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Boise State professor, Treasure Valley teachers see value in the 'marginalized ... - The Idaho Statesman

Boise State professor, Treasure Valley teachers see value in the 'marginalized ... - The Idaho Statesman | reading and adolescents |

***I completely agree we should be using texts our students desire to read to connect with texts that are required to read. We always need to remember a love for reading cannot be built or continued if the student never enjoys what they are reading.***


The Idaho StatesmanBoise State professor, Treasure Valley teachers see value in the 'marginalized ...The Idaho StatesmanKids who don't read struggle, struggle, struggle.” Porter teaches the classics and required texts, but he helps teens connect...

Donna Brown's comment, May 23, 2012 3:42 PM
I believe that it is very important to use texts that our students want to read as part of our book lists. The books that students love to read should be just as important in the class as the classics. Struggling readers are just that struggling and if not given the opportunity and the encouragement to read what they can and want to read is a huge disservice to the student and will squash whatever enthusiasm they had in trying to read. I think this is a great article. Thanks
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Is Text Messaging Helpful to Teens? | Earn While U Learn

Abbreviations such as “G2G” and related text messages are really helping to grow teens' reading and writing ability which also can lead them to subconsciously practicing spelling. This study was done in this subject to ...
Lisa M. Snyder's comment, April 15, 2012 2:08 PM
Some might consider the author's stance controversial. I'm wondering what your take is on the information contained in this article. Do you agree with the proposed benefits of texting?
Rosanne M Lammey's comment, April 18, 2012 7:49 PM
Texting has sure gotten popular and I do think from personal experience with my daughter having spelling problems texting has helped her.I do think this article goes a bit far with the benefits it is purposing.
Becky Free's comment, April 19, 2012 1:49 AM
(Sorry classmates and professor, my internet went down for past week since I posted the articles, but it is up and running now...)

Frst I hve 2 pnt out hw txtng hs mde r vwels fairly unimprtnt... Or so we think... I am curious if a student who is a struggling reader would be able to read a message like that with ease? Or our younger students who have not mastered vowel use? Or does it really matter?
I have often thought about whether texting is harmful or helpful on my own, so i found this article to be interesting. The first thing I have a question/thought about is the proposal that we are experiencing "sensory overload".... This is like saying we should not try to teach our children more than one language as they learn to speak because it is too hard for them to learn?? Our brains are a lot more powerful than we give them credit I think. The reason this saying stands out to me is because Google is coming out with glasses that you wear and they are like an iphone on your face. Hands Free!! If you look at the sky, they will tell you the weather. If you look at a restaurant, they can tell you the menu or other locations. The power of texting and the power of unlimited knowledge is really what we should be empowering as a country. That's what I believe anyways.

However, there always has to be limits when we are talking about adolescents and children. Should our children be allowed to receive and send texts all hours of the night? No, but that is up to the parents to limit so students are not sleep deprived. I have text classmates myself to ask questions for clarification on assignments or even chapters within a text. This is a powerful tool when we assign homework and if we are assigning homework that provokes thought and not just one word answers then we should actually support our students texting each other at night when they are doing their homework.
Now, the grammar is another piece of the texting pie. I once thought this could be a problem because when we use "G2G" for example, our students are not honestly using the correct "to". Does this mean they do not know which "to" they should use in different sentences? Maybe, maybe not. But wouldn't this make a great mini lesson on whether the correct "to" is being used? I bet a small discussion on which "to" should be used in a text message would stand out in our students minds the next time they write a formal paper. So, I guess there is my opinion... As educators we can either view texting as the devil, or a tool to teaching our students correct grammar in a way that involves their everyday lives. P.S. they are not being tested when they text, so it actually gives them the freedom to explore language in a way that noone ever really planned for when texting was invented. "Another study learned from the Cal State University study backs-up the theory that, “text-speak is not some type of English gibberish, but is a form of 2nd language with its unique style, and it builds students’ language skills.”

As an end note, I am not sure the author is actually using the correct texting grammar to end the :) I believe it is supposed to be "C U L8R".... Because "C U 18R" is actually something I don't understand within the text language... But, I could be wrong?