Our hashtag #snapreading trended on Twitter!!

Wednesday’s SNAP Twitter Party was a fabulous success! We were joined by teachers, homeschoolers and parents who interacted with each other and learnt a lot about Close reading and the SNAP reading products. A Big Shout Out to everyone who participated to help us get #snapreading trending!

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Thanks again Angela Watson and Heidi Morgan for hosting the party for us.

The winners of the party were announced on Twitter at 10 pm EST.

The $25 amazon gift cards were won by @stephan94848598, @lorene4too, @dalichwer and @MrsLowhorn. The winners of the SNAP Lunch boxes were @mykidsloveme2 and @Triciateach. The grand prize was won by @RLSD333.

Thanks everyone for joining our party and sharing your tips on close reading.

If you missed, don’t worry! We will definitely be having another party soon. Keep tuned to our twitter feed!

Our Close Reading Twitter Party is here!

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Are you interested to learn more about close reading?

Join our Close Reading Twitter Party and win some fabulous prizes! 

DATE: January 28th 2015
TIME: 8:00 pm to 9.00 pm EST
LOCATION: Twitter! Just follow the hashtag #snapreading
HOST: @angela_watson
CO-HOSTS: @heidiamorgan, @snaplearning

Click here to RSVP!

5 Reasons to Join the #snapreading Twitter Party!

  • Learn more about Close Reading
  • Get access to some great reading resources
  • Win fabulous prizes for you and your class
  • Talk to teachers who have successfully implemented close reading
  • Get answers to all your questions on Close Reading

Exciting Prizes to be Won!

  • 4 x Amazon gift cards worth $25 each
  • 2 x SNAP Lunch Boxes worth $75 each
  • Grand Prize  SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for 35 students for one year worth $175 each

Join us! Click here to RSVP!

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

Cue the hand-wringing about digital distraction: Fewer children are reading books frequently for fun, according to a new report released Thursday by Scholastic, the children’s book publisher.

In a 2014 survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 to 17, only 31 percent said they read a book for fun almost daily, down from 37 percent four years ago.

There were some consistent patterns among the heavier readers: For the younger children — ages 6 to 11 — being read aloud to regularly and having restricted online time were correlated with frequent reading; for the older children — ages 12 to 17 — one of the largest predictors was whether they had time to read on their own during the school day.

The finding about reading aloud to children long after toddlerhood may come as a surprise to some parents who read books to children at bedtime when they were very young but then tapered off. Last summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy recommending that all parents read to their children from birth.

Read the full article here.

It’s working: A teacher’s report on the Common Core

A recent Gallup Poll reveals our nation’s teachers are divided on the Common Core State Standards. From the perspective of teachers, disgruntled from decades of changing standards, many see the recently decreased test scores and students authentically struggling on deep and meaningful tasks, and assume the worst—it must be a fault in the Common Core and the exams. These critiques have been echoed by others and represent a serious misunderstanding of what is occurring in classrooms across the United States where the Common Core standards are being implemented. The truth lies in the fact that teachers in states who have had more time and experience with the Common Core increasingly support the new standards.

From the perspective of a teacher, I see the exact opposite of what those opposed to the Common Core describe. The Common Core provides exactly what students need—high standards that are pushing educators and students to excellence every single day. I want schools that will allow all children to discover their passion, give them the tools to follow that passion and help them succeed in 21st century colleges and careers. As we have seen in Kentucky, Common Core implementation has coincided with higher performanceand greater participation on the ACT. While correlation does not prove causation, it should come as no surprise that a focus on close reading and analysis of text ultimately leads to greater college and career readiness.

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