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Biophilia: An “Organic” Development in Reading

Biophilia: An “Organic” Development in Reading

August’s blog addresses the growing research that correlates student achievement and outdoor learning.

When did America decide that preschool should be boring routines performed within classroom walls? (Williams 2018).

Early leaders in child education such as Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget knew that children learn best with hands-on, interactive play. While the theories of Montessori and Piaget focused on…


Added by Professor V on August 18, 2018 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Helping Our Children and Community After This Enormous Tragedy


My heart is aching by yesterday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I know all our thoughts and prayers are with all those families and the community.

To provide additional support, the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has compiled resources to help children affected by these situations:…


Added by Professor V on February 15, 2018 at 10:13am — No Comments

February 1, 2018, is World Read Aloud Day!

February 1, 2018, is World Read Aloud Day.

You can help advocate for literacy as a human right around the globe. Below are some free materials and suggestions:

You can download the activity pack from LitWorld to help you start planning a read-aloud event in your classroom, school, or community.  



Added by Professor V on January 24, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What's Hot in Literacy Report 2018 ILA

The International Literacy Association has released the “What's Hot In Literacy Report 2018". They have determined that if we are going to move the needle on advancing literacy instruction, we must devote more attention to early literacy, teacher preparation, and issues of equity in literacy education.

See the report here: whats-hot-2018-report.pdf

Added by Professor V on January 8, 2018 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Executive Function Tips for You and Your Child During the Holidays

Executive Function Tips to Help Make the Holiday Table Special

For k-12 and College:

Executive Function is a term given to a variety of cognitive processes (organization, working memory, ability to initiate tasks, switch focus or manage one’s behavior) that allow students to learn and achieve goals.

For some students, their level of executive function may interfere with their ability to succeed in school. Teachers are now beginning to…


Added by Professor V on December 5, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

Best Evidence Based Programs for ESSA Printable List

Last week I posted a blog and gave a link for a web site for best evidenced reading programs. You can see it liste in this blog section.

After I posted it, people asked if I had a printable list.

For your convenience I have posted a printable PDF file with the 24 best reading programs that have the best evidence of effectiveness. 

Believe me when I tell you that only a few years ago, these resources were not available.  It is really a boon for us to be able to find them…


Added by Professor V on November 9, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Best Evidence Based Programs for ESSA

Ok, this must be one of my favorite resources yet!

For years teachers were told to use evidence based proven reading programs.

When I called the state to ask for references about which programs are best, they would tell me that they are not allowed to endorse any one program.

Now there is finally a place to find these resources that meet Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) standards for math and reading.

It provides a free, authoritative, user-centered database to…


Added by Professor V on October 20, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Reading Difficulties in Children with Hearing problems vs. Children with Dyslexia

This week I have posted a paper that is published by the Nuffield Foundation, which compared a group of children with dyslexia to children with a history of repeated ear infections (Otitis Media with Effusion, OME) to see if there were any similarities in their phonological and literacy difficulties.

Spoiler alert!

The findings were interesting. 

The results showed that the children with dyslexia do have different patterns of literacy difficulties than children…


Added by Professor V on October 18, 2017 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Five Ways to Intentionally Support Reading Independence

Teaching all students in your classroom to read requires intentional steps and planning. Successful teachers create a classroom environment where reading grows because of small, simple actions by both teacher and student.

This article delineates 5 small steps to help teachers get started. The article is called Five Ways to…


Added by Professor V on October 13, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

'Our Minds Can be Hijacked': The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia’.

Technology has added many positive tools to help improve our lives and to improve teaching. The Teaching Café is built on the premise of the positive contributions of technology in education.

However, I have long been a proponent of all things in measured amounts. I especially have always been wary of introducing our youth to an addictive medium that removes them from the real world.

I thought this article was worth sharing:…


Added by Professor V on October 7, 2017 at 11:03am — No Comments

Educational Link 1005

Hey everyone I am in both classes so for my second educational link I will be posting this one which includes a bunch of awesome educational websites for teachers. The website has 16 different websites in order to help teachers out. You can find a link to a website in order to help you with pretty much any subject you are teaching on or are needing help with.…


Added by Victoria Berger on April 14, 2016 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Educational Link 2085

Hey everyone I am in both classes so for my first educational link I will be posting this one which includes a bunch of awesome educational videos. You can find pretty much any subject on this website and there is a video to go with that lesson. I chose this website because there are so many different choices that it does not matter what you are teaching on you can find it on here!

Added by Victoria Berger on April 14, 2016 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Education Link

After looking through a few websites I came across this one! I enjoy this a lot because it is very similar to one that the class I sit in on uses. It's a "daily starter" activity. With a little bit of vocab, math, fun facts, and "teachable moments". In my Field Experience #3, I end up talking a decent amount on how much I enjoy how my class starts every…


Added by Jonas Gaertner on April 14, 2016 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Education Link ;

This video is a Ted talk video one weather or not technology can change education!

I think this video is appropriate to chapter 7 because in this chapter, we learned alot about using technology in the classroom.…


Added by Paige Bursler on April 14, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Educational Link

Hey guys! I found this site very interesting! I love doing different science activities with the kiddos. It has some online textbooks, great STEM activities, teacher resources as well as professional development. There are also areas for parents and students to explore. Discovery Education strives to transform the classroom, empower teachers and inspire students. Definitely worth a look!

Added by Nicole Powenski on April 14, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Educational Link 

This website provides free interactive materials and games that help kids practice reading and build their phonemic awareness.

Added by Courtney Schmidt on April 14, 2016 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Education Link (Links to an external site.)

This is a link to different teaching blogs! Teachers share stories of funny occurrences from class, how they are making a difference in their classrooms, and also share lesson plans. I believe it is a very helpful source…


Added by Logan Altman on April 14, 2016 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Educational Link

I found that the citation machine helped me a lot in my middle school, high school, and even college career! I love this educational resource and is highly suggested by all who have used it, and I too highly recommend it for easy and fast citations

Added by Christian Harris on April 14, 2016 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Educational Link and App

Hi Everyone!

As we all know the internet is full of plenty of resources, but I just so happen to come across a very useful website. This website is called, in which it showcases the many sight word students should be aware of and know how to spell by a certain grade level. Ranging from Pre-K to 3rd grade, this website offers sight words, bingo games, flashcards, and even allows you to download reading for your child…


Added by Brittney Burkhart on April 14, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Educational Link

This websites helps teacher identify trends and methods that work as a teacher. The are insightful article that can help teachers.

Added by Tashiana Joyner on April 14, 2016 at 9:51pm — No Comments

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