Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]
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Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]

Unfortunately for many boys, what gets in their way of reading for pleasure are very well-intentioned adults who try to steer them in the “right” direction. That’s why the greatest gift we can give boys this season is an appreciation of their reading preferences! Using and Viewing the Graphic The above infographic is published under…

Why You Shouldn’t Shrug off Your Son’s Reading Habit this Summer
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Why You Shouldn’t Shrug off Your Son’s Reading Habit this Summer

Summer is right around the corner here in the United States bringing with it both good feelings and worry. For boys, summer equals a long vacation to do what they love every day: nothing, play video games and sports, run around, hang with friends, swim, etc. And who can blame them? Unfortunately, reading doesn’t make…

The Word of the Day Podcast—A New Way to Inspire Language Learners
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The Word of the Day Podcast—A New Way to Inspire Language Learners

To expand on a popular saying: Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll pass a fishing test and then forget how because he wasn’t all that into fishing in the first place. Inspire a love for fishing, and he’ll fish for a lifetime. I…

Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)
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Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)

The Product Marbotic offers wooden letters and numbers that work with six apps (free with the purchase of the letter and number blocks), which together allow your child to practice number- and letter-recognition, addition, subtraction, tens and ones units, spelling, and early reading. You can get the wooden letters and numbers as separate items or as…

The 6 Reading-Habit Initiator Personalities (Hint: Only 1 Transforms Boys into Readers)
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The 6 Reading-Habit Initiator Personalities (Hint: Only 1 Transforms Boys into Readers)

There was a time early in my 20+ year teaching career when I didn’t plan ahead or think about what aliterate preteen/early teen boys needed from me to become self-directed readers. I truly believed that if I provided quality reading instruction and time to read, plus access to and choice in what books they wanted…

The Four Components of a Student-Driven Classroom
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The Four Components of a Student-Driven Classroom

All learners deserve the opportunity to own their learning. They take this ownership when they have input into the what or the how of instruction. The more choice you offer students, the more they will embrace the learning. With technology integration, we no longer need to rely on the teacher as the sole expert in…

Writing Letters Home Helped Me & My Students Connect to Real and Literary Experiences
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Writing Letters Home Helped Me & My Students Connect to Real and Literary Experiences

During my second year of a Masters Degree program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College I completed my second novel and learned the importance of connecting content with intent or, to be concise, how to communicate clearly in English because you actually cared about what you were writing, why you were writing and the audience…

Inviting Aliterate Boys to Read: The Slippery Slope of Recommending Books
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Inviting Aliterate Boys to Read: The Slippery Slope of Recommending Books

Recommending books to boys seems like it should be pretty straightforward. A boy needs a book to read. A parent asks an expert other—teachers/librarians/reading specialist—or book recommendations or reads blogs/articles/books touting the best books for boys. A parent gets said book(s) for the boy and shares it with him. The boy reads the book(s). But,…

Selecting a Communication System for your Non-Speaking Child
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Selecting a Communication System for your Non-Speaking Child

When my son, Isaac, who is diagnosed with autism, was three years old, he went to a therapeutic school which was focused on teaching sign language. He caught on pretty quickly and had about a half dozen signs by the time he left the school at age four. We transferred him to a behavioral school because…

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