Thursday, September 15, 2016

Two Monkeys Were Paid Unequally: Excerpt from Frans de Waal's TED Talk

Thanks to Martha Harrington for sharing this video in her CES/Fitchburg State graduate class on Positive Behavior Supports during a lesson on Fair does not always mean Equal, Fair means Everyone Gets What They Need

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kids Do Well if They Can Ross Greene #1

"This is the most important theme of Collaborative Problem Solving: the belief that if kids could do well they would do well. In other words, if the kid had the skills to exhibit adaptive behavior, he wouldn't be exhibiting challenging behavior. That's because doing well is always preferable to not doing well."

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rita Pierson's TED Talk : Every kid needs a champion

Friday, May 2, 2014

Was kümmert mich mein Müll von gestern?

On the topic of being willing to upgrade with updated data:

Was kümmert mich mein Müll von gestern?

                                     -Albrecht Goetze

“What do I care about my garbage from yesterday?” as described by Elizabeth Wayland Barber in Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years. 

Each new fact discovered made the picture necessarily look a little different, and he was quite happy to let go of old, outmoded views—the garbage—and move on to a new vision with a joyful laugh of discovery. (299)

Barber, E. J. W. Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early times. New York: Norton, 1994. Print.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

QotD : Rilke, via Potok

The text of Chaim Potok's The Gift of Asher Lev is prefaced by a quote from poet Rainer Maria Rilke:
Surely all art is the result of having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Quote for tomorrow, from Veronica Roth:

I don't think books have ever solved my problems or made my decisions for me, but they bring me out of myself and make me ask myself questions, and that's life altering enough.

Roth, Veronica. The World of Veronica Roth's Divergent Series. 1st ed. New York: Katherine Tegen, 2011. Print. (Page 11, end of first paragraph: worth reading!)

Friday, October 25, 2013


From the introductory praise pages for Focus by Mike Schmoker:
Let's focus on making this a nation of readers and the rest will follow.
~Carol Jago, Past President of National Council of Teachers of English (@CarolJago) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lesotho, 1988; To see things as they are

Inspired by The Atlantic: Andrew McCarthy's interview with travel writer Paul Theroux. See "I Hate Vacations" for the edited transcript online.

I had the great pleasure of traveling in Africa in 1988 -- in Johannesburg and across Lesotho. In Theroux's latest book, The Last Train to Zona Verde, he says "The window of Africa, like the window on a train rushing through the night, is a distorting mirror that partly reflects the viewer's own face."

Among the things that meant the most to me on that journey twenty-five years ago was the openness of so many of the people I met. For the few hours I spent in apartheid-era South Africa, a surprising number of people asked if I were American -- something about the way I interacted in a marketplace. In Lesotho, people in Maseru, in the village I visited and in the highlands were exquisitely kind. Women taught me the proper wearing of the Basotho blanket for an unmarried young woman, and taught me to balance water on my head to carry for cooking and bathing. Instead of greeting by asking one another how we were, we used the traditional Sesotho , which relates to where we were. How are you?/fine translated roughly as Where are you going (or coming from)?/A little ways down the road. Hello [Lumela] literally means Believe, and the other common greeting, Khotso, means Peace. The language differences, even more than those of Malaysia or other places I'd visited or lived, made me question my daily assumptions, and the generosity of the people made me question my good fortune.

PT: Everyone needs encouragement. I think you need someone to say, at some stage, particularly someone not in your family, "I read you" or "I saw you onstage"--whatever it is. "Good going. You've got it."
AM: Who did that for you?
PT: V.S. Naipaul. He said, "You'll be fine."

This post started out as a simple Quote of the Day from the close of McCarthy's interview with Theroux in The Atlantic [emphasis mine]:

"PT: ... To see things as they are makes you free--to see things as they are, not nostalgically, not as you wish they were. Just to see them."

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday's quote of the day from les Mardistes:

From the Stéphane Mallarmé page on Wikiquote:
  • Degas was discussing poetry with Mallarmé; "It isn't ideas I'm short of... I've got too many" [Ce ne sont pas les idées qui me manquent... J'en ai trop], said Degas. "But Degas," replied Mallarmé, "you can't make a poem with ideas. ... You make it with words." [Mais, Degas, ce n'est point avec des idées que l'on fait des vers. . . . C'est avec des mots.]
    • From Degas, Manet, Morisot by Paul Valéry (trans. David Paul), Princeton University Press, 1960.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Quote of the Day : from MacDonell's Essential Documents for School Libraries

"Schools that have a culture of learning are places where being a student is a source of satisfaction and joy, because real learning is a pleasure. Good schools become great schools when the focus of education is not on right or wrong answers on tests, but the ability to think and judge for oneself. Students and teachers alike can discover the power of a free and engaged intellect. This in turn will transform their idea of education from something that happens only in schools to something that is a natural and necessary part of living in the real world" (MacDonnell 76).

MacDonell, Colleen. Essential Documents for School Libraries: I've-got-it! Answers to I-need-it-now! Questions. Worthington, OH: Linworth Pub., 2005. Print.