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Defending the "D" Word ... Dyslexia
Posted on Oct 5, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Defending the "D" Word ... Dyslexia

Henry Ward Beecher once said, a word is a “peg to hang ideas on.” A single word can conjure a host of meanings and associations. “Dyslexia” is such a word. In the last couple of years, well-known and respected researchers have been arguing that it is time to do away with the “D word.”

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Scripts and Lyrics: Two Amazing Resources
Posted on Sep 21, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Student Engagment
Scripts and Lyrics: Two Amazing Resources

Let's get right to the point. Students are most interested in what they are interested in. In any classroom, the range of interests is infinite and changes whimsically. However, there are two things nearly every student is interested in: movies and music. That means movie scripts and song lyrics can be amazing reading resources in many ways.

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For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test
Posted on Sep 14, 2017
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • ELA
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Standards
For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test

What does it mean to “teach to the test,” and how is it different from “teaching to the rigor?” Many schools and districts give students round after round of reading and writing items that mimic the questions they will see on their state’s high-stakes assessment. Some educators believe practice makes perfect and, hence, more practice is better than less in increasing students’ odds for higher test scores.

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Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall
Posted on Sep 7, 2017
  • EdView360
Tags
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall

Most students who struggle to read do so for reasons that have nothing to do with intellect or capability. With the right instruction, some patience, and a caring teacher, every student can be more, achieve more, and prove they are more than the limitations that categorize them.

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Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial
Posted on May 17, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial

While many language skills and comprehension strategies are embedded in daily lessons, teachers know that the overall purpose of each lesson sequence is to understand content related to a theme. The reason for reading a text is clear: The text is worthwhile. It is complex and rich.

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Empowering Teachers with Velocity, a Real-Time Adaptive Learning Program
Posted on Apr 26, 2017
  • Shannon Miller
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Literacy
Empowering Teachers with Velocity, a Real-Time Adaptive Learning Program

At ISTE last June I was introduced to Velocity® a dynamic, online literacy program for K-5 students that optimizes the way education is experienced by letting technology empower and enhance both teachers and students.

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