From My Bookshelf: Dancing in the Mosque

Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother’s Letter to Her Son by Homeira Qaderi (translated by Zamn Stanizai) “But Baba-jan, these are only books, not enemies.” In our society, despite rallying cries of fake news, simplified and romanticized versions of history lessons, bland leveled or decodable books, and a smattering of attempts to ban books,Continue reading “From My Bookshelf: Dancing in the Mosque”

Literacies Circle: Measuring Literacy

Some pediatricians are advising against assessing for learning difficulties, such as learning disabilities, dyslexia, or attention deficit disorders, during the pandemic in light of disrupted routines, virtual learning, and trauma. At the same time, there is increasing fervor for making schools more humane, especially as we return to face-to-face schools. Many of us would likeContinue reading “Literacies Circle: Measuring Literacy”

From My Bookshelf: The Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic

The Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn Coming up with a structure for writing a book is the toughest part. At least for me, the last (and I insist, the final book) has been in the works for over a decade, an odyssey if you will. This project involves aContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: The Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic”

Literacies Circle: Screen Time

As the pandemic seems to wind down, there is discussion about returning face-to-face in schools. Some districts are already in fits and starts of hybrid schooling and others are envisioning continuing virtual school for the remainder of the school year. The concern about the copious amount of screen time in our daily lives plays outContinue reading “Literacies Circle: Screen Time”

From My Bookshelf: The Liar’s Dictionary

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams Mountweazel. Oh my, what a word! And it’s a real word too. Seriously. Look it up. Mountweazels are creative and deliberate made-up words inserted in dictionaries as a trap to reveal plagiarism or copyright infringement. The Liar’s Dictionary was a delightful foray into the world of lexicographers and theContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: The Liar’s Dictionary”