Monday, January 16, 2017

Some Ideas from Around the Blogosphere

I love reading new things. I love being reminded of old things. I read some favorite blogs regularly and I find other things by happenstance (and Twitter).

Here are few things that piqued my interest in the past couple of weeks.

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (But Their Schools Probably Won't) -
Amanda from Not Just Cute shared this link. Boys need to move but are not allowed to do so in school. "Boys are treated like defective girls." Definitely worth a read.

Powerful Words to Say Instead of "Good Job" - Teach Preschool
Deborah shares her conversation with Rae Pica and Randy Hitz (on BAM Radio Network) and delves a little more into the topic. She makes me think about how I respond (and maybe how I should respond) to the children in my classroom.

Why Did He Leave the Room? - EdWords
Speaking of BAM Radio Network, Jon Harper is a featured writer on the blog there. He shared these ideas and lessons gains from writing with his kindergartner.

DIY Building Blocks You Can Make Anywhere - Hands On As We Grow
I'm always look for new or other ways in incorporate building activities. Especially with the group I have this year. This fun and quick idea triggered all kinds of possibilities for me. I'm thinking I can add these simple "blocks" to our center with our wooden blocks...and just see what happens.

Letting the Teachable Moment Pass - Teacher Tom
Tom is good at helping me challenge assumptions I have. In this post, he affirmed what I sometimes do. Let kids talk about things and come to their own conclusions without stopping to teach. It's important for kids to ponder and wonder and conclude without adults "robbing" them of this thinking by supplying knowledge. Thanks, Tom.

What has challenged you or caused you to think recently?

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