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Australian floods lowered global sea levels (Wired UK) “The vast amounts of rain that fell during the Australian floods in 2010 and 2011 caused the world’s sea levels to drop by as much as 7mm, according to oceanographers. In 2010, sea levels mysteriously dropped by 7mm and stayed lower than expected for a year and a half. Oceanographers attempted to work out where the water had gone; they found it in Australia. In most places on the globe, rain falls on mountains, runs into rivers and flows out into the sea. But in Australia, something different tends to happen. Rain that falls in the outback never makes it to the coast — it tends to collect in shallow inland seas and evaporate instead.” tags: weekly rain water ocean math wcydwt australian floods sea levels A New Era of Biological Warfare › ScienceZest “Dilger’s footmen and allies used liquid bacterial cultures of B. mallei to infect equines just before they were shipped to European ports. This was no easy task. Glanders can be transmitted to humans and a number of men with boils all over their faces would not only be suspicious, it would also reduce the flow of volunteers. The deadly bacteria had to be packed so that an untrained man could handle them safely, pour them into fodder, or jab […]
I know. I know. You’ve been eagerly awaiting more VA specific teacher evaluation posts. Because of that intense demand, I offer up this frame for the new VA DOE standards for teacher evaluation. Recall, if you will, what I’ve been told is an overly analytical, semi-obsessive breakdown of what the standards actually say. Based on that language, anyone want to take bets on what percent of the evaluation student learning progressions will be in 2015? I ignored the random assortment of items thrown under “Professionalism” and focused on the instructional items. The goal was to figure out when you’d really see these skills being practiced. I’m claiming three observational windows- planning, delivery, and reflection (and after your first lesson ever, reflection and planning ought to become conjoined twins)This may be me claiming loudly that water is wet.. I would argue that often we observe instruction and claim we can then figure out what happend in planning. I don’t think that’s the case. More energy and time needs to spent working with people when they are planning. Prior to putting these thoughts into action, we need to see what connections are being made, what information is being considered, etc. Looking at the end and trying to work backwards seems to encourage assumptions and mistakes on the part of the evaluator. People […]
If you missed this a couple weeks back, all of Mozart’s works are now available online, free of charge. This may be an “in” with your music teachers if you’re having trouble getting them to begin using computers in their classroom.