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messy + free-flowing= to know is not enough

Are we facing famine?

In today’s America, the answer to the question is no. Ever since I’ve been around, the number of neighborhood food stores, restaurants, convenience stores, and vending machines have been on the rise. Wherever we may be highly palatable foods are now available anytime, day or night. This also means that we’re able to eat it easily–in our cars, drive-through, on the go. Every social setting has been contaminated, every social norm compromised. Unilever scientist David Mela commented, “The barriers have been lowered.” 

Susan Johnson of the University of Colorado mentioned, “Food availability and the opportunity to consume are ubiquitous, and that has been a huge driver of energy intake for children and adults.” What surprised me on my recent visit to Australia, is that elsewhere in the world, cultural patterns have tended to reduce the risk of hypereating. Take the French for example–a more research-based hypothesis suggest that they are healthier because they not only linger longer over meals, they also eat smaller portions. A newspaper headline in Melbourne caught my attention, as it focused on how parents of young children are now being held accountable if caught aiding their kids to hypereat. This could be a fine to even state intervention! 

I guess this thought came to me today, as I went grocery shopping and in the name of love and pampering witnessed the worst examples of helping conditioned hypereating. So shouldn’t we as a society teach our youngsters to control their impulses? Explain the food groups better? or Should we just relinquish such must-do’s in the hope that our kids will just figure it out in the long run? More FOOD for thought.

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Australia, July 2012

Australia, July 2012

19th Annual International Boys’ School Coalition Conference, Melbourne
at Scotch College, unearthing creativity with digital tools
is the mantra of the 21st century
NY to LA=6 hours—then, 15 more
I arrive having lost two days
in winter 60 degrees and sunny
skybus to Hotel Renaissance
meeting and greeting of incoming
action research team and straight
to pre-conference workshops 8 to 5
intellectual stimulation to evening
hair-downs, exchanging ideas
with a global flair—speakers that
sharpen my brain-cells, to a seven course
dinner Scottish style with bagpipers
at the mecca of cricket the
Melbourne Cricket Ground;

New friends, writing, making thinking visible
Presenting my workshop with a ‘PD’ spin—gaining
a certificate of contribution
Grayline tours to the penguin parade
where the Bass Strait and Southern Ocean meet
koalas, wallabies, the Great Ocean Road
dramatic, dangerous, majestic Twelve Apostles
250 kilometers of the world’s most scenic route
and I returned home on the same day
full of stunning experiences to carry me through.

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Another Hate Act: Is this the Real United States?

Yet 6 more Sikhs are gunned down when they join in peaceful prayer. Yet again, the action committed more due to ignorance or hate? A question that nags or should as so many immigrants come to this country to make a new start…the melting pot that was…can’t take the salad bowl idea into consideration. Children ask Why, oh Why??
We adults have no answer…or should we be more united in finding an answer to educate…so the masses stop dwelling in the idea that
Ignorance is bliss…
let’s unite and pray…

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Boxed In

The sparks flying around at the CWP—-let your inner self out, is the message everyday. Good for both parties involved—teachers & students. Loved Ellynne’s question:

What creates literacy competence?

Mulling all the way home, over dinner, more writing tonight…

It just struck me we should treat the disease and not the symptoms.

But how???

concerted efforts on all our parts?

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Exhausted Yet…

week 1 of CWP for me = exhaustion + exhilaration or e2

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Time Travel

If this is not time travel, what is? Left on Thursday, via LA. Missed Friday as I flew for 15 hours to Melbourne. Haven’t had sleep since then…Today is Sunday and have been on the Pre-Workshop on Action Research all day. On until Thursday….so after a little sleep can write a ton on creatvity and teaching boys.

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Time Travel

If this is not time travel, what is? Left on Thursday, via LA. Missed Friday as I flew for 15 hours to Melbourne. Haven’t had sleep since then…Today is Sunday and have been on the Pre-Workshop on Action Research all day. On until Thursday….so after a little sleep can write a ton on creatvity and teaching boys.

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Hub of Creation + Existence = KIDS

Day 2 of missing my boys (ages 16 & 12) as they are away at a soccer fest in Knoxville, TN for a week. By the time they get back I will be in Melbourne, AUS, so far away that I can’t even think about it. However, the point being I have missing them so much, it’s hard to convey. Meanwhile they are happy to be away from a nagging ‘mom.’ Which leads me to think that for all of us out there wearing different hats, we do love children.  Otherwise we can’t be in the mommy/teacher business could we?

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Research on Weblogs: Positive Impact on Students

Okay reading on, Fernette & Eide’s Neurolearning Blog (2005) research on Weblogs in schools, in that it : promotes critical & analytical thinking; nurtures creative, intuitive, & associational thinking; analogical thinking; a medium for increasing access & exposure to quality information; combines the best of solitary reflection & social interaction.

A ton of schools have adopted this as part of the curriculum creating a safe-space within their portals. Older students are able to use it with ease. My thoughts are with adequate scaffolding, primary learners (who are so tech savvy) will enjoy putting their literacy skills to work, thus keeping up with the times.

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The Tie-Dye, Ba…

The Tie-Dye, Batik experience showed me an added layer to the fact that:

“Apprenticeship has two parts: (1) observing “experts”doing what you are trying to learn to do, and (2) performing, that is, actually trying to do it yourself as well as you can” (Lindfors, 2008, p. 65).

What it revealed was “collaboration,” as the kids and I navigated through the art, coloring our body parts in the process, but very happy with the outcome. 

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