Reflective Renewal

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Entries from February 2010

Entice adolescent readers: Secrecy and social class divisions… this stuff never gets old!

February 23rd, 2010 by christine · 11 Comments · Creativity, children's books

Growing up, I was an avid reader.  Even on beautiful spring days when others were out biking and playing, I could be found indoors curled up with a great book.  Like so many adolescents, however, my reading habits did decline somewhat dramatically once puberty struck.  Instead, I was fixated on social relationships and boys, like [...]

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As teachers, what is the greatest gift we give our students?

February 17th, 2010 by christine · No Comments · Creativity

This is not an easy question to answer.  When I was first posed this question, I immediately thought of the important affective qualities we instill in our students, such as self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence, etc.  How do we do that, though?  How are those essential, identity-shaping elements fostered? Although it isn’t the only pathway, one significant [...]

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