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Friday, May 24, 2013

Read alouds are invaluable for all students:} Here is great article on the benefits of reading aloud to middle school students. Enjoy - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Why teachers should read aloud to middle-school students
Reading aloud to older students who can comfortably read to themselves can have a variety of benefits, experts suggest. Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads aloud the works of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, allowing her seventh- and eighth-grade students to get "carried away" with the stories as she changes her voice for each character. "Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when teachers read aloud to middle school students," researchers Lettie Albright and Mary Ariail write in a study. blog (5/14)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Common Core has increased the benchmarks for all of the grade levels in reading. Some educators feel younger students can not meet the challenge. Here is a blog post that makes suggestions for younger students that argues deep thinking is possible for all students - given learning opportunities. It makes some excellent points - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

5 tips for teaching students to analyze what they read
Even students who are still learning how to read can be taught active reading skills, writes literacy specialist Rebecca Alber. In this blog post, Alber offers five ideas, including asking students to make predictions about a passage based on its structure, to help students of any age to develop skills to analyze what they read. "Children, regardless if they are in the stage of reading to learn or learning to read, need structured opportunities to engage with text in deep and meaningful ways," Alber writes. Alber's blog (5/13)Bookmark and Share