This year, those students are in third grade, and Poirier sat down again to write a touching letter to the group of children, to be hand-delivered to them one week before their own standardized testing would take place.
Moreover a fact still ignored by educators is that a great deal of research supports the use of standalone spelling books for delivering a deep level of spelling knowledge aka brain words (Wallace, 2006).
Even though it may feel awkward for adults to initiate meaningful conversations with young people, evidence suggests that these efforts can go a long way in helping to guide them toward effectively pursuing their goals.
In our recently published article, “Elementary teachers’ experiences with LGBTQ-inclusive education: Addressing fears with knowledge to improve confidence and practices” we share what we learned about elementary educators and how this might help others working to make their schools and classrooms more welcoming to all students and families, particularly those who are part of the LGBTQ community.
Getting kids a smartphone is such an important decision, because once they get it they’ll have access to all sorts of things despite your best efforts to limit what they’re able to access.
Cognitive scientists and well-informed reading teachers, along with reading researchers such as Richard Allington who truly understand beginning reading instruction, all agree with me that most children in America should learn to read by the end of first grade (Allington, 2013; Gentry & Ouellette, in press).