20 March 2013

Today we started the fetal pig dissection to learn more about body systems. It's a great way to wrap up the human anatomy unit.

15 March 2013

For the last 5 or so years, I have really thought a lot about the role of schools in shaping society in the future.  My overall conclusion:  the traditional public school as we know it will not last - it CANNOT last.  Lecture-textbook-exam type approaches are for the 19th century.  Here is a list of my favorite TED talks on the topic of Education.  They're in no specific order, except for the first one!

Sir Ken Robinson:  http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html

Another Sir Ken Robinson:  http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Gever Tully:  http://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action.html

Logan Laplante:  http://www.tedxuniversityofnevada.org/2012/12/12/logan-laplante/

John Hardy:  http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html

Jaime Oliver:  http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html

Sugata Mitra:  http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html

So what do you do if you're stuck in a broken system??

14 March 2013

Very well-done time-lapse footage of a temperate deciduous forest over a year's time.  Shot by Samuel Orr:

a Forest Year from motionkicker on Vimeo.

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