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The Advantage of Taking Notes by Hand
I recently read two pieces about research conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer demonstrating that students who write out their notes on paper learn more than students who type notes on laptops. The first was in Scientific American and the second was in KQED Public Radio News.
Because students can type significantly faster than they can write, those who use laptops in the classroom tend to take more notes than those who write them out. At first, this may seem like an advantage....
Task, Audience, and Purpose When Writing
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What Does Rigor Mean?
What does rigor mean? Does it mean teachers should be piling on more homework, pushing students to work harder, longer hours so they can learn as much content as possible? Does it mean teachers should be lecturing more so they can cover the vast requirements of the curriculum? Does it mean teachers should let students “sink or swim,” figuring out on their own how to make sense of the content and communicate that knowledge?.....
Dyslexia Handbook for Families
The booklet covers these topics:
- Definition and characteristics of dyslexia
- Assessments for dyslexia
- Identifying effective teaching approaches
- Managing the education of a student with dyslexia
- Transitioning into college
- Recommended resources...
Main Idea and Note Taking Tips for Parents
The article includes suggestions for how parents can help their children develop categorizing and main idea skills. It also presents an overview of the two-column note format that students can use when they are reading for homework...
Reading and the Brain
Recently I ran across two articles related to studying the reading brain:
- Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade by Abby Abrams, Time Magazine
- The Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience in The Examiner (e-newsletter from the International Dyslexia Association - IDA)
Advances in this area are made every day, but unfortunately very little of what these researchers learn gets in the hands of educators in the field. So I decided to devote this post to providing links to resources about this fascinating topic of reading and the brain.....
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Welcome to Literacy Lines!
Since Keys to Literacy was started in 2007, part of our mission has been to share what we learn about literacy instruction with educators so they can improve the reading and writing skills of students. This mission has its roots in my personal mission that began in the late 1970's when I first had the opportunity to teach students who struggled to read and write at the Landmark School......