April 2009 Archives

A recent study reports that reading may be the best way to reduce stress. With as little as six minutes of reading, your heart rate slows and you relax, losing your everyday cares between the pages. But if reading reduces stress, you wouldn’t know it these days looking in classrooms across America. It is spring, and testing season is upon us. For students and their teachers, reading for test performance induces, rather than reduces stress. In a few days, Texas' students will take TAKS, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, and the massive preparations for this test convey ...


Editor's Note: Donalyn Miller will be on North Texas' NPR affiliate, KERA, today, Tuesday, April 21 from Noon-1pm CST. She will be on a show called Think with Krys Boyd, talking about reading and her book. To listen live, go here and to listen later (as a downloadable podcast), go here....


I am drowning in books, but what a way to go. My bookshelves at home overflow with beloved titles I read again and again. I dedicated a three-shelf bookcase in my living room to the books I want to read--books I have borrowed, purchased, or checked out from my school and public libraries. Whenever I embark on a day of housecleaning, I begin by reshelving the books my family and I stack on every available surface. My classroom is awash in books, too, with a collection that has surged beyond the confines of my classroom and into a storage closet ...


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