Book Reviews: To the Borders and Beyond

Across the borders of many countries, several possible friends and millions of neighbors live their lives in complete anonymity—until we meet them, that is. This week’s books contain stories of humor, hope and happiness from across national borders. There are humorous books from Mexico, serious books from Canada, and nail-biting escapes from a border in Germany where a wall that separated a nation finally fell. This week’s book reviews from the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group invite readers to learn about the journeys of our nearest neighbors and others who broke the walls and boundaries that confined them.


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Note-Taking for Digital Writing

I wanted a way for students to be able to work on their research outside the classroom, collaborate with peers.

Collaborative Classroom Ideas: Online Concept Mapping

Online concept mapping programs stimulate creative thinking and allows collaboration.

  • Response to NCTQ's 2014 Teacher Education Report

    by Peter Afflerbach, Annemarie Sullivan Palinscar, Virginia Goatley, and P. David Pearson
    June 25, 2014

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued its second review of teacher preparation programs June 17. We see little in the 2014 report to change our stance from last year regarding their efforts to assess the quality of teacher education for literacy instruction.

  • Rethinking Inquiry as a Cycle of Learning

    As a second-year doctoral student, I’ve given quite a bit of thought to the inquiry process over the last year. One approach I like to use is the Inquiry Cycle, featuring five actions: Ask, Investigate, Create, Discuss, and Reflect.
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