Motivational Quotes 8-20-09

20 08 2009


-The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

John Maynard Keynes

Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.

Benjamin Franklin


-99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

George Washington Carver

-A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Motivational Magic Brain Bite #3

20 08 2009

When you have a moment and want a laugh time listen to this song or read the words below.

brainNot On the Test

Listen to this song on with this link.………… or

by John Forster & Tom Chapin © 2007 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine.
The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine.
It’s reading and math. Forget all the rest.
You don’t need to know what is not on the test.

Each box that you mark on each test that you take,
Remember your teachers. Their jobs are at stake.
Your score is their score, but don’t get all stressed.
They’d never teach anything not on the test.

The School Board is faced with no child left behind
With rules but no funding, they’re caught in a bind.
So music and art and the things you love best
Are not in your school ’cause they’re not on the test.

Sleep, sleep, and as you progress
You’ll learn there’s a lot that is not on the test.

Debate is a skill that is useful to know,
Unless you’re in Congress or talk radio,
Where shouting and spouting and spewing are blessed
‘Cause rational discourse was not on the test.

Thinking’s important. It’s good to know how.
And someday you’ll learn to, but someday’s not now.
Go on to sleep, now. You need your rest.
Don’t think about thinking. It’s not on the test.

Here are some reminders on what education is all about.  As the new year begins,  let’s consider how to help our students solve problems.

Why is Math So Important?

Math is far more than the ability to calculate, memorize formulas, or solve equations.  Many students don’t understand this.  Math trains your mind to think logically and succinctly.  It requires you to perceive patterns, observe relationships, clarify and critically analyze problems, deduce consequences, formulate alternatives, test conjectures, estimate results, and enhance all of your problem-solving abilities.  By sharpening your reasoning and thinking skills, you can become more productive in all aspects of your life.

Math provides you with the resources to comprehend the barrage of information that is communicated to you each day.  It gives you the ability to be a more critical reader of anything you read, from newspaper reports to research articles to insurance policies and loan documents.  Math logic, reasoning, and thinking ability help you ascertain possible risks or fallacies, to unearth biases, and to come up with suggestions and alternatives.

It’s no wonder that so many careers require math skills.  Numbers do count in life.  Employers want to hire individuals who can solve problems, who can think clearly on the job, and who can deal with new ideas, ambiguity, and change.  We are constantly being flooded with technological advances, new scientific discoveries, new knowledge.

Basic Premises of Problem Solving

Problems are inevitable and unavoidable.

They are the means by which we grow.  They are not necessarily bad.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift in it.

Problem solving is one of the critical and central activities in one=s life.

Problems come in all shapes, sizes, varieties, and levels of difficulty.

Problems grow more complex each year.

Problem solving can be easier, more effective, and more fun if you have a flexible system for solving problems.

There is no substitute for experience.  If you want to become a better problem solver, you must practice, practice, practice.  Hence, the more problem solving you do, the better problem solver you become.

Characteristics of a Good Problem Solver

Good problem solvers have confidence in their ability to learn and their ability to solve problems

Good problem solvers tend to enjoy solving problems

Good problem solvers rely on their own judgment.  Though they know there is wisdom in counsel, they respect their own decision-making abilities.

Good problem solvers are not fearful of being wrong or of making mistakes.

Good problem solvers are not fast answerers.

Good problem solvers are flexible and are often capable of seeing more than one answer to a question or a problem.

Good problem solvers know the difference between fact and opinion and understand the need for valid evidence

Good problem solvers do not need to have an absolute, final, irrevocable solution to every problem.

Good problem solvers have methods for approaching and solving problems.

Good problem solvers think about their thinking and review their problem solving methods in order to sharpen these tools for future problems they will encounter.