Teacher tap and spring tide

Doing some web searching for a new book, I came across a useful site that may or may not be familiar to you. Teacher Tap is a portal which contains ideas and resources for teachers and TLs – although the site actually says ‘educators and librarians’ as if we weren’t educators! – who want to use ICT for learning and teaching in schools. As an aside, the site also talks of ‘teaching and learning’ – I always tell my students, TLs and SLs that ‘learning’ should always come first, as that’s the key point of schools. One of the sections on this site which is certainly worth looking at is the Effective Web Assignments  page which has many good links. Check it out and book mark it.

The full moon has just passed 2 days ago, so we have had some very high tides (photo below)  here in Dunbar  with big waves slamming against the harbour wall and leaping way into the air. ‘Spring tides’ of course do not just happen in Spring – into which we have supposedly arrived, it being March, but it’s to be -3 tonight – but arrive just after the full moon. A Spring tide is a high tide and the highest occur nearest the 2 equinoxes in the year. So it’s not seasonal, with ‘Spring’ meaning to jump up. The opposite is a neap tide which is a calm tide. Nothing of course to do with the Scottish word ‘neep’ meaning a turnip or swede. When someone does something stupid or forgetful (e.g. like me driving to the shops and walking home), they are described as having ‘a neep for a heid” (i.e. head and pronounced heed).

Spring tide


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