In Canada, adult literacy is measured in levels, with Level 3 considered optimal for everyday demands. Unfortunately, four out of 10 Canadians, ages 16 to 65, struggle to reach Level 3—the level that should be attain by completing high school.
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This month we are talking about reading, specifically looking at eye tracking and associated dysfunctions. Last week we talked about two types of eye tracking: fusion and pursuit. This week’s topic is often confused with poor eye tracking, but is in fact, very different. Let's take this opportunity to clarify those differences.
This month our focus is on reading and the critical role that eye tracking plays. Today I would like to bring your attention to the different ways your eyes track and work together as a team. Eye tracking affects just about every area of our lives, from reading to driving, to sports and more.
Short Term Memory is perhaps one of our most important cognitive skills, directly impacting not only our learning, but our everyday life.
Short Term Memory is the gate through which all of our experiences filter. Many children struggling at school have poor short term memory which leaves them unsure of what the instructions were for the assignment they’re staring at and unable to start. Imagine training a new employee with poor short term memory! As much information as you pour into them, most of that information is leaking out.
I hear “My child just isn’t interested in reading” all too often.
I guarantee you can find something they’re interested in reading. If not, there are deeper issues that need to be examined and we'll look at many of those in later posts. I’ve seen children whose parents can’t get them to read a thing, yet they pour over a new video game manual cover to cover! The key is finding something that interests them. There’s a book on it somewhere! Bugs, rocks, Barbie’s, video games, mummies, knights, space, animals, you name it, it’s out there. Want help? Below you can download a short interest inventory which will help give you ideas of content your children will be interested in reading!
I think reading was perhaps one of the most liberating experiences of my childhood so I am troubled by how many children struggle with reading.
A recent survey by Canadian Living Magazine (May 2012) of Ontario’s grade 6 students revealed that ½ of them don’t like to read. Reading was always an area of strength for me, but I have worked with many children who struggle with reading for a wide variety of reasons. I believe that if you are good at something, then in most cases you will enjoy it. For 50% of grade 6 students to not enjoy reading there is something seriously wrong.