Welcome to the blog of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel! The Panel looks forward to using this blog, and its archives, to connect with IRA members around literacy research relevant to policy and practice.
We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
"Just as each age re-writes history according to its own values and beliefs, so men and women interpret words like those of the American Declaration of Independence in a way which reflects their own ideas and aspirations. It’s important to remember that our views today are as limited and specific to our time and society as Jefferson’s were to his."
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught.
The plan today had been to post a CCSS-aligned primary source activity focused on close reading of images and texts but input from a great group of teachers at a professional development session necessitated a blog detour.
Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.