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 standardsredolent, in his view, of "clerical work"will help matters much. So what's a language arts teacher to do...
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November 17, 2011
October 20, 2011
Today, October 20, is the third annual National Day on Writing, according to the National Council of Teachers of English.
September 12, 2011
A retired special education teacher is finishing up piloting a K-5 handwriting curriculum with a new take on letter formation.
July 08, 2011
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
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
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.
May 19, 2011
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
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
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
"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 ...