Archive for May, 2013

SLJ FREE Online Event, SummerTeen – Hot Books for Young Adults-July 24

It’s back! School Library Journal‘s SummerTeen, an online event featuring the best books for teens under the sun! July 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm EST This year’s lineup features hot YA authors talking about their cool new books. Panels will cover the latest trends in teen lit including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology, diversity […]

Crisscross Apple Sauce Isn’t Easy!

As the school year is coming to a close, some children (and teachers) have a tendency to get increasingly wiggly. Please remember that sitting crisscross apple sauce is very difficult for our little ones, especially for prolonged amounts of time! (Have you ever tried to sit like that for any length of time? I don’t […]

The Teaching Channel

Have you heard about the Teaching Channel? Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. It is a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. With the help of the Tch community, their mission is to revolutionize how […]

Texas State Library—Use it!

Don’t forget!  You can request titles in the state Library Science Collection (LSC), a professional collection which exists to serve librarians across Texas for no cost, other than the responsibility of return postage. To request a loan, just e-mail the titles (or a topic for recommendations) to me at and I’ll send them to […]

Book Love….and Hate

I recently read a book that I hated…truly hated, yet the reviews for the book were fabulous. I thought maybe I was just missing something, or maybe I wasn’t evolved as a reader. Then, I was talking to a co-worker about The Kite Runner….a book that touched me to my core. Needless to say, I […]

No Lamb Left Behind

  My husband and I just returned from a trip to Ireland. One of the many delightful stories we heard while we were there was from Cathy, a sweet, animated woman who sold us a beautiful lambs wool sweater. As a child, she told us, she lived with an uncle who raised sheep. When she was five […]

Food for Thought

According to a new research study conducted by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the picky eating habits of young children could have links to genetic disposition. UNC Nutritional Psychologist, Myles Faith, was the primary researcher in the project that studied 66 pairs of twins ranging in age from four to seven.  Dr. […]

Social Media Skills

Have you been left behind in the social media whirlwind?  Recently I attended a wonderful webinar by Cathy Hoesterey entitled “Sharpen Your Social Media Skills.”  She provided many compelling reasons to use social media, the most important of which is to create a personal learning network.  Be still my heart!  I always threatened, after I […]

TED Talks Education

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and TED, the non-profit organization that is devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” have teamed up in an effort to provide TED’s first original television special, TED Talks Education. The special, airing tonight at 9:00 on your local PBS Station, is a one hour program that features a variety of “teachers […]

Language Differences and Bias

In a telling experimentconducted by Marilyn S. Rosenthal, children were asked to accept a box of crayons and drawing pad from one of two “magic boxes.” The boxes looked identical, but the voices that played from a hidden speaker within each box were different: Steve spoke Standard American English and Kenneth spoke African-American English. The […]