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‘Reading Rainbow’ resurfaces as an app – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

‘Reading Rainbow’ resurfaces as an app – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

By Sarah Edwards, CNN (CNN) -- Butterfly in the sky I can go twice as high. . . Remember those lyrics from the once popular children’s show “Reading Rainbow”? Well, it’s back, but this time not on TV - on iPad.

So excited!  I loved RR as a child!

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WAT Book Club: 4 Great Reads for Boys - WeAreTeachers

WAT Book Club: 4 Great Reads for Boys - WeAreTeachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
It seems like every time we talk with teachers about their classroom libraries, someone says “I need more recommendations for my boys!” We hear you.

Some good book recommendations

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Launching Summer Reading

Launching Summer Reading | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
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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10 Quick Ways To Become A Better Reader

10 Quick Ways To Become A Better Reader | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reading is the basis for any type of education. It is an important skill that a person needs to master in order to grow and develop in life. Reading not only helps with gaining knowledge, but also strengthens your command over the language.

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The Teacher Report: 5 Excuses Kids Give for Not Re... - WeAreTeachers

The Teacher Report: 5 Excuses Kids Give for Not Re... - WeAreTeachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
When it’s time for reading, some students eagerly turn to their chapter books or novels, diving to the last place they left their bookmarks. Others drag their feet, offering some pretty creative reasons why they should be doing anything else.

Great strategies!  #3 using graphics novels is a good idea

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The Global Read Aloud

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"Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin."

Sounds awesome!

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Using comic books (like ‘The Avengers’) to get kids to read

Using comic books (like ‘The Avengers’) to get kids to read | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers often overlook a major weapon in the literacy arsenal: comic books.

“Comic books have had a motivating power in literacy development for children, especially young boys, since their introduction in the 1930s. This nontraditional type of literature — often dismissed by educators as superficial and shallow — is highly visual, contains complex literary elements, and lends itself to critical examination of moral, ethical, and social issues.”

Good reading motivator.

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Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading

Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Many educators have inferred that the common core bans the practice of providing students with context and content before they read text.

"Employing both cold-reading and prereading strategies is necessary to good literacy instruction"

"teachers have been using a technique they call "embedded nonfiction," which they find effective, he said. When reading a novel, they assign four or five nonfiction texts on a related topic."

I definitely agree that prereading is still important, but there are many other strategies to be used and time could be better spent.  It depends on each case.

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Does Congress know reading is fundamental?

Does Congress know reading is fundamental? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a reading crisis in America, and the head of Reading Is Fundamental explains a new approach the organization is taking to ignite a love of reading across the United States.

"in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children"  WHAT?!?!

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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