May 22, 2009

Read. Think. Teach. 22 May

The Book Whisperer reviewed by Esme: "...a title that might do for independent readig what Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook did for read aloud."

The Essential Question comes from Doug Johnson.
"Does a school need a library when information can be accessed from the classroom using internet connected laptops?"

David Warlick has an answer in his post, Why Libraries?
"If the library might come to be seen more as a workshop where information isn't so much a product as a raw material (a "Kinko's for Kids" if you will), then it may remain not only viable, but and essential institution."

Seth Godin on the tribes we lead from (Scott liked it. So did Tim.) Good food for thought. He answerd some questions later.

Stirring Up Justice from ASCD Inservice has some more good questions for you and your school.

Doug Noon has been successful with "My Evil Plan," Bwa-Ha-Ha-Ha! C.B. rocked it as well, with Shakespeare no less!

"Some Thoughts on the Lost Art of Reading Aloud" from the NYT.

Outreach from xkcd.

An Open Letter to Oprah from Shirley. Hope it gets to her.


Rosco Tango Baker said...

Thanks for posting The EQ is a topic that has been around for years with no clear answer. I trust money matters will be the deciding factor in the role of the public school library.

Alas, the number of kids that are unable to relate instructions into fact finding/information gathering seems to be pretty high - at least in my experience.

For example: I write "Ch 6, Sec 4" on the board only to get far too many kids asking me, "Mister, what page is that on?"

Now transfer that lack of skill to the internet, which is all about navigation, and well, we're back to the role of the library: how to find and access information...and don't get me started on assigning value to the information ;-)

The basic act of research is best taught with a book(s) in my opinion. The number of skills needed to use a book (hold it up, flip the page, read the words) are fewer when compared to the use of a computer hooked to the internet (typing, spelling, understanding the "how" and "where" of the computer, understanding the "how" and "where" of the internet).

What are your thoughts on this one, Teach?

Teacherninja said...

I agree that book research is the best start. Web searches are tough, especially for the elementary crowd I deal with. I'll ask them were they got a fact and they'll say "Off the internet" or "from Google" if they're real specific. I tell them that;s like saying they got it off TV. What channel? What show? When did it air? So, yes, we certainly have our work cut out for us.