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Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools

Australian schools constantly strive to improve the literacy outcomes of their students. Supporting literacy achievement for struggling readers is particularly important because these readers have their disadvantage compounded: capable students develop “richer” skills through continued exposure to reading, and the gap between them and struggling readers widens. The number of Australian students deemed “low performers” in reading literacy proficiency has been rising over time. Our percentage of high performers is shrinking – nearly one in five adolescents are in the low performer category. Read more: Six things you should do when reading with your kids With school about to start for the year, we should consider how we can optimise support for struggling readers. Research suggests the presence of qualified library staff in school libraries is associated with better student performance in literacy. What do they do? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. We take [it] out into the wilds. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Three Myths About “Reading Levels” Source: Pexels - Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license Psychologists love to measure things, and perhaps nothing has been measured as much by psychologists as reading—both texts and readers. Multiple different instruments measuring text readability have been devised and used over the past century, as have multiple standardized tests of readers’ abilities. Though their results are often first presented as numerical scores whose interpretation is difficult without a key, most instruments also translate these into more generally understood grade-level reading scores. These are typically reported as year-and-month scores; thus a book scoring at reading level 8.1 is said to be written at the early eighth-grade level, while a student scoring at reading level 4.6 is judged to be reading at the level of the average student in the sixth month of fourth grade. article continues after advertisement

Breaking From Tradition To Create A Culture Of Reading – The Teacher And The Admin Last June, I had the good fortune to address the senior members of our school’s National Honor Society. It was their senior breakfast, one of the last official school events before they would be graduating and moving on. As I looked out from the podium, it hit me. Four years prior, I was literally the first teacher that 30 of them had in high school. They were the last group that I had taught as freshmen before I had moved on to teach other courses, which, for some of them, forced them to have me for another year or two. I don’t know why it didn’t hit me until I was about to speak, but I led with that.

About Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. Kody Keplinger, co-founder and fairy godmotherDisability in Kidlit postsTwitterYouTube Kody is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several books for kids and teens, including The DUFF, which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2015, and a companion novel, Lying Out Loud. Her most recent book, Run, was released in June 2016. Kody is also a writing teacher, a guide-dog user, and a body-positive fashion lover.She was born legally blind and, at age eight, diagnosed with a condition known as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, which leaves her with poor light perception and tunnel vision. You can reach the editors at team@disabilityinkidlit.com. Before you do so, please read our FAQ.

Why it matters that teens are reading less Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different. My co-authors and I analyzed nationally representative surveys of over one million U.S. teens collected since 1976 and discovered an almost seismic shift in how teens are spending their free time. Increasingly, books seem to be gathering dust.

Evolution of the book - Julie Dreyfuss Prior to the release of the Amazon Kindle in November 2007, Stephen Levy commented in his Newsweek article, “Amazon: Reinventing the Book,” on the concept of the book as an invention. Quoting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly, Levy writes that “‘books are the last bastion of analog.” This phrasing suggests the book as a set of definable qualities that can be manipulated, redefined, and commodified. School Library Journal At the St. Croix Elementary School in rural Wisconsin, students earn Book Bucks by meeting academic goals and spend them on gently used items. Student Kelsey Chelberg shops at the Book Boutique. It is 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and the library is buzzing. Students are reading in every nook and cranny.

A video interview with Rudine Sims Bishop Rudine Sims Bishop is Professor Emerita of Education at The Ohio State University, where she has taught courses on children’s literature. Her books include Shadow and Substance: Afro-American Experience in Contemporary Children’s Fiction (1982), Presenting Walter Dean Myers (1990), Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K–8 (1994), Wonders: The Best Children’s Poems of Effie Lee Newsome (1999), and Free within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children's Literature (2007). In Free Within Ourselves, Dr. Bishop takes the reader on a historical journey, from the earliest works written about African American children (W.E.B. DuBois' The Brownies Book) to John Steptoe's Stevie to the contemporary award-winning writer Christopher Paul Curtis and his Bud, Not Buddy, winner of both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - kappanonline.org When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs. Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. Skeptics might assume that these benefits are associated mainly with wealthier schools, where well-resourced libraries serve affluent students.

There's So Much on the Web! Helping Students Become Internet-Research Savvy No matter how much we emphasize the importance of books and databases, the reality is our students are using the Internet for research and will continue to do so. The plethora of high-quality resources available online cannot be ignored. But teaching our students how to navigate the intricate web of invisible wires cannot be ignored, either.

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