Monthly Archives: March 2017

Why is Participation Graded?

Why is participation graded? Should this be factored into a student’s grade? Does grading class participation penalize shy students? Should good listening be valued equally? These are all questions that are commonly asked when discussing the idea of graded participation. Through … Continue reading

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Immigrants or Students?

Recently I read a blog post titled “Standing in the Light: Supporting Our Immigrant Students“, and it made me think about the fact that with the recent discussion around immigration policy, schools are also impacted. In the post, the author … Continue reading

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Are We Considering Bilingual Families?

A couple weeks ago I was tutoring a few parents through Carolina Swim Clinic, an organization at UNC that partners with the community to provide free swim lessons to families that may not have the opportunity to afford these lessons … Continue reading

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Preschool in North Carolina

Several weeks ago, Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg gave a presentation on her research in public preschool in North Carolina to UNC’s School of Education. She detailed a demographic profile of North Carolina, the need for state-funded preschool programs and the results … Continue reading

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Teaching Him to Read Pt. 4: Function Words

Previous entry: https://thepoliticsofreading.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/teaching-him-to-read-pt-3-singing-to-read/ At the end of my last entry, I touched on my brother’s difficulty with function words, which he reflects both in speech and reading.  A content word conveys the word’s meaning, while function words serve to help structure a … Continue reading

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You Want to Be a What?

A few weeks ago, I was volunteering in a 6th grade classroom and as we were wrapping up the period, one of the boys asked me what I want to be when I “grow up.” I looked at him and … Continue reading

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Why are so many Occupational Therapists in the Classroom

When I hear “Occupational Therapist” my mind goes directly to assisting those with serious disabilities. And, as stated in an article I read from the New York Times, I’m not the only one who makes that connection. However, according to that article, … Continue reading

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