Hi gang, instead of the usual picture book teaching review, I decided to make a video about the Common Core Standards for both FICTION and NON-FICTION writers (and teachers). The Standards are part of a long line of interventions trying to make educational systems more accountable, and more consistent to better prepare students for future success (which mostly seem to be defined here for going to college and getting a job). I have very mixed feelings about Standards and the ways that they seem to minimize the importance of the arts and creativity for future success (which I define as having a meaningful personal/civic life along with financial well-being) and the ways that they seem to ignore very diverse aptitudes, such as those for kids who are more mechanically oriented or artistically inclined (whatever happened to the Multiple Intelligences approach?).
Based on what I'm hearing in forums and conferences, editors and agents are looking for stories that connect with the Standards to increase their marketability. So without further ado, here are my suggestions for using them as a tool and how not to be intimidated by them :)
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We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will be a total surprise!