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Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers

Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers
Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making. Fortunately, new research suggests a simple anecdote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction. A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” “Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.” Djikic and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 100 University of Toronto students. Afterwards, each participant filled out a survey measuring their emotional need for certainty and stability. Those who read a short story had significantly lower scores on that test than those who read an essay. Related:  School Libraries make a differenceMCWT Newsletter Materials?

Up-Close Reading: Tackling Complex Text Last week during a reading comprehension lesson, my 2nd graders were arguing with each other . . . and yelling at me! Really! It’s the truth, but . . . maybe not what you imagined. It all started when I was about to introduce A Toad for Tuesday , a book that would be the jumping-off point for my winter/animal survival unit. I had handed my class a short passage from it with no introduction or clue about its origin. After a few cold reads on their own and some marking of unfamiliar words, my 7- and 8-year-olds transformed from passive readers to enthusiastic text detectives! That's when the arguments began! "They can't be people, they live under a stump!" "It must be December: look at the snow in the 3rd paragraph!" My students were participating in a close reading activity when these conversations happened. What Is Close Reading? "Close reading is a careful and purposeful rereading of a text," according to Dr. Choosing Text Strategies Resources Sample 2nd grade text from A Toad for Tuesday

Guided Inquiry in Australia | Sharing the theory and practice of Guided Inquiry Common Core State Standards - Resources | Association for Library Service to Children Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted in a majority of states. The question for many public youth librarians is how best to support their school colleagues and families in this new educational adventure. One of the most important changes that has occurred is an increasing emphasis on using non-fiction, specifically narrative non-fiction, to address the standards in teaching critical thinking skills. Libraries with strong non-fiction collections and open communication with their school colleagues will find they are ready to provide the needed support in their collections and services. The following resources can serve as a starting point to become more familiar with CCSS and gain confidence in serving your community. Articles | Blogs | Websites | Support Materials | Subscription-based Sites Articles Common Core in the Public Library. The Public Library Connection: The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | On Common Core. Back to top Blogs

Where NJIT Students Come From Cold Versus Warm Close Reading: Stamina and the Accumulation of Misdirection by Catherine E. Snow Harvard Graduate School of Education June 6, 2013 Over the last 18 months I have had the chance to review a couple dozen proposed curricular units, developed by district teams or other groups, and designed to prepare students to meet the Common Core State Standards (or, more specifically, to pass the assessments aligned with the Common Core). A centerpiece of the activities in those curricular units is close reading with writing tasks designed to evaluate the products of the close reading. I would argue that middle and high school students are not, on average, deeply motivated to learn and master academic skills. Why would anyone reject this idea? Cold close reading is really hard. So would more motivation or greater stamina be enough to push the faltering reader through the cold close reading obstacles? My goal is not to remove close reading from the list of practices used to promote comprehension. Examples of Supporting Studies: Reader response is welcomed.

guidedinquirycommunity [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage Figure 1.1 Guided Inquiry Design Process. (Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L and Caspari, A. 2012) Welcome to the Australian Guided Inquiry Community! On these pages, we present the theory and practice of Guided Inquiry, specially as it relates to the Australian Curriculum. Please contribute your experiences, units of work and scaffolds... Click on the following to navigate our site: We are actively seeking your contributions, so that we can together build up a portfolio of best practice in Guided Inquiry. Click on the icon below to chat with others who belong to this community, now numbering 621 people. Guided Inquiry: A spine for inquiry skills in the Australian Curriculum There are three ways to connect: 1. Sign up to participate in the conversation, ask questions and get support. 2.

Common Core Essentials | Resources to Guide Common Core Implementation Interior design in theatre is destiny for JC teen at NJIT View full sizeAngelica Maria McKenzie, 19, is in her sophomore year at NJIT studying interior design and hoping for a career in theater.Ashlee Espinal/The Jersey Journal Angelica Maria McKenzie, 19 will have just started her sophomore year at NJIT by the time this column runs. She is continuing her academic excellence with honors, service and has big dreams about the Great White Way as an award winning set designer for theater. “I love theatre and singing and music!” “I never had any technical training in my life. Angelica Marie is an apple that didn’t fall far from her maternal tree, her mother, also Angelica was involved in the theatre and music and her sister, Crystal, who is four years was also a VPA student in the Jersey City School District. Angelica could count on her mother’s positivity and encouragement. “Just because I am a teenager, I know I can make a difference and help my community. She is proof positive of the power of doing your best.