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Today in History: Sesame Street Debuts 

On November 10, 1969 Sesame Street debuted on public broadcasting stations. Conceived by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, this educational and entertaining television show, complete with puppets (known as Muppets designed by Jm Henson) living in a fictional New York City neighborhood, sought to prepare young children for school, by presenting the alphabet and …

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Remembering Mort Schindel 

Stepping into the colorful book mobile parked in front of the main steps of Teachers College, I stumble across Clifford, of all creatures. Big, red, and furry, for real. Bigger, in fact, than the person whom I really came to see -- Mr. Morton Schindel, distinguished alumnus (M.A, audiovisual education, 1946) and founder of Weston Woods, …

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Teaching Graphic Novels 

Readers can't seem to get enough graphic novels, and luckily, the number of superb graphic novels appears to be multiplying exponentially every year. This is good news for teachers, since there are about a hundred reasons to use graphic novels in the classroom; one big reason being that graphic novels are frequently highly relatable, which …

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Animal-Assisted Literacy Programs Provide a Boost to Children’s Reading 

Schools and libraries are increasingly seeing the value of programs that allow students to read to pets in order to boost reading skills. To date, such animal-assisted literacy programs are currently operating in 43 states throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, the UK, Italy and India.1 In fact, as research into the growing …

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Special Guests: Loot, Inc. 

From Monday, July 8th through Friday, July 12th, TC Professor Anand Marri will be hosting a special workshop in the library—the Financial Literacy Summer Institute. Taking place in the Second Floor Collaboration Space each day, 60 social studies teachers will be learning how to teach personal financial literacy. The project, Loot, Inc. (featured on the …

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Practicing what we teach: How culturally responsive literacy classrooms make a difference 

Title: Practicing what we teach: How culturally responsive literacy classrooms make a difference Editors: Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Althier M. Lazar Publisher: Teachers College Press Call Number: LB1715 .P674 2011 From the Publisher: "This readable book features K–12 teachers and teacher educators who report their experiences of culturally responsive literacy teaching in primarily high …

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Debriefing Socrates 

Your Mind Online:  How Is Your Use of Technology Affecting Your Life? shed many enlightening thoughts, observations, and experiences.  Summarized are the main themes that emerged in our inspiring Socratic conversation that openly and honestly probed the topic of technology and its influences on our daily lives. We are our own gate-keepers now - critical …

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Literary practices as social acts : power, status and cultural norms in the classroom 

Title: Literary practices as social acts : power, status and cultural norms in the classroom Author: Cynthia Lewis Publisher: Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, c2001 Call no.: LB1575.5.U5 L49 2001 From the Publisher: This book examines the social codes and practices that shape the literary culture of a combined fifth/sixth-grade classroom. It considers how …

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Reading for All in Africa: Building Communities Where Literacy Thrives 

Title: Reading for All in Africa :  Building Communities Where Literacy Thrives Edited by: Arua E. Arua Publisher: Newark, DE : International Reading Association, c2003 Check it out! LB1049.95 .P36 2003 From the publisher: In October 2001, the Reading Association of Nigeria and the International Reading Association’s International Development in Africa Committee hosted the 2nd …

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What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy 

"Gee astutely points out that for video game makers, unlike schools, failing to engage children is not an option." – Review Title: What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy Author: James Paul Gee Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 Check it out! GV1469.3 .G44 2007 From the publisher:A controversial look …

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Cases of Successful Literacy Teachers 

Title: Cases of Successful Literacy Teachers Author: Lacina, Jan. Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, c2011. Check it out: LB1576 .L2425 2011 From the publisher: Using teaching vignettes, cases for exploration, and research in the field, this text provides pre-service and in-service teachers with effective, research-based literacy strategies they can use to improve their …

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Classroom reading assessments 

Title: Classroom reading assessments : more efficient ways to view and evaluate your readers Author: Frank Serafini Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2010. Check it out! LB1050.46 .S47 2010 From the publisher: Frank Serafini helps you open windows into students’ invisible mental processes as they select books, read and make sense of them, and respond …

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Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century Classrooms 

Title: Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms Authors: Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Alex Gonzalez Publisher: Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, © 2010 Check it out: LC149.5 .F745 2010 From the publisher: Literacy 2.0 is where traditional literacy and technological literacy meet. Students in the 21st century still need to develop the reading …

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Bringing Literacy Home 

Title:  Bringing Literacy Home Authors:  Dunnsmore, Kailonnie and Fisher, Douglas, Eds. Publisher:  International Reading Association Call No.:  LC151 .B74 2010 From the Publisher: True family literacy is not just a matter of establishing parent–child book nights—it’s also about recognizing and validating the important ways teachers, families, and community members learn from one another. Family literacy …

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Reading Banned Books Out Loud 

As many teachers know, September is the time for setting classroom routines, meeting families and setting goals for your students. In the frenzy of all the things teachers have to do in a day, we hold on to the routines we enjoy the most, or feel are the most productive. With Banned Books Week running …

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