Teachers have always known that the benefits of reading and writing are myriad and innumerable. What we know about what literacy does for the brain, the body, and for learning is always growing. And now we know that journal writing, reading, and specifically poetry reading & writing are all beneficial for students (of all ages) with mental illness. And since an average of 3 students in each classroom are likely to suffer from mental illness of some type, this is key information for all educators.
Its likely that at least 3 of the students in your classroom right now suffer from mental illness of some type.
1 in 5 children between the ages of 13-18 suffer from mental illness. 1 in 10 children between ages 5-16 suffer from a diagnosed mental condition. These children are at higher risk of dropping out, substance abuse, trouble with the law, trouble learning, self-harm, and a host of lifelong struggles that are exacerbated when not addressed early.
As a teacher, you can help!
This month is reading month, and I’ve been writing about literature circles: the problems, the tiny tweaks that make a big difference, and ways to increase engagement. This week I’m hand-delivering the freshest, most useful and printable links on the subject. Thankfully, the research is clear and the resources are plentiful.
This month is reading month, and I’ve been writing about literature circles: the problems, the tiny tweaks that make a big difference, and ways to increase engagement. This week I’m hand-delivering the freshest, most useful and printable links on the subject. Thankfully, the research is clear and the resources are plentiful. Here we go! The best resources on literature circles from A to Z…….
Literature Circles have proven themselves to be effective ways to help students of all ages engage and learn more deeply through reading. Since students are setting their own pace, holding each other accountable, and often exercising choice over which books to read and jobs to do, they are also growing as independent learners.
Ok, so the activity in this article won’t blow you away. But it is a great way to liven up your literature circles during Reading Month!
Happy Read Across America Day!
Today, many are reading as part of the annual Read Across America. This day celebrates and encourages reading. One way to keep students motivated and excited about reading throughout the year is a through the use of Book Clubs or Literature Circles.This is the first of a four-part series on literature circles for the month of March.
This is part three of a series on lesser-known heroines of the Civil Rights Era for Black History Month.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Your students probably recognize the first three names of incredible and resilient leaders from previous studies of Black History Month, but do they recognize the fourth name?