Research Says / Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success

Bryan Goodwin Kirsten B. Miller The average child in the United States spends roughly 4 hours and 29 minutes a day watching TV, 2 hours and 31 minutes listening to music, and 1 hour and 13 minutes playing video games. And how much of their leisure time to do they spend reading nonfiction? Less than […]

5 Reasons Nonfiction Books Are Important for Young Learners

Erin Seagraves When picturing an early childhood classroom, people often imagine children immersed in pretend play scenarios acting out an adventure or celebrating a pretend birthday. The theme of imagination is often mirrored in the types of books that are offered to young children, with picture books and fictional stories typically filling up children’s bookshelves. […]

Making the Shifts

Here we are at the end of 2012. Who would have thought just three years ago that education would be in the position that it is in today—that 46 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia would have voluntarily agreed to share a set of standards for English language arts and literacy and […]

Pursuing the Depths of Knowledge

Nancy Boyles Whether students are engaging in deep learning or just recalling facts, rigorous instruction should be part of the plan. Good teachers resist the idea of “teaching to the test.” But aligning literacy instruction with assessment isn’t teaching to the test if that assessment is a valid measure of our students’ performance. If the […]