The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson. Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis. Download it to your tablet and create your own version of Starry Night.
Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel. With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Online gambling a bigger risk than you think: Column Online gambling might be coming to a computer near you, and while it may seem like the only risk is on the player, the FBI fears it will be used by terrorists and organized crime rings to launder money. In a September 2013 letter to Congress, the FBI warned that while many industries are vulnerable to money laundering, Internet gambling goes a step further by providing an anonymous forum for bad actors to move money undetected: "Online gambling, therefore, may provide more opportunities for criminals to launder illicit proceeds with increased anonymity. Individuals may use a wide array of mechanisms to conceal their physical location, or give the appearance of operating in a different jurisdiction, when accessing a website." So, could innocent Americans find themselves gambling with dangerous criminals or terrorists and unknowingly help them move money? In New Jersey alone, which just legalized Internet gambling two months ago, the number of accounts has already reached nearly 150,000.
Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" "Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation. Teacher: I'm now going to model how to solve this type of problem. First I set up my equation. Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS.
Personal information online (marikosberg) Hi, When I was younger, I wasn`t afraid of saying my full name online. Where I lived, how old I was - was also no big deal for me to share on different social medias. When I grew up, MIRC was very popular, and sometimes I remember I showed them pictures on Google Maps to show other people where I live. Was I putting my self at risk by doing that? 20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should Know - Encurious Posted on July 7, 2014 It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Past Progressive, Past Continuous, Past Simple, Verb Tenses, ESL Grammar Interactive Activity Practice the Past Progressive or Past Continuous and Past Simple Tenses, using this ESL Grammar Interactive Monkey Fun Game Activity for pre-intermediate (was working, was driving, was walking, etc). ESL Learners and Teachers can use it to review English vocabulary and grammar or simply practice grammar. This Sentence Monkey activity is great for this type of grammar practice. There are images and in some cases audio in these types of games. Drag and drop the words into the correct spaces to complete the sentence. After that, click SUBMIT.
What is school like for a child with learning difficulties? The term “learning difficulties” is the hand grenade of education. Throw the terminology around and teachers, students, parents and school community members react widely and, at times, wildly. Some individuals ponder the term, others run frantically for a book to elicit a “definition” or “diagnostic term”, some consult with colleagues and professionals, yet others hide their heads in their hands or behind a desk. What is a ‘learning difficulty’? Does “learning difficulty” mean the same thing as “learning disability”?