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The Professional Books that Changed Me as a Teacher

The Professional Books that Changed Me as a Teacher | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When I first started teaching, I devoured parts of books like a starved teacher.  And by parts of books, I mean parts of books.  I would start to read, grab some ideas and then get too busy to read on.  After a few years, I stopped.  Not that I did not need to keep growing, I just had changed my focus to reading blogs instead of books.

Lately, though, I have been turning back to books.  For finding the time to read an entire piece of work as I try to grow and become better.  I have highlighted the things that make me think, discussed ideas with others (Voxer is great for a small book discussion) and reflected until my brain hurt.

And I am changed.  I have these ideas that seem to want to burst out of me, that I cannot wait for students to digest along with me, so that we can become better together.  So what have made a difference to me?
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Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves - The New York Times

Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves - The New York Times | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The implications are clear: Owning books in the home is one of the best things you can do for your children academically. It helps, of course, if parents are reading to their children and reading themselves, not simply buying books by the yard as décor.
It is a big question of whether it’s the books themselves or the parental scholarly culture that matters — we’re guessing it’s somewhere in between,” said Mariah Evans, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno. “The books partly reflect intelligence.”

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Judging a Book by its Cover

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What a clever device the book is. It is compact and light, yet contains hundreds of pages that hold an incredible amount of information. Moving forward or backward in the text is as easy as flipping a page, while the book’s square shape and flat bottom facilitates easy shelving. Still, the object is useless if the information it contains cannot be found.
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Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, new survey finds

Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, new survey finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The number of book readers has dipped a bit from the previous year and the number of e-book readers has remained flat.
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

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For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with others, but exactly why and how is now becoming clearer, thanks to new research on reading’s effects on the brain.
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A unique summer reading list — from college admissions deans and counselors

A unique summer reading list — from college admissions deans and counselors | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There is no shortage to summer reading lists — for kids and adults — but here is a unique one, a collection of recommendations from college admissions officers and counselors. It was assembled by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at  The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, who annually asks college admissions deans and high school counselors to send him recommendations of books that are great summer reads for parents, students and everybody else.
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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

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"We are not only what we read but how we read," says Maryanne Wolf, a professor at Tufts University and author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.
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From a Sporadic Reader to an Avid Reader by Sarah Krajewski

From a Sporadic Reader to an Avid Reader by Sarah Krajewski | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I hear the same line from reluctant readers every year: “Of course you’re an avid reader; you’re an English teacher.” My response is always the same: “I am now, but I wasn’t always.” 

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Are Avid Adolescent Readers Social Networking About Books?

Are Avid Adolescent Readers Social Networking About Books? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The possibilities for making social connections around books have increased with the advent of online social networking. This article explores engagement of keen adolescent book readers from the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading in social networking in general, and social networking around books. Frequent book readers are found to have a lower frequency of engagement in social networking than infrequent readers, with some students resistant to social networking in general. Others used social networking to access book reviews, without active participation. The most active participants were members of reading and self-publishing sites of fiction and fan-fiction.
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Encouraging Teenagers to Read, by Choosing Books From the Non-Y.A. Shelves

Encouraging Teenagers to Read, by Choosing Books From the Non-Y.A. Shelves | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Offering literary bait to encourage a teen who has set books aside to start reading again.
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Kids and Family Reading Report 5th Edition

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A national survey of children and their parents exploring attitudes and behaviors around reading
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I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned.

I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Keeping up with literary conversation only requires reading a few books and, preferably, feeling something about them. While many books will end up on the Best of 2015 lists, there were, in my opinion five that dominated the conversation this year: A Little Life,Between the World and Me, Ferrante's Neapolitan series, Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, and Jonathan Franzen's Purity. The talk surrounding both Go Set a Watchman and Purity was less about the books than about issues surrounding their respective authors."

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10 Rules for Giving Book Gifts

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Make your list and check it twice with these rules for bookish gift giving.
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These rules also work well for helping students choose a new book to check out from the library!

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How Could You Like That Book? by Tim Parks

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Could this be the function, then, or at least one important function of fiction: to make us aware of our differences?
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The House That Reading Built by Donalyn Miller

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Donalyn Miller, author of "The Book Whisperer" and "Reading in the Wild" has written a love letter to literacy. She describes how reading and books helped her overcome a challenging and impoverished childhood.

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I've Got Research. Yes, I Do. I've Got Research. How About You? Donalyn Miller

I’m frequently asked to substantiate with research my opinions about independent reading. I don’t mind. The research is ubiquitous and it doesn’t take me much time to find it. While I am happy to provide websites, journal articles, and book recommendations for colleagues seeking more information about reading research, I often wonder why people ask for it. Does anyone go to the basketball coach and ask her to provide research to support why players are running plays and practicing shots? Does anyone go to the band director and ask him why musicians are playing their instruments during band class?
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What’s on Your Summer Reading List? Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what's sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.
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Summer of Reading Collection

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Get summer started on the right page with PBS LearningMedia's new Summer of Reading collection! These videos, activities, and interactive games help to build vocabulary and reading comprehension
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Summer Reading for Students

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading, but where to start? There are so many great books out there. This video playlist provides some inspiration to get kids reading over the break.
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8 Ways to be a More Savvy Science Reader

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How can you tell if scientific evidence is strong or weak?

The world abounds with evidence and studies, some of it good and some of it poor. How can you know what to trust? This card stack aims to guide you through tricky issues that can cloud your understanding of scientific findings.
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Reading for Pleasure Can Close 'Vocabulary Gap' at Any Age

we can encourage self-selected free voluntary reading as soon as children can read independently. A recent study by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown of the Center for Longitudinal Studies at the University of London confirmed that we can increase our vocabulary by reading at any age: The impact of reading on vocabulary development in older readers is independent of the level of poverty of their parents.
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

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Educator Larry Ferlazzo details how to make reading and writing relevant to students lives in order to motivate them.
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Maine Voices: Test question: Who benefits?

Maine Voices: Test question: Who benefits? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Standardized tests leave much to be desired when it comes to promoting critical thinking and true learning among students.
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