Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • Planning the Last Unit

    on May 22, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    This is the time of year in which students’ impetus to volunteer, join clubs, school wide activities, and community drives overrides the necessity to finish out a school year. Many justifications are given for not being in class — and how could I blame them? A record cold winter and delayed spring bloom kept students pent up indoors. Educators must balance learning with exposure to curriculum content, student progress with student awareness, and standardized assessment with school wide finals. Aside from this, I must concentrate on what role technology will play in a 1:1 mobile device classroom

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  • Turning Reluctant Readers into Life-long Readers

    on May 6, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    Teaching students how to (3)

    Reading should not be presented to a child as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. ~Katie DiCamillo One of my biggest challenges for the past thirteen years as an English teacher has been getting my students to read, and I know I am not alone with this frustration. Getting teenagers to read anything let alone the required reading is like trying to bathe a cat–a lot of unpleasant work for pretty meager results. In the old days we assigned reading then gave a quiz or something the next day so

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  • Why I Lend Out My Personal Books to My Students

    on May 4, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Management • with Comments

    Teaching students how to (2)

    In my incredibly messy classroom, behind my desk are my personal books. Novels ranging from Pride and Prejudice to Splintered. They are worn, underlined, and some have sticky notes in them. About six weeks into the school year, one of my students wanders over there, at first to look at my pictures, then they pick up a book and causally flip through it. Then my favorite part of my job begins, “So did you read this?” I smile and of course, light up. Then, “So I can borrow it? Really?” Absolutely. I know there is

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  • Parent Tips: Helping Your Beginning Reader Select Books

    on May 4, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Good writingvs. Great writing (2)

    When your child begins to read it is a thrilling moment. Then the press to rush their skills begins. We have this desire to move them up the ability ladder ASAP. As parents we want them to be in the highest reading group. We hope for high test scores. We picture Harvard or Stanford in their future. It will all be possible if only they can be the best reader. Stop! Right now! Take a deep breath. Yes, reading makes all these things possible but pushing doesn’t make a good reader. Interest and connections make

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  • Choosing the Right High School Reading Intervention Program

    on Apr 30, 15 • in Featured, Literacy • with Comments

    Have a FANTASTIC

    Helping students to overcome reading obstacles can be tricky at any age, but it is especially challenging with high school students. Older students find it more difficult to get caught up to their peers. They must deal with feelings of shame, inadequacy, and anger. The teachers who oversee these students’ reading intervention already have a daunting task ahead of them. Therefore, choosing the right high school reading intervention program is of utmost importance. Elementary teachers can point you in the right direction when it comes to programs for younger students. Many of these same companies

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