Critical Media Literacy Media literacy teaches learners how to access, evaluate, and produce media. Critical media literacy expands this by encouraging learners to define relationships of power and question social norms. Because youths are often unaware of the influence of media on their psyche, it becomes even more significant that educators utilize critical pedagogical approaches to aid learners in becoming critically conscious (Kellner, 2000; Yosso, 2002). It is important that literacy instruction supports learners’ ability to read myriad texts, in addition to how to read the world they live in as text. In a media saturated society, where youths are educated daily by and through the media they engage with, critical media literacy becomes a significant and impactful way to create critical consumers and critical producers and promote critical thinking
The Importance of task persistence
By Jenny Nordman
Students need to know that it is all right occasionally to become frustrated or discourage when reading. However, they also need to know how to encourage themselves to persists when this happens.
Continue reading this article to learn about strategies to increase reading persistance.
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How to Make a Quiz Work Harder for You.
When you give a test or quiz, do you basically just grade it, give it back to students, go over the answers, then move on? If you don’t do anything else with the information, if you don’t look carefully at how students answer your test questions, you’re missing a BIG opportunity.www.cultofpedagogy.com/aggregate-test-scores/
To be literate, you must be able to not only read and write, but also speak and listen. “Literacy practices support learners by enabling them to grapple with ideas, share their thoughts, enrich understanding, and solve problems” (Krajcik and Sutherland 2010). This column describes numerous literacy practices that can help students master science vocabulary and have in-depth conversations about science topics.
The ideas students bring to class and their perspectives on what is happening in the classroom change constantly. Keeping track of these changes is useful for adapting lessons, nurturing student self-reflection, increasing student ownership of learning, and building a teaching practice responsive to learners’ needs. In this article, we discuss how a simple formative assessment tool—exit tickets—can be used to help teachers do this work.
Data Literacy: Although many students know how to make different graphs, they lack the critical thinking skills required to select the best graph for their data and the question they are trying to answer (Webber et al. 2014).
Check out this collection from the NSTA to gather ideas to implement data literacy across your curriculum.
We’re Killing the Love of Reading, but Here's an Easy Fix. By Marisa E. Thompson. The Unlimited Teacher Blog.
To take good notes, students need to be taught how. This lesson gets the job done and it can be used with all kinds if other content as well.
My Part of the Story is a collection of six lessons designed to launch a course about United States history, literature, or civic life through an examination of students’ individual identities. The materials in this unit support and challenge students in their efforts to define their own identity and their relationship to society as a whole. This approach empowers students to develop their own voices in both the classroom and the world at large, and it engages students in a study of the United States by showing them that their voices are integral to the story of the country.
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Using Questions to Drive Content Area Learning: Revisiting Old Favorites. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Questions are a powerful tool in content area learning because they promote comprehension.
Asking a just-right question can unlock all kinds of learning for students. Questions can frame inquiry, guide thinking, and allow students to consider information in new ways. Questions can also generate discussions, lead to new insights, and promote deeper exploration of facts and ideas. Yet, just as they are potentially powerful, questions can also do damage.
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How many times have you asked your students to “take notes” on a topic, only to find that they have generated a mere list of bullets with little attention paid to the relationships between pieces of information?
Here is an instructional sequence designed to bring students through the process of creating three introductory outlines, each more sophisticated than the previous one.
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