Archive for May, 2013

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 […]

Transition to Kindergarten

As the school year is entering its final month, it is time to start thinking about the transition to kindergarten for some of our young children. The Harvard Family Research Project, a division of the Harvard School of Education, recently published a brief entitled: Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten. The […]

FREE! Highland Park Centennial Literary Festival

Want to do something special for Mother’s Day weekend? On Saturday, May 11, bring the whole family to the Highland Park Centennial Literary Festival at the Highland Park United Methodist Church (3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205). Adult author sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and Children’s sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. All morning sessions are […]

On the job, low-tech sometimes beats high-tech

Students are more than the sum of their gadgets. When it comes to real-world job skills, high-tech knowledge isn’t always the last word. Take a look at the following “old-school” skills, along with the tech-friendly methods by which educators can instill them in students. Dinosaur #1:  Writing Often cited as one of the most important […]