Encouraging book reading and incorporating it in school curricula may not only increase the students’ literacy levels, but also enhance their prosocial attitudes and behaviors and ultimately help in the creation of a more equal society.
According to a paper published online in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology this week, researchers from Italy and the University of Greenwich report that students who read the Harry Potter series were less prejudiced against stigmatized groups than those who did not. Read more. (via mugglenet)
Sometimes Vimes had learned as a young guard drifted up from memory. If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you’re going to die. So they’ll talk. They’ll gloat.
They’ll watch you squirm. They’ll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar. So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.
Samuel Vimes thoughts in Men At Arms, by Terry Pratchett (via viktorhihello)


This week I presented a 2-hour workshop on using Google Docs to support content area reading and writing at our county’s Technology Symposium. I originally titled it “Using Google Docs in the ELA Classroom” but after planning it further I realized I was sharing a resource appropriate for any…