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Posted by on September 11 2017 at 1:57 PM
The start of the school year is a good time to reflect on reading goals for students. And where goals are discussed, reading levels, word counts, and subject tags are not far behind. Let’s separate two kinds of reading: instructional and independent. The kind of reading you find in academic texts and assessments requires classroom preparation, close understanding, and focused comprehension. When kids choose their own reading material, that book or website is viewed with different expectations,…
Posted by Community Manager on September 11 2017 at 1:54 PM
Educators can list many obstacles to independent reading. Rows of books and lists of assigned texts overwhelm students. Reading in silence feels lonely and cut off from peers. Teachers and students have to square academic expectations and appropriateness with kids’ genuine interests and cultural references. Young people may fear being called out on their ignorance, and often lack role models who prize discovery over certainty. With all these hurdles, how can schools overcome kids’ resistance to…
Posted by Francie CAO on November 30 2016 at 11:15 AM
My favorite books to share with students who struggle…and to help me be a kinder and more thoughtful person.I'm known in my families, the one at home and the one at work, as a practicing bibliotherapist. As a teacher and parent, when my kids were faced with a problem themselves or needed to be more empathetic when others were challenged, I went to the books. Here are four of my favorites: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Nancy Paulsen Books). The protagonist is a girl who we know…
Posted by Community Manager on June 30 2016 at 2:56 PM
Struggles and success come in all shapes and sizes. Kaylynn, a student from California, Borum, a refugee from Cambodia, and Jorvorskie, a football player in the NFL, , all have something in common. They struggled with reading, but they went on to become winners in the annual HMH 180 Awards. They learned to have a growth mindset and had the perseverance to overcome obstacles in school and improve their reading skills.    Borum came to the U.S. from Cambodia in September 2012 when he…
Posted by Community Manager on June 01 2015 at 5:11 PM
By Allison Bruhn, Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of IowaHaving consulted and trained many schools in designing, implementing, and evaluating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), one thing I am finding is a new focus on developing growth mindsets.  That said, I’ve had teachers and administrators ask how MTSS and growth mindsets can co-exist when they seem to be competing initiatives?  Generally, this debate centers around the MTSS framework for Positive…
Posted by Francie CAO on May 13 2014 at 9:43 PM
Walter Dean Myers, whose books are treasured by students, and teachers asked the question above in an article for the New York Times. As a booklover and a voracious reader personally and professionally. I’ve adopted the mantra books hold up mirrors to ourselves and windows to the world. With that in mind, all of us at Scholastic are always on the lookout for the best nonfiction and fiction, classic and contemporary. Walter Dean Myers based his thoughtful piece on a study by the Cooperative…
Posted by Francie CAO on January 25 2014 at 2:50 PM
While I don’t make resolutions, I think January’s a great month to reset goals. One of mine is to include more nonfiction in my "just for fun" reading.  Our students are expected to be able to handle an array of informational text types and I’ll be reading nonfiction texts that I expect will not only inform me but inspire. Here are two books I’m reading:                  The recent release of PISA scores for students around the world has us…
Posted by Community Manager on October 21 2013 at 2:40 PM
  Scholastic released a study conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Common Core. 20,000 teachers participated in our third wave of Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an era of change.                                          One finding…
Posted by Community Manager on September 16 2013 at 2:36 PM
 Meet Sally Doulton  I’ve met Sally on more than one occasion and am always in awe of all she does to teach and reach struggling readers from birthday cakes to share with the class, to penpal activities to stretch students’ experiences with the world. When Sally last visited Scholastic she described an array of projects around the book Buddy by M.H. Herlong. Sally made one of those connections between the text and her students that reminds all of us of the power of literature to give…
Posted by Community Manager on September 05 2013 at 2:24 PM
Great Ideas from READ 180 and System 44 Outstanding Teachers Scholastic recently held an Advisory Board Meeting with the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award winners and the Community Website bloggers. My colleagues and I were informed and inspired… there were tears and cheers as we got glimpses into the learning lives of the children you teach and into your teaching lives.  The meeting started with each all–star sharing artifacts from his or her teaching experiences using READ 180 and System…