Managing Information: Reference Management Apps, and Why You Need One

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers and students can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time, we talked about note-taking skills, and why it’s important for writers to know where every piece of their information originally came from. Today, I’m going to introduce a…

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A Long Winter’s Nap: Humans, Hibernation, and Some Really Old Bones

Winter offers endless delights: sledding and snow forts, animal tracks criss-crossing the snowy forest floor, and countless excuses for hot chocolate. But the delights often come with biting wind and painfully cold fingers. Winter can become too much of a good thing, and many of us are eager for spring far before it arrives.Some animals, like groundhogs, bats or bumblebee queens, skip the season altogether by hibernating. They nestle down in the fall and get…

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Absorbers and Explorers

To be a scientist means to explore. You need to start from what is known and jump out into the void, investigating new ideas. In this regard, the scientist is an explorer, a person searching for new truths in a world without a map. To be more precise, a scientist uncovers the new map as they learn. When we talk about science, we like to emphasize the new discoveries. Whether that’s the discovery of gravitational…

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iNatting Sheba Ridge in the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, BC

Insane views, campfires in the rain, just missing a puma with cubs, beautiful native flora, and some very sore feet were all components of this four day trip in the South Chilcotin Mountain Provincial Park.   Acknowledging this trip took on the traditional lands of Tsilhqot’in, St’at’imc, and Secwepemc Nations. For the American July 4th 2020 holiday we spent it in the Canadian wilderness. No better activity, in my opinion. This was my first backpacking trip…

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