Category: Common Core


Are You Developing the Skills and Habits Students Need for Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Success with Rigorous Standards?

The Common Core State Standards, as well as independent state standards, significantly raise the bar for all students regarding the demands of literacy and critical thinking. Teachers are expected to cover more complex material, more in depth, and with a focus on deep understanding and critical thinking. Students must be able to cite evidence from […]

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The Imagery-Language Connection: Imagery and Verbal Processing for Literacy, Cognition, and Memory

by Nanci Bell “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.” — Albert Einstein Einstein’s famous axiom underlies comprehension and critical thinking. In classrooms today, great teachers explicitly develop a student’s ability to visualize the content they are covering. Consider this short passage: “An ice age is a period when for a long time the temperature […]

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