Century-Old Lesson: Chalkboards From 1917 Discovered in Oklahoma Classroom

Educators of Emerson High School in Oklahoma were shocked when contractors began working to update four classrooms; they uncovered chalkboards chock full of pristine writings and drawings dating back to 1917. What they found was so well-preserved, it was like stepping back into a real-life history lesson.

Check out the full story on NBC, and the incredible photos below.

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Beautiful Bookish Advertisements From Israel’s Oldest Bookstore Chain

Steimatzky, founded way back in 1925 in Tel-Aviv, collaborated with GREY Group ad agency in 2013 to create ads that captured the imaginative nature and adventure of books. They feature the readers falling asleep and sweetly snoozing next to their novels’ characters.

These even make taking a nap with Stalin look charming!

Check them out, and let us know your favorites (or books/characters that would make compelling ads you think they missed) in the comments! Harry Potter IMHO… but that’s always a given with me.

The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R. Tolkein

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How to Use Semicolons

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This is part three in our original grammar series.

Semicolons, or, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing,” have been given a bad name. You and Kurt may avoid them if you choose. If, however, you’ll open your hearts to the tiny mutants, I think you’ll find they’re really rather “useful little chaps”—in the words of Abraham Lincoln.

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Teachers, Here Is How to Spend Your Summer

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I distinctly remember staying late, late on a Friday night my second year of teaching so that I could finish all of my grading and planning for the next week.

I loved the idea of having a whole weekend to myself for once, but I didn’t actually think about what I would do with it once I had it. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling optimistic and free and by 1:15pm when I still hadn’t really moved from my bed, dread started to creep in. I had no idea really what to do with this free time. Completely forgot what I actually liked to do. It was the worst day ever.

I ate a Hungry Man dinner at 4:00pm.

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Scholarship Spotlight – June 2015

Every month, we select some of the best scholarships around and post them here on our blog. When you are ready to apply, check out our tips on How to Write a Scholarship Essay!


Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be at least 16 years of age and be a senior in high school attending or planning to attend a two-year or four-year college.

Requirements: Letters of recommendation, completed application

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How to Use Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes

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This is part two in our original grammar series.

It turns out the little horizontal lines you’ve been sticking between words when you weren’t sure what sort of punctuation should go there are actually different lengths for a reason.

Go figure.

Which of the following should fill the blank?

1. The confident student begins the well_proofed punctuation test with no fear.

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