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Does a child’s focus on pictures delay reading development?

Do you discourage your students from looking at and talking about pictures until they’ve become good readers? A new study in Reading Research Quarterly says that while it’s natural for teachers to be concerned that looking at pictures will delay reading development,  it seems to be a normal part of learning to read. In a year-long study of 2nd-graders’ classroom… Tell Me More »

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Teachers reflect on how they listen to their students

Teachers put a great deal of thought into crafting questions that challenge students to think about what they are learning. But, according to a recent study in the Journal of Advanced Academics, teachers should pay just as much attention to how they listen to their students. After analyzing more than 50 recordings of individual middle school… Tell Me More »

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Teachers make academic judgments based on how students dress

The best-dressed students are known to enjoy a certain social edge over their more unkempt peers. But,  in what may be another argument for school uniforms, teachers also judge their students on appearance. According to a large study of 1,311 fourth-grade Canadian students,  teachers rated better dressed students higher on academic competence, engagement and adjustment… Tell Me More »