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Posted on January 13, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Murder Mystery practice

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As we are approaching the murder mstery party, at the middle school, we continue to hone in our decduction skills and practice looking for the "overlooked" and the "obvious" clues.  Take a look at these websites, to practice your own Sherlock skills.


Activity: Create your own murder mystery and post it here.  Try to solve other mysteries you see here,...

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Tina Fey's rules of Improv

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Like improv? Use Tina Fey's rules, while trying out some of the warm ups listed here:

or here:

Improv can be fun, spotanious, and quick.  Get a group of friends together and let the games begin!

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Sherlock Holmes Riddles and Puzzles

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

During this class, we tested our skills of deduction and logical thinking.  We ran a competition to solve the most amount of problems, within a 45 minute time span.  How many can you solve? no cheating...

Check out the Sherlock Holmes riddle book here:

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Brain waves and meditation

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

During this class, we learned about types of brain waves and used a brain wave reader to measure our own. Take some time to assess what types of brain wave you are using the most, by becoming familiar with the frequencies here:


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Learning about memory

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Try this activity to test your short term memory:


Do you remember what you had for breakfast this morning? If the image of a big plate of fried eggs and bacon popped into your mind, you didn't dredge it up from some out-of-the-way neural alleyway. Instead, that memory was the result of an incredibly complex constructive power -- one that each of us possesses -...

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How to train your brain

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Check this out and try out some games:


7 Exercises to Increase Brain Activity and Function

1. Mind the Memory


Memory is a complex process that involves different areas of the brain. Short term memory utilizes different brain cells than long term memory. In our fast-paced society, quick memory recall has becomes more and more important. There are multiple brain enhancing techniques that you can use to improve your mem...

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More virtual field trips

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

See the full list of virtual field trips here:

Activity: Post your thoughts about a virtual trip or recomend one for your classmates.

The great debate communication class

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you love to argue or find yourself debating topiucs with your friends and parents?

Consider tha following, to hone your communication skills:

Don't use logical fallacies (click here for large image:

Practice, practice, practice!

Join the great debates, taking place in classrooms all over the world....

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Creativity thinking stategies

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Below, we’ve collected five of the most commonly used creativity challenges for your self-testing pleasure. While creativity “testing” is far from an exact science, trying your mettle at these challenges could yield insight into when, where, and how you’re most creative. Or maybe it’ll just be fun.

1. Alternative Uses


Developed by J.P. Guilford in 1967, the Alternative Uses Test stretches your creativity by giving you two minutes to think...

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Book discussion

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Read the book here:

Discussion quotes for chapter one:

1. “Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That...

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The six thinking hats

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic "thinking hat." By mentally wearing and switching "hats," you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.


white hat


The White Hat calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts."


yellow hat


The Yellow Hat symbolizes...

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Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you see yourself as a logical person? Are you a great detective and interested in solving mysteries? Today, I would like to introduce you to Maria Konnikova.  She is the author of  "Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes".  If you have ever wanted to be able to focus and have a keen sense of your surroundings, this activity is for you.  

First, I would like you to consider your morning routine.  Everyday you wake up and leave your room. ...

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Being Gifted

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

During this activity, I want you to think about your past experiences with "being gifted".  I will provide you with the following resources, but you are not required to use them. After considering your own experiences and possibly looking at the resources, respond to the writting prompt below.  Post your response as a comment.  If other students have posted, consider reading and commenting on thier posts.



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The Creativity Test

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever wondered how some people are creative, while others are not at all? Do you imagine creativity as something you are born with or something you can learn?  Some of these questions have be asked over and over again, but the answers are always a source of arguement.  During this activity, I will provide you with a few readings and a creativity test.  I will also ask you a few questions, so that you can focus your thoughts about the topic of creativity.  You wi...

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How the brain works

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever wondered how you learn?  How does your brain actually get smarter? We are going to look at the wide variety of research, surrounding the mystery of brain function and learning.  During this activity, you will be asked to look at a few readings, videos, and websites.  But remember, these are all just resources and not requirements.  Skip over any parts you prefer not to complete and use the resources that interest you.  Let's get started.


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