Making it Easier to Be Smarter

I am always looking for ways to help my students write. Write more. Write more effectively. Write with more voice.

Not too long ago, I came across The Skimm, an online news source I read every weekday morning. It never ceases to make me smile. Witty and smart just about covers it.

In an effort to help my students stay tuned to what is happening in the world, I’ve asked them to sign up to receive the Daily Skimm. Besides learning the basics about what events headline the news, we will discuss author’s craft, effective summarization skills, using links to build our credibility in online writing, and what ever else we happen to notice in these daily news sound bites.

If you want, follow The Skimm on Twitter, but really, you will want to subscribe. It’s just that good, and like the Skimmers say “the Skimm makes it easier to be smarter.”

Who doesn’t want that?


Me every day during winter break.

Happy Reading, my friends.

And Happy New Year!



2 thoughts on “Making it Easier to Be Smarter

  1. […] like Amy’s post about using The Skimm as an easy way for kids to stay informed about major current events (and as she puts it, to just be […]


  2. Lisa Dennis January 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

    I get the Skimm too and I LOVE it. I’ve added to the list I create for students of easy ways to get consumable current event insights. Great suggestion.

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