Learning to Grow

A blog by Shalon Sims about creative writing, literacy, education and psychology

Profound Insights: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S Lewis

The best book I read in 2010 was Out of the Silent Planet, by C.S Lewis.  It is a very small book and inconspicuous.  This was the copy I picked up:

Resources for Educators

Social Media & Collaborative Education Here is a great blog about professors using Twitter in large lecture halls, to promote collaboration and discourse. History of Education This RSA Animate video is an animation of a lecture by Sir __Robinson about the history of education and the need to address education in new ways, in these…
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Long Sentence #1: Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Reading this amazing book by Joseph Campbell, the classic, The Hero with a Thousand Faces and the first sentence just about blew me away. Not only is it extremely beautiful, it’s also incredibly long!  It’s 538 characters:

List of Online Critique Groups

List of Online Critique Groups critters.org scribophile  (sorry, will add links later 🙂 writerscafe critiquegroups.com aylad’s writer’s group Authonomy inkpop the write-brained network Writing.com Critique Circle Online Writing Workshop Nothing Binding Review Fuse Hatrack Wrters Workshop Absolute Write Water cooler BookRix The Writer’s Beat internetwritingworkshop.org This list was taken mainly from this other blog post,…
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Quantum Connections: Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku’s book, Physics of the Impossible, has helped me to understand a subject that I thought I never would: quantum physics.  Ever since my first year of college in 1997, when my philosophy of religion instructor, Dr.Katz, talked about atoms being mysteriously connected, I wanted to understand this process and became curious about quantum…
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Reading for Learning a New Language

If you are learning a new language, the most useful and pleasant thing you can do for your study is READ!!!  As an ESL teacher, I have noticed that my students who are regular readers, really advance more quickly than students who do not like reading.  Therefore it is important to foster the skill of…
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The Importance of Sound for Mastering a Language

When we are young, we learn the sounds of our language automatically from our parents, but when we learn a new language we need to pay special attention to the sounds. In most languages, including English, sound is made with two types of letters: 1) Consonants and 2) Vowels The consonants are similar in many…
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