We love getting mail. Sometimes
we get questions, sometimes we get constructive criticism, and sometimes we
get warm fuzzies. We love all of it, but we like to hear that we are
producing a useful resource most of all.
Here are some of the comments
we have received about the BalancedReading.com site:
I just discovered this website. I love it!
We are reading soulmates!
Just a comment: I have been working on vocabulary
instruction for almost a yr -- read many articles (including Stahl's fine
book) and taught an entire graduate course on the topic. I think you
did a first-rate job of identifying the most important issues on this complex
topic in a very clear, quick and accessible way.
Thank you for reminding
me to think beyond the great debate. You gave me my first real "aha"
moment after slogging through reading research for 18 months. Keep
up the great work!
Very interesting content
on your site.
Thank you for your very
informative website. As a second grade teacher I look forward to reading
through all of the topics presented here.
This site has it all!
I love this web site.
I am going to try to download the assessment at work. I work in a first grade
classroom for one half day and I do literacy intervention for the second half
of the day with first graders. I will switch to kindergarteners next month.
This site is a big help. Thank you for making it available and FREE!
I think this site is great.
Hi. Thank you
for sharing a lot of great information.
Congratulations on a very
necessary site. excellent material
I love your web site.
It has been so helpful! Our school received the REA grant this year
and it's nice to be able to read researched based info. to support it. Thanks
So far I am impressed with
about reading software, but I was wondering why no mention of Fast ForWord
- which is an extremely strong research based, product that not only helps
with phonemic awareness and skills necessary for reading fluency, but also
cross trains many other aspects of language, helpful to reading comprehension.
I appreciate your efforts
to provide a comprehensive site addressing the issue of appropriate early
Great site. I can
see it will be very useful for staff development.
Finally, here is a letter I received through the Discussion Forum, and my reply:
am a graduate student in the reading program at
Marshall University. I would like to know why you beleive
your sight is helpful to teachers and/or parents. I am
currently researching literacy education sights as part of a
I think BalancedReading.com is helpful because there are not very many
freely-available resources out there that effectively distill
complicated information about literacy research into common-sense,
understandable language. Researchers tend to write for
researchers, and most teachers are not very comfortable sifting through
technical research journals to get research-based information about
The result of this, I believe, is that a lot of charlatans have been
allowed to run amok in the world of reading education, portraying
themselves as reading and literacy "experts." They promote ideas
and practices that are completely contrary to research evidence, and
sadly, they are simply better than most reputable researchers at
selling their ideas to educators.
There are a lot of very harmful myths and snake-oil in the world of
reading education, and the research community has not been very
effective at countering those bogus beliefs and practices and guiding
educators toward research-based, effective practices. I think
that BalancedReading.com goes a long way towards dispelling those
myths, cutting through the vitriol and rhetoric of the "great debate,"
and helping educators to access high-quality research evidence they can
use to guide their instruction.
Also, BalancedReading.com is one of the few literacy education resource
sites that has no advertising sponsorship, and does not exist for the
purpose of selling any particular product. Information and
resources on BalancedReading.com, in other words, are unbiased and
trustworthy. They represent the culmination of a large body of
convergent research evidence. Fads and quick fixes have no place
I created BalancedReading.com about 5 years ago, and it has been a
creative outlet for me to share my passion about using research to
improve literacy education with the rest of the world. When I
created BalancedReading.com, I hoped that other reading researchers
would join in and add to the collection of information, materials, and
resources, but so far there has been very little of that.
Overall, however, I think that BalancedReading.com has been a
remarkable success. Currently, the site is getting about 100,000
"hits" per month, which tells me that there is a substantial demand for
this kind of understandable, unvarnished research information.
Thanks for your question, and good luck on your project.
Thanks everyone, and keep
those letters coming!