Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Saturday, 28 December 2013
Friday, 27 December 2013
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
While many celebrate this special day with family and close friends, it is important to remember some tragic events that occurred/are occuring on this day in history.
1717: Thousands died in a massive flood along the Dutch coast.
1932: A 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed 275 people in China.
1968: In a retalian for higher wages 42 Dalits are burned alive in India.
1976: 100 people drowned when the Egyption SS Patria sank in the Red Sea.
2012: A plane crash killed 27 people in Kazakhstan while large fires in the Philippines left 8 dead and thousands homeless.
2013: The death toll in the ongoing Syrian Civil War is close to 130,000.
(A large Christmas tree in the skating rink near the London Eye)
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Some of my favourite quotes on Christmas seem to have little in common but they are all based on peace and loving one another.
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on eart, good-will to men!"
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"
"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the athiests went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the athiests) 'Look out for the wall!'"
(One of the main Christmas trees in the centre of Prague, CZ)
Monday, 23 December 2013
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Friday, 20 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Monday, 16 December 2013
Sunday, 15 December 2013
"History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books- books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'"
-Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Friday, 13 December 2013
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
(Magnificent ancient rocks at Stonehenge at dusk last month)
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Saturday, 30 November 2013
There is almost no point in being a teacher nowadays unless you are prepared to deal with a differentiated group of students.
- By task: Plan a varied number of tasks that allows students to do what you want them to do and the different ways in which they will be assessed.
- By questioning: Bounce a mix of some specific and some open-ended questions at your group.
- Using Bloom's Taxonomy: Set higher level thinking tasks requiring synthesis and evaluation.
- By resources: Have a range of resources with similar or levelled texts available.
- By student involvement: Allow students to perform, teach, present, lead debates, etc.
- Individual outcomes: Encourage responsibility for own learning.
- By role: Delegate roles within certain activities such as time-keeper, scribe, moderator, etc.
- By group: Create groups with different ranges of abilities to complement one another.
- By outcome: Decide in advance where do your varied ability students need to get to by the end of the lesson and what they need to do to get there.
- Extended learning: Look beyond the classroom; extra reading, internet research, cross-curricular, etc.
(Constitutional building in downtown Montreal last summer)
Friday, 29 November 2013
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
"If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here- and by 'we' I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of way, to make it better. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp."
-Bill Bryson, author of 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Although there were possibly thousands of Gods it's beneficial to learn some of the main ones mentioned in Greek literature.
- Zeus: God of the Sky and ruler of all Olympian gods.
- Hera: Wife and sister of Zeus. Goddess of marriage and childbirth.
- Poseidon: God of the sea and brother of Zeus.
- Apollo: God of light and sun, son of Zeus.
- Athena: Goddess of war and wisdom, daughter of Zeus.
- Aphrodite: Goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus or Cronus.
- Achilles: Immortal demigod hero of the Trojan War.
- Demeter: Goddess of agriculture and sister of Zeus.
- Hermes: Messenger of the gods and son of Zeus.
- Hades: God of the Underworld and brother of Zeus. Abducted wife Persephone.
(An ancient vase at the British Museum in London)
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about."
Sunday, 17 November 2013
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Thursday, 14 November 2013
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Sunday, 10 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
-Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre
(A quote outside a popular pub in Dublin, Ireland)