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Are “Just Right” Books Too Easy?

Are “Just Right” Books Too Easy?

In this article in Reading Today, Timothy Shanahan (University of Illinois/Chicago) examines the long-standing belief that children learn best when they’re taught at their current instructional reading level, using materials that are not too hard, not too easy – “just right.” This seems like common sense, as anyone who has watched a frustrated student struggling with a frustration-level book can…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:49am — No Comments

Should Books in School Libraries Be Organized by Reading Level?

Should Books in School Libraries Be Organized by Reading Level?

In this article in Knowledge Quest, Georgia librarian Susan Grigsby makes the case for not leveling books in school libraries – for example with Lexile numbers, AR levels, or colored dots. “I believe strongly in teaching independence in book selection,” she says, and creates personal bibliographies for her middle-school students by having them fill out surveys of their interests –…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

Close Reading Without Tears

Close Reading with Sets of Related Picture Books

(Originally titled “Close Reading Without Tears”)

In this Educational Leadership article, Nancy Boyles (Southern Connecticut State University) says she is a big fan of close reading because it has the potential to teach students “to delve into a text and uncover one layer of meaning after another, to appreciate as much as possible a book’s multiple themes, diverse points of view, rich…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Student Voice: Do We Really Listen to Students? By Peter DeWitt

Student Voice: Do We Really Listen to Students?

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Added by Michael Keany on September 28, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Listen to the Children

We listen to the research, the thought leaders, community members, boards of education, business, mental health and health care providers. But, someday, we need to remember that the children also have something to say. There is value to listening to the children.  Here, we are thinking about four.  Read more...

Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on September 28, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth by Robert Pondiscio and Kevin Mahnken

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth

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Added by Michael Keany on September 27, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Do you really want to save education? It's getting late...

 Please read this scary article by Laurie Rogers, a well-known education reformer you can trust.

The Network (her word)  is all the people and forces trying to subdue education. Common Core represents the fulfillment of their control over everything K-12. They have to be stopped if you want to save genuine education.

  You know what the only hope is? That all the people in the middle start to take sides.

Presumably some people…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 26, 2014 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea? by Valerie Strauss

Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea?…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 26, 2014 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Technology Improves And The Internet Expands But School Acceptable Use Policies Still Lock Students Out Of The Benefits

Technology Improves And The Internet Expands But School Acceptable Use Policies Still Lock Students Out Of The Benefits

from the an-internet-with-18-years-worth-of-training-wheels dept

Tech Dirt

Tim Cushing

Few entities approach new advances in technology with more foreboding than school administrations. What could be used as portals to a nearly-infinite supply of information via the internet is often…
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Added by Michael Keany on September 26, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Purpose is the Key by Annie Murphy Paul

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Added by Michael Keany on September 25, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Growing Sustainable Teacher Leadership by Christopher Wooleyhand, Ph.D.

One of the biggest challenges principals have today is hiring, growing, and sustaining teacher leaders. In his article for Phi Delta Kappan titled, Beginning Teacher Induction: What the Data Tell Us, Richard Ingersoll discusses teacher attrition. He noted that, “…40% and 50% of new teachers leave within the first five years of entry into teaching.” That statistic alone should give principals pause to reflect on their hiring practices, induction efforts, and school culture. Teacher leadership is… Continue

Added by Debbie Wooleyhand on September 24, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Four Common Core ‘flimflams’ by Carol Burris

Four Common Core ‘flimflams’…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 24, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Banned Book Week

The last week of September is celebrated as Banned Books Week.  Click here for info on how you can celebrate literary freedom, and learn the effects of censorship on schools, libraries and communities.

Happy FREE reading,

Added by Christine Brower-Cohen on September 23, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

"An Open Letter to America's Newspapers"

Here's the short version: you're doing a lousy job. You're betraying your own future and letting the country down. You're abandoning the parents in your community to the scams of the Education Establishment. You're making real educational reform almost impossible because you don't explain any of the issues to the community. You and the NEA seem to be engaged in some sort of treacherous deal to make sure that the deliberate dumbing down of the country…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 22, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Cognitively Priming Students for Learning by JUDY WILLIS MD



Cognitively Priming Students for Learning


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Added by Michael Keany on September 22, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

This Ain't Your Momma's Open House by DR. STEPHANIE HATTEN



This Ain't Your Momma's Open House


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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset by BOB LENZ



Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset


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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

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