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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
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Mar 5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Learning from Lyddie

I recently read Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson and I couldn't put it down.  Why? 1.  Ms. Paterson followed the most important rule of writing by creating a character readers care      about.  I liked Lyddie as a person, and was willing to stick through 200 pages with her to make     sure things turned out in her favor.2.  Ms. Paterson grabbed me with all of the sights, sounds and smells of the time period.  I felt like I     was on a farm in Vermont, and then in a filthy, crowded factory in…See More
Jan 5
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Blizzard Books and Movies

As the East Coast braces for a blizzard, I was thinking about some of my favorite wintry tales for young people.  Of course, Snow Day comes to mind, as well as Little House in the Big Woods.  The Twistrose Key is a 2013 release about a frozen realm.  I just picked it up, so I don't know yet if it belongs in the same category as the first two. Last February, as we braced for a blizzard, I wrote about my favorite winter movies.  I've reposted it below if you're looking to curl up with a dvd…See More
Jan 2
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Happy New Year!

Publish your own cookbook in 2014!  Click here to enter Rachael Ray's cookbook competition, and you could be a published cookbook author! Happy New Year,Christinebookgirlblogger.blogspot.comSee More
Dec 31, 2013
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Book Swap

To get my students excited about reading over the holiday break, I plan a book swap.  I tell students to bring in a book that they enjoyed, but no longer need, to swap with a friend.  In the days leading up to the book swap, I prepare the boys and girls by sharing my expectations for the swap. Students will have to share the title and genre, introduce the protagonist, and give a little preview of the plot, without spoiling the ending.  (This is the most difficult part.) My friend and mentor,…See More
Dec 21, 2013
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Second Sight Saturday: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

December 7, 2011Below is a transcript of President Roosevelt's "Infamy" speech, made before Congress on December 8, 1941.  I hope you will find it useful in integrating history and meeting the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening.   Of course, you might consider reading the transcript of the speech with your students as you pursue the Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text.Visit …See More
Dec 7, 2013
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Nov 23, 2013

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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

Field Guide to Class Clowns

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:24pm 0 Comments

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…

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Writer's Retreat for Children's Writers

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

 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…

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Lefty Learning and Shameless Self Promotion

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 9:14pm 0 Comments

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…

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Snowy Valentine's Activity

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 3:27pm 0 Comments

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.

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