What research exists on providing a daily or every-other-day period for students to read self-selected books. At Mechanicsburg Middle School, we have had many discussions on increasing student literacy and engagement in reading. I've read in a number of articles that this practice of setting aside time for students to read and engage in literature can be one of the most valuable experiences, but I know of no research to support the call for change.See More
"A great technique I've used is the SQ4R
Survey the text and images first to connect to prior knowledge
Questions - turn each heading in the text into a question providing a more manageable and concrete purpose for reading
Read the text (and…"
Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
If you are interested, there are several places where you can immediately take something away or contribute to this site.
Check out the new group Collaboration. MSP2 wants to create opportunities for teachers to collaborate locally or globally and form PLCs around science and mathematics. This group provides educators with a forum to create student collaboration projects around STEM concepts.
There is a link to our Cool Tools wiki under MSP2 Resources on the main page, too.
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There are several great upcoming events scheduled, too!
Hi Matthew - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guides are Teaching With Trade Books which includes lessons for science AND math classes and Science Misconceptions.
The MSP2 bookclub is reading Unscientific America. We'll be meeting online December 7, 2010 at 7pm EST. Hope you'll join the group.
Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present.