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This is a collection of stuff.  A place to put things that I like or find interesting.
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Staggering Twitter Stats for 2017 [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Staggering Twitter Stats for 2017 [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Infographic about the most interesting stats on Twitter in 2017
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Preventing Summer Reading Loss | Oakland Schools Literacy

Preventing Summer Reading Loss | Oakland Schools Literacy | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
The cumulative impact of summer reading loss significantly affects reading proficiency and school achievement, especially for students who are economically disadvantaged. Providing children with self-selected books to read during the summer is an effective strategy for addressing the problem of summer reading loss (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2013). Oakland Schools encourages districts to create systems for collaborating with families, providing access to self-selected culturally-relevant, high-interest texts, and promoting summer reading for all students. It is essential that districts plan now for what supports will be in place for children they serve. While individual teachers have a role in supporting summer reading for their students and families, strategic district-level planning is required to ensure that all students have access to text over the summer.
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How will your district curb summer reading loss?  What role can you play?
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The Best Careers for Your Personality Type [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Best Careers for Your Personality Type [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Infographic that shows what job positions suit your personality the best.
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Interesting... I wonder if personality types change with age.
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21st Century Education Commission Listening Tour -- Northern Michigan Stop

21st Century Education Commission Listening Tour -- Northern Michigan Stop | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
YOU'RE INVITED!

The Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Listening Tour - Northern Michigan Stop:
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Traverse City Central High School
1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686

4:00pm Welcome and Introduction of Commissioners
4:15pm Listening Session - Attendees and Commissioners break into small groups to discuss education visions, needs, and expectations
5:10pm Question & Answer Session - Commission members answer questions from the audience
5:30pm Event ends

**Please note: this event was originally scheduled for January 5, 2017, but was postponed due to weather conditions. The itinerary remains the same.

21st Century Education Commission members are interested in hearing from Michiganders about how we can work together to improve our state’s education systems. To gather input, the Commission has organized three listening tour stops, the third of which will take place in Northern Michigan. These stops are designed to gather direct input from Michigan's residents on the current state of Michigan’s education, the education systems citizens envision, and how we can work together to close the gap between the two. This input will help shape the Commission's final report and set of recommendations, which will be released on February 28, 2017.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should contact Laura Stoken at 517-241-5415 or via email at mieducationcommission@michigan.gov by January 23 in order to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. Requests received after that date cannot be guaranteed, but efforts will be made to provide the accommodation requested.

Please note: Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at 150 attendees. Please bring a photo ID consistent with the name you used to register so you can gain access to the school.

If you have any questions, please email mieducationcommission@michigan.gov.
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For those in the Traverse City Area.   The Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Listening Tour - Northern Michigan Stop: Monday, January 30, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm Traverse City Central High School 1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686

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Here's The Dirt On Proper Hand-Washing [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Here's The Dirt On Proper Hand-Washing [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Here's some advice about how to wash your hands properly.
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Good reminders for us all on the importance of handwashing.
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The Ultimate Guide To Tipping Your Taxi Driver, Manicurist and Movers [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Ultimate Guide To Tipping Your Taxi Driver, Manicurist and Movers [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Here's a cheat sheet to help you remember how much to tip in everyday situations.
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3 Tips for Successful Couples Counseling | Psych Central Professional

3 Tips for Successful Couples Counseling | Psych Central Professional | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Are you looking for some ways to work better with your clients? Would you like some ideas to help couples improve their relationships? Love, Pat, EdD, LMFT
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While not necessarily targeted towards schools, could these processes be adapted to improve student - teacher relations?
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The Odds of a Machine Doing Your Job [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Odds of a Machine Doing Your Job [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Spoiler Alert: The odds are high that a robot/algorithm is going to be better at your job than you are.
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How To Choose the Right Book Binding [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How To Choose the Right Book Binding [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Let this simple and effective flowchart carry you serenely through deciding which style of book binding is right for you.
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This is interesting- never gave it much thought before.
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 A Large Collection of Free eTextbooks for High School & College Students (Free Technology for Teachers)

 A Large Collection of Free eTextbooks for High School & College Students (Free Technology for Teachers) | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
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I am wondering if this service would be helpful to those kids with special needs.  Would they have audio versions?  Would they be able to explain a concept differently?  I am also wondering if there would be an aide to those who teach in school districts with limited resources. 
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9 Life Lessons From Prince For Social Workers  from Social Worker Success  #dailysswscoop

9 Life Lessons From Prince For Social Workers  from Social Worker Success  #dailysswscoop | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
I’ve been a little obsessive this week. This is apparently how I mourn when one of my favorite musicians of all time dies: I listen to their music. On repeat. Nonstop.  Four Year Old Daughter: Daddy, is that a Prince song…again? Me: Yes, sweetie, Daddy needs to listen to “Sometimes It Snows In April” one more …
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This is an interesting tribute to Prince with life lessons that we could all learn from.
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School Health and Policies Survey

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I am not sure how to use this data, but I believe it is worth keeping.
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Why The Shape Of A Company's Logo Matters

Why The Shape Of A Company's Logo Matters | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Welcome to a world in which curves are a good thing.
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This is interesting... How might this affect the work of students?

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How to Tell Your Story

How to Tell Your Story | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
A five-step guide for how to build and develop a compelling narrative, that can be adapted to your preferred storytelling medium.
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I wonder if educators told their story, how would they do it?  What points would they make?
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This Is How Coffee Changes The Workplace [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

This Is How Coffee Changes The Workplace [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Here's how coffee improves your productivity at work.
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Personally, I don't drink coffee, but I do know that it has been beneficial in improving the attention span in a few adults and kids!
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How To Work From Home Without Hating Your Life [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How To Work From Home Without Hating Your Life [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Here are some tips for working from home effectively.
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Interesting thoughts about working from home.  
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Web Secret 450: Man Therapy

Web Secret 450: Man Therapy | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
I am frequently asked what is typical utilization for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) . And I answer " it depends. " The reaso
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The Opening Lines Of The World's Most Famous Books [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Opening Lines Of The World's Most Famous Books [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Here are the first lines of some of the world's famous books.
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Tech Trends

Tech Trends | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Again for 2017, we have created an infographic on the top tech trends association and event professionals should watch for the New Year. Each trend is accompanied by a recent statistic and examples of how you can utilize the tech to your organization's advantage.
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Some interesting gadgets and trends.  The world keeps changing. 
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How to Remove Embarrassing Social Media Photos [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How to Remove Embarrassing Social Media Photos [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Let's hope you and I never have to use this handy guide to cleaning up your image online, but just i
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Ten Summer Child Safety Tips

Ten Summer Child Safety Tips | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
It’s that time again, time for the release of everyone’s summer safety tips. Here at Child Trends, our safety tips are based on—what else?—data!

First, your suspicion is correct: June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other months , at least if we use deadly unintentional injuries as the measure (see graph). Nearly one-third of all fatal child injuries occur during these three months.[i]
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This is surprising. Some good considerations to remember and to pass on to parents and those who supervise children.
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We're Turning America Orange for Gun Safety

We're Turning America Orange for Gun Safety | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans are coming together to fight for a country where every person can live a life free from gun violence.
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The color orange symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others. In 2013, teens on the South Side of Chicago asked classmates to honor their murdered friend by wearing orange. That simple call to action has grown into a national movement – and orange is becoming the symbol of gun safety. Explore new ways to join the movement, and #WearOrange on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day!
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How to Digital Nomad Like a Boss [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How to Digital Nomad Like a Boss [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
This infographic is exactly the kind of thing a digital nomad would get paid to create.
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1000 Life Hacks - Useful DIY Projects and How To ideas 

1000 Life Hacks - Useful DIY Projects and How To ideas  | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it
Best 1000 life hacks ever. Real life hacks for everyday living, including useful DIY ideas and how to ideas
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This website offers many tips on life, technology and more.  Thanks @iWebU. 
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A Counselor's Story of Falling Behind in Writing Notes

A Counselor's Story of Falling Behind in Writing Notes | Things and Stuff | Scoop.it

Let me tell you a story, the story of the typical therapist who comes to me
saying they are behind in notes and desperate for help... 

We'll call our imaginary therapist Dorothy. Dorothy has been licensed for
about two years and started her own private practice shortly after getting
licensed. Before that she had a supervisor who would check in with her
about clinical things and periodically about paperwork- just making sure it
was done.

But now that Dorothy is the Owner of Oz Counseling she has a lot of other
things on her mind besides client care and documentation... she attends
networking events regularly with the hopes of growing her connections,
makes sure to answer phone calls from potential clients, does her
bookkeeping (as regularly as she can), decorates her office, works on her
website ("that new picture will hopefully make a difference this time") and
does about a hundred other things that take up time!

Ultimately, being a good therapist is what's most important to Dorothy.
She's good at it and her practice is slowly growing as a result. But all
the demands on her time have impacted one thing pretty significantly. She
is getting behind in her notes.

Dorothy would never just NOT write notes so she does what lots of other
therapists do but never talk about- she jots down quick notes to herself
between or during sessions. 

These are just little notes on a steno pad but they remind her what was
talked about in the session. Then she can go back and write the full note
when she has time... tomorrow... or this weekend... or next week...

The pattern continues until Dorothy has about six months of notes on her
steno pad and none in her client files. Now the task of writing those notes
feels very overwhelming. She feels a sense of guilt and regret when
continuing to take her quick notes on the steno pad.

But what other option does she have? She's so behind at this point. Better
to have something than nothing, right? At least when she's able to finally
sit down and write those notes it will go pretty smoothly because she has a
backup. 

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This  feels like a sales-pitch.  But there are four free videos that might help change your mindset to paperwork in your clinical (and possibly school) practice. 

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