The Animal Alphabet - ABC Song by the Alphabetimals 6 Powerful Videos For Talking About Cyberbullying With Kids Talking about cyberbullying with kids is something parents and teachers will all do at some point. It’s a sad fact of digital life. This is true if your own kids or students are experiencing it or not. The fact is it’s happening, and something must be done. It’s easy to say when the terror and degradation isn’t real for us personally. Someone is needlessly hurting or threatening someone else. Breaching the subject of cyberbullying doesn’t have to be hard. No matter what, it’s important that students learn they have a choice. Download the FREE digital citizenship agreements for your classroom Discussing cyberbullying is a real critical thinking opportunity. What do you know about cyberbullying that you didn’t before? Teens React to Bullying (Amanda Todd) The story of Amanda Todd is infamous and beyond tragic. [youtube Let’s Fight It Together This is an older one (2008) and very well done. [youtube The Cyberbullying Virus The Line
Some study that I used to know: What do you remember from high school? Author Note: This is the first YouTube video I've tried "flipping" into a TEDed lesson, as I work to learn how to make best use of the new TEDed platform for making videos into interactive lessons. I'd welcome encouragement, feedback and questions from others trying it out. An idea for an extension project: Goyte's song, "Somebody I used to Know" has been covered and parodied by several other artists. Songs are often more memorable than spoken language. Additional resources for meta-learning and learning assessment at learninghabits.wordpress.com Former drug user finds unexpected role as educator after four strokes By Rebecca Turner Posted In the days when he could walk and talk properly, Craig Kellenberg was a busy drug dealer who loved to stay awake for days at a time on a methamphetamine binge with his mates. Now, after having four strokes by the age of 30, he struggles to sign his name and find the right words to say how he feels. Mr Kellenberg has an acquired brain injury as a result of his strokes, which were caused by drug use. He is one of many thousands of young Australians living with a stroke-related disability. But it is hard to know just how many drug-related stroke victims like Mr Kellenberg are in the community because, as stroke specialists will tell you, the link between the two has not been adequately researched. Neurologist James Leyden said he had seen many case studies where meth had caused strokes but there was a lack of population-based evidence. "Meth has been associated with strokes but it's a huge area in need of more research," he said. Not expected to survive the night
ROBOT FINGER INTRO This robot finger is as easy as cutting and taping. If you make 5 of these fingers and tape them, you can make a hand. It's less messy to make than the advanced robot hand project. I first thought about a working models of a fingers and hands when I became literally unable to lift a finger. I was paralyzed below my shoulders. I recovered over a period of about three years, but I never took my fingers for granted anymore. I learned that fingers get their amazing strength from strings (called tendons) connected to big, powerful muscles in our forearms. The project really comes alive with excitement when you combine it with activities that allow you to actually see and feel the tendons going through your wrist, going to your own fingers.
GIANT ROBOT FINGER ASSEMBLY NOTE: There are 3 levels of difficulty - -from a simple one-piece finger, to a whole hand -- depending how far you go in the instructions. Going to Step 4 will give you a basic finger with one tendon. That's enough to get the point about how tendons work. Going on to Step 5 will get you a finger with opposing tendons. If you make 5 fingers (they don't have to have opposing tendons), Step 7 will show you how to make them into a hand. What you need: string You will need about 2 feet per finger. thin cardboard I use cereal boxes to recycle them, but you can use "poster board." scissors, tape, (ruler, optional) Either clear tape or masking tape will work. Step 1 Cut out the cardboard using the pattern, Click here and print out the pattern page. Roll 4 pieces of tape into circular "doughnuts" with the sticky side out. Notice that there are two kind of lines on the pattern: solid lines (shown in blue in the illustration) and dashed lines (shown in green in the left illustration). Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids & Grown-Ups | Reader's Digest Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Control Freak. Con— Okay, now you say, “Control Freak who?” Knock! Olive. Olive who? Olive you and I don’t care who knows it! Knock! Ho-ho. Ho-ho who? You know, your Santa impression could use a little work. Hanna. Hanna who? …Hanna partridge in a pear tree! Mary and Abbey. Mary and Abbey who? Mary Christmas and Abbey New Year! Irish. Irish who? Irish you a Merry Christmas! Santa. Santa who? Santa email reminding you I’d be here, and you STILL make me wait in the cold! Snow. Snow who? Snow use. Yule log. Yule log who? Yule log the door after you let me in, won’t you? Carmen. Carmen who? Carmen let me in already! Ya. Ya who? I’m excited to see you too! Sherlock. Sherlock who? Sherlock your door shut tight. Robin. Robin who? Robin you! Police. Police who? Police hurry—I’m freezing out here! Otto. Otto who? Otto know what’s taking you so long! Orange. Orange who? Orange you gonna open the door?
How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli Your brain is like a machine that needs specific materials to function well. This website breaks down the different nutritional parts that are necessary, and how they interact with the brain. Take a look and learn about some brain food. Glucose is the brain’s fuel. Interested in the interaction between our mental performance and the amount of glucose we have? How about the effects of extreme dips in glucose, like during starvation? Those amino acids are essential for brain function too. Don’t forget about those micronutrients! What happens if our brains, specifically young, growing brains, don’t get the nutrition they need? How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia What percentage of your brain do you use?
Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds Editor’s note: This is an updated version of our article on critical thinking exercises that really stretch your learners’ abilities, with even more activities added. Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world. According to Jon Warner, critical thinking differs from both analytical thinking and lateral thinking in the following ways: This slideshare states, “Critical Thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do … critical Thinking is best understood as the ability of thinkers to take charge of their own thinking.” Critical Thinking Exercises: Our Mind-Blowers So what are some critical thinking exercises that blow students’ minds? Ethical and Moral Dilemmas Sample image 1
The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in Poor Richard's Almanac) A third of our life is spent sleeping. How much sleep a person needs changes as one ages. The hippocampus plays an important role in helping us to remember. Research shows that during sleep our brain's structure is being altered. Many studies show the remarkable role of sleep in memory. Have you ever wondered if you can learn while you are sleeping? The track used in this animation is called “No Squirrel Commotion” by Chad Crouch.
5 ways to build lasting self-esteem Monica Ramos Many of us recognize the value of improving our feelings of self-worth. When our self-esteem is higher, we not only feel better about ourselves, we are more resilient as well. Brain scan studies demonstrate that when our self-esteem is higher, we are likely to experience common emotional wounds such as rejection and failure as less painful, and bounce back from them more quickly. When our self-esteem is higher, we are also less vulnerable to anxiety; we release less cortisol into our bloodstream when under stress, and it is less likely to linger in our system. But as wonderful as it is to have higher self-esteem, it turns out that improving it is no easy task. Part of the problem is that our self-esteem is rather unstable to begin with, as it can fluctuate daily, if not hourly. Lastly, having high self-esteem is indeed a good thing, but only in moderation. That said, it is certainly possible to improve our self-esteem if we go about it the right way. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. If there is one communication skill you should aim to master then listening is it. Listening is so important that many top employers provide listening skills training for their employees. Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs credit their success to effective listening skills. Effective listening is a skill that underpins all positive human relationships, spend some time thinking about and developing your listening skills – they are the building blocks of success. See our pages: Employability Skills and Customer Service Skills for more examples of the importance of listening in the workplace. Good listening skills also have benefits in our personal lives, including: