Literacy

Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

An hour with Levar Burton talking about literacy. Hell, yes. Let me be honest: I haven’t watched this yet. BUT…
A Reminder That Reading Regularly is Just So Freaking Good For You

A Reminder That Reading Regularly is Just So Freaking Good For You

Check out this BBC piece on why reading is so good for you (though I’d also like to add audiobooks…
Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Talking with a new teacher recently, I casually mentioned Reading Rainbow. A blank stare followed. Reading Rainbow, I reiterated. The…
Why Am I Saying to Forget the Screen When Talking About Screentime?

Why Am I Saying to Forget the Screen When Talking About Screentime?

I had the pleasure of presenting on screentime at the Literacy Research Association last week. In discussions about how to…
Don’t Judge: I Bought My Son These Pencils and He Loves Writing With Them

Don’t Judge: I Bought My Son These Pencils and He Loves Writing With Them

Do whatever it takes to help your child become a reader and a writer. That’s what I say. So when…
Listen: The Digital Age Really Isn’t Destroying Reading the Way You Think

Listen: The Digital Age Really Isn’t Destroying Reading the Way You Think

Ever hear that reading is in sharp decline as social media and digital devices sweep away traditional forms of reading?…
My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

It can be a real challenge for teachers and administrators to weave together all the different standards and priorities. At…
An Underground Literacy Movement, Literally

An Underground Literacy Movement, Literally

Kudos to the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York for promoting reading. I appreciated their line: “Celebrate the transformative power…
Is Skimming Replacing Reading? Why, Yes.

Is Skimming Replacing Reading? Why, Yes.

We are reading less deeply for briefer amounts of time and with less investment than we used to. At least…
Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…
9 Pictures of Readers from Around the World

9 Pictures of Readers from Around the World

Thank you, BBC, for curating these snaps featuring reading–in many forms–from across the globe. And if teaching reading and writing…
Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School

Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School

Ever skip a reading you were supposed to do for school, and it didn’t really matter? You’re not alone. In…
Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning

Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning

My family was away recently, which meant: Friends binge-watching! I’m neither proud nor ashamed, just uncharacteristically content. As I’ve shared…
The Etymology of “Lit” is Lit

The Etymology of “Lit” is Lit

Lovers of quirky wordy things prepare to spend the next three minutes reading Merriam-Webster’s brief summary of the etymology of…
Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning

Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning

Human beings have gone from cave drawings to spoken language to written language to printed language to… emojis. Have we…
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