Think of Food for Thought as a dynamic annotated bibliography ... a brief, changing list of ideas worth chewing on.

Cooperative Learning is a Brain Turn-on - Brain-based is a buzz word these days, because we can now study the brain in ways we couldn’t previously. The good news is that the emerging brain research seems to support ideas from the student-centered paradigm in education. An example is this easy-to-read article linking brain research to education. It's written by a middle school teacher who is also an M.D. and neurologist. (George Jacobs)

Defining Literacy/Fluency - What must we do to help our students become literate ... or is it fluent ... in the 21st century? In this article , Ian Jukes summarizes the National Council of Teachers' definition of 21st-Century Literacies and adds some thoughts of his own. Jukes is the Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational consulting group. (Warren Ediger)

In Changing Paradigms - Marc Prensky explains why we must move and then help our students move from "being taught" to "learning on your own with guidance." Prensky, who introduced the concepts of digital natives and digital immigrants, thinks and writes about education and technology in the 21st century. His web site is (Warren Ediger)

Seth Godin’s short video about curiosity brought home for me the importance of curiosity (and explains a lot about me!). He begins by suggesting that "for 7, 10, 15 years of school, you are required to not be curious. Over and over and over again, the curious are punished." (Warren Ediger)