Links of Last Week

It’s been a busy week for links, so I hope you’re prepared for some excellent reading material. As always, the best way to keep up with my discoveries is via the Facebook page. I post with less consistency to Twitter and Pinterest. I would love to hear your suggestions for items of interest as well, so don’t hesitate to send me an email at likewetcement at Have a wonderful week, Friends!

Do good.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton on Preschool For All: Babies lacking high-quality care and learning opportunities fall behind quickly — even before pre-kindergarten. As a result, they must spend their preschool experience playing catch-up rather than forging ahead. High-quality care and supports can set babies and toddlers on the path to becoming confident learners, productive workers and well-adjusted adults. What better investment is there than that?

It’s time for us to prioritize babies and their families and make the necessary investments so that high quality supports and services are available to anyone who needs them. We must recognize that success in education, work and life begins in the earliest years.

A couple of articles on topics near and dear to my heart: technology and brain development.

  • iPedagogy: From Piaget to iPads “Just because we can” is a really low aspirational bar. Of course you can hand five-year-olds a piece of technology and they will point and click and figure out how to make things happen. So what? If it can’t be used by the learner to internalize and master higher level understanding, what’s the point?
  • Technology is Not a Substitute for Critical Thinking Put simply, technology needs the personal filter of our minds, and the questioning skeptical nature of human intellect if the full promise of its presence is to be realized for the benefit of the individual, the company, the organization.
  • Plugged In vs. Parenting “When a parent’s focus is on anything other than a child, that child makes an instant decision about how their parent views them,” Rice said. “If the focus is on something family-focused, such as cooking dinner or preparing for travel, the child can understand the role those activities play in the greater dynamic of a family and so accept the distraction. But if the focus is on something less ‘acceptable’ in a child’s mind, such as social media or work, the child believes the parent must view that activity as more important to the parent than the child. This can make children feel there must be something wrong with them that the parents don’t like them more than this other activity.”

Take a moment to watch this lovely tribute to his single mom by poet Marshall Davis Jones. It’s truly a feast for the eyes and ears.

In time for back-to-school, thoughts on color coded behavior systems in elementary school classes. And a call for disorderliness (and a plea for trusting children to deeply engage with and privately enjoy literature) from Susan Ohanian. Thirdly, on a related note, why teachers need to read more children’s books. And finally, questions to ask your kids after their day at school.


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