Curiosity & Rigor
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Two 10th-grade students wanted to know what happens when you wring out a water-soaked washcloth in zero gravity. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield , who currently lives on the International Space Station, was happy to oblige. Hadfield used a tightly packed washcloth (which he remarks looks like a hockey puck) that was available on the ISS. Rather than dipping the cloth into a vessel — which wouldn't hold water in space — Hadfield squirted water on the material. Once the cloth was soaking wet, Hadfield twisted the rag, and the water began to form a gel-like tube. "Because of the surface tension of the water, it actually runs along the surface of the cloth and then up into my hand, almost like you had Jello on your hands," explained Hadfield.
Eliminate Topical Research Rituals The first step in fighting against simple cut-and-paste thinking is to gather all teachers together to discuss and adopt a school-wide policy outlawing the assignment of topical research projects.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -Carl Sagan
A few weeks ago, I ran across this graphic on All that Inspires Me , a Posterous site by Keith Stoekler (@keithstoekler). What a great way to approach life! After all, I am… an artist who can not draw. an author who struggles to write. a photographer with limited vision. a blogger of average talent.
British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity."
Educational author and former teacher, Dr.
D id you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds?
Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives.