Achieving the level of complex thinking in the classroom required by the Common Core standards can feel overwhelming, particularly when students will be reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing in this capacity throughout the day.
In “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” Paul Tough challenges the notion that academic achievement rests primarily on the types of cognitive skills measured by IQ tests. Could it be that success is, in fact, more dependent upon non-cognitive skills or character traits such as social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, and curiosity?
One of the most common complaints about state or local curriculum standards is that they focus on covering a range of topics while sacrificing depth of understanding. Chances are you’ve heard your colleagues bemoan that these standards are “a mile long and an inch deep.” Are the Common Core State Standards any different?
BAXTER , Kathleen A. & Marcia Agness Kochel. Get Those Guys Reading!: Fiction and Series Books That Boys Will Love. 220p. illus. index. photos. CIP. Libraries Unlimited. 2012. pap. $35. ISBN 978-1-59884-846-5. LC 2012005430.
Baxter and Kochel group the books into nine subject areas, from sports to historical fiction. Each chapter is then subdivided by readers’ ages: younger guys (grades 3 and 4) and older guys (grades 5 to 12). Lastly, within each age grouping, titles [...]
CHANCE, Rosemary & Laura Sheneman. Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs. 127p. appendix. bibliog. charts. diags. illus. index. websites. CIP. Libraries Unlimited. 2012. pap. $30. ISBN 978-1-59884-888-5; ebook $30. ISBN 978-1-59884-889-2. LC 2011044094.
The material in this slim volume is presented in a dry, unengaging, and somewhat disjointed manner, and the intended audience is unclear. Although the book seeks to address public and/or school librarians and library administrators, it is uncertain whether it succeeds at reaching any of these [...]
KEANE, Nancy J. 101 Great, Ready-to-Use Book Lists for Teens. 264p. bibliog. CIP. Libraries Unlimited. 2012. pap. $40. ISBN 978-1-61069-134-5. LC 2011051428.
Meant to serve as a continuation of The Big Book of Teen Reading Lists (Libraries Unlimited, 2006), Keane’s new volume presaents another giant compilation of YA materials. All titles listed were published prior to August 2011. The book is divided into seven parts that are subdivided into themed lists such as “Genres,” “Readalikes,” and “Teaching Literary Elements.” The [...]
DUNCAN, Donna, Laura Lockhart, & Lisa Ham. The New iSearch, You Search, We All Learn to Research. 148p. (How to Do It Manuals). charts. bibliog. index. CIP. Neal-Schuman. 2011. pap. $60. ISBN 978-1-55570-758-3. LC 2011033986.
The authors make the case that through a combination of strategies, standards, research, and social media, the iSearch research process can help students develop a better understanding of the logical and important steps involved in structuring research. It can also improve [...]
Think about the number of times in a day that you make your way to Google (or another search engine) or how frequently you check your cell phone (whether or not it’s smart); we depend on information and communication that’s just a click or swipe away. Now, consider the technology available in classrooms with one or two outdated desktops.
In a recent Pew Internet study called How Teens Do Research the Digital World, AP and National Writing Project teachers said that one of educators’ top priorities should be to teach students how to “judge the quality of online information.” The study reports that 95 percent of our students do online research, but their research skills are only good or fair. Also, for many students, doing research means Googling. Many students see research as a fast-paced process in which they [...]