"In addition, content area teachers lack knowledge in the literacy demands of their discipline. As a result, we have many adolescents who cannot read and comprehend text in different disciplines—we must prepare teachers to ...
An interesting blog post by a researcher in North Carolina. Her work echos what Beers talks about when she discusses the behaviors of struggling adolescent readers.
Dr. Leigh A. Hall, associate professor of literacy studies at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, conducts research on struggling adolescent readers. Her work emphasizes the importance of reader identity and provides ...
A useful post by Becky with an overview of fluency foundations.
***"Fluency is the bridge between decoding and comprehension and is vital to reach that end. For that bridge to be solid and effective it must have the phonological foundation of automatic decoding. This is the foundation for success.
We talk a lot about reading fluency around our office. It's a term that is easily misunderstood. In my mind, reading fluency is a natural ability to read without the burden of thinking about sounds, rules, and meaning."*** My question then is; why do we time our students when they read to see how good they are doing as a reader?***
Originally posted by Roseanne, this study offers an interesting perspective on ereaders in the classroom. As technologies become more popular educators need to stay abreast of the current research on the effectiveness of the tool. ~LS
The health news site dailyRx covered the research of Dara Williams-Rossi, clinical assistant professor and director of undergraduate programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons ...
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to organize students and instruction to establish a sense of purpose for reading authentic texts in the content areas.
The author makes a key point when she says that strategies alone are not enough to motivate students to read in any of the content areas. Teachers need to pique student interest by helping students to set a purpose for reading and by creating authentic, meaningful activities.
A great post that includes before, during and after strategies to help students with their comprehension and their writing skills - and to help teachers incorporate formative assessment into the curriculum
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
Notice the emphasis on decoding in this article. What does this mean for our struggling adolescents? We expect (assume?) that our students will have the decoding skills and strategies they need to comprehend the texts in our classrooms. As we all know, that is often not the case. ~LS
"Reading fluency activities must be done on a daily basis. There are many reading fluency strategies for teaching fluency, and here are some of the best. (Information about helping children with fluency!
This is a new, interesting research tool.It is called Small Demons. It is an index that links books, films, and other forms of media based on topics such as characters, places, and objects. For example, you could search across many works to see how often fictional characters drove a certain model of car, or visited a certain city.
The people, places and things from books, and everywhere they can take you.
A great resource for use in the classroom, originally posted by Liz. A way to incorporate 21st century literacy skills into your classroom: Have students create their own videos (they can use their smart phones) and create a class reference collection! - LS
This video explains the difference between primary and secondary sources, important terminology in the study of historical texts. I teach my high school students the difference in order to analyze the texts used in the study of history.
Here is a powerful quote to help you understand the process of curation.
While aggregation can be seen just as collecting websites, the process of curation involves a deeper analysis of the aggregated sites to select the ones that have the most relevant information for a particular topic, just like a museum curator summarizes and edits intricate subjects into easily consumable and enjoyable exhibits."