“Reading Rockets” blogs offer new ideas in reading instruction

Teachers now can add two new blogs from Reading Rockets to their list of reading instructional resources: A children’s literature expert will write about books and suggest ways to use and enjoy them, and a literacy expert will write about the latest research on reading and writing and how to translate the findings into everyday practices in school and at home. The blogs debuted last month on ReadingRockets.org. The children’s literature blog makes the most of reading time by helping teachers and parents find high-quality, relevant books. With specific suggestions, book lists, and links, this blog outlines easy ways to incorporate the books’ themes into the classroom curriculum or at-home reading. The literacy blog helps parents and teachers make sense of the latest research and best classroom and home reading practices. Full of anecdotes and examples, it illustrates simple ways to use research-based practices in everyday reading activities in the classroom and at home. The new blogs complement the podcast and video offerings of ReadingRockets.org. Audio and video podcasts can be downloaded to an iPod, computer, or other device through Google Video, iTunes, and the Open Media Network. Current podcast offerings include exclusive author and illustrator interviews and video clips of best practices for reading instruction. All podcasts also can be viewed via video streaming, which provides a lower-quality image but doesn’t require space for downloading.

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