One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
Are you a member of the website Goodreads, where readers share their opinions about books with each other? It is one of my “go-to” places when I’m looking for books, either for my own reading or for my classes. I find the hundreds or thousands of citizen reviews to be a reliable guide for whether … More I Completed My Yearly Reading Challenge
The Wake County Public Library System began allowing people who ordered books on hold to start picking them up as of yesterday, June 15. To me, that’s worthy of a celebration! So let’s have a little music… That is courtesy of the Nashville Public Library–so cute! When I got the notice about being able to … More Hooray! Limited Library Services Have Restarted!
I believe that one of the major reasons for the current political conflict and strife is this chart above. As I explained in yesterday’s post, this shows projections by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that in 2028, only 44% of public school students will be white. That white students are now a minority … More How White Bias Gets Institutionalized in Literature Classes Conclusion: A Change Is Gonna Come
Note: I apologize for the delay in adding this post. The people installing Google Fiber in our neighborhood accidentally cut our existing cables, so we have been without internet from early Tuesday morning. Earlier in this series I wrote about the dilemma a student might have for writing an essay for the 2019 AP English … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 3 – Appropriateness
EVERYONE in our house loves books! Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes. I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that. Also, I earned a Masters degree in … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes II: Part 2- Teacher Work Load
“The time has come,” the lock-downed said, “To laugh at many things:Like shows—and books—and fairy tales— kookaburra that sings—And pink rainbow unicorn hugs— And beavers safe in springs.” “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban OK, so … More Of Kookaburras and Unicorns
Personally, I don’t miss shopping in a lot of my usual stores, and I can deal with eating take-out at home instead of eating at my favorite restaurants. But one of the things that I REALLY miss in our shut-down is our library system. I can walk to my nearest one, and love to work … More Wake County Library Seeking Book Returns on Thursday, May 28
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, or those who play that role for others, even if they aren’t technically related. I finished the novel Cemetery Road, by Greg Iles, last night (and really enjoyed it––it felt a little like a really good murder mystery combined with Pat Conroy-esque dysfunctional, combative Southern families full of … More Love for the Mamas!
I’m a literature teacher, so I read a lot of books, especially during the summer when the last academic year’s classes are over and I’m planning for the coming year. So for my leisure reading–the ones I read to relax and chill out or prepare myself for sleep–I tend to read non-gory mysteries, particularly of … More Book Review: The Sonnet Lover