June 11, 2015

The Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? ,  is currently visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has turned his attention to Canada, specifically, Alberta,...

May 19, 2015

Recently, in a series on play by The Walrus, Olympic athlete Marnie McBean commented that "expectation is the enemy of play."  In setting out her premise, McBean reported that in one Olympic compettion in which the Canadian team clearly held the advantage on many level...

May 15, 2015

Closing the achievement gap between children with high and low incomes is an aspiration that few would quibble with.  According to Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen there is evidence to indicate that, during the school year, children from low-income families le...

May 6, 2015

Well known developmental psychologists Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff recently wrote a piece for Philly.com recalling a 30-year-old study sometimes referred to as the "30 million word gap study." In this study, researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley f...

April 23, 2015

We have all heard of the Colbert Report's idea of truthiness. Well, I am borrowing from Colbert to create the term poofiness--a term that describes something that has been so blown up and "poofy" that is seems out of reach; yet, if you prick it a bit, you will find tha...

April 5, 2015

A recent news item in the Independent  reported that The secondary school system will be engaging in educational reforms in which the emphasis will be on teaching by topic rather than by subject.  The article reports that instead of discrete subjects like math, science...

March 27, 2015




A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience  authored by Laurie S. Glezer, Judy Kim, Josh Rule, Xiong Jiang, and Maximilian Riesenhub reports that after learning new words, readers tend to remember them as a whole, an image, as it were, in a visual dictiona...

March 16, 2015


"I’m convinced that teaching language arts is one of the great careers: demanding of time and energy, but meaning-filled, worthwhile, and interesting. I get to demonstrate what is possible, teach what is useful, establish conditions that invite engagement, support the...

February 19, 2015

In January, Noam Chomsky, renowned linguist, philosopher, and political commentator, gave an interview to The Progressive magazine on the topic of standardized tests.  His comments raise broad questions about their use in contemporary education.



December 12, 2014

Longitudinal studies require effort but they have dramatic pay-offs. A new study out of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the University of London's Institute of Education is one such study.  The study's authors, Sullivan and Brown (see below), managed to answer t...

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