Looking Forward

Never Forget

Category: Books

A Spoon for Every Bite

A Spoon for Every Bite is a Southwestern folktale written by Joe Hayes. It is about a poor man and woman who invite their rich compadre over for dinner. During the meal, the poor couple mention a neighbor who has a different spoon for every bite of food they have. The vain rich man is [...]

Motivational Challenges

Like most teachers, I’ve used a lot of different types of rewards to try to motivate my students over the years, and I’ve always been dismissive of those who criticize the use of them. Sure, students who are self-motivated learners are far preferable than the alternative, but not all of them are going to be [...]

Reading on the iPad

One of my favorite new uses for my iPad is for reading, whether it’s blogs, newspaper articles and books, and I find myself reading more than I have in years. For books, I’ve been using the two most prominent apps in that category – Amazon’s Kindle app (not to be confused with their Kindle reading [...]

The Limits of the Wisdom of Crowds

Opening Keynote James Surowiecki June 29, 2008 Wise decisions are produced by argument much more often than by consensus. That was the take-away message delivered by James Surowiecki during his opening keynote at NECC 2008, a presentation very familiar to readers of his influential 2004 book The Wisdom of Crowds. The premise of the book [...]

Acts of Change

When you think of the type of person who causes change to happen, you usually picture a strong leader, someone who imposes their will and causes others to come around to their way of thinking. But as Three Cups of Tea shows, that is not the only way to make a difference. It tells the [...]

The Old Woman Who Named Things

Hopefully this will be the first in our Favorite Book series here at Edgemere. I did my entry about The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant.

Hosseini’s Past and Future

Khaled Hosseini has hinted that his next book is going to be based somewhere other than Afghanistan, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he pulls that off. It’s not as if the settings of his first two books (The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) are the only reason they’re worth [...]

A Platform For Reason

I like to read books that make me think or teach me about something new. Which is why I’ve made it a rule to never read a book written by a politician. Instead of challenging your thinking, they generally want to flatter it so you’ll like them better. But I recently broke my rule to [...]

Connecting Readers and Books

There was yet another high profile Harry-Potter-makes-no-difference column published this week, this time in the Washington Post by their book editor Ron Charles. Mr. Charles is clearly not a Potter fan, but he’s particularly nasty to those that are, observing of adult readers of the series, “I’d like to think that this is a romantic [...]

Has Harry Potter Been Good for Reading?: A Look at the Evidence

Like most people, I’ve long has the belief that the Harry Potter has been nothing but good for kids, giving millions of young (and not so young) readers a powerful experience with the written word. In fact, I’ve gone as far to say that J. K. Rowling has done more to advance reading than all [...]