Monday, January 21, 2013
Instead of Progress Reports . . .
Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers.
I can always find something to read and distract me from the nagging task at hand. This week it was the Science Times section of the NYT (which incidentally, I read on Friday, even though it comes out on Tuesday). I'm a solid Language Arts/Social Studies kind of gal, so reading the Science Times section is my version of Science Light!
From page D3:
Study Measures Impact of China's One-Child Policy - We are studying China right now in SS.
Wet Wrinkled Fingers Evolved for Better Grip - Those prunelike wrinkles allow a better grip on wet objects. Curriculum connection - we study early man in SS.
Giant Squids Ready for Small-Screen Debut - The videos will appear on Jan. 27 on a Discovery Channel Show, "Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real." I must remember to share this with my students.
Equation of Time Solves Mystery of Gray Mornings - This article explains the analemma, that uneven figure 8 on globes in a deserted part of the Pacific. Does it seem like there's more darkness in the morning and less in the afternoon? It turns out that earth's orbit and axis cause delayed sunrises even as days lengthen. No wonder it's still so hard to get up in the morning!
This Was Supposed to Be My Column for New Year's Day - Yes, I saved the best one for last. This article explains that positive procrastination may all be in the mind, but it can be effective. It turns out that it works best for those who feel guilt for their procrastination and need to assuage it. The author mentions that positive procrastination will likely work for you if you're the type of person who cleaned your dorm room before exams. Not only did I clean the room, I could often be found mopping the floor in my dorm room when I needed to write a paper. Unfortunately, I told my husband about this once, and so he now refers to any of my positive procrastination behaviors as "mopping the floor."
Hmmm - perhaps reading the Science Times is another version of mopping the floor for me. Guess it's time to face those progress reports!