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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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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

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Teaching the College Essay

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

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Writing Workshop Checklist

Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.

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Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.

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A Voice Worth Listening To

Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.

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Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

When students share their writing with an authentic audience, they raise their game.

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Doorways Into Activism

Books can give children an entry point to taking action in the outside world by providing examples of how to address bullying, bias, and injustice.

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Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

Video chats with published writers will inspire your students to read and write more.

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Social Media Posts as Exemplars

Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality.

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50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.

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Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.

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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary Students

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo believes that using words in context and modeling inquisitiveness around words is the way to go. (Updated 01/2014)

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Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking

Principals could use casual interactions with the school population to promote literacy, emphasize that student and staff ideas matter, and actually invite those ideas.

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