Monday, August 27, 2012

Am I a Soul Crusher?

This one seems to be close in spirit to the videos I posted from Sir Ken Robinson. How am I to stop crushing their little souls when that I what I am ordered to do?


How do you avoid crushing them?

This One Made Me Think...

but I am recommending it anyway.

10 Things Students Won’t Need To Know When They Graduate by Bob Dillon via Edudemic.

Friday, August 3, 2012

R Grammar Gaffes Ruining The Language? Maybe Not

Here is an interesting article from NPR. I have to say that in many ways I agree with it. I remember when I taught as an adjunct at a community college and I would have students who wrote papers that were technically flawless, but also dry, dull, and lifeless. I much preferred papers that had a strong voice, interesting content, and a sense of adventure, even if they had some grammatical flaws. There is, of course, a time and a place for "correct" usage and I try to instill that knowledge in my students. I think I might share this article with my seventh graders this year and see what they have to say about it.

R Grammar Gaffes Ruining The Language? Maybe Not by Linton Weeks

What do you think? I would really like to get a sense of where others stand in this concern.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to Write by Colson Whitehead

Here is a little article from The New York Times Sunday Book Review. I like the ideas that Whitehead promotes in this article. It is a quick read, but a worthwhile one. How to Write by Colson Whitehead Hope you find it helpful, too.

Friday, July 27, 2012

!0 More Apps

Here are ten more apps you may find useful. Any guesses as to which one I like the most?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Sharing again. Hope some of these sites prove useful to you! 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Creativity Quotes

I found this page of quotes on creativity. Thought it was something to share. Enjoy!

Critical Thinking Graphic

This was shared with me on FaceBook. It comes from Knowledge of Today's Page.
I thought it was cool.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Another one by Sir Ken Robinson

An interesting animation of part of his talk on the need to shift educational paradigms...

Do Schools Kill Creativity? Interesting Talk.

Here is another TEDTalk on creativity. Are schools knocking the creativity out of children? In light of the previous TEDTalk I shared, is that something we can afford?

18 Minutes of Awesome!

This TEDTalk on the what the science of motivation has found is mind-blowing to me. What are the implications for educators and the makers of educational policy?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Top Ten Word Lists

With thanks to my frined Carla Beard at Web English Teacher (a totally fantastic resource), I offer you these lists of words. I am completely fascinated by words. As Wittgenstein said, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."

Top Ten Word Lists

Your Brain On Fiction

I love to read. I love to encourage my students to read. I have always intuitively felt that readsing enlarged me, made me a more well-rounded person. Here is a link to an article that shows how brain scientists are discovering that fiction reading really does improve how we think and interact with others.

Your Brain on Fiction
Published: March 17, 2012