Often, the teaching profession spends a great deal of time looking towards the future, or considering what might be the next big trend that will help students. However, it is sometimes important to reflect back upon the texts and ideas that set the tone for the profession. Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning by Frank Smith is a classic text that laid the foundation for teachers of literacy to move from an existence of teaching rules and exceptions to becoming an actively involved participant in the process of building and facilitating comprehension in students of all ages. This crucial book must not be overlooked as educators forge ahead in the educational climate of today.

Author Biography

Chris Sclafani is a Literacy Studies doctoral student at Hofstra University. He is currently working as reading teacher in the Islip Public School District. Chris is also a board-approved professional development specialist in multiple areas of pedagogy. He was recognized in 2014 as "Literacy Studies Professor of the Year" for his work with both graduate and undergraduate students.

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