Category Archives: Education

Thank You Pamela Bogart!

Thank You Pamela Bogart!

Pamela Bogart posted something very interesting called My favorite vocabulary & dictionary site/game to her blog Connected English. She wants people to get connected – English learning websites, apps, and ideas at your fingertips. The title of her post is self explanatory, but the information she gives is VERY helpful! She posted a link to a website dictionary. Her description of the site is:

You might call it a dictionary with witty definitions. You might call it an advanced vocabulary game that can quiz you on up to thousands of words by definition, example usage, and spelling, and keep track of which ones you’ve mastered. You might call it a massive database of real examples of how words and phrases are actually used. You might call it a way to learn all the forms of a word and their relative frequencies of use in English. You might call it a resource full of useful word lists that you can bookmark & learn. You might call it a great place to make your own vocabulary lists and quiz yourself on them.

I took a look at it and I must say, it is a GREAT suggestion! A good sight for learning new vocabulary. But if you want to know what the site is, you have to go to her blog post called My favorite vocabulary & dictionary site/game.

Again, thank you Pamela Bogart!

Left Brain; Right Brain; Subconscious: Who Is In Charge?

Left Brain; Right Brain; Subconscious: Who Is In Charge?

Left Brain; Right Brain; SubconsciousLeft Brain; Right Brain; Subconscious

I am definitely right brained. Mostly. If you’re curious to find out what you are, click here.

I’m pretty sure most everyone knows about the left brain and the right brain; the left brain is logic and the right brain is creativity. But what a lot of people don’t take into consideration is their subconscious brain.

The subconscious brain is the most powerful. That part of your brain doesn’t just control your impulses and whether or not you act upon them. Robert Kiyosaki, in his book Increase Your Financial IQ, described it like this:

It does not think, but rather reacts, fights, flees, or freezes… The subconscious mind also affects our bodily actions via bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. For example, in the game of golf, pressure may cause a golfer to choke and miss an easy putt. Subconsciously, a person may freeze and not take action out of fear of making a mistake, or stay at a job for security rather than the love of the work.

The way I look at the subconscious mind is that, whether or not you want something doesn’t matter if your SUBCONSCIOUS doesn’t think it will ever happen.

THAT is why it is very important that you always think POSITIVE! Tell yourself that you CAN do something! If you go to do something and suddenly you feel like you can’t THAT is your subconscious working against you.

Shut it up.

Put up or shut up.

If you want it, fight and eventually your subconscious mind will come around.

Comment. How do you feel about this?

Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

I took one look at this and everything made sense.

I first saw this picture, ever, in the book Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki on page 183. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

People learn differently, everybody knows that, but not everyone knows why some people have difficulty. I have always been good at art because it was something we learned as we worked. Also, the teacher didn’t just talk; they talked and demonstrated.

I never really did well in a class that had us talk and take notes. Participation was key, depending upon the class and whether or not I cared about what I was learning.

But lectures bored me and I only remembered what I read if I was interested (which is how most people are, I would think). To the people who can remember whatever, kudos.

But, a word of advice, I found, adding a picture to the words tended to help. Here’s the math I have in my head: we remember 30% of the pictures we see and 10% of what we read. If you have a picture next to the words, that’s a 40% chance you’ll remember what it is that you are looking at.

I mean, it makes sense.

They have a combination on the list: we remember 50% of what we hear and see, which is why many people are able to remember the words in movies and why I did so well in art classes. Why I still do well in art classes.

I was, am, good at English because I love to read and the more interesting it is, the more likely I am to remember.

What do you all think? Comment!

Academics; Social Life; Sleep. Pick 2. That’s College.

Academics; Social Life; Sleep. Pick 2. That’s College.

Pick 2

While in college, a friend of mine, at the time, brought this up and I thought it was genius. Then I started seeing it all over the internet and the pictures that backed up his statement and I HAD to make an article about it!

Because he was absolutely right!

From personal experience, I tried to pull off all three in my final semester of college AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND…

No.

I eventually had to make a choice and I chose social life and academics. I got very little sleep. It was my final semester! I wanted to hang out with my friends more before I left!

But during my first 3 years of college (I graduated in 3.5 years. :D) I chose academics and sleep. My social life was almost no existent. I joined a couple clubs, but that was really one of the only times people saw me outside of class.

Hey.

I graduated early.

It was worth it.

But there are some health risks to any of these. If you choose good grades and sleep, you will be considered a nerd. If you choose social life and sleep, you are called a slacker. If you choose social life and sleep… don’t do it. I know from personal experience. I got straight C’s my final semester. I was secretary of 2 clubs. Do I regret my decision, no, but I would like you to learn from my mistake. I didn’t manage my time as well as I should have.

But one thing I would like to discuss with you in terms of the “Pick 2” system, you need to be weary of other peoples’ decision. If you choose to have a social life and sleep, or social life and good grades, whether you are in high school or college, you need to understand that other people aren’t like you. They will pick another set. If you know that someone has chosen good grades/academics and sleep and you want to party, move the party somewhere else.

College isn’t just about you. If you are there to party, be aware of your surroundings. Just because you might want to party, doesn’t mean that everyone else in your hall wants to. Don’t be selfish and blast your music if you know you are surrounded by people who are trying to study and/or sleep.

I understand the impulse. I understand that you are going to go wild because you do not have your parents over your shoulder. You are free to be you and do what you want, but so is everyone else around you. If you want college life to be simple and happy, you need to understand everyone.

Calling someone a nerd or ostracizing someone because they are extremely intelligent and all they do is study is rude.  It also doesn’t help with self-esteem. Not everyone is there to party; some are going to be taking their studies seriously so they can learn a trade and get a good job. Have a career. If you want to party, fine. I suggest you don’t do that all the time, but fine. But be aware that others want to study.

BUT if you are someone who has decided to focus on academics, you also need to be aware that not all people have made your same decision. You need to understand that while you may be more into your own success and getting your grades, others just want to have fun for a while. You need to be understanding of that.

Calling someone lazy or a slacker because all they want to do is party and have fun is rude. It also doesn’t help with self-esteem. Not everyone is there to study. I understand that can be frustrating, but you also need to understand that some people came from a strict and they feel they are finally free.

The first year is a year for experimentation. This is a good time to figure out your temperament. What I suggest is, when you get the chance, have a hall meeting. Bring up these issues. Come to some sort of consensus. No one wants to be angry all year, especially not their first year.

Keep your cool.

Take a deep breath.

Think things through.

Anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Comment!

“Every Good Lie Has At Least 80% of the Truth In It”

“Every Good Lie Has At Least 80% of the Truth In It”

Why do you think politicians are so good at it? Lying. Why they are believed despite the fact most people know they are lying. Because there is a believable truth in that lie.

My father has been telling me about that 80% for as long as I can remember. But he also told me that lying destroyed trust.

All you have is your word. You break that, you’ve got nothing.

He was trying to prepare me for the real world by telling me about truth and lies.

I, in a sense, chose both.

Speak the truth, but study the lie. I like to know when someone is lying to me so that I know who to trust. It hasn’t always worked, but I’ve learned a lot along the way.

But, what some might not realize, there is entertainment in the 80%. A lie is a lie, sure, but then I think about the graphic novel AND the movie V for Vendetta. While as separate entities, they are forces that can stand alone, but looking at them as a whole is also valuable. They talk about truth, lies and, the most interesting topic, using a lie to tell the truth. They talk about revenge and payback, too, but the truth and lies is more important for this article.

My favorite quote from the movie, said by Evey Hammond, is:

My father was a writer. You would’ve liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.

To those of you who have seen this movie, “A man after my own heart,” indeed. If you have not seen the movie OR read the graphic novel, you should. I do not think you will understand the rest of the article any less, but they are good references to have in the background as you read.

An 80% I would like to bring to your attention can be found in the form of a video game called Dragon Age: Origins. It has many parallels into reality, despite the game being a fantasy, that I would like to address. Looking at how a game, or any piece of artwork, is created gives you insight into the people who created it, whether they realize this or not.

I don’t know how many people actually pay attention to the history(ies) created for the games, but the history in Dragon Age: Origins is a projection of reality: 80% the truth.

To start, Dragon Age has the Chant of Light (20%), the equivalent of the Bible (80%). The game itself begins with a canticle, meaning the game begins with:

1. one of the non-metrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible (Chant of Light), used in church (chantry) services.
2. a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.

It then goes on to explain more about the teachings of the chantry (church). To see the game’s opening scene, watch the video below.

To sum it up, it is the fault of the mages, who tried to usurp heaven, that darkspawn are in the world spreading their sin and their taint everywhere they go. A manifestation of the sins of man; hell on earth, which the dwarves have to deal with every day, allowing man to forget.

Until it blows up in their faces.

Kick ass metaphor.

And all of this is explained before you create your character for the game; either that of a human, an elf, or a dwarf.

But our sins was not the only thing I wanted to touch upon; there is more history in this game.

The game takes place in the country of Ferelden, but it wasn’t always called that. In fact, it didn’t really have a name before, except for place on the land called Arlathan, but the elves lived there in peace and tranquility all the same.

They had their own culture, language, and were immortal, but that all changed when the humans, Tevinter mages, came. And enslaved them for a millenia. They rose up and fought back, got their own land, again, but then it was taken by the humans… again. Before the fall of their second homeland, the Dales, a poet wrote:

Like dragons they fly, glory upon wings. Like dragons they savage, fearsome pretty things.

But doesn’t the story sound familiar?

Let’s expand it: the elves are living peacefully until they are enslaved by humans, but the Tevinter Mages raise Arlathan to the ground. During their enslavement, they lose their culture. They eventually rise up, with the help of the Prophetess Andraste (Jesus Christ) and gain their freedom. They get their own home again, the Dales, but when they refuse to build a chantry (church) to worship Andraste and the maker (g0d) the chantry sends forth the Exalted Marches and destroy the Dales. Now, the elves are either homeless. living in the forests trying to revive their lost culture by living away from the humans or they live in the slums of human cities being treated like second class citizens.

Doesn’t that sound like what happened the the “indians” before the United States came to be?

The “indians” were living peacefully, just like the elves, before they were enslaved. They rose up, only difference being the “indians” didn’t win their battles, but, like the elves, they are living in slums. I’m pretty sure I’m missing some details, but the basic information is there.

80%. The history of the United States is being portrayed by a fantasy: 20%.

That’s why I LOVE this game!

There are SO many parallels, not only between the game’s history and reality, but also between the characters of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening, and Dragon Age 2. If there are any parallels in Dragon Age Inquisition, we shall find out soon enough. (I CAN’T WAIT… but I don’t have a choice in the matter… :'()

These are some of the character parallels: Alistair=Aveline Vallen; Leliana=Sebastian Vael; Shale=Fenris and more.

I can’t WAIT to discuss them all!

What do you think about all of this? Comment your answer.

News Values

News Values

  1. TIMELINESS- now, not a year ago
  2. IMPACT- does it affect readers
  3. PROXIMITY- how close it is geographically or emotionally
  4. PROMINENCE- major figures of the community, celebrities (unfortunately), sports/ names make news
  5. CONFLICT
  6. ODDITY- unusual
  7. CURRENCY- story that won’t stop being a story
  8. NECESSITY- things people need to know

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INTERVIEWS

  • Be a good listener
  • Attitude- interested in what’s being said
  • Make the appointment
  • Interview them on their own turf/ at lunch- pay for theirs, you pay for yours, order something simple, don’t touch it
  • Show up five minutes early, not a second late
  • Dress appropriately for the subject
  • Don’t depend on just a tape recorder
  • Easiest questions first – 10 questions
  • Don’t be rude or ask impertinent questions
  • Carry tape recorder and notebook to the door, don’t shut off tape recorder until you are down the hall
  • Ask for a phone number incase you need to clarify
  • Organize notebook, then write the article
  • You can talk to people more than once

10 Tips for Novel Writing

10 Tips for Novel Writing

1. You need to write every day so as not to lose the story.

1a. You must move forward every day even if you are revising as you go.

2. Start figuring out the structure of the novel as soon as possible.

3. You won’t start getting into your book until you are at 20,000 words – the commitment has been made; things start to make sense.

4. Always keep your focus on the sentences, paragraphs, and the scene being written, not on what you will write.

4a.Don’t look too far back or too far ahead.

4b. Know where you’re going, but pretend not to look at it.

5. Beautiful writing and intense intelligence can always salvage a plot.

6. “This is the last book you will write.”

7. You must treat your minor characters as well as you treat your major characters.

8. It’s okay if you do not accomplish what you tried to accomplish.

8a. If the story must die, let it.

9. Respect readers’ intelligence, life experiences, and time.

10. Feel more.

Have any questions? Comment.

Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary Quiz

Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary Quiz

Please match the vocabulary word with the correct answer.

  1. _______ Good morrow
  2. _______ Thrice
  3. _______ Doth
  4. _______ Hence
  5. _______ O’er

a)      Does
b)      Away from here
c)       Over
d)      Three times
e)      Good bye

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  1. _______ Ne’er
  2. _______ ‘t
  3. _______ Foresooth
  4. _______ Wherefore
  5. _______ Sirrah

a)      Man or servant (person of low status)
b)      Never
c)       In truth
d)      It
e)      Why

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  1. _______ E’er
  2. _______ ‘tis
  3. _______ Aye
  4. _______ Thee
  5. _______ Thy

a)      Yes
b)      Ever
c)       You
d)      Yours
e)      It is

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  1. _______ Shrift
  2. _______ Whither
  3. _______ Thou
  4. _______ Good den
  5. _______ Fortnight

a)      Good afternoon
b)      You
c)       Confession
d)      Two weeks
e)      Where to

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  1. _______ Visage
  2. _______ Fray
  3. _______ Hither
  4. _______ Anon
  5. _______ Coz

a)      Cousin, relative or friend
b)      Here
c)       Fight
d)      Soon
e)      Face

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  1. _______ Ye
  2. _______ Fair
  3. Romeo is a _______.
  4. Juliet is a _______.

a)      Plural for “you”
b)      Montague
c)       Capulet
d)      Beautiful

Please translate the line below into “modern day” English.

Aye, thy fair visage doth inspire me.

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Grammatically Speaking


Click image to open interactive version (via Staples.ca).

The Phrontistery

This link (above) I found a WHILE ago.

Here, you will find a list of extremely unusual words and their definitions.

Comment and tell me what you think of them!

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