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Top Ten Things You Should Know About Geocaching Before You Get Started

July 20th, 2011

I recently had a friend ask me what advice I would give someone who was just starting out in geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt game I have referred to in past blogs and articles.  I thought for a while, and also asked …

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The Effect of Glee

July 7th, 2011

It comes as no surprise to students who are or were ever a part of a school choir; singing has always been cool. The success of the hit television show “Glee”, which has refocused the national spotlight on school music programs, has …

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Fire and Water

July 4th, 2011

My Father lives in Los Alamos New Mexico and I live 5 miles from the Missouri River. One location this summer was dealing with the largest forest fire in New Mexico history and the other was facing a 100+ year flood event, …

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Your Summer To Do List

June 23rd, 2011

The best time to update a course, curriculum or even just lessons is in early summer. We have a clear view of what worked, the motivation to put in a bit of work on the task and we are aware of how …

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Give Yourself a Whack on the Head

June 20th, 2011

The summer offers a great opportunity for us to spend time working on ourselves, exploring creative endeavors and honing our skills.  It is an excellent time to work on enhancing our creativity and add to our creative problem solving toolbox.  As arts …

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Animal Art

June 2nd, 2011

Last year in Southern Utah an art competition was held.  Two fine artists, Daphne and Holly created paintings that sold for $450.00 and $355.00.  Nothing remarkable except that the two lady painters were pigs- the four footed kind.  At Best Friends Animal …

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City Renaissance

May 13th, 2011

Foreclosures have taken their toll on cities, not only in reduced property tax revenue, but by leaving the landscape looking bleak and abandoned.  Empty storefronts discourage foot traffic which results in decreased pedestrian shopping in businesses that remain open. Empty businesses become …

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Teaching Controversial Topics

May 10th, 2011

A few years back I added a unit on global warming in one of my classes and there was an unexpected push back from my students based primarily on the views of their parents. I did not handle the controversy as well …

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What Color Is Your Soul?- Graff 2

April 18th, 2011

Graffiti.  Love it or hate it, it is an art form that has been around for quite some time.  Graffiti art has been a barometer of the counter culture movement of the art world for decades.  It has definitive styles, techniques and …

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The Pink Slip

April 11th, 2011

It was the early 1980’s and I was a wide eyed fresh out of school teacher with a passion for teaching science.  I was anxiously planning the next unit then my administrator came to my door and sadly told me that I …

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The Great Healer

April 3rd, 2011

This past fall I experienced a succession of stressful events in my life. First I received a devastating, terminal diagnosis for my beloved dog.  Not two weeks later, while still trying to cope with his illness and prognosis, I fell off a …

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Reach Out and Skype Someone

April 1st, 2011

Before the holiday break, I had opportunities to video chat with some friends in other parts of California.  Neither situation had much preparation – in fact, one was a bit of a surprise – but both were worthwhile experiences for all the …

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Earth Day 2011

March 31st, 2011

In 1970 the first Earth Day was organized. It was an international teach-in for raising awareness of environmental issues. Since then each April several organizations take stock of how we are doing in terms of environmental issues solutions and awareness. This is …

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Commitment to the Future

March 19th, 2011

On Monday March 14th, President Obama gave a speech pushing for changes to education. “I want every child in the country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America ‘s top priority.” he said. The following …

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Exit Through the Art World

February 28th, 2011

Street art has always existed on the periphery of the art world, almost daring spectators to determine whether it has a rightful position as art or if it is just subversive vandalism. It is found in every city of the world, and …

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Benefiting from the NEA

February 19th, 2011

Last week President Obama spoke about reducing the national deficit by cutting unnecessary spending. One of the cuts he proposed was a $21 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the federal government that extends support …

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ISTE NETS*A Part 3: Excellence in Professional Practice

January 31st, 2011

After two sets of articles on the National Educational Technology Standards for both students and teachers, I’m now in my most ambitious series yet: the standards for administrators.  I have been a student most of my life, and I have been a …

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A New Virtual Reality

January 30th, 2011

I have a friend who teaches in an area of New Jersey that has been hit with several snowstorms.  So far, twenty eight days into the new year they have used six of their eight allotted snow days already.  What happens when …

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Energy from Cow to Hamburger

January 11th, 2011

A wonderful test item from way back in the 80’s asked the students to track the energy of a hamburger from grass to cow to plate. It seems pretty straightforward but takes a lot of science thinking to explain fully. Food is …

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Encouraging Top Science Talent

December 28th, 2010

One Christmas I remember a neighbor got a chemistry set as a gift. He was interested in the set for a few days and then it became the toy that several of us played with for weeks on end. We continued to …

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