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May 19, 2011

A New Take on College-Level Reading

They say that authentic literacy assignments can help prepare students for college. But Tobie Lynn Trachina, a 4th grade English-language learners teacher in suburban New Orleans, is taking the concept to a new level by having her students actually read and analyze college and university information...

May 12, 2011

The White House Posts Poetry Workshop Video

Prior to its semi-controversial Evening of Poetry event last night, the White House held a poetry workshop yesterday afternoon in which poets Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, and Alison Knowles (among others) discussed their craft and took questions from students. The video is now available.

April 27, 2011

New Ideas in Spec. Ed. Language Arts Instruction

The Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual conference here in D.C. this week. When I attended on Tuesday, a number of sessions were oriented around studies on tools and techniques for improving instruction for students with special needs. Some of the studies' outcomes seemed to car...

January 19, 2011

It's One Space After a Period, Not Two

"Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong," Slate columnist Farhad Manjoo writes in a recent editorial. Old-fashioned typewriters used monospaced type, which produced a lot of white space between characters and words, so using two spaces after a period ...

October 14, 2010

The Write Stuff

Arguing that high school students should be required to write a "serious research paper" before graduation, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews highlights the example of a Virginia physics teacher who requires all of his honors students to enter a national science essay-writing contest. ...

September 28, 2010

The 'Subversive' Art of Teaching Grammar

Miss Eyre fesses up to a subversive act: teaching a lesson on the mechanics of writing.

May 26, 2010

Why Can't Students Write?

A college teacher, citing some pretty ugly statistics, wonders why so many students come to college not knowing the fundamentals of decent writing, and suggests we need to rethink "the way writing is taught in high school -- and, perhaps, the way teachers are compensated." A respondent—also a...

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