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Teaching, Learning, & Life

Teaching, Learning, & Life
A special edition of 10 Creative Things to Inspire. If it’s THAT time of year at your school, you know, testing time, you’ll want to remember to spend your off-testing time connecting with your kids, enjoying their conversations, focusing on the good in education. Testing can be strenuous, stressful, and so hard to get through. That booklet full of questions? That student who wants help but you have to say, “Sorry, I can’t help.” That quiet.

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Work Hard, Be Courageous, Celebrate Growth: The Story of Our Brain Books Brain Books have become the anchor within our learning environment, for our students as well as us personally. Ann and I have been excited to share this resource- a good idea that our students made great. But as we have tried to put the idea in print we have struggled a bit…. Which Social Media Personality Are You? Social media is a highly powerful tool for bringing you, your friends and your followers together. However, interacting on social media doesn’t come naturally to everyone. This infographic quiz will show you which type of social media personality you are and what you can do to improve your daily interactions with your friends and fans. Copyright-friendly Resources Background Copyright-friendly refers to resources that may be used without permission under certain circumstances. It is always the user's reponsibility to determine the type of license for each item. The best known site for public domain materials is Creative Commons. A variety of levels of permissions maybe encountered, with restrictions such as non-commercial use, attribution required, or modifications prohibited.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy! Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses. There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy.

Our Makerspace Journey Our Makerspace has changed, grown and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014. Follow along with the story of our journey here. Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own Maker journey What Does It Mean To Inspire? What inspires your students? Photo courtesy (CC) AlicePopkorn via Flickr Inspiration, it means something slightly different to everyone. Or rather the act of inspiring means something different to everyone. What does inspire mean to you?

30 Templates & Vector Kits to Design Your Own Infographic Infographics are always fun to read. Making them, it’s something else. True, there are tools you can use to make infographics, or you can opt to create an infographic from scratch but often times there are workarounds that can help you with the ‘graphics’, so you can focus on the ‘info’. We’ve brought together 30 free infographic design elements, vectors and templates to help you with the presentation of your infographic. The visualization of data is made a lot easier when you can play around with these ready-made elements, mostly available in vector and Photoshop format. These are great design kits for you to start fiddling around and build your own infographics.

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material. Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. For instance, you may be planning to critique the portrayal of Native Americans in commercial films. You are going to want to “quote” some commercial films like Pocahontas, Lone Ranger, and Dances with Wolves.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be right outside, walking around with a spring in every step.

Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: A good 12-minute video walking you through the basics of Twitter: