Serendipitous Friday Finds

Who wants a Coraline cupcake?
(Death By Cupcake's Flickr pool via Cupcakes Take The Cake)

More on my 21st Century rethinking of what reading/writing means soapbox:

Some great quotes all educators need to consider and remember: Ten 21st Century Education Quotes (via The Innovative Educator). Two examples? "Teachers need to stop saying, “Hand it in,” and start saying “Publish It.” and "We have moved from “know what” learning to “know where” learning."

Parenting Award: A parent who makes the most of 21st Century Skills/ Literacy! Give the man a parenting award for turning a violent video game (boys love these damned things) into a learning experience. Sooooo much better than banning the thing from the house (IMHO) (via Boing Boing)

Both of my sons should be doctors. No one can read either of their handwriting. The linked article asks: Does it really matter? One is a successful sound engineer, the other graduates university a year early (May 09') with a B.S. in anthropology. (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Coming to your computer screen: The best of the best university lectures. I hope you know about this, but in case you don't: iTunes U (via Cult of Mac)

I should devote a whole post to this topic as I think it's so important, but in the mean time, watch this parenting video from discussing reading to your children. It says a few things plainly that all parents need to consider.

Speaking of plain talk, I'm absolutely enthralled with the idea of teaching parents to teach kids. What teachers do, what reading teachers know, isn't rocket science, but it's darn close. When teachers take the time to offer tips for developing reading abilities they not only help students, they also forge a bond of respect with parents. Like I said .... this one needs a whole post! (via Glendale News Press - which I'm sure I linked to from somewhere else - forgive me)

Review that sent me straight to buy the book: After The Moment on Jen Robinson's Book Page.

Free poetry poster from the Academy of American Poets. (via Chicken Spaghetti). This one's inspired by T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

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