What if Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had to close? Not because of the plot of an evil Dark Lord, but instead because of funding. Surely, the wizarding community would be up in arms, asking their legislatures to do something about it.Recently, due to an enormous need for budget cuts, the United States government has seen the need to cut financial dollars that fund education. First, I realize that there need to be budget cuts, I know that we've got a huge amount...Comments (20)
Warning - this has nothing to do with Harry Potter. Well, actually it does.This weekend I walked 39 miles. I am crazy, I knew that long before this weekend!See, here is the deal. If I were a wizard, I'd find a magical cure for breast cancer. I'd make sure all my loved ones (that means you) were protected and best of all, I'd make sure every person in the world was safe from this disease.I'm not a wizard. Unfortunately, the muggle in me can not find a...Comments (8)
Have you read that one book? For many of you who know what I'm talking about, you know what I mean, for others, you might be confused. Remember that one book? That "one book" that makes sense, that helped you connect with the world, the one that you could not stop talking or thinking about. Have you read it? I truly hope you have.My goal in my adult life has been to help promote literacy. I've always wanted to help kids find that "one book." For many...Comments (17)
To me, Dumbledore died on July 02, 1995. Working on a Harry Potter fan site during the heyday of book releases meant that well meaning fans would send us spoilers before the book release. Two weeks before the release date, I received a book page in my in box, with the fate of the headmaster highlighted in a putrid green.I quickly closed the page and deleted the file. I sat back in my office chair, and reflected to myself the fate of this character. I'd taught literature...Comments (23)
I've read more then my share of novels, and I've noticed trends in content that often times reflect the culture of our society. Entertainment Weekly (EW) published an online article, "Girls Gone Dark" where it sites what they see as a new trend in books. The trend, as they see it, is toward a darker content in teen literature. Wall Stree Journal also reported on the current trend towards darker content in teen novels.The EW article raises the question ..."Could this newer,...Comments (5)
Have you ever read a book and realized that you walked away with more then a story? Have you ever sat contemplating a choice and wondered what your favorite literary character would do in that situation? If you have, then you'll understand the purpose of The Harry Potter Alliance's "What Would Dumbledore Do" campaign. (go write your blog now LOL )As a teacher, I know that we strive to help students make text to real world connections, so when Andrew Slack ...Comments (4)
This weekend I experienced the love that was LeakyCon 2009. There were so many wonderful presentations to attend, friends to meet for the first time, friends to see again that it was too big for just a few days. LeakyCon was truly the Con made of awesome. I saw so many awesome presentations, but I can only mention a few of them here. While I really looked forward to DavidEnglish's presentation, the room was full so I had to sit in the hallway and listen with the...Comments (6)
Don't you wish you could fly? I often watch Sorcerer's Stone, with Harry's first ride on a broom, wishing I could have just one ride. Unfortunately, that brand of magic is something I can't make happen.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that obesity rates in our children have tripled since 1980. As a teacher, I wonder what kind of magic can help us solve this problem. If Madam Hooch was our P.E. Coach, what would she do?First, this problem is more complex then...Comments (11)
On April 9, 2009, this 11 year old young man left his school, went home and hung himself. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover had endured endless teasing at school. His mother begged school officials for help, but the bullying didn't stop. His 12th birthday would have been April 17th. You can read more about Carl's story here.As a teacher, I show up in a classroom to help my students learn how to make their way out in the world. But for some students, school is not a safe...Comments (9)
A little over 6 months ago my family realized how much we depend on electricity. After Hurricane Ike, we had to spend 2 weeks totally without electricity. One of the many things we all discovered during these two weeks is the joy of reconnecting with our families and our neighbors. We learned how many things there are to do without electricity. We played Monopoly again, and not on the computer, but on the actual board. We relearned how to play dominoes, sat in candle-lit...Comments (6)
One of the reasons I became a reading teacher is really pretty simple, literate adults have a world of possibilities in front of them. The opposite is true for those who are illiterate. If you've read my blog post on Global Literacy, you know and understand why it's such a passion of mine. As a child with dyslexia I personally struggled to decode the foreign language on the paper in front of me, and without the love and understanding of many caring adults I shudder to think...Comments (4)
Harry Potter lives a life of public service. Even as a young boy he was willing to work with his friends to help the community. While Harry is a fictional character, even our non-fiction wizards and muggles can learn a little from Harry's dedication for public service. Recently, as interest in public service rises, I've had requests for books and lessons that focus on public service ideals for students. I've started many public service projects with kids over the years,...Comments (12)
Excuse me for, well thinking, but since when did we (as a society) allow our government officials the ability to limit a child's right to use a library? Certainly not here, not in the United States of America. from the ALA .....The American Library Association (ALA) released a letter to Congress yesterday, urging members to take action against a recent opinion ruling released from the General Counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that would require public, school, academic...Comments (30)
I recently wrote a review of an educational book about boys in our classroom. Another book I'd like to suggest to all teachers and parents is Failing at Fairness, How our School Cheat Girls. This book looks at the cultural phenomenon that leaves girls feeling left behind in both science and math. I think back to the first Harry Potter book and realize that our wizarding classrooms don't seem to have this problem, but one shortfall in many classrooms today is the trend to focus science...Comments (26)
I've often wondered about the IQ of Fred and George Weasley. It's an odd thing to think of, but when you spend much of your time thinking about learning patterns it's inevitable. If you looked at their grades, it's ironic that these two intelligent young men didn't receive the highest marks, yet they both were succesful business men. While George now lives on without Fred, I'd bet both of them knew early on, that boys didn't fit into schools the way...Comments (38)
Doris is a mom, a teacher and the Project Coordinator here at Leaky! While watching her children grow up she discovered a love for teaching students about her favorite things, reading and writing. (and chocolate, hence the title) You'll find this blog will be her thoughts (and the thoughts of a few guests) on her favorite things!
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