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Green Guide to Back-to-School

Yesterday I went to Hall Middle School to start getting my new classroom ready and I thought about all of you, and figured you’d be soon heading to the store to start getting school supplies. Stop and read this before you do and make sure to share it with your parents too.

I was inspired to make two websites in the last 24 hours. One is called a Green Guide to Back-to-School. It has helpful ideas on what to avoid and things to be mindful about. Make sure to look over this PDF from the Sidwell Friends School on buying school supplies with the Earth in mind. I’ll be sure to put links to some of the materials on the site so you can find them if your local store doesn’t carry them. I also created a blog called The Green School that will have ideas about how to make your school and classroom environment more green. Be sure to share it with your teachers. I’ll eventually add activities and highlight some successful projects, such as Mrs. Buono’s classes’ water education program and the subsequent installation of a water refill station. Very cool!

Have a great year and keep the planet cool buy wise choices.

Blessings,
Ms. Newburn

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The Story of Stuff – a New Video for a New Paradigm

I hope you enjoyed watching The Story of Stuff video today. Feel free to watch it again. If you were absent be sure to watch it. Also click on some of the different topics and explore the resources and organizations working to make the shift.

Check out this website I made called Ecological Footprint. If you haven’t taken an ecological footprint quiz, I highly recommend it. It’ll show you how many planets we’d need if there were 6.5 billion people consuming like you do. It’s shocking! Also read the post about the holidays and how to make them greener. I think you’ll like some of the suggestions from my family.

Creating a sustainable system is a complex process and we all can make changes to support a green system. Tell me what you are interested in doing.

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Dalai Lama Rennaisance Film

My friend, Mr. Jeff Wessman, sent me a link to a YouTube video of a a trailer to documentary about the Dalai Lama called Dalai Lama Rennaisance. Most of the video footage was filmed several years ago in Dharamsala, India. Mr. Jeff had the great fortune to be present for conference because he worked for a company called New Dimensions Radio. (Mr. Jeff is in the video clip about 35 seconds in, sitting on a train in a blue long sleeved shirt, sitting next to Michael Toms.)

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How to Create a Labyrinth

Check out this site by the Labyrinth society. It shows how to draw the classic Cretan labyrinth that we drew in class today that has 7 circles. It also shows how to do a 3 and 15 circle labyrinth. Cool.

You may also be interested in looking at some of the other pages, such as what is a labyrinth? and the types of labyrinths. (Click on the right side bar to go to the different types.) You can also see some of the beautiful creations from my friend Alex Champion, including the Cretan labyrinth and Flowerwand that I walked this past weekend.

The picture below shows the Peace Labyrinth that my friends and I built in my backyard.

Labyrinth

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Learn About Biodiversity: Bio DaVersity Code

Man is not alone on this planet. He is part of a community, upon which he depends absolutely. Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

Check out the latest clip from the folks at Free Range Graphics. This video is called Bio DaVersity Code and teaches about the importance of biodiversity and that humans are part of the web of life. You may recognize the plot.

Much of the ecological devastation has been caused because people don’t believe we are part of the web of life, and hence they don’t respect the Laws of Nature. I’ve been amazed over the years when I taught science that a number of my students didn’t even know that humans were animals!

If you want to read an excellent book that will transform the way you look at humans in relationship to the other creatures on this planet, and one that provides a possible vision for people as stewards of the planets, I recommend the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It will change your life. It did mine.

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Math Anxiety and EFT

Research shows that being stressed about math actually makes it harder to use your brain to learn math.¬† The stress saps your brain of memory that can be used to learn. Read this insightful article about math anxiety, but don’t despair we have a helpful tool!

Remember the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the tapping activity, we did last week? That’s one very helpful strategy to help you release the negative emotions and stress related to math. It simultaneously supports you in opening to learning math. You can get the manual on the EFT method for free with this link. You may als want to check out their home page. It lists case studies on how EFT has supported people with a variety of issues.

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Hubble Space Telescope: The Most Important Image Ever Taken

This  beautiful video talks about the most important image ever taken by humanity.

For more amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, including beautiful screen savers, go to HubbleSite.org. Looking at these magnificent pictures can open you heart and remind you that you are a part of this glorious Universe.

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