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Peter Dewitz

My Student Can't Read the Lowest Book - A Case Study

At Read Side by Side we frequently hear teachers say, “Several of my students cannot read the lowest book club selection.” This matter-of-fact statement, tinged with disappointment, is often followed by permission to move to an easier text, one outside the three book club selections, but closely aligned to the students’ reading level. The assumption behind the teacher’s statement and request is the belief that students can best succeed when they are properly matched to just the right text. Yet, several researchers suggest that there is no such thing as the just right text and there is little or no research to support the practice of carefully matching children to texts, especially in the upper grades.

What Is Assessment?

  At the roots, an assessment is an inference about a child’s progress based on the collected...

Reducing the COVID-Slide by Looking at Summer Slide Research

A growing number of states have now closed schools for the rest of the year.  Such closures have...

Do Reading Comprehension Assessments Deliver What They Promise?

It is likely that your school district is trying to find an assessment tool to beef up its reading...

Better Readers, Avid Readers—What Should the Goal of Literacy Instruction Be?

For most educators the goal of reading instruction is to create better readers. For some better...

Climbing the Literacy Summit, Eatonville Elementary

The following is a case study, presented by Dr. Peter Dewitz, that demonstrates the impact of the...

Assigned Reading or Free Choice? The Illusion of Choice

Should students’ reading in school be assigned or left to free choice? Before choice can be...

The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

What is the difference between differentiation and scaffolding?  While educators have long defined...

Why Books? -- What Books Can Do That Passages Can’t

In this blog article, Peter Dewitz explains, the goal of reading instruction is not to move from...

How Research Explains the Design of the Read Side by Side Reading Program

What should you be looking for in a research based reading program?  In this blog, learn about how...