Testing a new blog editing tool

Wow I have not looked at any client side (non web) blog editors in a really long time. I just picked up BlogDesk (using it on this post). It had one of the smoothest setups that I have ever used for a blog editor. Very nice if you have not looked at it go check it out.

 

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Learning with a great teacher

This is a very intriguing article about a dynamic 5th Grade teacher who went against the grain with some great results.

Suben said: “My primary goal as a teacher is to help my students understand the reasoning behind math rules and procedures. I have several core beliefs about this: (1) Understanding is constructed by the learner, not passively received from the teacher. (2) Understanding is built by making connections between as many strands of knowledge as possible. (3) Understanding is galvanized through communication. (4) Understanding is only valuable when you reflect on it and question it.”

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Happy New Year

Well I have really been slacking on writing in this weblog and I have no excuses. I have a new goal on my Joe’s Goals list to get back to writing here so I am ready to start. I hope everyone has started off the new year in a great way and here is to hoping that 2007 will be better than 2006 in every way!

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What is genius?

Extraordinary efforts

“It’s complicated explaining how genius or expertise is created and why it’s so rare,” says Anders Ericsson, the professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee who edited the handbook. “But it isn’t magic, and it isn’t born. It happens because some critical things line up so that a person of good intelligence can put in the sustained, focused effort it takes to achieve extraordinary mastery. These people don’t necessarily have an especially high IQ, but they almost always have very supportive environments, and they almost always have important mentors. And the one thing they always have is this incredible investment of effort.”

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Quote of the Week!

“Americans will always do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the alternatives,” – Winston Churchill.

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Another Great Quote from Gandhi

“Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle,” – Mahatma Gandhi.

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Woodrow Wilson after creating the Federal Reserve said

I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.
~ Woodrow Wilson

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