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Showing posts from December, 2010

World Mapper

Some times data needs to be expressed in more colorful ways. That's exactly what you get at the 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

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!

Feeding the Zombies

The following teaching ideas come from the "Applying Brain Research: Ten Things the Brain Hates About School" chapter by Dr. Anne Decker and Ms. Lana Kirk. Special thanks to Mrs Stefanik, our elementary principal for passing this along. 
Viewpoints: Understanding the Issues that Shape Education Today (Saunders & Freemyer, 2010)
10. Unpleasant Physical Setting Unpleasant SmellsPoor lightingUse 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.9. Lack of Music
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.8. Lack of Movement
Remember sitting still decreases the blood flow to the brain a…


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