#1. December 16, 2009
Last year around this time, I asked about New Year’s Resolutions and shared my resolution to handle five pieces of paper a day in order to process the deluge of paper that arrives on my desk each day.
I am happy to report that although the “five a day” didn’t work for me, I have successfully conquered my paper inbox this year by hiring an assistant I call my Paperwork Ninja. So, although the goal of handling paper better might seem like small one, it has been a problem for most of my adult life, and now I am closer and closer to what David Allen calls “mind like water.”
“Mind like water” is a state of mind where you are so organized that you can react to any situation in a completely appropriate way (not under react or over react) and then quickly return to a state of calm.
Anyway, this year, instead of a resolution, I am going to write done a set of goals for 2010. One of them will be to complete the Surfnetkids redesign that is happening behind the scenes at this very moment (very exciting, but still top secret!) and to add more community components to my Surfnetkids.com site.
How about you? What are your goals for 2010? Let me know over at my blog.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#3. Math Puzzles
by Barbara J. Feldman
Math Puzzles Printable (** for premium members only)
Math puzzles really do offer something for everyone. They can be used to engage kids who think they don’t like math, or provide enrichment to those who already love math. Today’s collection includes interactive and printable puzzles, brainteasers and math games for all aptitude levels.
AIMS Puzzle Corner
Activities Integrating Math and Science (AIMS) offers over a hundred printable math puzzles, categorized by type and difficulty. “The puzzles have not been assigned a grade level appropriateness because we have discovered that the ability to do a puzzle varies by individual not grade level.” Puzzle categories include Arrangement, Dissection, Divergent Thinking, Number, Logic, Toothpick, and Visual . For solutions, follow the link on the main page (you won-t find the solution linked from the individual puzzle pages.)
Cut the Knot: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
Dr. Alexander Bogomolny, a former associate math professor at the University of Iowa, describes the reason for his collection of interactive math puzzles: “Without going into research and speculations as to what causes math anxiety I hope to create a resource that would help learn, if not math itself, then, at least, ways to appreciate its beauty.” For middle-school and high- school students, there are algebra, geometry, and probability puzzles, along with dozens of other categories such as Visual Illusions and Analog Gadgets.
Dr. Mike-s Math Games
Dr. Mike-s games are nicely organized by grade level (K through 7), category (Magic Squares, Times Tables, Fractions) and type (Printable, Online and Calculator.) The online games include arcade-style shoot-em ups, quizzes, flashcards, and a Weekly Math Puzzle gadget you can add to your Google homepage. Be sure to visit the Popular page, which lists those games and puzzles that have been most popular this week and this year.
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#4. Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Math Puzzles Printable
Math Flashcards Printable
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#5. Related Games
Math Flashcard Game
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#6.Surfing the Calendar
Boston Tea Party
Dec 16, 1773
Ludwig von Beethoven’s Birthday
Dec 16, 1770
Wright Brother’s First Flight
Dec 17, 1903
Slavery Abolished by 13th Amendment
Dec 18, 1865
Anniversary of Establishment of Poet Laureate
Dec 20, 1985
Dec 20, 1812
France Transfers Louisiana Territory to U.S.
Dec 20, 1803
Anniversary of First Crossword Puzzle
Dec 21, 1913
Anniversary of Pilgrim Landing
Dec 21, 1620
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 21, 2009
First Gorilla Born in Captivity
Dec 22, 1956
Stephenie Meyer’s Birthday
Dec 24, 1973
Santa Claus Fun for Christmas
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Gingerbread Houses for Christmas
Dec 25, 2009
#7.Quote of the Week
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. ” ~~ Maya Angelou (b. Apr 4, 1928) American poet, dancer, playwright, director, author. Click here for more children quotes.
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