Best Book I Have Not Read

Writing, Reading, Teaching, Life, Attempting to Balance it All

David Booth-Thursday’s TCRWP Keynote July 9, 2009

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David Booth was a wonderful keynote speaker this morning to kick-off Thursday of the Reading Institute. His talk, “I am the book! When children find themselves inside the texts they are reading” was a great mixture of humor and seriousness. He emphasizes how children’s books (and literacy) has changed to include the things from children’s own lives (not in Dick and Jane books with the father in his hat at the breakfast table). He urged embracing all forms of literacy, including technological ones such as Kindle and Twitter.  Teaching reading is no longer the old image many people have of reading a book under a tree (see his reference to New York

newyorker coverer magazine cover ) but more like the Time Magazine Cover of Twitter (See below).

I found it interesting that Booth said we’ve never sold as many books as we did this year, but that the speed information is multiplying was some mind-boggling larger number. 

That it shouldn’t matter to us what shape the text takes, but that talking to children about what the book (in whatever form), reading, future plan on reading is still darn magical.  Teachers can change a kid’s life-that’s what’s dangerous (and magical). Don’t show a kid what your face would like if you’d sucked on a lemon for 100 years if they ask you for wrestling magazines or pokemon, view it as a way into a conversation with that child about their reading and the opportunity to learn and teach. 

David Booth got a standing ovation. A fantastic speaker if you ever get the chance to hear him.


I’m okay with Twitter, even though I had some doubts to start. It’s all in moderation-just like Facebook. 

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My husband says I’m addicted to the Internet January 29, 2009

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I don’t think I agree with him. Completely. Part of my “addiction” might also be described as an over-reliance on the Internet. I still do plenty of non-internet activities. 

E-mail, Google Calendar-they are a necessary part of my working life. I love that Google Calendar e-mails me my calendar for the day at 4:34 a.m. and that I can have it send reminders about items as often as I like. 

Blogs, Twitter-I am pretty fascinated by the instantaneous access to information.  No longer do I have to wait until the next day to read about Gov. Strickland’s State of the State address. Multiple sources of info are tweeted, posted, and blogged-almost instantly as the speech takes place. 

I don’t think it’s an addiction or an over-reliance. I’ve decided to embrace those 21st Century Technologies as they appear-try to figure out the good and the bad of them to decide if they’ll be helpful to me in any part of my life and then move on.  

Being me, I will feel the need to add some more about the good and the bad over the next several days, so be prepared. Or just skip the blog entries or notes on this topic.


Social Media crash course November 1, 2008

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I have had a huge crash course in social media since starting my new job in July. I have to say that I’ve gone from being very disturbed by what I thought it was to, to fascinated, to slightly obsessed.  It seems so many parts of my life end up leading back to something that is somewhat related to social media. 

I recently joined Facebook when I needed to be able to do some research on it to see if I could determine which student(s) had started a false page for one of our administrators. I have to admit that I was initially really creeped out by it. As a friend and I started started researching, I started an account while she ran to the restroom. I have to admit I didn’t even really know what Facebook was, much less how it was set up, until getting on the site. For those familiar with it, you know the sign-up is pretty quick and even before my friend was back from the restroom, I had a post on my page from my youngest brother, complete with a photo of my niece! Yikes-how did that happen? Well he has an iPhone and received a message notifying him that I had clicked on him as a friend. From the same iPhone, he sent a text and photo to my Facebook page through his Facebook account. 

Here’s what I found initially creepy:

  • the speed with which people can be connected-instantaneous!
  • the content on some younger students’ Facebook pages
  • the fact that the iPhone got around all the school’s filters since it is a wireless mobile device
  • that I could tell that students were posting to their Facebook page from their phones during the school day, even though there is a policy against cell phone use during the day-my brain instantly went to all the naughty things students could do at school with Facebook, iPhone, etc.
  • do I really want to be “friends” with someone if we knew each other twenty plus years ago-isn’t there something sociologically that thinks that you move on from different points in your life and not reliving them? 

Here’s what I now find fascinating!

  • That this blog can be linked to Facebook
  • That I easily communicate (for Free! unless you count having the internet at home) in brief spurts with my brothers, my college roommate, friends from high school, or teachers from other schools-complete with photos of their children in almost “real-time” 
  • That I can find other KidLit bloggers, curriculum coordinators, teachers, moms, etc. who are like-minded through Twitter, JacketFlap, Facebook, Ning,…
  • Now the NCTE site even has a social networking community of people who will be attending the conference in November