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Improving and Assessing Teen Engagement in Literacy Activities

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Improving_and_Engaging_Teens.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOver the past decade it seems that I have had the same literacy conversation dozens of times with parents.  Around the time a student hits his or her teenage years, it seems that their… Continue Reading

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Hunting and Gathering—Getting the Right Books in the Hands of Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Hunting_and_Gathering…Getting_the_Best_Books_in_the_Hands_of_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Sadly, when I was an elementary and secondary student, it often seemed that the text we read in class was mandated to us because either (1) it was one of my teacher’s favorites… Continue Reading

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A ‘Customized’ Approach to Student Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/personalized_learning_betterlearningforschools_podcast_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs teachers, we must seek to move beyond traditional, prescriptive classrooms and instead, utilize tools and techniques that meet students where they are at right now—tools and techniques that make learning accessible, meaningful, and… Continue Reading

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Poker Chips, Pirate Gold, and Problem Spaces

I visited with an amazing teacher this week that was/is in the process of finishing up Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island with his students.  My first thought: This guy has some guts trying to get seventh graders through a nearly… Continue Reading