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  • Report from #ecil2014 - Providing New Learning Strategies for Information Literacy Instruction

    Information Literacy Weblog
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Next item I'll blog from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik is From Know That to How From Know That to How From Know That – Providing New Learning Strategies for Information Literacy Instruction, authored by Kathrin Knautz, Anja Wintermeyer, Lisa Orszullok and Simone Soubusta (Heinrich-Heine-University). They are using a computer role play game, Legend of Zyren, as part of a credit bearing course on knowledge representation. This approach is also carried outside the game. She said that the students reacted much more positively to group work when it became…
  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    Shanahan on Literacy
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Councillors pledge to keep close tabs on ambitious plans to improve Bradford schools

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    23 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    As reported in yesterday's Telegraph & Argus, the authority has announced its latest education improvement plan, which includes the target of having every school rated good or better by 2017. The strategy was presented to the Bradford School's Forum, made up of teachers, governors and council representatives, at a meeting yesterday and was "well accepted" by the members.
  • Pancakes for Kindergarten

    WordPress Tag: Literacy
    jennmariedare
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I love teaching literacy at my school because we are committed to teaching reading, writing, and word study through genre studies. In each grade, children cycle through the genres of folktales, personal narrative, poetry, author study and nonfiction. My kindergarten team and I just wrapped up our nursery rhyme unit. Next up: wordless picture books and pattern books. I have always loved Tomie de Paola’s Pancakes for Breakfast, so my co-teacher and I kicked off the unit with this mentor text. My students LOVED the story and were completely surprised by the twist (as was my co-teacher, a…
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Report from #ecil2014 - Providing New Learning Strategies for Information Literacy Instruction

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Next item I'll blog from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik is From Know That to How From Know That to How From Know That – Providing New Learning Strategies for Information Literacy Instruction, authored by Kathrin Knautz, Anja Wintermeyer, Lisa Orszullok and Simone Soubusta (Heinrich-Heine-University). They are using a computer role play game, Legend of Zyren, as part of a credit bearing course on knowledge representation. This approach is also carried outside the game. She said that the students reacted much more positively to group work when it became…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Developing a Strategy for Effective Health Information Literacy Instruction Using a Neurocognitive Model for Dual-Processing

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Today is the final day of the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik and I'll start by blogging a presentation from Ivonne Ramirez who talked on Developing a Strategy for Effective Health Information Literacy Instruction Using a Neurocognitive Model for Dual-Processing. The speaker definied health information literacy instruction as Access and retrieval of high quality health information for decision making. She identified the many groups who had a role in teaching health information literacy (see slide): an interesting list with for example parents having to help…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Ross Todd

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Ross Todd, one of the invited speakers, is talking next at the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, on Collaborative Inquiry In Digital Information Environments: Expanding Perspectives on Information. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) http://cissl.rutgers.edu/. He said he was troubled in "in-house territorial battleground for intellectual possession" and the multiplicity of models, which he felt was a "model media". Additionally he felt that information literacy needed better theoretical foundations and that there…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - The representation of information and media literacy in Icelandic educational legislation, policy documents and in the curricula of Icelandic upper secondary schools

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Catching up on a talk just now in the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, Thordis T Thorarinsdottir and Augusta Palsdottir had authored Upstairs - Downstairs. The representation of information and media literacy in Icelandic educational legislation, policy documents and in the curricula of Icelandic upper secondary schoolsThe speaker started by outlining some information about Iceland and its educational systems, noting the impact of the economic crisis in the late 2000s. In terms of the aims of the talk, I will be lazy and copy from the programme "The main aim of…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Social Networking Literacy

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    I'm still liveblogging from the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik. Next for me was a paper by John Gathegi Social Networking Literacy: Re-balancing Sharing, Privacy, and Legal Observance. His focus was social media sharing amongst young people. He started by defining Social Media Networking. A distinguishing feature is the "public display of connections" which the speaker said is in a quest to build social capital. Motivations include entertainment, information sharing (including private information about themselves), showing off etc. and people are able to manage…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • A George By Any Other Name: Guided Reading and the Common Core

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Once when visiting the Big Easy, a young woman who had clearly been over-served, stopped me and said, “You’re that guy.”I smiled, bemused, unsure what to say. Now her friends had fanned out around me.“You’re that guy. You’re that guy on TV.”My grin grew downright idiotic. At first I tried to explain that I wasn’t “that guy,” but that just seemed to convince them even more that I must be. They insisted.I never figured out who she thought I was, but I copped to it, and thanked her for her support and asked her to keep watching. I’m pretty sure she had me confused with…
  • Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last week I replied to some of the remarks about text complexity that were made on the Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column. Here are a couple more.Fountas and Pinnell are stating what is their take on what the Common Core standards say. What the standards say and what their supporters are advocating are not necessarily the same thing. I think this statement is fully in agreement with what I have said above.  "But standards do not usually prescribe that students must spend all their time reading texts that are extremely hard for them, with no access to books that will help…
  • Snappy Responses on Challenging Text Debate

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last week, Valerie Strauss devoted her Washington Post space to an article challenging idea of teaching with challenging text, including my articles. The posting got lots of response showing fundamental misunderstandings of the issues on this. I am reprinting some of those responses along with my rejoinders to those. I will continue this over the next couple of entries since I think it will help teachers and parents to understand what this issue is about.Basically, many reading experts have claimed that it is necessary or optimum to teach students using texts that are at the students’…
  • Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
                My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.             But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)…
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    First Book Blog

  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
  • Great Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Samantha McGinnis
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A celebration of culture, Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to teach kids about the value of diversity and to encourage Latino and non-Latino youth alike to take pride in the accomplishments of Hispanic trailblazers. Over the past year, First Book has cultivated a world-class collection of books featuring diverse Latino authors, illustrators and characters, thanks to support from our friends at Disney. We’ve also connected with more schools and programs serving Hispanic kids in need. We recently gathered our friends and partners to find out how they are celebrating Hispanic…
 
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    Search for "children literacy"

  • Councillors pledge to keep close tabs on ambitious plans to improve Bradford schools

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    As reported in yesterday's Telegraph & Argus, the authority has announced its latest education improvement plan, which includes the target of having every school rated good or better by 2017. The strategy was presented to the Bradford School's Forum, made up of teachers, governors and council representatives, at a meeting yesterday and was "well accepted" by the members.
  • Kindergarten today: It's no longer as easy as ABC

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Kindergarten teacher Raeleen Martinez works with her students as they rotate through literacy stations at Martinez Elementary School, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The kindergartners walk into Raeleen Martinez's classroom and begin digging through their superhero and princess backpacks for their reading booklets.
  • Sources of Support

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Military Surplus for Homeless Veterans and Veterans in Need, located at 22 Pioneer Avenue, will reopen for the fall and winter on Friday, Oct. 31. The service will be open every Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Dunkin Donuts and Dirty Dozen Donuts will provide goodies for those who attend.
  • Guest View: Nina's Place closure difficult, but YWCA core services remain strong

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    For more than 100 years, the YWCA of Greater Flint has played a vital role in providing services to support the needs of women and children in our community. Through the years, our services have evolved to the extent that we are now recognized as the community leader in providing critical and unique services around the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault services, annually serving nearly 4,000 people in need.
  • Community Calendar

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro . Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event.
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    WordPress Tag: Literacy

  • Pancakes for Kindergarten

    jennmariedare
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I love teaching literacy at my school because we are committed to teaching reading, writing, and word study through genre studies. In each grade, children cycle through the genres of folktales, personal narrative, poetry, author study and nonfiction. My kindergarten team and I just wrapped up our nursery rhyme unit. Next up: wordless picture books and pattern books. I have always loved Tomie de Paola’s Pancakes for Breakfast, so my co-teacher and I kicked off the unit with this mentor text. My students LOVED the story and were completely surprised by the twist (as was my co-teacher, a…
  • Bird by Bird

    ellenleventhal
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
     By Ellen Leventhal Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. What a simple and brilliant statement. Anne Lamott (my new pretend BFF whom I have never met) tells a story of a time when her brother was overwhelmed with the enormity of a task before him. He had to write a report on birds that was due the next day, and he was far from ready to tackle that task. This young man was surrounded with books and paper, but had no idea how to get started. The task was huge, but his wise father put his arms around the boy and gave him some sage advice. “Bird by bird, buddy,” he said. “Just…
  • "Isabella's Garden" by Glenda Millard

    Mrs I
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Isabella’s Garden” by Glenda Millard explores life cycles, seasons and nature through telling the story of a small seed that grows and blooms in a garden. The story is cyclical in nature, and employs descriptive language with a strong rhythm when read loud. The language used in the book makes it highly appropriate for any primary school level. Read this book to Early Stage 1 or Stage 1 for enjoyment or explore a deeper language focus with Stage 2 and 3. Language focus: Word level: technical language for plants, verbs, past/present tense Sentence level: alliteration, personification…
  • Taming the roly-poly boys

    Oxford Australia
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Julie Baillie, Primary Education and Professional Development Manager, reminisces about her first day of teaching and the lesson she learnt about the power of story time. I remember being a young, fresh-faced teacher (with L-plates still firmly attached) sitting nervously in front of my class of 26 brand new Reception students. It was the very first day of school – for both me and them – and I was about to impart some wisdom (or so I hoped). Had my teacher training given me the knowledge and skills to turn this sea of raw talent into budding authors, artists, farmers and scientists? The…
  • The 1, 2, 3 of SPaG success!

    Ben Hill
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Every fortnight, one of our NQTs will write a reflective blog post focusing on issues raised in our professional development sessions. This is the third in the series, by our Geography NQT @GillianPerry8, on developing students independence in terms of literacy. I knew this wouldn’t be an easy half term with getting to know pupils, policies and routines. There was a lot of information to process and many lessons to plan, so implementing anything other than behavioural routines, I thought could wait until the Christmas half term. So when @WellacreTL asked me to write this blog, I…
 
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