Are You A Reader?

I am not much of a reader but I do find interest in books once I find a series to keep me hooked. I never liked reading very much when I was a younger kid and I wish I would have done more to make myself read. When I read it gives my brain a break and gives me mental clarity. It is relaxing and passes time. I could have really benefited from it in high school for sure. It would have helped to keep me out of trouble and experience more learning through books.

When I was a senior in high school I started reading series of books that my librarian requested and she said I would love them and they would get me hooked. That is when I fell in love with reading. Those experiences made me want to go and read books. It had an influence on my attitude toward reading books.

5 Key Moments

  1. When I was a senior in high school or English teacher made us read a book that when I saw the title I was very judgmental. I thought the book looked old and that it was going to be an old time story and I wasn’t going to like it. The lesson I learned from this is “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and “you never know if you like it until you start reading the book.”
  2. The other key moment is some people have different views on books and have their own opinions. There will be books that don’t get you “hooked” but that doesn’t mean that someone else doesn’t like the book. I have tried to read the Twilight series and I like the books, but it took me longer to “get into the book” than others.
  3. I’ve also read books that have influenced my life through sports, activities, and even academics. I would have never thought that reading could influence how I handle certain situations in my life. Like I said I’m new to the whole reading thing, so if anyone has any recommended books or series to read please let me know!
  4. Currently I am hooked on mystery books. They make it so I want to keep reading and get to the end of the book to find out everything. These books will always catch my attention and make me think of certain predicts that could happen at the end, which is engaging my brain while reading.
  5. Right now in college it is hard to find time to read but I always find a time in the evening right before bed to read at least a chapter of a book. I do wish I would have read more in my younger years just because I think it is a key part in learning and is beneficial to students. I will make it so my kid has all the accessibility to books. I’m sure I’ll have more things in life to say how I feel about being a reader, but I can’t wait!
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Independent Learning Project- My Workout Schedule

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Priorities:

1) To balance strength, cardio, and flexibility training.

2) To keep it FUN, so that you’ll WANT to do it!

3) To make it easy and convenient, so that there are no excuses! (i.e. don’t sign up for a class at a gym that’s an hour away from your home on your busiest workday)

4) Schedule your workouts like appointments. You wouldn’t blow off your doctor… Don’t blow off your workout, either!

Schedule:

Mon: walk + yoga

Tues: walk + run

Wed: walk + yoga

Thurs: walk + 10 minute weights

Friday: walk + run

Sat: walk + yoga

Sun: walk + 10 minute weights

Exercise is a huge priority in my life, and luckily my family and friends know and understand that. Even if we have a busy weekend ahead of us, I always feel my best when I take the time to stick to my schedule. This might mean waking up a little earlier so I can get my workout in. I can tell you — and my family agrees — that it’s worth it!

“It’s not just about looking good, but feeling good. ”

The best way to make sure you have a healthy digestive tract and keep it healthy is to practice a regular routine which includes proper diet and exercise. By acting before you begin to show signs of problems will lessen your chances of developing much more serious illness and diseases. For more information and tips regarding how to maintain a healthy digestive tract, talk to your healthcare provider, but until then begin to take advantage of the suggestions above and take control of the your future digestive health now.

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Nurturing Lifelong Learning with Personal Learning Networks ( Anytime, Anywhere Learning)

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A personal learning network is an organic collection of resources to go to when you want to learn new ideas, strategies, and information. They help us continually compose and construct our own narratives of learning in a collaborative way. It takes time and a level of humility to come to terms with the idea that knowledge is constructed from knowledge distributed across networks.

The ability to learn–how to participate and share knowledge competently in online spaces—has become a necessity. Social media and open networks amplify possibilities for learning.

If you’re discovering that your personal learning network is expanding wonderfully and unpredictably in an almost viny, plant-like manner, you’re already engaged in rhizomatic learning. Which is a process of learning that mirrors the spreading of rhizomes so there is no center, just a wonderfully ever-expanding network of learning connections rooted in creation, collaboration, and the building of communities of learning.

1. Building and customizing your network and content
2. Gain multiple perspectives from many diverse voices
3. Share and discover ideas while networking with others
4. Collective construction of knowledge

Tips:
Explore: It’s not just about knowing how to find experts, but about exploration.

Search: Use tools to find pools of expertise in the fields that interest you.

Follow: Twitter. Ask yourself over days, weeks, whether each candidate merits continued attention.

Tune: Your network continually is updated, dropping people who don’t gain high interest, adding new candidates.

Feed: The people you follow if you come across information that you expect would interest them.

Engage: Be polite, mindful of making demands on their attention. Put work into dialogue. Thank them for sharing.

Inquire: Ask engaging questions

Respond: Answer people back.

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Independent Learning Project- Healthy Eating (Fitness)

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Is Neuroscience Based on Biology

On this view, physics forms the base of the ladder because it deals with the simplest building-blocks of matter, atoms and subatomic particles. Chemistry is next up because it studies interacting atoms i.e. molecules. Biology studies complex collections of molecules, i.e. cells. Then comes neuroscience which deals with a complex collection of interacting cells – the brain. Psychology, perhaps, can be seen as the next level above neuroscience, because psychology studies brains interacting with each other and with the environment.

So this on this model, we have a kind of Great Chain of Science, something like this:

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This is an appealing model. But is biology really basic to neuroscience (and psychology)?

At first glance it seems like biology – most importantly cell and molecular biology – surely is basic to neuroscience. After all, brains are comprised of cells. All of the functions of brain cells, like synaptic transmission and plasticity, are products of biological machinery, i.e. proteins and ultimately genes. This doesn’t imply that neuroscience could be ‘reduced to’ biology, any more than biology will ever be reduced to pure chemistry, but it does seem to imply that biology is the foundation for neuroscience.

However, could this be a mistake?

Consider computers as an analogy. Suppose that everyone in the world suddenly forgot how computers work. Scientists would start to study them, creating a discipline of ‘computoscience’. Now, eventually scientists would discover that all computers are based around electronic circuits built out of semiconductors. They would discover that physics can explain how electrons flow through circuits. Scientists might therefore conclude that computoscience is based on physics.

This would be a mistake, however. In fact, while computers are indeed electronic devices, this is only an accident. In theory a computer could be built of almost anything. The essence of a computer is not electronics but computation: the storage and manipulation of symbols. The foundation of computer science is logic, a branch of mathematics, not physics, even though the physics of electricity can be used to implement that logic.

Could it be that brains are only accidentally made of cells, just as computers are only accidentally made of semiconductors? If so, neuroscience would not be founded on biology but on something else, something analogous to the mathematical logic that underpins computer science. What could this be?

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It’s possible that brains are computers and that neuroscience will one day be unified with computer science. In that case, the same logic would underlie both. But that’s not the only possibility. The underlying principle of neuroscience may be something else, something that remains to be discovered. This would be an abstract system that happens to be implemented through biology in the form of brains.

If that’s the case, a large proportion of today’s neuroscience, being focused on biology (synapses, receptors, blood flow, etc.) is contributing to our understanding of neuro-biology, but it’s not helping us to understand the brain per se, any more than electrical research could help us understand computer programming. I’m not sure I believe that, but it’s a worrying thought.

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Ignite Passion in Your Students

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As educators, we can create an environment that drives passion by doing a few things. First we can allow time for collaboration using social media. Constructivist learning theory suggests that students learn from meaningful experiences. Placing learning experiences  with social and emotional cues is said to reinforce learning. The learner engages in a reflection process that relies on the outside world. He uses learning experiences to construct meaning. In a classroom, this might mean using social media tools to increase learning.

Next foster creativity. It is no surprise that creativity drives passion. If you let your mind wander, you may find that there is something that draws your interest. Educators can foster creativity by allowing self-expression and having students pick their own topics whenever possible. By the same token, a rubric that is too strict may limit creativity and not allow room for a different approach. Instead, teachers can have students design their own rubric for a project, and teachers can approve it beforehand. Third allow time for play. Creating a positive learning environment is just as important as teaching basic skills. Laughter is said to increase white blood cells and neurotransmitters for memory and alertness.

Finally, inspiration is more than just knowledge, it is about emotional connections. Teachers need to find out what really drives students. A lesson that taps into something a student cares about will produce more learning opportunities. In the age of standardized testing, it can be easy to forget to be inspiring. After all is said and done, teaching is a mix of science and art. According to studies documented by Sylvester and Levinthal, a positive learning environment that acknowledges emotion, improves problem-solving and creates better learning outcomes. Learning depends on the mental state of the learner, including how they feel physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

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Week 3- Independent Learning Project- 5 Steps to Heatlhy Eating

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1. Eliminate all processed foods.

Avoid anything that has artificial additives, artificial sweeteners, refined sugars or vegetable oils. This includes fried foods, sweets and refined grain products such as cookies and bread.Processed foods will mess up your digestion, increase your anxiety levels and more than likely lead to weight gain. There are plenty of healthy alternatives for your favorite comfort foods, such as raw chocolate, flax crackers, oven-baked sweet potato fries, and raw vegan cheesecake.

2. Choose whole foods.

Whole foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, unrefined grains and beans. They’re unprocessed, unrefined and don’t contain any added salt, added sweeteners, added fats or artificial additives.Whole foods are very high in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and water, which is why they will keep you healthy, beautiful and energized. By choosing whole foods over processed foods, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious meals without feeling guilty or bloated afterward.

3. Have at least 1 green smoothie a day.

Green smoothies are an excellent way to start your day. They will satisfy your sugar cravings, cleanse your colon and provide your body with plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep you energized and happy. Green smoothies are also incredibly high in chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant that flushes out heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic residue from your body.Never tried a green smoothie before? You’ll be surprised by how sweet they taste! Try this simple recipe: 1 large ripe mango (or 2 ripe bananas), two handfuls of spinach (or any other type of leafy green) and 1 to 2 cups of water. Add everything to your blender and blend until smooth.

4. Don’t be afraid of fruit.

I used to believe that all carbohydrates were the “enemy” and that too much fruit would make me fat. Then I discovered that not all carbohydrates are created equal! Avoid processed carbohydrates like white bread, cookies, wheat pasta and sugar-laden breakfast cereals, and choose healthy carbohydrates such as fresh fruits and sweet root vegetables instead. They’ll reduce your cravings for sugary snacks and keep your energy levels high at all time.The best way to prevent blood sugar spikes and to protect your teeth from fruit sugars is by combining your fruits with leafy greens.

5. Eat your greens.

Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, collard greens and romaine lettuce will help you to detoxify your body and get your mineral levels up. They’re packed with essential nutrients such as iron, zinc and magnesium that will boost your energy levels, strengthen your immune system and clear up your skin.

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