Literacy

10 Ways to Keep Students Learning Over the Summer [Infographic]

Summer is nearly here, which means that students are eagerly awaiting long days of nice weather, relaxed schedules and time spent with friends instead of schoolwork. And while everyone can appreciate a good lazy day, the academic consequences of an entire summer off is not something to take lightly. In fact, ASCD reports that, on average, elementary students lose one month of learning over the summer.

How David Foster Wallace Taught Students To Respond To One Another’s Writing

How David Foster Wallace Taught Students To Respond To One Another’s Writing by Terry Heick One of my favorite genres of writing is the essay, and one of my favorite essayists is David Foster Wallace. Wallace–or DFW if you’re okay with that–was equal part non-conforming, angst-ridden rebel and submissive lover of formal language and all […]

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What Is The MAP Reading Fluency Test? A Literacy Assessment Tool For Teachers

What Is The MAP Reading Fluency Test? A Literacy Assessment Tool For Teachers by TeachThought Staff This is sponsored content. NWEA.org asked us to let you know about the tool but we created all content free from editorial influence. We focused it objectively on clarifying the tool and its features in a way teachers interested […]

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Teachers Love How This Online Reading Platform Fosters Deeper Learning

Like many educators, Christy Stanley wants her students to practice close reading and deep learning. But she is up against a far more seductive habit. “We have a generation of skimmers and scanners because these kids are always on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat,” says Stanley, director of humanities and healthful living for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school district in North Carolina. “They don’t know how to slow down their reading.”

50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students by Terry Heick Literacy is changing–not at its core necessarily, but certainly at its edges as it expands to include new kinds of “reading.” Digital media is quickly replacing traditional media forms as those most accessible to most 21st century learners. The impact of this […]

How a Fourth-Grader Turned Me Into a Book Detective

In almost every way, it was an ordinary day in the library. Fourth graders chatted as they milled about, making book selections and needing the occasional reminder that library is not the same as recess. In hindsight, though, it was a day when magic sparked. That was the day I had my first conversation with Jane.

Teaching Social Justice: 25 Books To Encourage Students To Change The World

Teaching Social Justice: 25 Books To Encourage Students To Change The World by TeachThought Staff What are the kinds of ideas that convince people that they can change the world? What about students–what kinds of inspiration or knowledge or confidence or vision do they need to believe they can affect real change in their community? […]

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Text Choice Helped Boost This District’s Literacy Success—and Empower Students

Amalia Lopez became a high school English teacher because she thinks functional English is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone trying to navigate life in the United States. So it may have been fate that she landed a job in the low-income, heavily immigrant California Central Valley community of Lindsay in 2009.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before. Attract users with a free product. Dazzle with quality content, an intuitive interface and whet the appetite for a paid upgrade. That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV, where Marshall is a general partner.

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It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom by Terry Heick Among the biggest changes of modern academic standards is the shift in the burden of general literacy. Rather than only “writing teachers,” teaching reading and writing, now all teachers across all content areas are being asked to do so (something we’ve talked […]

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