Thursday, November 08, 2012

Google reader send to blogger test

Google reader send to blogger test

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Look Up! Educator Network

Look Up! Educator Network

Look Up! links to educational resources for kids and their instructors and mentors - web sites, articles, lesson plans, do-it-yourself videos. A project of - the organization that donates actual airplanes to schools across the United States for students to build or refurbish.

Help Look Up! capture links to the 1000s of great aviation sites. Join Diigo information management tool site and the Look Up! group, then add your favorite educational aviation links to the group

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

physics and math lessons

There is an extensive list of lessons at Kahn Academy. These are online video lessons in a wide range of math and science topics. Many relate to aviation and aerospace topics, although they are not specifically addressing aerospace in the individual lessons.

These are great for providing another presentation of a concept. Students can view these anytime for review or for expanding their understanding of the subject.

Monday, September 13, 2010

paper planes

  • - links to lots of resources relating to paper planes, and education
  • Best Paper Airplanes
  • NASA K-12 activities - In the paper airplane activity students select and build one of five different paper airplane designs and test them for distance and for time aloft. Part of this activity is designed to explore NASA developed software, FoilSim, with respect to the lift of an airfoil and the surface area of a wing. 
Learn more...

aviation online courses, activities

Aviation online courses, activities

Build A Plane (BAP)

Build A Plane donates actual airplanes to schools across the United States for students to build or refurbish.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Voices: Learning to Raise Your Self-Esteem!

How we view and talk to ourselves shape our choices and how we relate to the world. Unfortunately, low self-esteem proves to be a huge obstacle for too many people – oftentimes it stops us from enjoying relationships, doing the things we want to do, and from working toward our life goals and dreams.

By good self-esteem we mean the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges (competence) and feeling worthy of happiness
Tips to build a stronger sense of competence:
  • Make an accurate self-appraisal (be realistic – not too harsh or too easy. Ask for feedback from a trusted friend or counselor for your self-assessment).
  • Work on overcoming adversities and bouncing back from failures.
  • Break difficult tasks into small steps. Your competence will grow as you master each step toward the larger goal.
  • Assume responsibility for your actions by looking realistically at what you can do to be more successful in the situation you’re facing. When we blame others or outside events for life’s difficulties we lock ourselves into being victims.
  • Maintain your integrity by living in accordance with your own values. This will help engender your sense of self-worth.
The way we see ourselves affects the way others perceive us. Having a healthy and positive relationship with yourself will show people that you feel worthy of love and success. Don’t be afraid to praise and care for yourself – when you put forth the effort to overcome low self-esteem, you’ll realize just how much you can accomplish!
..adapted from
  • How do you address self-esteem in your class?
  • What are some techniques for promoting self-esteem in students at your grade level?
  • Are there barriers to developing positive self-esteem for your students? How do you overcome these?
  • Are there people and resources outside the classroom who are helpful to encouraging positive self-esteem for your students?

Voices: How to Make a Perfect Classroom Seating Chart

This seating chart arrangement is proven to keep students focused. You will be able to teach and students will be able to learn. Too often, problems in the classroom come down to the fact that the seating chart just isn't working. Don't let that get in the way of success in the classroom.

Place seats in an open U-shape but with a difference. Generally, arrange the seats in two rows of seats facing one another. The open end of the U is to the side of the rows facing toward the middle of the room. The closed end of the U faces toward the center and the "front" of the room. The exact placement will depend on the number of students and the size of your classroom. [needs a picture]

When assigning students to their new seat, greet them at the door and point out where they sit as they enter the room. This will prevent chaos and confusion. Once students are in their new seats, remind them that they need to show you that they can make the new seating chart work. If students are a distraction in their new seat, do not hesitate to move them.
  • How is your classroom arranged now? Do you have the flexibility to change desks around?
  • Have you tried placing desks or chairs in different configurations? What was the result?
  • Does seating arrangement affect your students? In what ways?
  • Can students select where they sit or are they assigned seats?
  • Are students seated so they can work together? Can students help one another from their seats?
Learn more... How to Make a Perfect Classroom Seating Chart

Voices: Four Elements of Effective Feedback

There are Four Elements of Effective Feedback that are effective when giving your students feedback on assignments. The first two elements are inspired from Peter Elbow's work and are a part of exercising your "believing muscle" in which we "listen, affirm, enter in, try to put ourselves into the skin of people with other perceptions." Here, we are asked to share our experiences with others, rather than force them upon others.

The other two are developed from "what works" in coaching. Focus around a big question. Say what philosophical question his/her writing generates for you. What does their completed assignment make you wonder about on a larger level? Then, be specific and constructive by offering 1 or 2 things for improvement. The reason we say to give your students one (maybe two) things is this: If you highlight one thing for improvement, then, the Learner can take that one thing, remember it, and incorporate it for the future.

Here are Four Elements of Effective Feedback to use when giving feedback:
  1. Pointing
  2. Summarizing
  3. Posing 1 question for your Learner to consider
  4. Offering 1 or 2 things for improvement
Teachers Without Borders builds a "believing muscle." We hope to understand the people we work with and their thoughts - from the inside out. Certainly, there are many times in which we may need to play the doubting game. In our work, however, the believing game welcomes difference, innovation, investing in others, and personal strength."
  • What are some of the questions that you use to start your own thinking about feedback?
  • Can you describe feedback that you received that really helped you?
  • Have you provided feedback to someone that made a big difference to them?
  • How much feedback is just enough - either for you or your students?
Learn more... Techniques to Feedback — TWB Courseware

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Hello everyone in Cohort 14

I live near San Francisco, in California. I teach part-time at a community college. I also facilitate online workshops for other faculty. I am looking forward to completing this program so that I can become a mentor for the Certificate of Teaching Mastery program.

I have been especially fortunate to become part of several online communities, so I would like to use them as examples of "my" culture for this assignment. is an online tool, a learning environment and a global community of educators. The main page is a bit overwhelming but it show how rich the organization is. Everyone is invited to "join" - create a user account. There are community members who make themselves available to meet and greet newcomers. There are several outstanding tutorials for learning to use the wiki tools. There is a email group for discussions - often very lively and always interesting and helpful.

Although I am new to TWB, I have experienced a welcoming culture here too. I'm looking forward to participating in several programs like the Certificate of Teaching Mastery (CTM)  and the Voices of Teachers radio broadcasts with Raphael Oko and TWB - Nigeria.