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Valerie Coskrey
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Here's the new blog post for Mertie's This and That.

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The Wind Catchers of Iran ... "The middle eastern countries are characterised by a hot and dry climate, and so buildings and homes are traditionally constructed from thick ceramics with high insulation values to beat the heat. Houses are packed close together with high walls and ceilings, maximizing shade at ground level. The heat of direct sunlight is also minimized with small windows that face away from the sun. Another element that Persian architects incorporate in their structures are windcatchers.

A windcatcher is a high tower built on the roof whose purpose is to cool the interior of the building by improving air circulation. Windcatchers are thought to have originated from Persia and from there the ingenious design spread throughout the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have been in use for many millennia - examples of windcatchers have been found in traditional Egyptian architecture as ancient as the days of the pharaohs, 1300 years before Christ. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/02/the-wind-catchers-of-iran.html
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We gathered links to 100 of our favorite resources to help support rookie and veteran teachers in 2015. From math and science to classroom management and self-learning, with quick links to help jump to each section, these will save you time and help enhance your teaching. Please +1 and share with colleagues! #education #freebiefriday  

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15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

Using Google Drawings to create graphic organizers can help students gather their thoughts and customize to their needs.

http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/02/19/15-free-google-drawings-graphic-organizers-and-how-to-make-your-own/

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Still writing the blog posts for Talking about This and That

For an antique shop to visit in coastal Texas, try Ramblin Rose. Lots of stuff at reasonable prices. Ramblin Rose is also listed in the Antiquing Brazoria County website.   http://www.coskrey-biz.com/ramblinrose

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For repair and refinishing antiques, ask Jeter's Furniture Refinishing to help you out. They will also refurbish your home or office furnishings. Quality, professional workmanship for treasured antiques and wood furnishings. I have seen his work and it is awesome. Visit online at
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