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Clementi Lara Beth, ( Feb 2010) Readers Theater A Motivating Method to Improve Reading Fluency, Kappan
Even reluctat readers perk up when teachers use reading practice that is fun for students, even in content areas, as well as effective.
"Researchers and practitioners have shown that Readers Theater consistently improves the reading skills of students, particularly in the area of fluency. They have linked fluency to sight word recognition and comprehension. Students, even the shyest one in the class, love performing for their peers. Studies suggest that students’ attitudes about reading greatly increase after the implementation of Readers Theater. Reluctant readers are even choosing to read during independent time. Readers Theater is an effective, motivating strategy for improving the reading abilities of all students."

I was very pleased to see that my own Curriculum guide supports Drama as a key component to support oral language development in the K-3 curriculum document. It states that drama provides a powerful way for students to construct meaning from texts. Representing through drama can take a variety of forms, which include
• Readers Theatre in which students read from prepared scripts adapted from texts
• Role-play (e.g., role-playing a town hall meeting to problem solve; interviewing characters; dramatizing situations)
Puppet Plays

posted by Dawn
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Performance: The ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery. Henry Jenkins gives a wonderful example of how people can create through performance in his blog,
Live Action Anime? Only at MIT! This site provides a wonderful video that shows the passion these students have for their goal. They use creative problem solving skills so they can obtain their goals which are amazing. They have created for a commmunity of anime fans and performed a top notch musical.

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Cone of Learning
Posted by Dawn.
The cone of learning represents what many of us teachers have known but were not sure how to achieve. Learning is achieved best by doing.
Further research brought me to this article ,
by: Lalley, James P.; Miller, Robert H.. Education, Fall2007, Vol. 128 Issue 1, p64-79, 16p,

I noticed these two points;
  • It is widely accepted that teachers should facilitate active learning in their classrooms.
  • Peer tutors did show superior retention following one month delay when compared to students who did not tutor. The tutoring was not the initial learning experience for the tutors. Instead, it was an opportunity to overlearn the strategy by teaching it.

Participation during the digital divide
Performance can be taken to a global level. I think back about Ruth and the work that she did for Haiti. AS she used technology to globally support poeple who needed help. She displayed that performance and technology can be combined for the betterment of the global community.
Participation involves actions beyond the classroom walls. Conquering the digital divide will enhance the level of global participation if it hasn’t already.
Literacy skills for the 21st century are skills that enable participation in the new communities emerging within a networked society. (Jenkins P.103)

Other reading
Lalley, James P.; Miller, Robert H..(2007) THE LEARNING PYRAMID: DOES IT POINT TEACHERS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?Education, Fall2007, Vol. 128 Issue 1, p64-79, 16p, 3 diagrams;