In this blog post, former English teacher Christina Gil shares how she used interactive spiral notebooks with her students to organize their daily work and writing assignments. She has her students select the pages she should grade, which gives her insight into her students' progress.
Some publishing industry experts say this month's release of some of Dr. Seuss' iconic collection in electronic format could spur increased sales of children's picture e-books, which currently make up just 2% to 5% of picture book sales. The e-books -- with "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Lorax" among those set for release on Sept. 24 -- are expected to look the same as the print books and will be available for download on color devices such as the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook HD.
Educators need to teach student-writers, then writing, then teach digital tools and media, asserts English education professor and author Troy Hicks. "The digital tools offer students new opportunities, no doubt, but they still need to be intentional in the way that they craft their pieces of digital writing," Hicks said in an interview with Todd Finley.
More organizations, including the National Writing Project, are banding together this summer to help teachers direct their own professional development to help them be more connected and to guide their students toward creating while as they learn, writes Paul Oh, National Writing Project senior program associate. In this blog post, Oh shares links to webinars, websites and sample, usable learning activities created by teachers to help educators develop lessons.
Poetry can be incorporated into the classroom using music, crafts and art, among other ideas offered in this blog post by education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs. She shares poetry ideas garnered from a recent Twitter chat she hosted on the subject, timed with April as National Poetry Month. Other tips include having students write a simple "I am" poem, which is a great way to learn more about students, Dabbs writes.