criticism

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criticism

noun
crit·​i·​cism | \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm \
1a the act of criticizing usually unfavorably
1b a critical observation or remark
1c critique
2 the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art or literature also : writings expressing such evaluation or analysis
3 the scientific investigation of literary documents (such as the Bible) in regard to such matters as origin, text, composition, or history

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It is an artist’s hope not to suffer from harsh criticism…unless it winds up making people pay more for the work!

compendium

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compendium

Pronunciation /kəmˈpɛndɪəm/
noun compendiums, compendia
1 A collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication.
1.1 A collection or set of similar items.
1.2 A package of stationery for writing letters.

Origin
Late 16th century from Latin, ‘profit, saving’ (literally ‘what is weighed together’), from compendere, from com- ‘together’ + pendere ‘weigh’.

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About every three months, I release a compendium of the weekly Wicked Wonderful Wordies visual idiom puzzles on my web site http://runeman.org/wordies/#sets.

inspiration

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inspiration

Pronunciation /ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

(excerpted from a much more detailed definition – https://www.lexico.com/definition/inspiration )
noun
mass noun The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Origin
Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare (see inspire).

Inspiration: Once the stage has been set, the work must begin.

…after the inspiration, the work must begin…

In this case, Eric Buijs posted his plan to make a “Winter Tux” using Dust3d software. I took it as a challenge to try the same task using OpenSCAD as my tool. The cross-connections possible through federated (Mastodon, etc.) social media have real positive power. Thanks to Eric for his permission to try my hand at his design.

CLMOOC

A few years ago, a group of educators banded together online to share ideas about learning for themselves and for their own students.

The summer of the northern hemisphere happens to be the time when public school teachers have time away from their teaching duties, well, except for all the planning they do for the following school year.

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The well-respected National Writing Project initially provided support to get this Connected Learning Massively Online Open “Class” going.

It quickly became less of a formal class than many MOOCs which are offered through universities.

Projects are open ended and frequently informal. Start when you can. Do what you are able to do and want to try. Use the skills and tools you have, but try to be open to learning new tools (routinely no cost online and even FLOSS – Free Software)  so you can add to your set of skills/tools and have new options available for use in your own classroom setting.

To get involved, you do not need to be a teacher. That’s just the core profession of this group of people eager to be “Creative Learners”. CLMOOC SITE

rammel

rammel

/ˈram(ə)l
noun
English Regional, Midlands, Scottish, Northern
1 Small stunted trees or bushes collectively; a thicket. Now Scottish.
2 Broken bricks or stones, rubble; waste material; (more generally) rubbish. Now English regional.
3 Shale, occurring in a thin stratum, often found just above the coal seam.

Origin
Middle English (in an earlier sense). Probably partly from Anglo-Norman ramail, ramaile, ramayle, ramale, from rame branch + -elle.

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Ronnie rambled through the rammel and the rubble. A kid can make a playground from just about anything.

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