Literacy

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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Register today: Teacher Week @ Scholastic

Alexandra Wladich  July 17th, 2014 

Attention all teachers! If you will be in the NYC area August 18-21, be sure to register for Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This free-four...

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She carried Harry Potter across the ocean and other tales of a children's book editor

Suzanne McCabe  June 27th, 2014 

The license plate that watches over Cheryl Klein and her computer belonged to her grandfather, Philip Sadler, a “Kid-Lit” original. It is an expression of the love of...

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How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

Rande Bynum  June 23rd, 2014 

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...

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Life, death and the stories in between

Suzanne McCabe  June 9th, 2014 

Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...

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Peer-to-peer sharing: When students spread reading love

Janiel Wagstaff  May 29th, 2014  Comments • 1

Great power for spreading the joy of reading lies within the hands of our students. As teachers we read aloud passionately several times daily, give gotta’-get-my-hands-on...

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Don't underestimate the importance of knowledge

Tyler Reed  May 15th, 2014 

I could read with a fairly high level of understanding a complicated paper analyzing education policy or corporate communications strategies or a Major League Baseball...

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Try this: Create fun summer reading lists for your students or children

Rande Bynum  May 12th, 2014 

Reading during the summer has always felt special to me. I love scanning the summer book lists that people create for recommendations. They’re usually themed or organized...

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IRA: A cheat sheet

Suzanne McCabe  May 9th, 2014 

If you’re attending the annual convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans this weekend (May 9-12), you may be overwhelmed by the possibilities—so...

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Meet the 2014 National Teacher of the Year

Anne Sparkman  May 5th, 2014 

It seems only appropriate to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week by congratulating the newly named National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb. 

Different strokes: Allowing for creativity

Suzanne McCabe  May 2nd, 2014 

According to Peter DeWitt and other educators, “learning styles” are a myth. No more distinguishing between auditory and visual learners. Children learn best, brain...

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