Reading’s Preeminence for Learning

A recent post introduced our new Reading Comprehension books for grades 7 and 8. Continuing the thread of reading’s preeminence for learning got us thinking about reading, literacy, and education around the country and around the world. Recently published books, such as World Literacy: How Countries Rank and Why It Matters, by Miller and McKenna […]

National Day on Writing

On October 20th, the country will once again celebrate National Day on Writing. This “holiday” came about as an “initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy.” Each year since 2009, National Council of Teachers of English and other collaborators gather at writing events, in classrooms, and online to bring the necessary […]

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Instill the Love of Reading with Goodreads and Biblionasium

Here’s a way to encourage your students to read more. We know that a love of reading does not come naturally for some children. As teachers, we need to find a way to light that spark. Goodreads or Biblionasium may help you kindle that fire. Goodreads and Biblionasium are social media platforms designed around books. […]

Woof! Woof! The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells us the “dog days” begin around July 3 and end August 11 this year. The “dog” they refer to is the dog star, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky after the sun.  The ancient Greeks thought the star Sirius looked like the nose of the dog in the constellation […]

Fostering Information Literacy

There are many ways to define Information Literacy. It might best be viewed as the sum of some of its basic components: needing, gathering, evaluating, and using information. One dilemma facing teachers today is guiding students towards reputable, current, and authoritative sources with rich content. To label reporting “fake news” leaves students wondering how to […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 71 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 89-year-old mother […]

Mammoth Cave National Park

My passion for national parks started when I visited Mammoth Cave National Park. This beautiful gem, nestled in the heart of Edmonson County, Kentucky, was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It is also a World Heritage Site, a distinguished honor received in 1981, recognizing its international importance. Mammoth Cave, with over […]

School’s Out—Reading’s In

For some, the countdown is over, and for others it is nearing the end. It’s time for summer reading! A wonderful source for reading ideas is your local library. I can’t imagine a public library without a summer reading program, so check out the one nearest you. Your library website may have suggestions for books […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance- Grade 4 – 8

Summer Solutions Books  The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 4 – 8 […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance – Grades 2–3

Summer Solutions Books The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 2–3 Summer Solutions […]