“Literacy thus becomes an essential aspect of disciplinary practice, rather than a set of strategies or tools brought into the disciplines to improve reading and writing of subject-matter texts,” Elizabeth Birr Moje wrote in ...
Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability.
Dr. Baker and Dr. Cynthia Shanahan discuss insights from historians, mathematicians, and chemists about how they read within their disciplines For more information about Dr. Shanahan’s work see Journal of Literacy Research 43 number 4
That said, check out this wonderful collection of videos from The Teaching Channel around “reading like a historian.” We’re brought right into the classroom, and the issues of teaching content-area reading are really front and center along a few threads: an overview, the evaluation of sources, putting history in context, and corroboration of information. I am definitely sharing this with collection with my colleagues.
Dance is a magical thing, and feet are rhythmicalPoetry is enchanting, and when intertwined with your feet, you may sing without a voice. Guess what? This is what I live for, singing with no voice, in silence, but in the most potent of words. I love the energy needed and exerted in the dance. The beauty of it all is stored up in your body, and needs an escape. With my toes and feet I trace for you the lines of dance in the air and draw you a picture that cannot be expressed in words. You see, when I dance I am telling you how I feel. I hope you understand the language of dance, because if you don’t, then I am speaking for nothing. That is the only language I know and love. I do not love the English language.
I do not love American Sign Language.
I do not love the Spanish language.
I only love the language of dance.
Sadly, many people do not understand this language. And if that is the only way I can speak to you, and if you do not understand, my efforts are in vain. My emotions are left unheard and deemed unimportant. I wish I could tell you how much feeling I put into my dance, but I can’t describe to you that in English. If you can’t understand when I tell you in the hidden language, you will never know or understand.
If you’re new to Twitter, or if you’re not sure if you even want to give it a try, participating (or even just observing) a tweetchat is one of the best ways to see the professional possibilities that Twitter offers...
These papers, presented at the Understanding Language Conference in January 2012, address language and literacy issues found in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Select each title to view a video interview with one of the authors.
Practice in the Content Areas 1. Realizing Opportunities for ELLs in the Common Core English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Standards 2. Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language
3. Language Demands and Opportunities in Relation to Next Generation Science Standards for ELLs
Language and Literacy 4. Language and the Common Core State Standards
5. What is the development of literacy the development of?
6. What does text complexity mean for English learners and language minority students?
Policy and Building System Capacity
7. Issues and Opportunities in Improving the Quality of Large Scale Assessment Systems for ELLs
8. The Challenge of Assessing Language Proficiency Aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Some Possible Solutions
9. Instruction for Diverse Groups of ELLs
10. Teacher Development Appropriate to Support ELLs
11. Challenges and Supports for ELLs in Bilingual Programs
12. Critical Policy Levers for Effective Implementation of Common Core State Standards for ELLs
Multimodal Teaching and Learning Teacher feedback in dance tends to be highly imagistic, metaphorical, and, above all, multimodal. The verbal cues, metaphors, and vocalizations that indicate movement quality are accompanied by gestures and demonstrations of the movement phrase or transition in question. Simi- larly, “taking feedback”—whether offered to oneself, a peer, or the whole class—involves not only listening and making mental notes, but also incorporating new informa- tion, internalizing and digesting it in the body through the senses and muscles. Dancers are then able, for example, to more competently execute a revised version of a move- ment. They externalize the whole of what they have learned as organized expressive movement. Such struc- tures of interaction between teachers and learners in dance classes can support young women in developing skills, forming their identities, and developing agency...
Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users post 140 character updates of what is going on in their lives along with links to things they think are interesting, funny, or useful to their followers (“following” being essentially what “friending” is on other sites). People use twitter in many ways, some as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks, some as a pseudo-chatroom by limiting their followers and whom they follow to close friends and family, and some as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives.
On Tuesday, February 28th, a twenty-nine-year-old Canadian male fan of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian young adult trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” logged onto the popular blogging platform Tumblr for the first time and created a site he called Hunger...
There’s a worthwhile critique of discussions about the internet and civic engagement that asks why we’d impute any special powers to a communication medium. I agree that we are oversimplifying situations when we declare that Facebook overthrew Mubarak or that Chinese authoritarianism cannot survive the rise of Weibo microblogging services. But it would also be a mistake not to take seriously the role of new communications media in understanding civic life. In democratic states, citizens need information about what challenges a government faces and what it’s proposing to do about it to be effective citizens. And citizens need to be able to connect with one another to discuss, debate and propose solutions. What a communications medium makes possible has a shaping influence on civic life....