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Nigel Coutts

Holiday Reading - Christmas 2019 - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    With the Christmas Holiday's finally here this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some of that reading which has been delayed while more pressing matters are dealt with. Here are the top items on my holiday reading list. With a project underway that explores a conceptual based approach to teaching mathematics there is a bias in that direction. 
Nigel Coutts

Holiday Reading List - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    For those in Australia the end of the teaching year has arrived or is just around the corner. With holidays approaching now might be the perfect time to find a good book to read and reset your thinking ahead of the start of a new year. Here are my favourite reads from this year. 

Write Better - To Expand a Story Idea - 0 views

    Creative ideas and tips * Practical pointers to improve writing skills * Analysis of student written essays and stories * Explore different writing techniques * Recognize common mistakes in writing * Common Core State Standards aligned
Nigel Coutts

Suggested Readings to Inspire Teaching - 0 views

    With the end of the year approaching and holidays looming for some now is the ideal time to share some suggestions for books and papers to read. A great book can provide the inspiration required to begin the new year positively and this list includes some of my favourites from 2015.

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens - Scientific ... - 1 views

  • Magazines are now useless and impossible to understand, for digital natives"
  • using one kind of technology does not preclude them from understanding another.
  • How exactly does the technology we use to read change the way we read? How reading on screens differs from reading on paper is relevant not just to the youngest among us, but to just about everyone who reads—
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  • but are we still reading as attentively and thoroughly?
  • do our brains respond differently to onscreen text than to words on paper?
  • Before 1992 most studies concluded that people read slower, less accurately and less comprehensively on screens than on paper. Studies published since the early 1990s, however, have produced more inconsistent results: a slight majority has confirmed earlier conclusions, but almost as many have found few significant differences in reading speed or comprehension between paper and screens.
  • certain tactile experiences of reading on paper that many people miss and, more importantly, prevent people from navigating long texts in an intuitive and satisfying way.
  • and make it a little harder to remember what we read when we are done.
  • There is physicality in reading,"
  • text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. I
  • a text in its entirety as a kind of physical landscape.
  • there's a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled.
  • mental map of the text
  • it is there and then it is gone.
  • 72 10th-grade students of similar reading ability to study one narrative and one expository text, each about 1,500 words in length. Half the students read the texts on paper and half read them in pdf files on computers with 15-inch liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitors.
  • making it less taxing cognitively, s
  • serendipity and a sense of control.
  • but also at long-term memory.
Cara Whitehead

Reading Comprehension - 1 views

    Great article on relationship of reading and spelling
Paul Jinks

Tests Document Readability - 8 views

    Find out how difficult to read your material is. Useful rule of thumb tool to see if your written materials are appropriate for the educational level of your students. 
Beth Hecht

For Educators | 21 Ways to Use in the Classroom - 7 views

  • 3. Promote Team CollaborationHave students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. This approach encourages teamwork and cooperation, with students complementing the skills of their colleagues. The site also provides a structure for students to work individually as they create their own cartoon worlds using their imaginations. Look upon the site as a resource for literacy development and to reach out to engage reluctant writers and readers.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity for students to use collaboratively.
    • Kim Davis
      This would be a great exercise to illustrate class rules developed by the class. In the science lab, the lab teams could create different strips for lab safety. This is a really cool tool with a lot of potential.
  • 6. Foreign Language Practice Have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying. In addition to English, the site accepts characters and accent marks from languages such as Spanish, Latin, German, Italian and Portuguese. Additional languages will be added to the site in the future.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity that can be used with ELLs.
  • 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. Read her excellent essay, "MakeBeliefsComix: An Article About Using Comics to Teach English -- Become A Comic Strip Writer with Ease!", at
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    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an application for students to work collaboratively.
    This will be great for my arty students who don't enjoy writing in the traditional sense. I like #19 - explore character motivation- a high level reading skill in a simple format.
Dennis OConnor

Using Reading Prompts to Encourage Critical Thinking | Faculty Focus - 2 views

  • She uses reading prompts. “The purpose of these reading/writing prompts is to facilitate personal connection between the undergraduate student and the assigned text.
  • Making connections
  • Identification of problem or issue
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  • The prompts are simply questions used to orient students with a critical reading stance and to guide their thinking as they read.”
  • Interpretation of evidence
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Making application
    These are great prompts, relevant to so many contexts. The young adult students I teach academic preparation to in Laos just look at me when I model my thinking/questions in a read aloud. Every year they ask, "But where do I get the questions from?" "What questions should I have?". They come from a non-reading and a non-questioning culture so there is many skills for them to develop alongside their language skills.
Marco Gustafsson

Digital Books Take Roots In a Huge Truck - 0 views

    More than 75,000 people have joined e-book readers community, thanks to a huge 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer.
Anne Boone

GoodReads - 1 views

    I love this web site for suggestions for great books to read for my book clubs. You type in titles or genres you or the kids have enjoyed in the past, and they give you recommendations. (think Pandora for books) I have two for my student book clubs and one for my personal reading pleasure. One thing I love is it will make a "book shelf" of hot reads in html code that can then be copied and pasted to your library web site so that kids can see suggested reading.
Anne Boone

Wall Wisher - 1 views

    This web site is being used by many teachers in my building for students to post their thought on "walls" that the teacher creates. For instance, a teacher used it yesterday for her students to post feedback on a story they read. Each individual can see all of the others posts
Dennis OConnor

TwHistory - 1 views

    Create historical twitter character then tweet based on history research  Quote from Mark Rounds Web-Ed Tools, "Participants choose a historical event, create Twitter accounts for individual characters, pore over primary source documents and think critically about the times, dates, and durations of events to create hundreds of Tweets as they might have been broadcast had Twitter existed before the 21st century. They then submit all those Tweets to the engineers at TwHistory, specifying a start date for their event, and then watch it unfold - over a day, a week, a month or more - reflecting the event's actual duration."
Nissa Ellett

Google Custom Search - Elementary Reading Comprehension Search Engine - 2 views

    This is a Customized Search Engine that allows parents and students to safely search for interactive games that reinforce reading comprehension skills
Karen Veldhuizen

Collaborize Classroom - Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students - 2 views

    Designed to complement classroom instruction and engage students in online activities, assignments, and discussions.
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