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Kylene Beers (@KyleneBeers) on Twitter

Kylene Beers (@KyleneBeers) on Twitter | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

Interested in having conversations with and learning more from Kylene Beers?  You can interact with her directly on Twitter!  

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Creating a Caring Classroom

Creating a Caring Classroom | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I've found that the time investment for building community at the beginning of a term is time well spent.  This article discusses various tactics for developing a stronger classroom community.  Afterall, students who are comfortable are more likely to step out and take academic risks when we need them to.

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Student Success Includes Natural Lighting

Student Success Includes Natural Lighting | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

an article discussing the negative impact of fluorescent lighting on students and the positive impact of natural lighting.  I've experiemented with different lighting in my classroom, and students seem to do better when the fluorescents are off.  In fact, once I start doing that, students request that I keep them off and use other lights I bring in.  

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Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association

A resource on spelling and dyslexia.

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Use and Teach Content Vocabulary Daily | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org

Use and Teach Content Vocabulary Daily | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

One of my challenges as a teacher is deciding which vocabulary NOT to teach directly (since it all seems important!). This article presents guidelines for selecting vocabulary for instruction.

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Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:05 PM
I really enjoyed this article and saved it as a resource. Thanks
Liz Becker's comment, May 23, 2012 11:54 PM
My pleasure! I'm glad you found it useful.
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Elizabeth Schaefer's Vocabulary in Motion! | Teachinghistory.org

Elizabeth Schaefer's Vocabulary in Motion! | Teachinghistory.org | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is an example of how to combine kinesthetic learning and vocabulary instruction.  While this is for a specific social studies lesson, the author's ideas could be adapted to other topics.

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Many ADHD Kids Also Have Reading Problems

Many ADHD Kids Also Have Reading Problems | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I've been thinking about the impact of learning disabilities on struggling readers.  This article from WebMD discusses the likelihood that students with ADHD will also have reading issues.  

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Lisa M. Snyder's comment, May 13, 2012 1:53 PM
Certainly not surprising but excellent to keep in mind.
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In Your Own Backyard

This is a site created by Reading Horizons on the variety of people who struggle with reading.

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Lisa M. Snyder's comment, May 13, 2012 1:55 PM
This is a great resource to use with your students. So many times they think they are the only ones - or that their difficulties and insurmountable.
Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:06 PM
Thanks for a great site. Every additional resource we can add to our tool box is a plus. This is definitely a plus.
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Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection | Library of Congress

Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection | Library of Congress | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is an example of a historical comprehension lesson from the Library of Congress.  The LoC provies a lot of great resources and professional development for teachers.

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Double-Entry Reading Journals - TIP Sheet | Butte College

Double-Entry Reading Journals - TIP Sheet | Butte College | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is a handy sheet on Double Entry Journals, the strategy that I chose to use for my Literacy Experience #1.

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Good Reader Bookmark | Google Docs

I've been looking more into the idea of how bookmarks can be used as a teaching tool.  I like this bookmark, which has a list of reminders about what Good Readers do while reading.

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Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:07 PM
I check it out and it looks like it could be a great resource. I too like the list of reminders about what a good reader does while reading. Thanks.
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Karaoke in the Classroom

Karaoke in the Classroom | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I am very interested in the startegy of using Karaoke to help with reading fluency. While this is an ESL/ELL resource, it has the same purpose in mind. It also makes me think of the possibility of using xBox or Playstation games that do this.

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Liz Becker's comment, April 26, 2012 12:13 AM
Music always seems to make students smile and forget they're "learning." I was thinking an older xBox with games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero could work too.
Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 3:30 PM
I really like this idea. I believe that when we use technology that the students are engaged in then it will always help.
Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:08 PM
Love it!
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Suggestions for Improving Reading Fluency (grades 3-7) - Classroom 2.0

Suggestions for Improving Reading Fluency (grades 3-7) - Classroom 2.0 | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is a discussion board post where teachers discuss ideas for improving reading fluency that could be easily adapted for other grades.  I think there are some creative ideas!  Classroom 2.0 is a website dedicated to helping teachers to use social media to learn, but the conversations include much more than social media.

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Kylene Beers: Thinking About Literacy in the Twenty-First Century

Kylene Beers: Thinking About Literacy in the Twenty-First Century | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

Would you like to know more about Kylene Beers and what she is thinking?  Here is her blog.  While it focuses on literacy, she addresses other topics as well.

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Build a Strong Classroom Community Using Literature

Build a Strong Classroom Community Using Literature | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

A discussion on the usefulness of picture books in helping to create community and a list of suggestions.  I know this type of reading isn't always associated with secondary students, but I've found it has had an interesting positive impact on my high school students.  I like to use "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Lane Smith at the  beginning of the year.  I find it reminds students they don't always know the whole story, which helps with relationships and with introducing the way we study history.

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Comprehension Activities for Chunking

Comprehension Activities for Chunking | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This resource presents different ways to utilize chunking in the classroom, including spelling.  The text puzzles strategy seems as though it could be adapted to the individual word level to assist with word recognition and spelling patterns.

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Becky Free's comment, May 24, 2012 2:57 AM
Liz, thank you for sharing this article. I really like the idea of creating a puzzle out of a poem or story so the student has to make sense of what they are putting back together. I think this would be a fun game with just words too. Students could have a variety of words and word endings that they could match to create as many words as possible. Example; "ing" and "st", "r", "w", etc.... Thanks for choosing this article :)
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Reading and spelling with Dyslexia |

Reading and spelling with Dyslexia | | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

The student I am tutoring is dyslexic, so I have been looking for resources to improve the student's experience and learning.  This is a throughful blog post on teaching reading and spelling to dyslexics.

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Pictowords

Pictowords | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I have used the pictoword strategy with students in the past and one of my struggles has been to find examples for students.  This blog is nothing but examples of pictowords.  It could be used to give students examples of the pictoword strategy or as an instructional tool to teach new words.

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Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:05 PM
Love it! Thanks
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Typefaces for Dyslexia

Typefaces for Dyslexia | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I have a dyslexic sister who taught me about the importance of color in reading materials.  I had never really considered fonts before reading this article.  I may change the fonts I use on classroom materials as a result.

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Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, Tries New Approach to School Discipline — Suspensions Drop 85%

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, Tries New Approach to School Discipline — Suspensions Drop 85% | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

While this article doesn't address literacy specifically, it does talk about the impact "toxic stress" has on student learning.  I'm sure that many of the students at this school arrive as struggling readers.  

 

Interesting note: I came across this article through a tweet posted by author Neil Gaimon in which he said "I want to make every teacher in the world read this article."

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Vocabulogic: What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Aren't We Talking More About It?

Vocabulogic: What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Aren't We Talking More About It? | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

I enjoyed this article posted by Rosanne on Disciplinary Literacy.  I strongly feel that this approach can help students improve their reading skills and content knowledge.


Via Katherine Kedey, Rosanne M Lammey
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Rosanne M Lammey's comment, April 30, 2012 9:27 PM
The morphology and vocabulary in this article really explain what processes are needed for readers and how to effectively teach them vocabulary.This article will prove helpful with my tutoring assignment and I love the name vocabulogic.
Liz Becker's comment, May 3, 2012 1:16 AM
I am very interested in the topic of disciplinary literacy and I've been looking into it a lot lately. The author has a good point when she discusses the issue that literacy teachers don't have enough content knowledge and content teachers don't have enough literacy knowledge to integrate the two effectively. We need to find a way to bring these two areas of expertise together. Thanks for posting this!
Becky Free's comment, May 24, 2012 3:16 AM
This article reminds me of something another student just posted in one of my other courses; she stated that before the third grade our students are "learning to read" but in third grade and after, our students are "reading to learn". I really latched onto this thought because all the skills we teach our students when we teach them to read are not always helpful when our students are trying to decode a mathematics problem. It is like learning a foreign language and surely they will need new reading tools to help them understand this discipline. I can see disciplinary literacy becoming the next piece of preparing all-around teachers. Sure we should know basic reading strategies for our struggling readers, however adding to our teacher tool belt is Never a bad idea!!! :)
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Historical Comprehension | National Center for History in the Schools

Historical Comprehension | National Center for History in the Schools | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is an explanation of from the National Center for History in the Schools on what they feel constitutes comprehension in history. 

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Kid keeping a lending library of banned books in his her locker | Boing Boing

Kid keeping a lending library of banned books in his her locker | Boing Boing | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

While this isn't directly related to comprehension, I thought it was an interesting article involving student interest and choice in reading. Afterall, comprehension is improved by reading more, and this enterprise is helping some students do just that!

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Watch and Learn - How music videos are triggering a literacy boom | Boston Globe

Watch and Learn - How music videos are triggering a literacy boom | Boston Globe | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

This is an interesting read on India's public Karaoke-for-Literacy program.  

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Becky Free's comment, April 23, 2012 3:08 PM
Hello Liz,

What a great idea to use a karaoke machine in the classroom to help students learn to read!!! Learning through music is something to constantly be supported and I do not feel we use the power of music enough in the classroom. Of course the words will be limited to the songs, but I imagine students could learn the words on the screen from a song faster than they could learn and random words through repetition. This is something I had never thought about when aiding my own daughter in her journey to become a strong reader. We have the "your baby can read" series. We do not use it much because I find it more worth our time to sit and read funny books that we can talk about along the way. However, through the series there are songs and the words are at the bottom of the screen along with a bouncing icon. She loves the songs and she loves music, so maybe a karaoke machine is in store for her next birthday :)
Thanks for sharing this post! Becky
Liz Becker's comment, April 26, 2012 12:15 AM
My pleasure. I'm glad you found it useful. Music can be a powerful motivator for students. I'm amazed how much adding music to a lesson can transform some students. Good luck with your daughter. It sounds like a fun thing to do at home.
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iPod, iListen, iRead

iPod, iListen, iRead | Liz Becker | Scoop.it

An enthusiastic article from the George Lucas Educational Foundation on the use of iPods in the classroom.  This articles cites research that indicates significant gains in reading fluency (specifically speed) with the use of iPods.

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Liz Becker's comment, April 29, 2012 11:35 PM
I was at an Apple presentation on iPods in the classroom the first time I heard of this. I've been intrigued by the idea ever since. The last district I worked in is a 1:1 district (every student is provided with a laptop or other device like an iPod). They were moving towards iPods for the lower grades, and this was one of the uses that was emphasized.
Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 4:10 PM
I know of a group of elementary teachers, K-3 at a rural school that employ iPods into their instruction. They even obtain a grant to buy enough iPods for each classroom. Definitely something to explore.
Liz Becker's comment, May 23, 2012 11:57 PM
I see a lot of really good possibilities and applications for iPods in learning. I love hearing other people's ideas.