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Matt Renwick

Project Time and How My Students Made It Theirs | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension - 33 views

  • So project time is here to stay, with a few tweaks requested by the kids.  More resources, computers if they are available, and study hall rather than dedicated spelling time.
  • my students are examples of what can happen when we trust kids  to take control of their learning, when we give them freedom to learn.
Matt Renwick

One Equally Effective but Lower-Cost Option to Summer School - 8 views

    "Just improving poor children's access to books they can read and want to read may seem too simple an idea for improving reading achievement. But the evidence is clear. When children from low-income families are given the opportunity to select books for summer reading they will read those books during the summer months."
Wes Bolton

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say - The Wa... - 81 views

    "To cognitive neuroscientists, Handscombe's experience is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia."
    Washington Post article on how the internet is impacting our ability to read and concentrate.
Natalie Mann

The Main Idea - 69 views

    The Main Idea provides monthly summaries of educational books in handy 8-page digests. 
Amy Burns

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events - 43 views

    Current events readings that allows selecting lexile to meet student needs.

Resource: Reading Assessments | - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Commu... - 14 views

    In England, levels are being removed from schools. This is a great resource which might support teachers assessing reading, applicable for teachers in other countries.
Deborah Baillesderr - 38 views

    Wonderful activities that teachers and parents of second graders can do to help students improve their reading skills.
Margaret FalerSweany

Want Students to Come to Class Prepared? Try Rolling the Dice. - 89 views

    We all want our students to do the reading, and we all want them to come to class ready to discuss what they've read. Making that happen, however, is often a difficult proposition. Fernald and Swope provide techniques that take two tasks that most instructors dislike-administering pop quizzes and "cold calling on students"-and place them in the hands of the gods of probability.
Thieme Hennis

Reading Comprehension: Paper or Screen? | DMLcentral - 61 views

  • What makes for effective reading, then? Before trying to answer this question, one has to acknowledge that the answer is complicated and depends on individual users' familiarity with the reading tools that they are using and the purpose for which they are reading. With that in mind, these studies suggest at least a few features. Readers should be able to clearly see the text, and the more text that can be placed within their field of vision at a time, the better. They should have a means for accessing their current place within the text, as well as the ability to quickly move through the text to find information. Finally, they should be familiar with the reading technology, so they can ignore it and simply read. 
    I argue that the differences revealed in these studies are not between paper and screen, as Jabr suggests, or even between print and digital. Rather, these differences in reading comprehension seem to be a product of how readers interface with these print and electronic technologies and the affordances that each provides to these readers. 
Matt Renwick

Use Post-Its + Evernote For Ongoing Literacy Assessment | Reading By Example - 73 views

    As 21st century educators, we don't have to be tethered to technology to reap the benefits. By using digital tools such as Evernote and Post-Its to support quality instruction, instead of the other way around, we can stay focused on the learner and their needs.
Garrett Kerr | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | | The Solution to... - 66 views

    A free site full of leveled text along with lessons and comprehension activities.
Matt Renwick

Why My PLN is Like a Haystack | Reading By Example - 33 views

    Each person in my personal learning network is like a piece of hay, and one of them is bound to know where to locate the needle that I seek.

    It's easy to find a needle in a haystack - Ask the hays to find it!
Roland Gesthuizen

International Reading Association (IRA) - ReadWriteThink - 33 views

    "IRA offers members new approaches to teaching literacy, easy ways to stay up to date on the latest research, and opportunities to connect with local literacy leaders. The mission of the International Reading Association (IRA) is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. The Association provides outstanding professional development and supports excellent teaching, critical research, and promotion of the lifetime reading habit."
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