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To Know How to Teach is to Know How to GLIDE

Teaching children—whether as a professional educator or as a parent—is the delicate, challenging business of shepherding youngsters through experiences they don’t know much about, that they don’t know how to accomplish and that they may not know how to fit into their lives, nor that they may desire to learn. Teaching is not a simple process of herding children around […]

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Avid Readers Aren’t Born, They’re Developed

I know this will come as a shock, but I am an avid reader. I love books by authors who speak to me. I relish finding a good fiction writer or series, and read everything he or she offers. Sometimes I read books in order or if they feature a particularly compelling character, like Porfiry Rostnikov, the protagonist in […]

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The Bumpy Road to Reading

Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better – Samuel Beckett A failure is an event – It is not a person. – Zig Ziglar Some simple things are learned in a flash, like not touching fire. It only takes one mistake to learn the associated lesson, and it’s the same lesson for everyone. Most valuable lessons however, yielding […]

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Got Rain? Get Books!

When the dregs from Hurricane Nate drifted up to my home in Louisville, Ky., my wife and I enjoyed a couple of days of lovely soft rain, happy to have missed the torrential rains experienced by gulf coast states in the Deep South. The welcome rains came after a several-week dry spell that had lawns turning brown […]

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Propagating Lifelong Learning: Be Pro-Book Choice

My spouse and I watch very little television beyond the news, the arts and collegiate sports. However, we do subscribe to and receive dozens of magazines at our house. They cover a myriad of subjects, like news, politics, women’s issues, health and photography. They are about literacy education, science and exploration, and cultural history, too. We intentionally pile […]

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They Won’t Have to Think About the Reading

If you want to understand children, spend some time watching them. Through careful observation, we can see what they are “up to.” And when we respond to their initiatives, we engage with them in what they care about, which  communicates to them “I care about you.” That message is always a winner. If you watch children, you will […]

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Wet Books–Take Two. What YOU Can Do.

In last week’s blog I had mentioned that … …the American Library Association (ALA) and its state and local affiliates are additional places to which to turn for guidance on helping damaged libraries as they struggle back to something near prominence in the role they play in people’s lives. In response, Karen Muller, ALA’s director of library and knowledge […]

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Wet Books: A Burden for us ALL to Carry

When I was first a professor I was in a cubicle in the basement of a 200-year-old building of an even older university. Charming, right? In my second year, the university began to build a new library next door. For weeks there were pulses of concentric waves in my water glass, caused by the pounding of […]