Literacy

Before Writing, It Helps to Listen

Suzanne McCabe  March 26th, 2015 

Last fall, we welcomed 32 students from across the country and around the world to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

The Value of "Community Reads" Experiences

Brent Harrington  March 6th, 2015 

The middle school journey is complex and often tumultuous. Social challenges, physical changes, and academic expectations are often at odds as students traverse the...

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Integrating Technology in Your Literacy Block: Best Practices for Getting Started

Monica Burns  March 5th, 2015 

In today’s 21st century classrooms, technology is no longer an add-on, but an essential component of student learning. In order for students to truly be college- and...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (4-1)

Phyllis C. Hunter  March 2nd, 2015 

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (7-5)

Phyllis C. Hunter  February 25th, 2015  Comments • 1

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

Diversity is the Heartbeat of Our Humanity

Pam Allyn  February 19th, 2015  Comments • 1

Diversity is the heartbeat of our humanity. Books are mirrors into our inner lives, and also windows to the world. Our school and classroom libraries, on and offline,...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (10-8)

Phyllis C. Hunter  February 18th, 2015 

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

Four Things Educators Should Know About Scholastic's Kids & Family Reading Report

Francie Alexander  January 9th, 2015 

Every other year, Scholastic surveys children and their parents on their attitudes and behaviors towards reading.

On early learning: By the dawn’s early light

Pam Allyn  December 8th, 2014  Comments • 1

This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...

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I was a fixed mindset and I didn’t even know it

Anne Sparkman  November 24th, 2014 

Following the education dialogue in America will every once in a while bring me to reflect on my own days as a student. Like most of us, I immediately draw upon memories...

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Getting kids thinking like investigative reporters

Tyler Reed  November 20th, 2014 

I've spent my morning and evening commutes this week getting caught up on the Serial podcast, which just about everyone, it seems, is listening to.

How I elevate learning through play

Michelle Colte  November 17th, 2014 

Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September 2014....

Why Percy Jackson rocks: Dispelling the myth of the deficient text

Lois Bridges  November 3rd, 2014  Comments • 2

Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...

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The brain: Your built-in storytelling app

Tyler Reed  October 27th, 2014 

Research on how the brain functions and how it operates while a person reads shows that the organ is constantly telling stories.

Shaping chaos: The National Book Award finalists

Suzanne McCabe  October 15th, 2014 

The selection of National Book Award finalists brings good news for "a young marine who served in Iraq, a cartoonist at The New Yorker, the co-founder of a small...

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The read-aloud: Paper or pixels?

Lois Bridges  October 14th, 2014 

Paper or pixels? What’s best for the read-aloud? Increasingly, that’s the question both parents and teachers are asking as beloved picture books navigate to the screen....

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School librarians helping to facilitate global connections

Colleen Graves  October 9th, 2014 

Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September...

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Checking in with teachers on the Common Core

Anne Sparkman  October 3rd, 2014 

One year after we shared the views of teachers through the comprehensive research report, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change...

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Resources for National Diversity Day

Alexandra Wladich  October 2nd, 2014 

We know that today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We also know how critically important it is for children to have books and resources they can connect to on a...

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Helping students learn to read like investigators (and a giveaway!)

Alexandra Wladich  September 30th, 2014 

“Close reading can’t wait until seventh grade or junior year in high school. It needs to find its niche in kindergarten and the years just beyond if we mean to build...

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Free classroom resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Alexandra Wladich  September 23rd, 2014 

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) is a time to recognize the many contributions of Latinos to life in the United States and learn about the cultures and...

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Why you shouldn’t miss your state reading conference (and a giveaway!)

Maria Walther  September 17th, 2014  Comments • 6

 What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...

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Back-to-school book recommendations for kids

Tyler Reed  August 27th, 2014 

The experts at Scholastic Instructor magazine have curated a great list of "Back-to-School Reads" for the latest issue. The list includes books for kids in grades PreK-8...

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A teacher talks about life in the classroom

Suzanne McCabe  August 15th, 2014 

Genia Connell, a top Scholastic blogger, teaches third grade in Michigan's Troy School District. On Wednesday, August 20, Connell will address new and aspiring teachers at...

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"If someone is telling you not to read something, run out and read it!"

Suzanne McCabe  August 13th, 2014 

Monday, August 18, marked the start of Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This year's speakers included Dr. Timothy Rasinski, who discussed "The Essentials of Developing Reading...

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