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Fidgeting in Classroom May Help Students

This was an interesting article in the news today. Sitting still perhaps isn’t always the best thing for kids. I’ve suspected for years that a middle schooler’s incessant need to…

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Rick’s recent reads

The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall. I’ll admit I approach award-winning children’s books with some trepidation. All too often, children’s literature awards denote books that appeal to adult librarians and book…

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Rethinking ADHD, New York Times article

A great article on ADHD from today’s New York Times. I love the term “attention surplus disorder.” Perhaps the half-bloods from The Lightning Thief are right. ADHD was a useful…

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Rick’s recent reads 3/3/06

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray.Okay, so I was a little slow discovering this, but since Rebel Angels just came out, I figured I would read the first…

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When’s the Movie Coming Out?

The cartoon pretty much says it all! In Frank McCourt’s most recent memoir, Teacher Man, he writes about the huge increase in attention he got when his book Angela’s Ashes…

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The Standardized Test Monster

Today is the first day of TAKS, the standardized test all students are required to take in Texas. As I read the article below in my local paper, I wasn’t…

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The Trouble with Boys in School

I read a very interesting MSNBC article today on boys and how they struggle in the American school system . http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10965522/site/newsweek/ If you haven’t read William Pollack’s book “Real Boys,”…

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Christmas at Camp Half-Blood

Thanks to the kids at Poly Prep School in Brooklyn for the coolest Christmas card ever, designed by Jim L. The Fury atop the Christmas tree is a particularly nice…

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Mythology and censorship

I recently got an email from a middle school teacher asking for help. A parent was complaining, for religious reasons, that The Adventures of Ulysses (a middle grade version of…

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Did you get that from Harry Potter?

When I wrote The Lightning Thief, I knew comparisons to Harry Potter would be inevitable. After all, Harry Potter is the most successful and high-profile young adult fantasy series of…

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