While Wilde’s fairy tales are often a bit too bleak for my tastes (as are many of Hans Christian Andersen’s), they are beautifully written and an important element of any fairy tale collector’s stash.
See on fairytalemagazine.com
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how ‘perfect storm’ of crises could unravel global system
From the article: “Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions ‘closely reflecting the reality of the world today… we find that collapse is difficult to avoid.’”
See on theguardian.com
See on Scoop.it - Learning, Education, and Neuroscience Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.
Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.
Students don’t need grades. In fact, grades can actually prevent real learning because students come to equate success in school with getting good grades, rather than with increasing their understanding of the subjects being taught and the world around them.
We know this. Not only has this been identified as a problem by educators for decades, but anyone who has ever started school as a curious child. excited by the prospect of learning, only to discover that school is boring, that school makes them hate learning, regardless of whether they get good or bad grades, knows this.
It’s time to end the carrot and stick approach that is grading and begin giving children and their parents real feedback that promotes learning.
See on blogs.kqed.org
On Sunday, I wrote a comment piece explaining why I, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, along with my colleagues on The Independent and www.independent.co.uk’s children’s books blog, support the campaign #LetBooksBeBooks and will not review “any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys”. It created a bit of a stir. Parents, teachers and children’s authors and readers have responded in their hundreds, mostly praising the decision. But others have accused the papers of “censorship”, and asked us when we’ll start burning books. There have been legitimate questions… and some silly ones. So here, I attempt to answer them.
Very sensible. Why limit your market to half the audience it could have? Not to mention participating in actions that increase gender stereotyping and serve to foster outdated principles that lead to “the war between the sexes.”
Three cheers for the reviewers at The Independent.
See on independent.co.uk
Blank Space has launched the world’s first architecture storytelling competition, Fairy Tales with First Prize going to Kevin Wang and Nicholas O’Leary .
What a creative idea!
See on inhabitots.com
Not sure what a developmental editor does, or why you might need one? Here’s a good overview of what developmental editors do when they work with an author.
See on alanrinzler.com
Here’s a good overview of the self-publishing process, from start to finish, along with cost estimates for each step.
See on pbs.org
Writers interested in converting a document or a blog into an ebook may find this useful.
See on ebookglue.com
Writers of historical fiction, including historical fantasy, should be aware of the myth that water was avoided by Medieval people. While Medieval people may have preferred other, usually alcoholic, beverages, they still drank water, as long as they believed it to be pure. The test for purity? Clear, odorless, and cool.
See on leslefts.blogspot.com.au