Friday, June 22, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 6/22/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Storytelling the Stillmotion Way – “Our friends from Stillmotion will be taking the reins for the next few weeks, using their experience as Emmy award-winning filmmakers to teach you a very special skill — the art of storytelling.” (L:G; SA: LA)

Word Tamer – Try a new way to learn storytelling. (L:G; SA: LA)

Taxes – Where Does Your Money Go? – “In this lesson students learn why the government taxes, where the money goes, and how different income brackets pay different taxes. They also learn about their individual responsibility to pay taxes, and that their gross salary does not always reflect what they will actually take home. Finally, the class will examine ways to lower taxes through deductions, retirement accounts, etc.” (L:H; SA:C)

Purpose Games – “PurposeGames lets you create and play games. Students, teachers and rockstars alike all come here to create and learn. Give it a try” (L:G; SA:A)

Why Do We Itch – a YouTube video by It’s Okay to Be Smart; “It’s one of the most annoying sensations our bodies can feel, but does anything feel better than when you scratch an itch? Ok, maybe *some* things. But itching and scratching are up there. How does this weird sensation work? And what is itching for?” (L:G; SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Heat Survival - Revival

This week has been miserable hot, and I wrote an article about Heat Survival. But I think the heat messed with my brain and I published it on the wrong date. Please click HERE to read the article. Stay cool!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


In Writing: A Chance to Vent from Sioux's Page, Sioux Roslawski asks,

“How is writing a vent for you? Sometimes angry minds want to know.”

I like to write about my feelings because when I put it down in words, I can put things in order and make some sense out of the situation. Then when I write it out, I can understand better about what happened. Sometimes I can look at what happened and see that if I acted differently, there may have been a different outcome. I realize I can’t control other people’s actions, but I can control my own.

Sometimes I want to write about a situation when I’ve had bad customer service. I want to share my experience and hopefully warn others about what happened. This may help them from going through the same troubles that I have. Maybe if someone had warned me, I would not have had to deal with this. That is why I read reviews about hotels, restaurants, and products to see what people are saying about them. I figure if you take the best and the worst off the list, the true story is probably somewhere in the middle. If the middle is also saying bad things about it, then it is probably something that I want to avoid.

Sometimes I’m feeling bad and I just want people to hear me. I don’t want anyone to fix the situation, but I might just need the support of listening. It helps when people say they understand what I’m dealing with and just give me hugs.

Sometimes I want to give my opinion about something that happened in the news or an article that I read. It helps to put my thoughts in writing so I can edit my words in order to communicate clearly. I am not a great public speaker, so I tend to get tongue-tied if I have to speak my opinion.

When we go traveling, I like to write about our trip and any positives or negatives that have happened. This helps us avoid the negatives next time and to possibly redo the positives if we return.

Do you vent through your writing? How? Please share.

Picture courtesy of Pixabay