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#SOLSC21: Radical?


Yes, Radical voices from the middle describes me.

In life, we need a balance. In literacy we need balance. We will never make it to compre-action without skills. But skills are not the end goal. Action as a result of deeper understanding is the goal!

I agree with P. David Pearson.

Noted teacher, leader, researcher. You can read more about him here.

In 2020, he just completed a study of comprehension. Here’s the executive summary.

Headlines:

1. Knowledge is cause, consequence, and covariate of reading comprehension.

2. Language drives every facet of reading comprehension.

3. Reading is an inherently cultural activity.

Pearson, P. D., Palincsar, A. S., Biancarosa, G., & Berman, A. I. (Eds.). (2020). Reaping
the Rewards of the Reading for Understanding Initiative. Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.

Knowlege and language are essential for comprehension and compre-action, a term coined by P. David Pearson and Nell Duke. There’s no one easy, magic, silver bullet for improving reading comprehension. Part of that is because of the definition. Part of that is because of the way comprehension is assessed. Flaws in assessment exacerbate the issues.

Radical middle.

Yes, that’s me.

Let’s get rowdy.

Let’s get to work.

What seems radical about reading comprehension? What do you believe and value? Where will you learn more?

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