Audio Books Improve Reading Scores

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White Paper from The Literacy Lens

Brett Cooper, a fifth grade teacher at Lewiston Elementary School in Columbia County, GA, wrote a white paper titled, "Listen up - using audio books to help improve reading." Cooper measured marked student improvement in reading scores as a result of introducing audio books to a classroom reading period each day.

The Literacy Lens is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by the University System of Georgia Reading Consortium in an effort to promote best practices in the classroom. Articles and features are submitted from educators throughout Georgia in an effort to increase awareness in best practices, current research, new books, and more.

Surround Students with Sophisticated, Spoken Words

New York Times reporter, Tina Rosenberg writes about the importance of surrounding children with sophisticated, spoken vocabulary. A poor child is likely to hear millions fewer words at home than a child from a professional family. And the disparity matters. The article references research by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley at the University of Kansas, suggesting a key to early learning is talking — specifically, a child’s exposure to language spoken by parents and caretakers from birth to age 3, the more the better.

Things We Like... The Daily 5

The Daily 5 is a program/technique that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence