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Using the News in the Classroom: 3D...

Need a few minutes to collect homework, do attendance, etc.? Bell ringers are always a great use of time, especially when they involve topics in the news. Students at MIT have created a 3D printer that produces ice cream. Great opportunity to share facts about ice cream and if time, do some of the extension activities. Hope you find the information of value. It is also posted at my website for teachers: ...

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Strength-Based Learning: What I Learned...

I’d like you to try the following exercise. Write these four words on a piece of paper:  Write   Draw   Perform   Build

Now, rank them in order of most favorite. For instance, if you love to write, then rank “write” as number one, or if you’re like me and can just about change a light bulb, rank “build” as four. Make sure to rank all four, then circle your number-one choice. What you have done is essentially identified your preferred style of working and learning—...

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Ideas Are All Around Us...Historical...

Ideas are all around us waiting for us to notice them. I never thought when I took a photograph of a 1690 building in Lincoln's Inn Field, London, last month that it would spark me to want to learn more about the unusual shop. The shop with the unique shop sign was a jewelry store, A. Woodhouse & Son. It had a reputation in the 18th for its silver mousetraps! This caused me to stay up one night late into the wee hours because a woman named Mrs. Muriel Paddington was waiting for me to...

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Free Webquests (U.S. Landmarks, World...

The school year is around the corner. I have found that students enjoy doing webquests. Perhaps you will find these of value. Grades 4 and up.

1.  http://gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?nationallandmarks1.html
U.S. LANDMARKS (Webquest)

2.  http://gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?worldlandmarks1.html  WORLD LANDMARKS (Webquest)...

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Interesting Facts About Hair to Share...

I visited England in May and found an unusual shop near Lincoln's Inn Fields (London). Called the Silver Mousetrap, it dates back to 1690. I discovered that it had a very unusual history concerning hair styles of the 18th century. Thought I'd share some interesting hair facts as well as the story about why wealthy women made purchases at this particular shop!

FUN HAIR FACTS!

  1. Did you know that your hair grows fastest in warmer weather...

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Enrichment Clusters in the Classroom

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”   --Albert Einstein

As a former journalist, I can tell you that the newsroom is an interesting place. There is the sound of writers tapping the keyboards. The police scanner crackles in the background, a mix between muffled chatter and occasional static. Reporters and editors stand around, gossiping as Fox News or CNN (depending on what newspaper you work for) plays on televisions mounted...

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Summer Reading: Teachers in History,...

Summer Reading Tips

I have just completed my first three summer reading books that I can endorse for Art, History, French, and English faculty members.

Angels of Paris by Rosemary Flannery is a stunning illustration of the art and architecture of Paris, and is a total work of love! The author takes you on a tour of multiple examples of the...

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Alternative Gifted Plans

Should students be given compensation when testing for gifted programs?
In other words, should students from low-income families or families that speak English as second language be given some leeway when it comes to testing cut-off scores?
Known as Plan B in the some school districts, the practice, as you can imagine, is quite controversial (some school systems, such as one I know of in Florida, have done away with the plan). The idea behind this practice is that you try to...

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Hidden "Gifts"

I simply didnt see it.
While I didnt actually instruct the boy, I had spent some time with him, when administering standardized tests, helping out with field trips, etc.
He appeared to be a typical boy. Horsing around with the other boys. Sometimes, a little rambunctious. He most certainly didnt appear to be an academic. Never saw him reading or studying, like many of the gifted boys do when sitting in the schools cafeteria in the mornings, waiting for classes to begin.
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Who NOSE It?

We all have a nose but what do you really know about the nose?Did you know your eyes can see your nose at all times, but the brain tends to ignore it? Do you know what an epistaxis is? Are you a rhinotillexomania? Share with your students some fun facts about the nose!http://www.gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?nosefunfacts.html

Gail Hennessey
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Using the News in the Classroom: 3D...

Need a few minutes to collect homework, do attendance, etc.? Bell ringers are always a great use of time, especially when they involve topics in the news. Students at MIT have created a 3D printer that produces ice cream. Great opportunity to share facts about ice cream and if time, do some of the extension activities. Hope you find the information of value. It is also posted at my website for teachers: ...

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