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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Exercise improves kids’ early literacy

Yahoo! Now – Bethany Hiatt

“Teaching four and five-year-olds the physical skills that underpin reading and writing at the same time as early literacy skills leads to big improvements in children’s learning, a groundbreaking study has found.”(more)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SAT’s about-face on essay presents colleges with a tough question

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The College Board’s decision to make the essay portion of its influential SAT exam optional is setting off a national debate among colleges and universities about whether to require applicants to take it.”(more)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Every technology has a great story behind it, but not always a great storyteller

ReadWrite – Matt Asay

“Research shows we need more qualified workers to accommodate an economy that’s increasingly reliant on engineering skills. But there’s something else we need: English majors. Why?…For every company that can develop an incredible hardware or software product, there are more companies who fail in the attempt to get someone interested in buying that product.”(more)

Friday, February 14, 2014

5 reasons to teach spelling, handwriting in the new year

SmartBlog on Education – J. Richard Gentry

“Students will be better students if they are equipped with spelling and handwriting skills, which are critical for reading and writing success and act as stepping stones to higher test scores…Here are five evidence-based reasons for teaching spelling and handwriting explicitly…”(more)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Proposal would let cursive writing live on in schools

The Tampa Bay Times – Lisa Gartner

“Like typewriters or cassette tapes, cursive still exists but its use has diminished in the digital era. Now, Florida education officials are poised to decide whether cursive handwriting should still be taught in elementary schools.”(more)

Friday, January 31, 2014

To Grow Good Writers, Feed Them Great Literature

Asia Society – Heather Clydesdale

“How can learning Chinese help American students become adept writers?…At the 2013 National Chinese Language Conference in Boston, three experts from Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts essentially reached for the stratosphere, presenting strategies to help students use Chinese to practice and develop the craft of writing.”(more)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cursive writing could become part of Common Core

Orlando Sentinel – Leslie Postal

“Cursive writing could survive in Florida schools after all. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said Wednesday she’ll likely recommend that cursive writing still be taught in the state. It’s one of about 40 changes she plans to suggest to the coming Common Core standards…”(more)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

Mind Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“She thinks it’s important for students to have a space to express themselves without specific writing assignments or limitations. They write and draw what matters in their own lives and in the process develop their voice, humor, and point of view. They get to play with language and break out of cookie cutter forms of writing like the persuasive essay.”(more)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Boys twice as likely to hate writing, suggests poll

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to say they hate writing and find it embarrassing, according to a National Literacy Trust poll…A series of tips on getting boys to write from the National Literacy Trust includes:”(more)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why Johnny can’t write, and why employers are mad

CNBC – Kelley Holland

” Despite stubbornly high unemployment, many employers complain that they can’t find qualified candidates. Often, the mismatch results from applicants’ inadequate communication skills. In survey after survey, employers are complaining about job candidates’ inability to speak and to write clearly.”(more)