Reading

My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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The Path to Reading Requires Quality Curriculum – Education Article

By: Stephanie Stephens, Tricia Parker and Liisa Potts  Here’s a hard fact: A staggering 60 percent of fourth grade students in the United States are struggling to read. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of fourth-graders and one quarter of eighth-graders aren’t reading at a basic level. Fewer than 40 percent are proficient or advanced. These numbers are even more concerning when we look at the significant proficiency gaps based on race and income and we realize that these gaps have barely moved…

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Summer Reading 2019 – Education Article

The Summer Reading List is Here! Where does the time fly? I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Time to share our Summer Reading List with you! It’s my 27th year in HCPSS and 22nd year here at Murray Hill Middle School! W00t! A lot of things have changed but some thing stay the same. Like still LOVING to read. Every day. Especially, in the Summer time! There’s nothing better to sit outside, on the beach, under an…

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A Library Transformed | Getting Smart – Education Article

By: Dustin Hensley You know that word association game where someone will say a word and then you are supposed to say the first things that come to your mind? Let’s play, “Library.” I’m sure I can guess some of the words that you thought of. Books? Dewey Decimal? Card catalog? Shushing? All of those words are indicative of what libraries have traditionally been. Solitary book depositories kept silent so that students could search the shelves for something to read.…

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6 articles on teacher-assigned summer reading | @mcleod – Education Article

The school year is ending for most children here in America, and that means we also often see the imposition of schoolwork on students’ free time over the summer months. Here is a quick collection of six articles and blog posts on teacher-assigned summer reading: Read them or don’t… It’s summer. Read what you want! Image credit: Kids play soccer This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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2 books for 2 different needs | @mcleod – Education Article

It’s always gratifying when something you write resonates with others. That’s particularly true when it’s something as big as a book (even a small book). I have had the wonderful opportunity over the past year and a half – thanks to series editor Bill Ferriter and the amazing folks at Solution Tree – to publish two very different books, both of which are intended to meet very specific needs of school leaders and classroom educators and both of which have…

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Reading is the Key! – Education Article

Do you ever get stuck clicking around Amazon buying random stuff you may not really need but suddenly desire? Do you have a mountain of Amazon boxes in your kitchen waiting for each recycle day? Yeah, me neither! [cough] Like today, among other things, I got a Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer for my roasted cauliflower & Brussels sprouts addiction and a set of 4 Le Creuset Silicone French Coasters for the Coastal Cottage. You never know what you…

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How Reading and Math Can Leverage Each Other – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Let me begin by admitting that when it comes to reading and math, I lean more towards the reading side of education. I’d say typically that as educators we take a side. The good news is that no matter which side you are on, by identifying what effective readers and effective mathematicians do, we can use the strengths from one content area to capitalize on the other. I had this particular aha moment in July 2017 after…

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Teaching our Languages #TeachingOurLanguages (by Graham Noble) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Graham Noble is a Grade 4-6 ESL teacher at Delia School of Canada but will be starting an English-Humanities position at Han Academy, Hong Kong, in the fall of 2019. Graham completed an MA in International Education from the University of Bath. He writes about language, literacy, teaching and bilingualism on his blog. You can follow him on Twitter @grahamwnoble. I want to thank Adam for this opportunity to share about a project I started recently where I have invited ELLs…

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How We Set Up Book Clubs in Middle School – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Last week, we kicked off our second and final round of book clubs for the year. As I shared the titles for this round of book clubs, I was asked a lot of implementation questions. What do they look like? What do kids do? How do you make them successful? And while I have been referring people back to this post that discusses the changes that we have implemented through the years, I thought it might be nice for a…

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The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2019 – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

This is the fourth year that my students have gathered what they deem the very best books that they read this year and shared their recommendations with the world. As always we have favorites that seem to pop up every year, but this year we also had a lot of new titles join the mix. As always, I loved seeing what made the cut because I simply could not do the work I do without the help of these incredible books.   Some…

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A Few Ideas to Help Students Read Over the Summer – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Today the temperature hit 78 degrees. 78 glorious sunny degrees meant a day filled with ice cream, water fights, a nap in my hammock, and as many doors and windows open as possible. With this little taste of summer, my own kids naturally wondered when the days of summer would truly be here. Days filled with sleeping in, popsicles, trips to the pool and, of course, days spent reading. Reading whenever and whatever we would like. Reading aloud. Reading by…

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Reading is Fun! by Stephanie Harvey – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

I know that teachers have a lot to juggle. When it comes to reading, you know things can get complicated. Kids simply need more time to read, and they need reading materials that are interesting and enjoyable. Every issue of Explorer magazine is packed with engaging nonfiction content and stunning images—the kind that you expect from National Geographic. Explorer magazine invites kids to be explorers of our world through reading, and the magazines give you the support you need to…

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On Being Demanding Readers – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

“Motivation and engagement are critical for adolescent readers. If students are not motivated to read, research shows that they will simply not benefit from reading instruction.” (Kamil, 2003 via ASCD). These words have traveled the world with me for the past few years and yet every time I come to this slide in my presentation on helping students become and remain passionate readers, it still stops me. No matter how many times I see it, it still strikes me as…

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So You’re in a Reading Slump, Now What? – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Perhaps this has happened to you.. You know those books staring at you from your to-be-read list or reading shelf sounded good at some point, but right now, they just seem like work. Yet, you know that you should be reading, especially if you are someone who teaches reading and so you grab one, read a few pages and pretty quickly lose interest. You grab another one, only to lose interest again. The story repeats until your phone pleasantly dings…

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Book review – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today | @mcleod – Education Article

This post is a review of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray. Disclaimer: both are friends of mine so keep that in mind as you read below. My short recommendation? There is lots of value in this book and a great deal of information that validates what we know about good leadership and strong school organizations. What I liked about the book Eric and Tom list eight ‘keys’ to intentionally designing tomorrow’s…

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