Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31

Teaching Tip: Importance of Building Vocabulary

vocabulary

I have noticed in my teaching that it seems we keep going around an issue and never solving it.  I know the students who do well in my class have a better working vocabulary than those who do poorly.  I cognitively try to use as much testing language as I can throughout the day to help …

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Jan 29

Great Zoo Exhibit: Oklahoma Trails

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Oklahoma Trails helps make a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo worthwhile.  It opened in the spring of 2007 to great fanfare and along with their expanded Asian Elephant exhibit the Oklahoma City Zoo is turning into a zoo destination.  If they are able to complete the master plan over the next several years this …

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Jan 28

Pinterest Project: Mamma’s got a brand new tub

tub

It had been a while since I had deep cleaned our bathtub and it was looking a little worse for the wear.  So, a few days ago while I was browsing Pinterest and ran across a ‘scrub free’ bathtub cleaner I was pumped to give it a try! via An added perk was the fact …

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Jan 26

Pinterest Project: Bathtub Paint

Getting the Paint

In an effort to continue our weekly tryouts of Pinterest projects we found a really fun idea for bathtub paint.  At first I was really apprehensive to try it because it involved food coloring and I was just sure it would stain our tub or our baby. Well, we forged ahead and mixed up three …

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Jan 25

Montezuma Castle: National Monument in Arizona

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Montezuma Castle in Arizona is a great place to visit past civilizations.  Being a history major in college seeing anything over 100 years old is a real treat for me and getting to see a 20 room high-rise apartment building that is over 800 years old was something that I could not pass up.  Montezuma …

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Jan 24

Teaching Tip: Be Creative with your Bell Ringers

Horse cow chicken

One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is learn about my students find out what makes them tick.  Since the great push towards standardized testing each year there seems to be a little less time getting to know the students and more time hammering the material, prepping for the tests, and teaching …

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Jan 21

Top 10 Butterfly Gardens

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My wife and I love to travel and whenever we do we try to stop by the local zoo.  After visiting over 20 different zoos we both agreed that one of our favorite type of exhibits are butterfly gardens.  So we started seeking out butterfly gardens outside of a zoo setting during our travels and we have found …

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Jan 20

House Rental in Sedona

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My wife and I, from time to time, like to take big family vacations and enjoy things with our in-laws and experience the sites of our vacation together.  A plus of staying with extended family is renting a house verses staying in a hotel.  vrbo.com is a great place to start if you are looking …

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Jan 19

Pinterest Project: Pinecone Birdfeeder

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We had fun keeping our weekly Pinterest Project rolling this weekend.  It has been so beautiful and abnormally warm outside that we got to go for several walks the past couple of days.  M and I looked out our big bay window the other day and saw FOUR squirrels, two robins, a blue jay and …

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Jan 18

Landscape Photography Number 22: Oak Creek Trail

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Number 22 of my landscape photography series was taken while walking the very scenic Oak Creek Trail near Sedona Arizona.  My wife and I were able to experience the trail at a wonderful time of year the fall leaves were at their peak and the temperature was perfect for the hike.   We had never been …

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