Late to my own funeral–with any luck!

Some time ago, I found this link on a friend’s website “Sorry I’m Late”. The article describes a situation to which most teachers are accustomed: students straggling in late to class. After being vexed by this problem repeatedly, the irate prof confronts his students whereupon he learns that the customs related to time at that…

Thinking about *Mindset*

    Having posted summaries of the first two chapters of Mindset, I’d like to post some questions that came to mind about the book. Please respond with what you think about these issues. I would love to hear your ideas. Topics for discussion: The main idea of these chapters is an illustration of the…

Mindset — Chapter Two

The other day, I posted part of my summary of chapter one of  Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. Here is a portion of my summary of chapter two. The chapter begins with a review of the concepts in the previous chapter and with the added assertion that mindset is a choice. One can change one’s beliefs…

Catching Wind of an Excuse

    Well, I’ve done it again. I have missed another day on my Post-a-day challenge. I’ll try to post twice today to make up for it. I have a great excuse today, though–or rather, yesterday. I was just sitting around minding my own business when a really cute guy who can control the wind…

Sleepy

I am so sleepy! I guess that’s what I get for staying up late. I have always been a night person, but it was in Europe that I realized that my sleep pattern was as fixed as it was particular to me. I had absolutely no jet lag when I went to Europe. I had…

Mindset

    Some time ago, my mother asked me to read a book with her called Mindset by Carol Dweck.  She and the other teachers at the school were asked by the principal to read the book and to discuss certain chapters. As I read, I also summarized, simply as a mechanism to push me…

Post a What?

The other day, I signed up for the Post a day challenge, and I’ve messed it up already. I was busy for the better part of the day, and it was approaching midnight before I realized that I hadn’t posted anything for January 6th. *Sigh* Maybe we can count this for the 6th, even though…

2011 Language Pet Peeve #1

“Appearances are deceiving” Yesterday, I heard a BBC reporter use the phrase “appearances are deceptive.” It reminded me of one of my pet peeves in language and writing. People love to use the phrase “appearances are deceiving,” but that usage is incorrect. I have found numerous places on the Internet that discuss this idiom. Attributed…