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I once had an adult confess to me that he had just learned that cotton comes from a plant. That's not too surprising; lots of people think it's synthetic.

What made this confession odd, was that he had spotted some plants with fluffy white pods all over them in a greenhouse & asked what they were. The greenhouse belonged to his employer, the state department of agriculture. He had worked for them for several years, during which time he had visited many farms, had probably driven by many a cotton field, and surely must have heard people talking about boll weevils.

Wow, just wow.  I guess he didn't know why there were so many slaves in the southern United States, i.e. cotton plantations?  Or the expression, "Cotton picking minute"?

Just...wow.
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One of these things:



Thanks. That's what I thought. But how is that appropriate for a classroom map?

(You all are kindly educating an adult here.  :) )

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One of these things:



Thanks. That's what I thought. But how is that appropriate for a classroom map?

(You all are kindly educating an adult here.  :) )
A QR code is linked to a website or web page.  So kherbert can scan the code and the relevant site will pop up on the computer without having to type anything in the address bar.

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My daughter didn't realize until she was in college that Alaska wasn't an island. 

In her school they used pull down maps rather than globes and they would have a picture of the continental United States with a little box at the upper left showing Alaska and a little box at the bottom left showing Hawaii.  Since she knew Hawaii was a group of islands and was therefore separated from the land mass of the rest of the U.S., she had always assumed that Alaska was one too and that's why it wasn't shown 'connected' to the rest of the U.S. 
This is why I have a US Map and a World Map posted side by side in my classroom. One of the workstations I do is have QR codes  that link to earth/life science videos on the wall. I use string to link from the QR code to the location on the map. If it is a US Video the QR code I run the string to both  maps. Sometime around November a kid asks why Alaska is next to Hawaii on the US map and by Canada on the World Map.

What is a QR code? I can't find it in a search. Thanks.
They are like barcodes. With a reader on a phone or tablet with a camera they can be used to go directly to a web site, plain text, phone number, map etc.  They are often used for advertising. Since I teach 2nd grade it makes it easy for me to have the kids go to a specific site without either
1. Having to put a link on almost 20 Ipads in the grade
2. Risk the kids mistyping and getting frustrated with the activity.

At the end of the year we have multicultural week. 2nd grade does South America each year.  One of the questions we are supposed to answer is what is the environment like and how does that effect the culture of the people. We focused on nations that are part of the rainforest this year. SO we turned the hall into a rainforest. The kids used videos to access some information because it is hard to find 2nd/3rd grade reading material on topics like this - and the library is closed at this point for inventory and to hold all the textbooks. So each group brought me the link to their most informative video, I made the QR Code and printed it out. Then the kids put that up with their project in the hall.

Every grade brought their kids with Ipads and the kids BYOD* that had cameras and an app. They spent a good deal of time in our hall exploring. Then we had the future principals group meet at our school. They came into our hall, but didn't have the QR readers on their phone. A couple of my kids, and a kids from next door saw them. They came in got our Ipads (that were charging at the time), took them out and taught the administrators how to use the QR codes.

http://www.qrstuff.com/ for info on QR codes
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If this has already come up, my apologies.

My parents are from Canada. They are English-Canadian, a very important distinction for Canadians (at least it used to be!). I have lost count of how many people have asked me how I understand Canadians. They all speak french, don't they?  :o

Add to that, the assumption that they all live in igloos in a permanent winter. Oy.

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Thanks for the thorough explaination. I sounds fast and uncluttered!

In our school, theft was such a problem that we didn't even let the kids bring anything to school except the usual small school supplies. I don't know how they handle it now.

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Thanks for the thorough explaination. I sounds fast and uncluttered!

In our school, theft was such a problem that we didn't even let the kids bring anything to school except the usual small school supplies. I don't know how they handle it now.
We have had a problem with theft but it was from outsiders. A few years ago our school was broken into 7 times. A group of 3rd graders, who had their portable broken into came up with a plan. They presented the teacher with a schedule for the next long weekend (break ins happened on school holidays). They were going to stake out their room with their parents. They just needed the teacher to let the first family in, and they could let the 2nd family in and so on.

Of course that didn't happen, but the cops had the same idea and they caught the thieves. The cops were also pleasantly surprised at the large number of calls they received reporting suspicious activity on campus from the apartments next door. They generally have trouble getting cooperation from the residents who fear the gang members that live there also. Apparently messing with our school going to far, and they did call to report activity.

When we leave my room all personal electronics, except my school laptop are locked in a closet. That helps with making sure the kids keep up with them and that they don't leave them in the cafeteria, bathroom, or specials classes. All classes k-5 are self contained, the only kids that switch teachers for academics are SPED students who are mainstreamed for some classes and with SPED or lifeskills teachers for other classes..
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I think one of the problems is that it's much harder than it used to be to know which lights are important and which are not.
I know in my manual when you look up various lights/warnings it often says "contact your dealer" so doesn't even tell you what the specific light is related to, and it's very hard to know whether it's a "stop right there, do not attempt to drive at all until it's been checked" and which are "get it checked as soon as you can and drive with a little more care than usual in the mean time"

I'm lucky that the garage which looks after my car are very good, and so I can phone them to say "this light has some on, this is what I was doing, is it safe for me to drive it straight to you now / wait and make an appointment to pop in  next week or do I need to call the RAC now? Becuase the guidance in the instruction manual does not give any clue as to which of those is likely to apply

I once hired a van, to move house. We were about 20 minutes into our 5 hour journey when the engine management light came on. You know, one of the ones where the manual says "Stop. Do not pass go. Do not attempt to collect $200. Call out a tow truck"

Turned out that it was a faulty connection to the bulb of the warning light . (the bit which infuriated me was that (a) several of the guys at the hire co. KNEW this, but didn't bother to mention it to us when we picked up the van (b) the company were angry that I wasn't willing to just drive off in the hope that the engine wasn't about to seize up & leave me and all my worldly goods stranded half way across the country (this was before they checked it and found it was a loose connection, of spoke to the guys that knew that)

Fortunately it came on when we were close to another of their locations, so we got them to check it. The guy who checked it seemed bemused that I insisted on his making and signing a note to say he had checked it, it was a faulty connection not a fault with the engine, and that he was instructing us to ignore it. Did I not believe him?
 (Why yes, I had read the small print of the hire agreement about what circumstances would mean we were liable for any damage to the van:-)

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My daughter didn't realize until she was in college that Alaska wasn't an island. 

In her school they used pull down maps rather than globes and they would have a picture of the continental United States with a little box at the upper left showing Alaska and a little box at the bottom left showing Hawaii.  Since she knew Hawaii was a group of islands and was therefore separated from the land mass of the rest of the U.S., she had always assumed that Alaska was one too and that's why it wasn't shown 'connected' to the rest of the U.S.

This probably belongs in the "obvious things you've just learned thread" since I'm admitting to my own ignorance, but it's related to the story above. I just learned last week that North Korea and South Korea are on the northeast side of China, right near Japan. I always thought they were southwest of China, far away from Japan (sort of in the area of Thailand). I would have bet money on it, but I was very wrong.

I've looked at maps of Asia plenty of times, so it took me awhile to figure out where I had gotten the idea that N & S Korea were southwest of China. Whenever you see a map of Korea (e.g., in the paper, on the news), it focuses in on the two countries and shows that North Korea shares a northern border with China. It's not until you zoom way out that you realize that, although North Korea borders China on the North, it's still on the far northeast side of China. And some of the larger maps of Asia I saw only labeled one or two countries (e.g., usually China and one or two others, at most), so my incorrect belief wasn't corrected when I saw the larger maps. Now I know - zoom out if you want to know where something is, zoom out!

New to me - thanks!  I would have said the same thing - that North and South Korea were further south, toward the archipelago stretching downward toward Australia.  I had no idea South Korea and Japan were so close!

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I am learning *so* much about world geography from homeschooling my kids.  I think I retain a lot more than they do, having some knowledge of the countries ahead of time.  There are puzzles that have all the countries and the pieces are shaped like the countries (GeoPuzzle makes some, which are my favorite for little kids, although The Global Puzzle is my favorite for me and challenging even for adults!), and it's amazing how much you retain just from doing the puzzle a few times!  I think something about making the piece fit with the water and the countries near it really helps you see the borders of each country and how they fit together, what countries touch the water, what countries touch each other, etc.  It's a great way to learn geography!

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When I was a kid, I had a game - Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego - for my Commodore 64 (I know, I'm dating myself). It came with a world almanac and was a GREAT way to learn geography. And a bit about political and monetary systems and languages, too.
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You've all just discovered why I love, love LOVE teaching geography. :)

Many kids are genuinely enthusiastic about learning real people and real places.  That most Egyptians don't ride camels to and from work, and that they do not live in pyramids.  That the great wall is huge, but in the far northern region of China, and that Macau still looks very Portuguese.  Oh, and that Berlin Wall was in Berlin, and did not divide East and West Germany, and that the iron curtain was figurative, not literal.

We have many South Asian families in my district, and they love talking about India (or Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.) and how no, they didn't "know" each other before moving here, and just because they are all from India, no, they can't all communicate in any one language except....English.  One of my kids was from Goa this year, and blew everyone away by talking to the Brazilian kid in Portuguese.  I love it!

(and yes, to answer the question that everyone asks me, I can name and locate every country in the world and its capital.)

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(and yes, to answer the question that everyone asks me, I can name and locate every country in the world and its capital.)
That's impressive: I think I'm fairly good in that sphere, but the above is not a claim I'd be ready to make. (And I won't challenge you to "single combat" on this subject -- if only because I'm pretty sure that I would lose !)

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When I was a kid, I had a game - Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego - for my Commodore 64 (I know, I'm dating myself). It came with a world almanac and was a GREAT way to learn geography. And a bit about political and monetary systems and languages, too.

Oh!  I think I had that game, too.  Or something like it.  Or maybe I only had Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego, because that game is the reason Tulsa, Oklahoma is forever linked to the image of oil derricks in my mind.  ;D
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I clean house for an elderly lady who has two adult daughters.  Daughter2 came to visit her mother and we were chatting about Daughter1's vacation. The following conversation ensued:
D2: My sister is on vacation, so if you need more cleaning supplies, call me, not her.
Me: oh okay, I wish I could go on vacation.
D2: Me too.  I wish I had enough money to go out of the country like my sister.
Me: oh, where did she go?
D2: Hawaii
Me: *facepalm*