Why don't they give spelling tests anymore? * How come teachers don't correct student spelling? * What can I do at home? * Should I buy one of those workbooks this summer?
I have been asked these questions more times than I can count. It makes
Both knowledge and paint have no use until applied. I’ve always liked this adage, perhaps because as a teacher and a parent, I see firsthand that knowledge… is not enough. Application is everything or to use the trendy term du jour, transfer, is the hallmark
How many of us have listened to a speaker or read a book and marveled at the descriptive power and richness of the words used? We have our favorite speakers, reporters, or authors who move us through how they write. Nations, peoples, political change
There is a strong correlation between a student’s word knowledge and future academic success. Evidence shows that what students already know about a topic is a reliable predictor of how easy they will learn new information in that topic. Words are the tools students use
Developing Effective & Assessment Capable Learners
The Visible Learning research from Professor John Hattie has opened our eyes to the importance of two critical actions all educators must take:
Always viewing learning through the eyes of our students
Consistently monitoring the impact of our actions on
We all know the many benefits of using graphic organizers. These literacy-building tools provide visual images of information, organize concepts and sub-concepts, and focus student attention on key ideas and terms. Graphic organizers serve as a guide before and during student reading and listening. They
Vocabulary and comprehension are soul mates! They go together like cheese and crackers, bread and jam, friendship and trust.
The more words students have the better they can read and comprehend. With a wealth of words, students can write and be creative and innovative problem solvers.
“Words are a narcotic for you,” a colleague quipped when I’d rounded the corner and sprinted into my 14th email lap, wordsmithing the subtitle of a book I’d just edited for Corwin Literacy’s spring list. And she’s correct—I love language. One reason I’ve been a