Soup Scoop – Best Links of the Week

Who else gets spring break next week?

Next week on Imagination Soup I’ll share fun play and create ideas for your spring break days. Today, here are my favorite links and resources from the week. Enjoy the weekend, friends.

How Creativity Works from NPR
Jonah Lehrer talks about his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Watch the book trailer.

A Blog as Therapy for Teenagers via The New York Times.
“The study, published in the journal Psychological Services and conducted by Meyran Boniel-Nissim and Azy Barak, psychology professors at the University of Haifa, Israel, found the engagement with an online community allowed by the blog format made it more effective in relieving the writer’s social distress than a private diary would be.”

(I’m going to offer a 2-day blogging class for kids age eleven and up. If you’re in the Denver area, visit my workshop schedule.

DIY Stamp Collecting Book from Bloesem Kids
Doesn’t this look fun!?

Go Out and Play! new book from Kaboom! and Candlewick Press
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book – you must buy it. It’s going to make your summer better, I’m telling you. Go Out and Play Activities

book recommended books play

A Parent’s Guide to 21st Century Learning from Edutopia
A guide with online ideas sorted by grade level and ideas for project-based learning and more. Examples: TEDx events for youthBuck Institute for EducationPartnership for 21st Century Skills.

Fancy Shaker Eggs from Mama Smiles
don’t these look awesome?

Brain Awareness Activities from For The Love of Teaching
“Students created brain hats. I found this activity on Ellen McHenry’s website.  These hats are fantastic because they show the two hemispheres and fourlobes of the brain, as well as the different functions that take place in each area.”

My Posts on Class Notes . . .

What About the Teachers?
Say thank you to your favorite teacher. Upload a thank-you video to your special teacher. Then read “I Am a Teacher” by Jamee Miller.

The Shocking Use of Corporal Punishment in Schools (and What You Can Do About It)
“”He would knock over chairs,” the teacher tells me, “hit and scratch other students and teachers, grab and pull hair, and do other physically destructive behaviors.” What’s a teacher to do? Tie him to a chair? Lock him in a room? Unfortunately, some teachers and school staff DO use these methods of physical restraints and seclusion for violent students.”