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Bud Hunt writes the respected blog Bud the Teacher, a website for "inquiry and reflection for better teaching." He puts his ideas for innovative education to work as an English teacher at Olde Columbine High School, an alternative public school in Longmont, Colorado. To Bud, inspiring teaching means bringing Internet technology into the classroom. Bud explains:  Continue reading...
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Dog Eared

Books we love

Bud's Book Pick

Teacher Bud Hunt , the innovative educator who introduced blogs into his classroom says, "I strongly recommend reading Will Richardson's Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms."
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For a long time the idea was only a doodle in my notebook. "Happy families," wrote Tolstoy, "are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Why, I wondered, do so many intelligent people cite that line... without ever seeming to question whether it's true? Do we honestly agree with Tolstoy that only tragedy is interesting... that happiness is boring, cliché? And if so, what does this say about our own expectations and dreams? Is our choice really between being interestingly tragic, or else being automatons of contentment? Or can happiness be quirky, hilarious, deeply challenging?

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Blog Excerpts

OEDILF

Huh? Why, it's Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form. But, of course. This dictionary is more than just a 30,000-plus compilation of limericks by writers from over a dozen countries. It's also a fun way to grow your vocabulary while exploring a treasure of lighthearted verse!
Fun
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I don't know about you, but when I was in school I remember being urged to "improve" my writing by adding more adjectives. As a strategy, I feel this is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

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Blog Du Jour

Presentation Blogs

Need to make a presentation to your client, company or school? Language is key -- but so is body language. These blogs tackle the craft and magic of powerful presentations, from words to gestures to tools (do not fear PowerPoint, just use it wisely):

Power Presentations

Presentation Zen

Create Your Communications Experience

Great Public Speaking

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If you've heard them once, you've heard them a thousand times: "Back to the drawing board." "Get our ducks in a row." "Do the heavy lifting." "Think outside the box." We're talking clichés, the banal staples of business meetings, conference calls, speeches, and web content. You're tired of them; I'm tired of them. Yet when push comes to shove, when our feet are to the fire, and--especially--at the end of the day, we keep coming back. Like moths to that bright, hot, flickering thing. It's a losing battle, the fight against clichés. But I'm tanned, rested, and ready; I have my game face on; I came to play; I'm good to go! Clichés, prepare to meet your unmaker.

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