A 13-year-old girl’s beautiful response to the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”

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This past week, the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars,” a story of young love complicated (to understate it) by cancer, was released… On Thursday, Naomi Horn, a young lady who has seen cancer in her mom who survived and her uncle who didn’t, posted her…

Tina Jameson‘s insight:

A beautiful audio review of the ‘trailer’ of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ (by John Green).

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

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Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

Tina Jameson‘s insight:

While being ‘tech literate’ is essential, we also need to explicitly provide times for prolonged concentration, without the distraction of technology.  This article links the ability to focus consistently with behaviour and the ability of people to regulate their emotions.

 

As a library professional whose main goal is to encourage reading, I  believe this article supports the necessity of valuing periods of ‘tech free’ sustained reading opportunities.

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

In the age of the Common Core and its emphasis upon having students take on more challenging text, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to the demands of increased rigor. However, in a balanced literacy program, they remain important.

Tina Jameson‘s insight:

Article stressing the importance of school wide commitment to encouraging life long reading skills….to allow for choice and enjoyment as well as rigor.  

 

Some great practical suggestions as to how this might look and work in a school.

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Home – Trove

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Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

Trove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians.

Tina Jameson‘s insight:

If you have not already discovered TROVE, then make yourself some time to have a look.  If you already have a research idea in mind, then take to opportunity to see the wide sources of information that may be out there.
Searches can be modified to restrict your results to ‘available online’ content, or can direct you to specific libraries and other sources of valuable information. 

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