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How Writing Down What You’re Thankful For Can Be Good For Mental and Physical Health

KQED News Mind/Shift – Maanvi Singh

“Over this past year, lifestyle blogger Aileen Xu has kept a monthly gratitude list. Sometimes it was the big stuff: “I’m grateful that my family is so understanding. I’m grateful so many people care.” And sometimes it was life’s little blessings: “July 2018: I’m grateful for good hair after I shower.” Xu started making such lists when she was in college, “at a point when I was just not in a very good place in my life.” Now, the 28-year-old lifestyle blogger and YouTuber recommends the practice to her nearly 750,000 subscribers. It wasn’t a hard sell.” (more)

Getting Creative About Critical Writing

Edutopia – Michael Miller

“In middle school, students begin to write fewer poems, plays, and short stories. By the time they reach their senior year of high school, they’re writing nonfiction prose almost exclusively.” (more)

Reading and Writing in Math Class

Edutopia – Alessandra King

“Reading and writing are complex, fundamental, integrative learning skills that should be used to their potential in math class. Reading is a two-part process that is similar to mathematics in that it requires first the transfer of encoded information to the reader and then the comprehension of that information. And writing is one of the most powerful modes of learning because it engages both hemispheres of the brain—one side generates ideas, the other structures them.” (more)

Too many kids can’t write well. Authors Dave Eggers and Tim Whitaker explain how to fix that.

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Eggers is a nationally renowned author of numerous books, including “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “The Circle,” “The Monk of Mokha,” “What is the What,” and his newest, “What Can a Citizen Do?” In 2002, with educator Nínive Calegari, he founded 826 Valencia, a San Francisco nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids learn to write, and it gave birth to a separate organization, 826 National, to help launch similar writing and tutoring programs in other cities.” (more)

Leveraging the Lore of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ to Motivate Students to Read and Write

KQED News Mind/Shift – Paul Darvasi

“Some parents and teachers despair as they witness the erosion of sustained reading, particularly fiction, with today’s screen-obsessed youth. Whether this genuinely heralds an intellectual Armageddon, or merely marks a benign transition into a new phase of the life of the mind, remains to be seen. Whatever the future holds, those who wage a pitched battle under the standard of literacy may find a valuable ally in an old nemesis.” (more)

How To Crack The Toughest Nut In Education: High School

Forbes – Natalie Wexler

“There’s been a lot of handwringing lately about the lack of rigor in high school courses, and critics have blamed educators’ “low expectations.” But they’ve overlooked one powerful strategy that could boost both expectations and performance: teaching students to write about what they’re learning.” (more)