Michael Keany's Blog – September 2014 Archive (61)

Are “Just Right” Books Too Easy?

Are “Just Right” Books Too Easy?

In this article in Reading Today, Timothy Shanahan (University of Illinois/Chicago) examines the long-standing belief that children learn best when they’re taught at their current instructional reading level, using materials that are not too hard, not too easy – “just right.” This seems like common sense, as anyone who has watched a frustrated student struggling with a frustration-level book can…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:49am — No Comments

Should Books in School Libraries Be Organized by Reading Level?

Should Books in School Libraries Be Organized by Reading Level?

In this article in Knowledge Quest, Georgia librarian Susan Grigsby makes the case for not leveling books in school libraries – for example with Lexile numbers, AR levels, or colored dots. “I believe strongly in teaching independence in book selection,” she says, and creates personal bibliographies for her middle-school students by having them fill out surveys of their interests –…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

Close Reading Without Tears

Close Reading with Sets of Related Picture Books

(Originally titled “Close Reading Without Tears”)

In this Educational Leadership article, Nancy Boyles (Southern Connecticut State University) says she is a big fan of close reading because it has the potential to teach students “to delve into a text and uncover one layer of meaning after another, to appreciate as much as possible a book’s multiple themes, diverse points of view, rich…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Student Voice: Do We Really Listen to Students? By Peter DeWitt

Student Voice: Do We Really Listen to Students?

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Added by Michael Keany on September 28, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth by Robert Pondiscio and Kevin Mahnken

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth

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Added by Michael Keany on September 27, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea? by Valerie Strauss

Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea?…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 26, 2014 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Technology Improves And The Internet Expands But School Acceptable Use Policies Still Lock Students Out Of The Benefits

Technology Improves And The Internet Expands But School Acceptable Use Policies Still Lock Students Out Of The Benefits

from the an-internet-with-18-years-worth-of-training-wheels dept

Tech Dirt

Tim Cushing

Few entities approach new advances in technology with more foreboding than school administrations. What could be used as portals to a nearly-infinite supply of information via the internet is often…
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Added by Michael Keany on September 26, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Purpose is the Key by Annie Murphy Paul

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Added by Michael Keany on September 25, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Four Common Core ‘flimflams’ by Carol Burris

Four Common Core ‘flimflams’…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 24, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Cognitively Priming Students for Learning by JUDY WILLIS MD



Cognitively Priming Students for Learning


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Added by Michael Keany on September 22, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

This Ain't Your Momma's Open House by DR. STEPHANIE HATTEN



This Ain't Your Momma's Open House


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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset by BOB LENZ



Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset


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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Principals: 5 Ways to Create a More Inclusive School Climate By Peter DeWitt

Principals: 5 Ways to Create a More Inclusive School Climate

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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

What a 'balanced' tenure system might look like

What a 'balanced' tenure system might look like

A new brief from The New Teacher Project envisions what it is casting as a "balanced" teacher-tenure system. Under this system, teachers would be eligible for tenure after five years. Tenure would be awarded for sustained strong performance, and could be revoked for ineffective performance. Appeals could contest process and bad faith, but not judgments about performance. Hearings would be limited to a single day,…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 18, 2014 at 5:12pm — 1 Comment

Traditional PD: 'totally useless'?

Traditional PD: 'totally useless'?

In a guest post on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post, Alvin Crawford of Knowledge Delivery Systems, which offers online professional development, writes that few can argue teachers today are getting the support and training they need to be effective and efficient, whether they stay in the classroom or not. In a 2009 report from the Center for Public Education, for instance, asked about experiences with professional…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 18, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan by Robert E. Slavin

Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin 



Preschool is good for disadvantaged children. But is preschool alone sufficient to significantly reduce poverty and inequality? Like many researchers, I'm delighted about the current enthusiasm for preschool at the policy level, and would not want to throw cold water on it. Yet almost all studies of garden-variety replicable preschool programs show that the clear…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

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