Karen Mercer

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How to design a library that makes kids want to read

When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In …

Differentiate Reading with Rewordify

In an earlier post titled How Challenging Is that Online Text?, I shared the Readability tool that can help educators determine how hard an online …

Great Books

Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave 'Alternative Facts' on Inauguration Crowd

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered …

What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps

The researchers were looking at the teenagers’ “goal orientations”—were they interested in learning for learning’s sake, or in showing off their …

5 Technology Tools Perfect for ELA Online Learning Stations

I’ve written extensively about the benefits of using the Station Rotation Model with students. English teachers frequently ask me which technology …

New #Hyperdoc on Racism, Discrimination and being an Upstander Please feel free to copy/use in your class #educolor https://t.co/pdRmJFPDxf

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Problem Solvers Now = Problem Solvers Later<p>I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation …

Teaching

9 TED Talks on artificial intelligence

Computers are being taught to learn, reason and recognize emotions. In these talks, look for insights -- as well as warnings.

The Whole-Class Novel: To Read Together or Not?

Recently, a post on the Notice and Note Book Club page generated lots of responses. This post asked for articles that would help support the position …

Writing

The 21 Best Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Kids

<i>from the cover of Luna</i><p>Here's a comprehensive list of great books for kids -- novels, picture books, workbooks, memoirs and profiles -- that deal with transgender and intersex issues, gender non-conformity and sexual orientation as it relates to trans people. (There are so many good ones, especially …

19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About

Get ready for the beach.<p>It might be just barely spring in many parts of the country, but that doesn't mean we can't look forward to warmer months — and the relaxation that comes with them. But the old definition of a "summer book" as a throwaway novel just won't do: one size definitely doesn't fit …

12 Common Reasons Students Don’t Read & What You Can Do About It

<b>12 Common Reasons Students</b> <b>Don’t Read & What You Can Do About It</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Why don’t students read more?<p>Digital distractions? No books at home? Too …

Responding to Text: How to Get Great Written Answers

One of the toughest things for students to learn is how to respond in writing to text. The advent of text-dependent questions, Depth of Knowledge …

Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?

Educators are eager to know how the computers popping up in their classrooms actually affect student learning. Much of the research has focused on …

Note-Taking

Learn Different

Silicon Valley disrupts education.<p>Seen from the outside, AltSchool Brooklyn, a private school that opened in Brooklyn Heights last fall, does not look like a traditional educational establishment. There is no playground attached, no crossing guard at the street corner, and no crowd of children …

Education

Geo-Literacy Projects Build Students' Understanding of Our Complex World

Maps and More<p>The ability to organize, visualize, and analyze information that relates to local and global issues is critical preparation for living …

Why Students Don’t Do Their Homework–And What You Can Do About It

Why Students Don’t Do Their Homework–And What You Can Do About It by Dr. Jennifer Davis Bowman ‘That was homework?’ ‘That’s due today?’ ‘But… it was …

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles. The Stanford psychologist found that children who …

Pedagogy

Expedition 46 (Landing Only)

Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

In her talk, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: …

Help Student Writers Find the Best Evidence

Teaching students to write effective arguments supported by reliable evidence is one of the notable "stretch goals" of the common core. Expert Sarah …

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

We typically teach students a growth mindset through online programs that demonstrate how the brain changes with learning (how the neurons grow …

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our …

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

Listen to this post as a podcast:<p><b>When I ask teachers what their biggest struggles are,</b> one issue comes up on a regular basis: student motivation. You …

Teaching

Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids

There are so many concepts, skills and standards to be covered in any given school day, week or year that it can be easy to forget about one simple …

Teaching