Federico Escobar federicoescobarcordoba at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 10 00:15:28 UTC 2010

There was a thread a few years ago that pointed to a WSJ article about Harry
Potterisms. "Pensieve" was mentioned, alluding to the importance of assuming
a detached perspective on things.

I recently found "pensieve" in a different context: Gail Boushey and Joan
Moser, in a book called "The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily
Literary Assessment and Instruction" (Portland: Stonehouse Publishers
[2009]), refer to a big notebook in which teachers keep notes about their
students' progress. They call that notebook a "pensieve." I guess one can
expect the word to show up with this meaning in educational contexts.


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