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Timothy Shanahan

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. All posts are reprinted with permission from Shanahan on Literacy.

July 29, 2016

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July 11, 2016

Many years ago my daughter, Meagan, had a homework assignment. Her literature teacher assigned a short story to read and Meagan was to figure out the theme. The theme she came up with: “People do a lot of different things.” More >

July 5, 2016

We in education tend to have very strong beliefs. And, those beliefs can overwhelm our knowledge — or even our willingness to gain knowledge.   More >

June 27, 2016

Last week I pointed out that from grades 2-12 it wasn’t necessary to match students to text for instruction to proceed effectively. More >

June 20, 2016

"Summertime and the living is easy, fish are jumping, and the cotton is high..."    It is summer and not a good time for a long blog on literacy teaching. So, I took the time to write a short one. I didn't want to get worked up in the summer heat, so have provided a pithy critique of 5 popular myths about reading instruction.  More >

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