January 28, 2015

reading

Let it Snow! And, Let’s Stay in and Read!

By Brittany Cogan (Elementary and Special Education) There’s two feet of snow outside, the stores are closed, and you are driving yourself crazy stuck at home with the kids screaming in your ears. You wish you could just have some piece and quiet. Well here is your solution! If you show your child these fun  read more…

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Strategies for Approaching New Words: Decoding, Syllable Types, and Beyond

By Brad Hoffman, CEO and Founder Educational Consultant, PreK-12 My Learning Springboard, Inc. In her highly regarded book Speech to Print, Loisa Cook Moats defines decoding as, “The ability to translate a word from print to speech, usually by employing knowledge of sound-symbol correspondence; also, the act of deciphering a new word by sounding it out.”   read more…

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The World is Your Classroom

By Elias Leight (Economics, Mathematics) I don’t remember listening to any type of pop song—soul, funk, rock, folk, rap, you name it—until third grade. I’m sure I heard pop playing in apartment windows or passing cars, but my parents mainly listened to classical music, so that was the only thing I really heard from start  read more…

PBS Math Club Uses Pop Culture to Sell YouTube kids on Being Smart

By Russ Pitts at Polygon.com Turn a corner in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles and there they are: Grace, Hannah, Jazmin and Madison, the stars of the math-gets-cool web series from PBS, Math Club. Just kids, but Hollywood kids, all of them. And yet, in spite of having agents at an age when most  read more…

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Making Learning Easier and Making it Harder: Both Are Necessary

By Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Report I was listening to a report on NPR’s “Morning Edition” the other day when I heard an exchange that was both amusing and thought-provoking. The report, by national correspondent Tovia Smith, was about the growing number of schools that are trying to instill “grit”—perseverance in the face of adversity—in their  read more…

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A Guide For Parents to Guided Reading Levels

By Polly Goltche Reading Specialist So now you know your child’s reading level! Your student’s teachers have assessed using running records, you’ve had your last parent-teacher meeting, and you have a good idea as to the level that is “Just Right” for your child. So what exactly do the different levels represent? Here is a  read more…

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