Quick hits for this week:
- Yet another study shows that sleep habits – especially having a regular bedtime – are the most consistent predictors of “positive developmental outcomes [… including …] scores for receptive and expressive language, phonological aweareness, literacy and early math abilities”. No surprises there.
- A look at biliteracy development in a bilingual first-grade classroom.
- Former state Seneator Dave Bisbee’s admission in court that he has serious reading difficulties is the starting point for an article about adults struggling with poor literacy skills in the United States.
- A website called Book Trailers is suggested as a way to encourage students to keep reading through the “lazy summer afternoons”.
- Researchers say that reading is not a skill and there’s no such thing as a reading test, among other things.
- There is much arguing going on about whether President Obama’s speech – written at a 9.8 reading level (just below a “standard” grade 10 level) – was too difficult for most Americans to understand, or if that’s assuming too little of the American people.
- On a related note: after a poorly edited letter regarding the G20 is released, some are asking if the White House needs a literacy program.
- Calling all Americans: the Summer of a Million Books campaign (developed by Reach Out and Read and United We Serve. Let’s Read. Let’s Move) is looking for your participation and/or donations.
- Yet again, experts ask if year-round schooling is a viable option.
- No surprises here – a study finds that, in Nepal, marginalized kids drift out of education.
- A teacher looks at the connections between photography and literacy.
- Another teacher showcases her fantastic literacy pocket chart.
- Here are some strategies for avoiding “summer slide”.