Saturday, September 19, 2020
Scaffolding Students to Meet Grade Level Expectations – Balancing Text and Task

Scaffolding Students to Meet Grade Level Expectations – Balancing Text and Task

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As a young student, I always looked forward to the next new book.  The teacher would read aloud and then we would be able...

13 Books to Build Classroom Community

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It's no surpise that Book Whisperer (and Nerdy Book Clubber!) Donalyn Miller's post, "Books That Build Community," was last week's most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article. In...

Five Questions for Common Core

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There is much talk, and a lot of confusion, about the new Common Core State Standards among frontline educators in the classroom.  Here are five...

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart

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When my daughter comes home from school on Valentine’s Day with cards from friends and candy in her backpack, I can’t help but greet...

How Will Schools Use Common Core Text Complexity Tools?

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Matt Copeland, English Language Arts and Literacy consultant for the Kansas Department of Education, describes how he envisions schools will use text complexity analysis tools...

“Moneyball” for Schools? I Don’t Think So.

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by James Harvey Educators and analysts excited about the possibilities of using data analytics to evaluate schooling need to take a deep breath and calm...

Stuck on Reading, Not on Stickers: Transforming Students’ Reading Identities

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Labeling books by levels in elementary libraries—both in classrooms and in the media center—remains a common practice.  While advocates argue that this organizational system...

Nurturing Thoughtful Readers and Writers

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The crucial importance of literacy in today’s world is hard to question. Its fundamental role, however, goes well beyond students’ ability to read and...

Stories Change You and Change History

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"Novels have helped shape the minds of thought leaders across history," and thus, have shaped the actual course of history. If Darwin's theories were...

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