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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
  • Nancy Boyles
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  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Readers
Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades

I learned more about close reading and saw that it truly did push teachers and students to a whole new level of rigor. I learned there are a few principles and practices that when applied well will make teaching the process of close reading achievable for teachers and the outcomes of close reading meaningful for students.

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Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
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  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data

Although context has many applications for helping to understand unclear situations, it also can be an important guide for educators seeking to compare and evaluate student progress.

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Context of Assessments
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context of Assessments

Context is so important that we teach students how to use clues to understand new vocabulary words when reading. Context makes a difference when understanding ambiguous situations that might be easily misunderstood if you don’t understand what happened most recently in the passage or you don't have the culturally relevant information that helps us understand what we are reading.

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