Reflective Renewal

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So simple, yet so complex: Check out this year’s Caldecott Honor books

April 6th, 2010 by christine · 1 Comment · Creativity, children's books

Don’t you consistently find that the simplest things in life are the most beautiful, and sometimes the most complex and fulfilling?  I find that I get more out of a simple children’s picture book than I often get out of a complicated textbook.  The same goes for a single flower versus a bouquet, or a [...]

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March 29th, 2010 by christine · No Comments · Creativity

Thank you to everyone for participating in the Library Blog Challenge.  Reflective Renewal will be donating $50 to the Beardsley & Memorial Library of Winsted, CT.  Keep on supporting those libraries!

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This is a library-loving blog challenge!

March 19th, 2010 by christine · 30 Comments · Creativity

For every commenter on my “Entice adolescent readers: Secrecy and social class divisions… this stuff never gets old!”post between now and midnight on March 27th, I will donate $1 to my local library: The Beardsley & Memorial Library of Winsted, Connecticut, up to an amount of $50. How easy could it be?  You comment, I [...]

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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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Pairing Caldecotts with Writing Lessons

January 27th, 2010 by christine · 1 Comment · Creativity, children's books

As a child, I remember visiting the library and seeing the silver emblem stickers on certain picture books that had been awarded Caldecott medals.  Honestly, although I markedly noticed the Caldecott stickers, I never gave the awards much thought.  I just loved the books.  As teachers, though, we all anxiously await the announcement of the [...]

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New books and new perspectives for a new year

January 6th, 2010 by christine · 1 Comment · Creativity

A new year brings new everything, including new books.  For all you teens, parents, and educators out there ready to tackle the latest titles, here is a resource to help you get started.  In particular, as teachers, we are always searching for the up-to-the-minute books on the market to tempt our adolescent readers.  For those [...]

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Why go it alone when we have our friends?

November 18th, 2009 by christine · 2 Comments · Creativity

Have you ever felt afraid to do something simply because you were alone? As an only child, that is a familiar concept to me. As a matter of fact, I think one of the many reasons that Lauree and I are such good friends is because we are both only children, and we had one [...]

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Understanding & collaboration found in Where the Wild Things Are

November 9th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Creativity

As teachers, do you ever feel misunderstood and yearn for a school where you share a common vision and can easily collaborate with others?  Well, you are not alone.  I often feel that way. I couldn’t help but think of those same, vulnerable feelings when I re-read Maurice Sendak’s 1963 picture book Where the Wild [...]

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Go on and be fancy. Nancy says it’s ok

November 5th, 2009 by lauree · 2 Comments · Creativity

The lesson for me in Fancy Nancy is to share your individuality with the world, and to be appreciated for it. It is also about values.

I think most of us think we know our values without stopping to consider what they are. Case in point: fancy. Reading Fancy Nancy I was reminded how I have always thought of it as an interest, not on par with health and career, my “real” values.

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