Grade 9 Student:  ”Sir, what size pants do you wear?”

Me:  ”Why?”

Her:  ”My dad wants to buy you a gift.”

Me:  ”And so your father wants to buy me pants?”

Her:  “Not really.  But he asked me what you liked and I told him pants.”

Me:  ”Why’d you tell him that?”

Her:  “He found it weird, too.”

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The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science-Fiction

When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.

“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”

“Science fiction,” I say.

Jane instantly glazes over. “I’m afraid I never read science fiction.”

In other instances, people who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—“even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”

The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.

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I love looking! 
Photo Set

Brock Peters started to cry while shooting the testifying scene, without rehearsing it this way, and Gregory Peck said that he had to look past him, instead of looking him in the eye, without choking up himself.

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Photo Set


Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.

I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth.  The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):

*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.

The great science youtube channel “Smarter Every Day” has two videos on this very subject that I highly recommend:

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Teaching to optimize learning or control misbehavior? Scale of disruptive behavior in schools seriously underestimated

"The research aimed to gain a more accurate insight into the extent to which deficits in the working atmosphere limit educational achievement and equality of educational opportunity in English schools. It also explored the difficulties schools and teachers face in reconciling the tensions between educational inclusion — that is, not removing difficult pupils from classrooms and schools — and the right to learn of all pupils in an environment which is most beneficial to learning…

Teacher and headteacher testimony suggested that schools and teachers often have to make difficult decisions about how to deal with ‘pupils with problems’, without simply excluding them, passing them on to other schools, or avoiding the challenge of admitting difficult pupils.
Prof Haydn questions the view that any deficit in classroom climate can be attributed to inadequate teachers or poor headteachers. “This is not an aspect of education that is straightforward or susceptible to simple solutions or quick fixes. The suggestion that there are easy answers to the problems posed by challenging pupils underestimates the complexities of the issue, and the fact that cultural and ‘out of school’ factors are part of the problem, for example, unsupportive parents,” he said.”


Do Cumulative Exams Motivate Students?

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All the time

Story of my life!

You have no idea.

Every day.  There’s one.

Everyday! Same kid. Today she was mad that the small group math station was a math game…

Try a class of 8+ students doing that every day.

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Please take a moment and watch this video.

Holy shit

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"Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself."

- MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014. Pair with this excellent read on how to fuel the lifelong engine of learning beyond formal education.  (via explore-blog)

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