DUO Education is starting a new feature. It is going to post a "problem of the day" on the DUO Education Facebook page. Join me in trying to check your educational skills every time a new problem is posted. They will be in various subjects at a variety of skill levels. Have fun with it!
Hello everyone. I am not excited about the way education is moving today. It seems to be less of an experience about learning and more of a system for power. They say, "Knowledge is power." However, is that really how we want to look at it? Do we really want to be power hungry, focusing on power and not what knowledge really gives us?
I can hear the wheels turning in your minds now. But… knowledge provides power. You have the power to do more things, have more options, and know more about the world around you. It gives you the power to make a difference.
Yet, I ask you to consider a couple of other words instead of power. I think freedom and responsibility are better words. Knowledge is freedom. It gives you the freedom to do more things, have more options, and know more about the world around you. Knowledge also gives you the freedom and responsibility to make a difference. You can have all of these things without the need, desire, or talk of power.
I guess that is the difference I am trying to make. I offer and promote education as: the act of learning, the awe of learning, the seeking of knowledge, the building of self-confidence and self-esteem, the building blocks to being resourceful and thinking for oneself. Learning is to be fun, useful, and rewarding for each person as individuals.
If you have the same sort of ideals and would like to see more if it, share my posts. Help build a community of educators and learners who want to make a difference and who want to see the world of education take a different path than the current one. I hope to see more people offering and promoting the same services and attitudes. And, if you do not want to offer educational services, I hope that you will promote mine. Share it! Get people talking about it. Open a conversation. Education and the attitude surrounding it are important ideas and concepts that should not be taken lightly.
Hello, everyone! Happy New Year! I hope 2014 will bring you happiness and good health! My poster says it all! I plan on following my heart in 2014. I hope you do as well!
For me, that means many changes to my sites. I am also planning on posting Mondays and Wednesdays from all of my sites. For this site, it means story starters and writing prompts. There is a blog just for those that I will be revealing on Monday. I hope you enjoy it. It also means many more activities and learning pages.
As always... I look forward to your input. I am still very open to hearing your educational ideas, needs, questions, comments, etc. You can do that by commenting, contacting me, or possibly guest posting.
If you have an educational site or product you would like me to see or possibly review or promote, please feel free to contact me. I am open to chatting.
Have an idea for a new service or product on the site? Please contact me!
There are also more things in the works that I haven't finished yet. I look forward to revealing them as well. Please, explore the site often. It will be adding things quite often this year.
Hi everyone! I saw this whimsical little cover come across my Facebook page. Aren't the snowmen adorable? I am FB friends with the author, so I inquired about it!
"Snowman's 'Noggin and Neck' Award" by Joyce Mitchell is primarily a wordless book. The book is about Prancer and Blitzen (two of Santa's reindeer) go around the neighborhood looking at all the snowmen. The only words are an introduction, an ending, and labels for the home where the snowman was built.
Wordless books like this one have great educational value. It leaves so much for the imagination of young children who can't read. Wordless books get children thinking about the story, by getting them to look at the picture and make up their own story. This leads to using the pictures as cues for figuring out the words as a strategy when they really start to read.
In this particular book, where the images are similar... different looking snowmen in various yards. Venn diagrams can be done on two different images at a time. It is a great book for lessons on similarities and differences. And, the topic of cute little snowmen makes it that much more exciting for the children, especially in the winter months.
"Snowman's 'Noggin and Neck' Award" is currently only available as an ebook at the moment. You can find it on Amazon.com by pressing the title text or the picture image.
You can connect with Joyce on her Facebook page. She has other children's books listed there. I haven't read all of them, but hope you find one that you enjoy!
Notes and Announcements:
*First of all, you may have noticed, but Clarinda Cloud is getting a new cover! Instead of the plain cover that she has now, she is getting the one below. So, if you see it, know that it is the same great story with a different cover. She will be unavailable for a day or two during the switch.
*Secondly, I am always looking for guest bloggers, friendly and inspiring educational sites to visit, etc. I also give shout outs at times...for innovative educational sites and ideas. If you would like to guest blog or if you have an educational site, article, or product you would like me to see... please feel free to contact me.
Here is the last "Clarinda Cloud" contest of the year! This one, everyone can do! All you have to do is answer a couple of questions. You can answer the ones here, the ones at www.ClarindaCloud.com on Clarinda Cloud's Feelings Blog, or at www.AuthorJodiDesautels.weebly.com on my author blog. Of course, answering them at all three is good too! LOL!
A winner will be chosen from all the entries at the end of the month. If nobody answers at least two of the questions, I will find a place to donate a copy. If you want to comment, but would rather donate a book to someone, feel free to do that as well. Thank you!
Here are your two questions for this site:
1. Please explore the site and blog. What is your favorite blog post and why?
2. Please explore the site. What else would you like to see on the site and why? A class? If so, what kind? Another type of activity? If so, what kind? Homework help? More guest bloggers? If so, what kind? More teaching aids? If so, what kind? What would you like to see out of this site? What else would you like to see me offer?
Hi everyone! Not too long ago, I shared a presentation on multiplication practice. I have decided to show how the same presentation format can be used as a multiplication quiz.
This format would be great for in class quizzes, for a small group or whole group activity, for homework, and for schools as well as homeschoolers. There are 20 multiplication questions here. Each has a five second delay in order to give time for answering the question. The quiz has a frame instructing students to number their papers from one to twenty if it is to be a written quiz. You can pause the presentation to allow time to do that, if the given time is not long enough.
I know that this technology could serve great purposes as learning tools. If you have a subject or skill you would like me in which you would like me to use for a presentation, please feel free to contact me.
There is still time to tell me where you think I should donate a copy of "Clarinda Cloud." Do you know where this photo was taken? It seems to be difficult. To be true, Vermonters may have an advantage. I will give you a hint. It was taken in Franklin County, Vermont. Do you know where?
If you want a chance to win a copy of "Clarinda Cloud" for yourself, you can comment the name of the place on my author site. If you don't know, still leave a comment as to which elementary school, library, daycare, or children's counselor I should donate a copy. (If nobody guesses, I am still going to donate a copy. Please only U.S. addresses at this time.)
Good luck! Thank you!
Hi everyone! I am going to do something a little bit different today! Everyone likes a contest, right? And, everyone likes to get something for free, right? Well, I am going to try this contest monthly for the rest of the year and see what happens. I know what you are saying, "but this isn't educational and you only write about educational things." Right? Well, this is educational!
Treasure hunts and asking probing questions about text or images are effective ways of educating people. Also, they are fun strategies to use in education. I am just modeling this technique. LOL! Also, the books that I am featuring ARE EDUCATIONAL! So, there is education all over this blog post! LOL!
Okay. Here is how it works. I will post pictures each month of a book featuring Clarinda Cloud and ask "Where in the World is Clarinda Cloud?" (That is the name of the contest.) For the first person who comments where it is, I will send a copy of the book featured to the elementary school, library, daycare, or child counselor of your choice. (Only U.S. addresses at this time.)
Want to win the book yourself, that is fine too! Please make your comment on my author blog here! Yes, DUO Education will be competing with my author site, located at www.authorjodidesautels.weebly.com.
Don't know the answer? Comment anyway! If nobody guesses the correct answer, I will put all the suggestions from DUO Education and from my author site in a hat and send it to the elementary school, library, daycare, or children's counselor of your choice. When you make the comments here, please also tell me one thing you think I could do to make this site more effective. Thank you!
I think this is a great educational activity and a great way to get some awareness for Clarinda Cloud and the books in which she is featured. Speaking of Clarinda Cloud, have you gone over to check out her new site yet at www.ClarindaCloud.com?
Jodi Desautels is a wife and mother. She is a life-long learner, educator, author, illustrator, crafter, creator, and photographer. She lives by two rules: "The Golden Rule" and "Live. Laugh. Love."
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