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November 21, 2014

Teaching Should Be Two-Way Interaction, Not Student-Centered, Author Says

In her new book "The Teaching Brain," Vanessa Rodriguez discusses approaching teaching as an interaction, the five awarenesses of good teachers, and the downside to "quick fixes" based on brain science.

September 17, 2014

Phone Calls With Whales: The Power of Fiction in Children's Lives

Author Mac Barnett shows the importance of bringing some absurdity into the world, especially where children are concerned.

September 17, 2014

Survey: Death of High Schoolers' Reading Habits Greatly Exaggerated

A recent poll shows that high school students are reading just as much as the rest of the population, and sometimes more.

August 27, 2014

New Ed. Books Call Attention to Undervalued Role of Teacher Expertise

Two new books out this fall on teaching and teacher policy may reflect a shift in thinking about school reform.

July 30, 2014

App Aims to Boost Comprehension by Putting E-Books to Music

A startup that combines cinema-style soundtracks with the texts of popular books claims to be "transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film."

July 08, 2014

At Long Last, To Kill a Mockingbird Available as E-Book

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel, is available in downloadable e-book and audiobook forms for the first time.

July 02, 2014

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises Over $5 Million, With 100,000-Plus Backers

After one month of powerhouse fundraising, the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter project ended Wednesday, breaking a Kickstarter record for number of contributors in the process.

July 02, 2014

How Summer Reading Is Different, for Both Kids and Teachers

Educational psychologist Daniel Willingham offers some tips (mostly for parents, but useful to educators as well) on getting kids to read this summer.

June 18, 2014

What Tolkien Wished He Had Told His Teachers

"One is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect," Tolkien wrote to a new teacher in a recently discovered letter.

May 30, 2014

Can Critical Thinking Be Too Critical?

When students are too critical of the texts they read in school, they perpetuate a culture of cynicism, according to one university president.

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