The Weary Educator

Consequences of Illiteracy

17 Devastating Consequences of Illiteracy: A Data-Driven Analysis

I spent the last several months looking at literacy statistics in America. This is a 4-part series that explains the consequences of illiteracy. What Are the Consequences of Illiteracy In America? The consequences of illiteracy are far-reaching. Studies show that 43% of adults with Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty. This staggering statistic highlights
Full Integration of Special Education

Reducing Barriers: Full Integration of Special Education

What is the least restrictive environment for students with special needs? How do we provide full integration for students? Can provide an equitable education for all students? Let’s discuss. Introduction: Why This is Personal I am an English teacher by trade. I love reading and I love the smell of books (especially old books). But
5 Reasons You Need Timers for the Classroom

5 Reasons You Need Timers for the Classroom

Timers for the classroom are the easiest classroom management strategy. In today’s fast-paced world, effective time management is a skill everyone needs. Why Do We Need Timers For The Classroom? Students who are on the cusp of shaping their future. Timers, though seemingly simple tools, can be game-changers in a classroom environment. From keeping students
Teacher wellness

Teacher Wellness: Health Challenges Faced by Teachers and 8 Bonus Self-Care Tips

Teacher wellness: We polled 426 teachers and asked them what illnesses they experienced because of their work. These are the most common issues. What is a Teacher Wellness Check? A teacher wellness check is a check-in with fellow teachers. Recently, I conducted a teacher wellness check. I asked a simple question, “What ailments have you
Summer Slide

Combating the Summer Slide: 4 Ways to Prevent Learning Loss During the Summer

The name for learning loss during the summer is called the “summer slide”. There are ways to prevent learning loss while still enjoying summer. Here’s how! Introduction As educators, parents, and concerned community members, we are all too familiar with the term “summer slide.” This phenomenon describes the tendency for students to lose some of
PBL in the classroom.

10 Reasons Why PBL with English and History Make the Best Combination

It seems obvious that PBL using ELA and History would work well together, but how do you start? I’ve got tips for you! Introduction One of the best ways to engage students is with Project-Based Learning (PBL). Recently, I read a post about a teacher who was switching her entire class to strictly project-based learning.
Reading habits in the United States

Exploring Reading Habits Across Demographics: A Data-Driven Analysis

In order to understand the current reading crisis in America, we will take a deep dive into the reading habits across demographics. In doing this, we will consider age, gender, and ethnicity. Then we will consider things we can do to increase readership. Reading Habits Across Demographics in America I’ve taught in many environments and
Books for 6 year olds to read independently.

Top 25 Best Books for 6-Year-Olds to Read Independently

Are you trying to help your child learn to read independently? These are the best books for 6-year-olds to read by themselves. Nurturing Young Readers with the Best Books for 6-year-olds In this article, we’ll delve into a selection of the best books for 6-year-olds to read independently. This isn’t just a list of “best
Best books for 4-year-olds

Best Books for 4-Year-Olds: Explore Pre-Reading Skills in 2024

Choosing the best books for 4-year-olds is important for literacy development. Books that focus on phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills, as well as those that are interactive, play a critical role in this development. Best Books for 4-Year-Olds: Nurturing Pre-Reading Skills At the age of 4, children are at a critical stage in their pre-reading development.
Trends in Literacy - From 1992- Present

Unveiling the Latest Trends in Literacy from 1992 to Today

I spent the last month looking over data to find the latest trends in literacy and reading. Here are the main takeaways. Trends in Literacy and Reading Trends in Literacy are constantly evolving. Should we allow kids to learn to read from phonics? Sight words? The Science of Reading? Additionally, literacy trends are shaped by
The State of Literacy in Educational Systems

The State of Literacy in Educational Systems: A Comprehensive Analysis

This is a comprehensive analysis of the state of literacy in educational systems. It aims to shed light on the factors influencing literacy rates among school-age children and emphasize the importance of proficient reading skills in early education. Why is it Important to Discuss Literacy? Literacy is a fundamental skill that plays a crucial role in educational
Reading to Toddlers Develops Their Brains

Reading to Toddlers Develops Their Brains But It Does Much More, Too!

Reading to toddlers develops their brains. We know that, but it also does much more. Why is it Important to Read to Toddlers? Reading to toddlers and babies plays a vital role in their early cognitive and language development. The significance of reading to infants cannot be overstated, as it has a profound impact on
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