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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Handwriting is still an important skill

Beacon News – Michael Zwaagstra

“Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century…Unfortunately, much of the debate about handwriting tends to dwell on minor issues…The more important issue is whether learning how to handwrite helps students to master important skills such as reading, and whether writing words on paper is better for learning than typing them on tablet. If the answer to these questions is yes, then it makes sense to keep paper and pencils in the classroom…Fortunately, research gives us a clear answer…handwriting helps students move information from their short-term memories into their long-term memories, while typing does not. When students practice printing by hand, they learn how to read and write more quickly and more accurately…Far from being obsolete, handwriting remains an important skill in the 21st century and beyond.”(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Tao of the liberal arts

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss / Gerald Greenberg

“In this era when you can’t turn around in the education world without someone talking about science, technology, engineering and math, the liberal arts often get short shrift. Part of the reason is that people don’t fully understand what the liberal arts are and why they remain foundational to a real education. This post helps explain all of that…It doesn’t matter where you get your liberal arts education. What matters is that the school provides a liberal arts education that produces the appropriate result. What is that result? The transfer or creation of knowledge and the cultivation of the habits of the mind so graduates can develop and mature into successful, productive members of society who can appreciate others, experience and embrace the notion of empathy, and come to understand the joys and benefits of lifelong learning…In a world where people will change jobs multiple times in a lifetime and may hold jobs in the future that don’t even exist today, the knowledge they obtain in college and the writing, communicating, critical thinking, and analytic skills they acquire through a strong liberal arts CORE and liberal education will provide the foundation for a successful life, both professionally and personally.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boys ‘held back by reluctance to write at home’

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Boys’ reluctance to write outside school could be hampering their chances of fulfilling their potential, a National Literacy Trust study says…It cites evidence that those who write for fun outside school are four times more likely to be writing above the expected level at the end of primary school than those who do not. At the other end, nine times as many children and young people who do not enjoy writing at all, write below the expected level compared with those who enjoy writing very much.”(more)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ontario education minister stresses the ‘basics’ during speech at Laurier

The Waterloo Region Record – Liz Monteiro

” WATERLOO — Despite a push on new technologies with tablets in some Ontario classrooms, the provincial government remains focused on improving students’ reading, writing and math skills, says the education minister.” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In Praise of Style: What’s Missing From The Common Core Education Standards

Forbes – Steven Kotler

“As the debate over national education standards—aka the Common Core—continues to rage, one topic that seems to be missing from the discussion is style. And by style, I mean writing style, a flair for language, a way with meaning, a panache with punctuation.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion

E-School News – Nathan Garvin

“Music is a natural fit in the English/Language Arts classroom. You can find narratives to discuss and poetry to analyze. Themes, mood, tone, and plenty of other literary topics are also set to music. Words alone are powerful, but when combined with the right music, students are able to connect with them on a deeper level. It can also inspire them in their writing.” (more)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fixing Our National Writing Crisis From the Foundation Up

The Huffington Post – Steve Graham

“Our nation faces a writing crisis. And unless we fix it, we risk a generation of Americans ill prepared for work and society.” (more)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Message from UNESCO’s Director-General – Irina Bokova

“On World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO invites all women and men to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.”(more)

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)