Category: Educational

Reflections on the Eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This past summer we traveled to Washington, D.C. for a short vacation and visited the MLK Memorial. You can read about the memorial on the National Park Service website by clicking here. The Memorial is breathtaking. The statue of Dr. King is huge, and his famous quotes are carved into the walls surrounding. Here is … Continue reading Reflections on the Eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Asteroids and Space Junk: The Countdown Begins!

Did anybody read this article from CNN last week: “Big asteroid buzzes past Earth and will again”? Apparently, while our own NASA was shutdown thanks to Congress, Ukranian astronomers discovered an asteroid which they named “2013 TV135. Called “one of the most dangerous asteroids on record,” this big guy “zipped close by Earth last month.” … Continue reading Asteroids and Space Junk: The Countdown Begins!

“Passed” vs. “Past”

Today a co-worker asked me whether you ran something "past" someone, or ran it "passed" someone. After a google search and a minor debate, we decided that we "ran something by" someone. Avoidance of grammar rules is always the easiest route. Tonight I thought I'd delve into that question a little. To all of you … Continue reading “Passed” vs. “Past”

“However”

Today I had some free time between a school meeting for M. and a work event, so I took a side trip to the Barnes & Noble to check out their supply of grammar books. I ended up purchasing Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, because I felt like I needed to have it on … Continue reading “However”

Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader?

JC's math homework asked the following question: Kira shares a plate of brownies with friends. Her friends each have 2 more brownies than Kira. There were 33 brownies in all. How many friends are there? Hmmm. Neither my husband nor I could figure this out. I even ran it by some friends who were baffled … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader?

Belated Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

Yesterday, April 2, was World Autism Awareness Day, a day where we "recommit to helping individuals on the autism spectrum reach their full potential," according to President Obama in yesterday's Presidential Proclamation. I wasn't sure what, if anything I wanted to say about World Autism Awareness Day as a parent of a special needs child. … Continue reading Belated Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

São Tomé and Principe

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on the What's the Answer? post concerning the Steubenville, Ohio rape case.  I will think on your comments and then post a follow-up.  I think it's an important topic and appreciate the conversation. Tonight is a lite-post night.  It's back to the blank world map for another geography lesson courtesy of … Continue reading São Tomé and Principe