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We Can Do Better Wednesdays, Working for Libraries Prompt

    A funding prompt from the old chapter 7 (from the old chptrs 5 and 10 as they rely on libraries to make the rest of our public life more livable…): 

“I just asked for more library funding in my city, as part of
#ProjectDoBetter!”

How many shares of this prompt can you get?

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, or  Lupin Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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On Lesson Day 15, Saved By Libraries?

     This is GED/HiSET lesson plan Day 15 of 67, and a reminder of how libraries have historically been places of learning both intellectually and socially.  The Carnegie library, which was the DC Central library for many years, was, for instance, one of the few non-segregated places in the city where all could learn together in safety. 

      I am working on Draft 6 of my nonfiction offering to communities in our country of one long term proposal, and then hope to get back to my historical fiction stories, for which I appreciate the appreciation many of you sent me when I was writing Ann and Anna.  The work is hard, and the hands are few.  I hope that more will volunteer to serve, even before Phase II.

     I look forward to hearing your ideas, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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Nested Holidays, Counting, and Online Libraries for Empathy

The common good, and access to all sorts of FREE libraries, must become more fully inclusive for all of us.  Below, one volunteer-driven online library provides free access to many diverse Jewish texts and teachings, this one centered on two current holidays.

My update for  April 12022/5782, with my own Nested Themes for each day of the Omer:

  1. Empathy and health care as the first night of #counting the harvest, first week: empathy, of seven weeks of growing…
  2. Tonight, the second night of harvest #counting: #empathy and #housing for all…
  3. On this third day of harvest #counting, #empathy and accessible, affordable, and safe train #transport for all…
  4. Counting this fourth harvest day of working to Do Better for #empathy and #hope. We can end poverty, we can end homelessness, and we can Do Better.   …   Empathy, and hope for Ending Poverty via Free Consumer and Debt Related Legal Education (as opposed to hope in having hope, itself, which is akin to faith in hope…).
  5. #Counting this fifth harvest day for #empathy and public #libraries as tools for building safe homes and community for all.
  6. Counting for #empathy and hope in hope itself, on this sixth day of harvest for human kindness.  (l’empatie et l’espoir sont l’espoir pour nous tous…)
  7.    Day 7x of the Omer, will be (tomorrow starting tonight…) Empathy within Empathy … End of 1st week, Empathy, of Counting the Omer, 5782
     Well, this year I missed day Nine, (day 8 being the start of the 2nd Week, the Week of Health Care, and the day of Housing in Health Care as related concerns), so I’ll continue with this new schema omerList  next year, in 5783…

The second night of Passover  begins a sacred countdown that has long fascinated and frustrated me: fascinating because there is a meaning to each day of this countdown that is often forgotten about, and frustrating because this countdown is also often not completed “correctly” by many of us, leading to a near obsession with the count.  It’s called the Counting of The Omer, and it is a 7 by 7 perfect square.  That already, was enough to get my attention years ago, when I first converted to Judaism, but upon learning some years later that there was a mystical meaning that did not involve too much mystical hoo-ha, that added even more beauty to this perfect square, and so I had to learn more.

Each week has a theme of it’s own, as with this first week: Chesed, or mercy.  Then each day of each week has a theme, also, thus giving each day a theme within a theme.  This first day (starting tonight, the 2nd night of Passover, with the 2nd seder) is Chesed within Chesed, and so is purely focused on that quality of mercy (sorry, fellow Babylon 5 fans, I just couldn’t help it!).  Each successive day will have a new focus, which you can see for yourself on this very cool graphic (note that delightful diagonal of solid-colored dots beautifying this mitzvah of learning!!) at the free online library of the Open Siddur Project.   Ok, so it’s not exactly a nested loop, but close enough, with the Counting of the Omer almost sort of one long holiday that takes place within Passover, but continues for 49 days, until the very night of Shavuot, or The Geeks Holiday (!), as I like to call it, and my favorite holiday on the calendar!  🙂

Chag Sameach!

Actions To Help:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Omer.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on empathetic ideas might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a Book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses it.

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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French Fridays, Libraries, and Empathy for Ants?

Libraries are where the librarians, who find obscure bits of local knowledge, and make great book recommendations live!  This book is among the best books I have read, but I must say that the rule of the first holds: the rest of the books in the series went downhill.  Werber’s other books, too, were interesting from a philosophical point of view, but increasingly irritating as metaphysical works.  This one, however, I am half considering reading again! 

-back in 2015:

Les Fourmis (La saga des fourmis, #1)Les Fourmis by Bernard Werber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t kill any more ants!!
This book is worth learning French to read. Honestly. It had me worrying for the fate of an ant by page 40! Fascinating swap of perspectives, and hair-raising cliff-hanger ending. I have the 3rd book in this trilogy, but am anxiously waiting to get the 2nd from the library!

Ne tuez plus de fourmis !
Ce livre vaut la peine d’apprendre le français pour le lire. Vraiment. Il m’a fait soucier pour le destin d’une fourmi avant la 40e page ! Changement impressionnant de points de vues et fin incroyable. J’ai déjà le 3e tome mais j’attends avec impatience le 2e de la bibliothèque !

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So, maybe I was over-empathizing with the fourmi  ants?

Action Items in support of literacy for All:

1.) Imagine two different ways to increase library funding.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you think you’d feel in a library if you were an ant,

4.) Write a story, book, blog post or tweet that uses Items 1-3 above, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy WiP (after Do Better is published out the the community…). Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.  Please tell us about your plans and how they go!

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, & La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews…

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

 
Panda populations and healthcare averages

Day 66/67: Five Month GED, Pandas, Libraries, and Healthy Populations

The common good, or the general welfare, requires every Adult to understand the basics of statistics, as part of on-going self education (aka Adulting Education), to help our society become more fully inclusive for all of us.  The public library system can help.

sdpl-app

My personal good may also be enhanced if someone could please explain to me why so many people find pandas to be so cute.  The resident pandas at the National Zoo, in DC, were always so popular that they drew crowds, if I recall correctly.

 

To apply the concepts of mean, median and mode, as a review topic while those readers who may be using this series of posts begin final preparations for taking the 5 subject exams (or those subject exams which they have not yet taken, since the HiSET allows each of the subject tests to be taken at different times, which was most recommended when I taught Adult Education), we look at a fun topic: Pandas!

Since averages and populations always run toward health statistics, please take a spare moment, when you have time, to look up some health statistics in your area, if you will.

 

Today’s reading discusses  Panda populations

 Week 18/18
Day 66 lesson plan
Grammar: run on sentences
Math: Averages (Mean, Median and Mode)
Science: see the reading above and the Action Item questions below, please…
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 66’s Exit Tickets
(Day 65  … Day 67)

Action Items:  

1.) Who was this article written by, and for what audience, and how do we know that the author’s facts are correct?

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded the initial (or first-hand source) data.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or  Holistic High School Lessons,

or Historical Fiction Serial Stories, including  Ann & Anna‘s escape…

 

Shira

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Day 65/67: Five Month GED, Parabolas, and Public Libraries

Parabolas, always exponential, describe falling, thrown, (or ?) objects: symmetry is … symmetrical.

exponential_function_behavior

–Clearly, a library at each campus of each Adult /Continuing Education site would be helpful, as well as quiet study cubicles, for those with no place to study at home.

Continuing to learn, and helping others continue to learn, helps our society, so I am posting these lesson plans in the hope of helping others to help themselves to learn, whether one has yet to finish High School, or merely wants a refresher.

But, the fun parabola question is: will this space tour transportation (rocket) travel in the form of a parabola on the way to and from the Space Station?  Babylon 5, we’re almost there! 

Axiom Space said three private individuals and a former NASA astronaut will fly aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule for an eight-day stay on the station.

 

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 Week 18/18
Day 65, week 18
Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Conclusion paragraph
Math: parabolas and the axis of symmetry
Science: reading , and a little algebra to go with it…
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 65’s Exit Tickets
(Day 64Day 66)

Actions in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sites about parabolas

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded them.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or  Holistic High School Lessons,

or Historical Fiction Serial Stories, including  Ann & Anna‘s escape…

 

Shira

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Day 56/67: Five Month GED, More Math Language Learning, and Libraries

     We keep seeing the need to translate problems into mathematical terms, or into the language of mathematics, in order to solve those problems.

 

      Libraries and librarians can help us translate mathematical, scientific, and social problems into terms that can facilitate problem-solving, if we fund our libraries properly.  How would you solve part of the problem of public library funding?

Today’s reading relates to figuring out for yourself what are useful online materials to help you learn mathematics on your own:

“Overview:

This course is also intended to provide the student with a strong foundation for intermediate algebra and beyond. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: simplify and solve linear equations and expressions including problems with absolute values and applications; solve linear inequalities; find equations of lines; and solve application problems; add, subtract, multiply, and divide various types of polynomials; factor polynomials, and simplify square roots; evaluate, simplify, multiply, divide, add, and subtract rational expressions, and solve basic applications of rational expressions. This free course may be completed online at any time. It has been developed through a partnership with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; the Saylor Foundation has modified some WSBCTC materials. (Mathematics 001)

 End of week 15/18
Day 56 Week 15
Grammar: Compound subjects
Math: translating and solving simple inequalities
Today we focus on the science of finding tools to help solve problems
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 56’s Exit Tickets
(Day 55Day 57)

Actions:  

1.) Search for two different sources to learn about your local library system’s funding,

2.) Please tell us where your information comes from, and how you know that the sources you found are reliable,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

Holistic High School Lessons,

Shira

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Day 51/67: Five Month GED, Linear Relationships, and Free Text Books

     So, what is a linear relationship, and why should we care?  Earlier lessons have started on this topic, so you should already have a few hints!  

perpendicular_lines_example_graph

     Some volunteer libraries of freely available open source text books are available, and of high quality.  By searching carefully, you can find the resources to help you meet your learning goals independently.

 Start of week 14/18
Day 51 Lesson Plan, Week 14
Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph
Math: Linear expressions
Some more exercises on solving linear equations, Thanks to Canada!
Day 51 Exit Tix
(Day 50Day 52)

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible uses for the word linear,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or Holistic High School Lessons,

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Day 50/67: Five Month GED, Language Learning, and Libraries

      How can you determine what the meaning of a word is in a mathematical context?  And where would you find the resource that may put all of that information right at your fingertips?  Solving word problems in mathematics, and all life’s problems are really word problems, requires learning the language of mathematics, which every Adult needs to understand.

Today’s reading may be interesting to see how a word or theory can change over time, starting with two parallel slits that kicked off a world of new questions:

The Double-Slit Experiment
By the early 19th century, most physicists agree with Newton’s well-established theory of light, which says that light takes the form of particles—what we now call photons. But English scientist Thomas Young isn’t convinced, and in 1803, he designs an experiment to test the status quo. Young aims a beam of light at a barrier that has two slits. If light is made of particles, he reasons, those particles should travel in a straight line through the slits, projecting two distinct lines of light on the screen beyond the barrier. Instead…”

You might get a start, or a refresher, on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 End of week 13/18
Day 50 Week 13
Grammar: more practice with parallelism
Math: Translating words into mathematical language
Reading for science: Parallel in theory: the rest of the story…
Day 50 Exit Ticket
(Day 49 … Day 51)

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible meanings for the word parallel,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or Holistic High School Lessons,

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Day 46/67 of Five Month GED, Libraries, and Adulting

 The public library system, and supporting free access by all residents to high quality branch libraries,

boston_public_library_egleston_square is another responsibility of being an Adult in a republic.

 End of week 12/18
Day 46, Week 12
Grammar: subordinating conjunctions
Math: simplifying cubic roots
Have you studied your Earth, Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences study sections?
Day 46 Exit Ticket
Don’t forget to brush up on your test-taking skills…

(Day 45Day 47)

Action Items:

1.) Search for two school board members in your area,

2.) Email them to ask for help advocating for increased public library branch funding.

3.) Share your thoughts about how each of the board members responded.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those responses, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

5.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or Holistic High School Lessons,

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