Hello and Happy Summer. Links for Reading at Your Leisure. Enjoy!

1 Aug

Based on the amount of emails I receive daily, I am sure all of YOU are as overwhelmed by your inbox as I am. That is why I am choosing to send out my favorite links every few months or seasons now. I will still cull the articles and tidbits I find most helpful and interesting and place them here in a long list. You can then pick and choose when and what to read over a longer period of time. I wish all of you a wonderful rest of the summer! -Meg

Great New News Article Site Which Varies Its Reading Levels… Making It More Approachable For ALL Students:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/07/newsela-articles-customized-for-different-reading-levels/

https://newsela.com/

The Benefits Of Cursive… I Am A Strong Believer In REAL WRITING, Crossing The Midline, Kinesthetic Learning and Writing:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-dagnalmyron/john-boy-was-write-the-jo_b_5440013.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000023

Another Great Article On How To Keep Handwriting “Alive”:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671586/10-ways-to-rescue-handwriting-from-the-grave

If You Have The Time And Interest… Please Think About Taking A Workshop With The Amazing Word Study Warrior And Guru, Pete Bowers… I just came back from a week-long Spelling Camp Adventure and learned so much about how to teach and reach my students in new and very successful ways:

http://www.wordworkskingston.com/WordWorks/Home.html

Great Site To Read About Writers Talking About Writing:

http://www.fsgworkinprogress.com/category/on-writing/

The Benefits Of Learning A New Language:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/opinion/16alexander.html?_r=0

The Benefits Of Dyslexia – A Great Talk/Video… That also mentions my good friend and educator, Kyle Redford:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=q7cbobBDH-I&app=desktop

Kyle Redford’s Articles On Huffington Post And The Center for Dyslexia And Creativity Web Sites:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle/

http://dyslexia.yale.edu/PAR_PrivacyDilemma.html

Daniel Pink’s Recent And Inspirational Commencement Speech:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/06/25/daniel-pink-northwestern-commencement/

Rilke’s Advice On Embracing Uncertainty And The Unknown:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/06/01/rilke-on-questions/

Jack Canfield’s Ways To Increase Self-Esteem:

http://jackcanfield.com/5-ways-to-increase-self-esteem/

I Learn From Educator’s Rick Ackerly’s Blog:

http://geniusinchildren.org/

Really Great Ways To Increase Your Self-Control:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3032513/work-smart/6-scientifically-proven-ways-to-boost-your-self-control?partner=newsletter

Pediatricians Are Now Recommending Reading Aloud To Children From Birth:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/us/pediatrics-group-to-recommend-reading-aloud-to-children-from-birth.html

TED Talks/Videos On How To Become A Better Writer:

http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/05/29/be-a-better-writer-in-15-minutes-4-ted-ed-lessons-on-grammar-and-word-choice/

 

 

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:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/psychologists-identify-best-ways-to-study/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-we-learn/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-science-of-handwriting/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-techniques-make-math-fun-for-all/

Children’s Stomaches Could Mean Adult Anxiety:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/risk-of-adult-anxiety-seen-in-childrens-stomachaches/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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

http://time.com/15199/college-president-sat-is-part-hoax-and-part-fraud/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendi-aarons/the-5-stages-of-a-4th-grade-school-project_b_4803481.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

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

http://www.futurity.org/sleeping-on-it-helps-memories-stick/

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_gratitude_in_kids#?utm_source=GGSC+Newsletter-+March+2014&utm_campaign=GG+Newsletter+-+March+2014+&utm_medium=email

http://www.wired.com/2014/03/dissecting-opening-lines-25-famous-novels-makes-awesome-poster/#slide-id-442671

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.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0&referrer=

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

http://www.christinecarter.com/community/blog/2014/03/happiness-tip-flip-the-script/

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/17/290089998/does-teaching-kids-to-get-gritty-help-them-get-ahead

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/23/kindergarten-teacher-my-job-is-now-about-tests-and-data-not-children-i-quit/

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

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/21/helen-keller-on-optimism/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/angela-maiers/26-keys-to-student-engage_b_4939122.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000023

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/whats-the-sweet-spot-of-difficulty-for-learning/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/what-keeps-students-them-motivated-to-learn/

http://www.christinecarter.com/community/blog/2014/03/happiness-tip-flip-the-script/

 

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

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/03/140303fa_fact_kolbert

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle/time-to-rethink-standardi_b_4855988.html

Follow Kyle’s Great Tweets:

https://twitter.com/kyleredford

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

http://wrsi.com/monte/becoming-wicked-with-joe-dulude-ii/

Four Habits of the Most Resilient People:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3026817/leadership-now/4-habits-of-the-most-resilient-people?partner=newsletter

Eleven Things Happy Women Do:

http://yourkickasslife.com/coaching/11-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:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/10/10-rules-for-students-and-teachers-john-cage-corita-kent/?utm_content=buffer3d809&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ira Glass on Getting Better:

http://thomsevalrud.com/news/2014/2/16/ira-glass-on-getting-better.html/

Embrace Your Creative Blocks:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-dinwiddie/why-you-should-embrace-yo_b_4791119.html?&ir=Books&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000031

IDEO and Process:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/jobs/where-the-fish-swims-ideas-fly.html?referrer=

How Social Media Makes us Needier:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/02/addicted-to-likes-social-media-makes-us-needier.html?mid=twitter_nymag

Why Some Middle School Girls Talk Like Babies:

http://m.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/02/why-middle-school-girls-sometimes-talk-like-babies/283894/

Learning to Cut the Sugar:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/learning-to-cut-the-sugar/

8 Lessons on Creativity:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025882/dialed/8-creativity-lessons-from-a-pixar-animator?partner=newsletter

The Distracted Mind:

http://ed.ted.com/featured/Lj5N4g31

Don’t Keep Your Smartphone in Your Bedroom:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/for-a-restful-night-make-your-smartphone-sleep-on-the-couch/

Gratitude=Happiness:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/18/martin-seligman-gratitude-visit-three-blessings/

Seven Secrets for Saying the Right Words:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2014/02/22/principles-of-persuasion-bill-mcgowans-7-secrets-for-saying-the-right-words-every-time/

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.

http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/learning-how-to-learn-what-business-leaders-need-to-know

Making Friends With Change – Ram Dass’ Thoughts:

http://www.ramdass.org/making-friends-with-change/

Obstacles Keeping You from Change: 

BEING BLIND TO YOUR BLINDNESS. THE DESIRE TO BE COMFORTABLE. CONFUSING OPINIONS WITH LEARNING. THE DESIRE FOR INSTANT GRATIFICATION. THINKING BUT NOT DOING. THE DRIVE FOR NOVELTY. THE BELIEF THAT CHANGE IS PRIVATE.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3026042/leadership-now/7-obstacles-keeping-you-from-change?partner=newsletter

Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-bemesderfer/essay-questions_b_4703768.html

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

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025957/work-smart/what-happens-to-our-brains-when-we-exercise-and-how-it-makes-us-happier?partner=newsletter

Great APPs for Learners with Dyslexia and other Learning Differences:

http://atss.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/wheel_0f_apps_v1_0.pdf

Reading BOOKS is Fundamental:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/opinion/blow-reading-books-is-fundamental.html?_r=0

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