Play Dough Lion January 26, 2017


Tiny lion flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Play dough is a regular evening activity. The other night, M wanted a lion. And a frog. We ended up with a small play dough menagerie.

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Categories: toys

Urban Zebras January 25, 2017


Urban zebras. flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

When you walk in groups, it's difficult for a predator to tell where one person ends and another begins.

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Kinsman soap January 23, 2017


Kinsman soap flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

My family has a heart for the refugee crisis. We've researched how we can help Syrians, in particular, fleeing civil war find their way to the United States. Unfortunately, Indiana has some of the most restrictive regulations in place in terms of bringing in or facilitating the arrival of refugees.

Kinsman soap is run by the Preemptive Love Coalition as a way to support refugees who cannot make it somewhere safer. We received gifts of soap made by men and women who haven't been home in years. This is our small way of helping from a distance.

If you'd like to know more about the organization, check out their website at www.preemptivelove.org/kinsman.

Kinsman Soap from Preemptive Love on Vimeo.

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El classico January 20, 2017

El classico

El classico flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

I inherited an iPod classic this week. I remember getting my first iPod...the way it felt in my hand, the smoothness of the click wheel. It was really amazing to see this little thing hold so much information.

This one is probably a 5th or 6th generation. I need to go back and check the serial number to be sure. But, just like the day it was shipped, it charges and plays whatever I put on it. I'm looking forward to getting to know this little guy.

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Look up

Look up

I spent two days in Chicago with a team of teachers tasked with selecting a device for our districts students. We'd been to two briefings and spent a day debriefing what we'd learned and how it all fit into our vision.

I remember living in a big city. Seoul has 18 million people and it's easy to overlook the little details. The elevator ride up to the briefing room was quiet most of the time because it was early or we were brain fried. I'm glad I took a minute to look up and get a smile out of everyone after two hard day's of work.

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From above… January 18, 2017


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I spent some time in Chicago today and the view was unbeatable.

Did you know that the flow of the Chicago river was reversed? In 1889, the pollution was so significant that the river, which naturally flows into Lake Michigan, was reversed through dredging and a series of locks, so pollutants flowed inland to be treated rather than into the lake. The project was completed in 1900.

Our impact on our surroundings is not insignificant. As a single human being, I may think my footprint is small, but relative to the other things around me, I leave a big impact. So much so that when a group of us get together and decide to stay...well...things happen.

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Those aren’t lips January 17, 2017


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This is a paramecium undergoing fission - a primitive type of asexual reproduction. This little guy lives his entire life as a single cell. when he gets too big and conditions are right, he makes an exact copy which goes off and does its own paramecium things.

Most of my students see lips, which is fair. I don't even mind if they don't see the paramecium. I want them to see that there is more than a glowing screen. I want them to try and think through what it would be like to live as a single cell...even for just a moment.

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It’s in the genes. January 15, 2017


It's in the genes. flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

I've got an old Guild acoustic guitar that M likes to take out now and then. She loves music and singing and dancing, which has transferred to her younger sister. She's also fiercely independent, which means I'm not allowed to show her how to hold it.

I think that's been one of the more difficult aspects of parenting: letting the little things go. I want to show her how to do things but I run the risk of doing that at the expense of her experiences and play. She'll be ready, one day, to learn how to play. And if she doesn't, that's okay, too.

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Categories: family

Skylight January 13, 2017


Skylight flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Habits are a funny thing. Each day, I park in nearly the same parking spot at school - right under the light. In the winter, it's still dark when I get here, but the days are getting brighter. It's amazing that we gain a full minute (sometimes more) per day and that this light will be on fewer and fewer times as I arrive.

We're connected to our world - birds coming and going, plants doing their thing...lights turning off in the morning - and those patterns, as they shift, have an effect.

Winter may only be a few weeks old but as we swing back around the sun, I'm looking forward to the sunlight coming back.

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Array January 12, 2017


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A lot of my work lately has been creating and comparing datasets from professional development workshops. Google Apps Script uses a JavaScript syntax and can pass information back and forth using JSON, so I'm seeing arrays everywhere I look.

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