‘The Negative Canon: ‘Adjectives Can’t Be Adverbs’ by Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is titled “The Negative Canon: ‘Adjectives Can’t Be Adverbs”.

Barrie says, “An adjective modifies a noun. It can be attributive, as in ‘green grass’, or predicative, as in ‘the grass is green’. An adverb can modify a verb (‘I’ll see you soon’), an adjective (‘It’s very late’), another adverb (‘really quickly’) or it can introduce a whole sentence (‘Thankfully, it’s stopped raining’). So far, so good, but the line between adjectives and adverbs is not as clear as some might like. There are some words that are thought of only as adjectives which have in fact long been adverbs as well, andlong is one of them. Others include slow, plain, quick, good, long, tight, differentand soft. In his poem ‘Memorabilia’, Browning wrote ‘I saw Shelley plain’, and in ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, Yeats wrote ‘Peace comes dropping slow.’ That is one answer to those who would tell us that You can hear it plain and Go slow should be You can hear it plainly and Go slowly.

The Negative Canon: ‘Adjectives Can’t Be Adverbs

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‘Saturday’s Book: “Me, You” by Erri De Luca’ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “Saturday’s Book: “Me, You” by Erri De Luca”.

Naomi says, “his is the fourth book I’ve read by this author. The trouble with that is, of course, one tends to compare. I still claim that “The Day before Happiness” is his best. “God’s Mountain” is a close second. This book is good, but it didn’t move me in the same manner and I didn’t get “lost” in the story the way I did when reading those books.”

Saturday’s Book: “Me, You” by Erri De Luca

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’4 Innovative ideas for using Pinterest to support learning’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “4 Innovative ideas for using Pinterest to support learning”.

Lisa says, “People are “pinning,” “liking,” and “commenting” on recipes and fashions, wedding ideas and birthday party themes, innovative ways to display collections and cool DIY bookshelf projects on Pinterest, a gigantic virtual bulletin board where you can collect and sort all your favorite ideas and websites. You can follow other people’s boards on topics that interest you, and you can “window shop” amongst others’ offerings, pinning only the items that you want or need.”

4 Innovative ideas for using Pinterest to support learning

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‘Chain of Events: A reading activity with complements’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Chain of Events: A reading activity with complements”.

Jennifer says, “Complements seem to be a popular topic among learners on my forum lately. One question already led to a new Student Stumper post here on my blog. Now another one is guiding my own study of what forms complements can take and how they function in a sentence.A learner asked if nouns can behave like adverbs and posted, “We could have parted friends.” Obviously, part is not a transitive verb in this example, so what function does friends serve? I hope you’ll agree thatcould have parted is linking the subject and its complement. I don’t see the noun as an adverb, as the learner assumed, but instead friendsidentifies we. Correct? The verb part is not as common as become orremain, but all three verbs can function in the same position for the same basic purpose.”

Chain of Events: A reading activity with complements

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‘What Is Money? – A Short Economics Lesson’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “What Is Money? – A Short Economics Lesson”.

Richard says, “The Atlantic’s new series Economics In Plain English is a good resource for social studies teachers to bookmark and share with their students. One of the new additions to the series is What Is Money? What Is Money? uses the fun scenario of trying to deposit a banana into a bank to explain the basic purpose and function of money. The video is embedded below.”

What Is Money? – A Short Economics Lesson

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‘Dispelling Myths About Web Filtering Requirements’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Dispelling Myths About Web Filtering Requirements”.

Richard says, “here are very few things as frustrating as excessive Internet filtering when you’re trying to integrate technology into classroom. Some filtering can be good and is actually required, but I have visited a lot of schools in which the filtering goes way beyond what is actually needed. Sometimes the reason for the excessive filtering is based on misunderstanding of requirements. In this KQED interview in 2011 Karen Cantor dispelled some of the myths about Internet filtering requirements. If you’re working in a school that is blocking a lot more than you think it should be, read the article and interview transcript then pass it along.”

Dispelling Myths About Web Filtering Requirements

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