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Defending the "D" Word ... Dyslexia
Posted on Oct 5, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
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  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Defending the "D" Word ... Dyslexia

Henry Ward Beecher once said, a word is a “peg to hang ideas on.” A single word can conjure a host of meanings and associations. “Dyslexia” is such a word. In the last couple of years, well-known and respected researchers have been arguing that it is time to do away with the “D word.”

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Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial
Posted on May 17, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
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  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial

While many language skills and comprehension strategies are embedded in daily lessons, teachers know that the overall purpose of each lesson sequence is to understand content related to a theme. The reason for reading a text is clear: The text is worthwhile. It is complex and rich.

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Staying Grounded in Reading Realities: A Better Approach for Struggling Readers
Posted on Mar 29, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
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  • Dyslexia
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Staying Grounded in Reading Realities: A Better Approach for Struggling Readers

I attended and spoke at the annual International Dyslexia Association (IDA) meeting in Dallas. IDA remains the best interdisciplinary conference for all professionals, advocates, and families concerned with reading, writing, and language difficulties.

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Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
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  • Education Technology
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success

Teachers of adolescent poor readers often find that their students are willing to do anything BUT read and write. Getting students to believe that they can make meaningful progress—when all prior experience suggests they will not—and to work at something that has never been rewarding is a major challenge.

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How Teacher Talk Affects Student Vocabulary Growth
Posted on Jan 6, 2016
  • Louisa Moats
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  • Dyslexia
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
How Teacher Talk Affects Student Vocabulary Growth

Rather than focusing on text reading this month, let’s turn our attention to one of the critical components of language necessary for comprehension: vocabulary.

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Staying Grounded in Reading Realities
Posted on Dec 2, 2015
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Staying Grounded in Reading Realities

At the end of October, I attended and spoke at the annual International Dyslexia Association (IDA) meeting in Dallas. IDA remains the best interdisciplinary conference for all professionals, advocates, and families concerned with reading, writing, and language difficulties. IDA meetings, over the past three decades, are where I’ve obtained my real education.

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