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My Summer Reading List...So Far

Yay, it’s summer time! School is finishing up for us students and the official first day of summer approaches nearer and nearer. One thing that I hope to do this summer is dig into a big, juicy stacks of books. 222 more words


Thoughts on 'Bad Feminist' and How I Became One Myself

Growing up, I never truly knew what a ‘feminist’ was. In middle school, I had heard the term on T.V., in a movie, on the news, but never truly understood. 1,520 more words

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Have Fun, Start Now

Have fun, start now are the guiding principles in Dan Willingham’s latest book, Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do.

Willingham focuses on three foundations of reading: decoding easily, comprehension, and motivation. 1,125 more words

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21st Century Math Education

Barry Garelick has published a second collection of blog posts, Teaching Math in the 21st Century, based on his experiences as a long term substitute math teacher in California. 497 more words


Getting Started in Crime Fiction

Guest post by Rachel Abbott.

People often ask me why I decided to write thrillers, and I’m never sure what the right answer is. I have always loved reading thrillers – not so much traditional crime fiction, but more the psychological, slightly twisted, tales that chill a person to the bone. 832 more words

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Love Your Larder, Love Your Library

I think it is fair to say that anybody can eat very cheaply in the very short term. But what about the longer term, when you are either trying to trim your budget to save up for a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas, or to give you some spare funds to donate to the Lifeline Larder, or if you are suddenly faced with an unknown quantity if time, having lost a job? 389 more words

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Friday Flips: Chinese New Year related books

Two more weeks to Chinese New Year (CNY)! Are you busy spring cleaning your homes or spending time baking those delicious pineapple tarts?

For me, I’ve been trying to share as many stories on CNY as possible to Faith, as well as items related to the festival, like hong bao (red packets), lanterns and Chinese greetings. 244 more words