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What’s New in Literacy Teaching?
What does it mean to join time-tested best practices with new media, texts, and communication forms? And how can you weave together grounded, time-honored practices with new research, new text types, and new students? This series of columns, edited by Karen Wood, Jeanne Paratore, Rachel McCormack, and Brian Kissel, answers these questions and more with practical strategies from leaders in the field—watch for new columns every month!
Teaching With Technology
Your students are growing up in a world in which gadgetry is ever-present and ever-expanding, and you know there is huge potential for teaching and learning—if only you knew where to start. Here are classroom-tested ideas for harnessing kids' excitement around digital technology and suggestions for using 21st-century tools, websites, and teaching techniques in your everyday instruction.
Common Core in Your Classroom
We’re breaking down the Common Core State Standards into key topic areas, with columns focused on text complexity, disciplinary literacy, informational texts, academic vocabulary, questioning, finding evidence, and more. And we’ll give solutions for special areas of concern, such as motivating kids to read; helping struggling learners, gifted students, and ELL students to meet the Standards; and building understanding among colleagues.
Motivating Readers, Inspiring Teachers
Your students seem to be in a rut…and so are you. Jump-start your classroom literacy practices with encouragement and advice from seasoned educators who write with a touch of wit and wisdom. These surefire strategies can help you motivate even your most reluctant readers, and will inspire you and your colleagues to continue to strive for excellence.
Engaging the Adolescent Learner
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey provide concrete, classroom-tested ideas for getting middle-grade and high school students excited about reading and writing, with an eye on Common Core State Standards. Recent topics include spelling instruction, comprehension across multiple texts, blended learning, after-reading discussions, and text-dependent questions.
Implementing CSR: Practical Applications for Creating Strategic Readers
You know and love the innovative ideas for teaching comprehension, fluency, phonics, and phonemic awareness that Creating Strategic Readers has brought to your classroom. In these articles, Valerie Ellery offers fresh ways to engage your students and extend her CSR framework to meet today’s challenges.
Rigorous Real-World Teaching & Learning
Diane Lapp and her colleagues take you inside real classrooms to see top-quality literacy instruction that stretches students’ thinking and learning. Each column is packed with practical tools and resources to help you implement the ideas immediately.