Teaching Strategies - Directly from Education Journals
How to Chat about Race?
Jade Anderson, a 1st grade teacher at Memphis Business Academy says that teachers can and should discuss race with elementary-aged students. "[Teachers] help them separate fact from fiction. Teachers can provide a real sense of calming and real space for students to share what they’re feeling and thinking."
(Source: Chalkbeat, via Education Digest)
The amount of money spent annually on baldness cures and remedies: $3.5 billion.
(Source: Scotty Hendricks, Big Think)
The amount of money spent on beauty salons: $20 billion.
(Source: Wise Bread)
. . . on feeding 31.6 million students free or reduced lunch: $10 billion.
(Source: Clare McCann, Ed Central)
The possible combinations of a Rubik's cube: 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 or 43 quintillion.
(Source: The Rubrik Zone)
How many peanut butter sandwiches the average student will eat before graduating from high school: 1,500.
"If you took all the peanut butter that Americans eat in a year, it could coat the floor of the Grand Canyon."
Make Your Own Chatbot
A chatbot is a computer program that simulates talk with humans over the Internet. Now anyone can create a chatbot easily, without programming, using Rebot.me. It's free.
Behold! The First Tablet for the Blind
Thesaurus for G-Docs
Thesaurus Pro is a Google Doc add-on that provides fast results, and even gives you synonyms for phrasal and conjugated verbs, as well as plural nouns. It saves time because you do not have to leave Google Docs to look up a word.
(Source: Hat tip to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
"A younger cousin to social anxiety is people pleasing."
- Ellen Hendriksen, PhD (Savvy Psychologist)
STUDY: Does Telling on Bullies Solve the Problem?
Studies conducted in a range of countries--England, Australia, the Netherlands and USA--demonstrate that of those bullied students who have asked teachers for help, only 50% report that things improved.
(Source: Positive Times)
Vitamins for Over-50 Males
Today I spent some time researching the best vitamins for men over 50 (like me). Flinstone Chewables didn't make the cut. However, Kirkland Signature Adult, 50+ (Costco's private label) was well supported and is a great deal. $17.25 for 400 tablets.
Writing Tip Goldmine
The University of Washington has about 25 writing tips handouts here, including how to write transitions effectively, attend to style, compose a summary, and more. These are thoughtful and rigorously edited.
Also, The University of Texas has even more handouts on writing topics like paraphrasing and wordiness. Hoo-Boy!
"Why? Why? Tell 'Em That It's Human Nature"
TOTO keyboard player Steve Porcaro reveals how he wrote the 1982 Michael Jackson ballad, "Human Nature" It's about a personal incident that occurred to his daughter at school.
Chinese parents show their children the photo on the lower left, purported to be students studying at a Harvard library at 4:30 A.M.--an image of competitive industriousness. But the reality is a bit different. The photo on the right is the only library at Harvard that stays open all night, taken at 4:30 A.M.
(Source: William Chen, Quora)
Harvard library at 4:30 A.M. - Fake Photo
Harvard library at 4:30 A.M. - Real Photo
Our cool product of the week is Finding Home: 12 Notecards & Envelopes by Traer Scott. Each features an evocative shelter dog and how the animal found a new home.
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