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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

Communities & Neighborhoods: Children's Books & Teaching Resources

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Apr 29, 2015 02:00 PM

Are you looking for children’s books about communities & neighborhoods?  The EMC in Polk Library owns many such books.  Click here to access the list of books. In addition to the books, you’ll see  many lesson plans and other teaching resources related to the theme of communities & neighb... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on April 29, 2015

Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Apr 16, 2015 08:14 AM

According to the author of an article appearing in The Washington Post kids' behavior on the playground is becoming more aggressive.  Even the seemingly innocuous game of Tag is not immune to such behaviors.  So, some schools have even banned the game of Tag.  Why is this happening?  Here is a ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on April 16, 2015

Interesting Take on Learning Modalities

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Mar 17, 2015 11:41 AM

This is a blog post by an education professor about misconceptionsabout learning modalities:  http://nicholasmeier.com/2015/03/14/learning-modalities/   read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on March 17, 2015

Polk Adds Springer Journals

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 09, 2015 04:20 PM

Polk Library is happy to announce it has licensed the “standard collection” of academic journals of the storied Springer Publishing Company.  With over 1600 licensed and 300 open access journals, Springer Journals provide an important addition to Polk’s online arsenal of academic titles.  P... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 09, 2015

Executive Budget Bills Released on February 3

by Watkins, Michael P — last modified Feb 04, 2015 08:45 AM

The Governor announced his proposed Budget on February 3. There were two executive budget bills released by the Legislative Reference Bureau on February 3. read more...

Posted by:
Watkins, Michael P on February 04, 2015

The 2015 Caldecott, Newbery & Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 02, 2015 11:55 AM

Here is a link to the list of recipients of the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and other ALA children's and young adult awards: http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2015/live/doc/yma_15_wrap_final.pdf read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 02, 2015

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