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READING CULTURE — Voices of Youth

READING CULTURE — Voices of Youth | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

... an initiative of the Youth Section in the Division of Communication at UNICEF Headquarters in New York.

" Voices of Youth is a global community for young people to learn about development issues (such as Environment, Education, Human Rights, etc) and to express their opinions. Voices of Youth seeks to create a space that will help young people develop into active global citizens equipped to communicate and collaborate effectively to make a positive difference in their countries and communities. On VOY, young people gain a knowledge and awareness of the key thematic issues affecting young people around the world, enabling them to have an open and honest dialogue." 

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How we're using sport and journalism to change students' attitudes to reading

How we're using sport and journalism to change students' attitudes to reading | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it
Principal Claire Smith has harnessed the power of football, speedway racing and journalism to improve literacy in her school...
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Top Ten Tips for Reading Aloud by Matt Renwick

Top Ten Tips for Reading Aloud by Matt Renwick | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it
1. Schedule It Reading aloud shouldn’t be left to that few minutes before lunch. Richard Allington, in his ASCD article Every Child, Every Day, states that students should listen to a fluent adult ...
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Setting the Stage to Raise a Reader | Classroom Talk

Setting the Stage to Raise a Reader | Classroom Talk | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

"What kind of reader do you want your child to grow up to be? Here are five ways to raise a reader."

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The Australian Curriculum v3.0 General capabilities - General capabilities in the Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum v3.0 General capabilities - General capabilities in the Australian Curriculum | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

General capabilities, a key dimension of the Australian Curriculum, are addressed explicitly in the content of the learning areas. They play a significant role in realising the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals....


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The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education | Alternative Education Resource Organization Bookstore

The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education | Alternative Education Resource Organization Bookstore | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

"Children naturally want to learn so let them direct their own education in democratic learning communities where they can interact seamlessly with their neighborhoods, their towns, and the world at large."

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New NCTE Research Brief Aligns Perfectly with Pop Culture Fandom… and Libraries

New NCTE Research Brief Aligns Perfectly with Pop Culture Fandom… and Libraries | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

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Publications | November Learning

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In Who Owns the Learning?, Alan November uses his Digital Learning Farm model to show teachers how technology allows students to take ownership of their learning, create their own learning tools, and participate in work that has meaning to them and others. In his model, every student is a teacher and a global publisher.

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On Common Core | Creating Community | School Library Journal

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John Hattie, Visible Learning. Pt 2: effective methods.

Edited highlights of a talk by John Hattie where he outlines some of the most successful methods to promote learning. The video runs 15 mins and is a good guide to key teaching practices informed by Hattie's research on effective pedagogy. Support with this copy of Hattie's slides: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-hattie.pdf

Compare to Katie Salen's approach in Quest to Learn: http://www.macfound.org/videos/152/
Create a need to know.
Create a context where the kids have to learn how to do something.
Create a context where kids need to share knowledge, ideas, skills.
Build in a need to share and a context to do so.
Create ways for kids to export their knowledge outside of their immediate environment.


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Re-engaging Adolescent Readers and Writers with Meaningful Texts | Random House for High School Teachers

Re-engaging Adolescent Readers and Writers with Meaningful Texts | Random House for High School Teachers | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

When teens considered reluctant readers get hooked into an early morning writing class then someone is doing something very right.

"What disrupted the conventional wisdom about adolescents and their lack of enthusiasm for school in general and for writing in particular? We believe an important element was our use of the texts of popular culture—graphic novels, anime, internet sources, and music—as tools to motivate and inspire creativity (Frey and Fisher, 2004). Although our class was focused on writing, our students engaged every day with nontraditional texts selected to spark interest and to serve as mentor texts for their writing. We debated content and then analyzed the ways in which artists and writers conveyed their points of view in powerful ways."

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Winning the reading war

Winning the reading war | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

"At school, reading books usually meant reading about characters I didn’t care about in situations that didn’t ignite my imagination. At home, my Dad tried to bribe me, offering an allowance based on a nightly page-count. He shared his childhood favourites like The Hardy Boys and the Tom Swift novels in an effort to inspire me through a type of intergenerational book club. I rarely made it past the first chapter of those books. They simply could not compete with the mythology and immersive worlds of the "Star Wars" films or even the "Transformers" television show.
But fortunately I did find my way into reading, and I can still clearly remember the two inflection points that fueled my transformation."

(The third factor implicit in this article is being given the opportunity to choose for oneself!)
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Reading Ambassador #8 – Long Vu Tran

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National Year of Reading – Reading Ambassador #8 - Long VU TRAN     What are you reading at the moment? I’m reading the Raymond E. Feist  series at the moment – I’m up to the Krondor part, which is...
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Reading for pleasure 6 July 2012 conference notes

Reading for pleasure 6 July 2012 conference notes | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

"This full day conference for secondary school teachers and librarians explored strategies to engage young people with reading, putting books at the heart of learning."

An excellent rundown of the sessions presented on this day.
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The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

It is a model in which authentic, often hands-on, experiences and student interests drive the learning process, and the videos, as they are being proposed in the flipped classroom discourse, support the learning rather than being central or at the core of learning.


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I see the power of engaging kids in science and technology through the practices of making and hands-on experiences, through tinkering and taking things apart. Schools seem to have forgotten that students learn best when they are engaged; in fact, the biggest problem in schools is boredom. Students sit passively, expected to absorb all the content that is thrown at them without much context. The context that’s missing is the real world.

Learning by doing was the distillation of the learning philosophy of John Dewey. He wrote: “The school must represent present life—life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.”

 
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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


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Aidan Chambers - official web site

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The official website of author Aidan Chambers.
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Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, whe...

 

More creative curriculum options in AusVELS


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Beginner’s Guide to Transliteracy

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Where did the term transliteracy come from? The Transliteracies Research Project, directed by Alan Liu from the Department of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara, first introdu...
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BalancedReading.com -- Developmentally Appropriate

Presently our society is also going through a culture of change due to the infusion of computer technology. Perhaps this lends some insight to why Vygotsky's theory of social development is receiving increasing attention, seventy years after it's conception.

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Books That Build Community

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Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.
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Inside A Dog | "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Inside A Dog | "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it
A site for young people about the books they like to read. Discover the latest youth literature news, find YA books for teenagers (reviewed by teens), join a book club and discuss your favourite reads, and enter our monthly competitions.
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Wanted: young readers

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The Guardian launches a new adult-free books website for children...
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Here Come the Boys

Here Come the Boys | Creating a community of readers | Scoop.it

"My own experiences over a long number of years as a reader, a father and an English teacher lead me to believe that the problem is not so clear-cut as the figures suggest, but nonetheless there are some measures which can sensibly be taken to encourage reading, especially among boys."


"Teachers – male and female – must realise that first and foremost they themselves have to be a reader and a role model. Too often I meet teachers who have hardly picked up a book since they graduated from college or university. They should be immersed in books and reading, and it should be a frequent topic for discussion. This means that, apart from adult fiction and current literature relating to their own professional development, they should constantly be seeking out and reading books relating to the age group for which they have responsibility. This will often mean reading material which would not necessarily have been their own choice by instinct."


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Reading Matters: Boys and Role Models and More

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"Let’s get our boys reading, and let’s not forget the girls while we are at it, either. If we want our young people to become better writers, then we need them to become better readers."


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Sue Ward's comment, September 30, 2012 2:49 PM
Yes the correlation between generating a community of readers and a community of writers is interesting