Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tweets of the Week

In a tough world, kids need to be there for each other. We do, too.

 Life can be tough; and this certainly isn't a kids' world.
The need to be there for kids is
unprecedented. Kids of all ages.

Students can sharpen their brains with better focused emotional and social training. We can, too.

You know you have crossed a bridge to narcissism when you quote yourself, but I think these might help with the previous tweet:

Writing is a wonderful form of self-expression.

The comradery of poetry. When your comforting friend is Tennyson.

 Empathy through reading about a character.
Makes you want to grab a book with pages, huh? I'm thinking Beverly Cleary.

In Berkeley, California. The edible schoolyard. The Garden as teacher. I wonder if they have fresh garlic.

It's organic, man.

Never underestimate the autistic or any student.

She fits right in--where is she anyway?
The girl in the article has autism and is now a black belt.

Teaching kids to be science heroes. You go Landry Middle School!

My alma mater! Girls and even guys need opportunities! Kids: our greatest resource.
Just a little plug.
Here is the quote of the week, from the President of Mount St. Mary's in Los Angeles.

 “This is a great moment for all of us to come together and talk about the really relevant issues of access and affordability in higher education on a national platform.” McElaney-Johnson said.

 I am very concerned about access and affordability for K-12 also. There is a trend toward technology, along with less responsibility for transportation of students, that will further create a social divide in education. We'll create a new ghetto that busing won't effect. How many students will never have at-home access to technology, therefore, no access to school? No access to charter schools or online schools?  Many students can't accommodate the distance to technology at their school or library. Some areas are too dangerous for kids to be out and about looking for computer access. And millions of  kids live in rural areas.

We cannot leave these kids behind. Kids are our most important resource.

An OCD Bee!
This is to honor our busy-as-a-bee gardeners up in the East Bay, and their bombus pennsylvanicus (American bumble bees.) Here is some music to inspire a beeline:

Love both the young musicians. What fun.

I never watched the program Clash of the Choirs, but this rendition of the Flight of the Bumble Bee by  Rimsky-Korsakoff is really creative.

And a poem by Emily Dickinson about a garden and cycles.

New feet within my garden go,
New fingers stir the sod;
A troubadour upon the elm
Betrays the solitude.
New children play upon the green,
New weary sleep below;
And still the pensive spring returns,
And still the punctual snow!

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