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  • Phenomenographic interviews as a learning process

    Information Literacy Weblog
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today I gave a presentation with Dr Eva Hornung and Dr Shahd Salha (former PhD students) at the SIG Phenomenography conference held at Regent Park College, Oxford. I am not blogging this conference thoroughly, as it is not about information literacy, but I will give some further snippets in a future post. This conference is for people who use the phenomenographic research appoach or variation theory: it takes place every two years and is a great conference as it is fairly small, with great discussions, and delegates include the founders of phenomenography through to new researchers.As this…
  • Back to School

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Great Tips for Reducing the Stress of Going Back to School Grown-ups begin a new year on January 1st, but for kids the new year begins on the first day of school. Although kids love to "hate" school, many are truly eager to learn, to get back to their school, its social scene, and its reassuring routine. New kids in town, oldest children, kids transitioning from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, or kids with learning or behavioral challenges, may feel a little anxious when the new school year rolls around.Our job as parents is to raise our children to be…
  • La Dolch List Vita: Achieving the Good Life with Words

    Shanahan on Literacy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I was looking through your site hoping you would have information on the purpose and use of the Dolch word lists. I often see teachers spending time assessing students on their ability to read the lists.  Often, this information is placed on the report card and does not drive teacher instruction. I'm really looking for guidance on the true purpose of the Dolch lists, and wondering if students need to be tested on these words each trimester. Reading Street is our core program and has the high-frequency words embedded into the direct instruction with opportunities to check for mastery and…
  • Once a Mentor, Forever a Friend

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    It’s been over 10 years since Mr. Wilbert Scott and Cashadell Lewis first met, but both remember it like it was yesterday. “My name is Cashadell, but you can call me Cash,” said Lewis. “You call me Mr. Scott. And I will call you Cashadell Lewis,” Mr. Scott replied. “When I first saw Mr. Scott, I knew he didn’t play,” recalls Cashadell. “And even though I didn’t want it at the time, I knew I needed someone like him.” Mr. Scott had been paired with Cashadell as a Power Lunch reading mentor with Everybody Wins! Atlanta. The program, now in its 18th year, pairs volunteer…
  • Jeffco Schools negative factor resolution passed, PARCC resolution tabled

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    2 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A resolution urging the state legislature to reduce the negative factor was passed at the Jeffco School Board's Aug. 28 meeting.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Phenomenographic interviews as a learning process

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today I gave a presentation with Dr Eva Hornung and Dr Shahd Salha (former PhD students) at the SIG Phenomenography conference held at Regent Park College, Oxford. I am not blogging this conference thoroughly, as it is not about information literacy, but I will give some further snippets in a future post. This conference is for people who use the phenomenographic research appoach or variation theory: it takes place every two years and is a great conference as it is fairly small, with great discussions, and delegates include the founders of phenomenography through to new researchers.As this…
  • Final links for #IFLAlimerick

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    A quick final post about the IFLA satellite conference on Information Literacy that took place in Limerick, Ireland, 14-15 August 2014. The website is here: http://www.iflasatellitelimerick.com/Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/hashtag/iflalimerickMy blog posts are at http://information-literacy.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/IFLALimerickThere are storifys byClare McCluskey https://storify.com/librarygirl79/ifla-il-satellite-meeting-2014Shona Thoma https://storify.com/shinyshona/ifla-satellite-meeting-limerickLauren Smith blogged about the session I was in and some others at…
  • Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy released

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    The Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy has been released. I haven't the time today to read it properly and see whether my suggested amendments were taken into account ;-) so I will most likely produce another post looking at the declaration in more depth.http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/In_Focus/paris_mil_declaration_final.pdfPhoto by Sheila Webber: coot, Lyon, France, August 2014
  • Information Literacy Best Practices: Exemplary Programs

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Association of College and Research Libraries has published an Information Literacy Best Practices: Exemplary Programs list. The libraries are listed by Best Practice Category (Mission; Goals and Objectives; Planning; Administrative and Institutional Support; Articulation (program sequence) within the Curriculum; Collaboration; Pedagogy; Staffing; Outreach; Assessment/Evaluation. There is a brief paragraph in each case describing what is considered exemplary. Mostly theexamples are North American, although there is one British example (University of Manchester).
  • Apologies for hiatus

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    It's been just over a week since I last posted, which is unusual for this blog, so apologies for that (life intervening!) I will be catching up on Limerick and IFLA, interleaved with other news.
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Back to School

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Great Tips for Reducing the Stress of Going Back to School Grown-ups begin a new year on January 1st, but for kids the new year begins on the first day of school. Although kids love to "hate" school, many are truly eager to learn, to get back to their school, its social scene, and its reassuring routine. New kids in town, oldest children, kids transitioning from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, or kids with learning or behavioral challenges, may feel a little anxious when the new school year rolls around.Our job as parents is to raise our children to be…
  • Back to School

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Teachers! Set The Stage for Great WritingMany kids think of writing as a burden and a chore rather than as a pleasurable experience. Here are some suggestions to help you motivate your students to get them writing.    Professional writers choose their own topics and story ideas; they write about things they care about. In our current test oppressive culture, students have little opportunity to choose their own writing topics. Whenever possible, offer your students choices within a given writing assignment. If, after being given a writing assignment, a student comes up with a…
  • On Censorship

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Interview with Two Literacy Experts Delves into Censorship Issues in Children's LiteratureIllustration courtesy of FairObserver.com.Recently NCBLA President and Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett and children's literature specialist Maria Salvadore talked with  Anna Pivovarchuk of the Fair Observer. The interview is published in an article titled "Banning Children’s Literature: The Right to Read." Here is an excerpt:Pivovarchuk: Children’s books — or literature for young adults — have been the most frequently challenged throughout history. From Huckleberry…
  • Attention Coaches, Counselors, Mentors!

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Great Ideas for Connecting Kids to Books this Summer, Especially for Coaches, Counselors, and Mentors Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors, coaches, scout and camp councilors, youth volunteers—all of you have far more influence on the kids in your life than you know. And you have enormous influence on the children and teens that have parents who, for whatever reason, are unable to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Your position is free of even ordinary parental/child/teen tension, and because of that, your leadership and friendship are hugely meaningful, especially to…
  • Helping Your Kids Find the Right Books

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer Reading Recommendations  from Authoritative Sources AboundWould you like to visit your local library or bookstore with a list of summer reading books for your kids in hand? Then check out inspiring recommendations from the following expert sources:To discover recommendations for fiction and nonfiction books for kids aged 0 through 9, visit Reading Rockets' Reading Adventure Packs for Families.For summer reading adventures for young people aged 9 through 18, visit AdLit.org's Summer Fun list. For a list of books for kids of all ages, visit the Summer Reading From the Horn Book…
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  • La Dolch List Vita: Achieving the Good Life with Words

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I was looking through your site hoping you would have information on the purpose and use of the Dolch word lists. I often see teachers spending time assessing students on their ability to read the lists.  Often, this information is placed on the report card and does not drive teacher instruction. I'm really looking for guidance on the true purpose of the Dolch lists, and wondering if students need to be tested on these words each trimester. Reading Street is our core program and has the high-frequency words embedded into the direct instruction with opportunities to check for mastery and…
  • To Teach Comprehension Strategies or Not to Teach Them

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    I don’t hear anything about comprehension strategies anymore. Was that idea just another fad or are should we still teach those?Your question raises an interesting point about American reading instruction. We tend to chase fads. Instead of building on past reforms and improvements we instead ride the pendulum back and forth.Back in the 1970s and 1980s, there was lots of interest in teaching students how to think effectively about the ideas in texts. There was lots of research on how to engage prior knowledge, summarize information, ask questions, monitor understanding, and so on—and lots…
  • Distinguishing Exposition and Argument in Children's Writing

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I am a literacy coordinator. I was wondering how you would respond to a question I was asked recently by a second grade teacher.  "If an opinion is stated in a research [informative/explanatory] paper, does it change the purpose of the paper?" Thanks in advance for your time and your thoughts.Thanks (a lot). That’s the kind of question that they teach you about in speaker’s school. You are to describe it as an “interesting question”—while you stall hoping that a snappy answer will come to you. I must admit I was tempted to duck this one. Not because it isn’t a good question,…
  • Loose Ends in the Waning Days of Summer

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    It's the time of year, when parents and kids are stocking up on school supplies and teachers are decorating bulletin boards and scrambling through professional development days while poring over their new class lists. For me, it is a good time to say a last word on some disparate issues.Teach Your Baby to ReadAwhile back, an entry here focused on the “Teach Your Baby to Read” program (Teach Your Baby to Read Blog Entry). I criticized those programs for fostering a mis-definition of reading as word memorization and said it was not likely to be effective. I pointed out the need for…
  • Academic Vocabulary -- Part II

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    My last entry focused on disagreements over the nature of academic literacy. One notion of academic language was that it was any text language (formal book language versus informal oral language). A second conception also separates oral language and text language, but it also sets aside the specialized terminology that belongs to particular disciplines. In that view, words like rhombus and mytosis would be too specialized to deserve much instructional attention. A third conception is that academic vocabulary are the words used to teach and assess, and a fourth is the language that labels the…
 
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  • Once a Mentor, Forever a Friend

    Julia Hornaday
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    It’s been over 10 years since Mr. Wilbert Scott and Cashadell Lewis first met, but both remember it like it was yesterday. “My name is Cashadell, but you can call me Cash,” said Lewis. “You call me Mr. Scott. And I will call you Cashadell Lewis,” Mr. Scott replied. “When I first saw Mr. Scott, I knew he didn’t play,” recalls Cashadell. “And even though I didn’t want it at the time, I knew I needed someone like him.” Mr. Scott had been paired with Cashadell as a Power Lunch reading mentor with Everybody Wins! Atlanta. The program, now in its 18th year, pairs volunteer…
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day

    Marissa Wasseluk
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    International Literacy Day is September 8. First Book and our friends at the International Reading Association are challenging students and teachers to spend 60 seconds each day for the next 60 days to doing small activities that enhance literacy skills. Celebrate your love for reading on International Literacy Day with some of these out-of-this-world activities: Activities for ages 4-8 Talk Show After reading a book, ask students  to write a question that they would ask the main character. Each day ask for a volunteer to pretend to be the main character, and give the volunteer 60 seconds to…
  • Take Action for Kids in Need

    Julia Hornaday
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    When Melissa Deneen Shipp surprised each of her students with a new book of their very own, their reaction surprised her. “Normally this is the part when they maul me with hugs,” she said. “But instead they just stared. They literally couldn’t believe their eyes!” She told her students, “Yes, YOU are the owner of that book!” Jumping up and down, her students shouted in reply, “This is mine, this is mine!” It was one of the best days Melissa has ever had as a teacher. For over 20 years, teachers like Melissa and supporters like you have joined First Book to bring moments of…
  • Five First Book Favorites for Back to School

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    It’s time to go back to school! Get your kids excited about reading with First Book’s five favorite books for the new school year. If you work with kids in need, you can find these titles on the First Book Marketplace by clicking on the pictures next to the description of each book. Also be sure to visit our Back to School section for more great reads. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait…
  • Books Strengthen Family Bonds

    Julia Hornaday
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister beamed with pride when he let her turn the page. Andrea Gatewood of the Nassau County (NY) Department of Health knows that providing new books to families like Lydia’s leads to priceless interactions. For the past ten years, she and her colleagues at the Nassau County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program have been giving books from First Book to the local low-income women and…
 
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  • Captioned Cat Pictures as a Literacy Tool?

    Diana Moore
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Who would have thought that looking at a bunch of user-captioned cat pics could not only encourage reading but also improve it? I admit that I was reticent at first to let my daughter (then six) look at the I Can Has Cheezburger website.  Actually it was an app on my iPhone.  (Yes, I do enjoy a bit of captioning humor on occasion).  At one point in time I was looking for something to distract her attention, so I could have a conversation, and we had not brought any books or crayons, so I let her “look at the cute kitty pics.”  Well, she loved it of course and later asked to…
  • Newsela and Leveled Readers

    sillyscribe
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    I don’t think it is a surprise to most people that everyone learns differently and is at a different point in their educational careers.  As teachers, we talk about differentiating our classrooms and giving all students a chance to shine.  The reality is that differentiation is really, really hard.  Regardless of what subject area you are teaching, it is challenging to meet the needs of each student and still save time for yourself to, I don’t know, sleep?  Yesterday I was introduced to a really neat resource called “Newsela.”  This…
  • RIP Libraries

    charlottebarker4
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    I hate to be writing this sentence but as the years go by, it seems most probable that libraries will become extinct. I love reading, I always have and so do my family. When I think of a library, the first thought that comes to mind is summer holidays. Every summer I used to go on holiday in July, which for me, meant a long visit to the library. I loved picking out books to take on holiday, which would keep me entertained for the duration. I even tried to learn some spanish. Once my holiday was finished I would either be playing on the computers (when I couldn’t use it at home due to…
  • Video Killed the Radio Star

    jennlstewart
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    As I was going through my series of bookmarked items to share with our group, xkcd posts this comic today. Some of what we’ll be looking at this term is the fear mongering and distorted nostalgia that happens when new technologies are introduced to society. As a writing teacher, I often hear from people: old, young, educated, not…that texting is killing our language. That students don’t write anymore. What they’re really saying is “people aren’t writing and communicating in ways that I find acceptable or in the ways I was taught in school.”…
  • Round up Friday 29 August 2014

    Children & Families
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week we have brought you the news of the launch of the Modern Apprentices’ film A Young Person’s Guide to Voting, an exciting opportunity for P5-7 from the Youth Music Initiative, a report from an event about teenage stress at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and another report from Oaklands School’s ministerial visit. In other news… Forthcoming creative writing conference for senior pupils On Friday 5 September, senior pupils from across Edinburgh will participate in a creative writing conference held at Moray House School of Education. Held in…
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