June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky team to co-direct Watermark, an environmentally conscious documentary that examines the relationship between mankind and water.
Director:Jennifer Baichwal,Edward Burtynsky
“It’s not about technology, nor is it about events. It is about how we build relationships in our schools,” he says in a presentation titled Moving Beyond the Newsletter.(Wejr)
As new tools have provided opportunities to broaden and deepen forms of classroom communication and instructional design so can the degree of communication with parents. It’s not just options it’s a whole new landscape of interaction and feedback. I also think things like blogging can provide frequent articulate perspectives for parents that go far beyond the newsletter fact sheet and calendar. I also think it need not mean huge more work for admin or faculty but rather a new form of sharing and writing content.
From Al Smith – @kssreads
Originally posted on Evolving Teaching:
Dear Spring 2014 Humanities Co-op:
As of tomorrow, I will no longer be legally allowed to send emails to you on the weekends so this is your last Sunday email from me. I know that some of you will be very happy about that since it will mean that I can’t bug you about your overdue work! And yes, I know I still owe you a pizza party for violating the rule you imposed on me about no emails after 6pm!
Speaking of eating, I’m very sorry to tell you this but those of you who regularly stay in class to eat your lunch are going to have to find another place to eat starting this week. You will also have to bring lunches that don’t require a microwave. I have been ordered to not be in my classroom during lunch which means you can’t be there too to heat…
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“There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.”
When a frustrated young woman asked the most brilliant man in the world why we’re alive, Einstein responded in five poignant lines. This question — at the heart of which is a concern with the meaning of life — has since been answered by many other great minds: For David Foster Wallace, it was about going through life fully conscious; for Carl Sagan, about our significant insignificance in the cosmos; for Annie Dillard, about learning to live with impermanence; for Richard Feynman, about finding the open channel; for Anaïs Nin, about living and relating to others “as if they might not be there tomorrow”; for Henry Miller, about the mesmerism of the unknown; and for Leo Tolstoy, about finding knowledge to guide our lives.
But one of the most profound answers comes from legendary Star Wars directorGeorge Lucas. In The Meaning of Life: Reflections in Words and Pictures on Why We Are Here (public library) — that remarkable 1991 anthology that gave ustimeless meditations on existence from a number of luminaries — Lucas uses an autobiographical anecdote as the springboard for a larger meditation on the meaning of life and our best chance for reaching its fullest potential:(Brain Pickings)
Meaning of Life? “My best guess is that we share a collective spirit or life force or consciousness that encompasses and goes beyond individual life forms. There’s a part of us that connects to other humans, connects to other animals, connects to plants, connects to the planet, connects to the universe. I don’t think we can understand it through any kind of verbal, written or intellectual means. But I do believe that we all know this, even if it is on a level beyond our normal conscious thoughts -George Lucas
“But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that. That’s way down from a decade ago.”(Ludden)