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A Teacher Revisits the Sustained Silent Reading Debate

A middle school teacher describes an internal struggle that many English/language arts instructors will find relatable: Should she devote class time …

Teaching

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).<p>Here's the sentence:<p><i>Kids tend to fare better when they</i> …

Pedagogy

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

Education

Sir Ken Robinson: We need 'more creative' schools | Education

In the ferocious battle for an online audience one man stands out as a somewhat unlikely star. Sir Ken Robinson is a leading thinker on creativity and education, has authored several books on the topic, and millions of people watch his talks.<p>Robinson's 2006 TED talk, "Do schools kill creativity?" …

Creativity

Leading Public Schools: 10 Roles you Probably Didn’t Prepare for

If you want to improve the future of a community, there’s no better role than serving as a public school superintendent. But, as noted in May, it is …

Rewards Really Pay Off for Kids With ADHD

Recognition for a job well done means even more to children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) than it does to typically developing …

Some Very Good YouTube Documentary Channels for Teachers

August 3, 2015<br>YouTube is one of the best platforms for accessing free educational content. There are now a multitude of channels created by teachers …

Why 'Grit' Will Never Be the Key to Overcoming Poverty and Racism

Despite decades of educational research and high-stakes accountability legislation at the state and federal levels, the achievement gap continues to …

Students

Why kids are reading history for fun

<b>(CNN) —</b> Celia Ghezzi is just 8 years old, but she already knows plenty about Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller and other important historical figures.<p>That's because she's been devouring the "Who Was?" series of historical books for children.<p>"I like them so much because you learn about the individual …

Books

“Reform” makes broken New Orleans schools worse: Race, charters, testing and the real story of education after Katrina

An all-charter-school system was heralded as the future for urban schools. The future is filled with flaws<p>Here is all you need to know about the New Orleans schools before Hurricane Katrina hit, 10 years ago this summer: They were awful. The schools were awful, the school board was awful, the …

Education

Reading Is Like Breathing In; Writing Is Like Breathing Out

I wrote my first “novel” in third grade for my hero, my teacher Mrs. Kovacs. (May her memory be forever a blessing!) She had read aloud to us from</i> …

Teaching

Fostering Literacy by Eliminating Book Deserts | US News

Redskins Robert Griffin III, left, and Jacob Adams, 5, of D.C., use the vending machine at The Salvation Army in Anacostia on July 8. Sarah L. …

Cultivating a love for reading

Cape Town - Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Anan once once said: “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”<p>I quote his words …

Telling Stories

<i>Stephen Krashen</i> on what to do and what not to do when reading aloud<p>Thanks in large part to the success of Jim Trealease’s <i>Read-Aloud Handbook</i>, now in …

Teaching

Want To Build Your Child's Literacy Skills? Try Reading To Them More

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published.</i><p>In “The Pout-Pout Fish” children’s picture book, the author weaves words like “aghast” and “grimace” into a story about a fish who thought he was destined to “spread the dreary-wearies all over the place” until…well, no …

Language

A Close Look at Close Reading

Take a Deep Dive into Close Reading<p>Equipping students with the tools and process of close reading sets them on the road to becoming analytical and …

Writing Activities: Back to School Letter

The start of a new school year can bring a level of anxiety for kids who are starting school for the first time, moving to a new school or just …

Teaching

Using 'Quick Jots' to Write Across the Curriculum

Having students do one- to two-minute writing prompts throughout the day can help build writing fluency and confidence—and is also an easy way to …

Teaching

JetBlue airline gives Anacostia in Washington D.C. vending machines containing 100,000 books to 'tackle literacy problem'

An airline is aiming to close the literacy gap in a low-income town by launching a pilot programme which sees vending machines give out thousands of …

Improving Reading by Playing With Words: Four Classroom Activities

<i>St. Louis</i><p>This morning at the International Literacy Association conference here, renowned reading expert Timothy Rasinski shared some of his favorite …

The 50 Best Books for 5- and 6-Year-Olds

There’s so much happening with 5- and 6-year-olds. They’re learning to tie their shoes, practicing cutting out shapes with scissors, some are even …

St. Paul Saints Go to Bat for Literacy

St. Paul Saints games at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul, Minn., don’t simply provide fans with an opportunity to watch minor-league professional …

Read & Rise - Family Literacy Programs & Resources

Family and Community Literacy Workshops and Resources<p>Teaching families the importance of reading together— and providing them the tools to do so—is …

Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost

Commentary<p>Sometimes I turn on my TV and the closed-captioning feature has been activated. I can’t find the button to turn it off, so I think: It …

Writer's Notebooks: A Simple Way to Foster Kids' Writing

If you’re watching the weeks of summer roll by with growing concern about the reading and writing skills your child may be losing, you’re not alone. …

Teaching

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught

A retired public elementary school principal recently told me that the rule in education used to be that grades 1-3 were about learning to read. After that, it was reading to learn. But that's not happening today with the current emphasis on ELA skills through the Common Core State Standards. The …

Teaching

NYer of the Week: Alvin Irby Encourages Students to Keep Their Nose in a Book, One Haircut at a Time

<i>The latest New Yorker of the Week is creating a new chapter in the education of city students by giving kids a good book when they update their look.</i> …

Making Time for Complex Text in Literacy Instruction

The Common Core Standards call for teachers to use more complex texts more often. One of my previous blogs shared ways to help all readers access …

Try These Ideas to Spend More Time Reading with Your Kids

<b>Do you crave more time together as a family? Do you wish that your family read more books?</b> Here are nine creative family literacy activities to</b> …

‘Massive improvement’ in city's school literacy after introduction of new reading scheme

The Edinburgh Evening News is reporting that new figures suggest children in the city’s schools have experienced significant improvements in literacy …