Monthly Archives: November 2013

Permaculture

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Ecosourcing

“Ecosourcing is using native plants grown from locally sourced seed. Ecosourced plants help to preserve the ecological distinctiveness of an area, and eco-sourced plants are better able to survive in the local conditions.” ~ The Native Plant Centre  http://www.nznativeplants.co.nz/Articles/Ecosourcing.html The … Continue reading

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Are silent farts worse?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btV4K9JMVEQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUC552Sd-3nyi_tk2BudLUzA I liked this! It’s interesting – as are their other science video blurbs! e.g.: fresh vs. frozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjsOOT347cA&list=UUC552Sd-3nyi_tk2BudLUzA

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What you learn in the garden is closely linked with natural cycles

This introduction to permaculture may better make sense of why I include information on water cycles and such things in a blog ostensibly interested in education/literacy… Ross Mars explains: “Many people think of food gardens and self-sufficiency when they think … Continue reading

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A forest of trees is essentially a lake above the ground

Ross Mars writes: “What we call climate, the daily and seasonal changes in temperature, rainfall and so on, is influenced by the water cycle, and the importance of trees, in providing water to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation of … Continue reading

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Stories are instruments for orienting human emotions to their contents

Again and still reading Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach. On the topic of story, he writes: “No one can program a computer to recognize a story as distinct from other narratives. The instrument for detecting stories is human emotion. So the … Continue reading

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Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools

I am really enjoying Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach to Teaching. He writes: “Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools. [-p.8] Someone invented a counting system, creating another addition to our cultural tool kit. An individual who learns that counting system acquires … Continue reading

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MaoriTube

If you haven’t already, check it out: http://www.maoritube.co.nz/ “Māori Tube is the place where you will find all the best videos to celebrate anything Māori from around the world. Each video has been personally selected for inclusion here from thousands … Continue reading

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Kids books that deal with real world science

Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it: Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New … Continue reading

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Primary Cognitive Tools – Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan asserts that “increased focus on students’ imaginations will lead to improvements in all measures of educational achievement, including the most basic standardized tests.” (p.xvii) His book, An Imaginative Approach to Teaching, “describe[s] some of the characteristics, or ‘cognitive tools,’ … Continue reading

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