Denise Eide

Rochester, MN, United States

About Denise

Bio

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!

Talk to me about

Literacy education, the educational crisis, English spelling, learning styles, multi-modality teaching methods, struggling readers and spellers, teaching for success, engaging students

Comments & conversations

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Denise Eide
Posted over 3 years ago
Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How?
Ken Robinson and Temple Grandin have profoundly influenced my life. They encouraged me to step out write a book on literacy and begin Pedia Learning. Our goal at Pedia Learning is to educate the whole child: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Currently we are focused on literacy, the foundation of all academic pursuit. We publish books and curriculum that promote the respect of all types of learners, engaging student's strengths while strengthening their weaknesses. As an educator my reading methods classes did not prepare me to teach real students who thought differently from me. My sons, who were born engineers, could not read after finishing their kindergarten and first grade phonics program. Rather than labeling them with a disability, I saw their gifts and began to search for answers. I discovered reading centers around our country successfully teach children with "reading disabilities" simply by systematically teaching them the keys to unlock the English code. In this material I found the solutions to my own spelling difficulties and recognized its importance to logical-literal thinkers. With this systematic teaching they soared. Their younger sister is kinesthetic, She thinks while moving. I have learned to incorporate kinesthetic activities into teaching reading, while developing the auditory connections and teaching the logical system to our language. Because of Ken Robinson she is now happily enrolled in an intense gymnastics school and I value her learning there as much as her book work. In addition to writing, and beginning Pedia Learning, I have taught Logic of English classes for parents and teachers. Countless people come up to tell me "I wish someone had taught me this way in school. I thought there was something wrong with me." Ken Robinson's talks are so influential because they touch a deep chord within all of us. He encouraged me to step out to try to change education and make a difference in people's lives.
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Denise Eide
Posted over 3 years ago
Celebrating and Inspiring Curiosity as a Key Component in Learning
This book has radically influenced how we educate our children. We desire as parents to support them in finding their own interests and passions. Formal education is there to provide them with the basic skills they need to succeed, supporting them in their weaknesses so they do not hamper them, and providing them with opportunities and materials to learn.
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Denise Eide
Posted over 3 years ago
Celebrating and Inspiring Curiosity as a Key Component in Learning
This seems so sad to me. When I was in school we used large machine tools, in addition to saws and hammers in a shop class. Sure they were dangerous but we were taught how to use them safely. My cousin has described her shop class in high school as begin all online. She had to learn about hinges through a computer simulation. I would have been so confused. It seems to me that we need to teach kids how to use tools safely and apply some standards but allow them to build and create. My children love working with their dad doing construction. We have pictures of our 7 year old wielding a sledge hammer to tear down a wall and using power tools to rebuild it, during a remodeling project. Fear is the opposite of curiosity, fear of failure, fear of injury, fear of doing it "wrong" all lead to hampered curiosity.
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Denise Eide
Posted over 3 years ago
Celebrating and Inspiring Curiosity as a Key Component in Learning
According to the Nation's Report Card 68% of 8th graders read below grade level. I believe poor reading skills are key to a the lack of curiosity in our schools. Children have been taught the very complex language of English is a chaotic fashion which leaves more exceptions than answers. When students year after year fail to learn to read, not only do they not have foundational academic skill to all education, reading, they are discouraged and broken hearted. In addition it is possible to teach English in such a manner as to train students from the earliest grades to ask questions, look for and discover patterns, and engage in the process of discovering the rules and phonograms that describe 98% of English words. When students are taught in an engaging fashion, where they are respected as learners, they will become more curious about other subjects. They will learn that they contribute to learning and are not passive vessels to be filled. I believe the first step though is to lift them up in the primary area they struggle - basic literacy. Unfortunately as a nation, our general population does not know how English works. Parents and educators rarely have answers to their students questions, such as "why is the A long in LANE but not in HAVE?" This material though is widely known in remedial reading centers around the country. I call it The Logic of English. And it is has been shown through countless studies to be successful in teaching 100% of children how to read. When our student population becomes literate we will begin to address creativity in deeper ways. Students will not be sitting there with deeply discouraged hearts and a world of books will be open to them. Teacher's will be able to focus on inspiring students in their subject areas and not be so hampered by the low level of reading and writing skills. Denise Eide www.logicofenglish.com