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Robby Desmond
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Empezando y terminando, lo mas importante.

Beginning and ending, the most important.

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Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
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"tiny moon orbiting the asteroid" / "luna pequeña orbitando el astroide"
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Asteroid that flew past Earth today has moon! Asteroid 2004 BL86 passed Earth todat at 16:19 UTC (11:19 a.m. EST). This "movie" of the asteroid was generated from our radar data. Twenty individual images were used. Radar observations allow scientists to better measure an asteroid's size, rotation and location. As a bonus, radar observations of 2004 BL86 detected a tiny moon orbiting the asteroid. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/15DrC4K
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Addressing some common questions about Comet Lovejoy

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Lowell Observatory's Matthew Knight addresses several points of confusion that have repeatedly come up in the coverage of Comet Lovejoy.
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11 Years and Counting! The Mars Opportunity rover has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004 (Universal Time, which was Jan. 24, PST). That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven. The Mars Exploration Rovers's work on Mars was initially planned for three months. During that prime mission and for more than a decade of bonus performance in extended missions, Opportunity has returned compelling evidence about wet environments on ancient Mars. 
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Anyone who has ever gotten into backyard astronomy, or even professional astronomy knows this is true!
#scienceeveryday   #scienceiscool   #astronomy  
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Triple moon transit of Jupiter

January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015.

A rare triple moon transit of Jupiter! The next one will not happen again until 2032.

Jupiter’s moon Callisto will be the first to cast its shadow on the face of the Jupiter. Io will follow at and Europa’s shadow will be first. For about 25 minutes, the shadows of all three moons will be visible until Io’s becomes the first to exit from the disc.

Movement begins earlier, but the best view will occur around at 12:27 AM CST January 24.

As an added bonus, Io will pass through Callisto’s shadow, allowing viewers on Earth to watch Io dim for about 18 minutes – an eclipse of a moon seen from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles.

Jupiter -- the largest planet in a solar system -- takes 11.86 Earth years to perform one complete orbit of the Sun.

Io in transit.
Image credit: J. Spencer (Lowell Observatory) and NASA

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A very nice debunking of some of the sillier GMO mosquito rumors going around.
Oxitec has applied for FDA approval to test their revolutionary mosquito control method in the Florida Keys—but GM fear-mongering dominates the conversation
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The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining together for this yearlong celebration to help spread the word about the wonders of light. To celebrate, our Chandra X-ray Observatory released five images. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1JeCqFl  #IYL201
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Badass Jesus

Back when I was in my teens and trying desperately to believe in religion because I wanted in on that whole shiny, happy community thing, I had a lot of trouble because I was inherently a pedantic, continuity-focused skeptic, although I didn't realize it yet.

My pastor at the United Church of Canada church I went to (and if you don't know it, it's a way lefty and laid-back church) did a whole sermon on anger, basically preaching that you should control yourself.

Afterwards I couldn't resist asking about the whole moneychangers in the temple story.

His answer was, "That must have been Jesus' human side coming out."

I think I must've given him a Teenage Girl Look of Unimpressed Dire Doom because then he laughed and said, "It's all stories for suggestions on how to live, Kim.  You know what the point was.  Go with that."

Fair enough.

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Instrument on our sun observing spacecraft, took its 100 millionth image! For more images and information, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1AHTAVA 
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e-Publishing/Short-run digital print/technology and tutoring/teaching English
Employment
  • Charter Substitue Teacher Network, Chicago
    On-call Substitute, 2013 - present
  • BiblioVault at the University of Chicago Press
    e-Publishing/Short-run digital print/technology, 2007 - present
  • Learn-It Systems
    Online tutor, 2013 - 2013
  • Survey Lab at the University of Chicago
    2005 - 2007
  • US Computech
    2003 - 2005
  • UC Santa Barbara Extended Learning Programs
    1999 - 2003
  • UCSB Instructional Computing
    1997 - 1999
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English teacher and tutor and all-around geek (computers, literature, culture)
Introduction
"What the heck is with all the space and science?" I hear you asking. Well, though I'm a technologist and an English teacher, I've also studied a fair bit of physics and astronomy in my time, and it is still one of my favorite scientific subjects. Also, someone made a great G+ circle with a bunch of women in STEM fields in it, so I've got tons of good material from all sorts of sciences to share.

In any case, I'm currently helping academic presses with ebooks and short-run prints. I'm currently helping Title I remedial readers in California though online tutoring. I'm looking for a good classroom that could use an enthusiastic ELA teacher in the Chicago area.
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MA in Teaching from USC, MA in Divinity (Religion and Literature) from the University of Chicago, IL Certified English Language Arts (6-12), Highly-Qualified under NCLB
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Rossier School of Education, MAT, Secondary ELA, 2010 - 2011
  • University of Chicago Divinity School
    Master of Arts in Divinity, Religion and Literature, 2005 - 2007
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    College of Creative Studies, Literature, 1997 - 2002
  • St. John Bosco High School
    1993 - 1997
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Here, There and Everywhere Poster Set
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Great article on the importance of teaching reflection and being metacognitive thinking

Dunkin Donuts to debut a Peeps doughnut in spring colors for Easter
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This spring, Peeps have sprung! The iconic marshmallow candy is busting out its mold this year.

Great English teachers improve students' math scores
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Better English teachers not only boost a student's reading and writing performance in the short term, but they also raise their students mat

Map: 'How Much Snow It Typically Takes to Cancel School in the U.S.'
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The geography of the snow day, courtesy of Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy

How a Rubber Chicken Became a NASA Celebrity - Wired Science
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What Should Designers Do With A Tablet So Cheap It's Disposable?
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Datawind is releasing a $38 Android tablet in the U.S. Disruption ahead.

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Primary sources are resources that were first-hand created in a given period of time and never undergone any kind of editing or distortion.

Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Ed...
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Following the post I published here a few days ago entitled " 14 Free Resources for Primary Source Documents" somebody emailed me this wonde

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In memoriam: Barbara J. Rossier, 78 | USC Rossier School of Education
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USC Trustee Barbara J. Rossier, namesake of the USC Rossier School of Education, died on Aug. 11 following a valiant battle with lung cancer

Rossier Faculty Discuss Learning to Teach Online | USC Rossier School of...
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Ferrario,Hyde,Martin Kimberly Ferrario, Corinne Hyde, Brandon Martinez, and Melora Sundt co-authored an article in LEARNing Landscapes on th

A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic
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This detailed analysis and chart of every single learning theory is worth zooming in and studying.

The importance of grit, rules, and discipline
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I know a girl who, despite a flimsy record of personal achievement, has made a living out of being optimistic. People are so desperate to he

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
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Just over two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease, Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died on Thursday from liver

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Why your 8-year-old should be coding
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"I have two kids, nine and six, a boy and a girl. And they're exposed to so much technology. But their schools haven't changed in 50 years.

This 14-Year-Old Comedian Is Our New Hero (VIDEO)
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"Dont worry, I know what you're thinking: Harry Potter's had a nasty quidditch accident." Fourteen-year-old Jack Carroll opened his audition

Online-course bill is sharply criticized by top UC faculty leaders
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In a crossing of swords between academics and politicians, the University of California's top two faculty leaders on Friday strongly critici