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The Last Post August 14, 2012

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After two years of scanning the web for tidbits of English-teaching news and sharing them here at bibblebabble, I’m making my final post. Thanks to everyone who’s checked in regularly. I’m still going to blog, but I’m going to focus on my passion: writing. My first post is up and you’re welcome to drop by at my new place. I’ll still be sharing interesting articles, but they’ll be related to writing and publishing. I’ll also be talking about middle grade and young adult books, and sharing links to interviews and news about writers, editors, and agents.

In the meantime, here are the places I’ve regularly hunted for bibblebabble news:

ASCD: great e-newsletters, webinars, news, and blogs.

Smart Brief: Technically, it’s ASCD, but I don’t want you to miss it!

Edutopia: great blogs and articles.

Education Week: great articles and 3-newsletters.


NCTE: News is in the righthand column.

Flavorpill: one of my favorite sites ever.

School Library Journal: great e-newsletters.

Publisher’s Weekly: great e-newsletters.

Galley Cat: includes a range of newsletter type subscriptions.

Brain Pickings: great articles and e-newsletter

IES: Institute of Education Sciences (US)


BBC Education News

NATE: English in the news (UK)

Major newspapers.

If you or your school can afford to subscribe to The Marshall Memo, you’ll find it a great resource. I didn’t use it in my blog because it isn’t free. It’s very useful though.

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Aug 4 2012 August 4, 2012

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US: In the online June issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine, Carol E. Canady and Robert Lynn Canady explain how literacy teams can “double students’ reading growth in the early grades.”

US: Follow authors, editors and agents as they talk about the writing and publishing processes at SCBWI’s Summer Conference blog. For the very latest news, follow attendees’ tweets: #LA12SCBWI.

US: In Education Week, Sarah D. Sparks writes about a study showing that using ‘text=speak’ when texting weakens middle schoolers’ grammar skills in “Duz Txting Hurt Yr Kidz Gramr? Absolutely, a New Study Says“.

US: At Edutopia, Dr. Richard Curwin writes against ‘scripted curriculum’ in his blog post: “How to Beat “Teacher Proof” Programs”.

US: At Storify, Jason Boog lists S.E. Hinton’s recent tweets showing her disapproval of some fanfic in which one of The Outsiders characters becomes pregnant. S.E. Hinton on Twitter.

US: Scholastic has announced a live webcast with J.K. Rowling to promote their new online Harry Potter reading club. Teachers can sign up to participate.

US: At Edutopia, Kerry Flinchblaugh blogs about using objects as writing prompts in the classroom.

Twitter: @powerpoetry is looking for adults to mentor young poets.

UK: In The Guardian, an interactive map allows you to read poems from each nation competing in the Olympics.

July 28 2012 July 29, 2012

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US: In Education Week’s Teacher Blog: The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller writes that, too often, Lexile measures are used inappropriately when helping children select reading material.

US: Unesco’s International Day of the Book will be celebrated on April 23, 2013. US World Book Night will be celebrated on the same day. The UK and Ireland will celebrate on March 7, 2013.

US: At MediaPost, Jack Loechner writes about a Center for Media Research study showing teens’ use of and attitudes to social media.

US: The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff have constructed a flow chart to help readers decide what to read after The Hunger Games.

US: NPR is asking readers to help determine The 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.

US: Author and First US National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka, has launched Guys Read, a web-based program to encourage and support boys’ literacy.

US: At Time Entertainment, Lev Grossman writes an unusual book review: I Hate This Book So Much.

UK: In the Telegraph, Jack Taperell writes about child psychologist Dr. Kairen Cullen’s list of films that children should see. No 1: Toy Story.

UK:In The Guardian, Robert McCrumm lists “The 10 best . . . closing lines of books.

Twitter: Publisher’s Weekly asked tweeters to submit titles of books they just couldn’t finish: #bookattrition.

TED Talk: Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

July 21 2012 July 22, 2012

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US: In Publisher’s Weekly, Judith Wright reports that the app Book Retriever is still in the top 25 paid educational apps. It uses 4 US systems to tell parents a book’s reading level.

US: In the Orlando Sentinel, Walter Pacheco questions the impact of social media on teens’ writing skills.

US: At Edutopia, Nicholas Provenzano blogs about useful technologies for teachers to explore over the summer.

UK: In The Guardian, popular authors as well as contributing children recommend their favorite children’s books to read over the summer.

UK: In The Guardian Teacher Network blog, Alan Gillespie explains how to use spam emails as a writing resource in the classroom.

July 15 2012 July 15, 2012

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US: In The New York Times, Motoko Rich writes about The White House’s recent round of waivers releasing states from the No Child Left Behind provisions.

US: Flavorwire’s Emily Temple lists The 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books of All Time.

US: At ASCD’s Educational Leadership, Carol E. Canady and Robert Lynn Canady
discuss “Catching Readers Up Before They Fail“.

US: IN USA Today, Greg Toppo writes “Millions of kids simply don’t find school very challenging, a new analysis of federal survey data suggests”.

UK: In The Guardian, Amelia Hill writes that “Abandonment, alienation and homelessness are increasingly the themes covered in modern literature for children“.

07 July 2012 July 8, 2012

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US: Register now for ASCD’s free webinar on July 12: Reading for Meaning: How to Build Students’ Comprehension, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving Skills with Harvey Silver.

US: Random House have posted their ‘Top Ten Girl Power Books: Middle Grade‘.

US: IN The New York Times Opinion Pages, columnist David Brooks considers how education systems can favor certain personality types and alienate others.

US: At Mind Shift, teacher Eleana Jimenez encourages her students to blog because ‘Writing should be public, it should give a sense of urgency and visibility… for students to feel that their writing has a voice in the world.’

US: In The New York Times, Julie Bosman writes about a new edition of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell to Arms‘ which includes 47 alternative endings written by the author. Ending No. 1:“That is all there is to the story. Catherine died and you will die and I will die and that is all I can promise you.”

UK: In The Guardian’s Teacher Network Blog, author and former teacher, Michael Morpugo, writes that British schools ‘are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading.’

UK: In The Telegraph, Graeme Paton writes that ‘A teaching union has condemned plans that will see all 11-year-olds tested on the proper use of apostrophes and the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives, saying the proposals amount to an attack on teachers.’

UK: In The Guardian, author Margaret Atwood writes about the value of online writing forums such as Wattpad for young writers.

June 30 2012 June 30, 2012

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US: At Getting Smart, Susan Lucille Davis writes about Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World .

US: The Association of American School Librarians has announced its list of the 25 Best Websites for Teaching and learning.

US: At Flavorwire, Alison Nastasi quotes 15 Famous Authors on Why They Write.

US: At Flavorwire, Emily Temple shares A Collection of Brilliant and Inspiring Letters from Famous Authors to Their Young Fans.

US:In Education Week Teacher Leader Network, Sandy Merz suggests some activities to organize seating arrangements at the start of the year.

US: In The New York Times Opinion Pages, Claire Needell Hollander writes that ‘Some Books Are More Equal Than Others‘ in students’ reading choices.

UK: In The Guardian, Alison Flood writes that many well known British authors have called ‘on the government to make it a legal obligation for every school to have a library‘.

June 23 2012 June 23, 2012

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US: In Education Week Teacher, contributors respond to the question ‘Is the traditional school schedule outmoded?

US: At The Whole Child Blog, Naomi Thiers asks, ‘What would it take to make all the children we serve strong readers?

US: In response to controversy over sexism in Scholastic’s Girls Only! How to Survive Anything, Jen Doll at the Atlantic Wire asks “a number of book-lovers and publishing houses what they felt were the most pro-girl reads on their shelves and in their stockrooms”.

US: In The Wall Street Journal, Alexandra Alter writes about YA author and former fan-fiction writer Cassandra Clare’s reaction to fan fiction based on her work.

US: At Cracked.com, see contributors’ suggestions for 23 Terrifying Movie Adaptations of Children’s Books.

US: In Education Week Teacher, Donalyn Miller shares tips for teachers for building up their ‘book muscle’ to help students become better readers.

US: At ASCD’s Educational Leadership, Nancy Padak, Karen Bromley, Tim Rasinski and Evangeline Newton explain ‘five common misconceptions that stand in the way of vocabulary instruction‘.

US: Twitter Fiction Writer Sean Hill has invited readers to send him their favorite nouns, and he will choose the most inspiring ones to use in a story.

Youtube: Have you seen the trailer for the film interpretation of Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightly and adapted for screen by Tom Stoppard?

June 17 2012 June 17, 2012

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US: Harper Collins has launched three new online reading communities for teens. Epic Reads is the main page, Pitch Dark is for readers of dystopians, and Story Crush is for romance fans. All sites will connect readers with popular authors.

US: In Education Week Teacher, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams write about “Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay”.

US: In Education Week Teacher, “Arkansas teacher Justin Minkel . . . describes the outcome of the 1,000 Books Project, in which each student in his class of 25 second-graders set up a home library and stocked it with 40 free books.”

US: At Edutopia, Jeff Grabill suggests ways to improve digital writing instruction.

US: In The Wall Street Journal, Alexandra Alter explains the phenomenon of fan fiction and some of its commercial success stories.

US: Florida TV station WTSP’s Dave Heller reports on the state’s initiative to increase summer reading: justreadflorida.com.

US: Listen to Neil Gaiman read his short story: The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury .

AUS: In The Age, Adrian Lowe writes about a collaboration between Facebook and the Victorian state government which will bring an anti cyber bullying webinar to 2000 students.

June 10 2012 June 10, 2012

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US: Teach.com have created an extraordinary flowchart to help high school students plan their summer reading.

US: At the Nerdy Book Club, find summer reading activities on Pinterest.

US: Scholastic has posted 65 book talks and trailers to inspire summer reading.

US: People between 13 and 25 can join The New York Times summer reading contest.

Follow on Twitter: #summerreading

US: At Time Magazine Ideas, Anne Murphy Paul writes about the advantages of no-stakes testing.

US: In the wake of scary French picture books posted last week, Emily Temple at Flavorwire explores 10 of the Most Terrifying Children’s Books From Around the World.

US: In the New York Times Business Day, Randall Stross writes about the future of essay-grading computer programs.

UK: In The Guardian, Gavin Cordon writes that Education Secretary Michael Gove will promise a new focus on spelling and grammar and require students to learn and recite poetry from first grade in a national curriculum overhaul.


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