Monday, December 26, 2011

The Importance of Recognition and Appreciation

The older I get, the more I reflect on how important it is for children and adults to feel appreciated. Give recognition to others whenever possible.

Please take a minute to read
"Recognition," an article I wrote that was recently published in Independent Teacher.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Parents We Mean to Be

If you have children or teach children (including adolescents) you must read The Parents We Mean to Be by Richard Weissbourd.

I found it especially profound where the author talks about the three challenges parents have with raising children:

1. To help children deal with their emotions. 2. To move children towards appreciation, the capacity to know and value others. (This book will provide a kind of map for parents for developing in children this vital quality.)
3. To develop in children a strong sense of self—so they can withstand adversity in the service of moral goals.

You can hear the author discuss his book by clicking on this 43-minute YouTube clip.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Complicated Teacher-Parent Email Communication

If you did not read the funny, short New Yorker piece "Dear Mountain Room Parents," take two minutes to do so. Whether you are a teacher or parent, you will appreciate how emailing can get complicated fast.

Happy Halloween. . . next October.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Conversations with Middle Schoolers — Redux

Click back to my November 24, 2010 post to review my first post "Conversations with Middle Schoolers"

OR click on this link to hear this beautifully produced "This American Life" episode "Middle School." It is excellent.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Drawing a Blanc on That Voice?

I grew up with Looney Tunes characters Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Tasmanian Devil, and any other voice Mel Blanc produced. Cartoons, and now full length movies, continue to entertain kids and adults. Here is a cute NPR "Weekend Edition Sunday" 3-minute interview with Mel Blanc's son, Noel Blanc, talking about his father.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bonawitz and Shafto Cognition Study

This enlightening article in The Economist, "When should you teach children, and when should you let them explore" is a must-read for all teachers and parents. The article is about a study completed by Elizabeth Bonawitz and Patrick Shafto that looked at 85 four- and five-year olds. Here is a link to the complete study published in "Cognition."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Visions of the Earth

You must see this!

You and your kids check out this beautiful clip.
National Geographic presents some amazing pictures and facts about our planet in "Visions of Earth."