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.

3 Ways To Grow Independent Readers

3 Easy Ways To Grow Independent Readers by Matt Renwick Guiding students to become self-determining learners should be the ultimate goal of any teacher. This is especially true for reading. The benefits that come with being a lifelong reader are plenty. For starters, lifelong readers tend to make more money. A study from Italy found […]

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The Rarity of Engaged Reading

The Rarity of Engaged Reading by Angela Peery, TeachThought PD Workshop Facilitator *this blog was originally published at TeachThought PD Picture a classroom full of youngsters. They could be darling, chubby-cheeked kindergartners or swaggering, confident high school seniors – or anything in between. Can you see them? Now, picture this class engrossed in reading. What […]

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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan by TeachThought Staff For professional development around developing literacy plans–digital or otherwise–contact us today. Literacy is a chief concern for both academic and professional progress. Digital literacy is emerging as a genuine concern in education as technology competes with traditional texts for student attention. There have been recent […]

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3 Books Any Aspiring Wordsmith Should Read

3 Books Any Aspiring Wordsmith Should Read contributed by Jenna Smith Becoming a successful writer isn’t easy, even if one possesses talent. It takes an observatory eye for the details that most overlook; the ability to take the mundane and make it spectacular. Not everyone has it and even those who have it had to learn […]

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4 Paradigm Shifts That Can Improve How You Teach Reading

4 Paradigm Shifts That Can Improve How You Teach Reading by Lynn Esser, Renaissance.com I loved being a middle school reading and social studies teacher for five years. As an avid reader myself, I enjoyed opening my students’ eyes to the possibilities and adventures books offer. However, reflecting on my years in the classroom, a few […]

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13 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading

13 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading by Terry Heick Close-reading is the product of a dynamic and deeply personal interaction between the reader and a text. It is an active process characterized by questioning, adjusting reading rate, judgement thinking, and dozens of other “strategies” readers use to make sense of what they’re reading. This is […]

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12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students

12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students by TeachThought Staff Many of the most successful apps–in any category–are characterized by their ability to adapt to a variety of user and user goals. Minecraft is a perfect example of this–a game that the player can use as they wish to create […]

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