This Washington Post article entitled "Preschool Can Provide a Boost but the Gains Can Fade Surprisingly Fast" gave me pause. It's a worthwhile read for teachers and parents alike. I'm not sure what to make of all this information, but it sure has me thinking.
An article published by ASCD provides data on how much writing students are doing in their classes (the answer: not as much as teachers would hope). Even better, the piece explores how a few high schools developed an initiative called the Writing Journey to help increase the quantity and quality of writing students do in all content areas.
In an era when students of all political persuasions don't know what sources they can trust, teacher Dave Cutler talks about the importance of letting students find their own truth after being exposed to a variety of viewpoints in his blog post Teaching Why Facts Still Matter.
A KQED piece called "Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids" offers concrete ways to encourage students to read. I love how actionable and easy-to-implement several of these ideas are -- and, I might even be inclined to add a sixth: get rid of reading logs.
I recently ran across Julian Treasure's TED Talk, 5 Ways to Listen Better. Treasure's specific strategies could easily be implemented into a classroom or into your own life for more mindful listening.
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