Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 20: #NAEP Results, #Teaching, Various #Diversities, and #

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TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #IdeologicalDiversity, #introversion, #LibraryWeek, #MentalHealth, #NAEP, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #StorytimeFromSpace, #testing, parenting, reading, schools, #play, and teaching.

Top Tweets of the Week

Make Connections for Your #SchoolLibrary by following these 6 Advocates for School Library Month #AASLslm @MrsPstorytime ow.ly/Nlc230jyn6U @shannonmmiller @elissamalespina @MatthewWinner @colbysharp @MrSchuReads @plemmonsa

Seven reasons people no longer want to be #teachers | written in Australia but #testing, lack of autonomy + "work intensification" sound universal ow.ly/ZOSs30jxhxi @ConversationUS

Book Lists

NotQuiteNarwhalRA RA Read: Pink + Fancy #PictureBooks (now w/ unicorns + miniatures) | A guide to books + series from Jean Little Library ow.ly/QUsB30jwpkJ #BookList #kidlit

7 books with great #library scenes to read during #LibraryWeek | On Our Minds @Scholastic ow.ly/9kAc30jwqcy

Beloved Books: 50 Classic @amightygirl Stories | ow.ly/siws30jwoSm #BookList #kidlit #PippiLongstocking #MaryPoppins #Madeline + lots more

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the @amazon Top 100? — @100scopenotes shares the sometimes surprising results, without comment ow.ly/cc9j30jtI6X #kidlit

Rosewotwn3 New Books Starring Tween #Introverts | reviews by @libraryvoice @sljournal ow.ly/9prY30jyLr2 #kidlit

Favorite #Space Theme Books + Activities for Kids from @mamasmiles ow.ly/zAPG30jymVr #crafts #BookList

Cybils

Today on the #Cybils blog, an interview with @AlanGratz, author of Middle Grade Fiction winner REFUGEE (from @Scholastic) ow.ly/wspD30jxJRe

Diversity + Gender

MommysKhimarIn Search of Missing Children: Why Representation in #KidLit Is So Important | Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow @BookishHQ ow.ly/on2430jtItm #diversebooks

Thinking About #Jewish Children’s Literature in a Time of #Antisemitism | the need for Jewish #kidlit beyond the #Holocaust + lots more ow.ly/vbYl30jxj1c @Bibliogato @Medium via @bkshelvesofdoom

RT @DTWillingham: When asked to draw a scientist, do children draw a male or female? Changes over time ($) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/cdev.13039

On Life Balance from @escapeadulthood "If you have a lot of friends on one side of the #political spectrum, you should balance it out with at least a few from the other side. O/w you’ll find yourself living in an echo chamber." ow.ly/d0qq30jwp6i

Silicon Valley's Dangerous Political Blind Spots - Will lack of #IdeologicalDiversity + presence of #political monoculture doom big tech companies? @declanm @reason

Events + Programs

RosieRevereThe Storytime from #Space program is very cool. Watch astronauts read #kidlit, promoting #STEM + #literacy together ow.ly/48ER30jwpJw @TaylorPittman22 @HuffPostParents @StoryTimeSpace #RosieRevere

Growing Bookworms

#ReadingAloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior + Attention - @PerriKlass @nytimes on recent study https://t.co/S7Xj1CkqQm

Your Guide to Beginning Chapter Book Series for New #Readers from @growingbbb ow.ly/Zjyx30jzEK6 #kidlit #literacy #HenryAndMudge #LittleBear + more

Narrow vocabulary 'hits pupils' grades'. Teachers "blame the "word gap" on too little reading for pleasure" @BBCNews https://t.co/qYaOqXGkX7

IntrovertAdvantageIntroversion

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (bet this is extra true for #introverts) | 13 better questions to ask from @MarcelSchwantes @Inc https://t.co/CNmvw1QACG

Kitlitosphere

Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books” — @fuseeight | kids' humorous #writing contest, children's illustrator greeting cards + more #kidlit news ow.ly/cdYe30jxgII

Parenting

Parent + elementary principal @principalboots will occasionally take her kids' books away as a consequence ow.ly/XN8l30jwpRN | I have done this occasionally but remain conflicted about it

Study finds an over-abundance of toys may stifle toddler #creativity | w/ fewer options, kids #play w/ each longer @EmmaELYoung @ResearchDigest ow.ly/7wpG30jyBuD #parenting

This is hilarious: Why Do #Parents Cheat at Family Board Games? To Lose as Fast as Possible - @GregBensinger @WSJ https://t.co/WteXg55aJZ

ImALibrarianSimple Ways Kids Can Help Communities + Model #CommunityHelpers from @mamasmiles ow.ly/rmey30jwpql | Ideas for showing #kindness in neighborhoods + at home, w/ #BookList

Schools and Libraries

5 of the Coolest Children’s #Libraries in the U.S. | @ImaginationSoup @ReadBrightly ow.ly/Qj0j30jxKDC @chipublib @SLCPL + more

It's Time to Let Go of Tired #Teaching Habits - stop letting emotions be barriers to #PersonalGrowth | Guest post by @Aricfoster2 for @mssackstein @educationweek https://t.co/W21fMMWCzJ

Sigh: In Massachusetts, a disturbing trend in #kindergarten, restricted free #play, rest, recess + less #teacher autonomy | @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost via @DanielPink https://t.co/bbNCmWbYAs

4 tips on how #schools can use #SocialMedia to connect w/ school community | @ClassTechTips @DA_magazine ow.ly/9d4C30ju8kD | own school stories, share successes, solidify connections

Simple Advice from @DavidGeurin: Enjoy the Kids ow.ly/Yiug30jyZ7C "The quickest way to change another person's behavior is to change your behavior towards them" #JoyOfLearning

Suffering #Teachers Can't Be Good Teachers - @nancyflanagan @educationweek ow.ly/u8rc30ju7SB | "Teaching is not, and should not be, missionary work" #schools

#Teachers Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay. "The social contract is broken" as #HealthInsurance is reduced w/out raising salaries @EdweekComm https://t.co/mc4qQsTIxa

#Debate can be a great way to get students to use strong evidence to support their arguments, even when defending an unpopular opinion @TeachingChannel bit.ly/2vlMa3P #edchat #ELL #teachchat

Screen Time

Multi-Tasking With Mobile Phones: Yep, It's Bad for #Learning, especially #reading speed @BenjaminBHerold @EdWeekEdTech http://ow.ly/6B5W30jzPiZ  #AERA conference

RT @DTWillingham: New survey: 95% of US principals think students spend too much time w/ screens outside of school. https://t.co/wFS9SCslNT

Testing

#Schools Are Failing to Teach Kids How to #Read - @natwexler in @theatlantic ow.ly/cKBr30ju7cg | References panel w/ @DTWillingham + @ReadingShanahan on #NAEP

Betsy DeVos Says We Can't 'Spend Our Way' Out of Stagnant Test Scores @PoliticsK12 @educationweek ow.ly/vAcl30ju7CM | @BetsyDeVosED @arneduncan @MargaretEdu #NAEP

Sigh. California’s poor students rank near last on national test @Calefati @mercnews ow.ly/XjrX30jxgcI #NAEP |A failure of #LCFF

New York’s #education ‘leaders’ are hiding the ugly truth that they are "watering down state exams to yield higher student scores" ow.ly/nOgh30jxikg @NYPostOpinion via @drdouggreen

'Tis the season for exam anxiety (in the UK) – but we need to remind our pupils that it's normal to feel stressed' @_NatashaDevon @tes ow.ly/dMtW30jxKcT #MentalHealth #testing

STEM

MathematicalMindsetsGuest essay: When will we stop teaching kids to memorize #math and focus on understanding concepts instead? @anaredmond @seattletimes ow.ly/vGau30juzL6 #STEM #parenting @joboaler

What I found most interesting about this @mercnews article was things @Stanford + @UCBerkeley are doing to encourage women to go into #ComputerScience + #ElectricalEngineering ow.ly/IZkw30jw8Ir #STEM

How Bad Is the Government’s #Science? Interesting piece in @WSJ about how few #research studies are reproducible, and how this crisis is largely invisible ow.ly/RugU30jxCsR #STEM

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Literacy Milestone: Wishing You Still Had a Series Ahead of You

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LiteracyMilestoneAMy daughter has recently been demonstrating a behavior common in people who really love books (though I think it could also apply to TV drama series). She has been lamenting having already read the books that she loves, because she is unable to experience them again for the first time. When she finished the last of the published Dork Diaries books, she said something like: "Oh, I wish I hadn't finished this series yet." She's now read them each four or five times, I would estimate, but she knows, as I do, that re-reads are not the same as that discovery-filled first time. 

DorkDiaries8There was another incident where we were walking past the notebook and graphic novel section at Target. We already owned pretty much every title on the display. She patted the covers of her particular favorites (another behavior of book-lovers in the wild) and said: "I wish I could get amnesia and forget all of these, so that I could read them again for the first time." Ah yes. I feel that way about the Harry Potter books. 

WimpyKidCabinFeverOf course she has many other books ahead of her to "read for the first time". She's a bit stuck right now because she's primarily only interested in graphic novels and notebooks novels, and she's read most of the ones that are remotely appropriate for her age level. One notable exception is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which she has been reluctant to start for some reason. Maybe she is saving it. She remarked recently: "Well, once I start them I'm going to need to read them all right away." So perhaps that will be a good plan for the summer. 

What books do you wish that you could read again for the first time? Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. 

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 13: #NationalPoetryMonth, #Parenting, #Writing + #Reading

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TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter for the past 2 weeks @JensBookPage. Topics include #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #grit, #GrowthMindset, #homework, #KidLitCon, #NAEP, #NationalPoetryMonth, #play, #ReadAloud, #STEM, #SummerReading, family reading, growing bookworms, libraries, parenting, science fairs, testing, and writing.

Top Tweet of the Week

One Powerful Yet Simple Way to Keep Kids #Reading this Summer | Teachers could send postcards of encouragement | @KyleneBeers references @ProfessorNana | ow.ly/56sA30jqfCr via @pernilleripp

Book Lists

PrincessInBlackA nice #BookList: Top 10 Girls of Irrepressible Spunk by Melissa Cairns @nerdybookclub ow.ly/BHtp30jnIKZ #kidlit

Diversity

CCBC 2017 Statistics on LGBTQ+ Literature for Children & Teens ow.ly/OQKv30jnIUA @CCBCwisc #kidlit #DiverseBooks

Events + Programs

Rt @MrsPStorytime: Ideas to Help Celebrate National Poetry Month #NationalPoetryMonth https://t.co/2DRazWQZnq

Storytelling Skills of Irvine, CA 4th Grade Class Result in Winning #Writing Contest Entry! from @MrsPstorytime ow.ly/dERQ30jqgxL | creative problem-solving

Inspired by her own heroes themed writing contest, @MrsPstorytime shares her own #Literacy Heroes! ow.ly/fIZo30jswn6 @MACKIN_Talk @Tales2Go @Flipgrid + more [And with a very kind mention of this very link roundup]

Growing Bookworms

RT @Books4School: Reading aloud is not only beneficial to a child but for the whole family. "Reading is fundamental -- to family happiness"-cnn.it/2q2pwYm @CNNI #BooksBuildBetterBrains #ReadAloud #ChildrensBooks @RIFWEB #ReachOutandRead

PassionateReadersOne More Time for the People in the Back | What we need to do (and not do) to nurture a love of #reading in kids by @pernilleripp https://t.co/RKCb2qK6vx

Parent-child reading interventions have positive psychosocial effects, noted across ages, races + ethnicities | @2minmed ow.ly/Fktk30jqgkr via @The1booklady #ReadAloud

Five tips to help you make the most of #ReadingAloud to your children ow.ly/ROWA30jqgJD | @ConversationUS via @marston_jessica | I especially like "there's no age limit"

Kidlitosphere / KidLitCon

A Bibliophile’s Guide to Providence – #KidLitCon (March 2019) ow.ly/e5Xa30jnIS0 #kidlit @pragmaticmom @charlotteslib

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

HiddenSkyThe Importance of Mentoring Young Writers, w/ suggestions for getting started, by @startrailsIV @nerdybookclub ow.ly/P1gd30jnIQP #writing

Links to various theories on how #CrimeNovels + #Thrillers Overtook Other Genres In Sales Today in the UK @MysterySequels ow.ly/9KTr30jsxHK #mysteries #reading

Parenting + Play

#Parenting Means Letting Kids Make Mistakes | "sometimes kids need to struggle — and sometimes they need to conquer obstacles on their own" @heatherwilhelm @NRO ow.ly/Lc1M30jqfhx | Say no to $600 #homework therapists

RT @LegoFoundation: "Imagine if ordinary places like the bus stop, the corner market, or the sidewalk could become spaces for playful learning?" That would be really cool & is what the Urban Thinkscape program from @HarvardCenter seek to achieve https://t.co/cR1BIc7pAe

GiftOfFailureRT @josha_r_eyler: A new piece I've written for the @RiceCTE blog on resiliency and the need to take research on mindsets & grit with a grain of salt. Hat tips in here to @KunduPhD and @jesslahey.

Schools and Libraries

#School -based yoga can help #students better manage stress and #anxiety. Study of 3rd graders reported in @ScienceDaily ow.ly/yRwl30jsx5y via @DTWillingham

What makes a #library great? So many things... | Advocacy post by @dawnafinch @AwfullyBigBlog ow.ly/psQL30jnIWK #librariansmatter, #ThankALibraryWorker

RT @tes: Nine in ten teachers say poverty is having 'significant effect' on pupils' learning #schools #teaching

“Another nail in the coffin for #learning styles” – #students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed #LearningStyle@Psych_Writer @ResearchDigest https://t.co/jCilgGWLam

Why #teachers are turning to #Twitter ow.ly/UflT30jswJ4 @dr_bph @ConversationUS via @jesslahey #PLN, fighting isolation + burnout, #learning, mentoring, sharing best practices

STEM

Study finds the lecture remains dominant form of teaching in undergrad #STEM courses, despite findings questioning effectiveness, reports @insidehighered ow.ly/iVlo30jqfZ1 via @ehanford #highered

RT NAISnetwork: Many science fairs aren’t actually very good at teaching kids about, well, science: bit.ly/2GBJV0M via @MindShiftKQED

Testing

Why I Opt My Son Out of State #Testing ow.ly/ick530jsxpm @mssackstein @educationweek | "The real reason is the undue stress and #anxiety it started to cause him" #OptOut

Nation's Report Card: Achievement Flattens as Gaps Widen Between High and Low Performers @SarahDSparks @educationweek ow.ly/uINa30jqhkR #NAEP #schools #reading #math

#NAEP '17 Reading: Up, Down or Sideways? - @RitaWirtz @BAMRadioNetwork ow.ly/gJKq30jsFVs | Lack of growth in #reading scores gives us a starting point to improve | "#Reading is a joy forever!"

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Off Topic: Seeking a Diversity of Ideological Viewpoints

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This post is off topic from the types of things I have traditionally shared on this blog. But it's something that is resonating with me right now. Feel free to ignore if it's not of interest to you.

I'm not particularly concerned about the whole Facebook / Cambridge Analytica thing: I have always been careful about what I share in Facebook, just in case. But what I am concerned about is the way that Facebook and other sites allow, even encourage, people to retreat into their own ideological bubbles. Most of us don't do this on purpose - we just tend to have friends who come from similar backgrounds and have similar viewpoints to our own. If we follow a news outlet, whether via television, podcast, or radio, or newspaper or magazine, we follow the one that makes us comfortable.

But the result of this is an ever-increasing polarization of the country. It's not just that people don't agree with one another's viewpoints - it's that they often can't even fathom how someone else could think the way that they do. This phenomenon has been building for a while, but obviously there was a sharp increase after the 2016 Presidential election. The social media sites build on this by showing is ever more of the kids of things that we like and share. Often they show us even more extreme versions, to the left of the right, as some have documented recently. 

Many people are fine with this, of course, and that is their choice. But for various reasons, I am NOT fine with this for myself. Here are some some things that I've been doing:

  • When possible, I read two newspapers every day. The San Jose Mercury News is biased to the left (as are most mainstream newspapers), and contains local news and weather that I like to keep up with. Even when I'm traveling, I still try to read it online. The Wall Street Journal is biased somewhat to the right, and also contains much more in-depth national and international coverage than the local paper.  Since reading both papers (something I've been doing for several years), I've noticed which stories are covered in which publication, and which are ignored. This can be fascinating. 
  • I also subscribe to news magazines covering a range of perspectives, and of course find similar patterns of inclusion and omission. 
  • I read Hillbilly Elegy, and highly recommend it for increasing understanding of those who are not "coastal elites." I'm reading other nonfiction titles about being more skeptical in the consumption of news and data, too. 
  • Recently, I've been attempting to ideologically diversify my Twitter feed (this would be pretty much impossible for me on Facebook). I'm following a range of news sources and personalities there. I also have carefully created a (private) list of fewer than 100 news sources. I find that skimming through the tweets for this smaller pool of people and news outlets gives me the variety in viewpoints that I am seeking. Sometimes this is disconcerting, as when there are highly varied reactions to the same event. But it is working for me. I often have to stop and think: "OK, who is saying this?". It's making me a more skeptical consumer of news, something that I think is important in this day and age. 

This is all obviously time-consuming, and it has certainly cut into my blogging. Generally speaking, I'm more interested right now in news and politics than in talking about individual books (though I love reading books more than ever). I'm more fired up about threats to freedom of speech than I am about the need for more diverse books (though I'm happy to see those numbers increasing, and glad that other people are championing it). I am more concerned about the educational system (testing, homework, and practices that sap students' joy of learning) than I am about, well, a lot of things (though I'll always care deeply about growing bookworms). In all of these areas, I've found that it's extremely helpful, though not always comfortable, to broaden the ideological perspective of what I'm reading. So that's what I'm trying to do. 

I'm not sure where all this is going to lead, in terms of my blog. I'll do another post about that soon, once I figure a few things out. Meanwhile, I welcome your feedback. Do you prefer to stay in your ideological bubble, or do you try to reach out? Do you think that it's hopelessly naive to try to understand how the people on the other side of the issues think? Do you think that I'll just end up with a headache from reading too many different opinions? Time will tell.... Thanks for reading!

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