Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chatting About Books: A LUE PSA


As with most fields, reading educators have professional organizations. With my plan to focus on postsecondary reading, I have joined the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) and the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). I've also joined the International Reading Association (IRA). The IRA publishes several reading journals, hosts conferences each year and publishes Reading Today six times a year with news for reading professionals.

In my most recent copy of Reading Today, there was a piece about Chatting About Books, a free podcast which reviews the best children's literature and includes discussion with parents and children, as well as reading experts. I went to ReadWriteThink.org** to check out these podcasts hosted by Emily Manning. Although the entire website is geared toward teachers and other educators, I think parents will find them a great resource for finding new books and hearing ideas about how best to engage your children in reading. The podcasts focus on grades K through 5 and are thematic. Each is approximately 15 minutes long. You can subscribe to them using an RSS feed or iTunes (Just go to the iTunes store on your computer and type in "Chatting about Books" and you can hit subscribe). There are also notes for each episode on the website.

I listened to the poetry episode and loved it. In this particular episode, the guest was Sylvia Vardell, a professor at Texas Woman's University. She has authored POETRY ALOUD HERE, POETRY PEOPLE, and CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN ACTION. She also has her own blog, Poetry for Children.

The Chatting About Books podcasts are located in the Beyond the Classroom section of ReadWriteThink.org under podcasts. Also located on the Beyond the Classroom section of the website is Text Messages, podcasts geared toward reading recommendations for teens.

**ReadWriteThink.org is maintained by the IRA and NCTE (the National Council of Teachers of English). It is a non-profit site designed to provide access to the best research-based practices and resources in language arts.

9 comments:

FormerlyAlphaDogMa said...

IRA? You're a member of the IRA? My dad would be so proud. I'm going to check out those links -- I'm running out of good novels to read aloud to the kids at lunch. And by good I mean: devoid of kissing, with male leads, no bad words, and dialogue that requires me to use my repetoire of bad accents!

Julie Pippert said...

That sounds really cool, as in, wow, beneficial to laymen too.

But IRA...really, must have been another possible name or acronym LOL.

Maddy said...

Podcasts! Move and listen at the same time? I'm in.
Cheers

Maddy said...

Linky dinky where are you?

Mary-LUE said...

Oops. Sorry about forgetting the linky dinky. Post is fixed now!

atypical said...

somehow I think this may be useful to me....

Cathy Eichelberger said...

How wonderful. As an educator and author of Children's Literature I am always interested in site such as these. Please check out my recent book Good?Grief! by Cathy Temple Eichelberger. I think you will enjoy it.

Muthering Heights said...

What a cool idea!

Aliki2006 said...

I am on a podcast kick right now so I'm so glad you posted the link! *Thank you* so much!