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Learning Nugget September 2019

Greenwashing and the Grüne Knopf Recently, the German Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller saw one of his initiatives become reality: the Grüner Knopf. This “Green Button” is a symbol that textile sellers can put on their products once they have been certified to meet standards set by Germany’s federal government. The standards relate to the physical, social, and economic welfare of the workers producing the textiles and the products’ environmental impact. At first glance, this initiative seems hard to criticize. The Green Button is meant to help consumers more easily make choices that are better for the world. Also, the fact that the certification comes from the government gives it a lot of power and notoriety. More consumers will know about it and look […]

Tips for trips 4

  Over the last three weeks, we’ve given you different ideas for three trips that could help you get the most out of the last warm weekends of the year. Something else you might have noticed is that each of the trips could also help you learn something. The Traumschleife Rheingold has signs all along the way that teach hikers about the areas they are walking through. The Pfalzgrafenstein and the Blücher Museum give visitors interesting perspectives on important historical events. It’s no accident that you could learn something from each of the trips we suggested. TIP TOP is largely based on the idea that learning should be active and enjoyable. And recently we’ve created something that takes this philosophy outside the classroom: the TIP TOP Day Out. If you’ve read our past Learning Nuggets, you’ve heard […]

Tips for trips 3

  Welcome back! We’re excited to continue our series of travel tips to help the end of your summer not feel like the end of fun. Last week we talked about the Pfalzgrafentstein, a castle in the middle of the Rhine near the town of Kaub. Today we’re talking about another attraction Kaub has to offer that makes it a destination worth going to.   The Blücher Museum In 1813, much of the French emperor Napoleon’s power in Germany had been diminished, but not entirely. Those fighting his forces wanted his power completely gone, and one of the men with that mission was Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, a Field Marshall in the Prussian military. That’s why on the last days of 1813 and […]

Tips for trips 2

Nope, this isn’t a mistake. This is your second Learning Nugget in just two weeks. As you may have read last week, we’re doing something special this August. We’re giving suggestions for fun day trips to help you enjoy the rest of the summer even if you’ve already taken your big vacation. Today, our Tip for Trips focuses on a small castle in a place you wouldn’t expect see one: the middle of a river. Pfalzgrafenstein in Kaub The wide and mighty Rhine has many small islands in its center. They are usually filled with trees and the nests of water birds, but the island near the town of Kaub is different. […]

Tips for trips 1

The last of the summer holidays are over, and it’s likely that many of you have already taken your big vacations for the year. Maybe you’ve even found yourself lost in thought at your desk or in the warehouse while you remembered the fun you had during your time off. While we definitely hope you made some great memories this summer, we also want you to know that just because vacation season is over, the good times don’t have to stop. That’s why we’re doing something a little different with our Learning Nugget in August. Instead of one Learning Nugget, we’re doing three with suggestions for exciting day trips that can […]

Learning Nugget June 2019

  Our rocky relationship with lawns  With a wet few weeks at the end of May and a sunny, warm start to June, conditions were just right for almost every green thing to grow like crazy. But, for those who have a yard, it’s likely you paid the most attention to the growth of your grass.  For many decades in the Western world, it’s been almost a given that if you owned a house, you would have a lawn – some patch of land, no matter how big or small, with short, green grass. However, this norm has started to change in recent years.  In this Learning Nugget we take a […]

Learning Nugget May 2019

A short look at tall tales  Sometimes work can be fun. At TIP TOP, it certainly has been as we’ve prepared for our first Day Out on May 19th. The theme is castles and fairy tales, and we’ve had a great time learning more and more about these topics to share with those who join us.  Our research has put fairy tales and folklore on our minds. Thoughon the Day Out we’ll be focusing on the Brothers Grimm and the German tales they collected and retold, this Learning Nugget is going to take a look at folk stories that are important to US culture: “tall tales.”  For those raised in the USA, answering questions like “What’s a tall […]

Learning Nugget April 2019

Spring has sprung! Two spring traditions you’ve likely never heard of In the Western world, this time of year brings traditions like spring cleaning and decorating Easter eggs to mind. However, it’s less likely that you’ve had a recent desire to chase a wheel of cheese down a very steep hill or attend a festival dedicated to a single wild plant that tastes like a mixture of garlic and onion. Today, we explore places where those last two experiences are much-anticipated spring events. We also give you some information on new traditions TIP TOP is starting this year and how you can join in on the fun. The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll: Brockworth, England Every last Monday […]

Learning Nugget March 2019

Knowin’ in the wind Last weekend you may have found yourself doing something unexpected, like snatching a lawn chair out of the air or making sure your chihuahua wasn’t blown up into the clouds. This was because as storm Eberhard blew its way across Germany, it brought winds that topped the 100 km/h mark in some places and wreaked havoc on highways, public transport, and personal property. Though it’s calmer than last weekend, it’s still plenty gusty out there. So when thinking about topics for this month’s Learning Nugget, taking some time to learn a little bit about wind seemed like the perfect choice. However, this isn’t going to be a boring science lesson. […]

Learning Nugget February 2019

Clogs were made for walking A trip to Amsterdam   Besides teaching people that they “do” their homework (and not “make” it), there’s little that the TIP TOP team loves more than seeing new places and learning new things. Case in point, one of our trainers just got back from an excursion to one of Europe’s top destinations: Amsterdam, Holland. So we thought that for this month’s Learning Nugget we’d give you some interesting and fun facts about that thriving and historic city. You’ll learn about its famous canals, a piece of little-discussedcultural history, and the marks Amsterdam and its surrounding areas have left on the largest English-speaking city in the world. The Canals The canals of Amsterdam are known throughout the world. Amsterdam’s Canal Ring (a series of connected canals over 14 […]