About - Literacy Matters! The Literacy Matters! portal is for teachers, librarians and researchers to use advocacy and research purposes on the importance of literacy and reading.It has been developed to support the Literacy Matters! campaign, devised and launched by the Literacy and Reading Section, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). 9 infographics that promote reading In this post you’ll see the most convincing infographics that encourage to read, and raise awareness of the importance of reading. Reading is a privilege, but many people think it’s like nothing more than a duty. Well, even if it’s a duty, it still brings this nice warm feeling of getting smarter and smarter with every page.
Profile : Doreen Kimura A young male university student sits at a table, ready for the test, while a female graduate student gets her stopwatch ready on the other side of the table. She gives him a sheet of paper that has rows and rows of little pictures on it and starts the stopwatch. The fellow taking the test is getting $10 to sit for a half hour checking off pictures that match. (See example test question on page 86.) As soon as he finishes one page, she puts another one in front of him, until two minutes are up. Then she gives him other, similar tests.
LanguageandLiteracyTheoryandPractice - Music in the English Classroom "If you have never tried using music in these ways.... please do!" -- Chris Brewer  Using music in any class can help to create a more positive learning environment and there is no better classroom to incorporate this than the English classroom. English class is a time in the school day where students are exploring different forms of literature and media which allows the teacher an opportunity to play non-distracting music for the class. Does Preschool Matter? For many kids, the most important years of schooling come before they can even read. Consider the groundbreaking work of the Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, who has repeatedly documented the power of early childhood education. One of his best case studies is the Perry Preschool Experiment, which looked at 123 low-income African-American children from Yspilanti, Michigan. (All the children had IQ scores between 75 and 85.) When the children were three years old, they were randomly assigned to either a treatment group, and given a high-quality preschool education, or to a control group, which received no preschool education at all. The subjects were then tracked over the ensuing decades, with the most recent analysis comparing the groups at the age of 40.
Six things you can do to get boys reading more The OECD consistently finds girls perform significantly better than boys in reading. This gap can also be observed across the Australian NAPLAN reading data. Research suggests reading more can improve literacy outcomes across a range of indicators. But girls typically read more frequently than boys, and have a more positive attitude toward reading.
5 Reasons You Need Fiction I’ve heard pastors and longtime Christians argue against reading fiction since it’s “not true.” But great literature can be an avenue of profound blessing and an ally to teach us to anticipate the kingdom of God in all of life. If we’re moved when we come across an ancient oak swaying beside a brook in a sunlit valley, we don’t immediately try to justify its existence. If we’re sensible, we don’t think, You know, this tree would be much better if it had a Bible verse carved into it. We let it be, and we praise God for it. YLTsig EVO discussion The Comprehension Hypothesis vs. The Skill-Building Hypothesis: Why accept a delayed gratification hypothesis when the gratification never comes? Developing Academic Language: How the language teaching profession has backed the wrong horse. Pleasure and Ecstasy: Is language acquisition a junior ecstasy? Link to recording of presentation Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California.
10 Ted Talks Every English Student Should Watch This article shows you how to use TED Talks to improve your English, how they can be used in the classroom and suggests 10 great talks to use in the English classroom. TED is a series of informative, educational, inspiring and sometimes jaw-dropping talks that present ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Ted has attracted many of the world’s most important thinkers such as Larry Page, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Ken Robinson, and a few winners of the Nobel Prize. There is an emphasis on informing, educating and opening people’s eyes to new ideas, making them perfect for the classroom. Students love these talks and really appreciate it when you take the time to make a lesson out of them. Teenagers, being the ‘YouTube generation’, also find them highly engaging and motivating.
Assessment Statement High stakes- Important stakeholders Improving teaching and learning is in the national interest. For individuals and for our nation, higher education opens doors to economic prosperity and civic engagement. It provides the tools to make new discoveries and improve the quality of life. It is understandable that students, parents and others want to be sure that the educations we provide are meeting the highest possible standards. Reading for pleasure — a door to success Research points to certain factors that increase the likelihood of creating engaged readers. Choice relates to motivation Choice, interest and motivation are highly related. Surveys internationally suggest most children are more likely to read for pleasure if they can choose their own books (Gambrell, 1996, as cited in Clark & Rumbold, 2006 ). But, as Clark & Rumbold, 2006, state 'To affect reading behaviour they must subsequently choose to read that book over any other available activity'. Access to books is essential
NAPLAN, Reading and Teacher Librarians October 30, 2016 by NovaNews So can there be a link between reading achievement scores as measured by NAPLAN testing and the presence or absence of Teacher Librarians in schools? Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) seems to think there most definitely is an impact to be had, particularly when she states the obvious in a recent release on the ALIA website: ‘School libraries and teacher librarians are well placed to contribute to improving student skills in reading, digital literacy, critical thinking and research skills. However we see only a small number of teacher librarians on staff compared to other specialist teachers in schools.’ McKerracher goes on to quote research completed by Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to back up her claim:
Educators struggle to combat dropout rate disparities - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Local News: Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Sat Apr 19, 2014. Educators struggle to combat dropout rate disparities BY RANDY HALLMAN Richmond Times-Dispatch Richmond Times-Dispatch Black students account for a disproportionate percentage of dropouts in the Henrico County school system.