March 21st, 2012
Here are a few tidbits we’ve found interesting around the blogosphere recently:
Herb Broda, author of Moving the Classroom Outdoors, wrote a guest post on the Children & Nature Network’s website recently. A recent study examining images of nature in children’s books found that those images are slowly disappearing. “Is that a concern? Absolutely! Picture books for children mirror the priorities and interests of society. In education we talk about the concept of the null curriculum—that which is taught because it is never mentioned. If children are seeing less and less of nature in what they read, the message being conveyed is that nature really isn’t an important part of day-to-day living,” writes Broda.
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“Who hit the mute button on public speaking in the English classroom? Seems there’s less and less of it, and when teachers do send their students to the front of the class, they quickly give up the practice for the very reasons they should be redoubling their efforts — the students’ propensity for whispering, mumbling, fidgeting, forgetting what to say, and stringing together unconscious fillers like “um,” “uh,” “and,” “so,” “then,” and (Odin help us) “like.”
It’s, like, maddening.”
Read the full review on RAMS English.
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Our very own Mark Overmeyer was recently honored as the 2012 Catherine Canny Award Honoree at the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon . He’s been a teacher at Cherry Creek for over 20 years. Congrats, Mark!
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Amanda Villagomez, a middle-school teacher in Oregon, recently reviewed Kelly Gallagher’s book Write Like This. “Kelly Gallagher’s Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts made me even more excited to be going back to my 6-8 language arts classroom next fall. As with his other books I loved his voice and convictions related to teaching.”
She was also inspired by Living the Questions by Brenda Power and Ruth Shagoury.