This geographical Unit helps the student to study the environment, recognizing that, whilst natural forces shape the Earth, humans are important agents of change in their environment and the action taken by one society may affect the entire world. This Unit is designed to advise students from an understanding of their immediate natural and social environment to an appreciation of spatial phenomena on local, regional, national and global scales. An important dimension of the geography programme is the fostering an awareness of the challenges to humankind.
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Season’s Greetings from InterNations
For the InterNations team, it is that time of the year again, when the temperatures drop, Christmas markets pop up all over the city and team members start obsessing over Christmas shopping lists. But no matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or none of the above, the end of 2014 is nigh and we are taking the time to take a look back – and ahead.
2014 was an exciting year for InterNations. We kicked off our big site relaunch in July by introducing new networking features and just recently released our new messaging features. Another highlight of the year was our Expat Insider Survey, one of the largest expat surveys worldwide covering 61 countries all in all – thanks to the 14,000 InterNations members who took part.
This is not all, of course! Our site relaunch is set to continue and we are already working on exciting new features for the upcoming year. One of them is the brand new InterNations profile, which we will introduce real soon. All in all, we have big plans for 2015. We are looking forward to another exciting year and can’t wait to share it with you. Happy holidays and a happy New Year to everyone who is celebrating!
Five Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve
For many of us New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Every country has unique traditions, rituals, and routines to celebrate the beginning of the New Year. In Denmark and the Philippines, “jumping” into the New Year is very popular. In Thailand, water fights are the way to celebrate and Greenlanders even celebrate twice.
Our article Five Alternative Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve lists different local traditions and rituals surrounding this special day. Find out how other nations celebrate and maybe you will even find some new fun ways to start off the New Year.
Christmas Around the World
Our Munich Family and Kids Group is getting together for some pre-Christmas fun. At our Weihnachtsbaeckerei we will bake some delicious Christmas cookies together. Afterwards we will visit the Christkindlmarkt and the adults can enjoy some Glühwein.
The Minneapolis Outdoor Activities Group is heading to the Holiday Market as well. Group members will enjoy some mulled wine, listen to Christmas carolers, and browse the booths selling homemade crafts.
If you want to lose a few pounds before the holidays, join the Singapore Outdoor Exercise Group. Together with other members, you will exercise and work up a sweat to get sexy by Christmas. This is a rain or shine event so don’t be put off by bad weather.
On Friday, 12 December, the community in Bali is celebrating Christmas with Mrs. Jones. So throw on your favorite Christmas outfit and get ready to enjoy some music, drinks, and delicious Christmas cake. Let’s celebrate the holiday season in style.
Our community in Helsinki is celebrating Christmas down under with delicious drinks and finger food. On Thursday, 18 December, we will return to Woolshed Bar and Kitchen where we will again have a fun night with international expats and global minds.
Members in Dar Es Salaam should not miss out on our Christmas Party on Thursday, 18 December. Use this opportunity to mix and mingle with other expats, enjoy delicious welcome drinks, and take part in our special Christmas Quiz. We’ll see you there!
On Friday, 19 December, the InterNations Munich Community is hosting a Christmas Event. Come on by to make new friends, enjoy mulled wine, dance the night away, or participate in the “Make a Difference in December” initiative of our Volunteer Program.
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Jill McEldowney and Cathy Henry are neighbors and friends who both have significant experience teaching in the same large and diverse school district. Together, they developed and operate www.thecurriculumcorner.com, a site where busy teachers can find current, relevant, meaningful, and ready-to-go lessons, activities, and resources that fit their classroom structure and also meet national and state standards.
How are you progressing in implementing Common Core? In our classrooms, we had no choice but to begin implementation of the Common Core standards. As we were attempting to create resources to help our students meet these standards, we decided to share what we were developing with our colleagues in education—and do it for free. Our website, The Curriculum Corner, was born! The point of our website is to focus on helping teachers who are in the same predicament that we were in: we simply didn’t have a choice except to begin teaching the CCSS.
Tackling the Academic Language
As we began to create resources that we felt would be beneficial, we got “up close and personal” with the national standards. One thing that we felt was a hindrance from the very beginning was the academic language in which the standards were written. Not only did these standards take some deep thought and deciphering by teachers, but we felt that many of them would be very difficult for parents and students to understand. That led us to develop “I Can” statements for the CCSS.
What are “I Can” Statements?
They are essentially just statements that turn the language of the standards into more kid-friendly terms to aid in the understanding of the expectations. These statements all begin with the words “I can” in order to give students a sense of ownership and a “can do” attitude toward their learning.
For example, here is an Operations & Algebraic Thinking standard for third grade:
Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.
The “I Can” statement we developed to go with it is this:
I can find the missing number in a multiplication or division equation.
And here is an example from third grade E/LA Reading: Foundational Skills:
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
The coordinating “I Can” statement we wrote is:
I can use what I understand from my reading to help me figure out or correct words I am having trouble with.
The “I Can” statements aren’t perfect and they are most certainly our interpretation of the CCSS as we tried to dissect the true intent and meaning behind each standard. But we feel they are a solid start to helping all educators for whom teaching or not teaching Common Core is simply not a choice they can make.
The idea of a national set of standards can certainly be divisive, but our passion and hope has always been to unite and help our colleagues and friends in education.
There are times when those of us in the trenches just have to get down to the daily business of teaching, and what better way to do that than by working smarter, not harder, and by sharing our work freely? We hope that the development of our “I Can” statements is one way that we did exactly that.
You can access our “I Can” Resources here: Everything “I Can” for K – 6.
We appreciate feedback and constructive criticism on all resources we create, so let us know if you have something positive to share that will help us to make our resources better for everyone!
Evan-Moor | December 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Tags: Common Core I Can statements, Curriculum Corner free resources, transition to Common Core State Standards | Categories: Common Core | URL: http://wp.me/p4gXsR-qL
The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and how he became so powerful. It describes his poor childhood in Austria, it describes the first world war from his point of view, and how he became the strongest man in Germany. The movie show us how Hitler turned from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived the attempts to kill him. It describes his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, and his decisions and enemies inside Germany and inside the Nazi party.
A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers’ Party prior to World War II.
Donnerstag: Thema: Freundschaft
Wortarten / Hausaufgabe: Kreuzworträtsel
Freitag: Keine Unit! Literatur – Das Buch bitte mitbringen
und fertig lesen – bitte in der 5. Period zu Mr. Schaaf, Raum 201
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