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Distracted Reading: Sometimes, It Is a Great Notion
Posted on Apr 19, 2017
  • Michael Milone
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  • Literacy
Distracted Reading: Sometimes, It Is a Great Notion

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any reader in possession of a good book must be attentive. If those words sound familiar, then you know what I am talking about. If they are new to you, then you have a very important work of literature to include on your “I'd better read this” list.

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Versatile Comprehension Strategies: Using Extended Metaphor Across Disciplines
Posted on Apr 5, 2017
  • Gretchen Wing
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Writing
Versatile Comprehension Strategies: Using Extended Metaphor Across Disciplines

During my 20 years of teaching high school English and Social Studies, however, I found the power of metaphor stretched far beyond poetry. When extended, a metaphor is more than a descriptive tool; it becomes a system for comprehending and articulating complex concepts.

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Staying Grounded in Reading Realities: A Better Approach for Struggling Readers
Posted on Mar 29, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Staying Grounded in Reading Realities: A Better Approach for Struggling Readers

I attended and spoke at the annual International Dyslexia Association (IDA) meeting in Dallas. IDA remains the best interdisciplinary conference for all professionals, advocates, and families concerned with reading, writing, and language difficulties.

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The Deep-Reading Brain and the Good Life
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
  • Maryanne Wolf
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  • Literacy
The Deep-Reading Brain and the Good Life

Human beings were never born to read. Reading or written language is a cultural invention that necessitated totally new connections among structures in the human brain underlying language, perception, cognition, and, in time, our emotions. Reading represents one of the most important epigenetic breakthroughs in the history of the species; our very history was made possible by it.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: The Importance of Intellectual Curiosity
Posted on Mar 8, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Literacy
Curiouser and Curiouser: The Importance of Intellectual Curiosity

When we think of the growth mindset, the two characteristics most often mentioned are intelligence and effort. What is just as relevant, but often overlooked, is intellectual curiosity. Sophie von Stumm and her colleagues have described it as “the hungry mind” and “the third pillar of academic success,” which are perfectly appropriate.

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Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance & Success

Teachers of adolescent poor readers often find that their students are willing to do anything BUT read and write. Getting students to believe that they can make meaningful progress—when all prior experience suggests they will not—and to work at something that has never been rewarding is a major challenge.

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