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National Scrabble Week

National Scrabble Week

What are the best techniques for children and adults to improve spelling? Reading naturally improves spelling, and is considered the best strategy because the words in a story are absorbed within its context as they are associated with the print on the pages. Perhaps a weekly game of Scrabble, or Scrabble…

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Why Digital Literacy Matters?

Why Digital Literacy Matters?

Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency, but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose. - Doug Belshaw, educational researcher What is digital literacy? Digital literacy requires a variety of strategies and skills. In exploring what digital literacy is, we must…

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Curating Content

Curation is a way of adding value to content so it's effective for teaching and learning in in schools. The challenge faced by most educators who have taught for years is the transition into teaching in the 21st century schools, in that, educators must learn how to select, sort, and…

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Libraries Then and Now

From 1880 to 1920, more than twenty million immigrants arrived in the US. Many traveled by steamboat at major ports and then set out via the railroad for destinations across the country. Public libraries responded in specific ways, because libraries have always been important to freedom. This photo taken in…

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Learning A Second Language, Part 2

Learning A Second Language, Part 2

Last week’s article touched on second-language learning and acquisition influenced by Stephen Krashen, as defined: learning is the conscious, traditional grammar-based teaching method. Acquisition is the influence or process, thereby which a person’s first language is learned naturally, and the latter,  being the preferred approach recommended by Krashen. The three…

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Neuro-Linguistic Programming In The Classroom

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the Classroom

Children construct reality based on their perceptions and memories. Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, defines our sensory channels as “representational” systems, or how a child “represents” or make sense of external surroundings. More importantly, the meaning of the communication is the response it elicits. The brain has an intricate way of processing and…

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Learning A Second Language, Part 1

When to start second language learning? Although experts have attested that introduction to a second language increases proficiency, studies suggest that the most efficient time to begin to learn a second language is anytime between first grade through middle school. Stephen Krashen, who introduces some of the most influential concepts…

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