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Supporting Students With Interrupted Educations

Before he was my student, Jose grew corn and watermelon for years in Honduras instead of attending school. He said he had stopped in sixth grade because, as he put it, “If I studied, I wasn’t working, and if I was working, I wasn’t st...

Go To Sleep or Cram? – The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

With two children under 16 months old, in my house we’re well aware of the value of a good night’s sleep. That’s why I favor getting up early before the kids to work on projects than to try work late after they go to bed. ...

The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Why don’t students read? Most teachers have the goal of promoting students’ lifelong love of reading. But why? And what can teachers and parents and librarians do to promote pleasure reading? In our book Reading Unbound, Michael Smith a...

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Our students are reading all day long—text messages on their phones, emailed directions about homework, apps from advertisers. They read what interests them and what helps make their world a more real, relevant, and relatable place to liv...

Four Tools for Recording Time-stamped Notes While Watching Videos

There are many tools for creating video-based lessons and quizzes in which students answer the questions that you create for them. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. I’ve done that myself. However, there are times when I wan...

11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. by Mindy Tarquini The concept is intriguing, the protagonist well-developed, and the setting is not present day. That last was the challenge I faced while r...

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Strategies that target students’ metacognition—the ability to think about thinking—can close a gap that some students experience between how prepared they feel for a test and how prepared they actually are. In a new study, students in...

7 Good Tools for Surveying Your Audience

Games like those you can make on Kahoot and Socrative are great for review activities. However, you don’t always need to play a full game to gauge your students’ understanding of a topic. And other times you just need a quick wa...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

Swift – Poll Your Audience Via SMS or Web

Swift is a new polling service that lets you collect responses through text messages or through a simple webpage. The free version of the service allows you to collect responses from up to 50 people per poll. That limit is adequate for most...

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