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Opinion versus Judgment

A family story — with a point. My second grader came home the other day with a great in-class assignment. He’d been given a paragraph about Daniel Boone, then asked to write one of his own, using selected words. The challenge was for him to read carefully enough to get the dates and facts right, [...]

Opinion versus Judgment

A family story — with a point. My second grader came home the other day with a great in-class assignment. He’d been given a paragraph about Daniel Boone, then asked to write one of his own, using selected words. The challenge was for him to read carefully enough to get the dates and facts right, [...]

Do Books Still, Still Matter?

Last summer I asked in SLJ, Do Books Still Matter?  http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6430154.html I said yes, especially if you look at how books can work with other newer forms of technology. Well we are seeing evidence of the world I envisioned all around us. Just this week Sue Macy announced a new nonfiction blog a group of writers [...]

Do Books Still, Still Matter?

Last summer I asked in SLJ, Do Books Still Matter?  http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6430154.html I said yes, especially if you look at how books can work with other newer forms of technology. Well we are seeing evidence of the world I envisioned all around us. Just this week Sue Macy announced a new nonfiction blog a group of writers [...]

Usable History

I hope you all have seen the interesting thread on McCarthyism that grew around Betsy’s last work in progress post. After I added my thought to that strand, I realized that it — in conjunction with Diane’s it-would-be-funny-if-it-were-not-so-sad story of the teacher who covered her ears when Diane told her the Washington and the Cherry Tree story [...]

Usable History

I hope you all have seen the interesting thread on McCarthyism that grew around Betsy’s last work in progress post. After I added my thought to that strand, I realized that it — in conjunction with Diane’s it-would-be-funny-if-it-were-not-so-sad story of the teacher who covered her ears when Diane told her the Washington and the Cherry Tree story [...]

The Game

I was watching the Super Bowl last night with my two sons, aged 7 and 3. It was an interesting experience in watching how kids absorb nonfiction information. Sasha, the 7 year old, could read the screen, and knew enough about the game to need specific definitions and knowledge: "what does third and three mean?" [...]

The Game

I was watching the Super Bowl last night with my two sons, aged 7 and 3. It was an interesting experience in watching how kids absorb nonfiction information. Sasha, the 7 year old, could read the screen, and knew enough about the game to need specific definitions and knowledge: "what does third and three mean?" [...]

Missing Friday

Folks, I’ve been flat on my back with some winter ailment, so missed Friday. My apologies, I’m feeling a bit better and will be back here on Monday. Marc

Missing Friday

Folks, I’ve been flat on my back with some winter ailment, so missed Friday. My apologies, I’m feeling a bit better and will be back here on Monday. Marc