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Ghana and Children and Learning and Teaching and Reading and Culture and Our Future.

indigoproj said: How should teachers adapt their teaching to children who do not learn like the rest. What is the best way to motivate students to learn literacy when it is not their strong area?

teachingliteracy:

Good question!  

First step: Assess.  Assess the child to see what his/her strengths and needs are. Perhaps the child is great at decoding but needs support in understanding what is read.  Or the student claims to hate reading but is really into superheroes.  The key is to really get to know the child as a learner and as a person.  

Next: Design instruction that address these strengths and needs.  Build on what they do well but also attend to the gaps.  In the case of the student who loves superheroes but hates to read, introduce him/her to comics and graphic novels.  For the person who can decode but has trouble comprehending, chunk the material into smaller passages.  Teach him/her how to be an active, metacognitive reader.  

Then: Acknowledge that literacy may be hard for that student but be his/her most vocal cheerleader.  Kids who struggle with literacy are often embarrassed by this notion, especially in the face of their peers.  Let them know that you understand where they are academically and that you are there to help them become stronger readers.  See each child as a reader.  Call him/her a reader.  (i.e. “Jenny, as a reader, what do you think about the author’s take on ____?”  ”As a reader, Phil, what strategies do you use when coming upon an unknown word?”)  It may sound corny, but calling students “readers”, “mathematicians”,  ”scientists”, “historians”, etc. will become internalized.  Words have power.

Also: Reassess.  Constantly reassess.  Do not leave growth up to wild guesses or hunches.  Use assessment instruments to monitor progress.  Recognize growth and celebrate it.  Then use that data to design the next level of instruction.  Teaching should be an iterative process.

“The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set.”

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Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama (via skeletales)

Just as relevant as the last time I reblogged it.

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readmore-worryless:

"Too many books?" I believe the phrase you’re looking for is "not enough bookshelves".

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Gorgeous.
amandaonwriting:

Reading Comic

gughhbby:

amroyounes:

8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.

Scallions

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 

Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

this is so rad

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teachingliteracy:

a long row or permanent book stands (by daletom)

teachingliteracy:

a long row or permanent book stands (by daletom)

goldcoastghana:

Young school girl in Accra, Gold Coast. 1953. Photo by German photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt who shot the iconic photo of the sailor and the nurse kissing in Times Square after WW2.

goldcoastghana:

Young school girl in Accra, Gold Coast. 1953. Photo by German photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt who shot the iconic photo of the sailor and the nurse kissing in Times Square after WW2.

Filling the urban with the natural. So lovely.

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