In Focus: Writing
The ability to write clearly and communicate effectively is critical to classroom and workplace success for all students. Learn new writing strategies, think more deeply about how you provide feedback during writing conferences, and strengthen your skills in support of the struggling writers in your class.
Shrinklit. Probable Passages. Guided Writing. Multigenre Reports. These four writing strategies help students learn to make predictions, build connections, raise questions, discover new ideas, and promote higher-level thinking. Here's the step-by-step on how to use these strategies in your classroom.
Priming your students for writing with props or humorous thoughts can pique their interest in a writing topic. In addition to priming, visual organizers like hamburgers and word trees challenge students to organize their writing and choose interesting words. Find out more about these topics as well as COPS and STOPS in this informative article about writing.
Teachers play an important role in shaping students' written work. Specific feedback can motivate developing writers and provide real purpose for revision. Learn when to provide feedback, what kind of feedback is most effective, and how to plan for different types of writing conferences. You might want to keep the list of sample response prompts handy as you meet with students.
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. Kids with dysgraphia often have difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Discover the warning signs of dysgraphia and learn more about effective accommodations, modifications, and instructional strategies.
The "once and done" model of teaching writing to kids with LD just doesn't work, says expert Steve Graham. In our exclusive interview, Graham outlines three research-based practices that are particularly helpful to students with LD. Learn how to implement each recommendation in your classroom.
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This engaging learning tool helps children build grammatically correct sentences about a picture on their screen. The app also offers lots of practice using transition words.
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The writing involved in science and math classes can be challenging for a student with dysgraphia. Formulas and equations must be written down precisely to avoid errors, and drawing accurate diagrams can be a painstaking process. Additionally, if students are required to write observations in science journals during labs, a laptop with voice recognition software may not always be practical.
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The arts, whether as part of a separate program or integrated into your content area lessons, can offer a variety of benefits for diverse learners. Research has shown both academic and social benefits for students with disabilities and students who are at risk; integrating the arts and technology into your teaching can help differentiate instruction and provide more individualized learning for students with diverse learning needs.
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Whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help, struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they get the detailed, explicit instruction they need. This practical guidebook includes activities for every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal-setting to revising. You'll also find before-and-after examples of student writing that demonstrate how the strategies work.
March is Brain Awareness Month, a yearly effort to raise awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. To discover more about the brain-reading connection, browse the articles, research, and video from our sister site, Reading Rockets.
BrainLine Kids: Resources for parents of children with traumatic brain injury.
April 28-30, 2014
New Orleans, LA
From the nation's leading researchers, you'll learn about current findings on early screening for dyslexia, reading and the brain, executive function, writing about text, building comprehension skills, Common Core assessments, technology in the classroom, and more. All sessions are designed to deliver not only the latest research on reading but also effective strategies that can be implemented in classrooms tomorrow. The Institute features a "who's who" of reading experts, from researchers to practitioners, including Tim Shanahan, Cynthia Shanahan, Jan Hasbrouck, Anita Archer, Susan Ebbers, Maryanne Wolf, and Elsa Cardenas-Hagan. (Sponsored by the Center for Development and Learning.)
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This updated and expanded third edition from the National Center for Learning Disabilities captures data about the 5 percent of our nation's school-age population whose learning disabilities (LD) have been formally identified, and provides a critical lens through which to understand and address the needs of the additional 15 percent or more of students with unidentified and unaddressed learning and attention issues. It tells a story about the realities of LD in society today. New to this edition are sections about public perceptions of learning and attention issues as well as discussion of the impact of LD on post-secondary education and employment.
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This report describes what has been learned about the improvement of reading outcomes for children with or at risk for reading disabilities through published research funded by the Institute of Education Science (IES). The report describes contributions to the knowledge base across four focal areas: assessment, basic cognitive and linguistic processes that support successful reading, intervention, and professional development.
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A recent report from the California Partnership for Children & Youth indicates that a number of districts are relying on summer programs to introduce and reinforce the new Common Core standards. And a January report from the National Center for Time and Learning contends that expanded learning time, whether in summer or after-school, is essential to give teachers and students enough time to practice and master the new standards.
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