Learning, Standards, Hiking, & Blogging

 Here’s my list of favorite posts and articles from the week.  A bit eclectic – staying true to the Kaleidoscope theme – with links about education, hiking, and blogging.

Enrich Cognitive Skills Through Play posted on Yes Let’s Performance Academy blog highlights the important role of play in children’s cognitive and social development. http://yesletsperformanceacademy.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/enrich-cognitive-skills-through-play/

Connecting Project Based and Blended Learning from Edutopia written by Brian Greenberg. Would love to hear if anyone has accomplished what Brian discusses – integrating PBL wih personalized on-line content learning. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/combining-blended-and-project-based-learning 

Two Common Core Blunders to Avoid – and How to Do It. A smart post from On the Shoulders of Giants about how we can implement the common core by using our knowledge about what’s best for kids and by looking at their school experiences as a whole rather than as bits and pieces.  Plus some practical suggestions. http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/shoulders_of_giants/2012/08/two-common-core-blunders-to-avoid-and-how-to-do-it.html

Canadian Hiking Photos is a blog by photographer Patrick Latter. Truly breathtaking. I smile every time I visit the site so I thought I’d share.  I want to go hiking and I don’t even really like to to hike.  http://hikingphoto.com/2012/09/04/west-coast-trail/#comment-2048

How to Make Your Blog Posts Better by Rachel Gardner is an informative post with 13 tips about blogging.  I know it was originally posted on August 20th but I just came across it this week. http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/08/simple-tips-for-a-better-blog/

Enjoy the weekend!!

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