Weekly Learning Links 1.29.12

“I think every teacher desires to truly understand their students. Discovering passions and encouraging talents is part of the excitement of working with young children.

Julia Kuipers, Trinity’s Fifth and Sixth Grade World Languages teacher, beautifully describes her role as a teacher and the powerful connection that she shared over lunch with one of her students. The World Languages team maintains a blog, updated regularly, and it serves as an excellent point of reference for our families and other educators who are interested in our different approach to elementary language instruction. All of you have similar experiences to share … and that’s what makes Trinity such a wonderful place.

Here are the Weekly Learning Links for the week of January 29th:

  • Doodle for Google 2012: If I Could Travel in Time shared by Free Technology for Teachers — Every year, Google invites “students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see.” Submissions are due March 23 and more information about the contest can be found here.
  • Inside Maurice Sendak’s Infinitely Creative, Idiosyncratic Mind by Maria Popova — An interesting five minute mini-documentary, produced by the Tate Modern, which reveals “the creatively restless and lovably grumpy workings of [Sendak's] heart and mind.”
  • Every Child is a Scientist by Jonah Lehrer — Young children are “naturals” at almost everything. In this WIRED Magazine article, Lehrer explores how not knowing and questioning is often more important than knowing.
  • A New [Year's] Challenge: Start with Small Steps by Shelley Wright — What does an inquiry-driven, project-based, tech-embedded classroom look like? Shelley Wright’s four pieces of advice about creating more of a student-centered classroom are both thoughtful and detailed.

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