The Pick Two Assessment: A Quick Strategy for Comprehension & Analysis — Bespoke ELA. If you’re like me, reading checks and quizzes seem to sneak up every week, and I find that I am not always prepared with an assessment.
Coming up with multiple-choice questions or quiz questions takes time, and sometimes, I just need something quick and easy to create. So, I created the “Pick Two Assessment Strategy” in order to cut down on prep time in creating reading checks and reading quizzes. In fact, this strategy could even be used for formal assessments such as tests or even as discussion-starters. The ways to implement this strategy are endless and, again, EASY! Here’s how the “Pick Two Assessment Strategy” works! Why you should use mock trials in your ELA classroom - Write on With Miss G. Whenever I reflect on my teaching practices and search for new, creative ideas that will engage and empower my students, I come back to one of my all-time favorite lessons: mock trials.
I always find myself thinking, “I want more lessons like that!” This lesson is the perfect representation of my teaching philosophy, the definition of genuine engagement, and one of my favorite ways to “trick” my students into learning. Speaking of tricks and treats, a mock trial with one of Poe’s short stories is the perfect way to celebrate spooky season without sacrificing curriculum. (For more Halloween ideas, check out this post.) Resources – Schools & Ecosystems. I’ve made a bunch of stuff over the years.
Science of Reading.pdf. How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers. Molly Woodworth was a kid who seemed to do well at everything: good grades, in the gifted and talented program.
But she couldn't read very well. "There was no rhyme or reason to reading for me," she said. VISUAL RHETORIC & ANALYSIS - Photographs. To Boost Reading Comprehension, Show Students Thinking Strategies Good Readers Use. Carol Booth Olson, a professor at the University of California-Irvine School of Education, developed a program called the Pathway to Academic Success Project that teaches cognitive strategies to improve student performance, in both reading and writing.
Olson’s program trains teachers like Stewart to introduce them methodically and weave them into lessons throughout the school year. First in Santa Ana and then in Anaheim, the Pathway Project clocked impressive results, closing achievement gaps for students who speak languages other than English and Latinos, who have traditionally had lower educational outcomes.
Reading Strategies That Work, According to Science. Brain research is just plain fascinating.
For teachers of reading, brain imaging studies (fMRI) provide windows into what’s actually going on in your students’ heads. There’s the middle schooler who is completely engrossed in a novel. And, there’s the young child with dyslexia who makes gains after intensive intervention. A Workshop Approach to Whole-Class Novels: A Return. Join us for a summer series revisiting our top posts from this school year, and please “turn and talk” with us in the comments section each week!
This 2017 post by Amy Estersohn details one answer to the age-old workshop question: how to balance choice and whole-class novels. I spent my President’s Day-Week vacation (the one that New York teachers and students get- yes, a whole week off for President’s Day!) Encourage Reading With Student Book Reviews - The Secondary English Coffee Shop. I love nothing more than hearing that a student loved the book they just read.
It is music to my ears when a student asks me if I know any other books like the one they just finished, because they are excited to keep reading. As an ELA teacher and librarian, I work hard to help students find the right book... my only concern when I am helping a student, is to find a book that they will enjoy and hopefully read all the way through. Reading Graffiti Wall: Fostering a Classroom Reading Community - Lessons With Laughter. It’s no surprise that Instagram is an amazing place to get a peek into some incredible classrooms.
Every year I get new ideas from some of my favorite teachers’ classrooms that I know I have to try out! These past two years, it was a reading graffiti wall. (This idea originally came from Donalyn Miller in her book, Reading in the Wild.) What is a Reading Graffiti Wall A reading graffiti wall is a place on the wall in your classroom where students can write powerful quotes that they find in the books they are reading. Rebecca Solnit’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us. Galileo considered reading our sole means of having superhuman powers.
For Kafka, a book was “the axe for the frozen sea inside us”; for Anaïs Nin, the alarm to awaken us from the slumber of almost-living; for Gwendolyn Brooks, “meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower.” Since the invention of the printing press, books have fed the human animal’s irrepressible hunger for truth and meaning, and some of the most celebrated exemplars of our species have extolled reading as a pillar of our very humanity. Among them is Rebecca Solnit — one of the most lyrical and insightful writers of our time. In her beautiful memoiristic essay about how books saved her life, Solnit observed that “the object we call a book is not the real book, but its potential, like a musical score or seed.”
Reading Workshop and Teaching Skills & Standards. Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read. Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say.
Why Reading Books Should Be Your Priority, According to Science. Reading fiction can help you be more open-minded and creative According to research conducted at the University of Toronto, study participants who read short-story fiction experienced far less need for "cognitive closure" compared with counterparts who read nonfiction essays. Essentially, they tested as more open-minded, compared with the readers of essays. "Although nonfiction reading allows students to learn the subject matter, it may not always help them in thinking about it," the authors write.
How to Analyze Literature Better by Watching Football. The Importance of Being Scared: Polish Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska on Fairy Tales and the Necessity of Fear. “If you want your children to be intelligent,” Einstein is credited with proclaiming, “read them fairy tales. Motherboard.vice. Starting at midnight on January 1, tens of thousands of books (as well as movies, songs, and cartoons) entered the public domain, meaning that people can download, share, or repurpose these works for free and without retribution under US copyright law.
Per the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, “corporate” creations (like Mickey Mouse) can be restricted under copyright law for 120 years. But per an amendment to the act, works published between 1923 and 1977 can enter the public domain 95 years after their creation. This means that this is the first year since 1998 that a large number of works have entered the public domain. Basically, 2019 marks the first time a huge quantity of books published in 1923—including works by Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, and Robert Frost—have become legally downloadable since digital books became a thing. It’s a big deal—the Internet Archive had a party in San Francisco to celebrate. My Daughter Is Trapped Under Five Feet of Snow. As the snow is cleared from her face, they hear Adina gasp. Then she screams. The constant, shrill scream of a new-born child. Her cries are audible across the entire avalanche site. Arild Sjåstad didn’t notice an air pocket around Adina’s head.
Nor had ice formed over her face. Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life. Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. 5 Tips for Planning Literature Circles that Work. Literature circles are engaging, meaningful, and lead students to deeper levels of understanding. Implementing literature circles effectively can lead to powerful learning experiences for your students. Gleeditions: Literature Unbound. 6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers. Share One Word. Book Recommendations (USA) Deeper Class Discussions with the TQE Method. This Is What a Great Book Does to Your Brain. Books can make us smarter, more informed, even more intellectually humble. But one of the most powerful benefits of regular reading is greater empathy.
This Is What a Great Book Does to Your Brain. Unlimitedteacher. How to Identify the Theme & Develop the Thematic Statement in Literature. #BookSnaps – How-To-Videos and Examples – Be REAL. Jennifer Gonzalez's "How to Stop Killing a Love of Reading in Our Students - Recherche Google. What to do when students won't do reading homework - Write on With Miss G. Inky’s book recommendation app helps you find new reads. I have forgotten how to read. Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound.