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March 30, 2012

Combating 'Textisms' in the Classroom

The Valley News Dispatch, which covers New Kensington, Pa., reports that area educators have differing views on whether the advent of technology is hurting students' spelling skills.

February 28, 2012

Twitter for 1st Graders?

The Chicago Tribune has a story on the apparently growing use of Twitter in 1st grade classrooms. According the article, some early-grades teachers have their students using the micro-blogging tool, as well as other kid-friendly blogging programs, to do things like send daily updates to parents or s...

February 22, 2012

The Challenges of Being a Teacher-Writer

Ariel Sacks, who is working on a book, reflects on the difficulties of being a teacher and writing about it at the same time: Like Virginia Woolf argued in A Room of One's Own—a woman cannot be expected to write while she's cooking and taking care of children in a confined space. Her writing...

November 18, 2011

Coupling Math and Writing

Live from NCTE in Chicago In a session called "A Marriage of Math and Reading," two ELA teachers and their math-teacher husbands described the beginnings of a collaborative research study on the effects of incorporating writing into math class. (Despite the title, there wasn't much talk of reading ...

November 17, 2011

Tearing Down Writing Instruction

Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews argues that writing instruction in most schools today is "academic and lifeless." Nor does he think the new common core writing standards—redolent, in his view, of "clerical work"—will help matters much. So what's a language arts teacher to do...

October 20, 2011

How Are You Celebrating National Day on Writing?

Today, October 20, is the third annual National Day on Writing, according to the National Council of Teachers of English.

September 12, 2011

Deconstructing Handwriting

A retired special education teacher is finishing up piloting a K-5 handwriting curriculum with a new take on letter formation.

July 08, 2011

Writing on the Chopping Block

In a cost-cutting move, Illinois has eliminated writing from the state's standardized exams for high school juniors. Well, it's just one grade, you say. Not so fast: The state scrapped the writing portion of the standardized exams for elementary and middle schoolers last year. Some educators conte...

June 27, 2011

Film Espouses the 'Power' of Writing

One of the latest in a slew of education documentaries, "To Be Heard" profiles three Bronx high school students who participate in an outside-the-curriculum program called Power Writers.

June 15, 2011

Is It OK 4 Students 2 Use Text-Speak?

U.S. News and World Report has a story on students using text-message and social-media shorthand in their academic writing--including in essays for college applications.

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