Many of us probably remember round robin reading with a slight shudder of horror whether as students or teachers. I suppose at the time, it seemed the most efficient and effective way to hear every student, but it could be deadly for listeners and humiliating for readers. Is it still done? A better way, I think, … Continue reading Reading Aloud → Continue reading Reading Aloud
I live on the edge of a very small town in Sussex County, Virginia. It is the home of those staples: peanuts and bacon. I moved here about five years ago and have spent most of that time working rather than getting involved in community life. This year, I decided I needed more non-work interaction … Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing → Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing
I attended the book group at the local library today. Today’s group was fun! A welcoming group of women who had smart and intriguing ideas about the book. One woman, in particular, had several interesting ideas about characters and their motives that I simply hadn’t considered. I am looking forward to next month. I was … Continue reading Building Community Around Reading → Continue reading Building Community Around Reading
I really did plan to blog every day in July, but I got a good start and then discovered the Big Time Blogging Challenge 2016 at the Big Time Literacy blog written by literacy coach Michelle Brezek. I may not always follow her theme for the day but since I just wrote up my reading … Continue reading Summer Reading List → Continue reading Summer Reading List
One of my favorite email newsletters comes to me via an indie bookstore in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Shelf Awareness is a fun mix of commentary, links, and reviews. Today’s issue included three new books for young adults that either draw from Shakespeare plays or, as with Macbeth #killingit, update the bard for contemporary readers. The … Continue reading Can the Bard Survive Being Hashtagged? → Continue reading Can the Bard Survive Being Hashtagged?
I’ve written about gamifying reading before both here and at In One Place, my mostly reading blog. I’m continuing this approach as part of National Reading Month*, celebrated in March. In The Story, Amazon’s new reading newsletter, they featured Book Bingo, a bingo card with ideas for different kinds of books to read. I printed it … Continue reading More on Gamifying Reading → Continue reading More on Gamifying Reading
I am a bibliophile. I bought an old house partly because it has a library to house my books. While I do read e-books, I love the feel of a book in my hands. If you care at all about my love of books, I have a whole blog mostly devoted to reading and books. … Continue reading Libraries and the Future → Continue reading Libraries and the Future
I wrote earlier this year about letting email drift a bit as it could be a productivity killer. But, this morning, as I looked through my email inbox, I realized it could also be my friend. Late last year, I spent time culling: unsubscribing from some old lists and vendor emails. What is left are … Continue reading When Email is Your Friend → Continue reading When Email is Your Friend
As a former English teacher who taught Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar to 9th and 10th graders and who, in my master’s thesis, made an argument against making everyone read Shakespeare, I found this week’s dialog around reading Shakespeare to be fascinating. It was kicked off by Lauren, a high school senior who is … Continue reading Should We Kick Shakespeare Out of the High School Curriculum? → Continue reading Should We Kick Shakespeare Out of the High School Curriculum?
I feel like I drifted a bit professionally through 2015. Was it because I didn’t have any written resolutions about blogging, reading or being more active in social media? I think they were my hazy goals last year but without making any kind of action plan, they fell a bit by the wayside. I was a … Continue reading Getting Serious About Goals in 2016 → Continue reading Getting Serious About Goals in 2016