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The Donald's Announcement

I hope the mainstream media are emphasizing that Donald Trump’s VP Running Mate Announcement was scheduled as a news conference, not a campaign speech.  Journalists arrived with lists of questions they planned to ask, but those questions went to waste. 400 more words

I think my spaceship knows which way to go

I am re-committing to memory my old piano repertoire which, 25 years ago, comprised somewhat over an hour of music.

Playing complex piano pieces from memory amazes me. 1,201 more words



The recently released Tamil flick “Appa”, directed by Samuthirakani has received immense praise for its immaculate portrayal of the hardships faced by almost every high school student in Tamil Nadu, and also across the country. 542 more words


Study methods are paramount

Less than an hour ago I received my grades for the three courses I tried in university. Philosophy: 15/20, statistics: 3/20, linear algebra: didn’t take the exam. 1,023 more words


Rote Learning

Rote seems a little old fashioned as a technique for learning. What most of us want as teachers is for students to be able to think for themselves and to be flexible in their approaches. 189 more words

Direct instruction is better than inquiry learning

So says this report. Here is a media account.

“Often derided as “drill and kill” or making children “parrot” what is being taught, the UK report and other research suggests that memorization and rote learning are important classroom strategies, which all teachers should be familiar with.”

Memory Myths