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...

“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...

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...

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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