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Summer Fun

(nerd version) with a shout out to +Joanne Manaster  for sharing
 
So much goodness! !!
They'll think that you went to Hogwarts.
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Holy cannoli, this looks like fun!
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Storing for later (in the hopes of making this for National Ice Cream Day)
 
A cute, fun, easy cupcake presentation idea: http://www.mycakeschool.com/blog/ice-cream-cone-cupcakes/

With the caveat that you should not cut the cone towards your hand as shown in the video because stabbing is owie.

And of course if serving to small children, skip the curled floral wire part.  You can make an easy, edible stem with a vermicelli noodle instead, painted with food colouring to match the cherry.
You will LOVE this simple but adorable ice cream cupcakes tutorial! It's perfect for summertime or ice cream themed parties!
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For Scifi (dr. Who) fans who have kids who love minions:

http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/minions_doctor_who_tardis_back_in_time-2015-06
The Minions, stars of the 'Despicable Me' movies and their own upcoming standalone film, are always finding ways to get in trouble but this time they may have gone too far after finding 'Doctor Who's' TARDIS.
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LOL.  Those minions!!!
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Every wonder about those plastic flamingos that are often found in someone's yard? 

They were created by an artist named Don Featherstone, and he received an Ig Nobel Prize (in art) for his work. 

He recently passed away, but you can read more about him and his creativity here:
http://www.improbable.com/2015/06/22/sad-news-don-featherstone-creator-of-the-plastic-pink-flamingo-died-today/
Don Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, died this morning. He was a friend, whom we have known since 1996, the year he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for art. Don and his wife, Nancy Featherstone, came to almost every Ig Nobel Prize ceremony in succeeding years, where adoring throngs cheered them and the plastic…
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Apparently, according to multiple sources, credit for the modern gnome (mid 1800s on) goes to Philip Griebel who popularized them in Germany (and then throughout Europe).  That said, early forms of gnome-like statues were found several centuries earlier.
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THIS may be why I have a crush on Mark Ruffalo. 

Talent and a sense of humor -- always sexy!  Good for him for the work he does.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/d22gs4/mark-ruffalo
Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo discusses his film "Infinitely Polar Bear," hypothetical superhero battles and anti-fracking legislation.
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Watching now. 
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Enjoy the Effort and the Challenges

they are also the rewards

I wish I could share this with every single student who ever was and will Be
 
So my morning routine now starts off with making the #growthmindset  meme for the day, and the easiest way to do that is by going to Twitter, looking at the growthmindset hashtag stream (which, except for some stupid business spam, is a very nice stream!) until I find a quote or something I want to use to make the meme. If I don't find a quote quickly, I just grab a quote I already have on file just in case. Then I make the meme, post at blog, share back at Twitter, pin to Pinterest, and upload to Flickr. It takes about 10 minutes or so, and it is such a nice way to spend my coffee time! I don't always remember to come back around and post at Google+ but here's the one for today. I probably won't be able to keep that routine up every morning when school starts, but I should have accumulated enough growth mindset stuff by the time school starts to do a growth mindset thing in my announcements every single day. That's the goal! 
http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/2015/07/english-enjoy-effort-and-keep-on.html ... #OpenTeachingOU  
I got the idea for this LOLCat (made with cheezburger) when I saw a quote graphic at Twitter this morning: "If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challeng...
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I am so glad you like this +Chryle Elieff !!! That's actually an English one from Carol Dweck's wonderful work on growth mindsets. I'm doing a "growth mindset" thing of the day with my students next semester and I am hoping they will want to make some of these too. Do you think your students would like to join in? Here's how I set it up as a kind of add-on to my class! 
http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/2015/07/growth-mindset-blog-challenge-something.html
I'm really excited about this: it's always been something that is implicitly part of my classes... and now the cats will help me expliCATe ha ha ha. :-)
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this is cool, but I do worry that the monster under the bed bites...
 
Kick Insomnia
I'll have to remember this trick when I travel. I get insomnia when I travel. I found this via Shankar Vedantam on Twitter. I always enjoy his tidbits on +NPR. Check out the video to learn how your arteriovenous anastomoses could help you sleep.
#ScienceEveryday  
Let the Science of Us Sleep Institute offer you a helping foot.
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If sticking your feet out isn't enough, try wiping them down with a damp washcloth. Doesn't have to be cold, just damp. 
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Measurement Matters

with a shout out to +Dena Ricketts  for the post!
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Juggling Some Crafty Summer Ideas

This is a bit of a TBT for me since many many years ago I learned to juggle with juggling balls made from a design that was quite similar to those in the video. 

I worked as a counselor in a day camp while I was going to school, and one of the week-long programs was juggling.  I was assigned to the group because juggling is challenging and you don't really learn how to do it well in a single day (it takes lots and lots of practice!) , so the director of the camp liked that I had a "we're all in this together and should just keep trying" kind of attitude that prevented the young campers from getting too frustrated. 

And speaking of throw back Thursday: the kids who were in that camp have probably long since graduated from college by now. Sigh

a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for sharing this and bringing back that memory from so long ago! 
 
I think Peo will probably want to make some of these...the trick is that Robin will want them and will bite them, so we can't let her have them.  Hrm.  Maybe this is a next-year project...
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