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SparkNotes Nation | To Make a Prairie

SparkNotes Nation | To Make a Prairie. Not much to say about this but “yep.”

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If the book isn’t made of paper and I can’t touch it, does it really exist?

Liz over there at Gone Digital has been ruminating about books recently. In a nostalgic kind of way. And it’s gotten me thinking about a few things regarding books as well. I have begun to read books on my iPad. … Continue reading

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Cultivating Book Love

I’m about two thirds through Penny Kittle’s latest, Book Love. This book helps me to identify the mismatch between what I hope for my students as readers and what is actually unfolding in my classroom. A lot that is good … Continue reading

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Reflections on NCTE 2012, looking back from a dining room table in Iowa

Okay so I didn’t write yet for conference day three. I blame the Las Vegas strip. After the last session we attended Saturday, we headed out to explore the strip. That means that we walked from the MGM Grand all … Continue reading

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NCTE 2012: day 1 reflections

Whoa. Vegas is weird. Just had to get that out there. We arrived this morning, took a taxi from the airport, waited in line to check in at the conference hotel, realized how noisy it is pretty much everywhere here, … Continue reading

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Helping students choose books that challenge them as readers and human beings

I’ve been thinking lately about how to get my students to make independent reading choices that challenge them as readers and human beings. Sometimes they choose the book that is easy and engaging (The Hunger Games for example) (I loved … Continue reading

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