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Natalie Mann

The Main Idea - 69 views

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

How to Create Nonreaders - 58 views

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    "In fact, it's not really possible to motivate anyone, except perhaps yourself.  If you have enough power, sure, you can make people, including students, do things.  That's what rewards (e.g., grades) and punishments (e.g., grades) are for.  But you can't make them do those things well ... The more you rely on coercion and extrinsic inducements, as a matter of fact, the less interest students are likely to have in whatever they were induced to do."
Bill Wallace

Achievethecore.org :: Home - 46 views

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      Resource for lesson plans
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    "Free, high-quality resources for educators to implement the Common Core State Standards."
Jeremy Brueck

Closing in on Close Reading - 73 views

  • close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension.
  • Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately.
  • If reading closely is the most effective way to achieve deep comprehension, then that's how we should teach students to read.
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  • But the teaching of reading veered significantly off track when those personal connections (also well represented on some high-stakes state assessments) began to dominate the teaching and testing of comprehension, often leaving the text itself a distant memory.
  • the shift to teaching reading as a set of thinking strategies too often left readers with the notion that the text was simply a launching point for their musings, images that popped into their heads, and random questions that, in the end, did little to enhance their understanding of the text itself.
  • examining meaning thoroughly and analytically
  • directing attention to the text, central ideas, and supporting details
  • reflecting on meanings of individual words and sentences
  • developing ideas over the course of the text
  • The best thinkers do monitor and assess their thinking, but in the context of processing the thinking of others (Paul & Elder, 2008)
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    Close Reading
Kris Cody

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific A... - 102 views

  • prevented them from zooming out to see a neighborhood, state or country
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      This explains, in real terms, why I've had so much struggle with online reading! Very interesting article.
  • Because of these preferences—and because getting away from multipurpose screens improves concentration—people consistently say that when they really want to dive into a text, they read it on paper
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      This is backed up by a recent article: Faris, Michael J., and Stuart A. Selber. "E-Book Issues In Composition: A Partial Assessment And Perspective For Teachers." Composition Forum 24.(2011): ERIC. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.
  • Surveys and consumer reports also suggest that the sensory experiences typically associated with reading—especially tactile experiences—matter to people more than one might assume.
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  • When reading a paper book, one can feel the paper and ink and smooth or fold a page with one's fingers; the pages make a distinctive sound when turned; and underlining or highlighting a sentence with ink permanently alters the paper's chemistry.
  • discernible size, shape and weight.
  • Although many old and recent studies conclude that people understand what they read on paper more thoroughly than what they read on screens, the differences are often small. Some experiments, however, suggest that researchers should look not just at immediate reading comprehension, but also at long-term memory.
  • When taking the quiz, volunteers who had read study material on a monitor relied much more on remembering than on knowing, whereas students who read on paper depended equally on remembering and knowing.
  • E-ink is easy on the eyes because it reflects ambient light just like a paper book, but computer screens, smartphones and tablets like the iPad shine light directly into people's faces.
  • the American Optometric Association officially recognizes computer vision syndrome.
  • People who took the test on a computer scored lower and reported higher levels of stress and tiredness than people who completed it on paper.
  • Although people in both groups performed equally well on the READ test, those who had to scroll through the continuous text did not do as well on the attention and working-memory tests.
  • Subconsciously, many people may think of reading on a computer or tablet as a less serious affair than reading on paper. Based on a detailed 2005 survey of 113 people in northern California, Ziming Liu of San Jose State University concluded that people reading on screens take a lot of shortcuts—they spend more time browsing, scanning and hunting for keywords compared with people reading on paper, and are more likely to read a document once, and only once.
  • When reading on screens, people seem less inclined to engage in what psychologists call metacognitive learning regulation—strategies such as setting specific goals, rereading difficult sections and checking how much one has understood along the way
  • Perhaps she and her peers will grow up without the subtle bias against screens that seems to lurk in the minds of older generations.
  • They think of using an e-book, not owning an e-book,"
  • Participants in her studies say that when they really like an electronic book, they go out and get the paper version.
  • When it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage. But text is not the only way to read.
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    it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text.
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    it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text.
psmiley

Education - AERA Essential Reading on Education and Poverty - Wiley Online Library - 4 views

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    Poverty and its Impact in Education - resources to address this most pressing problem
Rob Belprez

High School ELA Lesson Support by Lexiconic Education Resources - 13 views

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    This is a perfect collection of English lessons and resources for most High School Level classes.  It has all the traditional assignments, stories, skills, terms, and samples to pull from.
Christian King

Recommended Reading | Expeditionary Learning - 1 views

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    A great list of recommended reading compiled by Expeditionary Learning, a site committed to developing schools which focus on student driven learning experiences.
Deborah Baillesderr

Easy English news, short news, English story, reading skills for you - 106 views

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    This is a useful news site which provides the same news story written at three different levels of English, making it a wonderful tool for ESL classes and differentiating for different age groups.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language
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    This is such a great site. They take one news story and put it in 3-4 different reading levels.
Tanya Hudson

7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject - 102 views

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    Seven specific action steps for approaching complex texts in elementary school. Includes suggested texts.
Peter Beens

For Those Who Want to Lead, Read - John Coleman - Harvard Business Review - 58 views

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    "Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Arts (PDF) has found that "[r]eading has declined among every group of adult Americans," and for the first time in American history, "less than half of the U.S. adult American population is reading literature." Literacy has been improving in countries like India and China, but that literacy may not translate into more or deeper reading."
Amy Roediger

Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' - NYTimes.com - 171 views

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    Update | Feb. 2012: We'll be exploring the new Common Core State Standards, and how teaching with The Times can address them, through a series of blog posts. You can find them all here, tagged "the NYT and the CCSS."
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    A good list of reading strategies for informational text from the New York Times.
Doug Brunner

Reading Comprehension & Language Arts Teaching Strategies for Kids | Reading Rockets - 2 views

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    Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle
Jenny Odau

BiblioNasium - Kids Share Book Recommendations. Use Online Reading Logs, Find Books At ... - 3 views

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    BiblioNasium is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-12 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading
meldar

Readers Theater/Language Arts/High Frequency Words/Math/Music and much more for Teachers - 4 views

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    Readers Theater scripts for elementary
Donal O' Mahony

Let's Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education…but - 35 views

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    The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just published Let's Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education.

    The document is worth looking at in its own right both as educators and as parents.

    I have one quibble with it - which you may read about in my blog-post. Thanks!
Shamisha Williams

Storyline Online | Where Reading Is Fun! - 33 views

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    A collection of stories read by actors - could be used as a reading center, an alternative to read alouds, or a home alternative for students.
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    A website made in conjunction with the Screen Actors Guild thaf has famous actors reading a range of picture story books with accompanying pictures from the book. Includes activities to do in class as well.  Needs Flash but you can just go to the YouTube channel to access the stories themselves. http://www.youtube.com/StorylineOnline
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