Friday, February 21, 2020

New Kid - 2020 Newbery Book Award

Jerry Craft won this year's [2020] Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for New Kid, a book focused on the struggles of a seventh grade student of color who has been sent to a prestigious private school with little diversity.” (From npr reporter Colin Dwyer)

Meet author and illustrator, Jerry Craft, of this fabulous book . . .

Friday, February 7, 2020

Tragedy of the Commons

I happened upon this concept recently and found that it makes so much sense.

"The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action." [Link to this and other links on the topic]

Here is a neat video to help . . . 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happiness Defined in the Best Way

I listened to Shawn Achor back in 2008 when he was the keynote speaker at a conference; I had the opportunity to have lunch with him then. He not only was a congenial fellow and gave an outstanding presentation, but he also has a terrific book—The Happiness AdvantageGive it a read to learn more about his seven principles:

  1. The Happiness Advantage
  2. The Fulcrum and the Lever
  3. The Tetris Effect
  4. Falling Up
  5. The Zorro Circle
  6. The 20 Second rule
  7. Social Investment

I promise you that you will not be disappointed. So much of his work is based on strong research.

Here is his terrific TED Talk (21M views) . . .

Friday, January 10, 2020

Teachers Supporting ALL Students in Our Schools

A Keynote speaker at the NAIS People of Color Conference and author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims brings so much to the world of children, diversity, and parenting. Also see a recent post about her book How to Raise an Adult and her excellent TED Talk.