Friday, November 13, 2009

News stories that warm a reading teacher's heart

Storywalks are used to promote reading to preschoolers

A Pennsylvania elementary-school program used an "Everyday Heroes" theme to get preschoolers excited about reading and learning. As part of the Storywalk program, preschool-aged children toured classrooms staffed by a police officer, a school nurse and other "heroes" on hand to answer questions after children were read stories about their professions. Early-childhood education efforts like Storywalk are paying off, kindergarten teacher Betsey Wilson said. "Some kids are coming in here reading," she said. "It's unbelievable." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indiana educators recognized for elementary-school book club

Two educators at Stony Creek Elementary School in Indiana are receiving national recognition for a book club they created to help promote reading outside of school. The club features monthly lunch sessions at the school media center, where first-grade teacher Karen Duvall and media specialist Gwen Tetrick read to students from a selection of award-winning books. The book club complements other literacy initiatives at the school, say the educators, which have helped to boost achievement. The Indianapolis Star

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