I am the author of "Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's Literacy Crisis." I am an author, speaker and curriculum designer who loves uncovering the logic of English to teachers, parents and all English speakers. Though my graduate work was in teaching language instruction, I credit all I know to the struggling students I have taught. Listening to them sent me on a journey to find answers that none of my reading methods classes taught me. What I discovered is that remedial reading centers around our country successfully teach all students to read by teaching them how English really works. With 68% of our students reading below grade level I believe this is the key to our educational crisis and my desire is to make the 104 pieces that unlock the code to English as widely known as 1+1=2.
In order to fulfill this dream, I have started an educational publishing company: Pedia Learning. Our goal is to make affordable and accessible materials available to schools, teachers and parents in order to improve English literacy education worldwide.
An idea worth spreading
English is a code. Knowing the code is the key to solving not only the literacy crisis but it is the beginning to solving the educational crisis. The lack of thorough and systematic teaching of English leaves many scientific and engineering minded students struggling with reading and spelling. These students need consistent and reliable rules so that they can master the foundational skill to all academics - reading. For example when we tell students that S says only one sound /s/, we leave logical/literal students struggling. They notice that /s/ and /z/ are different sounds and will then misread simple words like "is" and "his". Worse yet S says /z/ more than 70% of the time including the plurals.Though intuitive students, may be successful because they do not observe that /s/ and /z/ are different, the logical minded students often become discouraged. Either either falsely believing there is something wrong with English, or worse yet, something wrong with them.
I'm passionate about
I am passionate about revealing to all English speakers the hidden logic underlying the English language and demonstrating to people how knowing this knowledge benefits all learners!
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Literacy education, the educational crisis, English spelling, learning styles, multi-modality teaching methods, struggling readers and spellers, teaching for success, engaging students