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What was the inspiration for the book and its title?
It can be looked at from a bunch of different lenses, which is what I wanted. For educators, I thought it was sort of a rallying call to try to get more teacher stories out there about the things that happen in their own classrooms from a personal perspective, looking from the inside and working its way out. It’s far too often where educators are limited in terms of getting the chance to speak up about education policy and how it affects their classrooms.
Did you know:
- Older Americans are least likely to use libraries
- Just 4% of Americans are “e-book only” readers
- Those who use libraries are more likely than others to be book buyers
Researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia. The research is the first population-based study to demonstrate that environmental factors may outweigh genetics in the development of myopia.
- 24 percent with no high school education or other training were nearsighted
- 35 percent of high school graduates and vocational school graduates were nearsighted
- 53 percent of university graduates were nearsighted
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If faculty are basically teaching what’s in the text, does that encourage poor decision-making on the part of students? If they come to class and hear the teacher covering the same material, do they still need to read the book? Or maybe they can do the readings and then just relax during class time?
Do we think about the teacher-text relationship when we select course materials?
The overarching mistake that adults make is assuming that social media has made teens’ lives dramatically different than in previous generations. The specific anxieties or concerns ebb and flow, twist and turn. For a while, concerns about sexual predators were front and center. Then addiction, bullying, sexting, privacy. Right now, for better or worse, the media-driven anxiety is as fragmented across topics, and teens’ engagement is fragmented across services and apps.
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I referenced this book in my presentation - it’s a great read for parents trying to help teens navigate the digital world she’s growing up in.
The situation could get more complicated, though, if a district mandated its teachers to read my book and adopt the approach I share. I’d be happy about this on the one hand, but cautiously so, because I’d wonder this: would it be clear to teachers that they should feel free to pick and choose what they want to implement and to make adaptations to suit their students’ needs and their own teaching styles? I know I make that point generally throughout the book, but can I be sure that it would come through if the book were forced on people? In other words, is my book “big brother-proof”?
The typical American read five books in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center’s new report on reading and e-readers. That’s the median, rather than the average, meaning half of Americans read more than five books and half read fewer; if you look just at people who read at least one book last year, the figure rises to seven.
“Reading” encompassed printed books and e-books as well as audiobooks. Overall, print remains the dominant way Americans read books: More than two-thirds (69%) of people said they had read at least one printed book in the past year, versus 28% who said they’d read an e-book and 14% who said they had listened to an audiobook. 87% of e-book readers and 84% of audiobook listeners also read a print book in the past 12 months.
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In her new book Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, Marsha Ratzel recounts a transformational journey marked by a gradual shift from teacher-centered to student-driven education and bolstered by a powerful virtual network of colleagues from around the world. Here’s an excerpt!
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Book of Kells - Thanks to @seomraranga for spotting this. The excellent Book of Kells iPad app is free today, St. Patrick’s Day. The app is normally €11.99 so grab it today. Follow this link to read more about the app on Seomra Ranga.
Yes, I’m a junkie for PBS News Hour, watch this video and you’ll understand why! Last night they talked about Sheryl Sandberg's (COO of Facebook) new book Lean In on female leadership. I found their panel’s insights into the book enlightening, so I’ve copied a bit of the video transcript down here.
The main responsibility for changing this situation cannot rest on individual women. There are plenty of women who have leaned in very hard and are just invisible to people who do not want to employ women. They may think they do, but each individual woman, somehow, she’s not the right woman.
That’s why I would place much more emphasis than Sheryl Sandberg does on things like affirmative action, anti-discrimination suits, quotas. Do you know that the only countries where women are gaining in representation in legislatures are countries that have quotas of how many women should be there and parties that have quotas of how many women candidates they put up?
If things keep going this way in America, it is going to be 70 years before we get to parity in Congress.
The problem is she wrote a book that was for all women, as opposed to narrowing the focus there. And so I feel like that’s where a lot of this criticism and confusion is coming from, because a lot of things she says make sense if she is talking about her own peers. It doesn’t necessarily make sense if she’s talking about all women in general, because the plight of working-class, poor and middle-class women is demonstrably different.
It really boils down to family leave. I mean, women are trying to create this work-life balance. And until business accommodates that, it is always going to be an issue.
I think if we listen to her, however, we will not solve the problem that she herself so eloquently states, which is how do we get to a world where half of our leaders are women? And I believe if that’s our goal, which I think it should be, the problem is women aren’t leaning in not because they don’t know how to, but because they don’t like the wold they’re being asked to lean into.
JUDY WOODRUFF asks: So, you’re saying employers have responsibility here, too?
I think employers and our culture. I think it’s about what kind of leaders we want.
Do we want leaders only who go through this particular path? Or do we want to create other routes to leadership that allow for a diversity of people, broadly speaking, not just women, but men and women, to get to leadership positions with a different set of choices than Sheryl and her peers are making?
The video is definitely worth a watch, and it may even inspire you to pick up a copy of the book.
The team looked at how digital and analog books currently are being read, shared and collected, as well as at trends, business models and consumer behavior within related fields. We identified three distinct opportunities—new narratives, social reading with richer context, and providing tools for critical thinking—and developed a design concept around each one.
I realize that most Social Studies and History Departments have simply given up on having students read a history book, even in those few cases where they may have tried in the past. They are almost universally content, it seems, to leave the assignment of books (and too much of the writing as well) entirely in the hands of their English Department colleagues.
One outcome of this, in my view, is that even when the Common Core people talk about the need for more nonfiction, it is more than they can manage to dare to suggest a list of complete history books for kids to read.