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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
We've all heard this, haven't we? Boys and books don’t go together. We heard it in library school, we might see it among our patrons, and maybe even experience it at home with the boys in our lives

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Marita Thomson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:44 PM

Some outside the square ideas for what works with boys, but none of these ideas need be exclusive to them. I like the emphasis on relationship building for long term success. Settng up activities which don't start with books but can easily include them is an excellent soft sell option. Recognising that many kids want to do things rather than talk about them opens up interesting options.

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

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Week 1 of School: Selling the Value of Literacy

Week 1 of School: Selling the Value of Literacy | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
I sell literacy. I do. If I don't sell kids on wanting to learn to read and write as well as they can, they won't. Sometimes it's an especially hard sell for kids in middle school, both for those who
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Love this as a way to kick off the school year!

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CristinaSkyBox: Sites For Educators

CristinaSkyBox: Sites For Educators | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Fantastic resource!

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 27, 2013 12:12 PM

I like this quote. New sites have been launched since this article was written but it's a good starting point in your research  of  educational sites to explore.

Juan Manuel Sánchez Vargas's curator insight, August 3, 3:25 AM

El talento no es nada sin concentración y resistencia.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...

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Comprehensive concept map!

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june holley's curator insight, August 23, 2013 10:42 AM

Maximizing learning is key to an effective network approach.

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Compartiendo conceptos...

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WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms

WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
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This is one of my favorite resources for writing workshop and writing notebooks.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 2, 2013 11:53 AM

Outstanding collection of resources that has been serving teachers and learners for over a decade.

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Wordia - help students to learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video

Wordia - help students to learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools.

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Mahani Mohamad's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:44 PM

english language learners...

Julia Johnson's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:18 PM

Aids cocab development

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:58 PM

looks like fun... maybe I can create some of my own topics in this?

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The Fanthropology of Theatrics

The Fanthropology of Theatrics | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Nick DeMartino:  "The session was called "Unlock the Power of Fans" at Transmedia Los Angeles’ monthly meetup earlier this week, but I’ll remember it as the Fanthropology of Theatrics, because I learned so much about the way audiences are using the new collaborative storytelling platform that I was there to represent."


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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, June 8, 2013 1:36 AM

Nick DeMartino takes us through Theatrics, the storytelling tool behind Beckinfield, Welcome To Sanditon, and Psych's The S#cial Sector.

Fred Harden's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:30 PM

Now to move this up a notch, what about a few slicker videos, wannabe actors etc.?

Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:49 PM

Quite an intriguiging new platform.

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Close Reading Exemplars

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achievethecore.org


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Joan Cansdale's curator insight, May 30, 2013 8:37 PM

Very detailed teaching plans along with annotated texts for close reading. 

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Survey: Teachers of all disciplines are focusing on literacy

Survey: Teachers of all disciplines are focusing on literacy | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
A recent survey by the National Center for Literacy Education finds that, in the era of the Common Core State Standards, 77% of teachers are prioritizing litera

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Yes! It's all about literacy in the end. Glad to see we're all working together towards the same objectives!
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Baker's B.Y.O.D.-- Bring Your Own Device, Dog, & Deconstruction of Literature: Voice Comments on Google Docs!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.-- Bring Your Own Device, Dog, & Deconstruction of Literature: Voice Comments on Google Docs! | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
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I think of this as a kind of remote student-teacher conference on student writing.

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Content-Creation Tips and Writing Prompts

Stuck on what to write about for your company blog or website? Check out these content-creating tips from Ann Handley of MarketingProfs.


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Miguel García's comment, April 6, 2013 5:51 AM
Really great!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, April 7, 2013 10:58 AM
Going to make my blog more interesting!
A_G_Storm's curator insight, April 7, 2013 8:13 PM

It look interesting, but could use some more information.

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AWESOME FREE WEBINAR: Hitting a Home Run Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS

Bridging traditional language-arts education and 21st-century technology with Common Core Standards, Meryl Jaffe, PhD demonstrates: (1) how non-fiction graphic novels can be paired with classic and prose texts and media links to meet learning and curricular demands, promoting visual and verbal literacies; and (2) how these types of lessons not only meet CCSS, but help address different student learning styles and learning skills.

 

Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS.”  You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/81551403

 

If you have questions after viewing the webinar, please feel free to contact Dr. Meryl Jaffe via email at jojojjaffe@gmail.com. Dr. Jaffe posts teaching suggestions weekly on her website Departing the Text welcoming reader comments and questions (http://departingthetext.blogspot.com). Finally, for those wanting more great ways to incorporate graphic novels in classrooms and with or without prose text and/or media pairings, please see her monthly columns for The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, "Using Graphic Novels in Education" and download her web version of "Raising a Reader!" as well.


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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Pam Cadwalder's comment, September 16, 2013 11:55 AM
Glad you liked it:)
Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

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100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare

100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Catherine Ingham's curator insight, February 9, 2013 1:41 PM

Hi Nicole good scoop!

Stella Renee's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:21 AM

Has a great list of links for teaching Shakespeare and appealing to modern readers. A valuable resource for my English Classroom.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:36 PM

Awesome resource!

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How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive

How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Google Docs has made its home on Google Drive. So after one year, it’s high time to get used to calling it by the new account name.

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María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 9, 2013 5:58 PM

Google no deja de sorprender; interesantes herramientas para investigación dentro de Google drive.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:55 PM

Amazing

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Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Though he wrote this a few years ago, it all still holds true for developing strong writing focus. Great advice!

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
good read: "A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills" http://t.co/aTLVqmfRKm
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Why Marginalia?

Why Marginalia? | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
by Kevin Eagan Today, I’d like to pose a simple question, and give my opinion on something that I’ve struggled with as a reader for a while now: why write in the margins? Why do many readers mark u...

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Rekindling your kids' love of books

The following tools may help you reach your reluctant readers and make use of what is in the virtual world.


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:44 AM

Article from the Australian Teacher Magazine promoting the excellent Inside a Dog website (Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria) and ReadPlus subscription website.

 

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11 Mind Mapping Apps for the iPad

11 Mind Mapping Apps for the iPad | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Mind mapping is a method that works for quite a lot of people. Brain storming, idea mapping, thought generation, think tanks – call it what you will. Traditionally done on large pieces of paper, why not use your iPad to create mind maps? You could use these for your own purposes, or “convert” those large flip charts into a smaller, digital version.


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Daniela Ayala's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:45 AM

Mind mapping for Ipad

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:43 PM

Great!

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 26, 2013 6:06 PM

Many are not free apps

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Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

"Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to discuss individually each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on grit."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:15 PM

Are you interested in learning more about how grit is a 21st century skill? Jackie Gerstein provides an in-depth look at grit in this post. You will find an image with a great definition, a TED Talk by Angela Duckworth on grit, as well as a link to a quiz that allows you to measure your grit level compared to others, and a list of some of the "characteristics or dispositions of Grit."

Perhaps you are asking yourself how can I work grit into my classroom? 

For example, project based learing, or having students work on independent study projects (think passion-driven) provide opportunities for students to use some of the dispositions discussed, such as tenacity, self-control, self-discipling and long-term goal oriented. 

As always, there is a robust list of additional resources.

Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:07 AM

I like this a lot

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Let’s hear it for audiobooks!

Let’s hear it for audiobooks! | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

"Audiobooks seem to greatly appeal to many people and alienate others, who consider them, somehow, a ‘cheat’ on the experience of reading.  For children, however, they are proven literacy tool that help kids by:

 

Introducing them to books above their reading level

Improving their vocabulary acquisition, fluency and comprehension

Teaching critical listening

 

I don’t really understand all the negative flap about them, though.

I think people get too hung up on the idea that somehow audiobooks replace reading – they don’t, and should not. They are simply a different experience that allows people/kids with different dominant learning modalities (auditory vs. visual, etc.) to enjoy the art of storytelling in a way most suited to their strengths, and are especially great to use with reluctant readers to lead the back into the reading process itself."


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I believe that audiobooks are bringing back the art of storytelling, and that the actors who record audiobooks are often outstanding.  

Also, I've been loving the Whispersync feature from Amazon, making it possible to read, then listen, between devices. It allows me to be mindful of how I want to experience a book.

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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:42 PM

Free audiobooks are on offer again from SYNC during the US summer break. It is a great opportunity to download and listen to YA and classics for free. Go to http://www.audiobooksync.com/

for more details. If you live outside United States also look at this link http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/non-u-s-listener/

Janet Law's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:19 AM

I think audio books are great for kids to learn the varying tones for reading. It's good model for them when they need to practise for oral. Many of our children read monotonously. They can certainly do with some interesting models of reading from these audio books. As well, audio books serve the visually impaired population and those who struggled to read. It can take the pain out of decoding and let them enjoy the book or story without the stress. 

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Wise Words from Christine Pakkala: Writing for Children Sneak Peak ...

Wise Words from Christine Pakkala: Writing for Children Sneak Peak ... | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Too excited for this weekend's Saturday workshop “Writing for Children,” I thought I'd take a peek at the lesson plan and share a few goodies: Read books—the classics you grew up reading and new books your kids and ...
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