Peace of Mind

Things that happen everyday have a factor in your peace of mind. External influences contribute to our thoughts and actions, how we behave, what we feel. In the past few weeks we have dealt with the anniversary of Katrina, the death of Steve Irwin, and then today is the five year anniversary of 9/11.

If you are looking for ways to help your students find a peace of mind, Discovery Health offers a whole unit on this topic. With literacy strategies, complete lesson plans, and videos – Discovery Health Education Connection is a complete resource for teaching health. As teachers we often have to deal with aspects of health education, such as how to cope with these external influences.

In unitedstreaming you will find a few videos dealing with how to cope with stress. I’m sure if you look you’ll find other resources relating to a peaceful mind.

On a sidebar, if you are looking for ways to help teach about the significance of this day32583102  in history, check out unitedstreaming. In unitedstreaming, I did a Boolean Advanced Search for "9/11 -math" and found 7 videos and 45 video segments. You can also use the calendar feature to find the videos and video segments.

Hope you have a peaceful mind type of day.


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  1. Mary Z. Cox said:

    Here is a book that has come to my attention that may give some peace of mind.
    Its called:

    History: Fiction or Science?
    by Anatoly Fomenko (2004)

    I have not read this book yet–but I am thinking about ordering it.
    Evidently, if you come around to this mathematician’s hyphothesis–you will no longer have to concern yourself with anything that is proposed to have happened before the 11th Century. 🙂

    Here’s a little description that I found on the Amazon page.

    It certainly looks as interesting as the 1492 book that seems to be changing the way folks view the discovery of the Americas.
    Ponce De Leon–of course, safely retains his spot in Florida history–post dating this theory. 🙂

    Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA),July 17, 2004
    July 17, 2004
    may appear controversial yet deals with a very serious issue directly affecting humanity’s comprehension of its own past.

    Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA),July 17, 2004 with a very serious issue directly affecting humanity’s comprehension of its own past..

    Book Description

    Recorded history is a finely-woven magic fabric of intricate lies about events predating the sixteenth century. There is not a single piece of evidence that can be reliably and independently traced back earlier than the eleventh century. This book details events that are substantiated by hard facts and logic, and validated by new astronomical research and statistical analysis of ancient sources.

    From the Publisher
    “History: Fiction or Science?” crowns 30 years of meticulous and extensive research performed by the eminent mathematician Anatoly Fomenko and his colleagues. This research started in fact as a unbelievable byproduct of russian-american competition in Moon exploration, when famous NASA scientist Robert Newton discovered a very strange phenomenon in lunar mechanics. This book is also the first volume in seven comprising “Chronology”, the fundamental oeuvre that exposes and expounds the numerous inveracities of the traditional version of history.
    “History: Fiction or Science?” contains data and conclusions that aren’t anything short of revolutionary. The alternatives offered to classical history are stunning, unorthodox to the extent of being labelled heretical by virtually every scholar of history, and daring enough to be considered preposterous at first sight, although this impression never lasts longer than it takes one to read a few pages attentively.

    In chapter I we are reminded of when the contemporary chronological scale was created and by whom, with the culprits named as the XVI-XVII century clergy that was in charge of all matters historical in that age. We also learn that the consensual model of history had prominent critics ever since its creation – among them such names as Sir Isaac Newton and Jean Hardouin, chief librarian of Louis XIV, the Sun King of France.

    The author dissects every historical age and analyses the data from every source imaginable – Roman and Egyptian chronology take a good beating, and it goes rapidly downhill from there. Poggio Bracciolini and Petrarch take the blame for creating the legend of a mythical Classical age that never was.

    The Biblical events are moved a lot closer to us historically, as well as geographically (the Biblical Jerusalem being identified with the mediaeval Constantinople, for instance). The New and the Old Testament swap their positions on the chronological scale, both exposed as referring to mediaeval events. Our perception of history changes dramatically even before we’re through with chapter I.

    In chapters II, III and IV the author summons astronomy and statistics to provide proof for his theories, which the latter yield gladly and abundantly, and we discover that our amazement resource was by no means used up in the previous chapter. Apparently, there is some vary valid astronomical proof for the author’s theories in the ancient Egyptian zodiacs, Ptolemy’s Almagest, and the Biblical Book of Revelation.

    Chapters V and VI contain in-depth descriptions of the methods used by the author as well as the most meticulous rendition of the global chronological map with its numerous errors and glitches explained in a very level-headed manner – one doesn’t have to be a mathematician to understand, but a great deal of common sense is required for that purpose.

    Finally, in chapter VII we learn more about Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and how the division between the two exists in our mind only (which is a hard concept to accept, even though we familiarize ourselves with it at the beginning of the book). If this isn’t enough, the appendices contain all sorts of factual information to appease the sceptics as well as provide fresh New Chronology converts with deadly ammunition for keeping the critics well at bay.

    Basically, this is the first successful attempt to finally transform history into a rocket science and a must read for everyone who isn’t entirely indifferent to human history,… and possibly also for those who are.

    Dear prospective Reader, we have the pleasure to invite You to use the ‘Search Inside’ feature to acquaint Youself with the book.

    From the Author
    The historical discourse appears to enjoy unwavering popularity in an abundance of manifestations. However, we have to ask ourselves this: how often do we question the veracity of the dominating historical discourse? Could it be that the historical inveracities are really a lot graver than the ones inevitably resulting from temporal distance and entropy? What if the passions of Jesus Christ (as we may observe them in Mel Gibson’s rendition coming Christmas) took place in the XI-XII century AD and not in the first? And what if the walls of Troy – the ones that we’re bound to see stormed by Brad Pitt & Co in the nearest future – have really been located elsewhere? Could Troy be identified with Constantinople, for instance? Basically, the main idea behind this is that the chronological scale that we use nowadays is elongated to a great extent and completely arbitrarily, being a collation of several versions of one and the same temporal sequence that eventually became identified with several nonexistent historical periods. It isn’t too hard to label the results of our research “sensationalist drivel”, and indeed that seems to be the number one argument offered by the venerable community of fundamentalist historians. However, if we are to think critically and employ both common sense and rationality to the fullest extent and not just nominally, remaining bound by our a priori views and opinions all the while, we shall see numerous holes, gaps, and blanks that the traditional version of history pretends not to notice.

    From the Inside Flap
    This stunning book asserts that most of the “World History” is a fiction! Learn how and why Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt were invented and crafted during Renaissance.

    Discover the Old Testament as a veiled rendition of events of Middle Ages written centuries after the New Testament. Perceive the Crusaders as contemporaries of The Crucifixion punishing the tormentors of the Messiah. What if Jesus Christ was born in 1053 and crucified in 1086 AD?

    Sounds unbelievable? Not after you’ve read “History: Fiction or Science?” by Anatoly Fomenko, leading mathematician of our time. He follows in steps of Sir Isaac Newton, finds clear evidence of falsification of History by medieval clergy and humanists. Armed with computers, astronomy and statistics he proves the history of humankind to be both dramatically different and drastically shorter than generally presumed. Archaeological, dendrochronological, paleographical and carbon methods of dating of ancient sources and artifacts are both non-exact and contradictory, therefore there is not a single piece of firm written evidence or artifact that could be reliably and independently dated earlier than the XI century.

    The consensual chronology we live with was essentially crafted in the XVI century from the contradictory mix of innumerable copies of ancient Latin and Greek manuscripts (all originals have mysteriously disappeared) and the “proofs” delivered by the late mediaeval astronomers, cemented by the authority of writings of the Church Fathers.

    “History: Fiction or Science?, leads You step by step to the inevitable conclusion that the classical chronology is false and therefore, that the history of ancient and medieval world, is also FALSE.

    About the Author

    Anatoly T. Fomenko was born in 1945. He is a full member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, as well as a doctor of physics and mathematics, a professor, and head of the Moscow State University Department of Mathematics and Mechanics. He solved the classical Plateau’s Problem from the theory of minimal spectral surfaces. Fomenko is the author of the theory of invariants and topological classification of integrable Hamiltonian dynamic systems. he is also the author of 180 scientific publications, 26 monographs and textbooks on mathematics, a specialist in geometry and topology, variational calculus, symplectic topology, Hamiltonian geometry and mechanics, and computer geometry. Mr. Fomenko is also the author of a number of books on the development of new empirico-statistical methods and their application to the analysis of historical chronicles as well as the chronology of antiquity and the Middle Ages.

    Anyway–Danielle–is there anything about this research on united steaming? Discovery Channel sometimes covers new controversial theories and I wonder if I missed this?
    Best wishes,
    Mary Z. Cox

  2. Bethany Rosenhack said:

    I noticed there were a few resources on United Streaming about 9/11 but nothing for the younger kids. My little ones were asking about it and they knew a little too much but I guess it is too sensitive for them. I had a lesson on Who is a Hero? It went very nicely and the children got their minds off of planes crashing into buildings. I have a kindergartener that was allowed to watch the movie about 9/11 the other day. He started a rash of rumors becuase he was so confused poor kid!!

  3. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Thanks for the great resources. I will definitely have to check it out.

    Do you have any great resources for Constitution Day?

  4. Danielle Abernethy said:

    We actually did a call for Constitution Day projects awhile ago. We’re running a contest for those. I’ll do a recall to remind!

  5. Michele Futch said:

    Thanks for the tips. I had scheduled to do a 9/11 video today with activities. Our school internet was down. I didn’t plan ahead and save it any other way. But, I still plan on doing it tomorrow.

  6. Michele Futch said:

    Bravo Angel!

    She showed her students a great video and lesson on 9/11 today. She also did a video with a short lesson on Search animals and how they are used. That was a great way to help students see how valuable search dogs are in an incident like 9/11.

    (Just checking to see if you read this one!)

  7. Michele Futch said:

    Attention, Red Ribbon week is in October. The Discovery Health Connection has great videos on drugs abuse. There are videos on drug abuse and even one on steroids. There are several great lesson plans, quizzes videos, etc.

  8. Michele Futch said:

    Oops! The videos I was referring to are in United Streaming. They may be in the Discovery Health Center, too. But, our county does not subscribe to that. I got the results from doing a search on United Streaming.

  9. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    The Theme for our next staff meeting is Stress Busters – I get to find technological stress busters! So far I have some clips from unitedstreaming videos. Any other suggestions greatly appreciated!

  10. Angel Spurling said:

    I have been so busy I didn’t get to report on the excellant videos in United Streaming! I showed the video American History: 9/11: The Flight that Fought Back to my 7th and eight graders and they loved it !!! Afterward we wrote about “What is a Hero”?. For my sixth graders I decided to show a different type of hero we watched Rescue Dogs and again the students were facinated ! We also watched Firefighters and incorporated compare and contrast along with our Heroes! Thanks United Streaming!

  11. Debbie Bohanan said:

    You are such a great resource for books. Keep up the good work. I wish I had more time to just sit down and read.

  12. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I will have to look up the rescue dogs video. I know our elementary kids would enjoy that.

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