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Sunday, September 21, 2014

This is an old but recurring argument. The challenge is always how do we engage students who come from such diverse backgrounds. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

What limits should be placed on assigned reading lists?
A Delaware school board's decision to remove a contemporary coming-of-age novel from the freshman reading list has sparked debate. Some say the action amounts to censorship. Others disagree, noting that the book still is available in the school library if students want to check it out. The Atlantic online (9/5)Bookmark and Share

Here are some ideas - written by a teacher - for using technology to teach grammar - creating a blended classroom. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Educator highlights ways to use technology to teach grammar, writing
In this blog post, educator Troy Hicks describes how he incorporates technology into a writing lesson on sentence combining. He includes examples and links of his and his students' use of screencasting and audio-recording tools to highlight their thinking processes as they experimented with grammar and structure in this exercise. MiddleWeb (9/3)Bookmark and Share