Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Note:  The ideas underlying this blog post originally came from word-finding expert Dr. Diane German, who was first author on the study discussed here and deserves all credit.  For more information on word-finding, please see Dr. German's website, http://www.wordfinding.com/. Many children with reading problems also have difficulty with oral language.  But one concern has to do … Continue reading Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom

This is the third in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking and the impact of classroom design, and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   I recently had the opportunity to observe instruction in a first grade classroom. The teacher was giving a vocabulary lesson in … Continue reading Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom

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Visual “Noise,” Distractibility, and Classroom Design

This is the second in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking at the impact of classroom design and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   In my last post, I talked about the negative effects that background noise can have on children, particularly in … Continue reading Visual “Noise,” Distractibility, and Classroom Design

Background Noise and Classroom Design

This is the first in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking at the impact of classroom design and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   Few would dispute that the physical environment can play an important role in learning. After all, why else would … Continue reading Background Noise and Classroom Design