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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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  • 3 Key Roles of School Librarians

    While no one can take the place of school librarians, teachers can support students’ literacy skills by understanding librarians’ roles.
    Benjamin Barbour
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  • How to Audit Classroom Library for Inclusion

    Is your classroom bookshelf all that it can be, for every kid in your class? Here’s how to bring it up to speed.
  • Discovering a Disturbing Bias in Kids’ Books

    Has the recent uptick in diverse characters in children’s literature translated into authentic representation? One team of researchers used artificial intelligence to investigate.
  • Tools for Supporting Students With Reading Disabilities

    Using text-to-speech tools boosts access and engagement for students with reading disabilities, leading to improved academic outcomes.
  • The Benefits of Bringing a Book Vending Machine to Your School

    A library media specialist shares logistical tips for using a book vending machine to build a strong reading community at your school.
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  • How Music Primes the Brain for Learning

    To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research.
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    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
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  • Early Literacy Strategies That Work

    A first-grade teacher describes how she changed her approach to teaching reading using research-based insights.
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  • Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

    Dismantling tenacious myths about dyslexia—and drawing on evidence-based practices when teaching—can make a powerful difference for students with the condition.
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  • The Role of Working Memory in the Writing Process

    High school teachers can guide students to success in writing assignments by structuring tasks to account for working memory.
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  • 4 Reading Strategies to Retire This Year (Plus 6 to Try Out!)

    A look at a few popular literacy practices that shouldn’t make the cut—along with fresh strategies that experienced teachers and literacy experts recommend instead.
    21.8k
  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
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    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
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  • How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

    If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.
    773
  • Grace Lin on Giving Young Readers a ‘Sense of Home’

    The award-winning children’s book author on stories that are like friends you can turn to—and the importance of featuring characters who “share a common thread of humanity.” 
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