Literacy

 “As a matter of teaching and learning, reading is absolutely iconic. To teach reading requires us–teachers–to break it down into parts, usually somewhere along the fault lines of decoding and comprehension. The decoding part is a mix of letters and sounds. Digraphs, clumsy blends, irregular words, and pattern recognition. Phonemics.

It’s literally learning to speak a new language, one made with alphanumeric characters on paper (that can travel through time) instead of sounds with your mouth. It begins and ends in your brain and if you can internalize it, ends up in your mind. Comprehension, however, is somewhere close to your stomach. It’s more metacognitive and personal, where the reader takes the internalized symbols and, leveraging their own schema and background knowledge, turns the symbols into something they can recognize and their soul winks and spins.”

Terry Heick
Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why
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Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why

By November 18, 2021
It’s time to stop focusing on teaching kids how to read.
Why Writing Is Critical For Learning
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Why Writing Is Critical For Learning

By October 28, 2021
Writing is a craft and conceptual and hard work–and one of the most personal things a person can do.
20 Ideas for Incorporating Writing In ‘Other’ Subject Areas
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20 Ideas for Incorporating Writing In ‘Other’ Subject Areas

By October 7, 2021
With layering meaning, students read that material first, which helps them build background knowledge and learn specialized vocabulary.
Critical Literacy: How To Encourage Students To Change Their World
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Critical Literacy: How To Encourage Students To Change Their World

By November 2, 2021
Educating students doesn’t have to take the form of a one-sided lecture or reading. In fact, it works better if it doesn’t.
Exactly How Technology Can Make Reading Better
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Exactly How Technology Can Make Reading Better

By October 20, 2021
Let me be clear: I prefer physical books with soft covers. This is not about sentimentality. Rather, this is about how technology can make reading better.
Why Students Should Read
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Why Students Should Read

By October 12, 2021
Why should students read? When we read–really, really read–for a while, a normally very loud part of us grows quiet.
Helping Students Read By Choosing The Right Literacy Strategy
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Helping Students Read By Choosing The Right Literacy Strategy

By October 3, 2021
Start with the big ideas of written communication: Who (author) is saying what (theme/main idea, etc.) to whom (audience)?
Reciprocal Teaching and Comprehension: A Single-Subject Research Study
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Reciprocal Teaching and Comprehension: A Single-Subject Research Study

By October 10, 2021
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4 Principles Of Digital Literacy
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4 Principles Of Digital Literacy

By December 2, 2021
Digital literacy is about being able to make sense of digital media. This occurs through meaningful and sustainable consumption and curation patterns that improve an individuals potential to contribute to an authentic community
The Difference Between Lateral Reading And Vertical Reading
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The Difference Between Lateral Reading And Vertical Reading

By October 15, 2021
Lateral reading is reading ‘across’ texts sequentially–primarily for the purpose of evaluating the credibility of a text.
11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy
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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

By October 9, 2021
In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy, it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy.
What Parents Can Do At Home To Help With Reading
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What Parents Can Do At Home To Help With Reading

By October 2, 2021
Whether parents should ‘schedule’ reading at home depends on many factors–not the least of which is how you ‘frame’ reading and how they respond.