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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
If we are cursed to forget much of what we read, there are still charms in the moments of reading a particular book…
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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 27, 2013 9:14 PM

"But that, of course, is the stuff of reading—the going back, the poring over, the act of committing something from the experience, whether it be mood or fact, to memory. It is in the postmortem where we learn how a book really works."  (Ian Crouch)

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Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - The Boston Globe

Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - The Boston Globe | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
“According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind. Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age 5 knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay grader, like the one Massachusetts may use as part of its new public school tests, thinks it is exceptionally good prose. PARCC, the consortium of states including Massachusetts that is developing assessments for the Common Core Curriculum, has contracted with Pearson Education, the same company that graded the notorious SAT essay, to grade the essay portions of the Common Core tests. Some students throughout Massachusetts just took the pilot test, which wasted precious school time on an exercise that will provide no feedback to students or to their schools. It was, however, not wasted time for Pearson.
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I am a teacher of English.  I cannot imagine a world in which computers can grade essays for clarity, coherence, and meaning.  The sample sentence in this article is horrifying!

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What teaching is and isn’t

What teaching is and isn’t | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
It's Teacher Appreciation Week.
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Teaching is far more complex than I gave it credit for prior to becomming a teacher.  Good teachers have to work at it just like anything else.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish
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Language changes perspective.  Good article, but why is this news?

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.
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I have had to read books for school that I wouldn't have picked on my own and didn't enjoy.  However, I can't imagine a world where reading isn't fun!

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Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad - NBC News.com

Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad - NBC News.com | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Can you tell a pronoun from a participle; use commas correctly in long sentences; describe the difference between its and it's? If not,...
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My students write so much in 8-12 English that I know they won't be one of the statistics.  Still, students have a hard time believing that English is so important to their future.  Here it is from the horse's mouth!

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A Refreshingly Simple Guide To Twitter For Teachers - Edudemic

A Refreshingly Simple Guide To Twitter For Teachers - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
How do you get over the anxiety of starting a new social network account? This simple guide will get you started with Twitter for teachers.
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Still a big fan of Twitter!

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We Can Learn About Building Community From 'The Big Bang Theory'

We Can Learn About Building Community From 'The Big Bang Theory' | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
In order to lead successful schools we must know how to develop and sustain inclusive communities of which we can be a part.
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PLN's based on Big Bang.  I love it!

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How Teachers Are Turning to Social Media to Extend Learning

How Teachers Are Turning to Social Media to Extend Learning | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Teachers are expanding the school day and enhancing learning through social media.
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I'm blogging with my AP classes this year, and it's going great!  I can't wait to get started on Twitter too!

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The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom

The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
There has always been at least some sort of disconnect between how things like mobile learning are taught in a classroom and how things work in the 'real world'.
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Mobile devices are here (and have been).  It's time to start leveraging their power in the classroom.

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Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

Seamus Heaney dies aged 74 | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Nobel prize-winning Northern Irish poet died this morning in a Dublin hospital after a short illness
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The world loses a truly artistic soul:  At the close of his Nobel address he spoke of "poetry's power to do the thing which always is and always will be to poetry's credit": "the power to persuade that vulnerable part of our consciousness of its rightness in spite of the evidence of wrongness all around it, the power to remind us that we are hunters and gatherers of values, that our very solitudes and distresses are creditable, in so far as they, too, are an earnest of our veritable human being".

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'Hacking' and 'Yacking' About the Digital Humanities

'Hacking' and 'Yacking' About the Digital Humanities | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Scholars will, increasingly, be "working in packs" and chasing down bigger topics.
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Computers and the Humanities.  What a great idea!

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5 Reasons To Use YouTube In The Classroom - Edudemic

5 Reasons To Use YouTube In The Classroom - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
If you like to bring multimedia into your lessons (and who doesn't?) then you probably use YouTube in the classroom from time to time.
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I like using video, but I am looking for some new sources.

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The Lingua File: The Art Of The Shakespearean Insult

The Lingua File looks at some clever Shakespearean insults.
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We actually write about poetic insult in my class.

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Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably

Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Parents in Idaho called the cops last week on junior-high student Brady Kissel when she had the nerve to help distribute a book they'd succeeded in banning from
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I love that kids are fighting for their rights to read literature!

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Cool Tool | Shakespeare at Play

Cool Tool | Shakespeare at Play | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Shakespeare. The bane of every teenaged English student in the English speaking world, right? Even though the scripts are in English, seems like there's something lost in translation over four cent...
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I love technology that helps me teach Shakespeare.  I've got to check this one out.

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Is Literacy Fun-Damental? Teaching Reading for Pleasure

Is Literacy Fun-Damental? Teaching Reading for Pleasure | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
A source of constant bedevilment for me, and probably for most English teachers these days, is the fact that many kids will tell you they just don't "like" reading.
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More on reading for pleasure.  Can we help kids read if they get to read a book they want?

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Getting kids to read: The 5 key habits of lifelong readers

Getting kids to read: The 5 key habits of lifelong readers | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
The Book Whisperer describes how to help kids.
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Kids learn through imitation.  Parents:  Please read to show your kids the wonder and benefits of reading!

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For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.
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Reading does so much for the reader including making them more socially intelligent.

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New To Technology? Check Out This Handy Guide - Edudemic

New To Technology? Check Out This Handy Guide - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
If you're new to technology or just a bit out of practice, then this set of resources and handy guide are perfect for you!
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Always looking for ways to incorporate technology.

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It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book!

It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book! | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
The American Library Association's annual event celebrates the freedom to read.
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Read a banned book today!

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How To Build Powerful Tech-Infused Lesson Plans - Edudemic

How To Build Powerful Tech-Infused Lesson Plans - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
From apps to web tools, there are a lot of ways to infuse some technology into your lesson plans. Here are a few key ideas!
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Make sure the technology is relevant and efficient.  Then, it becomes a powerful tool!

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APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture

APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it

Via ESTS
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Love the fact that this issue doesn't speak about Shakespeare.  However, it does talk about Milton, another of my favorite writers of the Early Modern Era.

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ESTS's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:16 AM

Special issue on Editions and Editing

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NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange

NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
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All people have to read in school.  In Math.  In Science.  Why has literacy just been the juristicion of English for so many years.  Love to see it moving across the disciplines.

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How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter - Edudemic

How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Twitter is more than a simple messaging platform. It's a conversation about your passions and it's easy to get completed addicted. That's a good thing.
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Love Twitter.  I would use it in class all the time if I could.

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9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic

9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
A thoughtful visual about ways students should use technology asks the big question: what do you want kids to do with technology?
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I Agree.  Technology is a tool and not an outcome!

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