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Archives for November, 2011

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My Father’s Reassuring Atheism

November is the month in which both my parents were born and both passed away, so it's peppered through with dates that make me think about them and about Life and Mortality.

My dad spent his last days in a beautiful hospice. One of us stood with him at the window, looking out at the gorgeous autumn leaves, and asked him: Are you sad that this is the last...
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Learning to See Both Sides

[I'm devoting my Monday blog posts to the topic of Learners with Special Needs, which, I find, describes us all in some way or another.] 

I work part-time at a school for students with all kinds of special needs. In addition to the usual academic subjects, kids also take classes in such topics as executive function, sensory integration and behavior therapy.

So much of the instruction is simple and useful and...
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Is There a Goal to the Psychoanalytic Process?

[I'm devoting my Sunday blog posts to the topic of Learning Through Experience. This will very often mean Learning From Mistakes, and talking about mistakes and errors in general, including my own. It will also include the reflecting upon and valuing of all sorts of experiences.]

When I think "psychoanalysis," my mind conjures a Woody-Allenesque caricature of a "neurotic" patient spending decades of his life lying on his analyst's couch, endlessly rehashing every real or imagined detail of...
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Fun Quizzes for Thanksgiving Dessert

Here's a Thanksgiving feast for your brain, a few of my favorite websites for educational games and videos:

Sporcle has quizzes on all sorts of subject matter. How well do you know the countries of Africa, or the periodic table, or sports teams?

What countries have the highest populations of turkeys?

Or try this Thanksgiving logic puzzle.

On Quizlet you can make your own flash cards (online or printed), or use sets in their...
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Empathy vs. Understanding

I'm going to devote my Tuesday blog posts to the topic of Psychology, Human Behavior and Relationships. What makes people tick?

When I have the time, I like to do book reviews. For one thing, yay! I get a free book! And I get to read about and learn something I wouldn't have necessarily found on my own.

This last go-round I was feeling especially adventurous, so I told the...
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Anger Management Made Super-Simple

[I'm devoting my Monday blog posts to the topic of Learners with Special Needs, which, I find, describes us all in some way or another.] 

I work part time at a school for students with all kinds of special needs. In addition to the usual academic subjects, kids also take classes in such topics as executive function, sensory integration and behavior therapy.

I've been fascinated by how simple and useful a...
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Want What You Have

I'm going to devote my Saturday blog posts to the topic of A Small, Good Thing, after my favorite Raymond Carver story by that title (you can find the story in Raymond Carver: Collected Stories). I plan on sharing with you some of the small, good things that I come across as I live my days and to invite you to do the same.

My offering to you for this week are...
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Wonderful Word Problems

[I'm going to devote my Thursday blog posts to the topic of All Things Academic: reading, writing, 'rithmetic and the other school subjects.]

Last week I said that I see value in having kids (and all learners) memorize a certain amount of factual information.

I also said that I'm not a fan of rote memorization of multiplication "facts." Kids should also be learning when and how to apply all of the four operations...
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