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Questions Writers Ask Themselves

“How long it take to write a book?” my dad asks. “It depends,” I answer. “How long does it have to be?” “As long as it needs,” I reply. “How long is the book you’re writing?” “It was four hundred pages.” I say. “Four hundred pages!” he says. “Wow!” “But now it’s just two hundred,” […]… Continue reading Questions Writers Ask Themselves

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Worst case scenario for a writer

A few days after my first novel Domestic Violets was published, I was scheduled to do a reading at the Barnes & Noble at Johns Hopkins University near my house in Baltimore. It’s difficult to describe how happy I was. I was officially a published novelist, which, at the time, represented the accomplishment of a… via… Continue reading Worst case scenario for a writer

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Rachel Rich: Everything You Need to Know about the /%#£€%+ Test — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Rachel Rich is a retired English teacher who has taken a deep interest in standardized testing. She wrote the following review of one of the two federally subsidized tests. Normally, I would tell you which test she has analyzed, but I have recently become acutely aware that the testing corporations hire security agencies to scan […]… Continue reading Rachel Rich: Everything You Need to Know about the /%#£€%+ Test — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Powerful Speech Garnered Millions of Views

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9XGUpKITeJM?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Social media is buzzing over a Harvard graduate’s poetic commencement speech, which has garnered millions of views and the attention of celebrities. Donovan Livingston, who received his master’s degree in education, addressed his classmates Wednesday with a spoken-word poem outlining the historic obstacles that have prevented African-Americans from getting an education. The…… Continue reading Powerful Speech Garnered Millions of Views

Math education

Number Word Equations Task Cards — The Curriculum Corner 123

Number Word Equations task cards can be an engaging center to give your students reading and math fact practice in one! Also doubles as a SCOOT game. Being able to read number words is an important skill students need to master early. We have tried to make this task of learning the words more engaging… via… Continue reading Number Word Equations Task Cards — The Curriculum Corner 123

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How Can Reading Coaches Raise Reading Achievement?

  Teachers question: I have just been hired as a reading coach in a school where I have been a third-grade teacher. My principal wants me to raise reading achievement and he says that he’ll follow my lead. I think I’m a good teacher, but what does it take to raise reading achievement in a… Continue reading How Can Reading Coaches Raise Reading Achievement?

Storytelling

Gut check: How to capture the emotion of a moment — NPR Storytelling

What do you do after finishing a bunch of interviews in the field? You double check your recorder… Was I actually rolling? Phew!… You record a bunch more ambience… The producers will always ask me for more… What else?NPR’s Sam Sanders does what he calls “an emotional gut check” (see photo above for Sam’s demonstration).… Continue reading Gut check: How to capture the emotion of a moment — NPR Storytelling

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Kindergarten readiness….Is it different for students in poverty?

Kindergarten readiness might be more important than you think. Find out how you can encourage your child's development and school success. Read what others are saying about how poverty influences your child's development in kindergarten. Your child is old enough to start kindergarten — but is he or she ready? Recognize the factors that might affect your… Continue reading Kindergarten readiness….Is it different for students in poverty?

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Research closes the gap on delayed brain growth associated with poverty

This article talks about child poverty and its negative impact on brain development. Children raised in poverty show significant differences in brain structures linked to learning and education that correspond with impaired academic performance and standardized test achievement, new research shows. "We knew that poverty affects brain development and that there is an educational achievement gap… Continue reading Research closes the gap on delayed brain growth associated with poverty

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No Offense: But it is Alarming That So Many Children Are Not Learning to Read

Here is the article which is a critique of teacher education programs, not an attack on teachers. When writing articles, we use research by respected organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers and The National Council on Teacher Quality. We recommend publications from these organizations to those who are interested in reading instruction and teacher preparation. Here… Continue reading No Offense: But it is Alarming That So Many Children Are Not Learning to Read