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Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why

Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why by Terry Heick Preface: I’m writing under the assumption that the ‘child’ in question has access to some form of mobile technology, and that’s a problematic assumption that causes problems for my thesis, here. Nonetheless, addressing both ‘sides would require a far more extensive essay than …

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21st Century Literacy: A Framework For Merging Classic Literature & Modern Technology

A Framework For Merging Classic Literature & Modern Technology by Terry Heick Why do we need a framework? Literacy instruction has done a relatively poor job of keeping up with the urgent pace of change in the ways people read and write. What’s the big idea? Media evolves. New modalities emerge. All media are connected. …

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things

Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things by Terry Heick Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits. So in this context of media abundance, what does …

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Nas Breaks Down Hip-Hop Classic ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ With Harvard Poetry Professor

Nas Breaks Down Hip-Hop Classic ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ With Harvard Poetry Professor by Terry Heick In April of 1994, Queens artist Nas released what would become one of the most iconic hip-hop albums of all time. ‘Illmatic’ contained 10 tracks, including ‘One Love,’ ‘Halftime,’ ‘Memory Lane,’ and ‘NY State of Mind.’ With legendary …

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How I Use Data To Motivate Students To Become Better Readers

How I Use Data To Motivate Students To Become Better Readers contributed by Kelley Spencer Adcock I have a lot in common with my struggling readers. I don’t have trouble reading, but I do know a thing or two about trying to succeed at something that does not come naturally. Throughout my childhood and school years, …

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12 Literary Road Trips In A Single Map

Extraordinary! 12 Literary Road Trips In A Single Map by TeachThought Staff Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez over at atlasobscura recently shared a map you might want to take a look at. The map–and its hand-typed notes–represent an enormous effort, and the selections themselves some mighty fine taste in recent literature. There are over 1500 entries on …

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The Difference Between An Initialism And An Acronym

The Difference Between An Initialism And An Acronym Initialisms and an acronyms are often confused, not so much that one is mistaken for another, but rather that initialisms aren’t usually named at all. To many, every series of letters (that function as initials) are called “acronyms.” The distinction, while primarily an academic distinction, has become …

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24 Entertaining Short Stories For Middle School

24 Entertaining Short Stories For Middle School Reading in middle school is tricky, and it’s not simply a matter of decoding and fluency. Middle school students are an interesting bunch, with rapid brain development, emerging identities, and a varied assortment of readiness, background knowledge, and maturity in any given classroom. This can make selecting short stories …

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The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers First came cloud-based word processing in the form of Google Docs. With cloud-based word processing in education, teachers could remotely access student work, students (provided they had internet access and had a Google account) could retrieve their work from anywhere, and writers could collaborate …

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

The Difference Between Inference & Prediction by TeachThought Staff Reading comprehension is a core tenet of schooling. The new Common Core Standards in the United States pace an increasing emphasis on reading, requiring for it to be taught across content areas, rather than simply in English-Language Arts classes. (Or through Reading comprehension apps, for example.) This …

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