Saturday, September 19, 2015

Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?

Minute Earth is one of my favorite YouTube channels to which I subscribe. The channel offers lots of short, interesting lessons. One of the lessons that I bookmarked a while back is Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon? It wasn't a question that I had thought about until I saw the video, but once I saw it I was curious as to the answer. The answer is explained in the short video embedded below.

Applications for Education
I would use this video as part of a follow-up to a fun homework assignment for students. Ask them to look at the moon with their parents and try to come up with an explanation for why they only see one side of the moon. Then in my classroom I would use the video as part of larger lesson in which the answer is explained.

The Week in Review - Are You Kind?

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and I'm listening to birds chirp while I drink coffee on my deck. Speaking of my deck, as I was staining it yesterday I was listening to the Grateful Dead. There's a line in the song Uncle John's Band that goes, "all I want to know is are you kind." That line stuck with me as I was reflecting on Morrison's life (he passed away last weekend). At the end of the day, all that dogs and most people really want to know about others is whether or not you're kind. I think that if we can understand that about each other, we can understand a lot more about each other.

A huge thank you to everyone who emailed me, messaged me on Twitter or Facebook, called, or texted this week to express their condolences about Morrison's passing. I have been overwhelmed by support. I am slowly replying to all of the emails that I was sent.

Now on to happier things...over the next six weeks I'll be speaking at a number of conferences. The first one is next week in Ponoka, Alberta. If you see me there or at any other conference, please say hello.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
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6. 15 Topics for Your School/ Classroom Blog
7. Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use - Infographic

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