Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • In Balanced Literacy, Johnny’s Reading Means More than Decoding

    on Jul 11, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    student reading

    Throwbacks in education are common. This time, Robert Pondiscio, a Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institution is itching for a fight to reopen old “reading war” wounds.He has taken umbrage with the NYTimes (7/2/14) opinion piece Balanced Literacy Is One Effective Approach by Lucy Calkins: Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University and a proponent of balanced literacy. Pondiscio’s op-ed (7/3/2014) titled, Why Johnny Won’t Learn to Read charges back into the heat of that fight as he referenced the 1997 National Reading Panel’s review of studies on the teaching of reading. In reminding everyone that “phonics won,” Pondiscio jettisons the definition of the word

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  • Vampires, Honest Abe, and the Future of History Instruction

    on Jul 1, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies • with Comments

    Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter Co

    America loves its heroes. From the earliest inspirational days of explorers sailing the ocean blue and “discovering” an unruly wilderness that would become the United States, to Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, to the canonization of Steve Jobs (notably by Ashton Kutcher is this film). Without a doubt, many of these heroes deserve their limelight. They have shaped American culture, inspired ambition, and present possibility for folks of all ages. American heroes fulfill the essential qualities of Horatio Alger’s American Dream. Abraham Lincoln is the essence of this American hero. Born in a log cabin

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  • 10 Reasons Educators Should Read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

    on Jun 27, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    The hottest book on the shelves – and one of the most-watched movies your students will be seeing this summer – is The Fault In Our Stars. Here are 10 reasons you should be reading TFIOS, minus any spoilers – so feel free to read without fret! 1. Hazel Grace Lancaster is a well-written, complex character The protagonist is just brimming with life. In a sarcastic and cynical way, Hazel is the most alive person in the book despite being on the throes of death. She deals with her cancer (thyroid and lung) by accepting

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  • Happy Writing; Finding Your Purpose

    on Jun 24, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    Pharrell Williams, has been around for quite a while seeking his fame in music, yet it wasn’t until his recent hit song “Happy,”  that Pharrell became a household name. When interviewed and asked what he thought of his long awaited rise to fame, Pharrell stated that he used to write songs that lacked purpose. He decided that the musical heroes of his time had a purpose to their music, and he realized that his songs were lacking just that. He sought to find exactly what his purpose was, and after discovering it, he began writing songs with

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  • Using Reading Journals For Reluctant Readers

    on Jun 4, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    I have several reluctant readers in my class. And when I say reluctant, I mean pulling-teeth-digging-in-heels-won’t-read-unless-they-are-required-to reluctant readers. And even then it’s still difficult for them. They understand the importance of reading for information and meaning, but more often than not comprehension is lost in translation due to several of them struggling with dyslexia. So how do I help them understand what they have just read in their ability-based group without them glazing over? I utilize reading journals with my groups. Reluctant readers usually have a strong auditory capability, meaning they usually understand what is

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