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Lessons from the Pandemic for Effective Reading Instruction

Jun 13, 2021 9:09:19 AM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy

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We are all looking forward to a fall where most students are expected to return to traditional schooling.  However, the mark of blended learning has already been imprinted- and it’s highly probable that features of remote and hybrid instruction are here to stay.  

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Helping New Middle-Schoolers Read for Information and Retention

May 13, 2021 9:06:53 PM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy, Secondary Education

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Early middle school is an important transitional time in a young person’s academic life. “It bridges the gap between elementary school, where a child learns how to read and be a student, and high school, where [they] will take on the full responsibilities of being a young adult.” (Institute of Reading Development, 2019)

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5 Ways to Strengthen Vocabulary for Students

May 5, 2021 7:37:00 PM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy, Vocabulary

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Successful students have a strong command of grade-appropriate language. The following research-based, cross-content, multi-grade strategies will help you support your learners in growing their vocab repertoire.

 

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5 Strategies to Increase Students' Media Literacy

May 4, 2021 9:36:19 AM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy, 21st Century Skills, Media Literacy

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Supporting your Students with Special Needs through Structure, Sensory Supports and Frequent Check Ins

Apr 20, 2021 6:31:47 PM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy, Early Childhood Education, special education

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Just weeks after the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Amy Neilson made the agonizing decision to pull her 5-year-old son with special needs out of his distance learning Kinder class.  After experiencing a series of regressions in her son’s behavior and well-being,  Neilson consulted with friends, family, and school staff before reaching a decision to withdraw her son from school.  The toll had just been too much.

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Strategies and Support for Reluctant & Non-Proficient Readers

Apr 15, 2021 6:15:58 PM / by Kristi Hemingway posted in Literacy, Student Agency, English Language Learners, special education

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Student Agency: Giving Students a Choice When it Comes to Reading

Mar 17, 2021 10:01:53 AM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy, Student Agency

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Student choice, combined with agency, results in learning. This is the summation of a 2016 report from the Buck Institute of Education. And the organization isn’t alone in its findings- studies from the 1970s to the present demonstrate that student choice has been linked to increased motivation, performance, comprehension, collaborative skills development, and socio-emotional well-being

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A World Made of Words: Don't Give Up on Teaching Vocabulary

Mar 17, 2021 10:00:07 AM / by Kristi Hemingway posted in Literacy, Vocabulary

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In May of 2019 the Guardian updated its style guide and publicly announced that they would be changing their use of terms regarding the environment. "Climate change" was replaced by "climate emergency, crisis, or breakdown." Editor-in-chief, Katherine Viner explained, "The phrase 'climate change' for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity." Several other media outlets followed the Guardian's example.

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5 Signs a Reader May Be Struggling (And How to Intervene)

Mar 8, 2021 12:27:36 PM / by EdCuration Staff Writer posted in Literacy

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The learning day is grounded in language. Academically, we view language through four lenses: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Of these, reading has the greatest impact on academic outcomes. 

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Clarity, Precision, and Impact: Why Grammar Still Matters

Mar 3, 2021 10:38:21 AM / by Kristi Hemingway posted in Literacy, Academic Language

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“The truth of what you say is what really matters

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