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Quinn Rollins: Play Like a Pirate: Celebrate Wonder Woman Day!

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I came home after watching this movie with a sense of wonderment (no pun intended). I think, and I’m not expert, this was a great movie. Mr. Rollins has some really neat ideas to use this movie and other superhero movies for the classroom. Check out some of his ideas about Wonder Woman.

Climate at your fingertips / Space for our climate / Observing the Earth / Our Activities / ESA

Discover our planet’s changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

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This looks like a great tool for students when talking about Climate Change.

Empowered Students vs Engaged Students (What’s the difference?) – A.J. JULIANI

When I was in high school I spent most of my time playing sports (football and basketball) and worrying about my so-called social life. In school, I rarely was allowed to explore my interests, and

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Never really thought about the difference between the two. Now I’m curious about the whole process. I look forward to reading the book “EMPOWER”. I’ve already read their first book “LAUNCH” and recommend it to anyone interested in trying to get the Genius Hour project off the ground in their class.

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Do you think you could use this in class today? I’m willing to try this out next year. But I would start at the beginning of the year so students knew where I stood on their grades and reflection. If you do try it let me know how it works.

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I am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behaviors and expectations regarding their class projects and assignments.  Students seem to expect perfect grades for not so perfect work.  I can predict that when I “mark down” a student, I will receive a complaint about that mark down (it happened just this evening) even with clear cut and concrete grading criteria like uses references to support ideas in blog posts, includes copyright available images.

I have been studying, blogging and presenting about the growth mindset (see The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop).  When speaking of a growth mindset, a fixed mindset also needs to be discussed and described.  Fixed mindsets are associated with avoiding failure at all costs.  What I don’t see mentioned as…

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Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers. – The New York Times

“Followership” what is it? Read about it here. Qualities listed include “a purpose, principle or person outside themselves and being courageous honest and credible” Robert Kelley professor at Harvard.

But instead we seek a society of caring, creative and committed people, and leaders who feel called to service rather than to stature, then we need to do a better job of making that clear” Susan Cain Author of the “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Invite Your Students to Create Their Own Countries With this Geography Design Project – WeAreTeachers

Your students will transform into world explorers in search of new land.

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This looks like a cool lesson for Geography or History Teachers. A new twist on it could be using it for Alien Planets when doing an Astronomy Unit.

10 Simple Rules for Learning – A.J. JULIANI

1. Learning starts with attention. It’s almost impossible to learn if you aren’t paying attention. And whatever you are giving attention has the ability to turn into learning. 2. Attention happens for two reasons: Necessity and

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Some really good pointers on learning. I like #8.

LEGO Challenge Calendar Free Printable for Kids

Want some great new LEGO building ideas for your kids or family? We have a 31 Day LEGO challenge calendar perfect for screen free fun. Free printable.

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Maybe we could change this to suit High School Science Class? Ideas?

What Makes the Kigali Agreement so ‘Monumental’ for Climate Change?

Another great resource, Enjoy 🙂

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ENVIRONMENT

More than 170 countries have agreed to limit emissions of key pollutants found in air conditioners, a significant step in the effort to keep climate change from reaching catastrophic levels. (Time)

How do greenhouse gases cause atmospheric warming? Use our activity to find out.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.

The tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, makes air conditioners like these important to a comfortable life! Malaysia is one of more than 170 nations that have agreed to begin phasing out use of HFCs in air conditioners. Photograph by Tinou Bao, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0 The tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, makes air conditioners like these important to a comfortable life! Malaysia is one of more than 170 nations that have agreed to begin phasing out use of HFCs in air conditioners.
Photograph by Tinou Bao, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

Discussion Ideas

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America’s Most Endangered Historical Sites

This is a great geography lesson and environmental lesson.

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UNITED STATES

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its annual list of America’s “Most Endangered Historic Places.” All of the featured sites were nominated for their historical or architectural significance, their deteriorating conditions, and the viability of a solution to restore them. (National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to navigate these important parts of our heritage.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.

Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map to navigate the 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites. All information taken from the good folks at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map to navigate the 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites. All information was taken from the good folks at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Discussion Ideas

  • Many of the endangered historic sites address cultural and ethnic diversity in the United States. Can students identify these cultural markers?

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