December 2007 Archives

It is almost time for the holiday break and my class is antsy. Getting out only four days before Christmas, my students are in a frenzied state of holiday excitement which cannot be contained by a squadron of teachers- especially this tired one! They could not settle in to read today- a first! Determined to engage in some sort of literacy event, I steered my chatty sixth graders into a conversation about the book exchange that will take place as part of our Winter Holiday party this Friday. Each child has been asked to bring in a gently-used book that ...


Amazon has released its e-reader, the Kindle, the NEA has released its report, “To Read or Not to Read”, and the Internet is flooded with debate about what creates 21st century readers and the role that technology will play in redefining literacy. Former IRA president, Timothy Shanahan, makes a case for school reform when he claims that reading has become a “duty” for students rather than a joy. Daniel Henniger, of Opinion Journal, comments on the possible impact of Kindle, asking, “Does Reading Matter?", and countless bloggers and teachers have jumped into the fray to describe their own reading experiences ...


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