Friday, March 30, 2012

Your Brain on Fiction

" Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life."

Teaching About Sensitive Issues in the News

Good stuff from the NYTimes Learning Network

 10 Ways to Talk to Students About Sensitive Issues in the News

"This week it might be the Trayvon Martin shooting, while last week it could have been the “Kony 2012″ viral video, the soldier in Afghanistan accused ofmassacring women and children, or the outcry over Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of Sandra Fluke: In a “flat” social media world, parents and teachers are no longer the gatekeepers, and news of all kinds reaches children — sometimeseven before it gets to adults.
How do you talk about difficult or sensitive news stories with young people, whether in your classroom or at your dinner table?"