Well, here we go. I’m going to try blogging yet again.
It has been a while since I’ve seen artist Patrick Dougherty’s StickWork site.
ThisIsSand has been around for a while and well, I like it.
I found an amusing site (PhoneSpell) that translates telephone numbers into mnemonic phrases. I could spend hours playing with this.
Last year, I re-read Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies For Increasing Student Achievement. Afterward, I decided that I would choose one instructional strategy a month and assiduously tweet about the topic each day. Mainly this involves working through the research the authors (Ceri B. Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler, and Bj Stone) cited and tweeting the rich insights. I decided that even if no one read my tweets, I would still benefit from the experience. A few people are beginning to respond to my tweets about setting objectives and providing feedback. I am heartened and will continue my project.
The invaders are here. Actually, they’ve been here. Not only that, they’ve put down roots. The University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (a collaborative project with the Plant Conservation Alliance‘s Alien Plant Working Group, the folks behind Weeds Gone Wild) maintains a database of information about the perniciously pesky plants that invade natural areas in the U.S. The database, known as the Invasive Plant Atlas, contains a wealth of useful information for students interested in ecology and the effects of organisms that end up where they shouldn’t be.