Welcome To The Newest Member Of My Family


I want to extend a warm welcome to my great-nephew, Khai Rodrigo. Born two days ago, to my niece, Brooke. He weighed in @ 6 lbs. 1.5 ozs., 19 inches long.

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Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, Part 2


While writing my previous post, I realize that I am a kinesthetic, and tactile, as well as a visual learner. I thought that I was a tactile learner only, but have been doing a bit of thinking about it and realized that I, as well as a many people, employ multiple modalities during the course of their learning (which is life long btw).

My husband loves to use the computer for everything, but the way for me is writing with a pen and paper, or having something in my hand. I also realize that I need someone to show me how to do something as opposed to just telling me.

I realized this as I was in the bar the other night with my older sister. You see we (my sisters and I) go karaoking every Friday night. And of course there is music there. Well, my sister was trying to teach me to do this particular dance called the Cha-cha (a real old school dance), and I just could not get if for anything while she was trying to tell me. However, once she showed me, I got it. It still took a few tries, but I got it. I don’t think I would have ever gotten it if I had to rely on written instructions alone.

This is one of the concepts that I introduced to my students last year that I will be re-introducing to them next week when school begins. You can read about it here and here. It is a theory posited by Harvard professor Howard Gardner. Introducing my students to this concept was very helpful last year. If you’d like to read about it, check it out here.

The Joys Of Reading


I was reminded of just how much I love books when I was talking to my husband on one of my weekly trips to the library. He mentioned that he didn’t even know why anyone still used the library when the internet is so handy, and how great technology is- the Kindle electronic hand held reader, IPAQ, miniature hand held computers (that are used to read books electronically and do so much more).

However, there is no substitute for the feeling one gets when holding a new or old book in your hand. I told him that I don’t care how technologically advanced the world becomes that there is no substitute for holding a book in hand. There is simply no substitute for a book. Feeling the crisp pages, the smell of fresh paper; the way it moves and turns. Oh, how I love a good book.