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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 06, 2011

In Defense of Testing

Political blogger Matthew Yglesias points to a new report showing that nearly half of adults in Detroit are functionally illiterate. In that light, he contends, it's hard to argue against the need for standardized testing in schools: Under those circumstances, I find it difficult to be seized with...

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 11, 2011

America's Word Gap

Commenting on an NPR story on the disparity in language exposure between poor children and children in professional homes, urban educator Dan Brown questions how much individual teachers can do close student achievement gaps. He writes:

January 05, 2011

Muslim-American Kids Face an Absence of Stories

With a growing Muslim student population, Minnesota schools are struggling to fill their shelves with books these students can relate to.

January 04, 2011

Teaching 'Huck Finn' Without the 'N' Word

In part to counteract its gradual disappearance from school reading lists, the publisher NewSouth Books plans to release a version of Mark Twain's Adventures Huckleberry Finn that eliminates the "n" word.

December 29, 2010

Wiggins: Proposal to 'Ban Fiction Books' Was a Hoax

Grant Wiggins, the blogger who created a stir by writing that all fiction books should be banned from the English curriculum because boys find them boring, says his proposal was meant to be sarcastic.

December 28, 2010

The Art of Reading Instruction

The New York Times< reports on a nonprofit after-school visual and performing arts program that appears to be boosting some struggling students' reading skills as well as unleashing their creativity.

December 21, 2010

A Great Unit Plan Goes Out the Window

How much do project-based learning and independent student work presuppose a mastery or knowlege of basic content knowledge and academic skills?

December 20, 2010

Should We Ban Fiction Books from Schools?

One education consultant believes replacing most fiction with non-fiction books is the solution to getting boys interested in reading again.

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