Links I Loved Last Week: A Round-up of Online Reading 8/30/15

Sunday Salon

If you’re only going to read one post this week, make it Kylene Beers’s One Sure Way to Create Reluctant Readers. I’m intrigued by her advice to parents: just say no!

Reflection Wall shares what happens when she did the assignment with her students: she learned so much about her teaching.

Another knock-it-out-of-the-park post from Three Teachers Talk: the essentials of teaching writing. Amy’s “non-negotiables” should be non-negotiable in every classroom.

JoEllen McCarthy has many ideas for incorporating more wonder into the classroom.

I think I’m going to revise my syllabi next semester using Piktochart so that I can create documents that are actually readable by my students AND by me.

Jess at Crawling Out of the Classroom writes beautifully about the getting-to-know-each-other phase at the beginning of the school year.

Looking for great book recommendations for 8th-grade English Language Arts? Katie Sluiter shares the Top 10 Books On Hold in her classroom library.

My picture book TBR list is always overflowing, but I still can’t resist Minh Le’s When It Rains, It Pours: 50 More Picture Books from a Stellar 2015.

The last thing I need is another must-listen podcast, but Franki has convinced me that I must subscribe to The Yarn this week.

Tara Smith wrote a beautiful letter to her very first class. I always think about my first class during the first week of the semester too. How much I learned from you, class of 2005.

Rachel Ward writes a gut-puncher of a piece about being a young widow–it’s also stylistically pretty brilliant.

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, you’re sure to find some from Flavorwire’s list of 10 Beautiful Books for Creative Thinkers.

Jamie Klingler wrote a good piece on the golden rules for book clubs. I especially like her idea for kicking off discussion.

There’s lots of YA on Booklist’s list of Top 10 LGBTQ on Audio.

Austin Kleon has a terrific list of favorite books about motherhood and art.

I might have to join Instagram just to follow this mother’s portraits of her daughter and their gorgeous Doberman.





5 responses to “Links I Loved Last Week: A Round-up of Online Reading 8/30/15”

  1. nerdybookgirl Avatar

    We just started using Piktochart at the library and I love it! Such beautiful, clean graphics for my non-artsy self!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So glad to hear this! When I was going over syllabi in my classes this week, I was struck by just how unappealing they were visually. Big chunks of text, difficult to find what was actually important to students in the middle of all the required university verbiage.

  2. Catmere Avatar

    I look forward to my weekly stop by your blog each week to find your favorites. Always worth the stop. Thank you for curating your weekly list to share with us.


    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks so much, Cathy. Glad you stop by and find something worth reading!

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