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Dynnelle Fields

Facilitating Literacy Discussions In High School English Class - 28 views

    I love this-- sample "pinwheel discussion" to analyze literature. I think the teacher's role of making tally marks to show them where they are doing well is key.
Dana Huff

Why fiction is good for you - Ideas - The Boston Globe - 9 views

    "Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It's an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?"
ten grrl

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers - ReadWriteThink - 10 views

    Podcast on varying topics, published monthly.
Dennis OConnor

Beyond Words: Meaning in Motion | Digital Is ... - 13 views

  • Watching text in motion is nothing new for readers of all levels. We watch words travel across screens of various shapes and sizes, and we set words in motions as we move throughout our daily lives reading text in various places and contexts. What happens, then, when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?
Adam Babcock

The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything : Monkey See : NPR - 5 views

  • What I've observed in recent years is that many people, in cultural conversations, are far more interested in culling than in surrender. And they want to cull as aggressively as they can.
  • It is the recognition that well-read is not a destination; there is nowhere to get to, and if you assume there is somewhere to get to, you'd have to live a thousand years to even think about getting there, and by the time you got there, there would be a thousand years to catch up on.
  • If "well-read" means "not missing anything," then nobody has a chance. If "well-read" means "making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully," then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we've seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can't change that.
Daniel Bruno

News: Calibrating Students' B.S. Meters - Inside Higher Ed - 8 views

    Great article on critical literacy
Adam Babcock

Teachers' Domain: Browse By Standards - 16 views

    Need help finding a lesson to fit Common Core? This seems like a great place to start...
Patrick Higgins

Reading Rockets: The Six Ts of Effective Elementary Literacy Instruction - 7 views

  • The issue is less stuff vs. reading than it is a question of what sorts of and how much of stuff. When stuff dominates instructional time, warning flags should go up.
  • In less-effective classrooms, there is a lot of stuff going on for which no reliable evidence exists to support their use (e.g., test-preparation workbooks, copying vocabulary definitions from a dictionary, completing after-reading comprehension worksheets).
  • In these classrooms, lower-achieving students spent their days with books they could successfully read.
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  • In other words, in too many cases the lower-achieving students receive, perhaps, an hour of appropriate instruction each day and four hours of instruction based on grade-level texts they cannot read.
  • No child who spends 80 percent of his instructional time in texts that are inappropriately difficult will make much progress academically.
  • These exemplary teachers routinely offered direct, explicit demonstrations of the cognitive strategies used by good readers when they read. In other words, they modeled the thinking that skilled readers engage while they attempt to decode a word, self-monitor for understanding, summarize while reading, or edit when composing. The "watch me" or "let me demonstrate" stance they took seems quite different from the "assign and assess" stance that dominates in less-effective classrooms (e.g., Adams, 1990; Durkin, 1978-79).
    • Patrick Higgins
      This makes great sense: children need to see what experts do when they read.  
  • I must also note that we observed almost no test-preparation activity in these classrooms. None of the teachers relied on the increasingly popular commercial test preparation materials (e.g., workbooks, software). Instead, these teachers believed that good instruction, rich instruction, would lead to enhanced test performances.
Adam Babcock

Education Week's Digital Directions: Classroom-Tested Tech Tools Used to Boost Literacy - 10 views

  • English-language learners
  • audio recorders to have student-teachers read sets of vocabulary words, then she creates matching PowerPoint presentations with the words and burns them onto DVDs
  • 2nd through 4th graders over 16 weeks as they used webcams to see themselves reading and then he identified their mistakes.
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  • at least two fewer mistakes per minute.
  • podcasting to help her students practice fluency.
  • Then they can literally see the pauses or mistakes they made in the editing program and correct them.
  • Using VoiceThread, for instance—which allows users to create collaborative, multimedia slide shows with images, documents, and videos
  • Storybird, allows students to tap into a library of illustrations to create digital books, says Lovely.
Leslie Healey

Attention literacy : Howard Rheingold : City Brights - 14 views

    great strategies for teaching and practicing attention with our students
Jenny Gilbert

Alan Peat Limited - FREE resources - 21 views

    lots pf freebies from this highly recognised UK literacy guru
Adam Babcock

K-2 Literacy Workstations from Kyrene School dist28 - 5 views

    Some great activity ideas(with resources) for literacy stations.
Dana Huff

Langwitches Blog » What does it Mean to be Literate? - 14 views

    Our definition of literacy is changing. Are we ready? Are our students?
Adam Babcock

YouTube - SearchStories's Channel - 9 views

    Every search is a quest. Every quest is a story. These videos show that anyone can do anything when paired with the power of search.
Dana Huff

A Dozen of Literature's Greatest Jerks :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste - 16 views

    Paste compiles a list of some of literature's biggest jerks. You know you love to hate them.
Leslie Healey

Pushing the Boundaries of Text and Sensual Curriculum | Metanoia - 4 views

    the new layers of literacy, as our children will need it
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