Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I should have made a style guide checklist. Credit hours is one decimal only. Grades have zero decimal places. Which data is left aligned, which is right aligned.
The order for courses, you get to pick your own. I did English, Math, Science, History, Art, PE, Electives.
I also should have made this myself not used a form from someone else that was online for free. I did not realize that the document was embedded with a tagline at the bottom that you only see when printing. Now I will have to make my own from scratch anyway.
The ones I have been using are fine for giving to the community college when registering for Dual Credit Enrollment as a homeschool high school student.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1. Check off box by state not large geographic locations. My son is open to Florida but no other Southeastern state. Being open to a Chicago college does not mean you want to attend all the midwestern schools. Wanting Boston does not mean you want Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire.
2. Religion check off box. Saying yes to a religious school does not mean you are open to all denominations of religious schools.
3. Sports: Check off by Division vs. Club Sports.
Any other suggestions that you have?
Monday, October 20, 2014
I last reported that we had a productive meeting with the math and science teacher at the end of week five. Some tweaks were planned and review on exponents at home was planned. Husband and I were optimistic. Son loved his teacher.
In week six the school changed math teachers for my son's class. The teachers flip-flopped classes. In this week my son complained that the new structure was not working and some negative things were going on. My son missed the former teacher.
Based on things said Thursday night and on Friday my husband was angry and asked me to meet with the Headmaster. I scheduled a meeting for Monday of Week 7.
I want my son to learn and don't want to be one of those pain in the neck parents.
I am also aware that gaps in his math or shall I say having forgotten things he really did learn are the issue and I feel badly that he is struggling but await the school to tell me what to focus on.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
by: Margo Howard
Published in: The New Republic
This is the daughter of the beloved newspaper columnist Ann Landers. She states here she has once received a seven figure advance on a book she authored. So this millionaire is whining that it was a small number of book reviewers who "ruined her book"? Give me a break.
The first issue is in New Republic she fails to explain that her publisher CHOSE to participate in the Amazon Vine program. Vine policies are not fully disclosed and some question if publishers pay a fee for this service.
Second, her book was released on September 30, 2014, less than three weeks ago. She has a 3.7 out of 5 rating average which is not bad considering some of the rankings I have seen at GoodReads, where the reviewers seem more willing to rank with lower star ratings.
I took two minutes to do a little analysis of the rankings:
5 star: 21: 0/21 Vine
4 star: 0
3 star: 1: 1/1 Vine
2 star: 3: 1/3 Vine
1 star: 8: 3/8 Vine
So let me get this straight there were a WHOPPING 5 Vine reviews for this book. That is 5/33 are Vine reviews and she complains that they have "ruined her book". A more accurate term would have been "ruined my book's pre-publication publicity".
I passed on the offer for me to read this book when I saw it on Amazon Vine's list. I love memoir but I like memoirs with a bit more of a struggle or something more meaningful than something like divorcing three times before finding the one they are happy with for number four.
As a little girl I read Ann Landers' column religiously and I learned a lot of common sense and logical thinking, and a lot about etiquette and social situations that my homebody introvert parents never taught me. I can only think that Ann Landers would not have been happy with this sort of bratty whining from a 74 year old woman.
And if Margo Howard were more concerned with her publicity she would have updated her Amazon author page, which today shows she has authored two books not three.
It seems to me that Margo Howard is a wealthy elitist who out of one side of her mouth wishes more people would read books and buy her books but when those lowly readers have an opinion that is not as flattering as she'd hoped she insults them. How rude.
Here is a 1 star, NON-Vine review by Nathan Rabin:
"The unbridled arrogance and sense of entitlement on display here is absolutely ridiculous. I have rarely encountered anyone so deeply unaware of how they come off, or so deeply enamored of themselves or their literary voice."
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Authors: Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt
Publication Date: January 2015
Chapter 11: Stress
Teens are mercurial. Mood swings.
"Teenagers are usually up or they're down, and they are very rarely something in between." pg. 171
Need to explain what emotions are in general before can discuss stress and emotions of teens. pg. 171
Teens are driven by emotion not reason. pg 171
Amygdala: most primal feelings, fear, anger, hate, panic, grief. Less activity in teen's frontal lobes makes it harder for them to handle their emotions especially in a crisis. pg. 171
"Because teens are not fully accessing their frontal lobes, other areas of the brain can get a little out of hand and create more extreme impressions of an external threat. Primal feelings, like fear, are produced by what's called the hypothalmamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). Faced with a stressful situation, the amygdala is the first to respond, and when stimulated, it releases stress hormones that signal the pituitary gland to release certain chemicals, which then prompt the adrenal gland to release adrenaline (also known as epinephrine)." pg. 172
Fight or flight response is triggered.
"The effect of stressful experiences and emotional trauma on adolescents can have serious consequences for mental and emotional health later in life. Stress in adolescents works differently than stress in adults." pg. 173
"Effects of stress on learning and memory in teens can predispose them to mental health problems, including depression and PTSD." pg. 173
Little stress affects learning and the brain. Freezing up when performing. This a malfunctioning of the hippocampus caused by surge of cortisol supresses memory. pg. 174
School can be as stressful as a rat in a cage experiment. pg. 175
One incidence of stress affects an adult's memory for 10 days but teens took three weeks. pg. 175
Teen male brains fare worse than female teen brains with damage from stress. Study showedstress decreases synapses and myelin, frontal lobes and hipoocampi functioning is impacted. Stress hurts the brain development process. pg. 175
Stress can cause hippocampus to get smaller and amygdala grows larger, this causes an exaggerated response as seen in PTSD. Prolonged stress in teen can cause PTSD. pg 176
Without PTSD treatment, teens can get crippling fear and anxiety for the rest of their lives. PTSD signs: sadness, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem, inability to trust others, fear, anxiety. Behavior problems of PTSD: social isolation, poor academic performance, aggression, hypersexuality, self-harm, drug abuse, alcohol abuse. pg. 177
Health care workers often overlook signs of PTSD. pg. 178
Child abuse caused PTSD and brain development changes. Study cited. pg. 179
Teens who are abused suffer brain damage. Study cited. pg. 179
Bullying in person and online is another cause of stress. pg. 180
Teens are also resilient. pg. 181
Advice: encourage teens to take control and take time out from online activity or stressors, eat right, sleep well. Access to good adult mentors to confide in, open channels of communication, people who will listen. pg. 181-182
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