Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable
Reading aloud to older children — even up to age 14, who can comfortably read to themselves — has benefits both academic and emotional, says Jim Trelease, who could easily be called King of the Read-Aloud. Trelease, a Boston-based journalist, turned his passion for reading aloud to his children into The Read-Aloud Handbook in 1979; it has since been an unequivocal bestseller with sales in the mult-millions, and Trelease is releasing the seventh, and final, edition in June.
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Middle School Dating Tied to Dropping Out, Drug Use
Students who date in middle school are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research.
“Romantic relationships are a hallmark of adolescence, but very few studies have examined how adolescents differ in the development of these relationships,” said Pamela Orpinas, Ph.D., study author and a professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health.
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I’m teaching an activism class and I think my students don’t fully grasp the depth of institutional injustice that activists fight against (not that I expect them to, they’re in 6h grade). But I know they respond well to these things being spelled out in video form. i.e. I played A Girl Like Me…
(I really enjoyed the Black Power Mixtape, too!)
A few I’ve watched recently that were excellent:
Bullying Makes Middle Schoolers Cool
Anti-bullying campaigns might be tough to enforce in middle schools, because nasty behavior, whether it’s picking fights or spreading ugly rumors, seems to boost kids’ popularity, new research shows.
A group of psychologists studied nearly 2,000 students at 11 middle schools in Los Angeles. They conducted surveys in the spring of seventh grade and the fall and spring of eighth grade; participants named their peers who were considered the “coolest,” as well as those who “start fights or push other kids around,” and those who “spread nasty rumors about other kids.”
Often, the students who ranked coolest at one point were named among the most aggressive during the next survey, the researchers said. Conversely, the ones thought to be most aggressive went on to rank among the most popular.
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Middle School Girls Want Access to E-Learning
“They want more attention from their teacher, they want to be able to work at their own pace, and they seem to have an understanding that an online class provides that kind of environment,” said Evans at the report’s release event this morning.
This report, a five-year retrospective on the growth of online learning based on the 2011 Speak Up survey of more than 400,000 educators, compared against the initial Speak Up survey in 2007, focused not only on the nature of their attitudes toward online learning, but how and why they have changed.
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