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How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Research underscores the link between listening and literacy. Work by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that the vocabularies of three-year-olds were predictive of their language and reading skills at age ten.
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I can still remember teachers thinking that they should not allow students to listen to books because it was cheating! The research has disproven this repeatedly. 

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Lecture by prof. Stanislas Dehaene: ‘How the Brain Learns to Read’

Lecture by prof. Stanislas Dehaene: ‘How the Brain Learns to Read’ | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

"During reading acquisition, our brain circuitry recycles several of its pre-existing visual and auditory areas in…"

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I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

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I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

Carla Kessler's curator insight, June 16, 2016 8:03 PM

I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

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What Close Reading Actually Means

What Close Reading Actually Means | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

"...let’s teach kids the joys that come from discerning the richness in a great text, be it Frog and Toad, Plato’s Apology, Euclid’s Elements, or Picasso’s Guernica. I think you’ll be surprised how much a wise text can teach and reach even the most unruly kid – and, in the end, make them feel wiser, too."

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Many articles have been written describing "close reading." This one gets to the heart of how and why our group discussion questions need to change.

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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

"...there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction."

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The author neatly defines three different feedback models derived from research on formative assessment. 

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Audio Books vs. Book Books: Which Does the Brain Prefer?

Audio Books vs. Book Books: Which Does the Brain Prefer? | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
I find that to create an image while I read, I often must pause, look away from the page, and imagine. With an audio book, the images come practically unbidden. Listening doesn’t get in the way of that.
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In studying the research, this author learns that the audio book may provide a superior experience. 

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Essential Books | Common Sense Media

Essential Books | Common Sense Media | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
You may not love it, but silly stuff and even bathroom humor can coax reluctant readers to keep at it.
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Great recommendations for readers of all ages. 

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Matching Edtech Products With Neurological Learning Goals

Matching Edtech Products With Neurological Learning Goals | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Learning design can take important cues from the neuroscience and psychology of how and why video games are so successful at motivating K-12 students.
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Get some help guiding your edtech resource selection using the guidelines of buy-in, achievable challenge, and ongoing feedback. 

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Response: Teachers as "Brain Changers"

Response: Teachers as "Brain Changers" | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Recognizing that self-control is a "limited energy resource" that needs to be replenished as it get depleted has had a major impact on my classroom management strategies.
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Part Four from Larry Ferlazzo's blog on neuroscience in education reviews and refines what teacher may know but lose sight of easily. 

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The Best Resources On "Brain-Based Learning" -- Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On "Brain-Based Learning" -- Help Me Find More | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
The Best Resources On “Brain-Based Learning”
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Many links to wonderful resources!

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Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

"...being "student-centric" is no longer a nice-to-have goal. Rather, it is a critical success factor for improving measurable student outcomes..."

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This is a very thorough analysis of and definition for personalized learning which is now more applicable through technology. 

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Assessments as Hope | All Things Assessment

Assessments as Hope | All Things Assessment | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Michael Fullan clarifies hope as “the capacity not to panic in tight situations, to find ways and resources to address difficult problems” (1997)
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A tidy list of 6 uses for assessments that provide hope through progress. 

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You Have To Create Understanding By Design

You Have To Create Understanding By Design | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
The temptation to teach understandings is great. It is arguably the Achilles Heel of all teachers.
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A Grant Wiggins pep talk: Understanding requires a different process than acquisition of knowledge and skill. Thanks Grant!

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How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners

How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Teaching students to reflect takes time, but it’s well worth the commitment.
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A blueprint for implementing a classroom where evidence-based reflection is the norm. 

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Free audiobooks for teens | AudiobookSYNC | AudioFile Magazine

Free audiobooks for teens | AudiobookSYNC | AudioFile Magazine | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+.
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Listen to books for free. Sync gives away 30 every summer, selected especially for teens. Share this with your students, especially those who aren't likely to slow down enough to read for themselves. They will be exposed to valuable vocabulary and may even get hooked!

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Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log

Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Why not ditch the reading log for a method of accountability that encourages sharing your love of a book with others?
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This article describe some practical substitutes for reading logs that still provide accountability without the dread attached to writing after reading.

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10+ Tips for Using Brain Based Methods to Redesign Your Classroom (EdSurge News)

10+ Tips for Using Brain Based Methods to Redesign Your Classroom (EdSurge News) | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

"...it is imperative never to overlook the impact of your learning space—nor to overlook how students should be involved in that process."

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These ideas for empowering your students and optimizing their learning space, are derived from what we know about brain based learning. 

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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
While few authors write books designed to be enjoyed on their philosophical or political merits alone, in a school setting you probably wouldn’t guess this were the case. Standards rarely address it; administrators rarely explicitly encourage it; few people pay consultants to give presentations on it at staff meetings.
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Although directed at high school English classes, the message in this article is relevant to all ELA teachers. 

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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
It’s a teacher’s job to make sure there are lots of quick, effective brain breaks built into the lesson to give children a moment to recalibrate. 
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What a terrific list of ideas for providing movement, interaction, and think time! One of my favorites is the Snowball.

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How We Can Make Peer Feedback Effective

How We Can Make Peer Feedback Effective | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it

Students often "give simple praise instead of targeted feedback in order to avoid hurting feelings."

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Peer feedback can be engaging and powerful while encouraging metacognitive thinking. So how do we encourage true partnering and strip away the threat of peer judgement? This article has some ideas, including a sample video. 

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.
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Neuroscience tells us that our instincts were right...students need brain breaks during the learning process. This article describes 16 quick and simple brain break and focused-attention strategies to use any time in the classroom.

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Response: Working Smarter, Not Harder, With Neuroscience in the Classroom

Response: Working Smarter, Not Harder, With Neuroscience in the Classroom | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
What are the best ways to practically implement what we know about how the brain learns into our teaching?
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This second blog of Larry Ferlazzo's four part series on neuroscience in education, gives practical tips from two more experts in the field. 

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Tech Tip: Engage students in deeper learning | SmartBlogs

Tech Tip: Engage students in deeper learning | SmartBlogs | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
As you consider curriculum, look for ways to deliver information without being the primary source of that information.
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Four adaptable strategies for engaging students using brain-based learning. 

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10 Motivators to Promote Playful Learning

10 Motivators to Promote Playful Learning | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
The Big 10 Student Motivators are skills for the 21st century and beyond—skills valued and used by government agencies, corporations, universities, small businesses, and school districts that depend on members to know how to collaborate as they solve problems, develop policy, generate an abundance of ideas, and respond to issues and events.
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"Learning begins with play. If students of today are to become the innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow, then schools need to respond to the call of play in all grades."

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How to eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes (and why setting targets may hold back progress*)

How to eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes (and why setting targets may hold back progress*) | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Certainly in the case of competitive eaters, setting end targets was detrimental to realising true potential.
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Is setting a target comparable to setting a limit? Food for thought...

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Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills

Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills | Reading and Listening - Middle School | Scoop.it
Self-regulation has always been an important skill for learners to master, but changes in the learning landscape due to technological advances and open access to information have increased the necessity for this skill.
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Metacognition, essential to the learning process, is a key element of self-regulation. This article provides multiple referrals to sources for teaching self-regulation in the classroom. 

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