Is Assessment also an Inquiry?

Assessing reading ability is a very difficult task. This is because reading is very complex. What exactly are readers doing when they read? How do they understand what they read? At this day in age, I think we are more aware that reading is one of the most important skills that we need. It isContinue reading “Is Assessment also an Inquiry?”

Reading the Internet

  We spend so much time talking about the technology, and all of the great new apps, programs, tips and tricks. Undoubtedly it is a literacy unto itself. But do we really teach our kids how to ‘read’ the internet? How do we harness literacy skills as they specifically relate to the technologies available toContinue reading “Reading the Internet”

Supporting Intermediate Struggling Readers

I find that supporting struggling readers in Intermediate is very difficult. It is difficult to support with a classroom library or school library collection, difficult to run guided reading, and difficult to preserve self-esteem because using websites and books that may be at appropriate reading levels are also often for ‘little kids’. It is important toContinue reading “Supporting Intermediate Struggling Readers”

The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills

  There are several key reasons that need to be involved with formally assessing student literacy: First, we can gain key diagnostic information about the current skills that our students have. We also can glean key information about the previous knowledge and experiences of our students through meaningful diagnostic assessments. Second, it provides opportunities forContinue reading “The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills”

Art in Literature

The Forest of Technology is a program/website devoted to connecting and sharing cross-curricular endeavours as they relate to the Forest of Reading. Possibilities for integrating the arts into high quality and recent literature are infinite. Integration with Drama via Greenscreen, and Visual arts, and other digital technologies to document and share learning are all possibilitiesContinue reading “Art in Literature”