Posted in Cancer, Health

Why More Patients Should Blog About Illness And Death via NPR

Having experienced the death of a spouse from cancer and seeing the dearth of writing and/or video she left behind makes me a huge proponent of this movement for a number of reasons.  First, my wife was terrified of what eventually became inevitable and I strongly believe journaling about her day to day experience would have given her not just peace, but also a renewed sense of purpose as she worked to leave behind something meaningful to our children.  As it stands, there are a handful of half-written entries, two fragmented attempts at letters to our kids and only sporadic video footage of her last 18 months of life.  If you sense a hint of anger in my tone, you aren’t off base; however, my overwhelming emotion these 12 years later is sadness that there aren’t more of her thoughts left behind, particularly when she died in such a media-rich age.  Anyway, here’s a great piece on NPR about this matter.  Enjoy.

Why More Patients Should Blog About Illness And Death : Shots – Health News : NPR.


Posted in Chickens, Cooking

Cage-Free vs. Free-Range: The Truth Behind Eggs and Confusing Terminology – Houston – Restaurants and Dining – Eating Our Words

As a family who have raised true free-range and organic chickens, it was surprising to me that there is no real meaning behind the words within the poultry industry. Why am I wasting extra money on cage-free or free-range eggs when the chickens are either confined to a tiny sliver of outside space for short periods or simply allowed to roam freely enclosed in one large coop?

Read and decide for yourself before you buy again. Find a local producer if you can. Check with your extension agent or farmer's market.

Cage-Free vs. Free-Range: The Truth Behind Eggs and Confusing Terminology – Houston – Restaurants and Dining – Eating Our Words.


Posted in Tips & Tricks

Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable – Can Teaching’s ‘Revolving Door’ Be Stopped?

Revolving door (base)

It will be interesting to see if American public schools make any significant strides in this area within my lifetime.  Within my own district this is a continuing issue with multiple factors involved.  This ongoing discussion at Education Week is worth a look for its numerous perspectives on the issue.

Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable – Can Teaching’s ‘Revolving Door’ Be Stopped? Archives – Education Week Teacher.

Posted in Tips & Tricks

Grab and Go: 5 Make-Ahead Lunches to Pack in Jars | The Kitchn

Grab and Go: 5 Make-Ahead Lunches to Pack in Jars – via The Kitchn 

via Grab and Go: 5 Make-Ahead Lunches to Pack in Jars | The Kitchn.

Posted in Travel

East Texas and Butcher Knives: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together – Houston – News – Hair Balls

East Texas is known for many things: the piney woods, beautiful lakes, white supremacists, meth dealers and girls name Crystal immediately come to mind. But, apparently, you may soon be able to add butcher knife to that list. Two separate reports detail the use of butcher knives used in recent crimes …keep reading.


Posted in Education, Educational Technology, Teachers, Tech Time, Tips & Tricks

Using Dropbox in the Classroom

Dropbox: A Superb Classroom Tool

Posted by  on Aug 10, 2012 in The How of 21st Century TeachingVoices,Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 29 comments

When I mention Dropbox to friends and colleagues, I usually get one of two responses – a knowing smile and nod, or a puzzled and quizzical look. Whether you know what the program is, you have likely heard the name. But really, what is Dropbox?

Dropbox is many things — a multifaceted tool that’s so powerful, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use it. But the short and sweet of it is this: you can use it to store and sync documents…keep reading.

Posted in Tips & Tricks

Reading Levels of American High School Students

Good stuff…

Richard Corriere Writes about Education

American High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade Appropriate Levels:

  • High school students today are reading barely above the fifth grade level.
  • “A fifth-grade reading level is obviously not high enough for college-level reading. Nor is it high enough for high school-level reading, either, or for informed citizenship,” writes Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas.
  • Only 34 percent of students were rated reading “proficient.”
  • National 12th-grade reading scores were lower in 2009 than they were in 1992.
  • Scores on the SAT critical reading portion fell to a record low last year with a three-point drop among test-takers.  This marks just the second time in the last 20 years that reading scores have fallen by that much over a single year.
  • Success in college and the workforce requires students must read more high quality informational text and complexity.

High school students today are reading…

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