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The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day' for 2011 Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was. Austral Ed - Professional Resource Books for the PYP October 2013 This is a short initial list of books which we hope will provide some useful professional resources for teachers of the Primary Years of the International Baccalaureate. We have tried to choose books which do not have a narrow focus but which are transdisciplinary in concept. We are gradually adding to the list and improving it as we have time to add to it and as we get more feedback from teachers and librarians. Titles recently included are marked • We have always been reluctant to recommend teacher reference materials as we are not teaching in a classroom and therefore cannot test or put into practice the strategies suggested in the books.

7 billion people and you: What's your number? Sources: All population data are based on estimates by the UN Population Division and all calculations provided by the UN Population Fund. The remaining data are from other sections of the UN, the Global Footprint Network and the International Telecommunications Union. Want to find out more? Visit the UN Population Fund's detailed population calculator, 7 billion and me.

The Mind-Blowing Mount Roraima Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima mountain chain in South America and one of the world’s most extraordinary natural geological formations. The 31 square kilometer summit area of Mount Roraima is defined by 400 meter tall cliffs on all sides and includes the borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. The tabletop mountains of the Pakaraima’s are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to over two billion years ago. Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studied graphic arts and sculpture and I also have a degree in journalism. Lets take a look at some of his awesome works that he calls “Drawing Vs Photography” or “Imagination Vs Reality”.

Awesome People Hanging Out Together The title is pretty explanatory and it's coming from a very cool blog where they showcase shots of famous people hanging out together from the new and old times. A picture is worth a thousand words and I truly think it's a great idea. It's also a good practice for your personal history so check it out, you won't be disappointed! Disclaimer from the blog: I do not own the images posted, I provide photo credit when I am aware of the source. You are free to message me to provide the credit or to ask for removal of an image. 10 Things I’m Looking for in an IB Teacher By A. Student Being an IB student, I’ve got a lot of improvement to do. I’ve got to be an inquirer, knowledgeable, a thinker, communicator, principled, open minded, caring, a risk-taker, balanced, and reflective. If I go through the complete IB continuum, which is to say starting my schooling in the Primary Years Programme when I’m 3-11 years old, moving onto the Middle Years Programme when I am 11-16, and then in the Diploma Programme when I’m 17-18, the core of my learning is centered around big ideas connecting concepts that spiral throughout my education; in the end, I am supposed to reach a development of awareness wherein I am able to take action, reflect, understand.

National Trust In the kitchen at Woolsthorpe Manor © NT/Andy Tryner We are a charity and completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations. Who says birds don't have feelings? Here his wife is injured and the condition is fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion. He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead. The First Zombie-Proof House Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 zombie apocalypse of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar. “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.

Beautiful Portraits of Strangers Beautiful Portraits of Strangers Danny Santos II is a weekend photographer who likes to shoot strangers in the streets of Singapore. He’s been shooting street for about 2 years now. More beautiful portraits of strangers can be found in Danny’s Flickr set or his website

ClassDojo A guest post by Kendra Frank, a special education teacher in Daly City, CA One day, I was in the middle of a lesson and I noticed that my students were fidgety and off task. I knew that they needed more movement integrated into the day to keep them focused and excited about learning. So I decided to make the necessary changes to my classroom routines.

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