Language Arts

11/6/2013

11/6/2013

This semester Edublogs is once again hosting a student blogging challenge. It offers a series of blogging tasks designed to help students (and teachers) improve their blogging skills. Completing the tasks of the challenge will help students not only learn how to write better blog posts, but also how to be better online communicators in general.

10/9/2013

10/9/2013

With only 24 percent of U.S. eighth-graders writing as well as they should, many educators are looking to online curricula for help. Gayle Mathis, a seventh-grade English teacher at Hickman County Middle School in Tennessee, uses SAS Curriculum Pathways Writing Navigator, which is provided at no cost to educators and students.

10/9/2013

The Malden Public Schools, in Mass., are aiming to promote early childhood literacy with a new software platform. Titled Footsteps2Brilliance, the program will allow all Malden students access to a library of talking e-books and educational games through smart phones, tablets, and computers.

9/27/2013

9/27/2013

A North Carolina school board lifted on Wednesday its ban of Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man" from school libraries after being ridiculed by residents and undercut by a giveaway of the book at a local bookstore.

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

9/11/2013

9/11/2013

The Department of Education has compiled a resource page of programs that can help teachers improve reading. From rhyming and poetry to coloring books for English language learners to a discussion of the value of water, there are tens of dozens of programs across all grades that can be used in the classroom to help children learn to read.

8/28/2013

8/28/2013

Rewordify is a free site that was developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer to help students read complex passages. Rewordify could help students who are having difficulty reading a book or article that is a step or two above their current reading levels.

8/27/2013

8/27/2013

At 19 Columbus elementary schools, fewer than half of third-graders passed their reading exams last year. For the past several school years, 3 in 10 Columbus elementary schools have had passing rates at or below 50 percent on the state’s third-grade reading test.

8/21/2013

8/21/2013

In a recent article for The Telegraph, Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, claimed that in today's technologically-advanced world there was no place for teaching grammar or spelling as technology would correct it for us. However, students can't rely on auto correct and spell checker. Advances in technology are no excuse to stop striving for high standards of literacy.

8/7/2013

8/7/2013

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."

7/29/2013

7/29/2013

Group started by powerful Local School Councils on the North Side has been demanding that CPS reinstate spending for programs like art, music and world language.

7/25/2013

7/25/2013

It is reported that Michael Hairston, in 2010 president of the Fairfax Education Association, called cursive “a dying art.” He also said, “Cursive writing is a traditional skill that has been replaced with technology.” Other anti-cursive educators refer to cursive as “obsolete.”

7/24/2013

7/24/2013

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

7/10/2013

7/10/2013

Schools are rethinking summer school this year in response to the state’s new third-grade reading guarantee.

6/27/2013

6/27/2013

The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.

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