Random Thoughts on Education

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As I was pondering my topic for this blog post, and enjoying my second cup of tea after the call announcing something like the twentieth 2-hour snow delay, I randomly had the thought that this school year has been very random and disjointed.  We have had no rhythm to our school schedule.  Hmmmmm . . . – perhaps this is a good time to post some of the random education articles and videos I have found and received over the past few months.  So, here is a collection I have found intriguing, amusing, inspiring, disturbing,  and some I have just plain enjoyed.

“BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER”

An article from New Yorker magazine on this controversial book.

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2011/01/31/110131crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=1

WORDLE – STATE OF THE UNION

Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.  The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.  You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.  The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.  You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Wordle of President Obama’s State of the Union address:

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3039451/State_of_the_Union_2011

Wordle comparing President Obama’s address with that of other presidents:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/25/state-of-the-union-text-obama#

ZOE WEIL – THE WORLD BECOMES WHAT YOU TEACH

BULLYING RESOURCES:

Website with several good videos –

http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/

Really powerful anti-bullying video –

http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=211059&title=_quot_How_To_Save_A_Life_quot____Bullying_PSA

“THE MOM SONG” – WHICH COULD BE “DAD” OR “TEACHER” OR  . . . .

VIDEOS ON BEING GIFTED:

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