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Textbooks, Reading Scores? Is there a correlation?

August 19, 2013

Tags: textbooks, textbook adoptions, reading scores

Reading scores have plummeted again? Is anyone surprised? Let me tell you a personal story. Twenty-five years ago, disturbed by declining SAT scores and what I was seeing as a parent, a teacher, and a journalist, I decided to write a history book for young readers. As I wrote I did something that seemed logical, I gave manuscript to children and asked them to be my editors. (I turned it into a job and actually paid them.) After all, they were my potential readers. (more…)

Hooray for Napa Valley

August 15, 2013

Tags: museums, schools, a theater

Pat Alexander, director of education at the Napa Valley Museum (in California), leads a project called “Museum In the Classroom” that she is rightfully proud of . It brings schoolchildren into the museum and follows through with projects that involve reading, writing, history and the arts. (more…)

Teaching With My Books

August 10, 2013

Tags: Reading, Writing, and Subject Matter

A teacher reader asks me how I would teach with my books. I told her there is no one way to teach. I see the author as a partner with teachers who are free to try whatever approach works for them and their students.
That wasn’t a good enough answer for my questioner: “ But I was wondering if you had a certain idea or image in your mind, as you were writing, of how you would use them if you were teaching with them.” (more…)




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