Thirty-one elementary schools in Marion County, Florida, are saying goodbye to homework, based on research conducted by UT’s Richard Allington.
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With summer break officially under way, kids have plenty of time to read. And when it comes to kids’ summer reading selections, experts say anything from classic stories to graphic novels to comic books makes the grade.
The Washington Post featured UT professor Dick Allington in a story about summer reading loss and ways to help children maintain their academic skills. Allington is a professor of literacy studies and one of the nation’s leading authorities on summer reading loss. Read the story here.
With school out and a long summer break ahead, many children are in danger of forgetting what they’ve learned during the academic year. UT experts are offering tips on how children can stay sharp and exercise their brain muscles during the hot summer months. “Learning over the summer does not have to be stressful or laborious,” said Matt Devereaux, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
UT Knoxville faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen have completed a three-year study showing a significantly higher level of reading achievement in students who received books for summer reading at home.
Many experts say kids should be allowed to read pretty much whatever they want in summer. Richard Allington, a professor in theory and practice in teacher education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an expert on reading, tells The Washington Post how parents should choose summer reading material for children.