Students Who Read for Pleasure Do Better in School
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How Summer Reading Is Different, for Both Kids and Teachers

Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, July 2, 2014 

May 2014 #nctechat archive

See the archive of the May 18 #nctechat "The Sweet Spot of Summer Reading," with guest hosts Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) and Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks).

Students Who Read for Pleasure Do Better in School 

So says "Leisure Reading" from the International Reading Association, the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and NCTE. 

See also "On Reading, Learning to Read, and Effective Reading Instruction: An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It."

University of Leicester English Language and Linguistics MA

. . . Suggestions for Leisure Reading Now

"What Are the Best Audio Books for Long Car Journeys?":  The Guardian, July 21, 2014 
"The Wildest Children's Books of 2014":  School Library Journal, July 14, 2014
"The 5 Best Books for Your Kids This Summer (According to Other Kids)":  Time, July 18, 2014 


"Read Together: Parents and Educators Working Together for Literacy"

Teaching Ideas from Choice Literacy

"Supporting Readers during Workshops: The First Few Weeks" (NCTE member Katie DiCesare writes) and "First Read Alouds" (Pinterest).

Q & A Collections: Teaching Reading & Writing

Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo blog, Education Week Teacher, July 14, 2014

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Edutopia, July 14, 2014

July 2014 #nctechat

Check Out the July 20 "Teacher as Writer" #nctechat Archive 

Watch the group writing take shape after guest hosts Kevin English (@KevinMEnglish) and Cindy Minnich (@CBethM) give participants a writing prompt to start the chat. It's not too late to participate:  Add your thoughts to the two Google docs: Thoughts on Writing and Mentor Texts & Writerly Resources. And see "10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How to Do with Google Docs."   

. . . On Teachers Writing

"Educating the Public on the Public's Terms: An Open Letter to Academics":  NCTE member Peter Smagorinsky writes.  Writers Who Care blog, July 21, 2014

Beyond the Stacks: Why High School English Teachers Should Be Talking about Books

English Journal, July 2014  

Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom

Check out Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom to learn new ways to get your students excited about some classic and contemporary American works.”


"Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: We're Not Kidding: Nonfiction Texts to Use across the Curriculum," English Journal, July 2014 


"The 'Oprahfication' of Literacy: Reading Oprah's Book Club


"Teachers as Readers: Forming Book Groups as Professionals

For Educators: Summer Reading List: Why Reform Fails

K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric blog, Education Week, July 12, 2014

Lit Hit List: The Controversial and Banned Books of Duval County

WJCT, July 16, 2014 

NCTE Joins Other Organizations to Defend Challenged Texts

"John Green's Looking for Alaska Challenged in Wisconsin":  July 21, 2014
"Miseducation of Cameron Post":  Removed from Cape Henlopen High School, KRRP responds.  July 9, 2014 
"Florida School District Removes John Green's Paper Towns from Summer Reading List":  Update: Victory!:  June 30, 2014

Being a Better Online Reader

Reminiscent of Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" but with less despair about online reading.  The New Yorker, July 16, 2014 

Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students

Author Sara Kajder recognizes that students are reading and writing every day in their "real lives." Drawing on ideas found in Adolescent Literacy: An NCTE Policy Research Brief, in Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students Kajder offers solutions for connecting these activities with the literacy practices required by classroom curricula. 


CEE & IFTE Plan 2015 International Conference

2015 IFTE/CEE Summer Conference

"Common Ground, Global Reach: Teaching English & English Education for Global Literacies" is the theme for the July 5-8 conference, to be held in New York City at Fordham University. As a member of the International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE), the Conference on English Education (CEE) will host the IFTE Conference in collaboration with its own bi-annual meeting. Conference proposals will be accepted beginning Friday, August 1; the deadline for submissions is September 15. The conference proposal form will be online soon; registration and program details will be added as they become available.

CCCC Members: There Is Still Time to Vote in the CCCC Elections

Cast your votes for the future leaders of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. If you haven't received your ballot email(s), or have recently joined or renewed your membership, please send a message to NCTE with your name, current mailing address, and email address. Elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Friday, August 1, 2014.

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