Creating and writing lesson plans are activities common to basic teacher education courses. Before entering a classroom, young educators are taught how to meticulously plan their time for the benefit of their students.
Through online collaboration though, many teachers now take a different approach to lesson planning than even a decade ago, and it has stirred up some controversy from both sides of the aisle.
"It was the most ambitious library project of our time—a plan to scan all of the world’s books and make them available to the public online. “We think that we can do it all inside of ten years,” Marissa Mayer, who was then a vice-president at Google, said to this magazine in 2007, when Google Books was in its beta stage. “It’s mind-boggling to me, how close it is. Today, the project sits in a kind of limbo."
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft on writing in cafés: "When we’re at work, we should be attentive. To get attentive, we have to be playfully distracted. The café can, if we’re good observers of ourselves, teach us not only that perfect attention is impossible (something office work already teaches us; indeed, offices teach us that distraction is a form of resistance against the ridiculous demand that we sit there) — the café can teach us that distraction isn’t the enemy of attention but rather its constant companion. To banish distraction would cost us the very productivity that many wish to maximize."
Larry Ferlazzo says: "I’ve been seeing a lot of articles recently about mindfulness in schools (When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom and More Evidence That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience), and, though I have successfully used short visualization techniques with students (see My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”), I’ve been – and continue to be – a bit skeptical on the practical aspects of getting my students invested in meditation (which often seems synonymous with “mindfulness”)."
Frank checked his watch. He had 20 minutes before he needed to head out from his high school to his internship at the local paper and wanted to spend that time checking in with his math teacher. His friend Jill was finishing up a lab before beginning her volunteer work at a senior center. Another …
This week is the 31st annual Banned Books Week, an event when the American Library Association and numerous other sponsors encourage the reading of banned and challenged books. The week was first inspired by the success of the Banned Book Exhibit at an American Booksellers Association (ABA) convention in 1982, which featured almost 500 banned and challenged books.
Once upon a time, book bans were a serious issue in the United States. The Comstock Law, passed by Congress in 1873, made it illegal to circulate “obscene literature.” Even classics like The Canterbury Tales fell under that description in the eyes of Victorian moralists, and in the middle of the last century, publishers and booksellers of forbidden novels including Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill were actually prosecuted in court.
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