Monthly Tidings, March 2018

Ahh daylight savings time! When as a society we go “wait, how is it spring already?” and scramble to either catch up on our New Year’s resolutions or hide all evidence that they ever existed.

(Note: I was going to call this “monthly tidbits” but when drafting this on my phone my spellchecker decided “tidings” was better; I can’t say I disagree.)

What I’m Reading

Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press, 2011)

I participated in a dynamite session led by Lori Donovan and Lynne Bland at last year’s American Association of School Librarians conference that showcased this book’s teaching technique, which aims to get students to ask their own questions about a topic instead of just responding to teacher questions. It’s a fairly short book, but is really rich with examples and explanations of why and how this technique works and can tie in to more traditional research methods and information literacy.

Dana Thomas, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

This book had been recommended to me a number of times, and when I finally found a secondhand copy in my local indie bookstore I grabbed it. Deluxe came out in August 2007, just before the beginning of the Great Recession, and is a weirdly dated snapshot of the particular excesses of the early 2000s. It has already answered a number of burning questions I have had, like “why do they expect me to pay $400 for this bag when the stitching looks like that?” and “do my sunglasses really need a giant designer logo cutout, even though it makes the glasses less effective at their blocking the sun?”

What I’m Working On

I just started compiling the bibliography for a new for-fun project on data history which I’m pretty pumped about.

What I’m Listening To

Janelle Monae’s glorious new singles (be forwarned: neither of those links is particularly safe for work)

What I Learned Recently

How deeply bizarre and openly corrupt Russian professional hockey is.


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