Sunday, September 27, 2015

Links worth talking about 9-27-15

Inspired by Elisabeth Ellington's weekly Links I Loved Last Week posts, I've decided to curate my own set of notable links from the past week.

If you missed last weekend's #nctechat on censorship and young adult literature, you can read the Storify archive. I also curated my own set of Tweets for the chat that I found the most valuable.

Brian Wyzlic shared the letter he sends home to parents about his classroom library and why he won't censor books. This letter is especially poignant because, like me, he works at a Catholic school.

Teri Lesesne gets fired up about an EdWeek article that criticizes the merit of young adult literature.

On the NCTE blog, Cindy Minnich makes the case for why face to face learning at conferences still matters in this new world of social media armchair conference attendence. 

Pernille Ripp writes about public shaming in the classroom and also about the toll nonstop learning takes on students during the school day. 

From School Libary Journal: Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle School and High School Students.

And speaking of picture books, here is a lovely interview with Kevin Henkes about his wonderful new picture book, Waiting.

Phil Bildner talks about how he used mentor texts to write his new book, A Whole New Ballgame.

Betsy Bird shares her Newbery and Caldecott predictions.

And of course, apropos of nothing:

Could the president and first lady BE any more adorable?

Stephen Colbert nails Cesar Flickerman in The Hungry for Power Games.

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