Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

This is a must have for any teacher, or anyone else that works with kids.

  • Reporter Shelly Cone sums up a local author, and her latest work which details every family-friendly spot in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

  • This is a terrific book by John Holt for anyone who is interested in homeschooling their children.

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  • You don't have to look away! I promise, no more organs or stuff. But I have an idea for a list, :D which is why I'm posting this. 3B Scientific is one of those top-quality German brands, you know, where everything is made to th... You don't have to look away! I promise, no more organs or stuff. But I have an idea for a list, :D which is why I'm posting this. 3B Scientific is one of those top-quality German brands, you know, where everything is made to the most exacting standards (I imagine an assembly line with caliper armed workers, and the running joke is making fun of the guy who was .0001 mm off on a model, that one time, when he heard that the wall fell). They make a wide variety of anatomy models, demonstration devices and classroom teaching aids. Skeleton Stan is one of their better skeletons (and yes, he's your man). The bones are made from a cast of a real guy's bones (ok, so it's a little gory) and thus are extremely detailed, showing all the little nooks and crannies cheaper models miss. The bone weight is also roughly equivalent to the real thing. Plus, he's of human height (about 5"6') and comes on a stand. Other great features: - Articulating Jaw, so you can do the 'snap snap' thing. You also get to see all the teeth. - Open cranial cavity - Lift the latches and you can peer into the skull for further, detailed study of this ridiculously complicated piece of bone, or just to make a jello brain mold in. - All joints are replicated with metal hardware; pivot, ball and socket, etc. The bones can be separated with some screwdrivers and stuff. Perfect for studying any bone, seeing what you broke, or quizzing your doc on the correct order of the tarsals . Don't worry! I've also thought of 3 alternate, non-learning related uses: 1. Dress him up! Put on a sassy scarf, a nice beret, sunglasses, whatever! 2. Keep him in your closet, and if anyone ever mentions the phrase, "Skeletons in the closet", say "I've got one...it's a biggie." Then wheel him out. 3. If you're about the same height or width, he can make an, um, unusual valet. Drape your coat or jacket over his shoulders, hang your hat on his head, and loop your tie around his neck. You can even store your shoes on his feet (I have NO idea what size). All your stuff in one place, ready to go! Price: Around $220, but I've seen it as low as $150. If you don't need all the details and hinges, consider the Bucky or Bart models, which are $150 and $99 respectively. Mad Biologist use: Required home decor item. Also, in building your Über Being, you may want to have one of the 'old' models to look back at for refrence. Bonus: (Point to Skeleton) - "Carlton wasn't the brightest or fastest lab assistant, but the accident did place him in a much more useful role, don't you think?"

  • Everyone thinks skulls are cool on their bracelets or belts or hoodies, but a real one seems to turn people off. Well, no matter, I'm gonna recommend one anyway. I turn to 3B Scientific , makers of the highest quality anatomic... Everyone thinks skulls are cool on their bracelets or belts or hoodies, but a real one seems to turn people off. Well, no matter, I'm gonna recommend one anyway. I turn to 3B Scientific , makers of the highest quality anatomical models, for another fun conversation starter for your home. Keep it on your coffee table, or better yet, in your closet. This numbered skull is the perfect choice for basic to pretty advanced learning. It's cast from a real, human skull, so all the little details (foramen, styluses, etc) are there. Better yet, all the points of interest are hand-numbered, and it comes with an answer-key to each digit. It's high quality plastic, the jaw articulates, the sutures are highlighted in yellow, and the cranium opens for further study and for figuring out what nerves go where. NON LEARNING USES: -If you're going to put on an amateur Shakespeare presentation, you're practically duty bound to choose Hamlet. One of the by-laws there is you have to use a skull. Put on as serious a face as you can, stare intently at the skull, then flourish a bit with some extremely long and discomfiting dramatic pauses. -Halloween decoration. You can also stuff the insides with candy and use it as your trick-or-treat bowl. - See that latch on the side? Open up the skull, pour in some Jello (pink or green, preferably) and refrigerate. $100. If you'd like the stylish élan of having a human skull in your home but don't want to spend so much, consider a.) grave-robbing or b.) buying their cheaper, 'budget' models, which go for as low as $23 or so. Mad Biologist use: Actually, the Halloween candy bowl idea works pretty well. Just make sure to use it ALL year round. And tell people it's real.

  • Man, I love Carolina Biological. Purveyor of classroom "products" for all ages and levels, Carolina specializes in specimens. Living stuff. Preserved dead stuff. Skeletons. Organs by the bucketful (really!) This is a preserved ... Man, I love Carolina Biological. Purveyor of classroom "products" for all ages and levels, Carolina specializes in specimens. Living stuff. Preserved dead stuff. Skeletons. Organs by the bucketful (really!) This is a preserved pig heart, which is about the same size as a human one. Carolina uses a proprietary solution that has virtually no formaldehyde odor (and actually does not contain this unhealthy toxin). Really, they're odorless and bloodless, so they're way less disgusting than you'd imagine. But onto the fun! I mean, sure, you can STUDY it if you want, and just marvel at the complex and fragile bags of meat we all are (have you ever seen a heart valve?). But here are some more interesting ideas: - When someone say 'eat their heart' out, pull this out and ask them to fulfill their statement. -Did someone 'break your heart'? Break this one for revenge, or at least give the ex (And trust me, they'll stay your ex) a demonstration of what they've done to you, in full, flesh colored gore glory. - Show someone you love them with all your heart. Or at least something's heart. A real one. - Send a box with lipstick smackers on the carton, and the heart inside. Or sign your letters with kisses and enclose the heart to complete the deal. - For a great prank sure to win you friends and lovers, order 1 heart and have it delivered (in an innocuous little box) to your 'friend' (i.e. hated coworker). There are TONS of cool stuff you can order from them (cow eyes, anyone?) but I think I'm gonna stop posting these as I'm gonna get on the FBI's watch-list for 'potential serial killers'. Mad Biologist use: Try to get one to beat again.

  • I said I wouldn't post these anymore, I know, but fellow ThisNext user ion_dog had an idea too good to pass up. These are real, preserved sheep brains. They don't smell and there's no blood or guts or anything. Just brains. Per... I said I wouldn't post these anymore, I know, but fellow ThisNext user ion_dog had an idea too good to pass up. These are real, preserved sheep brains. They don't smell and there's no blood or guts or anything. Just brains. Perfect for distracting zombies - just throw one in their direction and they'll be all over it. If you manage to tame a zombie and keep him as a pet, you'll need to order these in the 'pail' option to ensure that your cuddly, cerebellum-devouring snuggly puff doesn't go hungry. Mad Biologist use: Every mad biologist needs buckets full of organs around the house. Keep some in the fridge in Tupperware containers marked 'Leftovers'.

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  • Everything you need to begin dissecting in style (except a subject. Preferably dead. We may be mad but jail isn't that comfy, and vivisection is frowned upon). The kit provides all the necessaries: - Scalpel - with solid, st... Everything you need to begin dissecting in style (except a subject. Preferably dead. We may be mad but jail isn't that comfy, and vivisection is frowned upon). The kit provides all the necessaries: - Scalpel - with solid, stainless steel handle and included replaceable blade - Scissors - Perfect for straight or long cutting, with both blunt and sharp sides - Tweezers - for peeling away bits and pieces -Metal Probe - Solid stainless steel probe for finding and highlighting what you need It also comes with 1 straight and bent plastic probes, a ruler, a couple of pins so you can landmark areas of interest, and an eye-dropper, for reasons unbeknown. $16 for the kit in blue plastic case, and for $18 you can get it in a nice leather wrap. You know, so you can carry it around with you. Mad Biologist use: Seriously? I need to give examples? Use your imagination! You're MAD!

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  • The race is on to make three letter words with What's Gnu. Aimed at children aged 4-7 this game was best played in adult/child teams when my daughter was first starting to learn how to read- but now that she's getting to be a stro... The race is on to make three letter words with What's Gnu. Aimed at children aged 4-7 this game was best played in adult/child teams when my daughter was first starting to learn how to read- but now that she's getting to be a stronger reader she's doing great all on her own. Players get a series of cards with two blanks and a consonant and then race to make the most words by filling in the cards with the tiles that they draw. Great for learning sight words and vowel sounds.

  • A really fun way for preschoolers to practice their letters and get started with some basic spelling and reading. It can be played solo or in a group. Ages 3-6.

  • Sometimes the oldies are the goodies. AI used to have a set not unlike this one and used it all the time to play school while I was in pre-school. The box says 4+ but as long as your child doesn't snack on non-food items they will... Sometimes the oldies are the goodies. AI used to have a set not unlike this one and used it all the time to play school while I was in pre-school. The box says 4+ but as long as your child doesn't snack on non-food items they will like this set as early as 2-3 years.

  • Reading can be fun, but I confess that I sometimes ran out of ideas to make learning to read a game for my child. Enter Hot Dots to save the day. My daughter really loved playing with these- the pen (sold separately) gives off all... Reading can be fun, but I confess that I sometimes ran out of ideas to make learning to read a game for my child. Enter Hot Dots to save the day. My daughter really loved playing with these- the pen (sold separately) gives off all kinds of cool sound effects and light bursts. This is the first set in the phonics series and the pen works with all of them so you can expand as your child progresses- or you can use them without the pen if you choose. My daughter loved doing these on her own or with me.

  • Hot Dots from Educational Insights are a great series of teaching aids that allow children to independently study and practice phonics, addition, subtraction and more. The pen shown here is sold separately and works with all the c... Hot Dots from Educational Insights are a great series of teaching aids that allow children to independently study and practice phonics, addition, subtraction and more. The pen shown here is sold separately and works with all the components. When the pen touches a "hot" dot (the right answer) the pen gives one of several affirmative phrases and glows brightly. Choose a "cold dot" and the pen gives a "boing," prompting kids to try again. Most kids really love using these!

  • A little pandering to my inner pressuring mom...also, these things are in fact, totally mesmerizing.

  • Cute astronaut suit. Your child can pretend he or she works for NASA in this!

  • We're all making changes in our lives to live a little greener everyday, and now here's a fun green project for family game night -- Sustainable Living in the 21st Century Power House. With lots of pieces, there is room for eve... We're all making changes in our lives to live a little greener everyday, and now here's a fun green project for family game night -- Sustainable Living in the 21st Century Power House. With lots of pieces, there is room for everyone to pitch in. Build together and learn about solar heat, light energy, wind power and other energy sources.

  • This book shows parents how to make learning fun and meaningful outside of the classroom. If you ever wondered how to reignite your child's love of learning, Guerrilla Learning will open your eyes to a revolutionary way of seeing ... This book shows parents how to make learning fun and meaningful outside of the classroom. If you ever wondered how to reignite your child's love of learning, Guerrilla Learning will open your eyes to a revolutionary way of seeing education and the world.

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  • This 2-player card game is a fun, painless way to learn about the elements of the periodic chart. With some quantum physics thrown in for game play excitement, chemistry has never been more fun!

  • A great book to read with your children, as it outlines in plain English, the many ways that they are smart. It's a great way to increase your late bloomer's self-esteem as together you discover that intelligence is more than memo... A great book to read with your children, as it outlines in plain English, the many ways that they are smart. It's a great way to increase your late bloomer's self-esteem as together you discover that intelligence is more than memorizing spelling words and multiplication tables. This book helped my "math resistant" daughter realize that she really does like math, and that even artists can be good with numbers. "You're Smarter Than You Think" helps you understand multiple intelligences, so you can help your child tackle any subject and succeed with any curriculum. And if you are not careful, you may learn something about your own learning style too!