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  • Five First Book Favorites for Back to School

    First Book Blog
    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…
  • MOOCs not just in the keynote at #wlic2014

    Information Literacy Weblog
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Pierre Dillenbourg was today's keynote at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France. Academic director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), he's talked about Ten surprises in our MOOC experience. Since I've now gone through the process of preparing material for a MOOC (the Play MOOC offered by Futurelearn) and have read a good deal about them I didn't find so many surprises, but it was interesting to hear from someone from outside the English-speaking sphere and he is an entertaining speaker. Just…
  • On Censorship

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    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…
  • Distinguishing Exposition and Argument in Children's Writing

    Shanahan on Literacy
    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,…
  • Calendar, August 21

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    20 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Watercolor painting class taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, 344-7096.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • MOOCs not just in the keynote at #wlic2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Pierre Dillenbourg was today's keynote at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France. Academic director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), he's talked about Ten surprises in our MOOC experience. Since I've now gone through the process of preparing material for a MOOC (the Play MOOC offered by Futurelearn) and have read a good deal about them I didn't find so many surprises, but it was interesting to hear from someone from outside the English-speaking sphere and he is an entertaining speaker. Just…
  • Information literacy + Service Learning = Social Change #wlic2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    I've just been in the session organised by the IFLA Social Science Libraries with Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group at at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France, where Tiffini Travis gave a paper (coauthored with Jennifer Gradis) on Information literacy + Service Learning= Social Change. They work at California State University, United States and this presentation was about the information literacy contribution to a service learning course at their university. Service Learning is a term that doesn't really get used in the UK, but it…
  • Role of information literacy in agricultural productivity #wlic2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The IFLA Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group had a session focusing on information literacy at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France: Role of information literacy in agricultural productivity and food security: An international perspective. I didn't go to this session (as it clashed with the IL Section Lunch), but most of the papers are already in the IFLA library, and they include:- Embedding Information Literacy into the Agriculture Curriculum in Liberia: A Model Approach for Developing Countries Worldwide from Martin Kesselman (Rutgers…
  • Information-seeking behaviour of LGBTQ health professionals #wlic2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Another post from the LGBTQ session at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France. Martin Morris (Schulich Library, McGill University, Canada) and K.R. Roberto (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States) talked about Information-seeking behaviour of LGBTQ health professionals: New data to inform inclusive practiceThey reported on the results of a research project. This was folowing up on a study by Fikar and Keith (2004). There is evidence that medicine "has been almost silent on the issue of…
  • librarians’ attitudes to the provision of LGBT-related fiction to children and young people #wlic2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Liveblogging at the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) 2014 in Lyon, France, I'm attending a session of the IFLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Users Special Interest Group. One of my iSchool's PhD students is presenting: Elizabeth Chapman (Information School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom) on “I’ve never really thought about it”: librarians’ attitudes to the provision of LGBT-related fiction to children and young people in English public libraries.She started by rehearsing reasons on why LGBT fiction should be…
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • 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…
  • Prevent the Summer Reading Slide!

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    To Spark Summer Learning, Start with a Book!Need help coming up with ideas to keep your child reading and writing over the summer? Reading Rockets’ Start with a Book has some cool ideas to jump start your summer learning adventures: Strengthen kids’ literacy, inquiry, and problem-solving skills with a combination of great books and the easy hands-on activities Start with a Book offers in these science-themed activity packs.Use Start with a Book themes to plan reading and learning adventures in your own community. Take advantage of the related books, activities and apps selected…
  • Katerine Paterson On Set for GILLY

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Behind the Scenes During Filming of The Great Gilly HopkinsSophie Nelisse and Toby Turner act out a scene in the bus station. S. E. Hinton did it in the film adaptation of her novel The Outsiders. And Louis Sachar did it in the film version of his book Holes. Now Katherine Paterson has done it--she has filmed a cameo role in the movie version of her novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, the story of the brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable 11-year Gilly who is shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter. Katherine Paterson and Sophie Nelisse get direction for…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • 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…
  • Are You Lactating? And other notes on Academic Language

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Late last year, it was big news when a translator for the deaf and hard of hearing at Nelson Mandela’s funeral didn’t know sign language. The fella was very entertaining (his “signs” displayed exuberance, but not meaning). It reminded me of when the Dairy Council tried to translate their, “Got Milk” advertising campaign into Spanish—their translator lacked sufficient knowledge of the languages and the slogan came out, “Are you lactating?” Probably not the best way to sell milk!Language is essential to learning and communication, so it should not be a surprise that…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part IV, Success

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Previously, I described how I taught my daughters about print, sight vocabulary, phonological awareness, phonics, and early writing skills, while fostering their interest in being literate—all essential to learning to read. But they still could not read.While I was doing this at home, I was teaching undergrad teacher candidates at the university. My nascent teachers were puzzled: E. could read 25 words, knew her letter sounds, and could print using invented spelling (her best friend was named “KD”, for instance). Why couldn’t she read?They assumed that knowing the letter sounds meant…
 
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    First Book Blog

  • 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…
  • More Than Books for Back to School

    Julia Hornaday
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Yesterday marked the first day of school for many kids across the country. And from Sacramento to Savannah, classroom shelves were stocked and backpacks stuffed to the brim with brand new books from First Book. For over 20 years, we’ve been in the fortunate position to help teachers get the books their students need to start school off strong. And this year we’re taking things a step further. In response to overwhelming feedback from our network of 130,000 educators and program leaders, we’re offering more tools than ever before to help kids in need read, learn and succeed. In…
  • Share Your First Day with First Book!

    Marissa Wasseluk
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The first day of school is a memorable time for kids, teachers, and parents alike! We’ve started posting our back to school memories on Instagram, and we want to see yours, too! Share your pictures of a first day at school through your social media channels. They can be pictures of your class, your children, or a “vintage” photo of yourself! We’ll re-post your picture on our Instagram account, and every Monday we’ll feature one of our favorite pictures with all our fans on our Facebook page. If you’re sharing on Instagram, tag FirstBookOrg and hashtag your…
  • It’s Back to School We Go

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Another school year is upon us. Teachers set up new classrooms for the year – decorating, planning fun ways to teach important lessons and preparing for desks full of new students. Books, new school supplies, empty notebooks wait to be filled with knowledge – all icons of a new year full of new possibilities. But as many teachers prepare, classrooms without these resources are a reality. On average, teachers spend $480 of their own money on books and resources for their classroom each year. This lack of resources doesn’t just affect teachers’ wallets. It affects their ability to…
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  • Calendar, August 21

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Watercolor painting class taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, 344-7096.
  • Manteno Public Library News

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Computer Classes Manteno Public Library will offer computer classes on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. Participants must have taken the library's Basic Internet/Library Online Catalog classes or have equivalent knowledge.
  • Mini-library promotes love of reading

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Daily JournalSusan Furr stands in front of the Little Free Library at her home on Fairway Drive in Rockingham.
  • Markets Live: China data sours mood

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The local market is off the day's highs as soft Chinese manufacturing data takes its toll on the miners and the Australian dollar, while Wesfarmers is hit by a flurry of downgrades.
  • The doctor will see you now

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    A white doctor's gown may be his weekday uniform, but riding pants and boots are what Assoc Prof Nopadol Saropala prefers when he retreats to his horse farm in Khao Yai for the weekend.
 
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  • Information Text: Hamster

    Foundation K Merah Muda
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    We looked at all the facts about hamsters and as groups they have to draw and write facts about what the hamsters are, can have and need. They did really well.
  • On The Teaching of Kids

    rahrae
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Something you may already know about English teachers: we procrastinate. We let the stacks of journal entries and essay tests grow high. We clean our refrigerators, organize drawers, bathe our dogs—anything to avoid all that grading. Common Core Standards, with their heavy emphasis on writing, have made the grading load even heavier.  (I once heard a student, while writing his third extended response of the week, mutter, “I ain’t did a worksheet since seventh grade.”) I must be feeling masochistic this year: my kids have already written one essay and several journal entries, with…
  • Travelling to Arop and Back

    RaitPngMan
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Missy and my daughter, Abigail, ride in the back of the truck to Arop. The pavement ends on the West Coast road 21 miles (35 km) out of Wewak. We pulled into Arop 132 miles (220 km), 37 water crossings, 35 bridges, and 7 hours later. People pay to have this kind of adventure. I get to do it as part of my job. One of the privileges of what I do here in Papua New Guinea is to travel to many different places. Last weekend I drove my family and Missy out to Arop. Missy and her coworkers work with ten language groups to translate the Bible and other literature, as well as run literacy programs in…
  • Hey Diddle Diddle!

    jennimholland
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Working on new units for nursery rhymes! Here are a few sample pages from the unit!  It will last about 1 to 2 weeks, but incorporates science, literacy, graphing, and writing activities for your kids.   Click on the images to see more!
  • Уметничко стваралаштво

    Osore Macabre
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Добровољан улазак у кавез. Изненадна клаустрофобија мисли сужава решетке. Спољашњост тамни у унутрашњости. Опседнутост о победи савршенства вапи и претражује испитано. Идеалне слике прошлости обешене свуда; вребају будуће скице гордо се осмехујући. Самопоуздање и нада постају невидљиви. Ваздушасто, немо и слепо ништавило.
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