Friday, April 05, 2013
I brought Tiger home from the St Paul Humane Society on Friday, March 29,2013. She is very small (less than 7 pounds) and two years old. She is very gentle. She was given up because someone in her family was allergic.
I have to say that the whole process of adoption there was a very positive experience for me. She even came with a 30 trial period!
The black cat formerly known as Baby has been renamed Beauty. (As in Black Beauty.) She is very slowly getting used to living here but she is still very fearful. She must have been mistreated in her first home and then she was just dumped out in the middle of a Minnesota winter! Thank God she found refuge with my friend's father!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Research Reveals Which Learning Methods Get an 'A'
Flash cards, pre-test quizzing work best, highlighting and rereading don't make the grade
FRIDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Students, get out those flash cards: A new study finds that they may be a better study option than some of the more popular methods -- such as highlighting or rereading material.
The study appears in the January issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
"Schools and parents spend a great deal of money on technology and programs to improve student achievement, even though evidence often isn't available to firmly establish that they work," study author John Dunlosky, of Kent State University, explained in a journal news release. "We wanted to take a comprehensive look at promising strategies now, in order to direct teachers, students and parents to the strategies that are effective, yet underused," he explained.
Dunlosky and his colleagues found wide variations in the effectiveness of the 10 learning strategies they analyzed for the study. The two that received the highest rating were "practice testing" and "distributed practice."
Practice testing involves techniques such as using flash cards or answering the questions at the end of textbook chapters. Distributed practice involves spreading out studying over time and quizzing yourself on material before a test.
Five of the study strategies received a low rating. These included some of the most widely used methods, such as highlighting and underlining, rereading and summarization.
"I was shocked that some strategies that students use a lot -- such as rereading and highlighting -- seem to provide minimal benefits to their learning and performance. By just replacing rereading with [distributed] retrieval practice, students would benefit," Dunlosky said.
One reason why students are less likely to use the more effective learning methods has to do with teacher training.
"These strategies are largely overlooked in the educational psychology textbooks that beginning teachers read, so they don't get a good introduction to them or how to use them while teaching," Dunlosky said.
This means that teachers are less likely to pass these easy-to-use and effective study strategies on to their students.
But Dunlosky also stressed that student motivation to excel is key. He said that the learning methods cited as best by the study "will not be a panacea for improving achievement for all students, and perhaps obviously, they will benefit only students who are motivated and capable of using them. Nevertheless, when used properly, we suspect that they will produce meaningful gains in performance in the classroom, on achievement tests, and on many tasks encountered across the life span."
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers 10 tips for your child's success in school.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Vitamin D ~ Do we get enough?
For us here in Minnesota, the only opportunity we have to get Vet D from sunshine is between Memorial Day and Labor Day! Channel 4 did a 'Good Question' on this issue this week. Wearing a sun block during the summer months blocks 95% of sun UV exposure ! So for us a Vit D supplement is a MUST!
We have one this week, giving us temps in the mid 30F*s! It ends tomorrow and we go back in the freezer.
Not so far, actually I went up to 166 which I was ashamed to post! I'm back to 164.2 and starting week 2 of the January Jump-start Challenge!
Trip to ER?
Yes - last Saturday, ambulance ride included! About an hour after I woke up I started to get a burning rash from head to toe. Scared? You bet! Since I live alone, I was afraid to wait it out and called 911. I was beet red all over and my skin was burning! After blood tests, multiple doc exams, and having an IV starter kit installed (no IV, just the connector in my arm) I was released, minus the IV starter kit, with a diagnosis of UK allergic reaction or possibly a reaction to niacin (which I have been taking for the last 3 months), why a reaction now?
Photo of my new black cat?
Not yet, I'm going to name her Phantom! I only catch brief glances of her eating or using the litter box!
Does your grocery have a $1 section?
Unfortunately yes, including a section of dark chocolate bars and cookies! I haven't gone there in a week, until I get stronger willpower.
Having no more News, bad or good, I'll sign off.
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