1.First of all this week, welcome back to all the kiwi teachers! Nice to be at the start of term two. My first thing this Thursday is a thank you to an SCT colleague who put me onto this book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Have you ever read one of those books where you are chuckling away at the characters, then one word a small Iranian girl says to her grumpy old neighbour makes you dissolve into sobs? How do you explain that? I put it down to allergies and dust mites in the air then snuffle loudly and bury my head in the book again. This is one of those books and I recommend it to you.
2. A blast from a past Three Things, but worth revisiting….…check this out. A site that allows you to search for videos from big engines like Youtube and then removes ALL advertising and comments! What’s that? You scoff at this sites ability to filter out the advertising and the comments from ‘the madding crowd’? Go on then, take a look….I reckon you’ll bookmark this one. They have tidied up the graphics since I last posted about this site!
3. Chemistry: here’s a clean, easy to navigate, interactive periodic table of elements. As Carl Sagan put it: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” See? We can even jimmy an English quote into a chemistry blogpost. Nice.