Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 27

Made our Bucket List: Banff National Park

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via I am one of those people that have longed to vacation outside of the United States, but since I have not yet done it I am a wee bit nervous.  So I figured Canada would be a great starting place as I seek to become a world traveler.  One of the many places I …

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Apr 26

Michael C. Carlos Museum: An Atlanta Gem

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Michael C. Carlos Museum was a real find for us on our visit to Atlanta, Georgia.  While the Michael C. Carlos Museum was not the highlight of our trip, that would probably either be seeing the baby pandas at the Atlanta Zoo or the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, but unlike those other two …

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Apr 23

Teaching Tip: Two Keys to Standardized Testing Success

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Another year in the book, well in the terms of my particular state my end of instruction standardized test that my class took two weeks ago now I only have 7 weeks of school left to teach… something.  Based on the raw scores my students were very successful passing their test at roughly an 80% rate, scoring a …

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Apr 21

Great Zoo Exhibit: Northwest Passage

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Northwest Passage is one of the many great exhibits that can be found at the Memphis Zoo.  Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, China, and soon to open Zambezi Hippo Camp River provide the people of Memphis and those that travel there one heck of a zoo experience.  The Northwest Passage first opened in the spring of …

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Apr 20

Happy Easter

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Apr 19

Top 10 Things to See or Do in Acadia National Park

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Until a few years ago I had no idea Acadia National Park even existed, all of my national park experience had been in the West.  As I have had the chance to travel more across the United States I have started to look for more of the less famous places and seek them out.  After …

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Apr 18

Book Review: A Farewell to Arms

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“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one’…. (The man who first said that) was probably a coward…. He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.” A Farewell to Arms is my third go …

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Apr 16

Abrams Falls Trail:

Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls Trail is one of the more popular day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  On our first trip to the park we skipped the hike to the falls, but it became a must do hike on our second trip to the park.  We loaded up the baby backpack, grabbed plenty of water, …

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Apr 14

10 National Monuments Worth Visiting

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We all know about Yellowstone and Yosemite and dozen s of other national parks throughout the United States, but fewer people make the effort to go out and see the nation’s national monuments.  America’s national monuments are a great place to see natural wonders, historic places, and can be a great family vacation destination.  We …

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Apr 11

Fighting the Wrong Fight: Why Common Core is not the Problem

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Certain groups in my state and other groups out there are fighting the fight to end Common Core.  For those that have not been paying much attention to the changes in education, Common Core is a new set of standards trying to establish a common curriculum across the states.  Theoretically if a student from Georgia …

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