Friday, June 29, 2007

What books are you reading?

Submit written mini-book reports here by posting via comments.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Quantum Leaping into Science...

Quantum physics for five-year olds

Using P2P to fund college

"Person to Person (P2P) lending has arrived on the internet and regular people like you and I can now loan money directly to one another via a secure and community based online marketplace. " Source:

Alternative Financing for School
Group leader: MoneyforSchool

" Loan Data & Statistics
"Eric's Credit Community is a site devoted to statistics and information about From Prosper membership and loan statistics to lender portfolio and group information, we provide the data that lenders and borrowers need to prosper!"
Source: Financing for School

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Protect yourself from mosquito bites has hints!

Remember mosquitoes feed birds, frogs and fish.

New Hope for Stutterers...We want to hear you!

Try for a way to connect with people that understand stuttering and who are familiar with overcoming chllenges in life.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Desert Watermelon

Have you heard of desert watermelon? Can you remember how desert is spelled? A mnemonic device is a way to remember something. Desert and dessert are often confused but dessert has an extra "s" for sugar. So, desert is the dry place. But watermelon, that's wet! What is it doing in the desert? Do you have any ideas? Can you speculate? Does it make you curious? Can you design an experiment to find out if watermelon can grow in dry conditions?

This is a mental exercise. Can you stretch your brain? E-mail your responses to

(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Doing What's Right

Whenever you do what is right, you can sleep knowing you've done what's best. Be confident and let the chips fall where they may. Be well and safe this summer. Have fun.

(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

Monday, June 11, 2007

Summer is Homeschooling!!!

And, it's fun, too. Everyday life has much to teach us. Waves at the oceans. Kinds of plants in the woods and prairies. What lichens are on the city trees? What can I find in the zoo, botanical garden, science museum, or park? Enjoy. Reflect. Renew.

(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

Sunday, June 10, 2007

You made it through the State Standardized Test

Congratulations. You've accomplished something just by taking the test. Now a word on failure and success. Just like for home runs, successful people have a lot of failures. Failures are the pathway to success. Do not feel bad if you don't pass. Feel great because you are one step closer to success. And, if you did pass, you are one step closer to success. Everyone completing the test is on the way to great success. Keep your goals and your vision in mind and move ahead!!!

Congratulations, again, one and all.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison, American inventor

(c)J. S. Shipman 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Over the summer, keep using H.O.T. skills. Study once in a while. Have fun safely.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Thank a Teacher

Perhaps your mom, or a scout or 4-H leader, a grandparent, your dad, a neighbor, or an elementary, middle school, high school, or college teacher deserves your thank you. It is never too late for them to hear how you feel now.

Thanks for teaching me _____. Here's how it helped me: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Getting ready for Vacation

Read, write, do math...Keep thinking all summer, but, also have fun, re-group, re-wind....enjoy. Tell me what books your reading. I'll post some book reports and some poems. Send your vacation stories and pictures...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

MCAS as an Opportunity

I want to thank and encourage all my students taking the MCAS. I know they can and they will do well. Congratulations. You know, just taking a test is an accomplishment. It is not a be all and an end all. Sometimes, you might have to re-take a test (even several times...I know someone who took a test 17 times to get licensed and now makes 500000/year with that license). Never let a "set-back" keep you down. Always keep your eye on the vision and goals that you have. You can and you will do well. Dr. J

(c) 2007 J. S. Shipman

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Scientific Literacy

Scientific literacy is knowing enough science to make informed choices that affect all our lives, the lives of all of us in the global community.

To be scientifically literate means to have an understanding that more organisms than people exist on Earth, that math and language and history are integrated with science, that art and other humanities are ways of conveying scientific information, and, it means to know facts and be able to utilize them to make choices.

Art, for example, conveys ideas on science. Notice the health or disease of trees in paintings, for example. The artist's observation skills are part of scientific literacy.

How can you be more, "scientifically literate?"

(c)2007 J. S. Shipman