Saturday, April 19, 2014

Born On This Day April 19

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1968 - Ashley Judd, American actress and part of the Judd family

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Dead On This Day April 19

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Benjamin Rush, physician, activist Rush was a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress. He was also a staunch opponent of Gen. George Washington and worked tirelessly to have him removed as the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, he died on this day in 1813

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Building Excitement for Reading

Building Excitement for Reading

When you use guided reading levels and Common Core reading guidelines, you do still have to get the students excited about the idea of learning and reading. That is the main key to success. If they are excited about it, it is far easier to get them to do it, and there is a much larger chance that they will actually learn and take something away from it. You do not simply want the students to go through their work with a sense of necessity, feeling that they have no other choice. You want them to think that reading is both fun and educational.

There are many ways to do this, but one tactic that can be used is allowing students to pick their own books. Of course, you cannot leave it entirely open-ended, or you never know what they would come up with. However, you can give them a selection of books to choose from. Pick out ten that would all fit what you are trying to accomplish, and then let them pick whichever ones they want out of those ten.

Doing this gives the students a feeling of ownership in the project. They love that they get to make the choice on their own. It also realistically means that they are going to pick something that they are more interested in than the other options, so they will be more likely to read it. Limiting the options still gives you the control over the project that you need.

Born On This Day April 18

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1984 - America Ferrera is a Honduran American actress who is known for playing the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty. She has also starred in Real Women Have CurvesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, its sequel Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
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We all pay the price some day
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Dead On This Day April 18

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Dick Clark was an American radio and television personality, best known for hosting television's longest-running variety show, American Bandstand , from 1957 to 1987. Many stars became stars because of Dick Clark, he died on this day in 2012

Death is Like Taxes
We all pay the price some day
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OvenArt Bakeware Silicone Muffin Pan Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Get ready for stress-free baking and scrub-free cleaning with this wonderful silicone muffin pan by OvenArt Bakeware.

OvenArt Solves The Problems of Metal Muffin Pans
As you probably know, metal muffin pans have frustrating drawbacks. Metal rusts, wraps, and wears down with use. Stuck-on food is annoying and a nightmare to clean. And then there are the chemical nonstick coatings that eventually scrape off and only leave you wondering if it all went into your food.

A Nonstick Muffin Pan That's Worth It
We make our much loved silicone muffin pan with an expensive grade of pure 100%, high quality European silicone. Soon, you'll be confidently turning even the stickiest and messiest recipes into delightful muffins, cupcakes, cornbread, egg muffins and more. Food will slide out effortlessly and bake perfectly every time using your safe, BPA-free, filler-free, and worry-free silicone bakeware.

Cleanup Is A Breeze
Isn't it annoying to have to soak and scrub a pan? You'll really appreciate how easy this muffin pan cleans up. The magic nonstick baking cups clean with a little detergent and water or you can toss the pan in the dishwasher. With such an easy cleanup, why stop at making muffins and cupcakes? Enjoy delicious non-muffin recipes such as taco cups, crab cakes, mini lasagnas, and frozen desserts (it's safe for the oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher).

Perfect For First-Time Silicone Bakers
New silicone users love the results batch after batch. They enjoy healthy homemade treats and save on store-bought packaged goods. This high quality muffin pan is protected by the OvenArt "Better Muffin" Guarantee for lifetime assurance against defects and performance issues.

We needed a muffin pan. My kids love to help me bake and think it is a blast to cook blueberry muffins. The muffin pan was just as advertised. It worked great, the muffins came out perfectly and it was easy to clean. Who could ask for more? Me, of course!  The most important things to me are this pan is safe, BPA-free, filler-free, and worry-free silicone bakeware. I am a father and I love to cook with my kids. We even wear our baking hats and baking gear. Knowing this pan is safe, is the most important thing to me.

I remember when I tried to save money on silverware. A month later, I looked at the forks and freaked out when I saw they were rusting. You have to realize, there are a lot of cooking gear out there that is not as safe as you want or need it to be. This should be the most important thing to all parents. I'm happy with this OvenArt muffin pan and (better yet), it is guarenteed for life against defects and performance issues. The pan is unique and floppy, but it doesn't have any effect on how good it works. Now it's time to go eat our muffins.

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