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Unexpected Ways to Support Early Literacy
Friday, September 14, 2018
Unexpected Ways to Support Early Literacy

Boosting early literacy rates is a goal for many educators, parents, and policymakers, and for good reason: Early literacy intervention and support has been proven to set young children on the path to later success. In an interview with the online outlet Neuroscience News, John Hutton—a Cincinnati-based pediatrician, children’s bookstore...

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Signal Words: 5 Fun Ways to Explain these Sentence Superheroes!
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Signal Words: 5 Fun Ways to Explain these Sentence Superheroes!

All words are powerful, but some words have superpowers. Consider words and phrases that indicate relationships between ideas, like also, however, as a result, in addition, for example, and in contrast. These are signal words, and they are sentence superheroes. The ability to identify and understand the meaning of signal...

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How to Be a Reading Role Model for Adolescent Students
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
How to Be a Reading Role Model for Adolescent Students

In the fall of 2016, Scholastic and YouGov conducted their biannual survey and put together the “Kids and Families Reading Report.” The results underscored the relationship between student reading and educational success, while also demonstrating the critical role that literacy educators play in fostering a love of reading. Perhaps the...

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5 Try-It-Today Activities to Help Your Students Tackle Literary Themes
Thursday, August 30, 2018
5 Try-It-Today Activities to Help Your Students Tackle Literary Themes

Your students probably already know that writers don’t just tell them the theme. Readers need to look for themes, and that's not easy. What else isn't easy? Convincing students that identifying themes is worth the effort and can improve their comprehension. These engaging activities can help by giving your students...

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Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers

There is plenty of concern these days about how literate America’s K-12 students are, and statistics indicate that this concern is well-placed. According to the most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a norm-referenced test given to students in grades four, eight, and 12, also known as...

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Is it Worth it? The True Price of Free EdTech
Monday, August 20, 2018
Is it Worth it? The True Price of Free EdTech

“Free” edtech products can be a great resource for cash-strapped schools and parents—but what is their true cost? Let’s examine some of the models used by edtech developers that release their products for free, as well as how to get the best bang for your (lack of) buck.  Just remember...

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Using Art to Inspire New Ways of Thinking and Learning
Thursday, August 9, 2018

In October 2016, an unusual mural went up on an outside wall at P.S. 11 in Brooklyn, New York. When artist Steve Powers put paint to brick at this neighborhood elementary school, the result was a vivid scene full of letters, color, and pictures, with the word “WRITE” spelled out...

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7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

Communication between home and school is essential to every student’s education. When parents and educators can work together to identify concerns and celebrate successes, students benefit from support in all areas of their lives. According to a study by the National Education Association, many parents and educators already value their collaboration....

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