Monthly Archives: March 2012

A poem for my daughter, who steals books before I’ve finished reading

A poem for my daughter, who steals my books before I’ve finished reading (with a nod to William Carlos Williams, who probably swiped books, too, in his day) This is just to say   I have absconded with the book   That you were reading   (and really enjoying, too)   and claimed it for […]

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TED Talks in the Classroom: The Great Power of Failure

TED released two of my favorite talks from the 2012 conference this week — both with important messages about the power of failure in science and innovation. Both Regina Dugan of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Donald Sadoway, an inventor and MIT professor, shine a bright light on the power of experimentation and […]

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Thank you, McConnellsville Elementary School!

My week started with an early-morning drive through the mountains on Monday, for an author visit at McConnellsville Elementary School in Camden, NY.  My author visit kicked off  the school’s Parents as Reading Partners celebration, and the day started…with dancing in the gym!  The McConnellsville teachers (and the principal, too!) really know how to bust […]

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TED Talks in the Classroom: Awele Makeba on the Stories that Empower Us

The TED Team launched a new initiative this week — TED-ED, focused on sharing short, dynamic videos for classroom and lifelong learning. The initial launch is modest — just a handful of videos. But they’re engaging and concise and really perfect for including in lessons. Here’s an example — Awele Makeba is a storyteller from […]

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Six Lessons I Learned as a Speaker at TED

Two months ago, I got an email that simultaneously thrilled and terrified me – I’d been selected to speak at the TED2012: Full Spectrum as part of a session called The Classroom.  After two months of frantic preparation – talk-writing and graphics-making and question-emailing – I flew out to Long Beach last week and checked […]

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Why you’re never too old for a read-aloud

Last night, my daughter and I gathered a pile of books to prepare the serious business of choosing our next bedtime read-aloud.  It’s not a decision we make lightly; this is a book that will bring us together and linger in both our thoughts every night for a while.  It can’t be too scary or […]

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TED2012: Full Spectrum – Photos from a Magical Week

The TED Stage is a place I never imagined I’d be…so while I was in Long Beach last week, I made it a point to appreciate every minute of every day, and I took lots of photos. Here are some that I hope will give you an idea what an amazing and surreal experience it […]

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TED2012: Full Spectrum, Day 3

It’s been another amazing day at TED2012 – full of science and improvisation, nature and urban planning, robots and magic and gospel music. Two talks that really made me think yesterday have already gone live on Ted.com  – so you can watch futurists Peter Diamandis and Paul Gilding present their views, too. Regina Dugan, the […]

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