And here’s the review of cool things I looked at this week.
- Uh… a lot of Rachel Maddow of course!
- NPR TED Radio Hour
- I continued my catch up of The Guardian’s Family Podcast, October 2010 episode Childhood Freedom which included a sensible discussion around how much freedom and responsibility should we give our kids… how do we know? Etc. I think a lot of non-parents who have opinions about parenting should give this one a listen.
I didn’t make much time for exploring new podcasts this past week because I was working on other projects.
Cool stuff off of Facebook… uh, its been less than cool on Facebook
- A NY Times article all about How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls from Math and Science
- Howard Woolfenden gets a job at Birmingham City Council as their Child Protection Manager. Notice, I haven’t linked it. If you’re really interested, you can google it… because this is so disgusting… I cannot fathom why this man is permitted to work in child protection.
Things that found their way into my email inbox:
- Oprah and Deepak are doing another 21-day Meditation Experience: Manifesting True Success
- Future Learn is offering a couple of courses I’ve taken interest in…
- Wonder Weeks put together a free downloadable journal for those early months. My babies aren’t little anymore and I wish I had a nice journal like this to help me through those stormy leap weeks.
And things I dropped into my Pocket:
- OpenStax was making the rounds again. It’s in coordination with Rice University, offering full university level textbooks online for free.
- The Guardian opened up their Election 2015 website
- On The Guardian as well, The Green Party answers questions regarding their Education Policy.
- This lovely historical chart from 1931 that puts lists great empires in terms of their duration and magnitude which is a good visual comparison tool.
- A Mindshift article about Paper Prototyping Games for Kids to use the in Classroom
- Prodigy: a Gamified Maths Learning Site
- The British Museum resources website for Home Educators
- Oxford Owl adds a Fun Maths At Home webpage
- Also Oxford Owl published some barn themed printable worksheets
- And I found some supplemental material for Oxford Owl’s Songbird Phonics book series, which we have.
- An article about Developing Study Habits and the Gifted Student, which I have yet to read.
- 21 GIFs that explain mathematical concepts
- And finally, but certainly not least– and this practically deserves a post all on its own. Dr Gordon Neufeld giving an interview about ‘When Peers Replace Parents’. Dr Neufeld studies attachment parenting and focuses on its effects in later childhood. I think he’s got it just about right when it comes to how societal expectations that children should only be around other children of the same age is damaging and unnatural– in my own words, a product of institutionalization rather than humanization. For any parent reading, this video will be the most important thing you watch this week.