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How Do U.S. States Stack Up With Other Countries? : The Two-Way : NPR

January 14, 2011
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How Do U.S. States Stack Up With Other Countries? : The Two-Way : NPR

This is a very interesting interactive map that compares the GDP of U.S. states with the closest corresponding nation.  You might find it useful when talking about GDP and international economics within your classes. Check it out! How Do U.S. States Stack Up With Other Countries? : The Two-Way : NPR. Share

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Draw and Fold Over: Dan Pink’s Play and Design

January 7, 2011
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Draw and Fold Over: Dan Pink’s Play and Design

This looked like fun so I thought I should share. You remember that old game where you draw something on one half of the paper and then fold it over so someone else can draw and not see it? Well here’s the digital version.  Just click on “Start a New One” and your kids are…

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A New Year’s Wish

December 28, 2010
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A New Year’s Wish

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” - T.S. Eliot As we prepare to welcome in the new year, I thought I would share some of my personal thoughts with you about the future and our…

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Percussion Search Engine

December 25, 2010
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As a former drumline teacher I had a wild-haired idea that might help out drummers everywhere. I created a free specialized search engine that compares prices at the top online percussion sources. Let me know what you think!

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How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

December 24, 2010
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How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

This is a great article that helped me to remember the unique situation of the students I teach every day. As research indicates, our brains are only about 80% complete by adolescence.  So many of the “adult”-like actions that we expect from teenagers, like thinking about consequences for their action, are not connected and developed…

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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

December 18, 2010
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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

If you teach science and you haven’t played with Google’s Body Browser, you need to do so right now! You need to have Google Chrome, but I think it will be worth it. Basically you can cruise through the layers of the body, similar to those old transparencies we all had in our high school…

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Robot Avatar Lets You Go to Meetings without Actually Going There

May 18, 2010
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Robot Avatar Lets You Go to Meetings without Actually Going There

I thought we could all use a little fun.  This robot just struck me as funny.  Imagine just logging in  to your computer and virtually attending a meeting.  Or in teacher-speak, a professional development session. Or, in this particularly stressful time of year, what if we could just log in from home and teach our…

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Success Gets into Your Head-and Changes It – Harvard Business Review

May 5, 2010
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Success Gets into Your Head-and Changes It – Harvard Business Review

This is an interesting article with evidence that should fundamentally affect the way we teach. Research by MIT neuroscientists shows that our brain actually rewires in response to success.  Now that may not seem groundbreaking, but the corresponding finding might surprise you.  The brain does nothing in response to failure. In other words, if you…

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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

April 24, 2010
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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

This is a great site for resources on Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies. If you are familiar with Marzano, then you will find this site particularly interesting as it connects instructional technology resources with each of his strategies.  If you are not familiar with Marzano, each strategy is briefly defined so that you can implement the…

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Futurity.org – Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?

April 19, 2010
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Futurity.org – Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?

I ran into this article and just had to pass it along. It seems like this time of year is an especially cranky time for teachers.  I know that when I come home during the Spring, my stories dwell more and more on this entitled, lazy generation of teens. But this article helped me to…

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