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The Power of Inference

Posted by meaningmatters on October 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Children’s developing literacy skills continue to amaze me when I sit back and take the time to listen and watch. As proficient readers we use a variety of strategies to decode text. It is not the text itself that holds the meaning, it is what we, the reader, takes the written print to mean and the way we process the sentence to find meaning. We bring our background knowledge and experiences to the text. The more experience we have with a topic the better able we are to infer unstated ...

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Finding Your Voice in America: Storytelling with ELL Students

Posted by meaningmatters on November 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Stories are the core of what our relationships are founded on. They connect us and help us relate to other people. Think about when you are sitting around the table with a group of friends, you share personal experiences, recount someone else’s story, tell jokes, all which can be thought of as a form of storytelling. Without the voice to tell a story, a social piece would be missing. Storytelling in my classroom has not only benefited all of the children in my class, it has given the En...

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Word Hacks: Working the Words with "Write" Tools

Posted by meaningmatters on October 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Word Hacks: Working the Words with ‘Write’ Tools

Written by: Lauren Mitsis

Teachers across grades and states engage in word work. Why is it so important? Because it builds a strong foundation in reading. In Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys, Isabel L. Beck explains that beginning readers need “the code.” Did you know that National Reading Panel concluded that phonics was the most successful way to teach reading? They stressed the impo...

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