Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Food for Thought


Catching up with a few links and quotes from the past month or two…

::  Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt @ Momastery. [If you read nothing else from this quote and link list, read this one. Trust me.]

::  Mother as Student by Pam Barnhill @ Schole Sisters [Check out all the lovely articles on this fantastic new community!]

“The fact of the matter is that we are all at different stages of this journey towards the true, the good, and the beautiful. I have yet to make it to Augustine and Pieper — I’m still reading Lewis, Esolen, and Caldecott and that’s okay, because I am reading and learning. My journey has begun. We all bring different backgrounds, different expectations, and different educations. We also bring different experiences of classical education.”

::  Violinist Plays During Brain Surgery To Help Surgeons Find Exactly What’s Causing Tremor @ Elite Daily [Whoa, what an age we live in!]

::  2014 Conference Recordings are up at Society for Classical Learning if you need some fresh inspiration as you head into a new school year.

::  If you’re in the mood for a quiz, try these 10 world history questions.

::  The Most Trying Part of Living a Good Story by Jeff Goins

“Good stories involve conflict, which is just a nice word for pain. People don’t become heroes without sacrifice, and as creatures of comfort, this is the last thing we want to endure.”

::  Ask the Headhunter: The sign of ignorance all employers hold against you @ PBS

“What’s a discussion about language doing in Ask The Headhunter? Poor spelling, incorrect grammar, lousy writing and poor oral presentation are all signs of illiteracy. I don’t care what field you work in, how much you earn, or whether you’re a production worker or a vice president. The way you use language reveals who you are, how you think, and how you work. And that will affect your career profoundly. You can pretend otherwise, but you can also walk around buck-naked believing you’re invisible because you’ve got your eyes closed."

::  We Miserable Sinners @ Christianity Today

"Movies and TV shows built to transfer particular abstract ideas wind up fitting the story to the ideas, instead of letting the story and characters breathe and live like real people, who are messy and inconsistent and confusing. Like you. ...Like me...

"Humans actually are pretty good at figuring out if someone is telling them a story in order to talk us into believing they're right. We hate it. But we also like seeing the results of our ideologies played out on screen in ways that are favorable to us."

::  What Do the Arts Have to Do with Evangelism? @ The BioLogos Forum (video)

:: And God Rested @ Story Warren

“All I know for certain is that, if a limitless God can call something good and sit down and rest and enjoy his work, who are we to battle long past the end of our strength or obsess over trivialities or hover anxiously over what ought to be released and laid aside?”

On Math

::  25 Gifs That Teach You Math Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Did @ Distractify

::  Don’t Teach Math, Coach It @ New York Times 

“Baseball is a game. And math, for kids, is a game, too. Everything for them is a game. That’s the great thing about being a kid. In Little League, you play hard and you play to win, but it doesn’t actually matter who wins. And good coaches get this. They don’t get mad and they don’t throw you off the team. They don’t tell you that you stink at baseball, even if you do — they tell you what you need to do to get better, which everybody can do.”

::  Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills @ Daily Mail

If your brain doesn't have to work as hard on simple maths, it has more working memory free to process the teacher's brand-new lesson on more complex math…'So learning your addition and multiplication tables and having them in rote memory helps.'

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