Miss Night's Marbles

Musings, mumbles, marvels, and sometimes mockery, live from kindergarten.

Weekend Latte & Links: Foster Care, The Princess Bride, and Bobby Pins

on 18 January, 2015

Yup, it’s Sunday again, so awaaaaaay we go!

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Right now: It is chinooking outside, which means the snow is melting almost fast enough to see it happening, and it feels like springtime. It’s not spring, and up here, it is entirely likely that there will be several more snowstorms and deep freezes even AFTER the calendar thinks it’s spring, but for now, it sure is nice to pretend… Inside, there is spicy pulled pork in the oven and popcorn in a big bowl beside me, and Parenthood on the TV, and last night I saw Into the Woods and the songs are dancing in my head.

Shiny Brilliance of the Week:

  • The Kids Really Are Alright – The most common justification for helicopter parenting seems to be that “the world is more dangerous now than it used to be.” This post systematically debunks that assertion, as well as the  theory that children are safer BECAUSE they are more intensely supervised. Good stuff.
  • Differentiation Doesn’t Work – Differentiation has been held up as part of best educational practice for years, but is it being done? Does it work? Is it possible for one teacher with 20+ students to do it well? Do we really understand it? I definitely think we need more research,  but there is lots to unpack here. (You have to register to read the whole piece. It is worth it, and EdWeek does not send spam.)
  • From Foster Care to Freshman Year – Think about how much parental support most college students rely on. If we want kids who grow up in the foster care system to go on to post-secondary education, we need programs to get them similar resources.

On the nightstand:

  • Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. I will confess that I haven’t actually STARTED it yet, but when a book is recommend to you TWICE in one day, by two unrelated sources (one of which includes a 10-year-old reluctant reader), you BUY IT. It’s kid’s fiction, from the point of view of a little boy born with facial deformities, and that is really all I know, but everyone says it is a must read. I will keep you posted.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Because sometimes it is good to go back to places and characters we love. For the 3.5 people out there who do not know this: Chamber of Secrets is book 2 of 7. I love it because the friendships between the characters are well-established, and you really get to see the texture of their interactions with one another.

On the Audible app:

  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. If you love The Princess Bride (and who doesn’t?), this is well worth your time. It is written by Cary Elwes, who played Westley, and it is awesome as an audiobook because many cast and crew members make appearances, to read the segments they contributed to the book. Billy Crystal! Robin Wright! Christopher Guest!

One thing you should buy:

  • Spin Pins Seriously. If you have long hair and you EVER use bobby pins, you need some of these. I have crazy thick hair (my stylist says it’s enough for 3 people), and these are life-changing. What would take me upwards of a dozen regular pins can be done with 3 of these. MAGIC.


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