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Long vs. Short Literature: What’s Best for Teaching Language Arts?
posted by: Melissa | June 08, 2017, 01:42 pm   

There’s an interesting debate going on in the education community right now. Increasingly, reading and English teachers are disagreeing over whether they should focus on short-form literature like short stories, one-act plays, etc., or whether they should focus on teaching through long-form literature like novels.

Top Teacher Discounts for Summer
posted by: Melissa | June 07, 2017, 07:39 am   

School’s out for summer, and what’s a teacher to do? Hopefully, this will be a season of relaxation and reinvigoration for educators across the nation. All those projects and all the travel can get a bit costly on a teacher’s budget though, so here are some discounts that will help you make the most of the summer months:

Weekly News Round-Up for June 2nd
posted by: Melissa | June 02, 2017, 12:15 pm   

This week, we begin a new tradition. We always aim to keep our members informed of what’s happening in education, and to help us do that, we’re going to share the top education stories of the week.

Five Things You’re Likely to See in Tomorrow’s Schools
posted by: Melissa | June 01, 2017, 03:35 pm   

Nearly everyone alive in the U.S. is familiar with the schools of the past. The school building surge of the 50’s and 60’s dotted the country with a plethora of squat, square buildings. Inside, wide corridors are framed by square classrooms filled with rows of desks and a whiteboard at the front. These schools were created with factory-model schooling in mind, and were designed to maximize the impact of a single room with one teacher and 25 students. However, schools are likely to change radically over the next 25 years.

3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction
posted by: Melissa | May 30, 2017, 12:33 pm   

Today’s post, 3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction was written by Jessica Slusser and originally published on Getting Smart.

The process of learning to read is like climbing a ladder with incremental rungs to conquer, or scaling a mountain with several peaks and a summit. It’s best described through metaphorical examples. In the new Curriculum Associates publication What Really Matters in Teaching Phonics Today: Laying a Foundation for Reading, researcher, author and Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Jim Cunningham explores the foundational reading skills that must be solidly developed in order for the “building” of reading and writing to be strong. He highlights why it is important to see phonics as a foundation and what really matters in phonics instruction: best practices, engagement and time management.

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