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Mark Smith

Reading and the Web - Texts Without Context - - 14 views

  • We all may read books the way we increasingly read magazines and newspapers: a little bit here, a little bit there.
  • People tweet and text one another during plays and movies, forming judgments before seeing the arc of the entire work.
  • Recent books by respected authors like Malcolm Gladwell (“Outliers”), Susan Faludi (“The Terror Dream”) and Jane Jacobs (“Dark Age Ahead”) rely far more heavily on cherry-picked anecdotes — instead of broader-based evidence and assiduous analysis — than the books that first established their reputations. And online research enables scholars to power-search for nuggets of information that might support their theses, saving them the time of wading through stacks of material that might prove marginal but that might have also prompted them to reconsider or refine their original thinking.
The0d0re Shatagin

Tech Tips For Teachers: Free, Easy and Useful Creation Tools - The Learning Network Blo... - 7 views

    Ryan Goble, who often coaches teachers in what he calls the "mindful" use of technology, has written today's guest post on user-friendly tools that enable the creation of student projects.
    NYTimes article recommending 5 free tools: Visualizing Text, Comic Text, Interactive Timelines, Digital Interactive Presentations, Idea Maps & Brainstorms
Dennis OConnor

150 Questions to Write or Talk About - - 30 views

  • For almost two years now, we’ve posted a fresh Student Opinion question every weekday.Each question was originally inspired by something in that week’s New York Times, and all of them are still open to comment by anyone between the ages of 13 and 25.Teachers tell us they use them as “bell-ringers,” as inspiration for lessons, as jumping-off points for student research and journalism, or just to help students practice writing persuasively and responding to others around the world. (We don’t allow last names, and we read each and every comment ourselves before we make it public, so it’s a pretty civil, and safe, place to post.)Below, 1
Leslie Healey

Honor Code - - 13 views

    David Brooks on how schools are misunderstanding boys. some interesting observations from a non-teacher
Boyd Logan

The Future of Reading - 'Reading Workshop' Approach Lets Students Pick the Books - Seri... - 0 views

    NYT Article on Lit Lab/Reading Workshop approach.
Clifford Baker

POETRY PAIRINGS - The Learning Network Blog - - 5 views

    "In our weekly "Poetry Pairing" series we collaborate with the Poetry Foundation to feature a work from its American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem's themes"
Karen LaBonte

Tech Reflections - Digital Muse for Beat Poet - - 7 views

    Gary Snyder shares his poem about his Mac
Dana Huff

Reader Idea | Trees and Transcendentalists - - 10 views

    Great lesson plan to coordinate Tu B'Shevat, Arbor Day, environmentalism, and American poetry. Kudos, Kathleen Harsy.
Dana Huff

Teaching 'The Great Gatsby' With The New York Times - - 15 views

    The New York Times' collection of resources for teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
Tom Cornell

From the Birthplace of Big Brother - - 10 views

    Excellent connection to 1984
Tom Cornell

In Iraq, 'Romeo and Juliet' Portrays Montague and Capulet as Shiite and Sunni - NYTimes... - 15 views

    NY Times article connects Shakespeare with current events.
    Great resource to connect Shakespeare to current events.
Leslie Healey

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction - - 13 views

  • Stories,
  • stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.
  • nterprets written words. What scientists have come to realize in the last few years is that narratives activate many other parts of our brains as well, suggesting why the experience of reading can feel so alive.
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  • The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.
  • The novel, of course, is an unequaled medium for the exploration of human social and emotional life.
  • substantial overlap in the brain networks used to understand stories and the networks used to navigate interactions with other individuals
  • “theory of mind
  • other people’s intenti
  • comparing a plucky young woman to Elizabeth Bennet or a tiresome pedant to Edward Casaubon. Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.
    analysis of impact of reading, novel especially. validates focus on class SSR, even in 11-12th grade (my groups)
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