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Books for Your Middle Grade Reader

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Here's a handy flow chart to help your middle grade reader choose their next read! (Check out this interesting flow chart of newer book titles for grades 3-5. It's a great way to gauge interests!
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Multiple Intelligence Chart for use in Differentiating Instruction

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Need a couple of helpful charts to keep you on track when planning your differentiated instruction? Grab a Multiple Intelligences chart and a Tiering Guide to get you going. Stop of over to A Differentiated Kindergarten to get ...

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Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers

"It appears that struggling readers in middle school understand that engagement is needed for reading success, and 21st-century technology may hold a key to that, says the co-author of a new middle-school reading study."

 

"Study findings were published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology as "Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement with Text Using the E-Reader," authored by Williams-Rossi with three other researchers, all from Fort Worth, Texas: Twyla Miranda, Texas Wesleyan University; Kary A. Johnson, The Reading Connection; and Nancy McKenzie, Tarrant Community College. A link to the study is at http://tinyurl.com/d3b6avw.

"It's inevitable that e-reader technology will enter school classrooms," said the authors. "Our study presents reasons e-readers may be beneficial, in particular, to reluctant readers in middle grades."

Previous research in the field has shown that upper elementary and middle school students tend to read less than younger students because of time spent with their friends and in other activities. Also, these same students, particularly boys, may not value reading as much as they did when they were younger. One study found that most students indicated reading is a "boring way to spend time."

Among those students, research has shown that low-skilled readers have trouble starting, continuing and finishing a book, and that they are stymied by vocabulary and reading comprehension challenges. Skilled readers, on the other hand, enjoy books.

Researchers have suggested that technological gadgets, enlarged text and a more favorable environment might encourage reluctant readers. For those reasons the authors pursued a study to see how reluctant readers would respond to e-readers."


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How ebooks encourage boys to read more

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Caught In the Middle: Local schools seek relief from No Child Left Behind

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Caught In the Middle: Local schools seek relief from No Child Left Behind

 

Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, Montana, and Alaska have not adopted the Common Core State Standards. 

 

"Last month, President Barack Obama detailed several education reforms that states must fulfill before he grants waivers to the bill’s stringent requirement that 100 percent of students reach math and reading proficiency by 2014."

 

"But Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott recently hinted the White House has not convinced him the state needs to apply for a waiver."

 

However:  that relief depends on the willingness of the State of Texas to apply for a waiver. Until this is resolved, schools are caught in the middle.


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Differentiated Instruction « readwriteteach

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It's hard to keep up with every buzz word that the education policy world conceives of to keep teachers in a constant expertise limbo. I was talking to a teacher friend this past week who said that “universal design” was the new ...

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Texas District Sees iPads Easing Its Digital Divide

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POSITIVE RESPONSE TO IP@D BLOG.

 

The McAllen Independent School District is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple tablet computers in a move that could make it the largest iPads program for students in the U.S.


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Meghan Anderson's comment, March 22, 2012 5:09 PM
I totally agree, the tablet being more intuitive sets up the less fortunate student with technogical skills that they are perhaps not getting at home.
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Texas students outpace rest of US in math, science, lag in reading - Dallas Morning News

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Newsday (subscription) Texas students outpace rest of US in math, science, lag in reading Dallas Morning News AUSTIN — Texas eighth-graders scored higher than their counterparts across the nation in math and science, but lower in reading, on the...

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