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Thursday, April 28, 2011
JoAnn Deak Knows the Brain
By the way, JoAnn's book You're Fantastic Elastic Brain has won two awards: the Mom's Choice Award and the Nautilus Award.
Make sure you listen to her the next time you see her name listed in a conference program, or better yet, get her to speak at your school.
Monday, April 25, 2011
More Bridge for Kids?
My earlier post on Louis Sacher's (Holes) latest, delightful book The Cardturner, a Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker got some cred in yesterday's NYTimes article by Winnie Hu. "For Students Raised on iPods, Lessons in Bridge" suggests that the post WWII popular game is making a bid for younger followers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We're Never Through Learning
I was at a meeting of graduate students where three of my interns were presenting their end-of-year projects to their cohort. After the first intern presented her project, I had the opportunity to give comment and speak about being life-long learners. So, whether we are a teacher, or a graduate student, or a parent, or a head of school, we are life-long learners, and it is particularly important as we become adults because we are modeling for our students.
I sat down and the person in front of me, without turning around, handed me a torn piece of paper with a brief quote inscribed (the image above is a scan of that piece of paper). It really says it all!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Seven Ways to Love a Child
I came across "Seven Ways to Love a Child" by Jennifer Rogers. She opens this beautiful piece with
"A tired working mother stood in the classroom doorway, ready to depart with her two sons. Separated in age by two years, the boys were as different in appearance as they were in temperament, but they were great kids. They enjoyed math and reading, laughed hard and punched hard. They loved learning, loved life, loved each other. Mom’s secret: “There are many ways to love a child,” she said. “I keep it simple. I have expectations. I accept mistakes. And I celebrate the process.”
Click on the article title above to read the seven ways. You'll love them.