This week’s absolute must read: Ellie Herman’s reflection on why we need better language to describe poverty.
Michelle tackles the problem of “I don’t know what to write”.
Lisa explains why teachers should use Twitter and reflects on her journey as a connected educator.
Matt Renwick urges us to rethink reading logs in favor of more meaningful ways of responding to reading and keeping track of our reading lives.
A thoughtful post on the inequalities of our education system from Teen Librarian Toolbox: “The myth that kids and later young adults can pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get a good education is just that – a myth.”
Katherine Sokolowski identifies a huge problem in our schools: How Much Activity Do Our Students Need?
YA novelist Sarah McCarry contributed a beautifully-written post for John Scalzi’s The Big Idea series, explaining why she writes the stories she writes. Her books are going on my #MustReadin2015 list for sure.
Stacked reflects on the books we loved as children that are hugely problematic to us as adult readers. Little House on the Prairie, I am totally thinking about you.
I was relieved to see that the Information Minister in Singapore has called a halt to the destruction of children’s books that include gay families (well, sort of. And Tango Makes Three is a true story about penguins.) Appalling that a national library would pulp a children’s book at all and especially appalling to target a group of people in such a hateful way.
I loved Donalyn Miller’s post about the books that we start, don’t finish, but don’t quite abandon either: Hit Pause. Another readerly behavior I need to talk about with my students.
Shane Parrish writes about how he finds time to read. Hint: it’s all about what you choose NOT to do with your time.
I am going to try Angela Watson’s approach to saying no: “I can’t say yes because…”
I always suspected prison would be a really great place to get a lot of reading done.
Will Richardson identifies one of the biggest obstacles in rethinking the ways we do school: “Our” Curriculum vs “Their” Curriculum.
Pernille Ripp has published several great posts this week on student blogging including 14 Meaningful Steps to Student Blogging, 6+1 Steps to Better Student Blogging and Ideas for Integrating Student Blogs into Your Curriculum
This might be the best tumblr ever: Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You Are.
Your whole day will be better if you watch this video about a sloth orphanage and rescue center.
I really want to make this Blueberry Lime Cobbler this week.