On Saturday, September 16, 2017, I had the pleasure of sharing some reminders and room for improvement with our students to make sure they are on par with the skills needed to write at the graduate level. So often, students work so hard to get into a graduate program, and forget the purpose of a graduate program–to GROW professionally. In order to do so, this requires effort, attention, and care to details. As a graduate …Read More
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Spring 2017 semester is over, and I just completed my first year as a four-year university professor (as I previously worked at a two-year college). I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in a different area of my education career, and so honored to be able to mentor and guide future teachers.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016 my Texas Southern University College of Education students in my Reading 302 course (Reading Skills Development) visited two of Houston Independent School District’s campuses (Gregg Elementary and Reynolds Elementary). The students took part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, an effort to raise awareness of early literacy, and it was all in the name of breaking a record to have as many possible participants reading the same book on the …Read More
Much time is spent instilling in young students the importance of reading, and the impact reading has on their being considered “smart.” The activities presented to students in primary (Pre –Kindergarten/Kindergarten) classrooms through third grade are engaging and cooperative, and they provide a sense of accomplishment for students who meet learning goals. However, by third grade, and thereafter, students begin to lose their sense of pride and interest in reading; therefore, their performance in reading (and school in general) begins to plummet and a gap continues to widen between reading interest and achievement going into the middle grades. In the late 1960’s, Jeanne Chall labeled this decline in achievement and reading interest as “the fourth-grade slump”.Read More