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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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New Year’s Literary Resolution ~ Part #1

Improve upon the usual New Year’s Resolutions to forego carbs and embrace exercise, by setting a reading goal of books for 2021. According to the Pew Research Center, the average person in the U.S. reads about 12 books per year. You may decide to vary your Literary Resolution with more or fewer books, include audio and e-book titles as well. MentalFloss (2019) has a fun “test” to speculate the number of books to read.

Goodreads has the most effective reading challenge support. Goodreads combines analytics with book descriptions, reviews, community encouragement, and reviews. (See tomorrow’s post for a book review activity for you and your class.) Already, Goodreads has over 2 million readers participating in the 2021 Reading Challenge!

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My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2021

 

Please consider a Literary Resolution for 2021!

 

References

Debczak, M. (2019). This Test Will Tell You How Many Books You Can Read in a Year. Mental Floss. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/570929/how-many-books-to-read-year-test

Perrin, A. (2019). Who doesn’t read books in America? Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/26/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/

Who doesn’t read books in America?

 

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Nerd Research Minute: #STEAM up Reading with Drawing

Summarizing with Drawings: A Reading-Comprehension Strategy
by Janine Elliott
Science Scope, v30 n5 p23-27 Jan 2007

Available from NTSA: National Science Teaching Association

 

Description: When teachers ask their students to read something in class, they often encounter students who just wait for everyone else to finish reading before they do. These type of students are the ones most likely to dislike reading and they are just content to wait it out. Teachers may counteract this by requiring students to answer questions in writing or by requiring them to skim the reading until they find the answers. In this article, the author shares a strategy she developed to motivate students and engage them in the reading process. Her strategy requires students to read an article and then draw pictures that summarize the main ideas of what they had read. (Contains 6 figures and 6 resources.)
“When students summarize by drawing they must form a visual representation of the information they’re trying to convey. This provides an opportunity for students to elaborate and encode the information in a personally meaningful way. In addition, drawing after reading encourages students to reflect on what they have read and allows time to process the information. In some cases, I found that students admitted reading more carefully when they knew they would have to draw. In essence, they paid more attention to what they were reading in order to be able to do the drawing activity afterward. Finally, drawing can be used as a motivational tool. My students generally found it enjoyable, partly because they felt it took less effort than having to complete a written summary.” ~Janine Elliott
A motivational strategy for students acknowledging that there is a personal value (drawing) attached to the task of reading. Elliott scientifically tested her strategy in class and describes the breakdown of specific data in this short article.  
Reference
Elliott, J. (2007). Summarizing with Drawings: A Reading-Comprehension Strategy. Science Scope30(5), 23-27.

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5 Life Tips from Finland, the Happiest Country in the World

5 Life Tips from Finland, the Happiest Country in the World ~~ Please note that the 2nd tip is “Read, Read, Read.” 🙂

 

ReadReadReadBlog

 

Post Link: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/finlands-secrets-for-being-the-happiest-country-in-the-world

 

#PBSReaders4Life

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 13

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours.”
~John Locke

 

via GIPHY

 

 

 

 


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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 22

Books have given me a magic portal to connect with people of the past and the present.” ~Lisa Bu, TED Talk, How Books Can Open Your Mind.

 


Reference

Bu, L. (2013). How Books Can Change Your Life. [TED Talk]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_bu_how_books_can_open_your_mind

 

 


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Bright Ideas ~ Best Practices for Engaging Lifelong Readers

Watch as Ms. Wright explains her strategy for engaging young learners with books!

 

Why Is This Strategy Effective?

Growth in reading requires building knowledge and vocabulary. This occurs through conversations about books with students and the students’ own reading experience, especially independent reading .

 


 

References

Beck, I. L. (1997). Questioning the author: An approach for enhancing student engagement with text. Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139.

Kerns, G. (2019, October 15). The Truth About Non-fiction Reading [Webinar]. In EdWeb ELA Webinar Series. Retrieved from https://www.edweb.net/.5c4f5a7b/

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ June 14

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Literate Word Cloud by A.C.

Literate Word Cloud by A.C.

 

 

Key Takeaway: 

●Literacy is a fundamental life skill, one that serves as a portal to knowledge and a lifetime of opportunity. ― Story Shares
Looking forward to finishing a good book this weekend!
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Teaching LifeLong Reading Habits Features Lisa Bu

There is still time to register and join us!

 

Listen to the TED Talk Podcast Audio:

 

Please visit the PBS TeacherLine Catalog to sign up for our course!

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 31

 “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”       ~John Locke

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#NationalReadingMonth

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 18

And people tended not to bother a woman with a book. ~Cherie Priest

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