Jo Bowers and Dr Susan Davis, senior lecturers in primary education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, took to The Guardian to explain and examine their research into bibliotherapy and the benefits of having teachers as reading role models.
As lecturers in initial teacher training on a PGCE primary programme, we believe that this habit should be developed as an integral part of teacher training. Teachers who read themselves and share their love of books in the primary classroom can, in turn, encourage children to read more.
Creating a culture of reading should be on all school’ list of priorities and to do this, teachers should have access to new and varied children’s literature. Sitting down with a good book is a pleasure, with gains to be made in all aspects of literacy alongside teacher and pupil wellbeing.
You can read the full Guardian article and hear more about the research at an upcoming UKLA Conference.
Over at Bleeding Cool Hannah Means-Shannon has a great write up about DC’s “My Secret Origins” panel at this years San Diego Comic Con. Forget merging superhero logos or gods of mishief forcing a thousand fans to their knees… this sounds like it was one not to be missed. Bob Wayn, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Amanda Conner, and Bernard Chang all detailing how they ended up writing comics… and why.
Every panellist seemed to feel the unlikeliness of their opportunities as they explained the details of their entry into pro work.
Jim Lee’s story had the added twist of facing a lot of prejudice against comics from friends and family and feeling like he had to keep his interests a secret for a long time. He kept his comics in the closet, literally, and was pushed to be a doctor by his first-generation Korean American family.
Check out the trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s new sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer - featuring, among others, John Hurt, Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.
Check out Pacific Rim‘s Rinko Kikuchi and Keanu Reeves - a half-breed slave who joins a band of 47 masterless samurai in a quest for vengeance.
Chinese officials have denied the release of Universal’s Despicable Me 2 - wary of US animation taking too much of a slice out of the local box office. This isn’t new - Despicable Me never made a Chinese release - while The Croods was pulled from cinemas across China two-weeks early after domestic animation producers lobbied Chinese watchdog SARFT.
Xan Brooks notes that Smurfs 2 will reach Chinese screens this Summer but the Chinese censor could cut its run short, depending on how the film performs.
College Humour have cooked up an incredibly accurate Daria: The Movie trailer… get set Morgendorffer fans, this is all kinds of cool: