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Saturday, August 13, 2016

This report takes a look at some important data with a clear, new perspective ... and confirms what many teachers have known for a while. Courtesy of SmartBrief.


Is the bar too high for Common Core literacy?
The Common Core State Standards have changed expectations and practices for teaching reading and writing. Some educators and experts are debating how best to teach -- and test student understanding -- wondering, in some cases, if the bar has been raised too high.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

This is an excellent selection of insightful observations about reading and how it impacts readers. I think it is well worth the read. Mr. Gaiman is a new author to me. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment. You can order the book on Amazon.com - kindle or hard cover.



The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 31, 2016

Neil Gaiman, from 'Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming', and how the act of reading changes us: "Once in New York, I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons—a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth — how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, fifteen years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based about asking what percentage of ten- and eleven-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure."


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