Reflections on Journeys


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It’s been a year of two kinds of journeys. For students, the journey is one through seemingly impassable obstacles to a new vantage point, a journey of not just discovery but also self-discovery.

This series of posts traces that journey from resistance through to engagement and through metamorphosis to independence.


Can’t Read, Won’t Read – the Matthew Effect. How a history of reading failure compounds to make it more difficult to engage students.


Can’t Read, Won’t Read – No Escape. The temptation to avoid reading help after years of failure is entirely natural, but must be overcome if students are to succeed.

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Can’t Read, Won’t Read – Metamorphosis. Startling transformations can occur in many facets of students’ lives when they experience success in reading.


Can’t Read, Won’t Read – Learning to Fly. With careful planning, it is possible for students to move from intensive support to…

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