This post was going to be about the wonderfully written and illustrated book “Skyscraper” by author and illustrator Lynn Curlee. I thought it might be good material to keep on hand during the Materials and Structures unit of Grade 3 science. The author follows the phenomenon of the Skyscraper through various ages and architectural periods, … Continue reading Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee [Text Analysis]
Summer for teachers is half over and though we probably want to relish these dog days a few weeks more, many of us can’t help but look toward the fall and start to prepare. In the hustle and bustle of the school year I often bookmark sites I come across that may be useful, but … Continue reading Summer Browsing
Being a substitute is tough. Your work week is not guaranteed. You often have a class you have never seen before at a school you don’t know. You don’t know the routines and the expectations. On top of all that, the kids know that they can test the limits again now that their teacher is … Continue reading Sub Tips
I recently started teaching high school and quickly realized that the possibilities for content are greatly expanded. 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 age. The exciting part for me is that … Continue reading Higher Learning
Has anyone tried Google Cardboard yet? I love how it is making VR experiences available for everyone, especially cash strapped educators. Virtual reality is really in its infancy, but the availability of VR tools, like the cheap paper goggles offered by Google and the apps that utilize its simple concept, make it easy for a generation … Continue reading Panorama-rama
It has been a busy month for me and I regret that I haven't posted more. I hope to have more time over the Christmas season to tweak the site a bit and add a little content. In the meantime, let me post about what I have been up to. An assignment for a theory … Continue reading Neuroscience and Education
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 have taught English in South Korea for over five years and I have helped various people with their English skills since then. Learning a language is tough, though it has its benefits as well. I have tried, with varying success to learn Korean and French. I know how hard it can be to study. Each … Continue reading ‘elllo There!
They say a picture say a thousand words. How about an animation? Jake and Wes O'Neal are the creative brains and graphic-design brawn behind the amazingly illuminating animations of Animagraffs. In the same spirit as The Way Things Work but with the visual flair of Interactive Simulations, Animagraffs breaks down everyday technological and natural wonders into their … Continue reading Amazing Animations!
When I say philosophy, do you think of bearded proffessors, bespectecaled undergrads, and tedious dinner guests? It doesn't have to be that way. Some advocates, like the Philosophy Foundation and the awesomely acronymed PLATO, are trying to make philosophy accessible for public school students. The touted benefits are improvements in analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, problem-solving, and self-esteem. Teaching … Continue reading What do you believe?