For nearly two decades, there has been a huge gap between the science of reading and instructional practices in America’s classrooms. Reading scientists such as Mark Seidenberg, a researcher in cognitive psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, correctly attributes the problem to the failure of educators to pay attention to reading science (Seidenberg, 2017). With two decades of groundbreaking research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience and an explosion of new understandings about the architecture of the reading brain and how children learn to read, how is it that two-thirds of American fourth and eighth graders still read below grade level proficiency? The answer harkens back to scientifically debunked practices indelibly planted more than three decades ago by the whole language movement. I was part of that movement, so I take the liberty to write about it! These same misunderstandings in reading education can also be traced back to the National Reading Panel … [Read more...] about Bridging the Gap Between Science and Poor Reading in America
Home News News oi-Lekhaka By Lekhaka on March 8, 2021 Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar today said that doctors should prescribe generic medicines to help poor people. Except for complicated disease where there is need for specific formulas, for other ailments the use of generic medicine should be encouraged. Speaking on the occasion of 3rd Jan Aushadhi Diwas in Pune he announced to start a campaign for doctors to popularise the use of generic medicine in the country. Mr. Javadekar visited a Pradhanmantri Bhartiya Jan Aushdhi Kendra in Kothrud , Pune and attended the Prime Minister's live telecast interaction from Shilong. He also interacted with the doctors and beneficiaries at the centre. Mr. Javadekar said that Prime Minister has launched world's biggest Health Insurance scheme which is helping 50 crore Indians. The cost of medicines at these Jan Aushadhi stores is 60 to 70 percent cheaper than market price. The prices … [Read more...] about Third Jan Aushadhi Diwas: Campaign To Start For Doctors To Prescribe Generic Medicine
How Can We Solve the Problem of Avoidance? No one enjoys a stressful situation. From time to time, we all avoid dealing with our problems; however, when avoidance becomes a repeated behavior, it can encroach upon the productivity of our daily lives and hint towards something more serious. What is Avoidance? Avoidance is a maladaptive coping strategy, or in other words, an active escape from some stressful situation. The different forms of avoidance fall into two main categories and can often present concurrently. The first type involves cognitive avoidance, achieved through diverting thoughts away from the stressor. The second involves behavioral avoidance, where one employs physical behaviors to escape from the reality of a stressor. What are the Evolutionary Origins of Avoidance? Avoidance may have evolved as a strategy in anticipation of danger. When animals detect imminent threat, the best protection is often to remain still. Likewise, rather than give in to … [Read more...] about How Can We Solve the Problem of Avoidance?
Source: Catherine Hammond/Unsplash We all know what poor self-control looks like: a hot quick temper, low frustration tolerance, short attention span, restlessness, distractibility, and more. One of the biggest gifts you can give your child is self-control. If they know how to regulate their emotions and their behavior, they’ll do better in almost every area of life. If you have more than one child, you probably know that self-control comes more easily to some kids than to others. One of my daughters was remarkably good at staying calm, processing her emotions constructively, and staying on task from a very early age. The other—also now in her forties—has a more impetuous temperament, and can still find it challenging to control her immediate reactions. Both of them are living happily productive lives, so don’t despair if you have a child who doesn’t take easily to learning to manage their responses. With love, time, and attention, even a wild child can learn self-control. … [Read more...] about Self-Control: Staying Calm, Focused, Present, and Productive
Be an advocate for better reading instruction for children in vulnerable populations. Join a powerful Science of Reading (SOR) revolution led by developmental cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, speech language pathologists, forward-thinking educators, advocates for children with dyslexia , concerned legislators, and disgruntled parents. The clarion call? “Things must change!” Q: Why is there a Science of Reading revolution? A: Because of ignorance (as in ignore the science), crisis, and chaos. The Science of Reading has been in existence for hundreds of years, but in today’s internet age, the movement is inciting a revolution kindled by cross-disciplinary communication exposing a crisis worsened by pandemic chaos. Cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, reading researchers, teacher educators, and others are all making extraordinary contributions intended to change how we teach reading. The fact is, we know how to teach reading based on science. The SOR movement … [Read more...] about Science Says Reading Education Must Change