I think a lot (often introspectively, like how I'm perceived and what I'm doing and how it's looking and why I'm doing it), and this is one thing I've been thinking about lately. Hope you enjoy and hopefully it helps you a bit too!
My IB exams are coming up at the start of May, and I’m sure many of you will also be getting ready for your own exams in the next few months. SO in the spirit of testing season, today I’m sharing fourteen tips to help you study more effectively! These are sustainable, realistic things you can do or mindsets to adopt that help you get more done in less time. So get ready for some major test and exam study hacks!
The ultimate coming-of-age story that doesn’t shy away from even the more difficult topics, Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is immensely honest and vulnerable. Her experience being sent from mother and father to grandmother several times throughout her life is a situation not all readers can identify with. However, the truths she shares about family, love and self-identity through these experiences are universal. By chapter 33, both Maya and her brother Bailey have become adolescents, and their trials and tribulations are representative of those which many other adolescents face. In fact, Maya’s account of Bailey’s fight with their Mother illustrates several truths all readers can relate to when it comes to conflict between a parent and child. In particular, her use of descriptive language characteristic of a fencing match provides a lens through which to understand her mother’s and brother’s conflict, and thus the plight of our own youthful turbulent relationships with our parents.
I think our perspective of the world and therefore how we interact with it is often shaped by our experiences, and may have little to do with the overarching values of our religion. However, there’s a lot of things we don’t experience or understand, and religion tends to fill in those gaps.
At the start of 2018, I decided to try being pescetarian for ethical reasons. It seemed that there were so many reasons for it and no reason in the world not to. Plus, the "lifestyle" side of my social media was saturated with messages about veganism and vegetarianism that I felt compelled to give it a try. After all, why eat meat when we really don't NEED it? Then, after taking part in a wine tasting while on vacation, I finally reached a few conclusions.
I've been going downtown Toronto more and more lately, and it's truly a beautiful city to take photos in. There's always so much to explore and see, I don't think I'd ever get truly bored of it. Here are some of my photos from my March travels in Toronto.
Numeracy skills are so important and I think the current Ontario curriculum for math doesn't emphasize them enough. Students who can add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly are at an immediate advantage to those who don't have that skill laid out as part of their mathematics foundation. When I was younger, I used to do math drills on various topics as part of a math program I was enrolled in, and which I use with many of the students I tutor. Sharing my own printable version with you today!
Flipped through my two travel sketchbooks from 2014 to today! I love sketching the places I visit because it's a fun way to interact with your surroundings and observe tiny details you otherwise wouldn't. Plus, the final product is beautiful (sometimes)! 😛
The passage from pages 52 to 55 of the book “Mad Shadows” by Marie-Claire Blais presents a turning point within the novel. It is in these four pages that the deterioration of the characters and superficial relationships begins to occur. An aura of sickness and wickedness spreads throughout the family – in their bodies and in their relationships – foreshadowing the falling apart of the household later in the novel.
Getting into a few daily morning habits has done wonders for me, and it can for you too! In this video, I talk about 4 key reasons you should create a routine for your mornings and nights!
What better way to pretend like it's the summer than to revisit my packing list from last month's trip to Punta Cana and start thinking about my next traveling adventure? Yesterday we were visited by our usual April snowstorm, with really strong wind and biting cold. I wasn't too happy, but as Willy Loman (from Death of a Salesman) very well knows, living in your imagination can help you forget reality for the time being.
This game is such a fun way to practice the multiplication table for students in elementary school!
It sounds really weird to say it out loud, but in grade 3 I literally made it my life goal to improve my cursive handwriting. I went through the same five steps to improve your handwriting that I describe in this video, and then when it came to practicing, I would take FOREVER to copy down notes. Like seriously. I was the last one done. Ironically, I remember my grade 3 mind thinking, "eh, I'm in grade 3. What does it really matter how fast I can copy down notes?"
The circumstances of our births are instrumental in determining who we are to become. However, to what degree do they cement our fates and make up who we are as people? The question of whether our innate human nature or the conditions of our nurturing throughout childhood have a greater role to play in our development is a hotly debated one. And the truth is that we have no way of knowing the scientifically-accurate answer. The question is a matter of hypotheticals - if we perform an experiment in which twins are reared separately to see how they differ in personalities when nature is kept the same but nurture is modified, not only are there too many other variables to account for, but we have no way of comparing the results to those had we kept the twins together. However, as humans we feel responsible for what we willingly choose and control, and when it comes to the course of our life, there is a lot we can control. It may be argued, then, that although nature affects our options, it is nurturing and the choices we and others willingly make that are the essence of what makes us uniquely human and individual.
This month I decided to whip out my watercolours and paint some pretty flowers around my monthly printables!