Essential Deep Reading Skills for 2017-2018

It seems like everything in education comes back around if you wait long enough. PBL (a modern twist on Project Based Learning from the 70s and 80s) is a good example of this phenomenon. Now, explicit instruction seems to be making a comeback.

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It's Good to Have a Boutique Literacy Company On Your Side

I was speaking with my wife the other day about LiteracyTA, and she explained to me how valuable a boutique literacy company is these days. We talked about how big business in every industry likes to buyout (or swallow) small companies so that they can control and dominate a specific market.

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I Can't Help It, I'm Already Planning

It's May, and I am already planning for next year. Many teachers find themselves doing the same thing, looking to next year as the current year comes to a close. Part of my planning process includes reflecting on the year. I want to know what worked and what didn't.

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Teachers Rock! Period. Drop the Mic.

I am always amazed by the work teachers do. They have terrific ideas, they create magical experiences for their students, and they fight for each student to make sure he or she is more successful than ever imagined. I am truly humbled to be a part of this honorable profession. At LiteracyTA, we believe that teachers make the greatest difference in students' lives. Teachers matter!

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Students Need More Screen Time

Okay. Not that kind of screen time. New research tells us that tweens and teens spend an average of 6 hours a day looking at screens1. That is the average. Some kids (and adults if we are honest) are spending much more time looking at phones and computer monitors. So what do we mean when we say, "Students need more screen time"?

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