrated with the lack of depth in the spelling program that she was mandated by the school to use. We brainstormed strategies that she could use to stay true to the program and at the same time add in the elements she saw […]

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Asking Questions

To effectively answer comprehension questions it helps to understand how questions are constructed. Asking questions also stimulates curiosity and is important for clarifying understanding. Here are some suggestions for using this as a teaching strategy: I Wonder Book Give each student a ‘Wonder Notebook’. Provide opportunities for students to note down questions that reflects their […]

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