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Shanahan on Literacy

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.

January 9, 2017

I hear you. Last week I posted a blog challenging the amount of testing and test preparation in American reading classes. I got smacked, metaphorically, by friend and foe alike. Some posted their concerns, many more sent them to me directly. More >

January 4, 2017

I believe in being upfront with my readers, so let me start with a confession: I don’t hate testing. I know it is a horrible thing for a so-called “educator” to admit. It’s sort of a social disease. More >

November 29, 2016

Letter to Shanahan:   More >

October 28, 2016

Letter to Shanahan:   I found these troubling quotes in the Report of the National Reading Panel:   "Fluency, the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with proper expression..."   More >

October 11, 2016

Last week I answered a teacher’s question about free reading time during the school day and its relationship to reading motivation (e.g., making kids like reading). More >


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