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Geography in the News: Pumpkins

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"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."


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This could spark a good October class discussion about pumpkins for high intermediates.  

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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:25 PM

I have been a long-time fan of pumpkin coffee, and tomorrow I will probably have some with my cousins and family... Some areas of Asia allow consumption of dogs, other areas of the US allow consumption of roadkill, and that is different from what most people in RI are used to... So I guess, it's not really my business what other people and countries do with their pumpkin crops, as long as it doesn't negatively affect other people.  My neighbor has won some prizes, I think 3rd place in RI for largest pumpkin contests, which is pretty cool, because for several months, you can see their pumpkin garden from my backyard.  Those pumpkins are enormous, and made me wonder if there was anything being done to make the modified pumpkins more usable in food.  I know GMOs are a touchy issue, but to feed the starving people around the world, you have to wonder if one pumpkin at 2000 lbs could feed a village of people.  Lots of people that don't like GMOs probably do unhealthy things in other ways, so their huge activism movements really boggle me.  Labeling GMOs is one thing, but stopping genetic modifications seems as controversial as starting them, especially when some people can benefit from them.  Whatever, I guess pumpkins are cool for whatever people want to do with them, including smashing them... this week on RIC's campus I saw a smashed pumpkin.  The only thing that really popped into my head was not "what a waste," or "oh, those delinquents," but rather "that seems fun."  I did assume though, that no one was hurt by the smashing of the pumpkin...

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2014 5:14 PM

Although you wouldn't think it there are many different countries and specific regions that demonstrate the perfect cropping land and fertilization process to grow pumpkins. Out of the US power house pumpkin growing Illinois is named number 1. Along side California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvainnia, Mississippi. But lets travel abroad to Africa, now me personally I wouldnt think that there are alot of pumpkin patches in Africa but there are many different places in Africa that pumpkins are grown. SOme of these places are Egypt with (690,000) and then there is South Africa with (378,776). I found these numbers quite interesting because one wouldn't think that there are pumpkin patches in Africa.

Pamela Shields's curator insight, August 29, 2014 10:10 AM

@Danyl †  so inspirational!

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An eclectic mix of articles and resources related to education, especially English language learning, K-Grade 12.
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Personality Is More Important Than Intelligence

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When it comes to academic achievement, intelligence is an important factor -- but it is certainly not the only, or even the most important, factor.

According to a new Australian study, personality is a better predictor of success in school than i...
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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

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New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.
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7 fun board games that will make you smarter about economics

Monopoly is an obvious pick, but Scrabble is up there as well...along with a few you may have never even heard of
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If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

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The rigidity of using only grades to determine future success has stifled creativity and reinforced a negative climate for learning
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Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory

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Thousands of students travel to Maotanchang to spend 16 hours a day, seven days a week, studying for the biggest test of their lives.
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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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English 3.0

English 3.0 is a 20 minute documentary that explores how the internet has influenced the way we communicate in the digital age and whether the changes witnessed…
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How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui

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What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.
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The Myth of Chinese Super Schools by Diane Ravitch

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Yong Zhao’s new book tells us that China has the best education system because it can produce the highest test scores. But, he says, it has the worst education system because those test scores are purchased by sacrificing creativity, divergent thinking, originality, and individualism.
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Stop blaming poor parents for their children’s limited vocabulary

Stop blaming poor parents for their children’s limited vocabulary | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Blaming parents for the language gap in early childhood overlooks one important point.
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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

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You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
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The secret language of food - FT.com

The secret language of food - FT.com | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Everyone has an opinion about food. You can’t go on the internet without stumbling over someone’s lengthy review of a bistro, bar or banana slicer. As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of the United States in 1835, “Public opinion is divided into a
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Tireless 100-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up Teaching, Reminds Us What Passion Really Looks Like

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This senior has shared her love of teaching for generations, and she shows no signs of slowing down.

Madeline Scotto of Brooklyn, New York, has been teaching at St. Ephrem School since 1954, DNAinfo.com reported. With a career spanning more than ...
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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.
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Making Use Of Google Translate

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I was conducting a workshop a while ago when a teacher pointed out that Google Translate was an issue in her classroom, due to the fact that her students use it to complete homework tasks. Rightfully...
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How We Sleep in Mainland China - The Jawbone Blog

How We Sleep in Mainland China - The Jawbone Blog | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
How does the most populous country sleep? We show which cities in China get the most and least sleep, and what changed our sleep patterns this year.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 3, 6:09 AM

Here is a taste of the big data that Jawbone and other wearable devices are collecting about us. I find it fascinating.

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How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon

How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? Apraxia, a disability you could find in any classroom
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In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives · Global Voices

In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives · Global Voices | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.
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Dear Parent: About THAT kid...

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Dear Parent: I know. You're worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The on...
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Can the universe be described in simple English? | British Council Voices

Can the universe be described in simple English? | British Council Voices | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
How can we make complex scientific ideas more accessible? Dr Roberto Trotta tells us about his attempt to describe the universe using the most common 1,000 words of English and explains why science ultimately speaks to us through the language of mathematics.
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The Forer Effect

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‘Let me tell you who you really are’ Three Men in a Boat:  Has this ever happened to you? You find yourself waiting outside the doctor’s surgery and you are idly browsing through the magazines ther...
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How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students

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Author and educator Pernille Ripp shares the steps she took to help her students regain a love of learning.
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Experience What It Is Like To Have Attention & Learning Issues

We can all learn to become more empathetic, and I've shared a number of online tools designed to help us in that area (see The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes). Now, the Ad Council and the organization Understood have created resources to help us begin to experience what it might be like to have learning and attention issues....

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Two great PSAs and an interactive website to help adults understand the frustrations of some children with reading or attention challenges.

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In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
When patient and doctor don't speak the same language, it's not enough to have an ad hoc interpreter. You need an adult fluent in both languages — who can also cut through medical jargon.
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