Links of Last Week

Last week on my Facebook page you may have missed the opportunity to win in two raffles! Make sure you’re following for future opportunities. Congratulations to Maya Mercado, who won herself a copy of Vivian Gussin Paley’s book A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy PLay, while Debra Lombardo won Mei Ling-Hopgood’s How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between). I’ve been enjoying the comments so much that I’ll be holding another raffle soon, so come on by for a chance to win! I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Here are some of the other items of interest from the past week that you may have missed on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

This week I came across several things relating to recognizing children’s strengths and supporting their positive self-image. From Dr. Greene, The Flip Side of a Child’s Weakness, a must-read for all parents of sensitive children. On a related note, Encourage Children’s Personality Instincts, Don’t Destroy Them. I love this project from Playful Learning Ecademy designed to promote positive self-image. It’s applicable to children humans of all ages. As is Teaching Diversity in a White-Washed World.

For teachers, a great piece from Education Week: Beyond Compliance: Rethinking Discipline and Codes of Conduct, just in time for back-to-school planning. “Empirical research has demonstrated that the responsive-classroom approach to student learning can lead to more consistent and lasting gains than a compliance-oriented approach like schoolwide positive-behavior supports. In the former, students are the co-creators and periodic reviewers of school rules. The latter, however, has had more success reaching schools because it fosters compliance and provides teachers with structures to reward desired behaviors and punish those that are not desired. Yet, it does not build the skills students need for success in school and life.”

Also relevant to back-to-school season, fast bearing down on us, Is Your Child Prepared for Lifelong Learning? and 10 Things to Think About Before Your Child Starts Kindergarten (That Have Nothing to Do With Academics).

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Have a great week, Friends! Many thanks and a warm welcome to my new “followers”.

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