May 26th, 2010

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Featured Community: Teaching

Most folks on LiveJournal belong to a bunch of communities. Some of the good ones are kind of obscure. The "Featured Community" meme encourages people to share their favorite communities.

1. Cite a community that you enjoy. 
2. 
Summarize its purpose and parameters. 
3. 
Invite your audience to join the community and/or reply with their favorite communities.
Today's featured community is: teaching

This community spans all aspects of education, with the core covering teachers and the work of teaching.  Many of the posts are questions ("How do I...?" or "What would you do in this situation...?") and other shoptalk ("My students are...").  There are also some wider issues posted, such as news articles or questions about how a current issue is affecting your students/class/school.  The list is open to teachers, students training to be teachers, people who work in education but outside a school, and folks who are just interested in the topic generally.
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Where do books belong?

Here's an interesting discussion about the "African-American" section in bookstores/libraries.

I happen to have fair skin.  I read voraciously.  I'm not much interested in general fiction.  I usually go looking for the speculative fiction section(s) and various favorites of nonfiction.  But if I'm looking for ethnic authors and titles, which I sometimes do, I'm going to head for the ethnic sections in a store or library.  (If I'm online, I'll search something like "famous black writers" or "Latina poets" or the like.)  To me as a reader, such sections are useful.  Some writers like them, others hate them.  Very frustrating situation.