Barker, Eric. A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated. Business Insider.
15 April 2015.
Albert Ellis created a theory in the field of psychotherapy, a system to help people keep from getting frustrated- REBT. Highlights:
You don’t get frustrated because of events, it’s because of beliefs. It isn’t the thing is happening it is that it is happening to you. Should, ought, demands, commands, expectations- get rid of them. Change your beliefs.
ABCD: Adversity, Beliefs, Consequences, Dispute
Adversity will always happen. What you choose to believe about it is your choice. What you choose will affect the consequences. So get rid of the disputing that it will, should, ought or must happen a certain way. Using that godlike insistence isn’t rational. This is all based on the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.
Berchini, Christina. Which Childhood Experiences are “Appropriate,” and Says Who? Literacy and NCTE. 23 Aug 2017. Article discusses the appropriateness of the text emphasising not all childhood experiences are ‘blissful’.
“You know what that’s [A Child Called ‘It’] about, right?” she asked me, visibly stunned.
“Um…yes. That’s why I want to teach it,” I replied.
I’m not agreeing to that,” she said. “Our students are entitled to a blissful childhood, and they do not need to be privy to that boy’s story.”
Bowman, David. What’s the Big Deal. DavidEBowman.com 21 Nov 2014.
The 5 of 8 legislation is undergoing discussion. Some lawmakers want to give local school districts flexibility to have or not have 5 of the 8 positions:
elementary physical education
Opponents argue taking the legislation requirements off will guarantee local boards will redirect money to core subjects that are tested.
Bratton, Michael. Ohio Schools Experience Cuts in Librarians. WKSU. Kent State University. 29 July 2015.
“The Ohio Department of Education reports that the number of licensed librarians in public schools across the state has dropped 43 percent since 2005. Research shows that schools with full-time, licensed librarians tend to have students with higher reading levels and better classroom performance."
Bures, Frank. “The Truth about Fiction: to sharpen your business skills, read more novels.” The Rotarian. March 2013.
Bures asserts that the business world suffers from a lack of social connection that could be remedied by reading more fiction. Fiction helps readers to understand other people and see things that are imagined rather than historic. Fiction ‘explores a range of circumstances and interactions and characters you're likely to meet.’ Reading fiction improves social perceptiveness, interpretation of facial clues and social clues. The business world has relied so heavily on the scientific method that it forgoes the personal aspect. Managers need to be more human when dealing with humans and making decisions that affect humans. Fiction helps us ‘to connect to something larger than ourselves.’ The scientific and business worlds need their specific knowledge but they also need this personal side.
Clark, Kevin. The Andrew Luck Book Club. The Wall Street Journal. 4 Nov 2015.
Andrew Luck is the Indianapolis Colts quarterback in the NFL and he loves to read and recommend books to his teammates. He likes to talk in the locker room about what he’s read, reading and what others might enjoy. He reads mainly non fiction and memoirs.
Dillon, Paul. February Tip: For H. S. Juniors, the College Search Starts Now. Franklin & Marshall College. 1 February 2016.
College juniors need to start now.
1- Get to know yourself.
2- Use your college search resources.
3- Set up a designated college search email account.
4- Do a check up of your online presence.
5- Don’t get hung up on your dream school.
6- Make yourself known.
7- Visit at least 2 schools by June 1.
8- Challenge yourself and stay involved.
9- Start thinking about your senior schedule.
10- Prepare for standardized tests.
11- Ask questions.
Edwards, Halle. How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown. PrepScholar. 20 Mar 2015. 7 May 2015.
Top ACT scores are 34 and above. The average score, based on the 2014 scores, is a 21 out of 36. A 28 puts the test taker in the top 90% opening up many scholarships. A 33 and up places the test taker in the 99%. Raising a score one point helps tremendously.
Ehrenfreund, Max. If We Stop Telling Kids What to Read, They Might Start Reading Again. Washington Post. 10 Jan 2015.
The argument continues over whether to give kids quality, adult approved literature or to let kids choose what to read. This article cites a new study that claims students who are given time during the school day to read books of their choice become voracious readers. “...78% of students, who read frequently for fun (at least five days a week), said they had time to read a book of choice during the school day…. 24% of infrequent readers- those who read for fun less than one day a week- said they had time to read a book of choice during the school day.
This study supports educators who advocate for free reading during the school day. “31% of children ages 6-17 said they read for fun at least five days a week, compared to 37 % in 2010.” I think a balance is the key. Students should have time to choose their own books for reading and also have educators or adults who are helping challenge them to read more diverse, literary books as well.
Forte, Sarah. The Classics Don’t Matter. CT New Junkie. Sep 12, 2017.
Forte does not completely say the classics don’t matter just only when they are ready.
“Students need relevant young adult literature, not the classics. The classics, or the traditional literary canon, tend to be texts that are praised by scholars, stand the test of time, and, as a result, are often taught in classrooms. Young Adult literature, or YAL, is written about young adult situations, with young adult characters, with a young adult audience in mind. YAL is better suited to turn reluctant readers into lifelong readers.” Some suggestions for complex YAL: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. “Part of “College and Career Ready” means being a reader. A reader of articles, novels, poetry, voting ballots, emails, advertisements, contracts, transcripts, lab reports. A reader who reads for pleasure and a reader who can attempt to read something that is really confusing. Students will not push through a hard text on their own if they have never enjoyed reading or discovered its value.”
Friedman, Richard A. Can You Get Smarter?. The New York Times. 2015. 28 Jan. 2016 <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/opinion/sunday/can-you-get-smarter.html>
Starting at 55 our hippocampus shrinks 1-2 % every year. 1 in 9 aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are beginning to study the neuroplasticity of brains to see if exercising the brain with puzzles will make it stronger. One study had participants go through 6 weeks of brain training, 10 min sessions 3 times a week. The biggest advantage was to those 60 and older showing a significant improvement in verbal reasoning concluding brain exercise might delay effects of aging on the brain.
There is also evidence that young people’s attitude increases their intelligence and has a dramatic effect on how they learn. Young people need to know their intelligence is a changeable characteristic in order to have the confidence to increase it. They benefit brain wise from physical exercise. Weight training seems to benefit women specifically.
Depression is associated with hippocampal shrinkage. Stimulants helps long term memory. “People with richer social networks and engagement have a reduced rate of cognitive decline.” “You can’t exceed your innate intelligence. But that seems less important than the fact that there is much that you can do to reach your cognitive potential and to keep it. Forget the smart drugs and supplements; put on your shorts and go exercise. If you’re 60 and up, consider brain training. And do it all with your friends.”
Green, John. “50 Books that will change your life.” Realsimple.com. June 2013.
Young adult author John Green shares his passion for reading in this article that collects memories other prominent people have associated with the books that changed their lives. According to Green books give perspective to teens and then teens grow up and forget to read. The reader is what makes the book come to life. ‘Readers are co-creaters.” Books are to help readers focus and think about ‘the old verities… love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice’ as Faulkner once said.
Guardian. “Pass notes No 2,757: Dewey Decimal System.” Guardian. www.guardian.co.uk. 13 Jul 2010.
This refutes the Dewey system as a method of cataloguing books. Dewey is a method for classifying books by subject whereas cataloguing has its own rules. The rock legend Keith Richards stated his love for librarianship and revealed he even tried to apply it to his own private library. Dewey was a self taught organizer of books who is better known as the father of librarianship.
Ha, Thu-Huong. These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read.
This project looked at college syllabi to see what students are required to read and found the classics are still there. Philosophy, the Western canon and some history titles pepper across schools. Frankenstein and Canterbury Tales are the most taught works of fiction. Nonfiction includes America: A Narrative History, Coming of Age in Mississippi, and The Communist Manifesto.
Hincks, Kelly. 5 Ways to Advocate without Being in Your Face. Knowledge Quest. AASL. 2 Aug 2016.Share: newsletters, emails, social media, conferences
Data: checkout information, class usage, collaboration with teachers
Programs: advocate your programs to teachers and others who will advocate your programs
Displays: interesting, student friendly, interactive
Anticipate What’s Coming: mention resources and project ideas
Jacobson, Linda. Unnatural Selection: More Librarians are Self-Censoring. School Library Journal Online. 26 September 2017.
In library school we are told to never restrict access to a book, but restrictions in school libraries are on the rise. 6% of high schools report such restrictions. The decision to not purchase books including controversial material is also on the rise. Schools should have a formal book selection and formal book challenge procedure in place. Most librarians read reviews from other librarians and organizations before purchasing. “Labels and restricted sections have been found to legally violate students’ First Amendment rights.”
Kagan, Oleg. Library Visits Have Gone Way Up Over the Last Two Decades. Here’s Why…4 Sep 2017.
“Between 1990 and 2014, visits to public libraries grew by a whopping 181%. For context, the population of the United States increased by 28% during that period.”
Librarians are more involved with the communities and patrons they serve developing programs that interest all groups of people. Libraries are using social media to promote their programs and media. Libraries house free technology and librarians are helping their patrons learn to use it appropriately.
Keliher, Evan. “Forget the Fads- The Old Way Works Best: What will fix public education? A teacher, a chalkboard and a roomful of willing students.” Newsweek. 30 Sep 2002.
In 1993 philanthropist Walter Annenberg poured 500 million into schools. It didn’t make much difference in the quality of public education. Politics and bureaucracy held up the funds and actually getting anything done. Team teaching, supervised peer tutoring, block scheduling- they do not make real learning better served. Educators rarely learn from past mistakes. We continue to start new programs that are really just like the old ones. Direct instruction promotes a rigorous interaction between teachers and students.
Kerr, Euan. For Kwame Alexander, poetry and love and sports all fit together. 15 Apr 2016.
Author of Crossover, Alexander fell out of love with reading in middle school when his dad encouraged him to read the encyclopedia then in high school when girls became a growing interest he decided to pick up poetry writing. Muhammad Ali’s The Greatest helped renew his interest in reading.
Kinney, Jeff. “Kid Lit Unbound.” Time.com 18 Jul 2011.
Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid series, discusses how he originally wrote Wimpy Kid for nostalgic adults and it was then turned into a kid’s series. He says if it had happened the other way around he would have been less honest and tried to impart some life lesson. He discusses the definition of classic literature and how each generation determines that and the evolving term of ‘legitimate reading’.
Krashen, Stephen. “The Case For Libraries and Librarians.” Dec 2008. sdkrashen.com. 19 Mar 2009.
Better Libraries > Better Reading Achievement. Students become better readers by reading more. Libraries are the major sources for books. The number of books per student is related to reading achievement at the state and national level. Librarians provide that access to books. “Keith Curry Lance's studies confirm that the presence of librarians and overall staffing contributes to reading achievement independent of other measures of library quality. The most obvious way librarians contribute is helping children find books, in addition to selecting books and other materials for the library, and collaborating with teachers. 2”
LaGarde, Jennifer and Todd Nesloney. It Takes a Reader to Grow a Reader: When Adults Don’t
Read Kids Lose. Scholastic.com
"Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who read for pleasure make more progress in vocabulary, spelling, and math than those who rarely read....First, give students access to many, many books. Then allow them to select the titles that interest them and with which they will experience great success. And then, let them read." and then there's my favorite..."The reality is, we prioritize what we value. We all make time for the things we know are important. But here’s the thing, y’all: this is important." At the end of the article it lists ways to read more for all of us.”
Lipsyte, Robert. “Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope.” The New York Times. 19 Aug
2011. www.nytimes.com. 22 Aug 2011.
The ALA held a panel to ‘demystify to the overwhelmingly female audience the testosterone code that would get teenage boys reading. Whereas boys used to lag behind girls in reading in the early grades, statistics show, they soon caught up. Not anymore.’ Boys need books that relate to them and things that concern them and make them care. Fiction needs to engage them by relating to their lives. Boys are historically drawn to nonfiction and not exposed to fiction other than classics. Guysread.com, created by Jon Scieszka, addresses the need for boys to read. Boys need positive male role models who read. They need to find fiction that causes them to reflect on the men they will become. Although girls will read boys with male protagonists, boys will not read books with girl protagonists. In the 1940’s children went from children’s literature to adult literature. In the 70’s young adult fiction took off with coming-of-age books that were realistic and let teens make their own resolutions. Today YA tends to be simplistic problem novels. YA publishers are pushing books that are more like epics of video games and sports articles. Boys were not impressed. YALSA is looking for more YA fiction to allow boys to reflect on who they want to become. Girls will read books narrated or about boys or girls while boys really like only male driven books. These books are usually the more censored or banned books. The ‘hard-core’ boy talk is facilitated by the literary impetus.
Litt, Toby. Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural ‘seed corn.’ The Guardian. 15 Nov 2014.
Gaiman describes himself as a feral child raised in the library’s safe place and ‘why their closure endangers our future’. Once scared of the seemingly ancient librarian he was won over once he asked for help and received it. When asked how the library is different from the internet he points out it is uncurated and not always a safe place. Librarians are there to creating a safe place, collect and then disperse media because reading begets knowledge and enjoyment. The common misconception is that everyone has web access. Libraries give everyone access.
McKeon, Emer. English Majors Among Most Desirable Employees, says Google. Bookstr.com 3
I'm not saying we should all be English majors but some good points here...
"These two recent studies... show that studies of workplace success contradict the conventional wisdom about "hard skills" and their maximal benefit to us on our career path...The top characteristics of success... are so-called "soft skills," such as communication, good leadership, possessing insight into others' values and points of view, having empathy and a supportive nature towards others and possessing good critical thinking and problem solving skills, along with the ability to create connections across complex ideas."
NEA. New Research Study Details Growth, Staffing, Resources Trends in School Library/Media Centers: District/Grade Level Data Presented for All 50 States.
“A new study by NEA confirms what has long been suspected: staff and resource disparities adversely impact minority ethnic status students and students living in poverty. Recent trends in library closings, staff reductions, and resource allocation policies clearly highlight the fact that education policymakers and administrators do not uniformly agree on either the immediate or the long-term value of library/media centers in public schools. Some continue to be unwilling to support school library/media centers in the wake of school budget cuts and rising costs elsewhere.”
O’Neal, Jeff. How Not to Worry About Teenagers Reading. Book Riot. 25 Feb 2016.
O’Neal is worried a recent article by David Denby in The New Yorker, “Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?” could have a negative impact on today’s teens reading. He cites two elements of Denby’s article. 1- His claim that teens aren’t reading seriously. And 2- What he considers serious literature.
46% of 16-17 year olds read everyday. Those 65 and older are the least likely to read everyday.
52% of 18-24 year olds in the US read for pleasure.
Denby’s list of serious literature lists mostly white, male authors.
Penguin Teen. 6 Books For When You Want to Feel Anything But Ordinary. 2016. 27 Apr. 2016.
Hold Me Closer- ordered
Original Fake- didn’t order
Wink Poppy Midnight- ordered
Alex Crow- we have
Where Futures End- ordered
Queenan, Joe. In Praise of Libraries. The Rotarian. March 2015.
Small towns, big towns, cities- they all need public libraries. It serves school kids, preschool kids, senior citizens, unemployed, employed, lonely, enlightened and the searching. It’s free. It’s democratic and doesn’t separate people. It’s a place to gather. It’s a place for good books and bad books- a community gathering place.
Rich, Motoko. “Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading.” The New York Times. 19 Nov 2007.
Reading test scores are declining and this study shows the link to a decline in access to books. Employers are noticing a drop in basic writing skills. ‘Fewer than half of Americans over 18 read novels, short stories, plays or poetry.’ Students reading scores are declining in high schools. Students need access to books and to make time to read leisurely.
Rich, Motoko. Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own. The New York Times. 8 Jan 2015. 14 Jan 2015.
Studies are constantly arguing. Reading is down. Reading is up. The new study by Scholastic says “31% of children ages 6-17 said they read for fun at least five days a week, compared to 37 % in 2010.” For those who are in the 31% some commonalities are:
They are read to regularly.
They have restricted online time.
They have time to read on their own during the school day.
They were read aloud to through elementary school.
They are immersed in household with lots of books and parents who like to read.
‘It’s this idea of marinating children in higher-level vocabulary.’
Rodarme, Susie. The Ultimate Stephen King Reading Guide (from a constant reader). Bookriot. 26 Jan 2017. Rodarme splits King’s works into genres and gives short summaries to recommend. They article then has a lengthy comment section to add or disagree with her list.
Schocker, Laura. 6 Science-Backed Reasons to Go Read A Book Right Now. Huffington Post. Healthy Living. 12 Nov 2013.
Studies show reading strengthen the mind’s ability to read the thoughts and feelings of others, if reading literary works not popular fiction. Other benefits include:
1-Reading can chill you out. It beat out listening to music, enjoying a cup of tea or taking a walk.
2-It could help keep your brain sharp. Lowers the rate of decline, helping stave off Alzheimer’s disease.
3-Reading may help you sleep better.
4- Makes you more empathetic.
5- Self help books can ease depression.
Schwalbe, Will. “The Need to Read.” The Wall Street Journal. 25 Nov 2016.
Schwalbe has a new book coming out, Books for Living. In the article Schwalbe suggests we get back to asking the question, What are you reading? He discusses the way we live today is too busy, unfocused, and fearful. Books help people recenter, the technology is simple, and help us find answers to our lives. He summarizes his life lessons while reading certain books.
Singer, Steven. U. S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among the Best in the World. Gadflyonthewallbog.wordpress.com. 29 January 2017.
Singer gives research to support how America is not failing. 1- The U.S. educates everyone. 2- Test scores are not comparable because we test everyone but other countries only test those they educate. 3- Our higher standard of living creates higher live birth rates and lower suicide rates, again, mean we test everyone we educate. 4- We teach and test a broader range of information and do not only teach to the test.
We also have issues. We are segregated by race and class and too much depends on where you live. Our country has an exorbitant amount of poor children and this creates issues in educating them.
Why the skewed media? Because corporations make money convincing society their kids are falling behind. They sell products to help measure student growth.
Stripling, Barbara K. “Advocating for School Librarians.” American Libraries Magazine. 8 Jan 2014.
With budget and testing pressures leading to eliminating or de-professionalizing school libraries Stripling asserts it is time for librarians to focus on
the culture of literacy- individualized reading guidance, developing quality collections and nurturing a love of reading
the culture of inquiry- enabling all students to be independent and lifelong learners, equipped with essential critical-thinking and information skills
social and emotional growth
creativity and imagination
thoughtful use of technology
Librarians empower young people to pursue a lifetime of reading, discovery, learning, and creating.
Ukura, Kim. 100 Must-Read Memoirs. Book Riot. 18 Apr 16.
Lists memoirs from 1937-2016. I checked again the OPAC and ordered some.
Washington School Shooting Followed Familiar Patterns. Here's What We Know
A good article addressing what we keep hearing: School shooters often "leak" their intentions in advance. The shooter got his gun from a relative's unlocked safe. Physical school security measures aren't always enough.
Wharton, Claudene. Books in the home as important as parents education level. Nevada Today. 24 May 2010. 1 February 2016.
For years we’ve thought the parents’ education level was the strongest predictor of a child’s future education level. New research finds a larger correlation between the number of books in the home to the child’s education future level. Having 500+ books could propel a child 3.2 years further in education.
Americans with some college or an associate’s degree make $7,213 more than with just a high school education. Americans with a bachelor’s degree make $21,185 more per year than just a high school education.
Wise, Abigail. 8 Science- Backed Reasons to Read a (Real) Book. Real Simple.
It increases intelligence.
It boosts your brain power.
Reading can make you more empathetic.
Flipping pages can help you understand what your are reading.
It may help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Reading can help you relax.
Reading before bed can help you sleep.
Reading is contagious.