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Hyperactive Children Should Run, Not Sit

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Oct 28, 2015 02:42 PM

I just found this blog entry from last year, and I love the opening sentence: When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the child to run. Here's the link to the rest ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on October 28, 2015

Social Justice Issues in YA Literature

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Sep 30, 2015 08:06 AM

A librarian compiled a short list of suggested readings on a variety of social justice issues including homelessness, sexual identity, eating disorders, abuse, self discovery and mental disorders.  Here's the link to the compilation: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2015/09/28/diversify-ya-life-so... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on September 30, 2015

Let the Kids Learn through Play

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Sep 17, 2015 12:44 PM

Is early academic learning the way to go?  Does it improve one's academic skills in the long run?  Are the gains made in those subjected to early formal education significant?  The writer of a New York TImes article presents evidence that runs contrary to what many contemporary educators think.�.. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on September 17, 2015

Humans vs. Zombies

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Aug 28, 2015 09:35 AM

  Polk welcomes humans to try their best in a two hour game of tag within the darkened confines of the library during  a special one night Humans vs. Zombies event that will help kick off the school year Friday, September 11th from 9PM-11PM. If you've played HvZ before expect slightly... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on August 20, 2015

Children's Play & Didactic Instruction

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 26, 2015 09:19 AM

This New York Times article explores the topics of early didactic instruction and play activities.  A psychologist at Cambridge University, David Whitebread, has studied children's play for many years.  He says that play is "essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to cont... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 26, 2015

Education's Erin Brockovich

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:31 AM

Some parents and educators feel that testing of children has become excessive.  More and more parents are choosing to have their children opt-out of state assessments.  This is an article about one Long Island parent and her role in the "Opt-Out" movement.  Here's the link to the article titled ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 12, 2015

Pros and Cons of Less Structured vs. Highly Structured Activities in Childhood

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jul 03, 2015 09:32 AM

Research conducted by faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Denver shows a relationship between less structured time in children who are 6-7 years old and the development of "executive function."  Here's the link to the article:  http://journal.frontiersin.org/artic... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on July 03, 2015

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jun 15, 2015 03:15 PM

Here's a link to an article about a practice which radically departs from what is customarily done in schools in the USA.  Does this  practice contribute to Finland's ranking as the best school system in the world? read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on June 15, 2015

Polk's Electronic Reserves Retires

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jun 08, 2015 11:30 AM

Last summer, Polk Library began a trial period of posting electronic readings directly to faculty Desire2Learn (D2L) course pages.  That trial demonstrated that most faculty prefer the flexibility of being able to manage their own digital readings.  Out of the current faculty and instructional ac... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on June 08, 2015

Camp Polk-A-Bago May 8-15

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified May 08, 2015 08:33 AM

Camp Polkabago is Open!   Polk Library, once again, becomes Camp Polk-A-Bago when it stays open 24-hours-a-day for the next week. Take advantage of our roommate-free study spaces with FREE COFFEE available AFTER 10:00PM nightly. Look for surpri... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on May 05, 2015

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