A bargain. And it’s not too shabby, even if I say so myself. https://twitter.com/itpressuk/status/1402576707048120322
I read this before covid stopped us using the library, but I found this changed a lot about how I think about reading. I am going to re-read over summer.
Walliams ... alone accounted for 14.4% of HarperCollins’ £133m revenue last year, and singlehandedly sold a third of the top 50 children’s books of the year: 2.4m copies from 11 books, compared to 4.7m between the rest.
Interesting read on the children’s book market. The point that children do not usually choose their books, parents do, reminds me of the idea most men’s books are Christmas presents.
Most of the books I read are ones my wife has read. This is not at all a bad thing.
Nearly a year ago I posted Reading Self Assessment Workflows. I continued to have my pupils record themselves reading, self-assess and send to me. I think it is a valuable activity.
I’ve simplified the workflow slightly when Apple started including Voice Memos on iPads. It is not as interesting app as BossJock jr, but that is an advantage. It does one thing well. I think I prefer apps that do that and can connect to others as opposed to more complex apps.
This is the workflow for pupils:
- Record reading in Voice Memos. Change the title from the location to what is read and pupil’s name.
- Share to Notes, voice memo is embedded in a note.
- Listen to recording, write self assessment in Note. (I have prompt cards to help).
- Airdrop note to teacher iPad, choosing Classroom rather than user. This is auto accepted and waits in the Classroom app for me to pick up.
I ask the pupils to name and date the note.
“Now this is very interesting, and I don't think at all obvious. Reading challenging texts aloud, and at a fast pace, improved the reading comprehension of all students, but for the lowest achievers, the gains were almost twice as great: https://t.co/TxJ1MZPI4X.”
I’ve noticed I do this less and less as there seems to be more and more you have to do each day. Need to make more time for reading to class next session.
Just discover I had a Goodreads account, started and abandoned in 2010. I’ve be finding that I am not recalling the titles of books I read on kindle and thinking about making some tracking notes. I’ll give this another go.
I’m not on holiday at the moment but taking the odd day off over the summer. Yesterday was one. I found a good set of amusing links, here are a few.
The New Devil’s Dictionary From The Verge updates Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary.
blogger (n.): An invasive species with no natural predators.
GIF (n.): Many prefer to pronounce this word “GIF,” instead of the more controversial-sounding “GIF.”
music (n.): An art form whose medium is copyright law.
And so on.
This reminded me to google for an english translation of Flaubert’s Dictionary of Received Ideas, hoping as usual for a creative commons version that could be played with. As usual I didn’t find that but got In Place of Thought – The New Yorker by Teju Cole which adapts the idea for modern times:
COFFEE. Declare that it is intolerable at Starbucks. Buy it at Starbucks. EVOLUTION. Only a theory. FASCISM. Always preceded by “creeping.” FEMINISTS. Wonderful, in theory. FISH. A vegetable.
Ouch, that last one stung!
Bonus Twitter mashup
Checking Teju Cole (@tejucole) on Twitter as his ideas started as tweets, I found:
- He seems to have abandoned twitter and
- The Time of the Game, a synchronized global view of the World Cup final. Just the sort of thing I like on the web, except for the football element.