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    On a mission Usehername's Avatar
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    May 2007

    Lightbulb Assign a reading/TED video list for a subject on which you are well-informed

    Are you an amateur or professional expert on something? Play professor, assigning a reading list or educational video list for students who want to learn. Remember that even a sentence or two clarifying the assigned text is always helpful for students to anchor their knowledge.

    You may wish to:
    (1.) provide links of short essays/blogs on the 'net to offer an introductory lay of the land for your fledgling learners (breadth), or
    (2.) assume that you have an eager student ready for heavy, directed readings of the intellectual heavyweights that shaped the knowledge.

    Hyperlinks to more specific information about a text (author, edition, perhaps reader reviews, etc.) are welcome.

    Let the school year begin!

    (Non-traditional forms of knowledge are welcome.)
    *You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
    *Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
    C.S. Lewis

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    Striving for balance Little Linguist's Avatar
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    Hey, this is an awesome idea! On a similar vein, I was thinking of starting an applied linguistics blog (mostly for me, my career/profession, and studies, but also for you guys, if desired). There, I was hoping to summarize my experience, what I learn (studies and real life), and basically share ideas. This will be a great thread if people utilize it.

    Fully endorse!!!!!

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    Gee where to begin?

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    Glowy Goopy Goodness The_Liquid_Laser's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Gee where to begin?
    Heh, that's what I was thinking. Generally the subjects I'm most knowledgable about I've gained info from so many sources that I couldn't just say "read these things and you'll know everything". Assuming I can remember all of the sources, there is also the issue that some sources only have good information and some parts and the rest can be discarded. Some knowledge is gained from attending lectures or talking with experts. And so on....
    My wife and I made a game to teach kids about nutrition. Please try our game and vote for us to win. (Voting period: July 14 - August 14)

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    Away with the fairies Southern Kross's Avatar
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    Awesome idea! I'd love to be a student! Unfortunately, I don't consider myself well-informed or expert enough in too many fields of interest to teach others. And I'm sure there are plenty of people here that know more than me in those areas, anyway.

    Maybe we should indicate subjects or areas we would be interested in knowing more about and if there enough people, someone might feel encouraged to teach us.
    INFP 4w5 so/sp

    I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas;
    they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

    - Emily Bronte

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    Glowy Goopy Goodness The_Liquid_Laser's Avatar
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    Ok, I'll get the ball rolling. Here on the academic forum a question like this pops up pretty often,

    "Which career should I chose?"
    or "What should I major in?"
    or something similar.

    Here are tools I've found that are really useful in answering this question. The first is a career assessment that tells you your Holland Codes. It can be found here: (It does cost a little money.)
    The Career Key™ - Your Personality - Take the Career Key

    The assessment will tell you the types of careers that you will prefer most. Once you know that, you can go to this site to give an idea of what types of jobs suit you. Although I'd also encourage a further google search to see if you can turn up more info.
    Interests: Artistic, Enterprising, Investigative

    Another useful tool is to discover your talents through one of these books:
    "Now Discover Your Strengths"
    or "Strengths Finder 2.0"

    Either book will give you access to the online assessment which will tell you what your talents are. How does this differ from the Holland Codes? The Holland Codes will tell you what you like to do while the Strengths Finders books will tell you how you like to work.

    For example, after looking through your Holland Codes you may decide you want to work with computers. However do you want to assemble hardware, program software, maintain a network, fix customer problems, or something else? Also would you prefer to work with a startup company, or work your way up the corporate ladder? Strengths Finders will help you answer questions like this by letting you know where your talents like. Also knowing your talents can help you know how to design your work to suit your personal style.

    Those are the basics. If you feel like you need to know more then look at
    "Strengths Based Leadership"
    or "Go, Put Your Strengths To Work"

    Also anyone that feels like they need to know more can ask here or send me a PM.
    My wife and I made a game to teach kids about nutrition. Please try our game and vote for us to win. (Voting period: July 14 - August 14)

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    Starcrossed Seafarer Aquarelle's Avatar
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    Cool! I'll have to put some thought into this one...
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

    My blog:
    TypeC: Adventures of an Introvert

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    Senior Member Kenneth Almighty's Avatar
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    Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game
    Dual N-Back, Brain Training & Intelligence | Google Groups

    This has been my neurology education. I figure that this is the way to a God-brain.

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