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What is truly AWESOME about teaching?

Hello Everyone,
The second last week of this term has been AWESOME. Take a look at the AWESOME alternatives below and the AWESOME TED talk by Jill Shargaa, you will find it well...... entertaining.
Is your teaching truly AWESOME or is there a better way to describe it?
Scatch Junior is a great little program and its FREE. Well worth using - love the ability to take in app pictures.
I had a lot of fun with "Jada" and jazz improvistaion. Have a go, it was well AWESOME and the students will really enjoy it. Lots of history, instruments, movement and rhythms.

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Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher (1770-1831)

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. - George Gershwin

Life goes by so fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It's all funny. Joan Rivers


Jill Shargaa: PPlease, please, people.. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'
Possible MUTE FROM 4.00 - 4.20
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe. Watch the TEDED video

Some ideas, take notes from the Video. Make a list of 5 truly awesome things. Write a sentence about each. Write a list of 5 ways you use the word awesome this week, go on be honest. Replace the word with something more suitable.
More Adventure, use iPad app 'Explain Everything' to docment things that are awesome and things that are not. See if you can go for a comparison by opposites. Show a high level of skill and context in your presentation but add some humour.
Even more adventure - Work in powerpoint and use the exit animations to setup a reveal on click option for things that are truly awesome and things that are just well NOT.

JAZZ - Improvisation
Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing
Here's a great song to begin improvisation. Just do the chorus, and use it to improvise. Here's a word document for the lyrics to the Eydie Gorme Version.
"Ja-Da" was a hit song written in 1918 by Bob Carleton. The title is sometimes rendered as "Jada." Ja-Da has flourished through the decades as a jazz standard.
Carleton penned the 16-bar tune when he was club pianist in Illinois and first popularized it with singer Cliff Edwards.
Ja-Da(Count Basie/Carleton Bob) - YCB Jazz Orchestra 2010.09.11(just instrumental flute solo)
"Jada" - Chicago Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Drums, Piano.
Dixie land
Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing by Bob Carleton 1918 Player Piano Roll Honkey Tonk Version
Ukulele video tutorial by UKULELE MIKE LYNCH
Ja-Da - Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra Washboard, Banjo, Trumpet, Trombone,Clarinet + Vocals
And What is JAZZ?
Watch the video of That's Jazz (High Society 1956 - Bing Crosby / Louis Armstrong)

More Great JAZZ!

Mrs. Surrette's class performs Hidi Hidi Hidi Ho.

Cab Calloway - Zaz Zuh Zaz - 1933

Call and response - Jazz demonstration

fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Coding for young children
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Free app for iPad
Book Creator
making thinking Visible The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on. Take a look at Paul Hamilton's video on how to use Book Creator

Hexaflexagons take a look at the Video. In geometry, flexagons are flat models, usually constructed by folding strips of paper, that can be flexed or folded in certain ways to reveal faces besides the two that were originally on the back and front. How to make a Hexaflexagon - instructions here. Black line template for Hexaflexagon. Hexaflexagon Folding Instructions and also template upload for images for Personalised hexaflexagon.
Math Improv: Fruit by the Foot Playing mathematically with fruits by the foot.
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kia ora (greetings) Cathy
My name is Mark Treadwell and we both started out in the online world at about the same time when I ran Teachers@work (1993!). I have spent the last 10 years researching how the brain learns from a neuroscience perspective. The literature reviews were the first stage and we have now released a multimedia book for educators and this is a FREE 190pp download from . Feel free to have a read and pass the link on to anyone you feel may benefit from this. The book redefines what effective learning looks like based on the first scientific model of how the brain learns. This is a model and hence there is still a lot of work to do but the model provides us with the first neuro-scientific reference point for how the brain learns and it explains a lot of what educators observe on a day-to-day basis.
We are proposing that the human brain is composed of 4 integrated learning systems each with its own associated memory system. What we have also learned is the complete change in brain morphology from birth to our late 20's is designed to enable us to learn particular tasks. We start life with over 80% neurons and this drops to just 7% at 25 years of age. Those neurons specialize in sequential learning but the loss of these is replaced by astrocytes that work with neurons to map ideas and concepts. Understanding how the brain learns allows us to optimize the learning process. We have a number of schools applying this process and now have clusters of school applying this approach here in NZ as well as Australia and Dubai. Next year sees cluster of schools in Norway and the UK established and in 2016 Hong Kong and the US. A quick video of a two 11 year old boys discussing the resulting learning process can be found here
All the best with your work there
ka kite ano (farewell)
Mark Treadwell Consultancy
Hi Mark,
This is really a move forward in educational practice - loved the video - Everyone should watch this - it really is the way of the future. The boys are amazing. The download book is also worth reading, fabulous.
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