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How to Create Successful Readers: 5 Articles from Scientific Learning

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 29, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Peter Barnes

What do teachers need to do to make sure students become successful readers?

Scientific Learning Corporation, the developer of the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs, has published five easy to read articles about the components of reading success.

In this blog, I have summarised the articles. You can read them in full by clicking on the links.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Reading, Fast ForWord, Literacy

How Fast ForWord Improved Student Outcomes in Canada School District

Posted by Colin Klupiec on March 13, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Colin Klupiec

Mike McKay is a retired superintendent of the Surrey County schools district in British Columbia, Canada.

He was a public educator for 35 years. The area he supervised has over 160 languages spoken. 

You can imagine it would be difficult to measure the potential problems with language and reading development in such a large and diverse region. 

But back in 2008 he attended a conference hosted by Scientific Learning Corporation, where he saw the research behind the Fast ForWord programs. 

When he came back, he asked his board to trust him, and give him $300,000 to get started. It was bold pitch. Mike tells the story of how things have panned out in this Learning Capacity podcast episode:

 

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Topics: Reading, Confidence & Resilience, School, Fast ForWord, Learning, Literacy, Podcasts, For Principals

Dr Martha Burns Answers Two Critical Thinking Questions from Teachers

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Peter Barnes

Do you ever think much about thinking?

For most of us, busy with our day to day lives at home and at work, this is probably not something we do often. But is it a useful thing to do? 

Two teachers (an English teacher and a visual arts teacher) asked The Learning Capacity Podcast questions about thinking, and these sparked a discussion about the concept of critical thinking with Dr Martha Burns, Director of Neuroscience Education at Scientific Learning Corporation

What is critical thinking?

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Topics: Learning, Literacy, Podcasts

Should NAPLAN Test the 4C's as well as Literacy & Numeracy? 

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 16, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Peter Barnes

Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin, from the University of Melbourne says that NAPLAN should test more than just literacy & numeracy.

Speaking on The Learning Capacity Podcast, Professor Griffin commented on the NAPLAN 2015 results and said that the 4C's (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity), as well as collaborative problem solving, are essential skills that our students need to participate in the knowledge economy. And these should be tested by NAPLAN.

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With NAPLAN testing scheduled to go partly online in 2017, that would create an opportunity to widen the testing to the 4Cs, he suggested.

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Topics: School, Learning, Literacy, Maths, Podcasts, NAPLAN, For Principals

Struggling Readers Need Programs Based on Science - Melbourne Age & Fast ForWord

Posted by David Stanley on September 16, 2015 at 2:14 PM

David Stanley

A recent article in the Melbourne Age newspaper titled “Children with learning difficulties need programs based on science, not anecdote and neurobabble”makes some valid points but misses key information about how the neuroscience-based program Fast ForWord helps with Dyslexia.

The author focused on children with reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Reading, Literacy

Reading Recovery Ineffective: Can Neuroscience Help Struggling Readers?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Peter Barnes

More evidence has emerged that the Reading Recovery program, widely used in Australian and New Zealand schools, is ineffective for most struggling readers.

The NSW Department of Education has completed an evaluation of Reading Recovery which comes to the same conclusion as others that have been done in recent years: the program is not helpful for students who are having difficulties learning to read.  

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Topics: Reading, Fast ForWord, Literacy, For Principals

Grattan Institute’s Pete Goss talks NAPLAN 2015 and targeted teaching

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Peter Barnes

What is targeted teaching?  Does it produce better student outcomes? How do you implement it in your school?

The answers to these questions are included in a new report titled "Targeted Teaching: How Better Use of Data Can Improve Student Learning", from the independent think tank, the Grattan Institute.

Dr Pete Goss, Director of the Institute's School Education Program, spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about the report.

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Topics: Learning Capacity, Literacy, Maths, Podcasts, NAPLAN

Improving Literacy with Fast ForWord Brain Science

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 20, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Peter Barnes

Australia is not the only country unable to improve overall student reading achievement – the NAPLAN 2015 results have shown little or no improvement for eight years.

In the USA reading achievement has largely remained the same for the past 30 years, despite various efforts.

USA reading specialists, Dr Timothy Rasinski and Dr Martha Burns discuss this problem in The Science of Learning Blog.   Their article describes the scientific foundation for effective reading instruction, and how advances in brain science offer some new ways of thinking about reading instruction. They make these key points:

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Topics: Reading, Fast ForWord, Literacy, NAPLAN

Improving NAPLAN Results: Learning Capacity vs Accelerated Learning

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Peter Barnes

"When we build a student's Learning Capacity by using appropriate, validated neuroscience-based brain training exercises, is this the same as accelerated learning?"

An educator, who had read our blog, NAPLAN 2015: How Fast is it Possible to Improve Literacy & Numeracy?  asked this question recently. She was concerned about possible negative consequences for students who are pushed too hard to accelerate their learning, and wondered if improving the students' ability to learn could 'backfire'.

She said,"Unfortunately people consider ‘accelerated’ learning to be the answer to poor student performance. But this is counterproductive in the long term. I have seen too many students suffer from ‘burnout’ by they time finish high school, because they have been subjected to high performance syndrome and have lost motivation to continue learnng. They have been stretched prematurely".

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Topics: Brain Science, Reading, Learning Capacity, Learning, Literacy, Maths, NAPLAN

NAPLAN 2015: How Fast is it Possible to Improve Literacy & Numeracy?

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 7, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Peter Barnes

The publication of Australia’s 2015 NAPLAN results has sparked a multi-sided debate about how we improve student outcomes, particularly in literacy and numeracy.

Robert Randall, head of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) said this year's NAPLAN results showed "that at a national level we are seeing little change in student achievement in these important areas of learning*" (*literacy & numeracy).

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Topics: Brain Science, Reading, Learning Capacity, Learning, Literacy, Maths, NAPLAN, For Principals

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