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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.

November 22, 2010

NCTE: Gary Paulsen Speaks...For a While

Live from the National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Orlando Author Gary Paulsen spoke at Saturday's ALAN—Assembly of Literature for Adolescents—breakfast. He likes to talk and spoke for almost an hour. There might have been a few eye rolls at my table and murmurings ...

October 25, 2010

Will Students Remember How to Read Books?

Ariel Sacks ponders the connection between memory and reading comprehension, and wonders how our increasing reliance on digital technology will affect it: There are so many things I don't have to remember, because they're readily available on the internet, through my phone or computer, that I won...

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