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Program aims to improve reading, writing basics at Waskom school

Program aims to improve reading, writing basics at Waskom school | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Waskom Elementary School is pushing for a better foundation of reading and writing with the school’s new use of The Daily 5 system.
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This article, taken from Marshall News Messenger.com explains a new program called The Daily 5 System that exposes Elementary school children to new reading and writing strategies. This has proven to be beneficial by exposing reading and writing in fun and different ways for students to strengthen their skills in order to succeed in school. This article is interesting because I am learning how to strengthen my own reading and writing skills right now. I always enjoyed reading as a kid, hopefully this program promotes the same feelings in the younger generation. 

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More schools opening Advanced Placement courses to all students

More schools opening Advanced Placement courses to all students | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Alex Wong, a junior at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, is working hard for admission to an elite college.
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This article, taken from the LA Times, discusses the struggles that high school students are experiencing from the allowance of open access to AP courses. Teresa Watanabe portrays the struggle of all different kinds of students including those that are accustomed to the rigorous curriculum of AP classes and those that are challenging themselves. Watanable also highlights the controversial opinions between teachers who walk the line between believing that this is a good opportunity for all students to strive for improvement and that some students just do not belong in these classes. As a student who took Honors and AP courses throughout high school, I think students accustomed to standard course loads may not be prepared for the expectations of AP courses. 

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E-readers may make reading easier for dyslexics - TruthDive

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This article taken from News Desk, highlighted interesting research data that showed that e-reader devices could be potentially beneficial for dyslexic individuals. Director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Matthew Schneps, shows that a third of the dyslexic individuals who had difficulty focusing visual attention on the letters within words, were helped by reading on the e-reader. These findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE. 

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Learning to Read, With the Help of a Tablet

Learning to Read, With the Help of a Tablet | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Using sound and animations, apps guide children through the process of recognizing letters, to actually reading.
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This article, taken from The New York Times, highlights all of the special attributes that this app for android and iPhone/iPad provides for children to assist them in their quest for learning how to read and write. Apparently, this app provides instructional support on how to pronounce words as well as how to make them using various letters. It also uses animations in order to help children associate the words they're making with recognizable animals. Although the author provides valuable insight into the positive qualities of this app for children, I find myself asking the question of, "why are children that young using iPads in the first place?". I know it is common now that iPads are becoming more accessible and prominent in society, but is that really necessary? The toys they have now are so technologically advanced, there does not seem to be a need for children to use apps to help learn how to read. I guess I'm a little more old school when it comes to technology. 

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Excellence in Education Strategy Session: The K-3 Reading Strategy: Cementing the Foundation of Lifelong Success - Foundation for Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education Strategy Session: The K-3 Reading Strategy: Cementing the Foundation of Lifelong Success - Foundation for Excellence in Education | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Retaining third graders who cannot read only works when backed by other initiatives that prioritize literacy in the early grades.
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This article taken from the Foundation for Excellence in Education, describes a new strategy for strengthening reading skills in young children. Mary Bragg, the National Director for Policy and Implementation for the Foundation on Excellence in Education characterizes the program by an initial assessment test of the Kindergartners to identify those individuals who may struggle with reading in the future. This is an excellent way to essentially nip the struggle in the bud and require students to receive the extra help they need for reading in order to have an easier, successful future in school. 

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SAT scores stagnant; many unprepared for college, officials say

SAT scores stagnant; many unprepared for college, officials say | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
The average SAT scores for the high school class of 2013 remained stagnant from the previous year and fewer than half of the students who graduated were prepared for the rigors of college, officials said.
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This article taken from the LA Times describes the fluxuating statistics of the SAT scores for the high school class of 2013. According to College Board, the nonprofit company that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement program, the combined average SAT score was 1498 and that only 48% of test takers scored 1550 their "SAT Benchmark" score. This indicates that only 65% of students are likely to have a B- and higher GPA average during their first year of college. This results are interesting in the sense that our high school seniors may not be adequately prepared for the transition to a more demanding college curriculum. Could this lead to an increase drop out rate for college freshmen? 

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To boost those reading skills, learn to keep a beat, study says

To boost those reading skills, learn to keep a beat, study says | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Learning to move with the beat could boost reading skills because both abilities are partly powered by the same ability in the brain, according to a study of more than 100 finger-tapping Chicago high-schoolers.
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This article was taken from the LA Times. It is interesting that the Journal of Neuroscience as well as a study from Northwestern University, found a correlation between the part of the brain that involved musical training and understanding speech. Now it makes sense that I was required to learn how to play an instrument in elementary school. 

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A life of brain-teasing could beat Alzheimer's disease with reading, writing and puzzles

A life of brain-teasing could beat Alzheimer's disease with reading, writing and puzzles | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
New evidence shows people should 'use it or lose it' when it comes to brainpower, because mind-stretching activities may delay age-related memory loss in later life.
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This article, found on the Scoop it website, proposes an interesting link between Alzheimer's and cognitive stimulation of the brain. Although it is originally posted to the "dailymail.co.uk", it has significant attestations by researcher Susan Landau, of UC Berkeley as well as Dr. Anne Corbett, research manager at the Alzheimer's Society. Alzheimer's disease and its causes are still fairly unknown, but I was intrigued that accumulation of tiny fragments of a protein called beta amyloid could be responsible for such a deteriorating disease. Such simple cognitive stimulating activities as reading and writing seem to be linked to slowing or preventing the accumulation of beta amyloid that results in the development of Alzheimer's disease. 

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