“As a biology major, did you also like to study it when you were young?”
“No, my biology grades were really bad until my junior year of high school. However, then I came across a good teacher. Most teachers explain things according to the level of the grade they are teaching. However, this teacher explained things at a university or graduate school level as well. Even if I couldn’t understand what he was saying, I saw biology as something incredibly mysterious. Even if we just looked at something like a body. It starts with so many different organs, so there are an incredible amount of mechanisms. Seeing that I thought, ‘wow that’s so immense, that must be something I can study.’ I was so drawn to biology because of everything I learned…”
“How is studying biology then?”
“It’s not some mysterious subject, and I never thought it would be this difficult…”

“생물학 전공이면 어렸을 적부터 생물이 좋았나요?”
“아뇨, 고2 때까지 생물 성적이 되게 안 좋았었어요. 그러다가 좋은 선생님을 만났죠. 선생님들께서 보통 그 학년의 수준에 맞게 설명해 주시자나요. 근데 이 선생님은 그 수준을 넘어서 대학교나 대학원 과정까지 설명해주셨어요. 못 알아들어도 생물이 엄청 신비로워 보이더라구요. 몸같은 것만 봐도 되게 다양한 장기들부터 시작해서 엄청 많은 매커니즘 같은게 있자나요. 그걸 보니까 ‘와 대단하구나, 이런 걸 내가 배울 수 있겠구나’ 하고 매력에 이끌려 생물학과로 왔는데, 배워보니까… ”
“배워 보니까 어때요?”
“그렇게 막 신비로운 과는 아니더라구요. 이렇게 힘들 줄이야…”

language buddies

okay, so i wanted to put together a system for those who want to learn a language, and i dont know if this will work, but here goes:

so, basically, you put down what languages you speak and what languages you want to learn, and i pair you up with someone who wants to learn one of the languages you speak, and speaks the language you want to learn. Sometimes, you may get two people, one person who will help you with learning the language, and a different person who will send things to you.

i will try as hard as possible to pair people up with a fluent speaker, but some people may have to be paired with someone who is also learning that language, depending on the mix of people who want to do this

so

  • dont have to be following moi
  • reblog this post
  • fill in this (very very very short) form
  • have an open ask box

please bear in mind that your partner’s blog may not be similar to yours at all, this doesn’t matter, it is the language learning that matters <3

any questions, shoot me an ask <3333

A half hour of concentration in a novel might net the average reader 20-60 pages with full comprehension, depending on the novel and the experience of the reader.  The same half hour in a math article buys you 0-10 lines depending on the article and how experienced you are at reading mathematics. There is no substitute for work and time. […]


For example, consider the following theorem from Levi Ben Gershon’s manuscript Maaseh Hoshev (The Art of Calculation), written in 1321.


“When you add consecutive numbers starting with 1, and the number of numbers you add is odd, the result is equal to the product of the middle number among them times the last number.”


It is natural for modern day mathematicians to write this as:
$$\sum_{i=1}^{2k+1} i = (k+1)(2k+1).$$ A reader should take as much time to unravel the two-inch version as he [sic] would to unravel the two-sentence version.

— 

Shai Simonson and Fernando Gouvea, How to Read Mathematics “Don’t Read too Fast”

This entire essay is beautiful — this won’t be my last post about it ;) — and should be required reading for any college math class. But it is most valuable, IMO, for this piece of advice, which is hard to find in print elsewhere despite being so important.

Here’s an article I wrote ages ago on learning/MBTI stuff.

We all know that children have individual personalities of their own and that everyone learns differently. Some of us are more hands on than others, some prefer the abstract world, and some would like tangible puzzles to solve. Let’s take a look at some different personality combinations in children based off of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Knowing your child’s personality type will help you figure out the teaching philosophy that suits her best. After an overview of different personality traits, you’ll see a list of teaching philosophy options and how they best match your child’s traits.

Essentially, there are four letters that go into making up an MBTI personality type and each of these letters corresponds to one of four categories.

One can either be:
       -  extroverted or introverted
       -  sensing or intuitive
       -  thinking or feeling
       -  judging or perceiving

Extroversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Perceiving give me my type as ENTP. But what do all of these letters mean?

Below is a list of personality traits (identified by letters), try to recognize which letter in each set describes your child best. Keep in mind that it can be very difficult to assign all four letters, so even if you can only pick one, it’s a good start!

Personality Traits

  • Is your child introverted or extroverted?
    (E) Extroversion: Extroverts tend to have a marked tendency towards interacting with and being very expressive about their thoughts and feelings; may be dramatic or over-reactive.
    (I) Introversion: Introverts tend to focus on an inner world; process and internalize information, will likely prefer to work alone rather than in a group; slow to approach people.
  • Is your child intuitive or sensing?
    (N) Perceive world through patterns, connections, may not always be aware; aloof.
    (S) Perceive world through five senses, like facts, uses common sense.
  • Is your child more of thinking or feeling type?
    (T) Things must make sense to them, may be preoccupied with winning or being right.
    (F) Will have a tendency to be less composed and enjoy harmony over disruption.
  • Is your child perceiving or judging?
    (J) Take information in, process it and draw conclusions, typically neater, prefer structure and regulations. Do not like fast change or unexpected routine changes. Planners.
    (P) Take information in and likely create with it, typically messier, and like to take their time; likes a flexible schedule.

Now that we’ve put at least a few letters together, let’s go through the different personality types.

The Rationals: Let’s keep calm and carry on

  • The Puzzle-Solver (INTJ) “I want to figure this problem out, no matter what.”
    Young INTJs are perfectionists who always wonder “why.” INTJs are independent, focused, serious and intense. When given a problem to solve, INTJ will attack it relentlessly until they understand it. They want to be intellectually stimulated and may find themselves debating with others on ideas.
  • The Leader (ENTJ) “I’ll show you how to do this efficiently.”
    Young ENTJs are systemic and concerned with being right and tend to find themselves in positions of leadership, whether they choose to be in that role or not. ENTJs are careful, orderly, and methodical. They dislike arbitrary rules and regulations.
  • The Scientist (INTP) “I looked to the stars and wondered how they were formed.”
    Young INTPs tend to keep to themselves and are typically focused on the abstract world, be it writing and literature, science, or art. They like to discover new facts and think about possibilities.
  • The Inventor (ENTP) “I just discovered a new mushroom!”
    Young ENTPs dislike following or being ordered around. They enjoy getting reactions out of people (even out of teachers) and may talk loud or fast. If a rule doesn’t make sense to them, they will likely break it and wonder why they got in trouble.

The Artisans: Let’s discover the physical world

  • The Tinkerer (ISTP)  “I took apart a watch today and almost got it back together.”
    Young ISTPs are curious problem solvers and tend to focus much on logic. They are independent, unstructured and shy, and may be easily pushed around. They tend to enjoy working with physical puzzles like Legos.
  • The Go-Getter (ESTP) “Look at how fast I can run!”
    Young ESTPs are very gregarious and frequently athletic. Although they can be extremely competitive, they also want everyone to get along even when they want an established “winner” and “loser.” They value teamwork immensely and like making an impact with their accomplishments.
  • The Artist (ISFP) “Sometimes, I prefer to be alone and express myself through art.”
    Young ISFPs tend to keep to themselves and focus on concrete forms of expression; they typically greatly enjoy finger painting, talking with one or two friends, and going on calm walks. Disharmony upsets them greatly, although they might not express their discomfort immediately.
  • The Impact-Seeker (ESFP) “I bet you I can squirt milk out my nose!”
    ESFPs are spontaneous, unstructured and flamboyant. They love to get reactions out of people and will typically be the “class clown.” They are good natured, naturally love people and focus on in-the-moment sensations. They typically prefer hands-on, creative and collaborative group activities.

The Guardians: Let’s keep order

  • The Dutiful (ISTJ) “But the rules say…”
    Young ISTJs are quiet, dutiful, and don’t like treading on toes (unless someone is doing the wrong thing). They enjoy concrete facts and specific feedback. They can be very sensitive and closed to experimenting as they tend to prefer using established methods.
  • The Manager (ESTJ) “This worked before, why won’t it work now?”
    Young ESTJs tend to adopt positions of managing others willfully. They tend to think they have the best system for doing things “right” and have a natural ability for seeing what has worked in the past and what hasn’t.
  • The Nurse (ISFJ) “I’ll take care of anyone, because everyone deserves to feel good.”
    Young ISFJs are typically very concerned with how other people feel. If another child gets hurt, an ISFJ will likely be the first to be quietly on the scene, attending to the wounds (physical or emotional). They tend to do their duty to their peers and be on their way.
  • The Cheerleader (ESFJ) “You can do it! I believe in you!”
    Young ESFJs thrive on everyone getting along harmoniously. They tend to like gossiping and can accidentally hurt other people’s feelings, although they don’t try to. When they discuss others, they view their information as factual. They like to cheer others on and see them to success.

The Idealists: Let’s keep the peace

  • The Protector (INFJ) “Sometimes, my fantasies seem more real than real-life.”
    Young INFJs are very quiet, dreamy individuals. They may not always be aware of what is going on around them because they are so focused on their individual perception of the world. They will likely develop a very strong emotional attachment to a few things and people, and protect them no matter the cost.
  • The People-Pleaser (ENFJ) “Let’s not fight, please.”
    Young ENFJs are inherent people-pleasers who do not like criticism that can be construed as offensive. They are very sensitive to others’ wants, are warm and caring, and will typically have a large circle of friends with whom they make sure to always feel comfortable and secure.
  • The Dreamer (INFP) “I wrote a poem for you today about my feelings.”
    Young INFPs are a shy, dreamy and sensitive group. They tend to be very peaceful, and prefer one-on-one contact and discussion. They like activities and communication to be consistent with their value and prefer cooperation over competition.
  • The Creator (ENFP) “I stapled a giraffe to some stars because maybe animals can go to space one day.”
    Young ENFPs tend to have a diverse, large group of friends and like to fantasize about all kinds of things. They like harmony and exploring new people. It’s been said that an ENFP has never met a stranger. They will typically use their large imaginations to create wonderful works of art.

It is important to also identify other values such as the child’s need to:

  • Get along with others in harmony (especially “feelers”)
  • Have healthy competition (commonly seen in extroverted thinkers or ExTx’s)
  • Have a project or puzzle-based learning environment (common in Rationals, Idealists, and Artisans)
  • Have a structured environment (Guardians)
  • Have concrete information relayed to them and sensory activities to participate in (common in Artisans and Guardians)

So now that you have (hopefully) established your child’s personality type, what method  works the best for them?

Montessori and Play-Based Methods: iNtuitives and Creative Artisans

If your child is an intuitive (INTJ, ENTP, etc.), or a creative Artisan (ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP), it is important to place them in an environment where they can solve problems at their own pace. Testing child’s capabilities through solving problems will also make them feel more accomplished.

Extroverts and introverts alike thrive in play-based environments, although introverts in particular do well as they have a high need for one-on-one contact. There is just enough interaction in a Montessori school that the young introverts will be socialized, and extroverts will be satisfied and still able to focus on work.

Academic and Traditional Methods: Guardians and Practical Artisans

Most children learn better through play and hands-on activities than through rigid learning; however, there are benefits to the more traditional styles of learning for SJs (ESTJs, ISFJs, etc.), who like order, structure, and predictability. Some SPs (ISTPs, ESFPs, etc.), who are concrete, factual learners may also benefit from traditional academic methods.

This particular method has a lot of stability (which is necessary for the young Guardian to feel secure) and has enough practical application that all sensors (ESFPs, ISTJs, ISTPs, etc.), will feel a degree of satisfaction. It is important to remember that Artisans can fall into either category of method, and it is important to establish whether they are more creative and hands-on or practical and factual.

Remember that every child is an individual, and that it is important to take the time to assess their individual needs and wants. As a parent, it can be hard to understand a child who is very different from you, but hopefully the information provided in this post will help you better assess your child and put them into a learning environment that will allow them to learn the best while still enjoying themselves.

Understand that your truth is not the same as another’s and you must seek out your own inner guidance. Accepting another’s thoughts, opinions, and dogma at this time will keep you from doing the inner work required to clear the density within you. One can receive assistance from another to help navigate the journey into self, but no one can do the work for another. Just as one can give assistance at this time to another as long as they are offering support and not doctrine. No two souls journeys are the same as each is learning a very specialized lesson created for the absolute highest growth of the soul.

How far one is pushed by this wave will be largely determined by how much has been released within the form, how much one trusts the process and all that is happening. Those that believe to their core that all has a purpose, even the painful lessons will go much further than those that feel things are happening to them.  We understand how hard it can be to trust this process, to trust your inner guidance when you are surrounded by distractions. These distractions are in your media, but also in your beliefs and mindset. We ask you to look at your beliefs, do they encompass love or do they show where you feel lack or concern that there is not enough for all.  Do your beliefs include the thought that those not on this path are not as beneficial to your growth as those awakened? In fact, it is those souls who often help you the most by showing you what is unresolved within yourself. When you approach each person as a beautiful gift, you will move through your lessons quickly. Once a lesson is learned in its complete form, you no longer will need to experience it again. What many experience frustration with is the belief that seeing the lesson and growing from it automatically means that the lesson is complete. What one must realize is that lessons have many facets and dynamics that must be explored before the lesson is learned in its entirety. Seeing each person and situation as an opportunity to grow and explore those facets will speed up your process. If you are able to hold this mindset, how then could you believe that things are happening to you instead of for your own growth?

Each of you are creators, each creating from your own mindset. If you are creating a sense of victimhood, a sense of lack or distrust in the universe, this is what will be shown to you so that you can consciously choose different. You may see similar traits in those around you and you will be given the opportunity to either judge or to see how you may behave the same. In some cases you will be able to look at another and realize that at one time you reacted or behaved similarly, but through your growth and introspection you have changed. What beautiful confirmation. When you recognize your growth how can you possibly judge another for going though a similar process?

—  Sanat

My Tips for checklists or to do lists! 

1. Find format helps you best! 

Some people like writing there’s down, some use apps! I personally use a combination of both!

A iPhone app I recommend is Any.DO, beautiful interface, and easy to use!

2. Break Large tasks down into smaller tasks.

- Lets say this is your primary goal. ie Finish English Assignment 

  • Ok, so what is the thing that you will have to start off doing  
  • And then something else
  • And again. 

You get the point. 

But this allows the task to seem a lot less daunting. And personally, I think crossing something off your list gives you a sense of accomplishment!

3. USE COLOUR

If you write your checklists, instead of crossing something off when its done. Highlight it. 

4. Sticky notes

I used this a lot in high school. Have an essay due tomorrow, history homework and then a worksheet for chem? Grab a sticky note, fold it in half, stick it on the back of your phone, throughout the day write down your homework. BAM. What are you going to look at as soon as you get home? Your phone. And there is a handy reminder of all the work you have today. 

Happy Studying

Dear Neurotypicals,

Stop telling us ADHDers to stop bouncing our leg, clicking our pen, tapping out foot, or fiddling with whatever is on our desk. You wouldn’t tell someone with a broken leg to stop using their crutches so why would you tell us to stop the one thing that helps us in school. Fidgeting is our crutch and if you have a problem then feel free to find a new seat. There is no way in hell that we are going to give up the one thing that helps us focus in class just because it distracts you. We spend our ENTIRE LIVES in a sea of distraction so don’t tell me that we can’t fidget because fidgeting our life jacket.
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Guys, don’t ever let anyone take away your life jacket. Stay fidgety bitches

A Relationship With God

When we are in a relationship with someone, we spend time with them. We talk to them first thing in the morning and last thing at night, we go out with them, and when we’re really close we cry to them. We share our most intimate thoughts and moments with them. We laugh with them, we bond with them.

My relationship with God has maintained one status: Provider and Moocher.

When I would go to God, I would ask for blessings. “God bless me with health, bless me financially, bless me academically, bless me bless me bless me…”

Now say God was a person. How would that person feel? If you only went to them in time of need? You didn’t care to love on them, spend time with them, share your life with them, and involve them in the decisions you make. All you did was take. That’s what I was doing to God. That is what a lot of us to do Him. We take and take and take and we don’t give Him nearly as much as we should.

This really hit me today and I was like wow. God can’t even bless me because if He does I’m not going to need Him anymore and he doesn’t want to lose me. So He keeps me in need so He can have me around.

Lord let my heart want You and only YOU. Drive everything else out. Let me seek after You not because of what you can do for me but because of who You are, because of pure love. And then is when I will be even more blessed than I could have ever hoped for.

Amen.

Educational YouTube channels for kids are becoming very popular form of learning these days. And I am not surprised. My kids tend to gravitate to YouTube before anything else, but I am not always thrilled with what they find. These educational YouTube channels are being used in the classrooms by the teachers, at home by parents and of course kids love watching them because it’s so fun and easy to learn from.

French Resources List

There are loads of resources on the internet but these are some great free ones I’ve found. Remember that absorbing the information in as many ways as possible is the most effective way to learn. 

General


Youtubers

10 minutes a day can make a major difference with a language and watching Youtube videos is an easy way of getting in that extra time (with content that is actually interesting to you). These are just a few of the most popular so if you haven’t already, you should definitely check some out.


Music (some of these are Canadian/Belgian)

Also known as the ‘I have no extra time but I want to up my marks in French’ hack. You can just put some music on in the background while you’re doing your History homework (added bonus - you won’t get distracted by the lyrics as much).


If you can recommend any others then please do!

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Working on my hiragana. Bought a really good work book and made copies of the sheets and put them in a binder. I love the cover I found for the binder. The flash cards I got at a Japanese supermarket by my house. They have more that I’ll purchase if I use these and like them. Nothing fancy here just trying to learn something new before school starts.

quendraws said: didn’t know any of us europeans even knew Esperanto well enough to speak/understand it , you might want to learn bases of french and german if coming over still ,because I can tell esperanto won’t lead you really far here. 

It’s not for travelling per say. I already know some French, but I wanted to become fluent in Esperanto for 3 reasons!

1. The community! It’s fun, the people are nice, and it’s like being in a small cool club :)

2. It’s actually really easy to learn

3. It’s a mix of so many languages that it’s a perfect baseboard into OTHER languages! Which I did touch on in the post. I do intend on picking up German, or going further into French with it.

With Esperanto being so easy to pick up, it’s just a good jumping point. I’ve heard from some polyglots that the second language you pick up is harder than the 3rd.. so why not start with something easy that already has a touch of other major languages? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Your teachers are all around you. All that you perceive, all that you experience, all that is given to you or taken from you, all that you love or hate, need or fear will teach you–if you will learn. [Change] is your first and your last teacher. [Change] is your harshest teacher: subtle, demanding. Learn or die.
—  Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
Even childhood takes place inside buildings now, which doesn’t make sense—we shove kids indoors, make them sit still and be quiet when they should be going outside to run around and make noise. At least college classes allow for breaks when you can race out the door and breathe. I think I hold my breath when I’m in a classroom, “learning.” Learning to hold my breath.
—  Kristin Hersh, Rat Girl