Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • Job Insecurity in Education

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Literacy, Policy • with Comments

    job-loss-security

    I have been teaching in a district that I love for twelve years, following two years doing long-term substituting and my student teaching. It was my first choice for where I wanted to get a contract. At the time, the high school I taught in was small enough that I easily knew all the kids in each grade-but big enough that our student sections for sporting events were loud and proud. The staff is tight-knit and supportive of one another. The administration cares about the teachers. The board cares about the community, teachers, and students. We are a

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  • Critical Thinking, Morality, and ‘Middle Passage’

    on Jun 30, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies • with Comments

    MiddlePassage

    The issue of slavery is a deeply rooted social foundation that has been toiled with for generations. Educators, particularly those teaching high school, are charged with helping their students understand how the existence of such a morally reprehensible institution was even possible. As adolescents, these young students struggle developmentally to decompartmentalize a happening such as slavery. They see it simply as “wrong” with little regard to the context in which the institution is occurring. This type of thinking narrows student understanding of the greater historical narrative and gives way to the creation of historical villains

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  • Finding Narrative: A English Teacher’s Struggle

    on Jun 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Literacy, Policy • with Comments

    the narrative

    In my brain lives a little monster. I know I’m not alone. We all have little monsters lurking in our skulls. They hate anything rest related and love to do things like leap up and down and shout, “DID YOU SET THE ALARM FOR 5???” …right as sleep is about to overtake you. At the end of each school year, as much as I want to simply switch my brain to vacation mode, this is when my monster is most active. She looks back on the year and insists on nagging me about every unresolved

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  • Keep Kids Writing All Summer

    on Jun 18, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    creativewriting

    Summer Learning Loss is the bane of every teacher’s existence. We work tirelessly to teach students reading and writing strategies, grammar concepts, vocabulary building techniques, critical thinking skills, and more and it seems that by September they have forgotten what  Venn Diagram is and how to find a noun. I know I do endless work with my junior high students to get them reading and writing at higher levels than what they were when they walked in my door in the fall. But research shows that the average student loses about two months of grade

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  • Parent tip: Beyond Sounding It Out

    on Jun 4, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    student reading

    Your child has started to read a little. You are so excited and want to encourage him to read more. So you buy him books or go to the library. You sit next to him on the sofa and expect him to start reading away. Instead he gets stuck. The most common thing for a parent to say is “Sound it out.” Sometime that can help but it depends on him knowing the phonics rules that apply to that word. Frequently in English, the way we say the word is not phonetic at all. If

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