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Photographing the Jaw-Dropping ‘Crystal Caves’ of Iceland

If there is only one way for me to describe Iceland, it would be “Monumental Scale Shock”. The country really borders on the extreme. The entire …

Revision and exam preparation: teaching tips and creative lesson ideas

Teacher Jonathan Hancock was 16, sitting his own GCSEs, when he first came across Ancient Greek methods for recalling information. Keen to impress friends with the number of playing cards he could memorise, he mastered the method of using mental images and narratives to turn forgettable information …

80 Interesting Ways To Use Google Forms In The Classroom

<b>80 Interesting Ways To Use Google Forms In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>When you think of innovative, edgy, compelling uses of technology, Google …

Education Technology

7 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers

<b>Most educators are familiar with student response systems (SRS) a.k.a. clickers. Common brands are eInstruction, Sentio, TurningPoint, Activote.</b> …

Examples of some of my ideas in practice

Here is a lesson implementing a few ideas from some of my recent blog posts. I think it is important to demonstrate the impact some of the ideas have.<p>…

The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

<b>The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Projects in the classroom are as old as the classroom itself.<p>“Projects” …

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip …

Plants

Living History: One of America’s Oldest Greenhouses

Last weekend, while seeking a warm retreat from winter, the family and I chanced upon what turned out to be an historic and natural treasure in our …

Gardening 101: How to Root Herbs in Water

Rooting herbs in water is so easy to do that the first time it happened to me was a surprise. A friend brought me a housewarming gift–a bouquet of …

7 Ways to Transform a Small Backyard

Before<p>With no privacy, no personality, and—the biggest drawback of all—no place to sit, this 550-square-foot side yard had little to recommend …

Cosmo Cricket

I LOVE basil and have a lot of it in outside garden's. But, those gardens are too cold to be growing my favorite herb at the moment. So, when I saw …

A 5-Step Guide to Detoxing (Your Skin, That Is)

A 5-Step Guide to Detoxing (Your Skin, That Is)

Skin

in Food onFeb 10, 2013 3:30 pm

Many people choose Simply Orange juice because they believe it is a less processed, more natural choice than other brands. However, a new …

Oatmeal: Nutrition, Benefits, Types, Toppings

When More Calories Is Better

9 times quality is far more important than calorie count<p>Women seem to be almost innately programmed to check the calorie content of every food—after …

Nutrition

12 Ways Lemons Can Make You More Beautiful

You know what to do if life gives you lemons… make DIY beauty and skincare products! Okay, so the phrase might not be as catchy, but it’s way true: lemons are natural toners and cleansers, making them the go-to for everything from brightening your hair to banishing oily skin. Plus, they’re …

Skin Care

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

In my first year of teaching about a decade ago, I was given very straightforward instructions for what I was charged to do. I was told to follow the curriculum, ensure that my students didn't disrupt the classroom, meet the state standards for my subject, and make sure that my students passed the …

Teaching

Secret Teacher: why I've given up my dream job in teaching

'I have nothing but respect for those who don't find teaching a toxic environment.' After just four terms as an NQT, this week's Secret Teacher explains why they've left the profession • More from The Secret Teacher<p>You would think that the PGCE year, complete with 24 weeks of teaching practice, …

DIY: Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Home > Recipes by Category > DIY Recipes > DIY: Homemade Peanut Butter<p>February 3, 2014 // 121 <i>Comments »</i><p>It’s certainly not a secret around here that I …

2-Ingredient Pancakes

A few months ago I picked up a muscle magazine at the gym and almost gagged out loud when I read a recipe for “Protein Cupcakes” that involved mixing …

S'mores Cupcakes

February 3, 2014<p>S’mores Cupcakes<p>Chocolate Cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallowy meringue frosting. Oh. my. gosh. These were …

Dessert

Purple Paris

101<p>1<p>1<p>Shares 103<p>I was buying a bike recently and, for some reason, the store offered the bike I wanted in two shades: black and <i>prune</i> (plum), one of …

How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: You have the power to bring the best out of dark leafy greens.</i><p>Wondering what to do with that bunch of greens …

UPDATED: Epic Pink and Yellow Textured Sunset, as Seen from Bernal

We had some friends over for dinner last night, so I couldn’t sneak up to Bernal Hill to shoot last night’s amazing sunset. But I watched it with a drink in my hand from the back yard — an awe-inspiring explosion of rich pinks and yellows, with rich textures created by a layer of high …