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Metacognition: 7 Strategies for Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

Metacognition: 7 Strategies for Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.

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Excellent article based on research that defines metacognition, highlights the benefits of self-awareness, and provides plenty of methods to use with your students to improve their learning. 

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The Evolution of Classroom Technology | Edudemic

The Evolution of Classroom Technology | Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.

We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.

Also in 1925, there were “schools of the air” that delivered lessons to millions of students simultaneously. Scroll down to find out how that worked (hint: it wasn’t by using the Internet!)

Here’s a brief look at the evolution of classroom technology. Do you have a piece of technology that you think should be included? Tweet @edudemic or let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it to the timeline! **Updated to include items suggested in the comments! Videotapes, Pens, Copiers, and more!**

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All You Need to Know About Potato Onions (And How to Cook Them) - Hudson Valley Magazine - October 2015 - Poughkeepsie, NY

All You Need to Know About Potato Onions (And How to Cook Them) - Hudson Valley Magazine - October 2015 - Poughkeepsie, NY | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
We dig up the facts on this strange (but delicious) vegetable
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"The name actually comes from the fact that potato onions are planted and grown like potatoes. Farmers keep the largest potatoes for eating and replant the smaller ones as “seed potatoes.” Potato onions typically grow as a cluster of 10 to 12 bulbs attached at the base (like a head of garlic with its fused cloves), and, just like potatoes, the larger bulbs are eaten and the smaller ones are replanted." (Excerpt)
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Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future

Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Top 10 Education Gamification Examples according to Pioneer and Stanford Lecturer Yu-kai Chou is 1. Duolingo 2. Ribbon Hero 3. Class Dojo 4....
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Average Joe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Average Joe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In terms of social class, the average American may be described as either being middle or working class. As social classes lack distinct boundaries the average American may have a status in the area where the lower middle and upper working class overlap.

Today, one can no longer refer to the nuclear family as the average American household, neither can one identify the current plurality of married couples without children as "the average." Recent statistics indeed indicate that there is no average American family arrangement, but that American society is home to a wide and diverse variety of family arrangements. The one thing the data does indicate is that the average Joe most likely does not reside in a nuclear 4-person family.[4][1]
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40 lessons to get children thinking: Philosophical thought adventures across the curriculum: Peter Worley: Bloomsbury Education

40 lessons to get children thinking: Philosophical thought adventures across the curriculum: Peter Worley: Bloomsbury Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Inspire your class to think more deeply about curriculum subjects and get them actively taking part in exciting philosophy experiments today!This new
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The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality

The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The real culture of violence in the American West of the latter half of the nineteenth century sprang from the U.S. government’s policies toward the Plains Indians. It is untrue that white European settlers were always at war with Indians, as popular folklore contends. After all, Indians assisted the Pilgrims and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with them; John Smith married Pocahontas; a white man (mostly Scots, with some Cherokee), John Ross, was the chief of the Cherokees of Tennessee and North Carolina; and there was always a great deal of trade with Indians, as opposed to violence. As Jennifer Roback has written, “Europeans generally acknowledged that the Indians retained possessory rights to their lands. More important, the English recognized the advantage of being on friendly terms with the Indians. Trade with the Indians, especially the fur trade, was profitable. War was costly” (1992, 9). Trade and cooperation with the Indians were much more common than conflict and violence during the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Old West Gunfights

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There are several misnomers about these "romanticized” gunfights, the first of which is that very rarely, did the gunfighters actually "plan” a gunfight to occur, "calling out” their enemy for dueling action in the street. Instead, most of these many fights took place in the heat of the moment when tempers flared, and more often than not, with the aide of a little bottled courage. They also didn’t occur at a distance of 75 feet, with each gunfighter taking one shot, one falling dead to the ground, and the other standing as a "hero" before a dozen gathered onlookers.

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Similar pages on this website could be useful for history teachers as well as Health teachers. Health teachers can use this information to discuss perceptions of conflict resolution. Kids who think they are participating in an old tradition of gunfighting (or fighting in general) are mistaken. 

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MINDSET IS KEY - www.suggestionsforteachers.com

From One Teacher to Another - http://www.suggestionsforteachers.com/
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6 Strategies for Encouraging Critical Thinking

Enjoy these 6 strategies for encouraging the development of critical thinking skills in your classrooms.

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Comic Tools & Resources - Symbaloo

Comic Tools & Resources - Symbaloo | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 4, 2015 9:17 AM

Great collection of resources for teaching with comics...or having students create their own comics.

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The history of the mason jar from thrift to hip: http://t.co/aOdGgO5eX6

The history of the mason jar from thrift to hip: http://t.co/aOdGgO5eX6
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Compound Interest

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Know your alpha radiation from your beta radiation? Here’s a guide to different types of radiation, and a look at where they crop up: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-1qz
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Ditloid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ditloid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A ditloid is a type of word puzzle, in which a phrase, quotation, date, or fact must be deduced from the numbers and abbreviated letters in the clue. Common words such as 'the', 'in', 'a', 'an', 'of', 'to', etc.

A ditloid is a type of word puzzle,[1] in which a phrase, quotation, date, or fact must be deduced from the numbers and abbreviated letters in the clue. Common words such as 'the', 'in', 'a', 'an', 'of', 'to', etc. are not normally abbreviated.[1][dubious – discuss] The name 'ditloid' was given by the Daily Express newspaper,[1] originating from the clue: 1 = DitLoID ≡ 1 Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
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Has Britain Surrendered Too Much Liberty in Pursuit of Security? - The Atlantic

Has Britain Surrendered Too Much Liberty in Pursuit of Security? - The Atlantic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Counterterrorism involves a paradox: the better it works, the less we appreciate the need for it.
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"The more effectively we are protected against harm, the less gratitude we feel to our protectors." (Excerpt ) http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/security-liberty-terrorism-britain/412162/
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FactCheck Q&A: Crime and punishment in Saudi Arabia

FactCheck Q&A: Crime and punishment in Saudi Arabia | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The justice training deal may be off, and there's new hope for Karl Andree, the Brit sentenced to lashes in Saudi Arabia. What's left of Britain's relationship
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“During a flogging, the man inflicting the punishment is required under Shariah law to keep his elbow at his side, and only use his wrist in a flicking motion so as not to cause too much pain.”
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Training Games: The Military Way

Training Games: The Military Way | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Lunsford, who has designed more than a dozen games for the U.S. military and West Point, was one of the innovators in the military’s growing use of games. Over the last decade, training games have spread across the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as Britain, Canada, Australia, and other nations. It’s not that the Pentagon brass has an irresistible urge to grab a joystick. But training soldiers nowadays is expensive in terms of money, resources, and time. Games are not a substitute for live training in the mud or the cockpit, but they are cost-effective in preparing soldiers for many tasks.
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The art of storytelling (Oct 2015) Full Movie Online

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Watch The art of storytelling Full Movie Online free in HD quality. Streaming full movie The art of storytelling online stream without ads.
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Integrated Learning at Yass High School - YouTube

A video about the award winning new Integrated Learning subject developed at Yass High School. The subject is designed to be taught in an open plan classroom...
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About Legends of America

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Traveling through History since 2003

Who We Are

Like so many other small businesses, Legends of America started out as a hobby. Owner-Editor, Kathy Weiser-Alexander, has a deep seated love for history, travel, writing, and almost anything falling within a creative realm. With this in mind, she started a small personal page called High Country Legends. Quickly, the ideas and opportunities expanded to include a partnership with Legends' General Store (formerly the Rocky Mountain General Store), which has been in business since 1998.

Kathy's qualifications include a degree in Business Administration; years of drawing, painting, and other artsy-craftsy stuff; and, when creativity didn't pay the bills --  more than 20 years of hands-on corporate experience, encompassing business and people management, customer service, technology, and consulting.
 
David Alexander, who Kathy met in the same year that this website began in 2003, has contributed advice, technical knowledge, and has been a travel partner from the start. Dave was involved in the radio broadcasting industry from his mid teens. In 1999, Dave left the airwaves to join a company that designed, managed, and supported software for radio stations, which was eventually purchased by Google in 2006. His division was sold off by Google in the fall of 2009, at which time, he joined Legends of America full time.
 
Kathy is a published author, with her first book, Great American Bars and Saloons, published in 2006, followed by major contributions to Greetings from Route 66  in 2010 along with several other noted Route 66 authors. Her work is also published under the "Legends Of America" name with Old West Lawmen (2012), Lynching's, Hanging's & Vigilante Groups (2014), and Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases (2015) .  Also in 2014, Kathy was featured in the cable network Investigation Discovery (ID) channel's "Evil Kin", episode 202 about the Bloody Benders, and both Kathy and Dave took part in Ghost Towns: America's Lost World, an over 5 hour, 2 disc DVD released by Mill Creek Entertainment in April of the same year. In 2015, Kathy appeared on the American Heroes Channel in two episodes of the show "Gunslingers" discussing Bat Masterson, original air date August 2, 2015, and Bill Doolin, original air date August 16, 2015.
 
Though we started Legends in the Kansas City area -- Dave -- in Prairie Village, Kansas and Kathy in Lenexa, Kansas,  the business officially moved to Warsaw, Missouri in May, 2010. Warsaw, which sits on the dam splitting Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks, is a small town with about 2,000 full-time folks. That number; however, doubles as people flock to enjoy the lakes in the summer.
 
Now, Kathy is in charge of the writing, photography, and website design, while Dave handles all technical chores, shipping, marketing, & sales. Someone up there was looking over us to make such a great partnership.
 
Legends of America is a small Midwest company with strong moral and ethical business values. We take pride in our work and strive to provide our readers, advertisers, and customers with a continually updated site, great products, and superior customer service. If you ever have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.
 
Legends of America
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Before you call, please be aware that that we are an online-magazine, with more than 4,000 pages on various destinations and topics. We don't own, operate, nor have any further information on our destinations, history, or association beyond what you see on our pages. 
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Shifting to 21st Century Thinking » Malice is in the Eye of the Beholder

We all know the story of Cinderella, the classic fairy tale of rags to riches. But I’m sure most of us have never stopped to think about why this story continues to be read to children around the world, the complexity of the characters, and the social messages that you can extrapolate from it. The illustrations alone in Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story retold by Lynn Roberts and illustrated by David Roberts, tell a compelling story of a battle of class, gender and belief systems.

The social themes underlying the art deco version of Cinderella are important to take note of in analysing the characters, because it is the underlying socio-cultural themes that reveal their complexity. In interpreting the characters motives and actions, it becomes clear that Cinderella and her step-family are far from moral opposites because they are ultimately pursuing the same agenda by the same set of cultural rules and norms.

 

Briefly speaking, Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story is set in a society in which women are objects whose value is determined by the men in their lives. They are not valued for their hard work or intelligence, but as a physical manifestation of a man’s material wealth. Therefore women are concerned with men, beauty, and fashion, as they play an important role as signs of class distinction and social status. The material objects in the illustrations are important signs of this relationship.

 

This thinking object evolved out of a previous thinking object based on Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story, titled How much is Cinderella’s father to blame for her situation? which provided students with a framework to analyse the moral ambiguity of the father character.

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The Amazing Abilities of Autism Service Dogs

The Amazing Abilities of Autism Service Dogs | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When Teddy came into my life, I didn’t know what to expect. But he has helped me in many positive ways.

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Becky B's curator insight, October 1, 2015 11:38 AM

If you aren’t familiar with the amazing benefits of autism service dogs, here are just a few:

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A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, October 4, 2015 10:21 AM

How much fun does this look like.

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American Women in the 1900s Called Street Harassers 'Mashers,' Stabbed Them With Hatpins http://po.st/ig2SrB via @SmithsonianMag

American Women in the 1900s Called Street Harassers 'Mashers,' Stabbed Them With Hatpins http://po.st/ig2SrB via @SmithsonianMag
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