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Season 1, Episode 13: The Matthew Effect and Literacy Development in Children

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In our last episode, we went deep into the Peter Effect and the importance of knowledge for educators. In this episode, we look at the Matthew Effect as it pertains to reading development in children.

What is the Matthew Effect? The Matthew Effect refers to the idea that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. 

Tune in as we apply the Matthew Effect to the education community. We’ll explore what it means for literacy and dyslexia and ways we can combat the Matthew Effect in our classrooms and our homes. 

Stick around until the end for a listener question about strategies for students who can decode well, their fluency is great, but they do not appear to be comprehending what they read.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Season 1, Episode 11: The Importance and Benefits of Playing Games with Your Students

Season 1, Episode 12: The Importance of Building Teacher Knowledge and The Peter Effect

For more on Keith Stanovich

Season 1, Episode 4: Books That Connect Social Emotional Learning and Dyslexia

Season 1, Episode 8: How Decodable Texts Support Social-Emotional Learning

Project Read

Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty (from The Questioneers series)

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