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Unspeakable Acts, Unnatural Practices

Frank Smith

Pub Date: 8/4/2003 1
Product Type: Paperback
Grade: K - 3rd

At last, noted language researcher and educator Frank Smith weighs in! Using his razor-sharp analytical skills in linguistics and intimate understanding of professional teaching, Smith dismantles the shoddy science undergirding direct, intensive, and early phonics training. His book title is to be taken literally. The very reading... more

Between Hope and Havoc

Frank Smith

Pub Date: 11/20/1995
Product Type: Paperback
Grade: K - 5th

His discussion of what is wrong with schools is cogent and shrewd . . . for a concise analysis of why schools fail (when they do), his book is certainly right on the mark.—KLIATTIn Between Hope and Havoc, Frank Smith reflects on a range of subjects critical to the professional and personal lives of teachers, from the human potential... more

Insult to Intelligence

Frank Smith

Pub Date: 5/9/1988 1
Product Type: Paperback
Grade: K - 5th

Common sense tells us that drilling, testing, and grading have nothing to do with how babies, children, and adults really learn. And research backs this up. Students who had been asked to write regularly without being taught to punctuate, for instance, ended a term not only writing but punctuating much better than students in a neighboring... more

Joining the Literacy Club

Frank Smith

Pub Date: 11/1/1987
Product Type: Paperback
Grade: K - 5th

"The Literacy Club," Frank Smith's metaphor describing the social nature of literacy learning, has become widely used in recent years. The essays in this collection reflect Smith's belief that we learn from other people, not so much through conscious emulation as by "joining the club" of people we see ourselves... more