Literacy

Literacy is the ability to make sense of or use ‘something.’ From books to technology, research to writing, literacy is the foundation of learning.

This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember

This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember by Terry Heick If one thing changes, everything changes. Reading, for example—it has changed because writing has changed. Writing has changed because the barriers to and means of publishing have changed. Publishing has changed because technology changed, which itself changed because technology begets technology […]

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Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids “tools” and “strategies” to “make” sense of a text. To “take it apart.” To look for the “author’s purpose”—to bounce back and forth between a main idea, […]

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7 Tips For Parents Of Struggling Readers

7 Tips For Parents Of Struggling Readers Literacy starts and ends at home. Teachers instruct, support, promote, and provide, but if the bulk of the reading and writing isn’t done at home for authentic purposes and self-directed recreation, it will always be a matter of academic proficiency. Which is like food being a matter of […]

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How We Created A Reading Program For Urban Students In Poverty

How We Created A Reading Program For Urban Students In Poverty by Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director at Teaching Matters How did we create a reading program for students with unique needs? Good question. We saw a need for a reading program for students in poverty, so through combination of teacher empowerment and a focus on […]

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12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom

12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom contributed by Lisa Tanner Are you preparing your students to succeed in this high-tech world? As more media moves to the internet, digital literacy is an essential skill. Students must know how to locate, read, and understand information from the web. But how can teachers […]

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What Writing Is & Is Not

What Writing Is & Is Not by Terry Heick Writing is inherently reflective. Writing is an output and product of equal parts process and affection. Writing can be used to learn and demonstrate learning–often simulatenously. Writing is not limited to any specific form, function, or genre. Writers often choose a form in which to participate–a […]

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20 Types Of Learning Journals That Help Students Think

20 Types Of Learning Journals That Help Students Think by Terry Heick What is a learning journal? A learning journal is simply an ongoing collection of writing for learning–that is, writing done for the purpose of learning rather than the purpose of demonstrating learning. Learning journals are often named for a specific purpose and/or format–a […]

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How I Use Automation And Personal Feedback To Differentiate Writing Instruction

How I Use Automation And Personal Feedback To Differentiate Writing Instruction contributed by Jennifer Harrison  Summary A Texas teacher uses a combination of digital tools and good old-fashioned teaching to target her writing instruction to students at various skill levels by assigning different writing prompts to three separate groups of students. While her students are […]

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