Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000).
It provides children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996).
It reveals the rewards of reading, and develops the listener’s interest in books and desire to be a reader (Mooney, 1990).
Listening to others read develops key understanding and skills, such as an appreciation for how a story is written and familiarity with book conventions, such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after” (Bredekamp et al., 2000).
Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills — reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns. (www.educationworld.com, 2017).
How do you classify a 21st century information need? What is different about today’s needs versus those in the past? What role will libraries play in serving these needs? It is with these questions in mind that we begin developing and shaping the library of the future.
The American Library Association’s newly posted “Q&A: Makerspaces, Media Labs and Other Forums for Content Creation in Libraries” could prove useful to school librarians and school administrators or school boards who are considering adding a makerspace, tech lab, STEM or STEAM... Read More ›
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By Susan D. Ballard and Blanche Woolls An area of responsibility that school librarians often struggle with is in seeing themselves as leaders and then in carving out that that role within their sphere of practice. During School Library Month... Read More ›
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In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated and can be developed through a process of error and trial.
In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning. Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.
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