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The Hidden Hurdle of Silent Reading Instruction

Randi Bender | Nov 3, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Think about everything that’s happening while you read this blog. Your eyes work together to navigate these lines of text, taking in information that is delivered to a part of your brain called... Read More

How is Peach Ice Cream Connected to Student Reading Choice?

Randi Bender | Aug 10, 2018 at 08:00 AM
My father-in-law, Ira Bender, knew the answer. Although he's no longer with us, this story about his love for peach ice cream provides evidence that some kinds of choice are better than others. Read More

Get Lost! (In a Good Book)

Randi Bender | Jul 30, 2018 at 08:00 AM
One of the greatest pleasures is to get lost in a good book. Getting lost because of a good book can also be satisfying – I know, because it happened to me. I was commuting home after a long day... Read More

Want to Improve Reading Comprehension? Here's How.

Randi Bender | Apr 20, 2018 at 07:37 AM
The recent article in The Atlantic magazine, “Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years,” surprised a lot of folks. The article suggests that two decades of flat NAEP... Read More

Why Measuring Text Complexity Isn't Enough

Randi Bender | Nov 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM
You may have heard about recent changes to The Lexile Framework for Reading. MetaMetrics, the folks behind Lexile, announced that they are revising how they determine Lexile measures for certain... Read More

Cognitive Domain: Tips For Building Lifelong Readers

Randi Bender | Nov 30, 2016 at 06:00 AM
Ask the right questions. "It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” ~ Eugene Ionesco   Students spend the first four years of school learning to read. They should spend the rest of... Read More

The Power of Choice

Randi Bender | May 19, 2016 at 04:30 AM
My favorite childhood memories are the weekly visits to my family's local library branch in New York City. My mom and I would go there each Friday afternoon, and she always let me decide which... Read More

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