Learning to read is not actually that easy.
We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.
The aim of all reading is comprehension.
Four tips for teaching reading.
Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’
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Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
Once upon a time…
Poor literacy impacts a child's life chances – but there may be a rather colourful solution.
Children may actually prefer reading books the traditional way.
Research shows that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading.
What stories can teach children about the world.
Children need to learn how to sound out words they haven’t seen before.
Many young children can give the false impression that they are learning to read, when in fact they are mostly guessing words from pictures or context. This test will help to identify these students.
Phonics helps teach children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word.
Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
Time to sink into some deep thoughts.
Want to contemplate some big questions this summer but don't know where to start? Here are some top picks from some of Australia's top philosophers.
These are the books to read with your children this summer.
From the informative to the whimsical to the flat out hilarious, here are ten Australian books to keep your child's brain active through the holidays.
Bedtime stories can be comforting, chilling and mysterious, but new research highlights how emotions change depending on how children are doing it.
What does it take for kids to be ready for school?
Children who aren't ready for school tend to lag behind their peers in later grades. Parents and teachers can help.
Politicians need to invest in teachers to improve education standards.
Politicians need to stop meddling with education policy and invest in teachers if Australia's science, mathematics and reading standards are to improve.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading.
Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
What students can learn from time spent in care homes.
A new phonics test won’t help us understand what the problems are. We need solutions.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Sales of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital now exceed 2.5 million worldwide.
A 700-page book of economics was never going to be a walk in the park.
Watch out! Trigger warnings sign-post difficult material, giving the audience a chance to prepare.
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In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.
Bookstagrammers captures the aesthetic beauty of book covers and jackets.
The #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram is changing the way the world looks at reading.