Thursday, April 17, 2008

Breaking Even in Maine

Learn about personal finance and more at Nicole Ouellette's Breaking Even, Inc. Fascinating reading!

Related Resources at LIM Resources Wiki: Living Simply

What can you learn from a lobster?

A few years ago I listened to a curriculum coordinator give an example of what not to do in the age of NCLB accountability. The story was that a teacher had been able to engage an otherwise unmotivated learner by connecting with his interest in lobstering. The student was "hooked" and excitedly researched everything he could find about lobsters. With this information, he made an incredible presentation, using a variety of tools while developing a rich set of skills in doing so. The point of the coordinator was that despite the impressive amount of learning that had taken place, this was not the content that needed to be covered according to the curriculum . . . and so the teacher was wrong in encouraging it.

What do you think?

What should curriculum contain?

Guide to Lobstering in Maine
Maine Lobster Industry
Maine Lobster
Lobster Institute
Wikipedia: American Lobster
Gulf of Maine: All about Lobsters

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Memorizing Poetry

"What poem did you have to memorize in school? Do you still remember it? Is memorizing an effective educational strategy?"

These are questions that Deborah White asks in this week's article titled "Thursday's the Day to Pack a Poem" from her weekly column in the Bangor Daily News.

You can contact Deborah at

Memory and Memorization Resources at LIM Resources Wiki.

Extension: In this day of information at our fingertips, what is worth memorizing?

How long will it be before our computers will be embedded in our bodies? Will this be a good thing or a bad thing?
See artificial intelligence at LIM Resouces.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WalnutWiki - Take the Digital Plunge

Find some great resources from the Arts Institute session on using digital cameras in the classroom from Carol Waldon and Argy Nestor's WalnutWiki. Check for post-institute sharing at "Arts, Innovation and Creativity - Carrying On!"

Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts
Maine Arts Blog
Maine Arts Portaportal
More on the Arts in Education . . .

More resources at LIM Resources Wiki:

Photo Editing
Digital Camera
Photo Resources

Please feel free to add, delete, modify, etc.

OnTiME Podcast - Episode 4

From Vincent Vanier, President of ACTEM:

"Episode 4 of OnTiME has been released. We discussed the Apple Executive Summit, the upcoming PackageMaker sessions, and if you're so inclined.
OnTiME can be downloaded from the iTunes music store by searching either for OnTiME or ACTEM, or you can download it directly from the ACTEM website at "

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Comments about Lifestyle

by Olga LaPlante

I have had a random conversation with an assistant principal recently, and here is what was said:

"Are you an administrator?"

"Yes, an assistant principal."

"Did you teach before?"


"Would you go back to teaching?"

(Of course, I expect him to say something like, I would, or I work with the kids so much, I don't have time to think about it... Or something like that)

"No, I don't think I can take the pay cut. You get used to a certain lifestyle, you know."

Now if he were a teacher with that attitude, school would be a wrong place for this person. What do you think?

We are not doing this for free, right, but there has got to be some satisfaction that you get from your job, and it's not money.

TelstarToo Session: Wikis and Math

Today the participants of the TelstarToo PLC will be gathering resources for specific math skills and themes . . . and then adding them to a wiki resources page using LIM's Resources Wiki.

Maine Learning Results for Math

K12 Station Math Search
42eXplore Mathematics
Curriki for Math
Math from OER Commons
Math at LIM Resources
Custom Google Search for Math
Online Interactive Math Resources
Online Math Games
Problem Solving Strategies
Using Music with Math
Mathematics and Music
The Mathematical Magic of Music

Anyone else care to add a page relating to math?