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December 31, 2008

Beethooven’s Fifth, sort of

Don’t watch this if you are a musical purist, but I think this could actually be used to help kids understand classical music – or at least Beethooven. It’s hilarious, with apologies to John Hodges.

It’s not Time to Quit

I wasn’t going to add something so quickly but in reviewing a post, I ran across this one and had to add it here: The lesson is this: Don’t tell me the future. I’ve learned, unquestionably, that resilience—not prophecy—is the greatest gift. That’s from Leading Blog, cut from a speech by Ralph W. Shrader of …

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How to Teach Students how to Think

David Hicks on Socratic thinking: By making his students conscious of their dialectical thinking processes, Socrates hoped to assign them parts in a dramatic dialogue that otherwise occurs unconsciously and haphazardly in the thinking mind. Once the conversation between Socrates and his students deliberately took on the dialectical form of mental activity, learning became possible. …

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Treating Symptoms

I have had chronic back pain for several years now. It has finally become intolerable the point of my having a medical procedure done yesterday. During the process of explaining the procedure, the doctor grabbed my attention my asserting a phrase that is rarely heard in the medical profession these days. He said that the …

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