Do we all have “attention deficits”? Or is there something else going on? Let’s try this little experiment, conceived by Simons and Chabris for their classic study on sustained inattentional blindness (1999).
Cool Literacy and Learning Links
The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K. What do we want our children’s first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds? New York Times, October 21, 2014.
The Missing Piece: Discovering the Joy in Parent-Child Reading. If we hope to produce life-long readers, we need to instill a desire to read, not just because it is important for building a child’s school readiness, but because it is fun and it builds parent-child relationships. Huffington Post, October 10, 2014.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has just released a new handbook on dyslexia, IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know. It contains information on the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, and also provides information on valid assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources.
Dyslexia: When Spelling Matters A look at the foundation for “real spelling.” International Reading Association, October 14, 2014.
Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom. What can a general education teacher do to help? Edutopia, October 23, 2014.