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Dave McIntire
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Open Sourced Commemoration: Remembering Lincoln and Ford's Theater
My apologies for the formatting--I am getting close to scrapping Blogger. I can't insert photo, videos and what I see in the template is not what ends up showing on the screen. Grrrr. Sorry. Towel Fragment with Lincoln's Blood (Source: MA Historical Socie...

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Why I put my kids in private school...
Source: Louisiana Historical Society A friend tweeted about this article in Salon. As a parent who did the opposite, I have a different perspective. Last year, we moved our two sons to private school; one as a freshman and the other as a junior. In addition...

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An open letter on "American Exceptionalism"...
Kansas' state motto is Ad Aspera Per Aspera: To the stars through difficulties. Rep. Fisher, I don't think we can get to the stars without being honest in our discussion of our successes and our difficulties.   Dear Oklahoma Representative Fisher, I am not ...

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Open Source...the sequel!
  This picture has no real purpose other than to show I have two books on Lincoln. That makes me an expert, right? In my last post , I talked about making my teaching more open sourced. two thoughts--one something which surprised me and one another example....

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An open sourced education
Happy Lincoln's Birthday ya'll. That's not the topic of the post, but part of my thoughts have come from events surrounding Honest Abe I have been thinking about this idea for some time. What if we ignored all the edumacational stuff and just told kids they...

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Podium Point Eight: The eyes have it...
  Creepy, huh?! The eighth podium point is eye contact. Eye contact is all about balance. Too little and you seem disconnected from your audience. Too much and, well, its just skeeves everyone out. As young speakers, my charges are slaves to their documen...

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Podium Point Seven: Don't get all bent out of shape!
How many of us had a mother who cajoled us to, "Stand Up Straight!"? As a speaker, listen to your mother. It sounds deceptively simple. And it is. However, when you look at the act of speaking, posture is central to success. Standing erect helps with presen...

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The private school teacher post--the reboot
It has been an interesting few days for me with the blog. The previous blog entry , has made it into my 'most read' top ten within a couple days. That has been out of more than 250 posts over three years of posting--cool. I have had several people talk to m...

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What a private school teacher wishes he could say...
There was a Washington Post blog entry last May that someone suggested on Facebook: What If Finland's Great Teachers Taught in U.S. Schools ? It was written by a leader in education in Finland, Pasi Sahlburg . I read a very interesting book last summer abou...

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Trivia Crack and the History Teacher
I withheld as long as I could. After several weeks of hearing about Trivia Crack, I succumbed. If you don't know the app, its Trivial Pursuit meets Wheel of Fortune meets Jeopardy . It is also addictive. I am currently playing about 10 games with friends at...
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