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New Reading Lessons for a New World

Recently, John Oliver did a funny bit on native advertising.  If you are not familiar with the term, native advertising is when companies and organizations make their ads look like editorial content in print publications.  As a writer, I know that the sale of ad space pays for the production of the magazine, and that the editorial and advertising departments each have their own separate, important job to do.  As a reader, I've noticed ads that look like articles, but since I'm an adult, and an…See More
Aug 19
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Sharing Books

In Kiwi magazine, I read about a great way to share books and promote literacy in your hometown.  Little Free Library is a way to recycle your old books and even read some new ones.  You can order a waterproof structure, or better yet, build your own out of repurposed materials, and place books inside. Neighbors come and borrow books and even leave some of their own books.  If you're really ambitious, leave a notebook and pen in the structure for people to write their responses to each book.…See More
Aug 8
Rebecca H. liked Christine Brower-Cohen's blog post ALA Suggested Summer Reading Lists
Jun 20
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

The Opt-Out Debate Continues

The June/July issue of Scholastic Parent and Child is out now, and in it are two of my recent articles.  The first, "Opting-Out is In, But Does it Work?" contains the opinions of three experts who weigh in on the issue. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand to see the opinions of Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director for Fair…See More
Jun 9
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

ALA Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Keep children reading over the summer to prevent a loss of skills known as the "summer slide."  Encourage them to select their own books to see that reading is a pleasurable activity and to motivate them to become lifelong learners and readers.The ALA, American Library Association has released suggested summer reading lists to help you get started.K-2 Books …See More
May 31
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Be in National Magazine

An editor I know is looking for an educator to comment on "number partners" or "graphing/ungraphing."  If you have expertise with either of those, and would like to be quoted in a national parenting magazine, please email bookgirlblogger(at)gmail(dot)com.Happy reading and quoting,Christinebookgirlblogger.blogspot.comSee More
May 23
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Field Guide to Class Clowns

We've all had them, class clowns.  The April issue of Scholastic Parent and Child contains my "Field Guide to Class Clowns."  One of the most interesting and affirming things that I learned while researching this piece, is that it would be very unusual for a parent to be completely surprised when a teacher tells them their child is a class clown.  Parents would typically see "clowning" behavior at soccer practice, karate, or any other social situation.  Here is a sneak peek at the article.  The…See More
Apr 3
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Writer's Retreat for Children's Writers

 Here is a week-long retreat for writers.  Hone your craft in the Poconos under the tutelage of some of the most accomplished professionals in children's publishing.Happy reading and writing,Christinebookgirlblogger.blogspot.comSee More
Mar 26
Renee M. Szporn liked Christine Brower-Cohen's blog post Lefty Learning and Shameless Self Promotion
Mar 5
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Lefty Learning and Shameless Self Promotion

Read my article on lefties and learning in the March issue of Scholastic Parent and Child.  It is always exciting to see one of your own articles in print, but this one is especially thrilling for me.  While researching this article, I had the honor of communicating with Howard Gardner.  That's right, THE Howard Gardner who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences.  He could not have been more professional, more gracious or more helpful.  I'm an…See More
Feb 18
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Snowy Valentine's Activity

Kids stuck indoors?  Try this Valentine's Day activity that my daughter learned.  Make Rice Krispie Treats using the traditional recipe found here.  Then shape them like Hershey's Kisses, wrap them in foil, and write your own  version of the trademark Hershey flags, with customized Valentine's Day messages. …See More
Feb 13
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

New York State Reading Association 2014 Charlotte Award

The New York State Reading Association has announced the ballot for the 2014 Charlotte Award.  Students can vote for their favorite titles by reading the book(s) for their age division, or having the book(s) read to them, and then completing the ballot with the help of a teacher or librarian. The titles on the ballot are:GRADES PRE K-2/PRIMARYAround One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders & Creepy Insiders Anthony D.Fredericks/Jennifer DiRubbio Dawn Publications 2011Because Amelia Smiled David Ezra…See More
Feb 10
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

What Teachers Spend

Plenty of people make a lot of noise about teacher salaries, but we never hear anything of what these teachers give.  The current issue of NEA Today lists these statistics on teacher spending:  99.5%    Percentage of teachers who reported buying essential classroom materials out of pocket $945      Average amount of money teachers spent on out of pocket expenses during the school year 30%      Percentage of teachers who say they've bought warm…See More
Feb 7
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Second Sight Saturday: Super Books for Super Bowl Weekend

I originally posted this on February 3, 2012:Super Books for Super Bowl Weekend!                                                                                                                       …See More
Feb 1
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Meditation in Elementary School?

One of my editors is researching a piece on mindfulness initiatives in elementary schools.  Do you know of an elementary school that has introduced meditation or breathing techniques to help children focus?  If so, please contact Linda Rodgers at LRodgers-consultant@Scholastic.com Happy reading,Christinebookgirlblogger.blogspot.comSee More
Jan 29
Christine Brower-Cohen posted a blog post

Be in a National Magazine: Voice Your Opinion on Opting-Out

Opting out is in, but does it work?More parents are choosing to opt out of high-stakes standardized testing for their kids. But what impact does not participating really have—and is it really the best way to implement change?Answer this question here in the comment section, or email me atbookgirlblogger(at)gmail(dot)com, and your opinion could appear in a national magazine.Happy reading and writing,Christine…See More
Jan 7

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Tell our School Leadership 2.0 community a little bit about yourself. Feel free to post your email address and website. Also feel free to list your areas of interest. This will help other members dialogue with you.
I write the Literacy Connections blog at
literacyconnections.wbschools.org
It is a mix of all things literary- reading, writing, publishing, Common Core and some humor along the way.
What is your present job title?
Teacher
At what school level do you work?
Middle School
Where do you work?
Suffolk County NY

Christine Brower-Cohen's Blog

New Reading Lessons for a New World

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

Recently, John Oliver did a funny bit on native advertising.  If you are not familiar with the term, native advertising is when companies and organizations make their ads look like editorial content in print publications.  

As a writer, I know that the sale of ad space pays for the production of the magazine, and that the editorial and advertising departments each have their own separate, important job to do.  As a reader, I've noticed ads that look like articles, but since I'm an…

Continue

Sharing Books

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 8:41am 0 Comments

In Kiwi magazine, I read about a great way to share books and promote literacy in your hometown.  Little Free Library is a way to recycle your old books and even read some new ones.  You can order a waterproof structure, or better yet, build your own out of repurposed materials, and place books inside. Neighbors come and borrow books and even leave some of their own books.  If you're really ambitious, leave a notebook and pen in the structure for people to write their responses to…

Continue

The Opt-Out Debate Continues

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

The June/July issue of Scholastic Parent and Child is out now, and in it are two of my recent articles.  The first, "Opting-Out is In, But Does it Work?" contains the opinions of three experts who weigh in on the issue. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand to see the opinions of Bob…

Continue

ALA Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Keep children reading over the summer to prevent a loss of skills known as the "summer slide."  Encourage them to select their own books to see that reading is a pleasurable activity and to motivate them to become lifelong learners and readers.

The ALA, American Library Association has released suggested summer reading lists to help you get started.…

Continue

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