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May 28 2020

5 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

Reading aloud to children is one of the most effective routines for raising reading achievement and building a love of reading.  When an adult reads  to a child, he models fluent reading, a love of reading, and develops in the child comprehension skills. The child is exposed to new authors and text types, new words, and new ideas. Children learn to feel empathy for others as they explore the world from another perspective.  Snuggling up with a loved one and a book reinforces a feeling of connection, safety, and love (something our children need now more than ever).

April 22 2020

5 Solutions for Providing Books to Families During School Closures

Printable books, online articles, e-books, and audio books are wonderful resources to support reading at home, but nothing is quite as powerful as having access to REAL books.  Schools are getting creative at solving the problem of book access.  In this blog, we share their ideas with you!

April 9 2020

Reducing the COVID-Slide by Looking at Summer Slide Research

A growing number of states have now closed schools for the rest of the year.  Such closures have caused many to wonder, “Will students fall behind in reading ability?”  We believe the data on summer reading loss can help us project the answer.  In this blog article, we will inform you of that research and provide strategies for reducing the COVID-slide.

March 30 2020

Questions About Copyright During COVID-19

As teachers move from the classroom to the cloud, I am fielding a lot of questions related to copyright laws.  In this blog post, I offer guidance on copyright laws and fair use guidelines as they relate to educational materials.  As an educator myself, I understand the desire to provide resources to students at whatever cost, but urge educators to respect copyright, and lead by example.

What is a copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection that is automatically given to creators of literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, and intellectual works.  (Copyright exists immediately and automatically when the work is created in a tangible way.) The author of the work has the sole right to make copies of the work, distribute copies of the work, perform the work publicly, display the work publicly, and make modifications or adaptations to the work.

March 27 2020

Teaching Online: Paring Back Instruction & Limiting Technology

Publishers, organizations, and non-profits have provided a wealth of materials, links, software, video tutorials, and products to support online learning in the wake of COVID-19.  The outpouring of resources has been impressive, but sifting through these mass amounts of learning materials has left teachers (and parents) overwhelmed and fatigued. 

March 21 2020

On-Line School During COVID-19: 4 Things I Learned

My daughters’ school district launched online learning last week, only to be shut down by the state due to issues of inequality.  Here’s what I learned observing on-line learning in that short time.

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