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Reading & Literacy How Much Time Should Teachers Spend on a Foundational Reading Skill? Research Offers Clues
Students benefited from being taught phonemic awareness—recognizing and manipulating the sounds in English—but only up to a point.
Sarah Schwartz, February 9, 2024
4 min read
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School & District Management What the Research Says 10 Education Studies You Should Know From 2023
These studies yielded new insights on social media, ChatGPT, and math, among other topics.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 21, 2023
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Mathematics Why Does Fact Fluency Matter in Math? 4 Educators Offer Answers
Teachers and district leaders talk about why math fact fluency is required and how they provide support for students who struggle.
Sarah Schwartz, December 7, 2023
5 min read
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Reading & Literacy Morphology Instruction: 5 Resources for Educators
Morphology instruction can help students break down complex words into meaningful parts—and make parsing them less intimidating.
Sarah Schwartz, November 28, 2023
3 min read
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Reading & Literacy What Is Morphology? Should Teachers Include It in Reading Instruction?
Teaching about word parts—such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots—may help students develop their academic vocabularies.
Sarah Schwartz, November 22, 2023
8 min read
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Teacher Preparation Most Licensure Tests Are Weak Measures of Teachers' 'Science of Reading' Knowledge
Fewer than half of states use a strong test, according to a new analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Sarah Schwartz, November 7, 2023
6 min read
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Teaching Opinion I Used to Think I Was a Fair Grader. Now, I Look Back and Cringe
Now a researcher studying grading practices, this former teacher reflects on what she wishes she had known about equable grading.
Sarah Ruth Morris, November 2, 2023
5 min read
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Reading & Literacy New Tool to Evaluate Reading Programs for 'Knowledge-Building'
The guidelines can help measure whether curricula help build kids' content knowledge using text sets, discussion, and embedded writing.
Sarah Schwartz, November 1, 2023
4 min read
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says A Virtual Tutoring Program Boosted Early Literacy Skills. New Research Shows How
A first-of-a-kind study in the early grades finds that an intensive remote tutoring can improve reading skills.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 31, 2023
3 min read
A teacher works on a project with English learner students at Storm Lake Elementary School on April 27, 2017.
A teacher works on a project with English-learner students at Storm Lake Elementary School in Storm Lake, Iowa, on April 27, 2017.
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English-Language Learners Is Grouping English Learners the Right Approach? What New Research Says
A new study upends the idea that the most efficient way to teach English learners is by grouping them together.
Ileana Najarro, October 27, 2023
5 min read
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Teaching Opinion Fantasy Is a Valuable Educational Tool. Just Look at ‘Barbie’
Imagination can help make learning stick, write two psychology professors. Here’s how to leverage its power in the classroom.
Deena Weisberg & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, October 13, 2023
3 min read
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Science U.S. Teachers Lag Behind Global Peers in Teaching About Sustainability. Here's Why
Many say they want materials and supports to help them weave topics like clean energy across subjects.
Madeline Will, September 5, 2023
4 min read
Point Roberts Elementary School teacher Jessie Hettinga works with a group of first, second and third graders on reading at the school in Point Roberts, Wa., on Sept. 28, 2017.
Point Roberts Elementary School teacher Jessie Hettinga works with a group of first, second, and third graders on reading at the school in Point Roberts, Wash., on Sept. 28, 2017.
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Reading & Literacy Classroom Reading Groups: What Works and What Doesn't
Studies show that leveled reading groups don't support struggling students. So what should grouping look like in the reading classroom?
Sarah Schwartz, August 15, 2023
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