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Daniel Kurland
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Modeling the disciplines and habits of learning one child at a time.
Modeling the disciplines and habits of learning one child at a time.

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I'm listening to "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis from Fairfax County Public Library. Find this & more at https://www.overdrive.com/search?q=The+Big+Short. Michael Lewis, who also authored Moneyball, has managed to make Wall Street accessible and exotic financial instruments both understandable and entertaining. A must read.

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Bluebells along Accotink Creek
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This recipe has promise. I'm a little excited to try it.

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Much of this highly entertaining and informative article could be used in a highly engaging math lesson ... The cursing, unfortunately, would need to be censored. 

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Today, I cited this study about correlations between video game violence and aggressive behavior to my 17 year old. He was trying to argue that he would be more motivated to complete his summer assignments and complete a few college applications, (i.e., that I am at fault for demotivating him). My response was that his work habits, in this particular case, was not what triggered me to take away his console, but rather aggression: that night, he told me to "shut up" after I had warned him to quiet down and shut it down; I went downstairs and grabbed the console the next morning. My feeling as a parent and educator is that, because adolescents, particularly those who exhibit ADD behaviors, lack "executive function," i.e., the center for planning, organizing, prioritizing, forethought, etc., to not control access as the adult would be irresponsible. My boy needs to know that I, the adult in the room, will pull the plug at the first sign of "out of control" behavior. I am willing to give up some control and de-link the Xbox to work production goals, because my goal is for my boy to become his own goal setter and for him to learn to set appropriate priorities for himself.

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I'm poking around for fraction representations for student binders. These are excellent.

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My friend Sue, a "master teacher," -- the word "great" does a poor job of explaining how or what is able to impart to students, sent this to me via the BAT page (Badass Teachers Association). To hear Rafe explain that there are factors outside his control, beyond room 56, such as poverty and families and culture, is comforting. Teaching isn't just a job, it is a commitment to an entire community to care, to support hopes and dreams, to tell the truth about what is and what is not happening, and it is not a trifling matter that can be reduced to a simple test score. Master teachers like Sue who have gravitated to BATs, and in Sue's case have retired, feel that teachers have been dictated to by titans of industry and political leaders who disrespect the profession, its traditions, and its institutional knowledge, and who have replaced time-honored common sense approaches with developmentally inappropriate beta-stage methods and materials, while students and their educations have suffered during the experiment.

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Mabel, pond turtles,
Copperhead bask -
@ Green Spring Garden
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4/18/15
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Mabel loves Pine Spring Gardens!
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