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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Project for Classroom to Harden my Students Before We Go To Taiji Cove for the Dolphin Slaughter

I am planning to take my elementary class to the creek. We will net schools of small fish and lay them on the grass and begin to cut at them, while still alive, with razor blades to make them bleed all over the grass. Then we will feed them to some cats I brought along in a carrier. I want to get them ready for a class visit to Taiji Cove when the dolphin slaughter begins again.

Do you think my principal will give me a good recommendation for this project?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DRTA - Directed Reading Thinking Activity - Russell Stauffer: A READING LESSON TEMPLATE FOR THE DRTA


I have had first, second and third graders to teach reading as a thinking process. Having studied at the graduate level with Stauffer I was well prepared. It was a bloody boot camp with him. In his Reading-Study Center at the University of Delaware we trained with students privately enrolled for reading instruction. There were adults, brain damaged veterans, children levels behind, dyslexics and aphasics. A variety.

This is an example of a Directed Reading Thinking Activity - a DRTA - using the two pictures of Rob Pattinson above which have clearly shown he has packed up and left his girlfriend Kristen Stewart - breaking up with her.

Here's how it would go with students. For my purposes I am fictionalizing a group to work with to serve as an example.

The Man In The Truck: The two pictures above on facing pages at the beginning of the story.

Look at the title and the pictures on the first two pages. What do you think  the story will be about? 

Here you are leading each person to set their own purposes for reading this selection via predictions - teaching the Scientific Method. Not your purposes, their purposes, their reason for reading this selection other than learning how to think critically, which is what you are doing. That is your purpose, your intention. This is your hidden agenda.
I bet he's taking the dog to the vet.

What makes you think that?

The dog is in the front seat instead of the back of the pick up so maybe it is not feeling so good. Its ears are down and when my dog's ears are down he is unhappy or not feeling so hot.

Stauffer was adamant on the role of experience in reading. Children didn't learn to read in areas outside their personal experience until they knew how to read at an independent reading level. The DRTA approach was to teach hypothesis setting (not theory) how to guess as correctly as possible, how to express a hunch, a guesstimate as Stauffer called it then. He was influenced by Jerome Bruner and Dewey's Experience and Education. Profoundly.

"I think they are going to the doggie park."

What makes you think so?

When dogs go to the doggie park they get dirty and my mom doesn't want our dog in our good car.

"I think he's taking the stuff to the auction."

How come?

It's all messy in the back and junked around. He doesn't want it anymore. 

"I think he's taking the stuff to the DAV or  Good Will."

Why do you think that?

Because it's better to recycle than just throw it away at the dump and I think he wants to recycle. 

How come you think that?

I don't know.

Can you guess?

It's a hunch.

Based on what?

He has a nice dog. It sits up on the seat. He should have a doggie seat belt on though. It looks clean.

Any other reasons?


"I think he's going to get groceries."

How come you think that?

Hmmmmm. I just think that.


He's reaching in the mailbox to get the mail, so this is probably the first time he's driven out the driveway today. So it's probably early in the day and that's when most people go grocery shopping. That's when my mom does and my dad too.

What about all the stuff in the back? There won't be room for a lot of groceries. (from another child)

He maybe will dump the stuff or give it away before he goes to the grocery store. Or maybe just pack it better and take it home again. My dad leaves stuff in the back.

"I think he's picking up some furniture."
"Maybe he's going to the dump with old stuff."
"Maybe the dog just loves to ride in the truck."

I'll let you readers imagine your own questions for these three. 
Read to see if you are right.
As soon as you say this, no more questions. You now honor each person's purpose for reading the selection.
The rule is that you can ask as many questions as you want BEFORE the person reads the selection. After the person finishes reading you don't get to ask any questions. This is because you are honoring the person's purposes for reading that particular selection. Your purposes are not their purposes for reading it. The individual's reasons take priority. It is about respect for the person's intentions. You are not  playing authoritarian with their mind. This is not a hidden lesson teaching fascism.

Were you right?
At this stage of the DRA the child will tell you S/he was right or wrong. If s/he says, "Right," then you ask her/him to read the part out loud that proves it. Oral reading is NOT used to check or judge how well the person pronounces the words. Oral reading is for the purpose of backing up your hunches for someone else, for supporting your thinking. Here you are teaching the Dominating Discourse of critical thinking as it exists at the present time.

What mostly happens is that the children will say who was wrong and why. They love to find another child wrong. Then they need to read the part that proves their  point.  

It is possible a child will say the man is leaving his girl friend or wife and taking the dog. 

Another child is very likely to say that if he were leaving his girl friend would be running after the truck and crying. Or if he were leaving home why would he stop to get the mail, challenging that hypothesis.

On the THEORY part of this, it is that the way a child learns to read is just as important as the fact that s/he learns to read. Since Stauffer defines reading as a thinking process, this stated assumption determines how the child learns to read. A purely phonic approach that emphasizes oral pronouncing of words is not a thinking process but a pronouncing process. 

Phonics are taught as tools for figuring out unknown words, not as a way of checking on whether the child can pronounce the words or not. Not as a testing procedure. Oral reading is purely for confirming or disproving your purposes (hypotheses) for reading the selection.

This is just one way of teaching reading. It is particularly effective in the classroom with a group. The children spur each other on and lively discussions result. Reading becomes an activity that is anticipated with pleasure.

Besides you get much smarter as the kids will see things you didn't notice. 

Children who learn this way are never going to be brainwashed by the tabloids. They are never going to take just one way of reading anything. They are not going to be seduced by the printed page. They are not going to believe one person's way of reading it. They are forever going to be questioning authority. If you aren't comfortable with that kind of thinking child, then try a rote learning process. See and say. Or cat, rat, sat, mat.

If you think these predictions are too sophisticated for young children then you just don't know how smart they really are.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Grassley is Grandstanding for the SHOW TRIAL For DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV The US Is Mirroring Lenin Now

What inside knowledge is driving the official push for answers in the Boston marathon bombing case? by B Blake - LINK HERE
Would you buy a used car from this man?

Unfortunately B Blake doesn't know that Grassley is a shill, a "floating sign" acting as a mask to camouflage the "show trial" that is being costumed up for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to make framing him legit. We are following Lenin here in the late teens after Oct 1917, with his "show trials." 

Choose your enemies wisely for you will become  like them. - Nietzsche
The Soviets were our cold war enemies. We are mirroring them.

Here is some backstory on Grassley from whowhatwhy:


Rep Keatings "scathing" letter 
was never entered into the 
Congressional record; he sits for 
two committees where entry on 

the record
 would have shown a legitimate 
effort and actual 
investigative intent. House 
Homeland Security Committee 
and the Subcommittee on 
Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging 
Threats which is under the 
Committee on Foreign Affairs 
have no record of this letter nor 
is there any documentation 
regarding the findings by a 
Congressional Delegation that 
went to Russia at the end of May 
in any Congressional record; this 
trip to Russia has its own set of 
peculiarities as these 
Representatives set out on their 
own “investigation” into the 
radicalization of Boston 
Marathon bomber Tamerlan 

The Delegation chose to use the 

services of actor Steven Seagal 
instead of the State Department 
for this trip and purportedly 
Seagal arranged for them to 
with the FSB. Per a July 24th 
article in Huff Post Politics(a stellar choice of venue)
According to Rep Rohrabacher, 
head of the Congressional 
Delegation, engaging Seagal 
helped to avoid the experience of 
past foreign trips when all of the 
meetings had been arranged by 
the U.S. Embassy. "You know 
what we got? We got the State 
Department controlling all the 
information that we heard," 
Rohrabacher said. "You think 
that's good for democracy? No 

What's interesting is that Rep 
Keating reports that Russian 
officials showed him a letter they 
sent to the FBI in March 2011, 
warning that Tsarnaev had plans 
to join insurgents in Chechnya 
but that the Russians refused to 
provide him a copy of the letter.

More interesting is the trip 
appeared to occur via photoshop 
showing the Congressman in 
underground Pushkin Square at 
the site commemorating the 
victims of a terrorist attack on 
Aug. 8, 2000. The photoshop trip 
allegation with the pictures 
supporting the allegation made 
way to the comment section of 
several news articles in the first 
part of June.

Two months after the purported 
trip a video emerged showing the 
Congressional Delegation at the 
underground site; the "scathing" 
letter to Director Comey from 
Rep Keating was announced in 
the article that had this new 
video. Most peculiar, once again, 
the background to the 
underground site had changed.
Rep Keating letter:

The few Congressional and 
Senate Hearings that took place 
regarding the Boston Marathon 
publicly condemned the 
Tsarnaevs as guilty before any 
due process of law. The random 
assignment of a US District 
where the younger brother has 
been charged with capital crimes 
did not even occur until after the 
indictment; prior to that late 
June date and without random 
draw the case initially was 
assigned the same Magistrate 
Judge who signed for the FBI 
search warrant on April 21st, and 
as soon as the US District Judge 
was assigned an immediate 
referral back to the same 
Magistrate occurred; again, the 
court order was entered only on 
the case docket and did not make 
it to the court's all recent orders 
master docket.

The Magistrate referral was 
withdrawn just before the 
September 23rd status 
conference; this was a 
electronic order entered only on 
the case docket that was never 
recorded on the master all recent 
orders docket, and the case 
record still has the referral as 
active. No defense attorney has 
filed the required notice of 
appearance in the case. To date 
the court record indicates 
complete and unquestionable 
simulated criminal proceedings.

I watched every Committee 
hearing that was scheduled to 
address the events of April 15th. 
What I witnessed was 
unwarranted praise of 
incompetence and 
unquestionable "show" hearings 
where corruption was being 
covered up. The only hot 
was when Rep. Louie Gohmert 
had a heated exchange with FBI 
Director Mueller at a House 
Judiciary Hearing; a lack of 
investigation by the FBI into the 
Mosque because of who headed 
the Mosque Tamerlan attended 
was the subject of the heated 
exchange. Considering there is 

actual legitimate evidence that 
Tamerlan had become 
radicalized, the exchange was 
more than apparent for "show".

The hearing was scheduled after 
the NSA spying was outed by 
Snowden. Hearing Title: 
Oversight Hearing on the 
Bureau of Investigation 

This was the last Congressional 
Committee hearing Mueller 
attended before he retired as 
Director of the FBI. Footnote 4 
Senator Grassley's letter to 
Director Comey refers to 
Mueller's testimony at this 
The video is still available.
The Senate Committee on the 
Judiciary “Oversight of the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation” 
hearing was June 19, 2013 and 
this was Director Mueller's last 
appearance before this 
committee. There is no available 
transcript of the hearing but the 
hearing video is still available. 
Here is Senator Grassley's 
statement where he breezes over 
the Marathon Bombing with 
praise to Director 
There are no follow up questions 
on the record by Senator 
following this June 19, 2013 
hearing as stated in his letter to 
Dr. Comey.

Both, the House Committee on 
Oversight and Government 
Reform and the Senate 
Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental 
Affairs were sent official 
complaint letters on how this 
more than apparent government 
orchestrated event was a slap in 
the face to the taxpayer not only 
because it occurred on April 15th 
but because it occurred during a 
sequestration. Supporting 
evidence that the injuries were a 
lie, that the FBI was present at 
Blast Site 2, and that the 
had been photoshopped into a 
crime scene was submitted. No 
response has been rendered.

There is unquestionable 
collusion between our three 
branches of government to 
ensure guilt for this young man
the population of the USA was, 
without question, terrorized by 
the United States government 
and thus far impunity prevails as 
they continue to rob us blind. 
Keep in mind the event 
just before multiple 
appropriation bills were passed.

An extensive search of the GPO 
does not return either letter to 
Director Comey. THE SHOW 

The Congressional Delegation: 
Michele Bachmann (no picture 

her regarding this trip 
Dana Rohrabacher, William 
Keating, Steve King, Paul Cook 
and Steven Cohen.
Caption Added will it appear?
Notice the ceiling pipe on the 
right side of the pictures. Notice 
in picture of Rep Rohrabacher 
where the man is standing below 
the pipe that the sign is missing 

on the wall below the pipe that 
shows in the picture with the five 

The Officer present in the set of 
pictures that were released with 
articles that came out at the time 
of the trip to Russia is not 
present in the video that came 
out two months after the trip.

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