I love WordPress for many reasons but I try to teach my students that “free wordpress” is a relative term: What Is the True Cost of Building and Managing a WordPress Website?
I am learning about teaching each day that I lovingly and diligently do this work. I want to teach as a facilitator of student-centered learning and practice. Here is an annotated bibliography of research writings about improvisation and other creativity in teaching http://wiki.ubc.ca/Improvisation_(Teaching_and_Learning)
How do I introduce K-12 ESL students from South Korea and beyond to history and context while staying nearby to storytelling and creative performance? We’ve been reciting and reflecting upon some of Aesop’s fables but it might be useful to try basic Shakespeare. It has been a nice journey so far so let’s probe deeper,Continue reading “Creative ESL for K-12?”
My old fren-emy, the hindrance of sloth and torpor
My second graders will love this: and this:
I am using Peter and the Wolf and The Lion King (with Study Guide) as visual and aural learning resources as I teach four brilliant 2nd graders from Seoul, South Korea (ESL for Special Purposes), These kids are a huge wake up call for me. Their brilliance reflects poorly upon our local and national educationalContinue reading “Peter and the Wolf for 2nd graders”
For those who have not heard Uncle Pen, here is your chance! Listen to Uncle Pen
This is a great article by the IDA about documentary budgets. Useful. CLICK HERE
How to make thick curd This article has some very good tips for making homemade yogurt using whole milk and hot chilis. Yummy and hot. I also like to blend homemade yogurt with greens, ginger and hot chilis.
My 13-year old son, Niall. Here is a nice album of photos (thanks to Lisa Roah Photography) from yesterday’s league championship game. He pitched well (allowed one run) and hit a towering dinger–in a nail-biting 4-3 loss against the Dodgers.
THIS ARTICLE provides useful information about some fantastic, off-the-beaten-track places to go in the Philippines. I already had my own list of places for reclining and recreating in the Philippines, but this list adds several new and astonishing ones to the mix. CLICK HERE
I’ve been trying to learn and play this tune for years. This video provides a helpful bit of instruction.
Philippine Sea — South China Sea Dispute (Non-Interactive) This is an interesting book by Philippines Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio that lays out an historical analysis of the legal claims to Scarborough Shoal, the Spratleys and many other islands in the Philippine Sea wast of Palawan (aka South China Sea). TRANSCRIPT: Justice Antonio Carpio onContinue reading “Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?”
This story is required reading for my students: ROCKET MAN http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/11/25/rocket-man-2
This article provides a concise introduction to 3D printing. What is 3D Printing?
I am learning to play the Banjo. I have two long-nick Plectrum Banjos, one for each tuning, a beautiful 5-string Banjo, and an Irish Tenor Banjo. CLICK HERE for a useful list of different tunings for some kinds of Banjos (in the USA and Ireland)
I prefer the word, mastery, instead of proficiency, but as I watched the exchange between Al Franken and Betty DeVos I heard reference to the “proficiency v growth” debate. It reminds me the assessment of learning is no easy matter, and it takes time, thought and effort to understand such issues. Unfortunately, Betty DeVos doesn’t seem toContinue reading “Proficiency (or Mastery) and Growth”
I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, in the Kyrgyz Republic (AUCA). My research project is … Source: KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant
I have been doing research about independent filmmaking in Kyrgyz Republic. I see mention of Kyrgyz films that were included in a “Festival of Muslim Cinema” in Kazan, in Russia. I wonder about the films being shown. I have so many favorite films from Iran and other places, films known to adhere to “Islamic” or “Muslim” values inContinue reading “Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia”
This is an 8-minute documentary that I produced for the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) several years ago. Re-edited (from 15-min to 8-min) and finally put online!
I have been pondering the notion of Happiness and the Root of Suffering. I am trying to simplify my understanding here, and I hope it helps someone else too. What is happiness? Happiness is when the heart and mind are freed from suffering. How can one achieve happiness? Happiness can be achieved as the causes ofContinue reading “Happiness and Suffering”
Two women from Bendum share their thoughts about the past and present, in the upland forests of Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines.
I am re-editing some documentary projects that I produced years ago in the upland forests of Mindanao, Philippines. My son says my style as a filmmaker is antiquated and extinct, and he is probably correct, but it’s my best effort and hopefully achieves some level of mindful simplicity in an online context.
LISTEN to “WAR OF THE WORLDS” A ONE HOUR RADIO DRAMA READ about “WAR OF THE WORLDS” READ SCRIPT of Orson Welles’ “WAR OF THE WORLDS”
Some folks are long overdue for their first reading of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. In my case, I was overdue for a re-read and it has been very helpful. With recent political developments as they have been and a tendency to forecast ominously for the future I provide this link toContinue reading “Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn”