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10 Novels That Will Cure Your Social Ailments

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At their heart, novels are about how people get on with one another - or fail to.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:36 PM

I'm not really a fan of oversimplifying literary merit by reducing it all to short lists purporting to have determined the best of the best or the worst of the worst as though individual variables among readers deserve no place in the criteria used to determine the list.  Literary Reading's benefits may come in a more complex mixture that can not be so simplistically determined. 

 

HOWEVER, it is of course interesting to be open to the values and benefits that might be engaging in books we have not read ourselves.

 

But this aside has actually been a digression of sorts. My real interest in this article is that it is not a list purporting to be the 10 Best Novels for preparing students for college and career or for preparing students to be globally competitive. It isn't  that these "trump cards" in the current educational reform conversation aren't important. It's that there are other benefits of literary reading that are just as important, and perhaps are at times quite a bit more important than the three trump cards.

 

Why is it that we can not pass gun control in a country where more than 70% of the citizenry wants some serious attention paid and they/we want it NOW?

 

Why is it that divorce rates are so high? Child abandonment and/or abuse is so high? So many people cause so much pain and suffering because of their anger management issues? Bullying is rampant among youth?

 

The list is immense, but perhaps at the heart of many of our social problems is that we are so focused upon criteria directly related to future economic success and security, important as they may be, that we are avoiding / ignoring / oblivious to the proverbial elephant in the room. We may be under-valuing the importance of educating our children in the area of being humane beings with an "e."

 

Our focus our attention upon preparing our students with skill sets important for what they want to do professionally, for example when we place significant attention on the importance of STEM education, we may be causing a de facto "trimming of attention" to the arts, whose benefit is often more impactful in their attention to contemplating what kind of persons we want to be in our equally if not more important roles as friend, parents, spouses, neighbors, and even as co-existing neighbors at the global level. 

 

We want our students to prepare to be good employees and productive citizens. And, developing the appropriate skill-sets for those roles should be important considerations in our curricula.

 

But we also ought to want to be having our students explore the great questions such as whether or not they really want to be bullies or mean girls; believers in fair-play or willing to side-step the social rules to gain personal advantage, global citizens or "we're-number-one-so-who-cares-about-them" xenophobes? Do we want our children to wonder whether the status quo is the best we can do or to question whether there is not only room for improvement, but also serious ongoing harm to many that should not be ignored any longer as a result of the blind acceptance of the status quo?

 

As to the article itself, I'm not certain that the author has nailed the true values of each of the recommended novels or explored the point at as admirable a depth as I was hoping for. Yet, pointing to the literary reading values of questioning whether one wants to be like the characters with better manners or the characters without manners, or to be like the thoughtful characters or the arrogant characters; or to participate in conversations with both our mouths and ears because we have much to contribute and much to learn or just with our mouths because we like to hear ourselves talk, but really aren't that interested in other's points of view. 

 

There are other social benefits mentioned in the article. Though had I an opportunity to tweak the article, I might suggest that literary reading als raises questions about our social responsibilities would have offered an even deeper insight into important areas "less attended to when the arts are left out or reduced to lip service in a curriculum design when STEM education is perceived as a de facto card.

 

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"Google Lit Trips" is the legal fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

 

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5 things kids need... before they're ready to sound out words - The Measured Mom

5 things kids need... before they're ready to sound out words - The Measured Mom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Ready to teach your child to sound out words? Make sure he or she has these five skills first. (Then click on a link for loads of free materials for teaching reading!)
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New Teachers: Getting Started | Scholastic

New Teachers: Getting Started | Scholastic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The first year of teaching can be tough. With guidance and support, it's possible to make the first year of teaching a great learning experience. Here are some practical tips to help any new teacher "thrive" in their first year.


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Tons of Free Math Video Tutorials for Students

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond

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In this post, I’ll explain how to differentiate literacy centers effectively - and in a manageable way!
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Questioning for Learning: How to Make Your Questions Essential - Educational Leadership

To construct essential questions, follow these seven tips.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

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Author and engagement expert Barbara Blackburn looks at five keys that can help teachers build motivation and persistence while also setting high expectations.
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Forming a relationship with each student is essential to teaching. Gert Biesta refers to teaching as relational. This means we are learning about each student.
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Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot

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A study of the New Teacher Center's grant program found that student outcomes in math and English/language arts improve when first- and second-year teachers have a mentor.
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How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

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A nonprofit called Turnaround for Children helps schools meet the needs of children facing poverty and adversity.

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Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World

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Our classroom walls shouldn't be the limits of our students' thinking. As educators, we can open our classrooms to the world by connecting students with significant places, experts in different professions, and peers in different grades or geographic locations. In the process, we help students see themselves as part of a global community of learners who have something to learn from and teach all members.

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To Make Your Meetings More Productive, Do 1 of These 4 Things

To Make Your Meetings More Productive, Do 1 of These 4 Things | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you feel like most of your meetings at work are a waste of time, the good--and bad--news is that you're onto something. One survey found that 50 percent of meeting time is unproductive while up to 25 percent of meetings are spent on irrelevant issues. The same way we put deliberate thought into building businesses for our customers, we need to be intentional about planning meetings for their participants. A successful meeting is designed with its participants in mind.

 

Here are four tips for designing a brain-friendly meeting.


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The design of your meeting might be more important than the content you plan to discuss.

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Google Forms: Reuse Your Bell Ringer - Teacher Tech

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Reuse the Same Google Form Daily Making new stuff every day = Tiring. Instead, just reuse the same Google Form every day and take advantage of sorting and filtering. Plan Carefully If you are going to reuse a Form you will want to consider what will happen when you reuse. This will be a learning …

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

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A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushin
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Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

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Two educators present ideas for transforming our classrooms to meet the challenges of the future in this excerpt from their new book.
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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

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The tech team in Littleton, Colorado is trying to build self-sufficiency in students by compiling digital tools for reading and writing that students can choose
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10 Reasons Why Every Primary Classroom Should Have a Grammar Wall

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Grammar walls have been all the hype lately. But what's the big deal? Time to stop wondering! Here are 10 reasons why your classroom will benefit from having a grammar wall.
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How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond

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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

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From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

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Penelope's curator insight, March 9, 9:35 PM
I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 6:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:45 PM
I wish I had known about these when I taught. I used some of them i.e. visual prompts and describing something in a 100 words.

Morning writing would have been a great idea. Students could have walked in and written about was happening in their lives.
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Technology Tools for Teachers by Subject and Skill - EdTechTeacher

Technology Tools for Teachers by Subject and Skill - EdTechTeacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our complete list of the best Edtech Resources and Technology Tools for Teachers, with descriptions, tips, and advice from our team of edtech specialists.
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Free & Automatic MLA Formatting

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Format your entire paper in MLA format for free. It's like EasyBib or CitationMachine for your entire paper.

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Developing and Leading Positive School CultureASCD Inservice

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When was the last time you arrived at work and you were enthusiastically greeted by staff members that were asking for change?
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Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

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Stanford's Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in quantum mechanics. With a new book, he continues his efforts to spark systemic changes in how universities teach science.

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Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

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Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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Daniela Raffo's curator insight, June 22, 9:26 AM
interesante, muestra la evolucion de la educacion actual hacia el uso de la tecnologia
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Interesting considerations for the future and how our aims for education may change. Good food for thought here!
Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, June 22, 6:00 PM

Very Thought provoking article on the 13 ways Education could change in the next 13 years.

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17 Genius Ways to Use Pool Noodles in Your Classroom - WeAreTeachers

17 Genius Ways to Use Pool Noodles in Your Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Pool noodles are cheap, they're everywhere, and they can be great tools for learning or classroom decor! Here are our favorite creative pool noodle uses.
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Summer Recharge: Reflect, Reach Out, Re-ImagineASCD Inservice

Summer Recharge: Reflect, Reach Out, Re-ImagineASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We offer three steps to recharging your practice so that you are prepped for re-entry, greeting your students in the new school year with energy, enthusiasm,
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