Reading PK-3

Factor Connections

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Attention is the ability to focus on a specific task without being distracted. Attention helps students become better readers because we all learn best when we focus on and thoughtfully practice our developing skills.

Main Ideas

Sustained Attention, the ability to maintain focus, is important for reading success because it can help students attend to classroom instruction.

Selective Attention is being able to select and focus on relevant information while filtering out other information.

  • Visual Selective Attention is the ability to focus on relevant information in a cluttered scene. Evidence suggests this is an important skill for learning to read.
  • Auditory Selective Attention is the ability to focus on a specific source of sound in a noisy environment. Research suggests training in this can enhance early literacy skills.

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