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:

Miscellaneous Monday: “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, Why Write Poetry, Deepak Chopra’s Take on Addictive Patterns, Top 25 Children’s Books of 2013, The Joy of Unfollowing, Better Praise = Specific Praise, New Meditation Tool/APP, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, More on Sleep, The Marshmallow Experiment, Brene Brown’s Teaching on Daring Greatly and Setting Boundaries, Dan Goleman on Focus

20 Jan

Great Poem in Honor of MLK Day:

Great Article on Why we Write Poetry, According to Poet, Jane Hirshfield:

Deepak Chopra Opens a Discussion of Discovery… Watch this intro video about addiction – addiction to sensations, to security, and/or to power/control:

Great Bookstore’s Top 25 Children’s Books for 2013:

The Joy of Unfollowing – Cleaning out Your Subscription Emails/Newsletters:

Better Praise = Specific Praise:

A New Tool to Help You Meditate in the Modern World:

More Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep:

More on Sleep, Which Equals Greater Successes:

New Insights into the Marshmallow Experiment:

Brene Brown/Daring Greatly – Showing Up:

Brene Brown/Setting Boundaries:

Dan Goleman on Focus/Emotional Intelligence:

New Year. New Posts. Enjoy. Anne Lamott’s, “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith,” Greater Good’s Top Ten Nonfiction Books, Why Sleep is Important, “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements,” Children’s Book Publishers Choose Their Favorites of 2013, Great Video to Teach How to Stop Cyberbullying, Read More and Tweet Less, Don’t Say No. Say Now. Get it Done., End of the Year Lessons from Brain Pickings, Cracking the Habit Code

1 Jan

Happy 2014 to all. Below are some good links to get your started on a new year – full of continued insight, growth, change, and perspective – for you and your children/students.

Just spent part of the New Year Day reading Anne Lamott’s, “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.” Loved the book. Below are some of the best quotes to keep with you:

Here are Greater Good’s best of 2013 nonfiction reads:

More evidence that sleep is really good for you:

Great Ted Talk and book on how this marvelous 4th grade teacher creates an environment to teach peace and politics:

Children’s book publishers choose their favorite books of 2013:

Informative video on how to stop cyberbullying:

The continued importance of reading (and less tweeting):

Great video/interview on how to work through procrastination:

Reflections on 7 years of Brain Pickings:

New, free course from Christine Carter for the new year – breaking habits and creating resolutions:


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