Ohio Reading Teacher

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall

Adolescent Literacy and Learning: Increasing Interest in Reading and Active Learning with Content Literacy Kits
February 28, 2007Dear Teachers,Would you like your middle and high school students to be more interested and more motivated to learn the content you are teaching? Would you like to see them read more and learn more about the topics they are studying?...
A First-Hand Reading Experience with My Second Grader: A True Story
I was totally blindsided when I went to my son's second grade parent/teacher conference this year. My son's teacher told me that Jason was only reading at a first-grade level! "That's impossible," I said. "When he finished first grade, Jason was above...
"Digital Natives" and Reading with WebQuests
Technology Brief"Digital Natives" are described as "na- tive speakers of technology, fluent in the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet." (Prensky, 2005/2006 p. 8). An important challenge for today's language arts teachers is...
Embracing Literacy in the Physical Education Classroom
Who says that literacy isn't alive in all aspects of classroom instruction? Educators often dismiss the idea that physical educators play a prominent role in reinforcing literacy skills. This myth undermines the necessity of all educators having a foundation...
From the Editors
Greetings! Some introductory thoughts about this issue of ORT. You will note in this issue that the articles focus on a variety of practical strategies to enhance students' responses to expository and/or literary text. Judy Ganz, for example, describes...
More Than Tutoring: Preparing Quality Teachers While Helping At-Risk Students
During our years of teaching elementary age children, we have each wrestled daily with how to help at-risk children take giant steps forward with both their abilities to read and their love for reading. Eventually, we each went back to grad- uate school...
Teacher Nonfiction Book Clubs
Teacher Nonfiction Book ClubsLindsay, an intermediate teacher, commented, "All of my professional development is with fiction. We hear about new fiction titles and how to use them in the classroom. I joined this nonfiction book club to help me gain insight...
Ten Tips on How to Improve Education in Ohio: A Letter to the Governor
Two years have passed since I left Ohio, so it may appear presumptuous of me to suggest ways to improve education in Ohio. Being away, however, provides a healthy perspective as an outsider as well as an insider (having lived in Ohio for nearly twenty...
The Bookshelf: Professional Development Resources
Contemporary professional development for teachers often focuses on workshops and conferences with the intention of engaging edu- cators in strategies that are research and stan- dards-based. Needless to say, these focused opportunities are well intended...
Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater: Federal Budget Cuts in Reading First Not Justified by Ohio's Experience
The story may be apocryphal, but this is the way I heard it when I was a youngster. Back in the day, before running water and draining tubs, families used to take baths in a rotation, from eldest to youngest. As one can imagine, by the time the baby...
What Can A Book Club Do for the Community?
Raising Cultural Awareness through Interactive Discussion about The Secret Life of BeesIn the following example of a young women's book club discussion, Joan was encouraged by the facilitator to share her thoughts. The discussion focused on African-American...
Word Morphology as A Strategy for Vocabulary Instruction
IntroductionFor many years, reading researchers have been cognizant of vocabulary instruction as a critical component in the teaching of reading and the comprehension of text (Blachowicz & Fisher, 2004; Fountas & Pinnell, 2001; Stahl, 1986, 2003)....
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