Here are highlights from links that I shared on Twitter over the past month @JensBookPage. Although blogging got away from me over these past two months, I did continue sharing links as I found them on Twitter. Fewer than before (I pruned my blogroll significantly due to time constraints), but still lots of good stuff.
Below you'll find articles on #AchievementGap, #AntiRacism, #BookLists, #ClassroomLibraries, #Coding, #DistanceLearning, #EdTech, #EducationalEquity, #HigherEd, #Introversion, #JoyOfReading, #Lockdowns, #MentalHealth, #Play, #RemoteLearning, #ScreenTime, #Statistics, #SummerReading, and #writing. I went back about a month - beyond that things started to feel a bit dated. I hope that some of these links are still of interest. Happy reading and happy weekend!
Top Tweet of the Month
Why Are Some Kids Thriving During #RemoteLearning? | @NoraFleming1 @edutopia ow.ly/yilK30qCMfU | A sub-set of kids are benefiting from more sleep, less distraction, self-pacing, etc. (This one had far, far and away the most engagement of anything that I shared over the past two months.)
13 #ChapterBooks To Tickle Funny Bones | #SummerReading 2020 #BookList from @sljournal ow.ly/4I8M30qRgRI | As found in the @Scholastic #KFRR, kids love #FunnyBooks. Nurture #JoyOfReading when you can.
Just Read This: #Literacy + #Reading News, May 2020 @TheReadingTub focuses on how books can help kids understand #AntiRacism + #SocialJustice ow.ly/ec1U30qMCMT | includes sample questions for parents to spark discussion + links to #kidlit #BookLists
Events, Programs + Research
RT @TheReadingTub: “Children need to laugh, too, and to feel free to read whatever.” ~ Jacqueline Wilson, former British Children's Laureate. 2020 bit.ly/3cBh5tv#SummerReadingChallenge theme: focus on funny books.
J.K. Rowling Introduces #TheIckabog (a free online serialization of a children's book she wrote as a #ReadAloud for her younger kids) | ow.ly/5Q9Q30qL32Z@jk_rowling | My favorite part is that she's asking kids to submit illustrations for the print version
Beloved San Jose children's bookstore @Hicklebees fighting for survival, launches funding effort | I met ow.ly/QuYf30qL3a1@RickRiordan + @Jon_Scieszka both here, in small group settings, back in the day + will be donating to the cause.
This is neat. The @uscensusbureau #StatisticsInSchools program uses #census data to create free learning resources. This page has #DistanceLearning activities for kids of all ages: https://t.co/lHd5InG4tE?amp=1
I missed this news when it came out last month: James Patterson Pledges $2.5 Million in Grants to #Teachers for #ClassroomLibraries | @sljournal via @ProfessorNana ow.ly/D2TL30qHs8H@JP_Books @Scholastic #PattersonPledge
College Inc. Faces a Sticker-Price Reckoning ow.ly/4eTJ30qNvia@Spencerjakab @WSJ #HigherEd | #Coronavirus + #DistanceLearning -> problems for "traditional schools because of their huge fixed costs" + business model
On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing
Parenting, Screen Time, Play = Mental Health
You Don’t Have To Be #ScreenFree To Be Successful as a family this summer, says @McKenzieRoss20 @HonorsGradU ow.ly/WaOO30qQTy5 | Me, I'm working towards my daughter spending less time on screens, but none would be unrealistic
The Toll That Isolation Takes on Kids During the #Coronavirus Era. Playing with peers has important developmental benefits + doctors worry that kids are missing out @andreaapetersen @WSJ ow.ly/hNcq30qQjIh#MentalHealth #Play
Save Your Kids From Covid’s Digital Deluge - @ArlenePellicane @WSJopinion ow.ly/McXI30qNfs5 | In my house the #lockdown induced #ScreenTime bounty has to go. My 10 y.o. is showing signs of addiction (irritability, etc.)
#Reading Before Kindergarten- Is It Really Necessary? – @McKenzieRoss20 @HonorsGradU says it's not bad, per se, but only if kids lead the way. Pushing kids to learn to read too early can destroy #LoveOfReading
Schools, Libraries + Distance Learning
The Results Are In for #RemoteLearning: It Didn’t Work, say many students, teachers, parents + administrators ow.ly/9PU930qNvjt@Tawnell + Lee Hawkins @WSJ | #LearningGaps, #Inequity + absenteeism among problems discussed
Only 1 in 5 #K12 Schools Offered 'Rigorous' #RemoteLearning, @AEI Study Says - @MarkALieberman @EdWeekEdTech ow.ly/HUz330qRgXw | Disparity worst in high-poverty + low-achievement districts | #EdTech challenges a factor
Survey by @educationweek finds 65% Educators Want #Schools to Stay Closed to Slow Spread of #COVID19, even as 82% of teachers think they're more effective working in a school vs. #DistanceLearning https://t.co/IDHu2gkjSU?amp=1
#SummerReading and Learning for Teachers by @ClareLandrigan & @pennykittle @nerdybookclub ow.ly/fy6Z30qPcSh | The #BookLove Foundation will focus this online #BookClub on #GraciesList, honoring @AS_King's daughter
#AchievementGaps Increase The Longer Kids Stay In School, says @natwexler @Forbes | Recent data on ow.ly/2AWd30qH7el#SummerLearningLoss differs from older studies, finds gaps growing during the school year
Depressing but important: The Pandemic Sent 1.5 Billion Children Home From #School. Many Might Not Return. US + European authorities try to stop kids from #DroppingOut permanently ow.ly/ia2S30qNfuD@WSJ #EducationalEquity
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