It is February, the runt of the monthly litter with only 28 days. This year, 2018, is not a leap year and so February is at least 2 days shorter than the other months. Most people know that the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun is actually 365.25 days and that extra … Continue reading Calender Madness
I recently started teaching junior high school and quickly realized that the possibilities for content are greatly expanded compared to the primary and elementary level. These young adults are mature enough to approach all sorts of ideas and they are ready to question your assertions and defend their beliefs. It is an invigorating and formative … Continue reading Higher Learning
I posted a little while ago about asking better questions to have better responses from students. Well, tonight I was out for a walk and listening to TED Talks Daily when I heard a great talk from Celeste Headlee about better conversations. In this funny and engaging talk she advises us to throw out all … Continue reading Better Conversations
Good questions are the backbone of every classroom. They initiate the best conversations and are mandatory for fruitful investigations, both scientific and artistic. I remember the simply revalation I had from asking a student, "Can you tell me more about that?" and having them pause a moment and then really think about what they had just … Continue reading Good Question!
I will admit it, I love quotes. I memorize them, save them in my phone, write them in my journals, and keep a Google Doc of them in my Drive. The are pithy, interesting, and fun. A few of my favorites: "If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, believe; if you … Continue reading Quotable Quotes
I came across a cool visual representation of Bloom's Taxonomy created by Rex Heer. It is a 3D stair-like structure that really drives home the way in which tasks and cognitive functions relate. I have written about alternative ways to view the ol' Taxonomy elsewhere, and I still believe in its utility. But I came across … Continue reading Is Magic More Than A Theory?