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bio website pinchxeverything.blogspot.com
location West Coast USA
age 37
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I am a former classroom teacher that has had experience in the preschool, elementary and highschool settings but mostly taught in middle school in the United States. My favorite teaching years were the three I spent teaching science in a specialized setting for twice-exceptional kids in Middle School Science and Highschool biology. I am now a home educator for my 7-year-old daughter and nanny part time. I have a book I am working on publishing and a children's book.


Nov
3
comment What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
@JimmyShelter I totally agree! I honestly thing my friend wants to try to make a case for something most people wouldn't think of because of the type of person this professor is. I really did think it was a fairly ridiculous idea - there are so many "important" rivers and I even pointed out to her that the Tigris and Euphrates as being the rivers that supplied water and transport to the "cradle of civilization" would be a valid and unexpected argument - she liked the Miss. idea. (Both of us have kids doing World History together - which is how we met).
Nov
3
comment What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
@PieterGeerkens - Did you see the more specific question at the end? I'll edit it to make the title question reflect the question at the end more closely.
Oct
24
comment What do I ask myself/ teach my child to ask herself when looking for translations/adaptations of historical/epic works for her?
Very funny about ignoring taking off for a few weeks and ignoring government responsibilities here in the US.
Oct
24
comment What is the origin of Jataka tales?
Is there a good source for approximate dates of origination for separate tales?
Oct
24
comment What is the origin of Jataka tales?
How interesting - a connection with Aesop? from so far away! Goes to show how complex and linked they really were through trade - even then. Just that there is a possibility.
Oct
24
comment Has anyone scanned ancient structures with x-rays or similar? And if so, were any major discoveries made by doing so?
@Lateral Fractal. Simply do a search for Archaeology and Geophysics on Google and you'll come up with stuff that has been discovered. It has been particularly helpful in finding new sites, analyzing more about sites like stonehenge (my favorite and some of the biggest break-throughs of which I am aware - which is reletively little), more info on mound builders and learning more about how early peoples altered the earth around them because you can map out ditches and furrows and things - I can't answer specifically about the pyramids, but as to other discoveries?Too numerous to list here.
Oct
23
comment What do I ask myself/ teach my child to ask herself when looking for translations/adaptations of historical/epic works for her?
To clarify what I said to Lennart, I am speaking more about taking the "moral" of a story as a lesson in what important values may have been held by a specific group of people at the time the oral tradition of the story began, not a literal, scholarly look in depth. I believe in God and I am a Christian, but FAR from being a literalist when it comes to the BIble - Just the changes made at the time of Constantine in the Christian faith alone is enough to show how it has been affected by politics let alone time, translations, writing centuries after the fact, re-writings etc.
Oct
23
comment What do I ask myself/ teach my child to ask herself when looking for translations/adaptations of historical/epic works for her?
I would like to BEGIN to use translations/adaptations from stories like the Epic of Gilgamesh with her as a way to broaden and intensify her experience in both History and Literature.
Oct
23
comment What do I ask myself/ teach my child to ask herself when looking for translations/adaptations of historical/epic works for her?
THank you @Sammuel Russell I actually have a lot of education in Biblical History itself and we aren't using it as a primary source - we aren't really using it other than the stories she has to read for SOW - , nor am I using mostly primary sources with my daughter - in fact none really so far unless you count a few of AeSPOps fables. I do think Primary sources as a focus when she is older IS a good way to go however - and that would not include the Bible (or even most of its books) as any solitary primary source). Good heads-up for other readers though.
Oct
23
comment What do I ask myself/ teach my child to ask herself when looking for translations/adaptations of historical/epic works for her?
Lennart Regebro I know, but it is the book her cooperative chose to work from - hence the using it as a "jumping off point." It is also why I am searching for additional sources and activities including activities that will help her sort the "history" from the elaborations, legend, myth etc. AND why I'd love to teach her some good questions to ask herself as she reads whatever she is reading. Realistically, most Bible stories can be seen and read the same way, "What can we learn about the early Hebrews/Christians (OT/New Testament) from reading this story?"
Oct
23
comment How do historians deal with Historical Bias?
Dealing with bias is different from being able to get to the truth despite the bias. As I understand it, you are saying, "while a Historian may acknowledge and be aware of an existing bias, an actual truth cannot be arrived at anyway in many cases." If this sums up your point, I'd say the downvote is uncalled for, except that a little editing may add clarity.
Dec
4
comment What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
This was a tough choice. Both answers are complete, offer resources and are completely believable while answering my question. Thanks so much.
Dec
4
comment What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
WOW! thanks for all the resources. Although, my heart wants to believe their may have been an Arthur the absence of concrete evidence is hard to deny.