Coyotes and Deer, Oh My!

I wanted to go for a trail run but I stopped short when I saw this sign at the entrance.

Coyotes

It was hours away from dusk but it was overcast and eerily quiet.

I decided to go for my run anyway. I took my phone with me. I figured I could play some music to scare away the coyote if I saw him.

I ran at a fast past, over the very hilly course and I was almost out of breath when I heard something off in the bush ahead of me.

I typed my password in to unlock my phone . . .

And that’s when I saw . . .

Deer in the woods

Deer!

There were three of them in fact.

They were off to the side of the trail. I had to zoom in to get a good shot. My hands were shaky because this was a tough route and I had been pushing myself.

It was hard to hold my little phone steady when the zoom was employed. I got several blurry shots and this fairly decent one.

I have seen deer on about 1/3 of my trail runs this year. Some of them were remarkably close too. I just never had my camera with me to document it.

I’m glad I got that above shot.

Warble Boardwalk

I continued my run, half expecting to come across some more wild life.

But other than squirrels and chipmunks, I didn’t see anything else.

Warbler Woods

This boardwalk is nice though.

I have a more in-depth review with lots of photos if you’d like to learn more about Warbler Woods! 

And you can always check out my Photographic Tour Archive for lots of great trails to run, walk, or stroll.

Classroom Management for Dummies

Welcome back to Teaching Tip Tuesdays!

School starts in two weeks and this video is something you might want to watch before you step back into the classroom. It is full of great ideas on managing behaviour and the challenges that come with being a teacher.

1. Focus on Creating Authentic Learning Experiences

Have a product-based classroom. Something that is based on composition and not just consumption of knowledge. It makes the classroom experience meaningful for all.

2. Only 3 Rules

Build your rules around these three concepts . . .

Lateness and preparation
Respect
Caring for Other

3. Model the Cray Cray

I want to make sure my students know that I have an objective and that it will not be tolerated for the students disrupt that. Model how you might react with a loud yell. This way, the students have heard it and you won’t have to do it again. Ideally, this will be the only time you raise your voice to that level all year.

4. Have a few delivery lines in your toolbox.

Be ready to use simple lines to acknowledge bad behaviour so it doesn’t disrupt your lesson at all.

5. Avoid Punitive Humiliation

When you put a student on the spot, you are essentially elevating the situation to where the student gets some classroom credibility. Take the student to the side and do your best to empower the child.

6. Don’t Interrupt Your Lesson

Bring in the bad behaviour to your lecture. It helps let students understand that your lesson is important and that we are not going to stop because of a small incident.

7. Engage Immediately

You need to have a very specific opening activity. Give them something important to do right away so as to avoid any time for them to be distracted or engage

8. Don’t Be a Tattle-Tale

Whenever possible, try to deal with that kid as a human being and deal with it inside the classroom.

9. Connect with Each Student

Find a way to connect with that specific student.

10. Never Take it Personally

You won’t win the argument. You will lose that battle and it will negatively affect your reputation.

Play the game smart, play to win, and never take it personally.

Please come back next week for another great tip you can use in your teaching practice this year.

The Sometimes Game

“If your work is going to have an impact on the world, that means some people are really going to like it. And some people won’t.”

And in this day and age, certain people feel that they need to express their negative opinions publicly through blog comments, Facebook rants, and other such avenues.

Why just last month, I received this rather negative comment here on Silent Cacophony.

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Now, I know that people read my work, listen to my radio show, and follow my podcast. I have numbers to back that up as well. But, that comment did bother me for a moment or two.

I considered deleting it. If a comment doesn’t add to the discussion and was just meant to be cruel. I see no reason to keep it on my site. I have the control over that. At least I do here on my personal blog.

Instead, I replied in kind.

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I decided not to be negative and thanked this anonymous reader for not only reading my blog, but for taking the time to leave a reply.

I didn’t let one negative comment ruin my day.

Here’s a tip you can use to help you channel any similar negativity away from you. It’s called . . .

The Sometimes Game. 

“Use the Sometimes Game every time someone says something that pushes your buttons, and you will find yourself becoming a calmer and more gracious person.

To play the Sometimes Game you need to write done something, right off the top of your head, that someone might say about your work that would really, truly hurt your feelings. Maybe it’s something like ‘You are such a fraud’ or ‘Your work is boring.’

Now go back and, rewrite each sentence in the first person (‘I am…’ instead of ‘you are…,’ etc) and add the magic word sometimes to the end of each one:

So now you can read your first sentence as, ‘I am such a fraud . . . sometimes.’

. . .

Now—this is the fun part—we’re going to do the same thing with compliments.”

It’s a simple exercise that I discovered in the book Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day. 

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It’s worth the read and definitely worth your time to try this simple game. Don’t let one negative comment ruin your day or take up any more than a small moment of your time. Reflect, move on, and continue to put it the work. Because some people will appreciate it. That’s who you want to create for!

A Quality of Light – A Great Read

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A Quality of Light by Richard Wagamese

I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of a First Nations boy, Joshua, who was adopted by a white family. He lives on a farm, completely isolated from his cultural roots. When his friend, Johnny, starts to tell him of his warrior heritage, he doesn’t quite understand.

Johnny becomes slightly obsessed with Indians and does a lot of research on what it means to be an aboriginal. Joshua isn’t really interested in any of that. He’s happy in his adopted family and his life as it is. When he goes to high school, this all changes. He gets bullied just because he is different. He experiences racism for the first time.

Here is a great passage about how he decided to remain quiet after a horrible event that left him humiliated, battered, and bruised.

Johnny: “I’d charge them. . .  I’d get revenge.”

Joshua: “I already got it.”

“Yeah? How?”

“By not saying anything.”

“You’re crazy.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. See, I haven’t had a said a thing about anything. And it’s driving them crazy! They know that I know the truth but I’m not saying anything. They’re wondering why, they’re asking themselves what happened. What would they do if they were me? They’re facing the truth.”

“That doesn’t do any good. Not unless they own up to it.”

“They have owned up to it — to themselves. See, if I had charged them, they’d deny everything, right?”

“Right.”

“They’d be angry, threatened, and they’d deny it all. They’d find some way to convince themselves that their story was the truth. But because I didn’t, there are big questions in their minds — questions that are making them look at the real truth. Maybe if they see the truth on their own, they can change. Maybe not all of them. Maybe just one, but that’s enough.”

“Yeah, but maybe not.”

“Maybe not.”

“You’re  willing to risk letting them off the hook hoping they’ll start feeling guilty.”

“They already are guilty . . . Know the truth and the truth shall set you free . . . but first it’ll make you miserable.”

We laughed.

“So, they’re miserable, right?” Johnny said, grinning at me and sitting down again.

“Yeah, that’s what my revenge is.” 

Joshua was right. Someone did finally stand up and acknowledge their part in the bullying incident.

I’m not sure I could have this kind of courage. Not speaking the truth in hopes that it will come out any way. That would be a really hard thing for me to do. I know that I talk a lot. Probably too much, some times.

This book deals with First Nation issues and tells a great story along the way. It is uniquely Canadian and a great read.

My 2014 Reading Log – two dozen titles and counting

Chesney Wilderness Area Trail

Chesney Trail

Let’s explore Chesney Conservation Area, also known as Chesney Wilderness Area Trail.

Chesney Trail Map

You can access the trail quite easily off of Highway 401. Take exit 250 and pass the truck stop. The trail is only a kilometer or so down the road on the right hand side.

Chesney Trail Start

There were quite a few mosquitoes out when I ran this route, but I always find that if I keep moving, they can’t keep up with me and it really isn’t a problem.

Chesney Trail Hill

I love that the trail was clearly marked and had a few small hills.

Chesney Trail Marking

This trail marker looks like it has seen better days though.

Chesney Trail obstacle

I wasn’t sure but it looked like this portion of the trial was closed. It had brush completely blocking it. But I made my way around it and kept running.

About a kilometer or so further down the trail, it got quite narrow and overgrown, so I turned around and finished my route by running back and connecting to the rest of the loop.

The trail is only 2 kilometers long so I added a run out towards the main road and back.

Want to Explore More? 

Photographic Tour Archive (great trails to run, hike, or bike)
Coldstream Concervation Area
Carolinian Trail

Jericho – Season 3

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Jericho: Season 3 – Civil War

Jericho kept me on the edge of my seat for two seasons. I don’t know how they did it but they managed to continually ramp up the tension every single episode. The writing was brilliant and it was superbly acted. It is one the best television series I have ever seen.

I was so sad when the show came to an end. I was part of the movement to bring it back to television as well. The huge campaign actually worked and we got a second season after its cancellation. That was really cool.

We now have a third season but there is a slight twist, it is in graphic novel form. While it would have been awesome to see the show back on the screen, seeing it on the page is a welcome treat.

The story continues right where the television series left off. The country is in a state of civil war. It has been taken over by some men who will stop at nothing to achieve and maintain control. They formed a new country called the Allied States of America and want everyone to fall in line.

The town of Jericho is playing along, for now. A secret underground is starting to come together, however, to start fighting the corrupt government.

I am looking forward to reading Season 4 that I just picked up last week. I might even work through watching the DVDs of this amazing show one more time just to get ready for it. It really is a great series!

My 2014 Reading Log – three dozen titles and counting

Transmedia Storytelling

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Transmedia 2.0 – How to Create an Entertainment Brand using a Transmedial Approach to Storytelling by Nuno Bernardo

I am interested in seeing just where all of this new media will take us in the future. Right now, it seems like a lot of it is just distraction. We waste time scrolling through images on InstagramTumblr, and Pinterest (why not waste yours following me?)

And we communicate through Twitter, email, and Facebook (reach out and connect with me!)

Wouldn’t it be great if this generation’s storytellers could figure out a way to tell their stories across these platforms?

The author of this book explains how he has done it and how you can too.

“Ninety per cent of the content created by traditional broadcasters and networks is still linear in format and geared toward television broadcasts.”

Transmedia hopes to change this by telling the whole story through the use of social media sites.

“Perhaps the biggest misconception in the entertainment industry is that people buy content when, in fact, we buy experiences. We buy content. The real value of content is not so much a function of the product itself, but what it means to us and how it mirrors the self back and makes our own lives seem infused with meaning.”

It makes sense to have a social media presence to help promote your work but imagine how your creative franchise could be further enhanced through these channels. The story could continue there or perhaps, even be told on these platforms.

“Stories have always been and always will be a socially inclusive art form. To create a successful transmedia franchise, it is crucial to prioritize the story of the brand and those elements of the narrative which draw people together and spur further discourse between them.”

And in so doing, we can increase the discourse and audience participation. What a great idea!

“As an industry, we need to stop thinking that everything we produce has a value that we should charge our audience for. I believe we should give away as much content as possible in order to create an engaging experience. By crafting this sort of emotive link  with our audience, we can establish a property’s real value and motivate our viewers to pay for our products and the premium entertainment experiences we provide.”

Some of our content should be free and easily accessible. That is how I have been operating for years. I give away my programming for free on the radio, podcast, and blog.

I hope I have been able to build an audience and a name for myself that will help me sell some of my creative work in the near future.

“The trick is to find where audiences already exist so that you can launch your story in the most productive space. Always try to activate your target audience by serving them where they are.”

I need to start telling transmedia tales. This is an exciting new frontier and we haven’t had a major cross-over success yet. Imagine that the next Harry Potter, Divergent, or Twilight gets its start in transmedia. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time!

My 2014 Reading Log - 40 titles and counting!

Thames River Trail

Thames River - ON7 Entrance

The Thames Valley Trail is a 110-km hiking trail along the Thames River Valley through London to St Marys, Ontario. The southern end of the trail links up with the Elgin Hiking Trail in Payne’s Mills. The northern end of the Thames Valley Trail connects with the Avon Trail in St. Marys.

Thames Valley Trail

I started this run at the entrance off of Highway 7.

farmer field section

A portion of this trail runs alongside a few area farms.

Thames River

But the Thames River is almost always in sight.

riverside

The trail was overgrown in a few parts and narrow. It also didn’t seem to loop up at all. It was straight there and straight back.

Trekker Rest Staion

But this rest station about halfway through my 8 kilometer run was quite nice!

More Trails

Photographic Tours Archive - Over 4 dozen great trails to explore
Thames Valley Parkway - runs through the downtown core of London, Ontario, Canada!

Chasing Content – The Best of Last August

Summer from Flickr via Wylio
© 2011 Kevin Dooley, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

The summer is slipping by . . .

It’s August already and I am wondering where the time went . . .

And as I look back at what was happening on Silent Cacophony last year at this time, I remember some of these posts like they were yesterday.

Time is such a strange thing, isn’t it?

That’s just one of the reasons we take a moment at the start of every month to look back at the month that was last year.

Welcome to the August 2013 edition of Chasing Content. Please click on the links and enjoy this trip down memory lane. There’s no need for these great posts to get buried in the archives!

Read all of the posts from last August or just these highlights!

Stratford’s All Wheels Skatepark

I had a great skate here last year. I should go back this summer! If you love skateboarding, you should click through so you can see the ramps and explore some of the other great skateparks in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Breathtaking Sidewalk Art

These chalk drawings that seamlessly blend it to the environment are amazing! Don’t take my word for it either, click through and be blown away!

Connected by Books

I just read a book quite similar to this one, Six Pixels of Separation. It’s amazing to see how close we all are. We really should remember this and be nicer to each other.

Scrabble Wars

I managed to win two back-to-back Scrabble games last year with the exact same score. Pretty cool!

Know Your History – Storytelling Rap

I love this episode of my hip-hop documentary series. It’s all about the power of storytelling and how it is done in rap music. I know I have been slacking with the blog this year in transcribing and posting episodes. I hope you have been following the podcast on The Word is Bond so you’ve heard them all. If not, go now and check out this year’s episodes.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected

Six Pixels of Separation Book
Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone by Mitch Joel

In this day and age we are all connected via the power of modern communication devices. Everyone I know has access to the Internet, whether at home, on a mobile phone, or at the public library. And with the proliferation of social media, we are pretty much all connected to one another.

In this book, Mitch Joel plays off of the Six Degrees of Separation idea, meaning that within six steps, we can be connected to virtually anyone on the planet. His clever use of the word pixel means just that, we are all connected. Everyone. Especially in this digital age.

Here are a few of the take-home ideas I got as I read this book . . .

Duty to Respond in a Digital Age

Mitch Joel believes, “it is critical that you never be silent if someone emails you, blogs or podcasts about you, or interviews you for an article . . . Make this your one golden rule, and make a commitment that you will never break it.”

I try my best to respond to legitimate online communiqués. I know that there are several that I have ignored over the past several years. And I am trying to get better at that.

Finding the Time

“Having the time to response is a huge and realistic issue, but we can’t afford to have the attitude that people are too busy to respond to every comment or posting.”

“As much as you can, be responsive and be thankful. Do it now. And, as the old saying goes, “People always have time for the things that are important to them.”

That makes sense. It only takes a minute to fire off a quick response if we do it as soon as it comes to our attention. I know that I’ve opened email and said to myself “later” only to have that message sit in my inbox for weeks and weeks. And then, it seems like I’ve missed the opportunity to even respond anymore. And I delete the email.

Finding New Ways to Use Everything

“Did you know that 20 percent of all searches done on Google every single day are searches that have never been done in the engine before?

That’s crazy. I figured people searched for the same things over and over again. I guess not. There are novel searches being done every day, and not just people looking for books. See what I did there?

“Google also engenders a philosophy that the consumers and the community are going to do many things to your business that are unknown and potentially not in your control, You have to be open to this type of reality. The inventor rarely knows what the invention is for.”

I know that I have used a TV entertainment stand as a book case for binders and often come up with inventive ways to use what I have at hand.

How it Worked for Twitter

“The primary function of Twitter was to let everyone know what was happening in your life at that particular moment . . . Somewhere, someone along the way started adding the @ sign with no space and then the user name of the person they were responding to . . . From there, everyone was able to do a quick search for the phrase “@chasemarch” to see if it was mentioned.

As this idea spread, it became a new way of communicating, connecting, and sharing. The Wisdom of Crowds prevailed, Instead of waiting for Twitter to develop a function outside of the original intention of enabling individuals to connect to one another . . . the community developed a primitive workaround. This workaround has now become not only core to the functionality of Twitter, but . . . this type of communication has widened—without Twitter doing much at all.”

That was news to me. I joined Twitter after this had already become a reality for the platform. A way of sharing became a method of communicating. And it is by far my favourite way to communicate with almost anybody. I rarely use email. Twitter is so much more efficient and effective. I am so happy that early adopters of this platform transformed Twitter into what it is today. Thank you!

My 2014 Reading Log - 3 dozen titles and counting

Thames Park Trail

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Thames Park is located close to the downtown core of London, Ontario and it is the starting point for the latest Visual Running Tour! 

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I started off at the Wortley Road entrance and ran past the playground and community pool. I went over the main bridge to get to the other side of the river.

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This is where the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) continues.

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The TVP is a fully-accessible trail that is good for strollers, rollerblades, skateboards, and of course, runners.

A few bicyclists zoomed passed me this afternoon as well. But I always make sure to stick to the right side of the trail for just that reason.

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This is where I started off running The Thames Valley Parkway last time. There are 40 kilometers of linked trails. Maybe I should try to run the whole route, bit-by-bit this summer.

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I’m not a big fan of paved trails but one that traverses the entire city is a great idea. And one that follows the river is beautiful.

More Trails

Click on the Photographic Tours button at the top of the page and explore the 50 or so routes I have posted there.

West Lions Skatepark (London, ON)

West Lions Park

I’ve been living in London for a few years now and I only just discovered this amazing skatepark.

West Lions Halfpipe

It has the best half-pipe that I have ever seen at a free outdoor facility.

Halfpipe

I like that the ramp is wide and not too tall. It is also very well-maintained.

Street Course

West Lions Park looks like a great place to spend an afternoon. Besides the half-pipe, there is a cute little street course. It is a bit small but nice nonetheless. I love the contour for doing tricks along the edge and the rail blocks that aren’t as scary as regular rails.

There is also a Splash Pad on the site to cool down after a great skate session.

Nice Rail

This might just be my new favourite skate spot.

Skatepark Zone

I hope you enjoyed this tour of The West Lions Skatepark Zone and I hope to see you out there one day this summer!

More Skatepark Tours

The Tenth Doctor Lives On

Doctor Who - Tesseract

Doctor Who – Tesseract

I love the fact that the Tenth Doctor lives on in graphic novels. I was fortunate enough to find this book in a discount bin. I didn’t matter that I hadn’t read Volume One, this book was still a great read.

Doctor Who TPB

Doctor Who: The Forgotten

This is the first graphic novel that I have ever read digitally.

I downloaded it to my iPhone using an app called Comixology and it only cost me $3.99 for the book.

It was pretty cool too because the app led you through the comic panel by panel. And when there was an entire page of artwork to consume, it gave you a close up of the speech bubble, and then when you swiped the screen to continue, it pulled back to show you the entire page.

The story was really good as well. The Doctor finds himself in a museum that is dedicated to him. The only problem is that he can’t remember his past or his future. Good thing that Martha is there to help him out and that a few of the objects stimulate some memories.

We get to experience all the Doctors in this issue as the tenth recounts some of his old adventures. Even better than that, there are a few panels where all Ten Doctors are together.

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That’s awesome!

My 2014 Reading Log - comics, novels, teaching-related titles, writing books, and more.

Windsor Waterfront Trail

Windor Trail

It’s time to explore Windsor’s Riverfront Park Trail.

Mulit-use trail

The trail has a section for leisurely strolls (on the far right) and it has a paved trail for anyone who wants to roll along on skates or bicycles.

Distance Marker

I love the brilliant trail markers that let you know how far you’ve traveled!

Observation Dock

This is a nice observation dock. The waterfront here seems to be a very popular spot for fishing.  Not sure why but no one was camped out here during my run.

Paved Trail

I love running along a beautiful waterfront!

Sculpture Info

This plaque gives some of the history about the sculptures that are placed all along this 5 kilometer route.

Waterfront walkway

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Windsor Shore Line

I’m not used to seeing sights like this. I really enjoyed this trip to Windsor!

Cobblestone Path

This portion of the trail is done in stamp concrete and has plenty of benches and places to stop and rest in the shade.

Winsor Waterfront

Thanks for coming along with me on this Visual Running Tour!

Photographic Tour Archive – over 4 dozen great trails to hike, run, or bike.

Everything is Awesome! (Do we overuse that adjective?)

Everything is AwesomeHave you seen the Lego Movie?

Emmet, the main character of the film, continually refers to everything as awesome. There is a catchy song to go with this sentiment as well.

Emmet isn’t the only person to over-use the word awesome.

“Awesome” gets bandied about way more than it probably should be. Not everything can be awesome.

Here is a tidbit of wisdom on the subject from the book Get It Done by Sam Bennett.

Get it Done book

“In his book Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins says, ‘The inability to correctly perceive reality is often responsible for humans’ insane behavior. And every time they substitute an all-purpose, sloppy slang word for the words that would accurately describe an emotion or a situation, it lowers their reality orientations, pushes them further from shore, out onto the foggy waters of alienation and confusion.”

So maybe, we should be a little more respectful of this awesome word and use it only when it is called for. I mean, not everything can be as awesome as this blog post or The Lego Movie, right?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Part 6 (of 3)

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three – And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer

I was really surprised to see this book at the public library a few weeks back. I’d always counted myself as a fan of this series. I’ve read the first book, devoured the BBC television series, and even heard a few of the old radio programs.

And yet, I had no idea that this book even existed. I thought the series was a “trilogy in five parts.” After all, that is how Douglas Adams’ billed it. And that’s all that he wrote.

This new addition to the canon was written by someone else. That fact would have normally turned me off right away but Eoin Colfer is a brilliant writer and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from him.

So, I picked up the book and started to read. I was surprised to see that Colfer was able to channel Adams as well as he did. It felt like Adams wrote this book. It is in that dry, shooting off on random tangents, witty-humour-style that we’ve come to expect from the complete five book series.

Make sure you add this sixth book to your collection if you are a fan of the series. Colfer knocked it out of the park. Just when we thought the adventure was over, here comes one more thing.

And the book ends with the title phrase still lingering, “And another thing . . . ”

Which makes us all wonder if the adventure truly is over.

My 2014 Reading List - constantly updated with every new title I read this year

Exercise Trail in Cambridge, Ontario

Bob McMullen Trail

Last year, I showed you the running route I took along the Bob McMullen Trail in Cambridge, Ontario. Today, I want to show you the exercise trail that runs along the route as well.

Chin-Up

There are several of these stations placed along the trail route. Each station has specific equipment and instructions about how to do the exercises properly.

Exercise 1

This is the entire station and as you can see, there are four different exercises you can do here.

Exercise Station

I always wondered what those parallel bars were for.

Hip Flexes

Here are some exercises you can do on any bench. Lots of the trails I run on have benches throughout the route. Maybe they are for more than just taking a short break.

History Sign

This poster illustrates the historical significance of the area.

Exercise trails such as this one are rare. I’ve only seen this type of arrangement in a few places. I remember going to one of theses as a kid and I love running ahead to the next station. I will have to look that up again. I wonder if it is still there.

Do you have a great trail to recommend?

Please leave a comment below or take a few pictures and contribute a post to this blog. Just contact me and I’ll be happy to have you as a guest contributor for Silent Cacophony.

Thanks!

WIHH 4 – Complete Broadcast Download

WIHH4 logoDOPEfm celebrates International Women’s Day every year by dedicating our entire overnight’s programming to the Women in Hip-Hop.

Here is the easiest way to download DOPEfm’s Fourth Annual Women in Hip-Hop Special.

These zipped files will give you all 8 parts of the show as they aired on 93.3 CFMU.

WIHH 4 – Part 1 of 3
WIHH 4 – Part 2 of 3
WIHH 4 – Part 3 of 3

You can click on each part below to read the description of the segment and download the individual files as well.

1) Celebrating International Women’s Day – Hip-Hop Style
2) Roundtable Discussion (with Dessa, E-Turn, Lodo, and Reverie)
3) Miss DJ (interview and guest mix-set)
4) Shay D (in-depth interview)
5) Mixset (Chase March spins female-fronted hip-hop tunes)
6) Dessa (a spotlight with music and talk)
7) Know Your History Special (an exploration of motherhood in hip-hop)
8) Rapsody (a spotlight with music and talk)

Thanks for listening!

Star Trek Scrabble Win

Star Trek Scrabble

Star Trek Scrabble is a really cool variant of my all-time favourite board game.

I bought this for my dad a few years back. We’d always enjoyed Scrabble and are huge Star Trek fans, so it was only logical for us to play this. See what I did there?

One of the coolest things about this version of Scrabble is that, not only can you use Star Trek terms and proper names from the Original series, but you can get bonus points for doing so.

In all of the games we have played, I have never been able to spell a “Star Trek” word. That was why I was so excited to have this word on my rack.

Waiting on Spock

I held onto that word for about 5 turns. I was determined to play it and score the 20 bonus points.

But alas, the board wouldn’t cooperate with me and there was simply nowhere to play “Spock.”

I know that my dad would have gotten a kick out of just the possibility of playing that word.

86 Point Scrabble Word

I did manage to score 86 points with a single word, however.

It’s a word that I had never spelled before in a game of Scrabble either. And even better than that, it fell across 2 double word scores. And to top that, it used 7 tiles so I got a 50 point bonus.

“MATINEE” was an 86 point word.

That was awesome!

5 Words

I found this on Tumblr and was really inspired.

I would love to build a lesson around it.

  1. Have the students write their own 5 Word Sentences
  2. Have each student share one of the sentences.
  3. Challenge students to create a 5 Sentence Paragraph using only 5 Word Sentences.
  4. Have a sharing session.
  5. Discuss the pros and cons of using only 5 words.
  6. Share the above images and discuss the importance of varying sentence length.

Isn’t that a great idea?

There’s tons more every Tuesday right here on Silent Cacophony.

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Summer Break

Teaching Tip Tuesday will be taking a short hiatus for the summer break. This weekly feature will start back up again in late August. Enjoy your summer and don’t work too hard. Even though I know you probably will. I know I am already thinking about the new school year.

New Posting Schedule

For the summer. new posts will drop every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Happy Summer Everyone!