So. According to a highly scientific and rigorous survey of my social media, you guys think it is a good idea for me to post a weekly(ish) recap of what I have read and loved on these great interwebz over the past 7 days. Alright then, here we go! You can expect a latte and links post most weekends. I hope.
Right now: Minus a million degrees (okay, just -37) outside, fireplace on inside, Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1 on Netflix on the teevee. Freddy and I are holding down the couch. Breakfast was a vanilla latte with coconut and cinnamon, and a big bowl of oatmeal with almonds and raspberries.
Shiny brilliance* of the week:
- If you do not read Pernille Ripp’s brilliant blog, you should. Her letter to her angry daughter made my eyes get a little bit of wet in them. I suspect there were times when I was very much like her little girl, and that my own mom was in equal measures mystified and heartbroken as she stepped back to let me find my own way.
- Across the Atlantic, Cambridge University posted a summary of the research on school starting age, and why it is in NO ONE’s interests for us to try and force five-year-olds to read. This has HUGE ramifications for kindergarten (and pre-kindergarten) classrooms. Read it, share it, shout it from the rooftops.
- I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our school system is just not working for so many boys. This: Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still in School, reinforces my pondering. How do we fix this?
- We all have “squirrel students” – the ones who scurry from one place or task to another, perpetually unable to settle in. My dear and brilliant friend, @mmekathleen, blogged her simple, personalized intervention for one of her squirrels.
On the nightstand:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, because sometimes it is good to back and visit the people and places we love best.
- Orange is the New Black, which bears only a very small resemblance to the (EXCELLENT) TV show, but is still very good.
On the Audible app (audiobooks while doing housework – you heard it here, first)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Whether you consider yourself introverted or extroverted, READ IT. Excellent, fascinating commentary and information that has especially powerful ramifications for our classrooms and pedagogy.
- The Night Circus. Whimsical and dark and magical fiction, so richly textured and detailed that you can nearly taste the caramel apples.
One thing you should buy:
The Idina Menzel holiday album is GOR.GEOUS, and on continuous loop in my office these days.
Happy Weekend, Friends. I remain ever-awed that you all think I am interesting enough to read. Stay warm out there.