language arts

Five Ways to Build Confidence in Reluctant Writers

Lisa DiMichele has taught writing to all kinds of high schoolers—from inclusion students to honors students, from kids struggling to finish a sentence to future Faulkners. But DiMichele, an English teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, Maryland, had never faced a challenge like the one she walked into this summer—a classroom full of students who had just failed ninth-grade English.Reluctant writers? Some of her students had never finished an essay, let alone crafted sparkling prose.

5 Tutorials on Mapping Stories

In Wednesday's broadcast of Practical Ed Tech Live I answered a question from a reader who was looking for advice on how to have students create maps based on stories that students read. The person had seen it done at a Google Apps Summit but couldn't remember the name of the tool(s) that was used.

Empower Educators to Teach Writing with PD, Practice and Tools That Extend Their Reach

The caterwauling about the inability of U.S. students to write well goes back decades.
Newsweek published its ballyhooed screed Why Johnny Can’t Write in 1975. This past summer, The New York Times chimed in with Why Kids Can’t Write. Fifteen hundred readers weighed in on that piece. (Who says Americans can’t write?)

Basal Readers: 5 Ways to Make Them Work for Your Class

This is what a community of readers should look like...

How to Create Animated GIFs

Last week I wrote about a free animation tool called Flip Anim. In that post I mentioned using animated GIFs of math problems or to animate simple scenes from a story. A reader sent me a follow-up question asking about how to keep track of each part of the animation.

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