* A post-credits scene (also called a tag, stinger, coda, button, mid-credits scene, after-credits sequence, end-credit scene, secret ending or credit cookie) is a short clip that appears after all or some of the closing credits have rolled and sometimes after a production logo of a film, TV series, or video game have run. It is usually included for humour or to set up a possible sequel.
** "If you understand something, you should be able to explain it to a child" (attributed to Albert Einstein)
Getting Beyond "I Like the Book"
by Vivian Vasquez
Reviewed by John MacDonald
Getting Beyond "I Like the Book" shows how to use print material to facilitate higher-order thinking skills in students. Case studies provide examples of how students can be encouraged to move beyond reading comprehension and response toward reflective questioning and critique.
Texts are chosen for their functional value and not, as is so often the case, according to levelling criteria.
Vasquez recounts that some of the students in her kindergarten class felt marginalized because they did not see themselves in the school library's books. Her students wrote a letter to the librarian expressing their concern and the librarian attempted to rectify the problem.
This is an important text for the Canadian/Ontario educator and even more so since specific recommendations in the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are reflected in the book's general spirit and specific ideologies.
Some teachers may disagree with Vasquez's proposition that students should be encouraged to think that social action naturally follows from social-policy disagreement. However, this book will be of interest because it illustrates how using analogies when exploring issues augments students' ability to construct meaning based on their own life knowledge.
Getting Beyond "I Like the Book," International Reading Association, Newark, Delaware, 2003, ISBN 0-87207-512-5, softcover, 108 pages, US$17.95, tel 302-731-1600, fax 302-731-1057, www.reading.org
John MacDonald teaches Grade 5 at Dallington Public School in Toronto.