More sleep for teens!

One chapter in the book NurtureShock! proposes that many contemporary behavior “problems” may be symptoms of sleep deprivation. Here, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) cites research on teen sleep and lists recommendations for helping give students better chances for good sleep. It might even be worth lots of money to your district!

Re-read to remember

When he was a freshman in college, William Ickes heard that people forget about 80% of textbook material just a couple days after reading it. However if they reread it after a delay, they would remember about 50%. This gave him a simple strategy for doing well in college.

Probably like many people, I intuitively knew this and used to highlight important sentences as I read my texts so I could quickly skim through the attractive colors as I “re-read.” If I was using a previously owned and highlighted textbook I would simply use a different color for my own markings.

LiveMocha Language Learning

I recently came across a new online language learning site called Livemocha. I am using it to learn Spanish & Portuguese.

It’s a great way to learn new languages and connect with native speakers; like a combination of classes and social networking. They have fun lessons for a variety of languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi and more — and it’s free to join.

Latest Book Club Picks

For the fifth-graders’ parent-child book club, Ruby has selected Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn. Naomi is enjoying it very much so far!

Gabi–inspired by its mention in last month’s pick (Paper Towns)–has chosen Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass for the seventh-graders’ parent-child book club. She knows it’s long, and we’ll see how the discussion works. I’ll be curious to see how much background knowledge and context these young folks find they need to be able to enjoy the poems.

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Fifth-grade book club Oct/Nov