April 2015

April 2015 Cover

Cutting to the Common Core
Constructive Conversations

Constance Dziombak finds that quality academic conversations help ELLs to clarify and express their arguments

Audio Dissection
Seventeen-year-old Akshay Swaminathan shares his technique to improve world-language comprehension

Harnessing the Power of a Teacher’s Pen
Kelly Boswell argues that teachers should share their creative writing processes to benefit their students

Using Hands-On Manipulatives
Jennifer Nash recommends the tactile approach to motivating students to read and write

Closing English Language Learner Gaps Early
Benjamin Heuston and Haya Shamir of the Waterford Institute examine how adaptive learning software makes the curriculum effective for English language learners worldwide

‘The Single Greatest Educational Effort in Human History’
Judy Heflin charts the success of Mao’s Chinese literacy program

Mandarin More Than Ever
There’s never been a better time to study in China

Last Writes Richard Lederer celebrates Dr. Johnson’s path-breaking dictionary

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