Saturday, December 10, 2016
Every teacher who works with middle school or high school students knows how much the kids love their phones. Here is a great article for how to use their phones to increase their engagement. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
Tips for boosting class interaction via devices
Media specialist Kelli Whiteside uses pivotEd, from Capstone, to interact with students in real time through their devices. In this blog post, she shares how she uses the platform to foster discussions among students, plus view and grade their work.SmartBrief/Education (11/29)
Monday, December 5, 2016
Here is a great article that deals with keeping older students motivated to read. Well worth the read. Courtesy of Mind/Shift.
How to Help Students Love Reading
kids to enjoy reading can be a challenge for teachers and parents. A
2015 study by Scholastic showed that reading for pleasure drops off
after age eight. Of the students surveyed, 51 percent of said reading is
something they like or love to do; five years earlier, that number was
How can we support young readers? Daniel Willingham, author of "Raising Kids Who Read," has several suggestions, including re-imagining the act of reading as having less to do with school and more with a life well-lived. Instead of telling kids that reading books will help them get good grades or find a good career, he said, make reading part of a larger family value: loving to learn.
Willingham's Tips for Raising Older Readers:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Here is a great article on document-based questions, usually requiring a essay. These strategies can be used across the curriculum. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief
Deepen your discussion of document-based questions
Document-based questions are the meat and potatoes of high-school history classes and AP courses. These essay or short-answer questions require students to construct a response after inspecting provided historical documents. As new standards prescribe more evidence-based thinking, even middle-school teachers are assigning document-based writing tasks. Too often, though, lessons on DBQs become merely a strategy to beat the test. Deeper DBQ lessons bolster students' habits of inquiry and hone their skills for using evidence in a complex task. Read now.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Report analyzes students' reading habits - Study shows kids need to practice what they learn about reading. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
About 54% of students read for less than 15 minutes per day, according to the ninth annual "What Kids Are Reading" report, which includes data from 9.9 million K-12 students at 30,863 schools. The report shows that boys, on average, read about 23% less than girls.T.H.E. Journal (11/17)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Listening to stories can help improve literacy skills among students who dislike or struggle with reading,according to the educators and experts mentioned in this blog post. They offer a list of recommended audiobooks and podcasts.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Another great post from Choice Literacy on blogging. It is just the right time of the year to get blogs up and running and sharing with other students. Enjoy. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
4 approaches to making content kinesthetic - I am posting this here, because it is important information for all teachers to have. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
New research shows that the part of the brain typically associated with muscular activity and motor Read now.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
This week during a visit to the Vinalhaven school district, we focused on writing. We are using the Calkins framework. One issue that came up at all grade levels, was students' lack of stamina. Here are some great articles on building stamina - a challenge in days filled to the brim with many mandated goals. It is well worth the read. Enjoy. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Here are some great ideas that could easily be adapted by other communities. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
Educational community spaces could help narrow "word gap"
Research shows community-based learning resources could help narrow the "word gap" among children from low-income families. One such project included posting signs in a grocery store, and now the Urban Thinkscape plans to create learning exhibits next to a public bus stop in Philadelphia.National Public Radio (10/3)
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Conventions are a concern of all teachers - regardless of content. Here are some great resources for teachers and students alike. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Here is a great article on how to teach traditional Shakespeare in a nontraditional manner. Courtesy of ASCD Smart/Brief.
How Hip-Hop Can Bring Shakespeare to Life
|"You learn Shakespeare by doing Shakespeare," says Michael Kelly, artistic director of Toronto's Shakespeare in Action. Two years ago, Kelly began to incorporate music — specifically hip-hop — into his workshops. "Shakespeare Meets Hip-Hop" became a big success, as students explored the rhythm, poetry and thematic similarities of both forms. UK rapper Akala, who founded The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company in London, says that melding these mediums can help students expand their understanding of and connection to Shakespeare. As he reminds students, these plays were not considered "high art" by Elizabethans, but rather as "a little bit risky, a little bit naughty and dangerous." Learn More|