Try this fascinating challenge. See if you can figure out the cuts and folds to make the design. The process requires observing, guessing, testing, and trying again. Once you figure out how to solve the cutting and folding, try to draw the optical illusion.
Tangle Drawing Challenge
I learned how to create tangle drawings in 2012. I enjoy the intricate drawing style; I become caught up in the intricate patterns when I compose the designs. Here is a link to my website with some of my artwork.
Let's Tangle Website
I Want My Hour Back!
I feel that the beginning days of autumn seem extra long until we reach the time of the year when we return clocks back to "standard time."
The earliest proposals for "Daylight Saving Time" met with resistance. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote the first known proposal to "save" daylight in his "An Economical Project" book. It wasn't until 1915 when Germany implemented DST. In 1916, England introduced "British Summer Time." The United States followed suit in 1918; however, DST only lasted until 1920. Interest waned because farmers did not see the purpose. After all, cows and chickens don't pay attention to the clock. The idea of "saving daytime" reemerged again with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Some areas of the world adhere to DST and other areas do not. In 2021, many states wrote legislation to abolish the practice of DST. Time will tell what happens with that legislation.
Regardless of the future paradigms, as we near the end of October, I am looking forward to November 7th when I get my hour back! I have missed it. (LOL)
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2021: WHEN DOES THE TIME CHANGE?
Have you ever wanted to look up something and could not find what you wanted? Well, how about asking a 19th century mathematician? Sounds absurd, right? It is surprisingly well founded.
George Boole wrote The Mathematical Analysis of Logic (1847) and An Investigation of the Laws of Thought (1854). He was considered a mathematical genius and is considered one of the fathers of computer science. The term "Boolean Search" is based on his name. Do you want to learn more? Here is a good place to begin: What does Boolean Search Mean?
Have fun learning!
People who learn the art of improv can manage just about any situation they face. The art of Improv taught in the classroom provides teachers and children with a tangible way to discuss topics, solve problems, and heal relationships. I use Improv in a multitude of ways. Here are a few examples:
1. A teacher came to me with a student who was having difficulty getting along with his partners while working on a project. He and I discussed how using the Fundamentals of Improv to help his group succeed and do well on the project.
2. When having a discussion about famous inventors, we talked about how listening helps keep the conversation moving forward so people do not repeat the same things over and over again.
3. A student turned in her writing assignment and had not finished all the elements of the rubric. I found one area where she did well and said, "This part of your story shows an example of creative thinking, you really tapped in to your imagination." This demonstrates a "YES" to her work. Then I quickly follow up by saying, "And, I wonder if you have an analogy to give your readers a visual picture of what you imagine in this scene."
These are just a few examples. Once you get in the habit of using improv, you will use it multiple times each day. I made this poster to help my students have a reminder about how to use this tool. I hope you will find it useful too.
Fractals & Cell Phones
I wonder if anyone can explain the relationship between fractals and cell phones. There is a connection, and it is fascinating! What interests me is the fact that fractals have been in the world since the beginning of time; however, cell phones are relatively new.
This infographic by my daughter intrigues me. There are so many points of wisdom that it takes a while to digest it all. The parts that stood out to me were the ideas that evaluative thinking helps us make wise decisions and this skill should be taught.
Inspiring + Curious = Inspirious
When I was a child, living in Tehran, Iran, our family had a concrete swimming pool. Each year, we emptied the pool and put a fresh coat of paint on the surface. The first few weeks after we filled it with fresh water, it was icy cold. After experimentation, I concluded that the most efficient and least painful way to get into the pool was to dive in rather than go in bit by bit. Now, as an adult, I approach almost every new challenge with the same strategy. In an ever changing world, we encounter new experiences all the time. If we hesitate, and just go bit by bit, we will be left behind. So go ahead; jump and dive in, and experience the challenge.
We all have antagonistic recollections from the past. We cannot return to the moments, but our memories take us to the thoughts and feelings that remain in the aftermath. Some uncertainties, fears, and struggles we may want to leave behind. They make us cringe and wish we could go back and make a better decision. However, the triumphs, joys, and accomplishments become our best friends. These lifelong companions make us confident and secure.
In the movie, Tomorrowland, Casey asks, "There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is: which wolf wins?" Nate answers, "The one you feed." All of us have those memories that distress us, we must conquer the thoughts that would make us believe we cannot repair the damage. We may have the scars to remind us of the pain, but we also have the reminder of the healing that takes place when we refuse to pick at the wound.
Our memories carry us forward. The mistakes make us cautious... mindful. The triumphs give us hope and resilience. We need these two companions because they honestly ensure our hope for future contentment.
In this TEDxCOMO, Zach Beattie gives valuable advice about decisions, creativity, and mistakes.
1. Everyone is a genius and creative
2. Say, "Yes, and..."
4. Let yourself fail
What if students and teachers went to school each day knowing that blunders and triumphs would not be publicly displayed on a behavior management board? What if teachers talked to children quietly about their mistakes and worked with them to help them succeed? What if children knew that they are allowed to play because playing helps them learn. Can you imagine this type of school?
Pearls take time to form; likewise, our words should be chosen carefully and with thought.