7 Secrets of the Super Organized A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don’t aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don’t forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around). So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis.
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200 useful chord phrases in C major We've spent two full months of this blog exploring the basics of chord writing in rock music so you can create your own chord progressions (or chord phrases, as I like to call them). Personally, I love this stuff! There are so many hidden symmetries to discover, so many subtle relationships between notes that you can play with. But... All right, then. Wherever you need a phrase of music, just drop in one of these chord phrases. By the way, these chord phrases are not random; they're in a sort of functional order. News - Home Education Technology - theory and practice: Pearltrees for teachers Year 2012 last post is a guest post from Finnish teacher Tommi Viljakainen. He is a teacher in Elimäki lower and upper secondary school. He teaches English, French and P.E. He is also interested in social media, iPad and the future of education. 10 tips for teachers: 1. The new social media tools make it possible for us to take the learning to the next level. Links:The program: app (iPad, iPhone) Me and Pearltrees:My blog writings (in Finnish) Semantic web, Web 3.0:Content Curation by people not - The Third Web 3.0 and the Smart eXtended
Create an ESL EFL Video Quiz ESLvideo.com is a great free site that enables you to create your own quizzes based on video clips from popular sharing sites like YouTube or BlipTV. You have to register and log in and then you just grab embed codes for the video you want to build you quiz around. The site is multilingual so it doesn't just have to be an English language video. Then you just add your questions and then embed the finished quiz into your blog or site. As well as this the site has a huge collection of quizzes that have already been created by users and you can grab the code for these and add them to your blog. Here's an example one. You can also register and create your own 'class' on the site. which you can then invite your students to, so that you control which quizzes they do. This is a great and simple way to create motivating online tasks for your students and it's totally free. I hope you enjoy this site and create lots of great quizzes. Related links: Best Nik Peachey
S.O.S. for Information Literacy David Coleman on ELA Common Core Standards Watch this video presentation here: Shifts in literacy with CC 1. 50 percent stories and 50 percent informational text. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Summation: Read like a detective and write like a conscientious investigative reporter Grammar The biggest mistake people make when learning a language is translating expressions or sentences directly from their own language into English. English grammar is completely different from your language. Here, I focus on specific problems people have with English grammar. Parts of speech: VerbsUnderstanding Verb FormsHave or Have got? Modal VerbsUsing ‘Could’ to Guess InformationWould = Used to NounsCompound Nouns Articles: Indefinite vs. definite articles Articles: ‘A/An’ = One (of something) Articles: When NOT to use ‘the’ Proper Nouns: Why is it ‘the Grammys’ and not ‘the Grammies’? AdverbsUnderstanding So and Too – intensifiers *this also includes such, so much, so many, too much and too many! Conjunctions Using ‘as if’ as a conjunction and exclamation!