Friday, December 31, 2010
Worldmapper website. They have over 650 different global statistics maps with all the explanatory information included. You can search them by categories, thumbnails or A-Z listing. After you find the right map, they even have printable pdf versions you can download!
Magnitude 3.8 - INDIANA
Did you feel it? If so, follow the link and add your experience to the online database. Personally, I slept right through it but have felt other earthquakes in Indiana. The USGS has a good explanation on why it is so difficult to predict Midwestern earthquakes. I sometimes wonder what it would be like on a cave tour when an earthquake hits. Scary!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
- Unpleasant Smells
- Poor lighting
- Use peppermint and or lemon for building long term memory and recall. This is while they are learning as well as when they test. Lemons make great stress balls.
- Use ferns and palms in the classroom to clean the air and produce oxygen.
- Music build and strengthens auditory, sensory, and visual neural connections. So a silent classroom is not ideal.
- Play marches when you need to engage your students’ brains and music from the Baroque period that uses 60 beats a minute for calming students’ brains.
- Remember sitting still decreases the blood flow to the brain and it hinders learning. Move every seven minutes.
- Drinking caffeinated beverages is one contributor to some students being chronically dehydrated.
- The brain make up is only 2% of the total body weight, yet it uses 20% of the calories.
- A dehydrated brain will not function properly.
- The brain needs water and snacks (protein-rich) to work at its maximum capacity.
- Brains need the freedom to set goals, express thoughts and ideas, and connect learning to the world around them.
- Brains require students to create and defend hypotheses.
- Teachers will build this into their lessons and not just feed information.
- Use of graphic organizers, chucking and strategies that allow students to restate or rephrase information allow for the most efficient use of memory.
- The brain processes the shape, color, size, pattern, texture, sound, taste, and odor all at the same time.
- If students are anxious, depressed, or even angry, they do not receive information in an efficient way.
- Students need time set aside in the classroom to personally reflect on the information, relate it to personal experiences, and apply it to solve a problem, use it to evaluate a scenario, or create something new with it.
- Cooperative learning activities, models, metaphors, music, games, drama, storytelling, celebrations, and debates all increase the potential of emotional content in learning.
- Brain friendly teachers use relationships between disciplines, facilitate connections, and assist in building meaning to personal use of the material.
- Students are intrinsically, not extrinsically motivated.
- Students need problem-solving and cooperative learning activities to increase student intrinsic motivation. Students need ownership.
- The brains first priority is to keep the body alive. Any danger will keep all other information out.
- Provide a safe environment. Do not use sarcasm, pop-quizzes, or threats.
- Provide routine. Students need 15-20 rituals to feel secure.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Growing up, we often would have a 1000 piece puzzle laid out on a table. It would be a frequent source of diversion throughout the holidays. National Geographic has 24 different map/atlas puzzles you can work online. check them out at http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/maps/atlas/puzzles.html