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Literacy

Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

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8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

Pique students' interest and excitement about informational reading by focusing their attention on how to use what they're learning rather than on how they're reading.

7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.

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Teaching Writing or Editing Writing?

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

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Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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Social Media Posts as Exemplars

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Don't Say "Your Child Can't Read"

Before making assumptions about literacy, study young children's oral and written language development patterns while striving to understand their lives outside of school and watching them play.

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Three young boys are sitting on a couch in their classroom, reading.
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12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading

Nurturing a love for reading begins with providing reasons for reading and getting students excited about books.

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Two young students are sitting in chairs against the wall with a whiteboard behind them. They're reading a book to the rest of the class who are sitting on the carpeted floor in front of them.
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Young Storytellers: The Tale Begins

Engaging children in the storytelling arts can easily enhance curriculum and social-emotional learning while building confidence and strengthening the school community.

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Real-World Writing Examples: A Blogger Reveals His Secrets

Mark Phillips makes guest appearance as "the teacher's dad," sharing his writing process with his daughter's students and answering their questions about rhetorical strategy.

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5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom

In an age of texts and tweets, teach your students the value of slowing down to write something that touches a heart or motivates an action.

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A group of students are sitting close together in chairs, smiling and goofing around. Two are flexing their arms, looking at the camera.
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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

Students analyze newspaper headline bloopers in this classroom activity and gain a greater understanding for clear communication.

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A young red-headed boy is sitting at his desk looking at his laptop, his chin resting on one hand and his other hand on the laptop keyboard.
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Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement

Asking students to write you a weekly letter helps you answer their questions, coach them on ELA skills, and learn more about them as people.

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

Tucson, Arizona, elementary schools find success by infusing arts into every discipline.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher introduces the concept of Writing 3.0, which is what happens when we redefine the writing process with iPads.

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Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.

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7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

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An employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States is holding President Barack Obama's inaugural address. There are pen marks on it.
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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.

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