YA author James Preller shares some brilliant thoughts about why we need stories and why it is so important to be yourself.
Maybe Cathy Davidson’s MOOC will finally break my streak of not finishing MOOCS. I’m definitely signing up for History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Ed.
This post on teaching the Common Core makes a strong and thoughtful case for why these standards are an improvement and should actually lead to more engaged and engaging learning.
I have to agree: this might be the world’s cutest kitten.
Fascinating article on the science behind taking a break: Why Your Brain Needs More Down Time.
I had to try Written? Kitten! and it’s pretty awesome. Just in time for NaNoWriMo, for every 100 words you write, a photo of adorable kitten pops up.
YA author Malindo Lo (whose novel, Ash, is on the syllabus for Adolescent Lit next semester) shares a terrific list of YA Novels about Lesbian and Bisexual Girls. I’ve added several to my TBR list.
There are some great ideas here for developing your teaching vision.
Unlike me, novelist Richard Powers doesn’t like book lists. His post about the impossibility of choosing a favorite NBCC winner makes me want to delve into those lists and start reading.
Matt Renwick’s teaching post, “Are You a Thought-Provider or a Thought-Provoker?”, is worth a read.
I love to see AP teachers embracing independent reading, though I take issue with Amy’s claim that YA lit doesn’t contain higher-level vocabulary or sophisticated syntax. Are your students reading M.T. Anderson? Steve Sheinkin? Markus Zusak? Elizabeth Wein? Then they’re definitely reading “higher-level” and “sophisticated” literature.
I know my Methods students will be interested in 8 Ways to Make Lasting Change in the Way You Teach.
David Sedaris’s piece in The New Yorker on his sister’s suicide is really devastating.