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Engaging Learning

Throughout the following conversation please filter your responses through our previous agreements: Children can’t help but learn to become adults Learning is not just “a” central focus; it is “the” central dynamic of being human, encompassing every aspect of our existence and development. Because nothing within a child’s potential agency is (or can be) more […]

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A.I. on the Science of Reading

Indeed the established assumptions about the inherent stagnancy of text permanently dictate this offline, strategy-based model of reading instruction.

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BBC: What Does Reading On Screens Do To Our Brains?

The difference between “learning to read on paper” and “learning to read on screens” is a very important conversation.

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John Steinbeck on “The Horrible Task of Learning to Read”

This book is always right next to me when I am working.  Every time I see it I am reminded of how it changed my life. It still blows me away. It was about 24 years ago. My then six-year-old daughter and I were at a garage sale on the island of Kauai. I remember […]

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Bill Gates: AI will be teaching kids literacy within 18 months

The title is taken from Gates’ comments at the Stage X at the 2023 ASU+GSV Summit. What instructional models will the AI literacy tutors of the future be using? Will they assume phonics, structured word inquiry, or one of the other bottoms-up decoding-based word recognition models? Will they use personalized decodable texts and top down […]

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Exploring Differing Assumptions in Reading Science – Emotions and Reading

 Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully […]

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Exploring Differing Assumptions in Reading Science – Beginning Reading Instruction

 Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully […]

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The Goal of Instruction is Autonomous Learning

The purpose of reading instruction is to teach learners to be able to progress when they are reading on their own – when they are reading in-between instructional sessions. Learners who don’t read enough between instructional sessions don’t progress. In terms of the “practice” required to advance in reading, the number of words read during […]

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Tutor Helper

Are you a tutor that uses online reading assignments? Would your students benefit from a free virtual assistant that is always ready to help them learn to decode, recognize, pronounce, understand, translate, and comprehend any word they encounter in any online assignment? Click to learn more about it

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Curiosity Invited Podcast: Learning – The Central Dynamic of Being Human

Curiosity Invited Podcast. David Bryan in dialogue with David Boulton about learning and the role it plays in how human beings become who they become. #DavidBryan #learning #healthylearning #whatislearning #whatsnotlearning #curiosityinvited

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