• Facebook in the Classroom?

    Facebook in the Classroom?

    I read with great interest about a teacher in Council Bluffs, Iowa who uses Facebook to update parents and recap lessons with her first-grade students. Just reading the headline posted in the Sunday, November 7, Nonpareil Online newspaper made me think, “ridiculous.” As I further read, I had to rethink my original gut reaction and let my mind wander to the many possibilities, solutions, and perhaps, unknown challenges this teaching strategy might bring to a classroom.  Is it really so bad? ...

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    Nov 19 2010
  • New Words Trip Up Struggling Readers

    New Words Trip Up Struggling Readers

    It’s no secret. As one who loves the English language, I am intrigued by the sound, sight, and meaning of a new word. Here’s the amazing thing - somehow, some way many of these slang words catch on and become part of our everyday language. ...

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    Nov 05 2010
  • Learning Disabilities 101: Free E-book

    Learning Disabilities 101: Free E-book

    According to the National Institutes of Health, learning disabilities affect one in seven people. That it why it is crucially important for teachers to be familiar with the early indicators of a learning disability in order to get their students the help they need as soon as possible. ...

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    Nov 03 2010
  • The World Needs More Adult Educators

    The World Needs More Adult Educators

    I have the opportunity to serve on a board that promotes adult and community education in the state of Utah. We recently held a conference for adult educators from across the state and I was reminded of the wonderful individuals that serve in this critical segment of the education landscape. ...

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    Oct 26 2010
  • The Impact of Economic Status on School Performance & Reading Ability

    The Impact of Economic Status on School Performance & Reading Ability

    I read an interesting article from The Washington Post today titled: “School Study Sees Benefits in Economic Integration.” The article discussed how a recent study revealed that by integrating students from a lower socioeconomic status into more affluent schools, the school performance of the students from poorer backgrounds improved significantly in math and to a lesser degree in reading. ...

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    Oct 15 2010
  • Is Phonics Important When Teaching Spelling?

    Is Phonics Important When Teaching Spelling?

    I cannot tell a lie; I love a good debate! Here is the topic: Is phonics important when teaching spelling? I like to hear points and proof, rebuttals and rebukes. So, to handle this one, I thought I would let the people who claim improving spelling with phonics is "for the birds" give their points, and I will then give my response, as politely as possible. Obviously, I find phonics to be foundational when teaching spelling. ...

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    Oct 14 2010

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