Great Study Habits – What Really Works – Fabulous Tidbits to Teach Your Children and/or Students…, How We Learn Best, The Science of Handwriting, New Math Techniques, and Insight on Children’s Stomaches

20 Apr

You will need to purchase a subscription to read these entire articles from “Scientific American Mind,” but it is well worth it:

Children’s Stomaches Could Mean Adult Anxiety:

Great Thoughts – The SATs, Great Commentary – The Five Stages of Grief in Helping a 4th Grader Complete a School Project, Great Advice – Creating More Independence for Your Children

20 Apr

Sleeping Helps Your Memory, Ways to Foster Gratitude, Opening Lines of 25 Famous Novels, The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, Flip the Script, Good Conversation About GRIT, A Kindergarten Teacher Resigns After Too Much Testing Pressure, Hellen Keller and Optimism, 26 Ways to Engage Students, The Sweet Spot of Difficulty, What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn

12 Apr

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.

“What Are You Grateful For?” VS “How Are You?”

I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. To what good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and willful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition. I am never discouraged by absence of good. I never can be argued into hopelessness. Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend. - Helen Keller


Enough SAT Testing for College Admissions – Two Great Articles, Make-up for “Wicked” is for Boys, Too, Four Habits of the Most Resilient People, Eleven Things Happy Women Do

2 Mar

“Big Score: When Mom Takes the SATs” by Elizabeth Kolbert

“Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test” by an amazing teacher and friend, Kyle Redford

Follow Kyle’s Great Tweets:

Heart-Warming Piece on the Make-up Artist for “Wicked” and His Time Spent “Painting” Two Great Male Fans’ Faces:

Four Habits of the Most Resilient People:

Eleven Things Happy Women Do:

John Cage and Sister Corita Kent’s 10 Rules for Teachers and Students, Ira Glass on Getting Better, Embrace Your Creative Blocks, IDEO and Process, How Social Media Makes us Needier, Why Some Middle School Girls Talk Like Babies, Learning to Cut Sugar, 8 Creativity Lessons, The Distracted Mind, Why You Should Go to Sleep Without Your Smartphone, Gratitude and Happiness, Seven Secrets for Saying the Right Words

23 Feb

John Cage and Sister Corita Kent’s 10 Rules for Teachers and Students:

Ira Glass on Getting Better:

Embrace Your Creative Blocks:

IDEO and Process:

How Social Media Makes us Needier:

Why Some Middle School Girls Talk Like Babies:

Learning to Cut the Sugar:

8 Lessons on Creativity:

The Distracted Mind:

Don’t Keep Your Smartphone in Your Bedroom:


Seven Secrets for Saying the Right Words:

Sunday Reading: Learning How to Learn/How to M-A-S-T-E-R any Topic, Making Friends with Change, Obstacles Keeping You from Change, Better Essay Questions for English Teachers, Exercising Makes us Happier, Great APPs for Those with Dyslexia and Other Learning Challenges, Reading BOOKS is Fundamental

9 Feb

M-A-S-T-E-R Learning: Motivate your mind. Acquire information. Search for meaning. Trigger the memory. Exhibit what you know. Reflect on how/what you’ve learned.

Making Friends With Change – Ram Dass’ Thoughts:

Obstacles Keeping You from Change: 


Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions:

Got 20 Minutes? Exercising Makes Us Happier and Is Good for Our Brains:

Great APPs for Learners with Dyslexia and other Learning Differences:

Reading BOOKS is Fundamental:

Super Sunday Posts: NPR’s Picks for the Best, New Picture Books, Great Article on Great Teaching (and how best to pay attention to the loners in classrooms), Ira Glass’ Secrets of Creative Success (made into a great little film), A Great Eight-Minute Film on Courage (and space travel)

2 Feb

Some New And Great Picture Books To Engage Readers Of All Ages:

A Powerful Piece On Teaching And On Paying Attention To The Loners In Classrooms:

Ira Glass’ Take On How To Have A Continued, Successful, And Creative Life – Keep Creating:

Share This With Your Students And/Or Children – Themes Of Courage, Perspective (Literally), And Space Travel:


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