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February 22, 2019
Reading comprehension apps need to be improved. These are often bought by parents desperate to help their child become a better reader, but what they are getting may not be the best help. Reading apps desperately needed to reflect the best practices that teachers use to help kids become better readers.
And typical apps contain passages are too broadly written like encyclopedia entries failing to do what a passage should – encourage further, lifelong reading. ‘Gotcha’ and ‘sudden death’ type methods to ask comprehension questions instead of doing what teachers do: setting purpose to the reading by letting kids see the questions.” Hutton also firmly believes that “the kids, parents, and teachers do not need to change. The software needed to change. We tried to lead this change with our apps.
February 17, 2019
We thought reading software desperately needed some improvements. Most good teachers will tell you that we have students read all the questions before reading the passage. This builds purpose to the reading. The reader has something in mind before they begin reading. This dynamic is called metacognition and study after study tells us it is crucial to reading comprehension. Next, I thought the passages read like encyclopedia entries. Kids, like adults, want interesting things to read. It helps them want to read more!
My app contains an entire passage about the position of Lincoln’s hands at his memorial. Parents and teachers tell me the kids love it and go on Wikipedia to learn more! And the way the questions and answers were structured it was more like a dressed up video game with questions flashing on the screen. My apps are structured where kids can go back and re-read and change their answer if they so desire Re-reading for understanding is, too, part of being a good reader. Finally, I thought reading comprehension questions should be labeled [ main idea, vocabulary, etc.] so that kids, parents and/or teachers knew what kind of questions were being answered correctly and incorrectly.
February 22, 2019
I still recall the morning of November 9, 2016, I had to explain the electoral college to my teenager who is in advanced classes. And it is not her fault. She will not have a formal American History/Civics class until 8th grade. To me, this is tragic. While I think it is valuable to learn about other countries, I think kids first need a foundation of our history and an understanding of our system of government. I hope that if any positive comes out of this election it is that we can have civil discourse about what we are teaching our kids.