Tag Archives: reading

Curing readitis

Curing readitis

Happy new year everyone! How was your 2015? I’ve been busy, both personally and professionally. Family Thesis Whisperer renovated a house and moved into it, putting down proper Canberra roots. I lost my ‘baby weight’ (Thesis Whisperer Jnr is now taller than me so it was way past time) and started running. The blog went […] … learn more→

Reading marathons

For bookish types, the equivalent of 42.195 kilometers is the reading marathon. Instead of running, you sit and listen and cheer the readers on and maybe struggle to stay alert and upright. The complete Ulysses, every pentameter line of Paradise Lost, each word of that big book about a whale. There have been marathon readings […] … learn more→

All that reading? think of it as tracing your family tree

When you start on a PhD, or indeed on any new research project, there’s always a lot of reading to be done. It’s easy to lose track of what this reading is for and to forget why engaging with all of the extant literatures is important. So a brief recap – reading is the way […] … learn more→

Preventing your kids\’ summer reading slide

As the warmer weather settles in we know that it isn’t long before children are free of the restraints of school for another year. The regular reading that is a part of many children’s school day suddenly comes to an end as there are far more interesting things to do on vacation than read a […] … learn more→

The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers

In 1982, the late, great NZ reading researcher Marie Clay identified a group of children having difficulty learning to read as “tangled tots (with) reading knots”. She was referring to children who, despite having no condition that potentially affected their ability to learn, didn’t seem to benefit from reading instruction. She hypothesised that such children […] … learn more→

Preschoolers\’ reading skills benefit from one modest change

A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found. That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children – such as pointing out letters and words on the pages, showing capital […] … learn more→

Poor literacy skills linked to increased mortality risk among older people

One in three older people who have difficulty reading and understanding basic health related information may be at increased risk of death, concludes a UCL study. The findings have important implications given rising levels of long term conditions and the UK government’s plans for patients to become responsible and active partners in their care. ‘Health […] … learn more→