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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up 5 classroom strategies for helping students become better listeners.

Via Marisol Araya Fonseca
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Asking questions is important. Students and teachers should challenge one another with great questions. We called it mining for question which is a term from Bill Isaacs work.

 

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Transmeditation is an interesting word suggesting we do not move from one mode of thinking to another completely. Rather, we use them simultaneously with one perhaps being more dominant.

 

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The 6 Levels Of Bloom's Taxonomy, Explained With Active Verbs - Edudemic

The 6 Levels Of Bloom's Taxonomy, Explained With Active Verbs - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The various levels of Bloom’s (Revised) Taxonomy are pretty well known to most teachers at this point. The gradated levels of critical thinking allow teachers to build lesson plans and identify learning outcomes that are appropriate for the level of exploration of material for the students at that time. A useful way of understanding how …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We should be using gerunds i.e. summarizing, digging up, recollecting, etc. It suggests an ongoing, recurring practice.

 

When I taught, I used the active verbs i.e. summarize. With recent reading and writing, I am continuously (recurring) re-thinking my thinking.

 

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Four Key Questions about Grading

Four Key Questions about Grading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

tiThere’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to four key questions.


Via Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D., Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Do we need grades the way we have used them in the past? Is it possible to assess student progress in new ways that communicate what they need to know in ways that are more effective in their learning? This may not be more efficient which is what we seem to want most of the

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 6, 2014 12:15 PM

Four questions:

1. Does grading provide feedback to help students understand and improve their deficiencies?

2. Does grading motivate students to learn?

3. Is grading on a curve the fairest way to grade?

4. Do grades provide reliable information about student learning? 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 6, 2014 12:28 PM

Not just applicable to higher education. And thanks to Rosemary Tyrell for her insights.

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The power of your subconscious mind

The power of your subconscious mind | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” ~ Earl Nightingale

The subconscious mind is the store room with an unlimited capacity; all your memories, past experiences, deepest beliefs, everything that has ever happened to you is permanently stored. In simple terms, the subconscious is a part of you that is outside of your conscious awareness, that creates automatic programs to make functioning easier in life, without having to pay attention on everything you are doing.

Like driving a car, a beginner who is still learning to drive would be completely focused on driving, without engaging in a conversation with anybody in the car. But after few weeks or months of practice, that person would be at ease while driving , since its become a habit and is registered in the subconscious mind.

Subconscious is active all day and night, whether you act upon it or not. controlling all functions of your body like breathing, heart beat and even our nervous system. Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95 percent of our lives. The first six years of your life is when the subconscious mind is programmed and it is much more powerful than your conscious mind.

Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your “master program.” That’s why it’s important that you filter what is embedded in it.

If the subconscious mind is so powerful, how does one reprogram it to make positive changes in one’s life; to reprogram our conditioned thinking which might be pulling you down from living the life you always wanted to. Your thoughts have the power to manifest in reality. The choice is yours!

Breaking Down Neural Pathways using Positive Affirmations

To change our lives, we need to do more than change our thoughts, we have to go deeper than that and change our programming. To program your subconscious mind, with the present “conscious” understanding that you’ve gained takes time, because it invloves bringing down the old neural pathways and creating new connections in your brain.

But the good thing is that the subconscious learns through repetition, that’s how it picked up the negative patterns or bad habits in the first place. By spending time each day affirming your new beliefs/programming or thought pattern, you can effectively change your life and reality.

Take time every day sowing the seeds of your new programming. Repeating mantras or positive affirmations have the power to raise your vibrations and make a lasting impression in your subconscious mind. According to Paramahansa Yogananda, “Loud or silent repetition of inspiring words has been found effective in various systems of psychotherapy; the secret lies in stepping up the mind’s vibratory rate.”

 

Affirmations to consider -

-“I love and respect myself.”
- “I am filled with peace, harmony and joy.”
- “I attract good things into my life.”
- “My positive thoughts produce positive things.”

Its not just repeating the same thing again and again, you have to break the barrier that prevents certain thoughts from entering the subconscious mind. If you feed good thoughts to your brain continuously, it will enter your subconscious mind. Feed only what you desire and not what you don’t want. In the process if you experience negative thoughts, sadness, anxiety, frustration etc., don’t try to resist those thoughts but acknowledge them and accept them in your conscious mind, and it will eventually fade away.

Meditation

Meditation takes you to deeper realms of consciousness, that allows you to access your subconscious mind. In normal waking consciousness, our brain is functioning in ‘beta’ pattern. This state is associated with alertness, but also with stress, anger and anxiety. In meditation, your brain patterns slow down and move first to alpha and then to theta and, in deep meditation, delta patterns.

It sounds difficult at first, but with regular practice, you will become an observer of your thoughts, instead of getting distracted by it. Allow you thoughts to flow and not react to them. This is when you begin to reap the benefits of accessing your subconscious mind through meditation.

Get Creative

Let your creative juices flow, take up artistic expression like painting, drawing, cooking, decorating, sculpting, pottery and so on. Nurturing your creativity can help you be more authentic and in closer touch with your subconscious self.

Follow your Instincts


“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

Intuition is the connecting path between the subconscious and conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, applicably, converses with the conscious mind all the time. This is the inner voice, or “gut feeling”, which you must listen to. Positive people have been reported to have stronger sense of intuition.

There are other ways to unlock the power of the subconscious mind – clinical hypnotherapy, energy psychology and even brainwave entrainment – is effective. Once you start living in harmony with your inner self and your subconscious state your life will be transformed!

 


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 6, 2014 4:14 PM

Our thoughts are like images reflecting the realm of possibility. The power of the mind is to reach the possibility (with feeling and belief) and bring it life. It's about clarity. Specificity in our personal desires and focus on the positive. What you feel and see is what you get.

 

We choose to feel, think, and create our reality. Emotion breathes life into our thought. Feeling is the union of thought and emotion. The same thought with different emotion creates a different outcome or feeling. In other cultures and traditions, the feeling is the prayer. We are a part of all that is. Connected by energy. Our compassion holds holds everything together.

 

The first video is fascinating. To view the original post and video, visit the Fractal Enlightenment site by clicking on the image or link above.

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Teachers say ‘flexible learning’ will help students achieve world class success | Charleston Daily Mail

Teachers say ‘flexible learning’ will help students achieve world class success | Charleston Daily Mail | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Kindergarten teacher Samantha Johnson, right, and her husband Jay, who took a day off from work to help, set up her classroom at newly constructed Edgewood Elementary School. “It’s like a dream come true,” Johnson said of the school. She said excited doesn’t begin to describe how she and the staff feel about the school. -


See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140804/DM01/140809803/1300#sthash.pWjje3Mh.dpuf


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed., Dean J. Fusto
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 6, 2014 6:48 PM

THIS is the future of learning in the America. It follows a Finnish model, but is so exciting! this is the first step away from the 20 Century industrial model of teaching and learning.

 

This is a dream in America, for all 21st Century educational stakeholders...THIS is exciting glimpse of our future in education!  

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5 Reasons Ethical Culture Doesn't Just Happen

5 Reasons Ethical Culture Doesn't Just Happen | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

Don't assume that an ethical culture will just happen in your workplace. Even if you are a good leader, ethical culture is a delicate thing, requiring intentional positi...
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No, we cannot expect ethics to happen just because we say they will. We use language which defeats the work we do in this direction. For example, managing people systems suggests this work is somehow like managing widgets. People are people and not something to be managed. When we make the effort to greet people as people and walk the leadership talk, things happen we might not be able to manage easily. Opening communication spaces is important in the work. It is not just about telling people what to do. It is about helping them succeed in that work.

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Life lessons. ❤

Life lessons.  ❤ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Vilma Bonilla
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I would post this in a classroom.

 

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50 of The World’s Best Quotes For You To Live By

50 of The World’s Best Quotes For You To Live By | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here is an amazing collection of some of the worlds best quotes by inspirational leaders and game changers in history. Live by these for the ultimate success.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Marisol Araya Fonseca
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"Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, live truly and forgive quickly.” – Paulo Coelho

 

There are some great quotes here to share with students and colleagues.

 

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School Structure and Function: The Foundation of School 'Dysfunctionality'

In school Biology a common theme is the relationship between structure and function. Structure A looks like this, so that it can perform function X. A common example is that a plant cell has a thick
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A key word that is missing here is organization. Maturana and Varela suggested that structure is the general understanding something has and helps serve the function. Organizing the parts differently changes the particular function involved. A chair is a chair, but when organized differently serves different functions i.e. patio chair and dining room chair; a stool and a bench, etc.

 

The article makes some good points and adding organizing into the thinking means innovation (real innovation and not just rhetoric) happens in revolutionary and radical ways. I taught in such an environment for years, but it was threatening to the School functionaries (the word function is static) and they deep sixed it and it no longer resembles what it did. It looks more like a School.

 

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The Myth of Teacher Tenure

The Myth of Teacher Tenure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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We don't use the word tenure in Alberta, but our Minister of Education would have us believe that any amount of security is somehow problematic. Actually, with the use of part-time contracts, there is already instability. I know teachers who are working part-time jobs because they cannot make ends meet on a part-time salary. The other aspect is that the employer via School managers have the power to reduce the contract as they see fit.

 

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Facts and Benefits of Montessori Education Infographic

Facts and Benefits of Montessori Education Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Facts About Montessori Education Infographic The Montessori Schooling system was invented in early 1900s by Maria Montessori to educate poor children in the native Italy. In a Montessori classroom, children of different ages are allowed to mingle together. Most of child’s day at Montessori s... http://elearninginfographics.com/facts-benefits-montessori-education-infographic/


Via elearninginfographic, Suvi Salo
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For a number of years, I taught students who mingled. This mingling of students of different ages, interests, and abilities is a rewarding experience. They learn sharing and giving in ways that is discouraged in the competitive class environment.

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No Time to Think

No Time to Think | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Nowadays, people can keep negative thoughts at bay with a frenzy of activity.

Via Don Dea, Suvi Salo
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Karen Barad in Meeting the Universe Halfway used diffraction and Emmanuel Levinas used refraction. When we reflect, we should tease out the differences in the work. It becomes ethical, responsible work rather than sinking into a morass of anguish.

 

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Don Dea's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:03 AM

Hard as they sometimes are, negative feelings are a part of everyone’s life, arguably more so if you are crazy busy. But it’s those same deep and troubling feelings, and how you deal with them, that make you the person you are. While busyness may stanch welling sadness, it may also limit your ability to be overcome with joy.

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Encouraging Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students - Edudemic

Encouraging Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Katie Lepi via Mia MacMeekin

 

"Intrinsic motivation is driven by an interest in or enjoyment of the material or subject matter. Students who are intrinsically motivated are what teachers are always looking for. You know the ones: they read more books than you ask them to, they ask probing questions, and they’re interested in finding out more about things. But intrinsic motivation isn’t only a natural thing: there are a number of things you can to do encourage intrinsic motivation in your students. The graphic below from Mia MacMeekin explores 27 ideas to encourage this type of motivation in your students. Keep reading to learn more."


Via Jim Lerman
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Teaching is done at the vulnerable intersection of public and private life (Parker Palmer, 2007). The first point is sharing who you are with students.

 

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Reading increases empathy, a high demand skil

Reading increases empathy, a high demand skil | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Education is broadening its focus from main academics to include emotional and social skills. Empathy is a skill that is increasingly sought after, not just in classrooms, but also in professional spaces.


But how does one learn empathy?
Read. Read more.


Research shows that reading literature helps readers understand characters, their thoughts, motivations, and feelings.

 

Readers also predict what will happen next to characters, and link actions to consequences. These skills translate to the real world, where readers can understand the motivations and feelings of people they interact with, as well as predict what they may do next.

 

Why are employers emphasizing empathy?

 

by Bryan Green:


image source: Youth reading, Persian miniature by Reza Abbasi, 1625-6

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_(visual_activity) ;


Via Edwin Rutsch, Dean J. Fusto
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I used novel studies and we explored the interactions, the conflicts between characters i.e. Philip and Timothy in The Cay. Students enjoyed the books and found themselves identifying in various ways with the characters as they matured.

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4 Mistakes To Avoid in Staff Meetings

4 Mistakes To Avoid in Staff Meetings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You may believe that periodic all-hands meetings are vital to your company, but many of your employees likely feel differently. Here's how to hold their attention the next time around.

Via Suvi Salo
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I found many staff meetings were hijacked before they began with micro-managed agendas and predetermined favourites that the School manager wanted to promote.

 

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Classroom Technologies

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Using innovative technologies in the classroom engage students in communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a tea...

Via Linda Kaiser, PhD
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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes. 
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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.


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Teachers who listen closely and provide specific feedback help their students with their learning. A second aspect is that students begin to take control of their learning and know when to ask and receive help. @ivon_ehd1
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The similarities between successful teaching, professional development, and leadership

The similarities between successful teaching, professional development, and leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  “Big Idea”: The practices of successful teaching, successful professional development, and successful leadership are remarkably similar. In my view, a common set of principles regarding huma...
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A key takeaway is that leading, learning, and teaching are closely linked. Peter Vaill proposed that learning and leading are inseparable. Teaching is about learning and makes them inseparable. The three are more than linked. They overlap in ways that we cannot separate them and do them separately.

 

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Welcoming our Newest Colleagues: Letter to A Beginning Teacher

Welcoming our Newest Colleagues: Letter to A Beginning Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The following was posted yesterday on voicEd.ca.  I would love to get contributions from south of the 49th parallel, so if this is something that captures your imagination, I would love to hear fro...
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I found that the isolation was promoted from the beginning of teaching careers. It is a good idea to create communication spaces for teachers and have their voices heard more clearly. It is not just new teachers who need this. I think teachers of all experiences need the support of being welcomed daily.

 

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Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster )

Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster ) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
August 4, 2014
In today's post I am sharing with you a set of new wonderful posters to use in class. These posters are created by Rob Kriete from Teaching Quality to help "teachers and parents...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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This might be OK in a classroom on the wall.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 5, 2014 4:26 PM

Nice graphic to blow up to poster size and print. Keep it in your media center to showcase how your flexible arrangements, color, and varied workspaces fit in to those paths.

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A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line.
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Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Children love to explore and play. It is serious business in their learning. Recently I watched children in a rural area outside and doing just that in their yards away from the screen.

 

What if our schools took a page from the life of children and provided safe environments for the serious business of play and exploring?

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Let's Kill the College Major

Let's Kill the College Major | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A proposal for a new university in Canada recently caught my eye for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that its students wouldn’t have majors. Instead, the students would be able to
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Majors have begun to fade. It does not mean they are irrelevant, but they do not mean what they used to mean. For example, do all teaches who graduate with an undergraduate education degree teach? The answer is no. Many (I heard it was up to 20% in Alberta) do not enter classrooms to teach, but use the degree as a platform for work other than teaching.

 

What do the actual headings mean i.e. creative industries? They cannot be so vague they mean nothing.

 

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Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors

Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The only comparison that really could apply is an emergency room doctor in a natural disaster."
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Teachers do not arrive in classrooms fully formed. They grow and form throughout their careers.

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20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic

20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.

Via Sharrock
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Leading in the business world and leading, when it happens, in School share some principles. What we need to be cautious with is School is not a business. It is a space where servant-leadership should be at the forefront.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:39 PM

Koska teksti on vuodelta 2012, tarkistin linkkien toimivuuden ja kirjoittajien aktiivisuuden:

*Leadership for Lawyers: (päivitetty viimeksi 2013)

*Learn to Duck:  (blogin päivityksestä en saanut helposti selvää – kirjoittaja aktiivinen Twitterissä)

*Leader to Leader Institute Blog:  (sivua ei löytynyt)