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  3. Wow, This Is One Wild Solar Flare
  4. Which Communication Pattern Do You Recognize In Your School Or District?
  5. TED Starts Public Radio Show
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Special Edition Of “Photo Galleries Of The Week”

I usually just publish posts in this series once each week, but some timely good ones just appeared today…

Obviously, photos can be great educational tools with English Language Learners and with any students (see The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons). I post about many photo galleries, also called slideshows. To do it in a little more organized way, though, I recently began this weekly feature called “Photo Galleries Of The Week.” This post is a “round-up” of online slideshows I’m adding to various “The Best…” lists:

Faces of Protest for Trayvon Martin is a photo gallery from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin.

Earth Day 2012 is a photo gallery from the Boston Globe. I’m adding it to The Best Earth Day Sites.

Amazing Photos From The Space Shuttle Discovery is a slideshow from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

Pilfered Paintings: Five Famous Art Heists Through History is a slideshow from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Art Thefts.




The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

I’ve written A LOT about how to help students enhance their feelings of intrinsic motivation and help them want to change their behavior and attitudes.

Many of us would also like to make change occur in our schools, districts, and in broader policy areas. Obviously, that’s a particular interest of mine, too, after spending nineteen years as a community organizer prior to becoming a teacher.

Here’s the beginning of a list sharing my choices for The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change:

I’ve got to start with today’s must-read review of Robert Caro’s new biography of LBJ, written by David Frum and appearing in Newsweek, Read This Book, Obama!

I’ve written a number of posts linking to additional resources, including:

Do You Want To “Build Influence”?

The Art And Value Of Compromise

The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky

Additional suggestions are welcome.

You might want to look at my 900 other “The Best…” lists and consider subscribing to this blog.



Wow, This Is One Wild Solar Flare

NASA released this video of a recent solar flare. I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space. If you’re reading this on an RSS Reader I think you’ll have to click through to see it..




Which Communication Pattern Do You Recognize In Your School Or District?

“In a healthy team, all the individual members talk to each other, not just the boss. Everyone listens as much as they talk. There is frequent communication, but it tends to be fairly fast. And people regularly make forays outside the team, learning new things, and then share when they come back.

Pentland and his colleagues generate graphics with their data and the results are striking. They draw a circle of everyone in a team, with lines between them showing the intensity of communication. In dysfunctional groups, you see a few heavy lines – the boss issuing orders to his lieutenants, say – and lots of light lines. People don’t talk among themselves. But in bastions of creativity and productivity, the boss-man does not dominate discussions and everyone is talking to everyone else.”

That’s the conclusion reported in this month’s Harvard Business Review of seven years of “of work outfitting people with electronic badges to track their office interactions” by MIT.

I’m happy to say that the positive pattern is the one used at our school and modeled by our principal.

What about your school or district?

And can we learn something from this study about our classrooms, too?

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TED Starts Public Radio Show

TED Talks, the well-known resource of short and thought-provoking….talks has just announced that they will be starting a regular show on NPR called “TED Radio Hour.” It begins next week.

It will be played on local stations, but will also be available on the NPR website.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).




Photo Galleries Of The Week

Obviously, photos can be great educational tools with English Language Learners and with any students (see The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons). I post about many photo galleries, also called slideshows. To do it in a little more organized way, though, I recently began this weekly feature called “Photo Galleries Of The Week.” This post is a “round-up” of online slideshows I’m adding to various “The Best…” lists:

The world’s coolest staircases is from The BBC.

A World Without People is a very interesting slideshow from The Atlantic.

Our human ancestors and their relatives – in pictures is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Human Evolution.

Shocking ads: Tips from smokers is from CBS News. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking.



“How open is your internet? An interactive map”

How open is your internet? An interactive map is from The Guardian showing a world map and the levels of free Internet access in each country.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet.



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