Friday, July 28, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/28/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Front Row – “Front Row has over 30,000+ math questions and 500+ ELA articles each at 5 different reading levels, covering all K-8 standards. Students start off with a diagnostic, and our algorithms show them problems exactly at their skill level. This ensures students are always engaged and challenged, never facing material that is too difficult or too easy for them.” (L:E, M; SA: LA, M)

A Race of Discovery – “Explore the journeys of 13 famous explorers using the past and present maps.” (L:G ; SA: SS)

Turtle Art – “TurtleArt lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc. There are also blocks that let you repeat or name sequences. Other blocks perform logical operations. The sequence of blocks as a program that describes an image. This kind of programming is inspired by the LOGO programming language. It was designed to be easy enough for children and yet powerful enough for people of all ages. TurtleArt is focused on making images while allowing you to explore geometry and programming.” (L:M,H ; SA: C)

Simple Card Projector – DIY projector to see the solar eclipse

In Pieces – “in pieces is an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, in pieces.” (L:G ; SA: S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bucket List

In Sunrise... Sunset from Sioux's Page, Sioux Roslawski asks

“Going to the Grand Canyon was on my "bucket list." What is on yours?”

I have been lucky enough to accomplish a lot of things in my life and been able to cross off things from my bucket list. I have a wonderful husband who has worked hard to help me achieve things off my bucket list.

Here are some things I have already crossed off my bucket list:
1.     Become a teacher.
2.     Learn to play a guitar.
3.     Get a degree from Furman University.
4.     Learn to knit.
5.     Visit Paris.
6.     Go up the Eiffel Tower.
7.     Visit London.
8.     See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
9.     Visit China.
10.  Walk the Great Wall of China.
11.  Visit Thailand
12.  Visit the Grand Canyon.
13.  Visit Devil’s Tower
14.  Visit Yellowstone National Park
15.  Visit Yosemite National Park
16.  Visit Alcatraz.
17.  Visit San Diego
18.  Visit Disney Land in California
19.  Ride up the coast of California
20.  Ride down the coast of Oregon

Here are some things that are still on my bucket list:
1.     Visit Macchu Picchu in Peru
2.     Travel to all 50 states. (I’m only missing Hawaii).
3.     Visit Ireland.
4.     Visit Scotland.
5.     Visit Greece
6.     Visit Germany
7.     Visit Austria
8.     Visit Budapest
9.     Visit the Norwegian Fjords.
10.  Take a river cruise in Europe.

What’s on your bucket list? Please share.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Travel Experience

In Welcome to Florida! From Lisa Ricard Claro – Author, Lisa Ricard Claro asks,

“What travel experiences have you had? Have you ever traveled with pets? What is your most memorable travel experience?”

I have had a lot of travel experiences because we love to travel.

We love road trips in our car and have traveled numerous times around the country. We have gone away anywhere from one month to three months and then I start getting homesick. We bring our tent with us and mix it up between camping and staying in motels. I love seeing new places and meeting new people.

We also love to cruise! We’ve been on 52 cruises so far on different cruise lines. We have cruised on Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and MSC. All of them have different features that we like. I would like to try other cruise lines too if the prices were right. We also look at the destinations to where they go when deciding on a cruise. I prefer the eastern and southern Caribbean rather than the western Caribbean. Of course, I just love being on the ship.

I don’t mind flying if I have to and we have done some international travel. We spent 30 days in China and Thailand. We have also been to England and France. We flew to Italy one year and did a 12 day cruise around the Mediterranean and stopped in Rome, Naples, Sicily, Venice (2 days), Croatia, Barcelona, Cannes, and Florence, Italy.

One of my wishes is to do a cross country trip on a train. I’ve never spent the night on a train and I think it would be fun.

I have only traveled with pets one time that I can remember. We bought 8 tropical birds in FL and had to travel to SC with them in boxes for 12 hours. It was a scary and noisy ride home. Once we got home, we spent the whole night built cages for them and in the morning I went to work!  Boy, was I exhausted!

My most memorable travel experience was when I celebrated my 50th birthday on the Carnival Miracle cruise ship. We had sailed with this captain several times and had gotten to know him. He invited us to have dinner at the Captain’s table with him one night and had the whole dining room sing Happy Birthday to me! Then he invited us on the Bridge to watch us pull out of the port in Nassau. It was a fabulous birthday!

I think it is good to share our travel experiences with my students because it broadens their horizons. We look at the places on the map and we talk about the different landmarks we have seen. I also like to talk about the different cultures we come across on the cruise ship and how so many different people live together and get along on a ship.

Do you travel? Where do you like to go? What was your most memorable travel experience? Please share.