Summer Time Links and Thinking

I love the idea of the vertical slice.  Increasingly I feel like our schools don’t spend enough time talking about or looking at real student work.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109037/chapters/Protocols_for_Examining_Student_Work.aspx

Interesting articles about the differences between adult and infant learners.   “Your baby is smarter than you think”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16gopnik.html?em

This research from the New Teacher Project is useful to back-up the argument that teachers and schools make all the difference.

http://www.nmsa.org/portals/0/pdf/research/Research_from_the_Field/Policy_Brief_Balfanz.pdf http://widgeteffect.org/

The writing is beautiful and  it made me think of the stories our seniors tell at commencement and the stories I tell about the early years of the school.   When you are in deep you are the happiest or as the writer says much more eloquently

I suspect there is something inherently misguided and self-defeating and hopeless about any deliberate campaign to achieve happiness. Perhaps the reason we so often experience happiness only in hindsight, and that chasing it is such a fool’s errand, is that happiness isn’t a goal in itself but is only an aftereffect. It’s the consequence of having lived in the way that we’re supposed to — by which I don’t mean ethically correctly so much as just consciously, fully engaged in the business of living

http://happydays.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/averted-vision/

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