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English Manners Are Downright Medieval ('Sorry!' Was That Rude?)

In Sorry! The English and Their Manners, Henry Hitchings traces the history of polite behavior.
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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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Screencasting for educators

Screencasting for educators | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Inutile d'investir dans une calculatrice scientifique, sortez vos smartphones et installez ces applis! L'enseignement des maths va devoir s'adapter aux fonctions de résolution qu'on a dans nos poches...

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The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols

The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys -- but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels.
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Effective Attorney/Paralegal Communication

Effective Attorney/Paralegal Communication | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The first thing to consider and remember is how the attorney prefers to field questions. The attorney may prefer to meet with you first thing in the morning to address any questions you have about cases, tasks for the day, deadlines, etc. Or, it may be that your attorney does not like to be bombarded with questions first thing in the morning and would rather field questions throughout the day as they arise, or perhaps he or she just prefers to take all questions at the end of the day. The best way to determine your attorney’s preference regarding questions is simply to ask him or her, and then act accordingly. For example, I am the type of person who prefers to not be asked questions mid-task. So, unless what you need to ask me is extremely urgent, you will likely get a better, more detailed, more attentive response to your question if you ask your question when I am not in the middle of a big task that requires all of my concentration and focus.
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Belt Idioms

Belt Idioms | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A belt is a strip of flexible material, such as leather, plastic, cloth, used with or without a buckle for wear (usually) around the waist. Some idioms are based on a belt’s narrow shape, like the following epithets for different sections of the United States.
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Sometimes, to understand news stories, we need to get these idioms "under our belts". 

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."
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"A ghetto is, as I define it, a neighborhood which is homogeneous and from which there are serious barriers to exit. That's the technical definition of a ghetto. Robert Weaver, the first African American member of the Cabinet appointed by President Johnson as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, described many of the policies that I've described today in a book he published in 1948 called The Negro Ghetto" (Excerpt)
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The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships

The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Play is not just for kids. Learn how play can improve your relationships, creativity, and productivity.
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Controversies about the Constitution | UW Constitution Day 2014

Some of the most important decisions issued by the Supreme Court over the past decade have been about federalism, i.e., the sharing of governing authority between the federal government and the fifty state governments. Since 1995, the Supreme Court has struck down or limited the reach of numerous federal laws passed by Congress in such policy areas as civil rights, crime, and economic regulation. These rulings have not attracted as much public or political attention as court rulings related to abortion, gay marriage, and criminal justice, but they are arguably much broader in their impact and potential to precipitate fundamental constitutional change.

Many of the recent federalism rulings have been based on the Supreme Court’s newly restrictive reading of some of Congress’s constitutional power. One of the most important and enduring constitutional principles is that Congress is only allowed to exercise powers enumerated in the Constitution. The Court’s recent federalism rulings have focused on Congress’s use of its enumerated powers to regulate commerce “among the states” (Article I, Sec. 8) and to protect civil rights (Amendment 14, Sec. 5). After deciding narrowly that Congress had exceeded one or both of these general powers, the Court’s conservative majority has struck down or limited the reach of key provisions in the Gun Free School Zones Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Kidsinthehouse.com - The gift of introspection

Kidsinthehouse.com - The gift of introspection | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Edwin A. Locke, PhD, is Dean's Professor (Emeritus) of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his BA from Harvard in 1960 and his PhD in Industrial Psychology from Cornell University in 1964.He has published over 300 chapters, notes and articles in professional journals, on such subjects as work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives, and the philosophy of science. He is also the author or editor of 12 books, including The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason, Study Methods and Study Motivation, Goal Setting: A Motivational Technique That Works, A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance, Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators  and Postmodernism and Management: Pros, Cons and the Alternative. He is internationally known for his research on goal setting. A recent survey found that Locke's goal setting theory (developed with G. Latham) was ranked #1 in importance among 73 management theories. His work has been supported by numerous research grants, and he has served as consultant to research firms and private businesses.Dr. Locke has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Management, and has been a consulting editor for leading journals. He was a winner of the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award at the University of Maryland, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Career Contribution Award from the Academy of Management (Human Resource Division), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior Division), and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He has been a writer and lecturer for the Ayn Rand Institute and is interested in the application of the philosophy of Objectivism to behavioral sciences.

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60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I have been asked by math teachers how they can use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is great for any subject area, especially math! Earlier I had posted on 5 ways Students Can Use Google Docs in...

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BPS Research Digest: As soon as they can read, children trust text instructions over spoken information

BPS Research Digest: As soon as they can read, children trust text instructions over spoken information | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Corriveau's team said their results showed that once children learn to read, "they rapidly come to regard the written word as a particularly authoritative source of information about how to act in the world." They added that in some ways this result is difficult to explain. Young readers are exposed to a good deal of fantasy and fiction in written form, so why should they be so trusting of written instruction? Perhaps they are used to seeing adults act on the basis of written information - such as maps, menus, and recipes - but then again, pre-readers will also have had such experiences. This suggests there's something special about the process of learning to read that leads children to perceive written instruction as authoritative.

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What Is the Former Name of Memorial Day? | Dictionary.com Blog

What Is the Former Name of Memorial Day? | Dictionary.com Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May and marks the solemn time when Americans honor the soldiers that died in military service. When the observance was first declared in 1868 by General John Logan, it was called Decoration Day in reference to a tradition of decorating the graves of those whose lives were lost in the Civil War and its set date was May 30. In the years following World War I, the day picked up the more inclusive name Memorial Day as people began to use it as time to honor
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The 12 Most Infamous Economic Oddball Theories

The 12 Most Infamous Economic Oddball Theories | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

These are the myths, theories, and flat out falsehoods that just won't die.


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These conspricacy theories might be both educational as well as entertaining in a secondary school US History or Economics class. Students can explore the attraction of conspiracies and can strive to understand why the "debunks" actually debunked the conspiracy it follows. More advanced students might find economic conspiracy theories that are not listed here or they could find connections between politics and economics.

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Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets

Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Barclays, RBS, Citi, JP Morgan and UBS forced to pay out over collusion by traders in several countries in another big blow to their reputations
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America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"
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12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds...
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Might be fun for teachers to explore digital literacy topics, especially validity. Then introduce fact-finder sites like snopes.com. Students can present these or similar fakes and urban legends to their classmates after an inquiry-based project focusing their attention to the less dangerous dangers of the Internet.

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World History Connected | Vol. 6 No. 3 | Cynthia Stokes Brown: What Is a Civilization, Anyway?

     Popular usage defines "civilization" along these lines: "an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry and government have been reached." This definition is problematic for archeologists, anthropologists, and historians, because it contains an overt value judgment that civilization is better, more advanced, and superior to other forms of social organization.
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Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding

Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When students assume responsibility for their own learning, they reflect on their accomplishments, evaluate their work, decide on where changes are needed, define goals, and identify sound strategies for attaining them. If students are to become thoughtful individuals who can assume responsibility for learning, they must be taught how to analyze and evaluate their work. Teachers must help them define realistic yet challenging goals for their continued learning and show them appropriate strategies to attain those goals. This chapter is intended to help teachers understand the role of reflection and self-assessment in the learning process and to incorporate self-evaluation and monitoring activities into their classrooms.

 
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Aging US Power Grid Blacks Out More Than Any Other Developed Nation

Aging US Power Grid Blacks Out More Than Any Other Developed Nation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Power outages in the U.S. have skyrocketed nearly 300 percent since the '80s.

 

The United States endures more blackouts than any other developed nation as the number of U.S. power outages lasting more than an hour have increased steadily for the past decade, according to federal databases at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC).

 

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Scholarpedia - Scholarpedia

Scholarpedia is a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written and maintained by scholarly experts from around the world. Scholarpedia is inspired by Wikipedia and aims to complement it by providing in-depth scholarly treatments of academic topics.

Scholarpedia and Wikipedia are alike in many respects:

both allow anyone to propose revisions to almost any article
both are "wikis" and use the familiar MediaWiki software designed for Wikipedia
both allow considerable freedom within each article's "Talk" pages
both are committed to the goal of making the world's knowledge freely available to all
Nonetheless, Scholarpedia is best understood by how it is unlike most wikis, differences arising from Scholarpedia's academic origins, goals, and audience. The most significant is Scholarpedia's process of peer-reviewed publication: all articles in Scholarpedia are either in the process of being written by a team of authors, or have already been published and are subject to expert curation.

Prior to publication,

all new articles must first receive sponsorship to validate the identity, authority, and ability of the authors who propose to write it
each article undergoes scholarly peer-review, requiring public approval from at least two scholarly experts
After publication,

articles appear within the Scholarpedia Journal and can be cited like any other scholarly article
the visibility of future revisions to an article is controlled by the article's Curator, usually the article's (most) established expert at time of publication
as soon as any individual's revision to an article is accepted, the individual joins a community of recognized (non-author) article contributors
the team of article contributors may from time to time act in the Curator's stead
when an article curator resigns or is otherwise unable to serve, a new Curator is elected
This hybrid model allows Scholarpedia articles to serve as a bridge between traditional peer-reviewed journals and more dynamic and up-to-date wikis without compromising quality or trustworthiness. It aims to remove the disincentives that discourage academics from participating in online publication and productive discussion on the topics they know best.
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Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation

Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The "Week of Inspirational Math" curriculum will be available for free online. It includes videos and math tasks, and is aligned to the Common Core.

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Young children trust kindness over expertise

Young children trust kindness over expertise | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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A follow-up study with more young children provided the crucial test of whether they'd be more trusting of kindness or expertise. This time the same two experts were either nice or nasty, as conveyed by their body language, facial expression and tone of voice. Benevolence and expertise were counterbalanced so sometimes the eagle expert was nice, sometimes the bike expert. The children showed a clear overall bias for believing the suggestions of the nicer person (70 per cent overall). They only showed a preference for listening to the man with relevant expertise if he was also nice.

A third and final study was similar but this time the researchers set up a choice between a nice or nasty relevant expert, and a nice or nasty second man who was described explicitly as lacking any relevant expertise. This was to make sure that the children weren't assuming that a nice expert could have knowledge beyond his stated field. Once again the children were swayed by niceness and this time paid even less attention to expertise (i.e. they chose the nice person's answers 62 per cent of the time, and this only rose to 65 per cent if he was also an expert).

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When you start to question whether students should trust your expertise rather than how kind you are sharing your expertise, think again. This research suggests that saying something nicely does have an impact.

 

The research focuses on young children 3-5.

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