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A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

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 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

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Favorite Movie about Teaching?

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chopping wood I'm returning to my home and native land Canada in a few weeks and I've been thinking incessantly about "chopping wood".

Chopping wood isn't easy! Most city folk who try it, look like bumbling fools. Even if they manage to do okay, they last only a few short minutes. It's a workout!

I've chopped many a pieces of wood back of the house on our farm - so let me share a few of my insights into this very misunderstood art. It is a very good metaphor for teaching - I'm sure they'll strike a chord about teaching. 

1. Force is not what it is about. It is all about striking in the right place. Not dead center but thereabouts. Find that spot and you are a winner, she'll give way like butter to a hot knife.

2. Your axe is you. You are one with the tool. Respect it and keep it sharp, constantly sharpen it.

3. Each piece is different. Some will give way with one blow. Others, wet, old, knotty - you'll have to turn over and hit with the back of the axe head. Those are the victories you'll remember.

4. The chopping block matters. Low, flat, hard and wide. Steady and stable. It should stand the test of both time and energy/force. Old and cranky is the best.

5. Listen to the sound as the axe meets the wood. There is a lot to be learned from that.

6. If you keep at it, you can chop wood with your eyes closed. I swear you can, it is an art of the most ancient kind - the art of interacting with the physical forces around us.

7. Choppin wood is a necessary but very lonely job. I know of no machine that can chop wood. It is one person and one swing at a time, over and over. The winters keep coming and the labor must be done.

8. Chopping wood is very important. Our house needs wood to last the winter, to keep the cold away. We chop wood not for sport but of necessity. Respect that, honor that. It isn't a weekend hobby.

9. The wood has to be stacked. Yes, it is fun chopping but at the end of the hour or the day - you have to measure it all. Find a way that suits you - cross pile, stack straight, lump and cover with a tarp. Whatever works for you but you'll have to do this. We need the security of knowing we are safe, there is that pile there to keep the cold away.

So there you have it. My few words of wisdom straight from the chopping block.


And here I am chopping wood - back in Canada!



Chopping Wood from David D. on Vimeo.

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Comment by andiusaugustus on September 8, 2010 at 4:43am
As a fellow wood chopper... i have to comment about #7. There is in fact a machine that can chop wood. One of our neighbors had a "wood splitter" as we called it. We always chopped the wood with an axe at home but as my neighbor got older, I'd often help him by piling and stackin his wood after he'd spent the day splitting it with the machine. I found a pic of it here http://www.google.co.kr/imgres?imgurl=http://www.timberwolfcorp.com...

Comment by ddeubel on September 8, 2010 at 6:44am
You learn something new every day! I'd heard of a wood chipper those city workers use but never a splitter. Though I never did doubt the realm of the human imagination after the invention of the rideable lawnmower!

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