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Jen Robinson
San Jose, CA
Dedicated to growing joyful learners: bookworms, mathematicians, scientists, artists, + more
Interests: joy of learning, education, children's books, hiking, reading, walking, red sox baseball, wine tasting, mysteries, literacy
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. I also shared some links in more detail yesterday, with quotes and comments. Topics in this post include Bank Street Children's Book Awards, Black History Month, Lunary New Year, diverse books, Disney Reads Day, social media, e-books, growing bookworms, picture books, play-based learning, schools, introversion, and testing. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The good news is, she seemed to tolerate the third one ok, She pretty much did it on her own, without pressure from us. Maybe it just took getting used to. But I still would prefer not to have these at all...
Those all sound great, Ami! Hope you have a wonderful trip!
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Today I have quotes and comments on articles about letting kids play on snow days (I know, a repeat topic, but it's good to keep talking about this), ways that teachers can make school more enjoyable for kids, and what preschoolers need from grownups that they aren't getting (more playful learning, among other things). Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for the feedback, Judy. I will definitely check out today's Out of the Box (the Horn Book blogs are always on my radar). I really try to take every possible opportunity to do these sorts of things with my daughter. Glad to hear feedback that you think it's the right approach, too.
I posted s a couple of weeks ago on Encouraging Your Child to Like Math: Why and How. I've decided to continue this topic as a series of shorter, actionable tips. Here is today's tip for helping kids to enjoy math: watch (and participate in) team sports. Sports, particularly team sports, are all about numbers. And many kids are already interested in sports. Sometimes passionately interested. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'm sure that you are are doing all you can, Becky. For that matter, I didn't read that much for pleasure myself in college (though I really enjoyed an English class that I took as an elective about utopias and dystopias). I think if he can keep sight of a) himself as a reader and b) the fact that there are books that ARE reading for pleasure for him, he'll make it through. But he's lucky to have you in his corner.
Oh, Becky, I'm sure I'll be writing to complain about such matters in future years, too. I wasn't expecting it quite so early... My daughter is more than happy to practice writing, but she wants to do it in the form of writing her own stories, not writing specific sentences to answer specific questions. But I'm glad to know that your son made it through with his appreciation for reading intact. So there is hope :-)
I continue to appreciate your feedback as an experienced teacher, Mrs. M. As a first time parent, sometimes I fear that I'm over-reacting. But I am hearing from other kids that they are all struggling with these reports... What are we doing to our kids indeed? This issue (in the bigger picture) feels urgent to me. Thanks so much for chiming in.
Thanks, Elizabeth! It helps knowing that other people understand why I'm bothered.
Thanks for the feedback, Tanita. I don't even think that the point is to show mastery of the book itself (they pick their own books). It's more about learning the process of thinking critically about books (what is the theme, etc.). But, as you say, this takes the spontaneity out of reading. I understand that eventually one needs these skills, but I feel like the goal at this age should just be to make them love books. Glad I'm not alone on this!
I love Ballet Shoes, too! And I'm glad to hear that you're going to try audiobooks on your coming road trip. I do think that classics are good for multi-age groups, but finding one that none of you has read could be tough... You could try a new classic, like the Penderwicks. Middle grade, but so lovely! Or The Princess Bride? Have you guys read The Westing Game? Mysteries are good for multiple ages, too, as long as they aren't too dark. Maybe The London Eye Mystery? I don't know... Good luck!
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In this post I share a less than happy milestone in my daughter's path to literacy: doing (and sighing over) book reports. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book lists, chapter books, science books, diversity, Global School Play Day, Black History Month, growing bookworms, book reviews, creativity, schools, libraries, Genius Hour, STEM, and reading choice. I also shared a few #JoyOfLearning links, with quotes, in a post yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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I've been sharing a variety of articles related to education on my primary Twitter feed, and on my @JoyfulLearners feed (the latter is a sub-set). Three that I wanted to discuss here address encouraging girls (and kids in general) to learn coding, giving kindergarteners more recess time instead of pedal desks, and using classroom read-aloud time to give kids "joyful" experiences. I welcome your feedback on any of these (or other Joy of Learning) topics. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the #GrowingBookworms newsletter I have a review of an excellent upcoming middle grade book, as well as recommendations for two math-themed apps. I have two posts with my daughter's latest literacy and mathematical milestones, a post about whether kids should be studying or playing on snow days, and another about ways to encourage young children to enjoy math. I have a couple of posts with quotes from recent #JoyOfLearning articles. Finally, I have a quick announcement about my new gig blogging for the EdWords site, with a link to a revised 10 Tips for Growing Bookworms. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for including me, Rae!
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In this second post of my new Mathematical Milestones series, I share how my daughter practiced estimation to determine how many picture books were in a stack. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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This week I started blogging for EdWords, a BAM Radio Network blog, after being invited by Rae Pica. My first post there was my recent article on Encouraging Your Child to Like Math: Why and How. Today I shared an update of my 10 Tips for Growing Bookworms (originally published on this blog back in 2007, last updated in 2011). The main tip that needed updating was a tip about reducing time that kids spend watching TV - this now more generally applies to all screen time, not just time in front of the television. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is an aspect I would not have thought of, Amy, living here in San Jose. It does seem crazy to be risking one's safety to get kids to school. It might be time for a bit of civil disobedience :-)
Hi Amy, I don't believe that this book has been revised. It's kind of a bible on this topic, and there are newer books that refer to it, but I don't see anything in a revised version of this book. I have it on my Kindle but haven't read it yet, so I can't comment on whether it seems dated, though I would guess not. If anything, I think that the homework situation has worsened, not improved, over the past 10 years. My home is that we're at a tipping point after which things will start to move the other way, but who can say?
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics include book awards, book lists, snow days, speculative fiction, the Cybils awards, poetry, diverse books, gender, STEM, coding, Multicultural Children's Book Day, Black History Month, growing bookworms, grit, parenting, schools, libraries, creativity, publishing, Mo Willems, reading, and growth mindset. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Today I have 3 more #JoyOfLearning articles that I thought were worth quoting and commenting upon. Topics include questioning the value of homework, why creativity begins with purpose, and combatting a culture of learned helplessness among kids. All of these articles have given me food for thought, and I hope they will do the same for you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Lara! And cooking is a great suggestion. I'm not so much of a cook myself, so I didn't think of it. But you are absolutely right. I made a note of that for possible future sharing on the blog. Which also reminds me that watching sports is a great way to introduce math. So many ideas! And your kids are so lucky to have their grandmother across the street. Awesome!
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In this post, I share a bit on why it is important for young children to have a positive association with math, together with six ideas for how to help. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page