Ethel Catharine Smith

380 Flips | 52 Magazines | 5 Likes | 4 Followers | @CathySmith2009 | With a BA in ElemEd/Humanities/SpeEd/Multicultural Ed and an MA in Admin/Professional Writing, I am living my dream as FTF at University of Phoenix.

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction

Dani Brecher Cook (dani_cook@cuc.claremont.edu) Information Literacy and Learning Technologies Coordinator, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont …

Study reveals Silicon Valley is still clueless about women and minorities

The results of a diversity survey released by FundersClub yesterday paint the picture of a tone-deaf boy’s club in Silicon Valley. The results come from surveying 85 technology startups concerning the diversity of their workforce.<p>In startups founded with at least one female co-founder, we find that …

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule

In the article “Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong,” the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require …

Can Creativity Be Learned - And Should Normal People Bother?

Teachers have a strong incentive to believe in nurture - that success is made as much as born. The strange exception is creativity, where education …

How To Use Creative Thinking In Business

What comes into your mind when you think of creativity? An artist painting beautiful works of art? A designer with imagination and skills for contemporary architecture? An original thinker of the type lauded as a genius? Of course, creativity is all of these, but creative people also think of …

Creativity

3 Advanced Ways to Craft Better Sentences - Copyblogger

While the goal of “improving your content writing” may seem complex, it’s not necessarily more complicated than improving each sentence you …

3 Exercises That Build Mental Strength In Just 5 Minutes A Day

Whether you’re tempted to give in to that craving for a cupcake, or you’re about to give up on your goals, perseverance isn’t easy. But before you blame your lack of God-given willpower and before you make an excuse for your less than stellar performance, consider this; it only takes a few minutes …

Self-confidence

6 Ways To Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Busy Startup Schedule

As a busy, millennial entrepreneur, I’m often given feedback that I should slow down or take a break. While this feedback is appreciated and usually right, it can feel intimidating to invest in yourself when you’re so busy focusing on growing your startup.<p>And while one end goal for entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

Meditate at Your Desk

Most of us spend a great deal of time sitting behind our desks, or in conference rooms or colleagues’ offices, so having a short practice that helps …

Mindfulness

Genghis Khan's 3 Strategies For Success Could Change Your Life Immediately

Discover how one man became ruler of the largest empire in the world by applying a few simple strategies that can change your life forever.<p>If you want to continue to perform at peak levels, inspire others and become a thought leader in your field, you need to become a consummate learner. As soon as …

How Smart People Work Less And Get More Done

Some people have an uncanny ability to get things done. They keep their nights and weekends sacred and still get more done than people who work 10 or 20 hours more per week than they do.<p>A new study from Stanford shows that they are on to something.<p>The study found that productivity per hour declines …

Time Management

Six New Videos Teaching Bloom’s Taxonomy In Creative Ways

Over the years, I’ve been collecting and using various “Bloom’s Taxonomy According To…” utilizing popular films and TV shows and have been adding …

Teaching

Being bilingual makes people's brains more efficient and could combat cognitive ageing, study finds

Scientists have found that the benefits of being bilingual stretch much further than those commonly associated with being fluent in two languages - …

Dementia: Bilingualism may help brain conserve resources and resist decline

New research published in the <i>Journal of Neurolinguistics</i> suggests that seniors who have been bilingual for years use their brain resources more …

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

How you learned a second language influences the way your brain works

Over the past few years, you might have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that it sharpens the mind, while others are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence, such as Maria Konnikova’s “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?” …

Building a Positive Mindset One Word at a Time

Here is Falk’s positive word list (you will most likely want to include additional words): abundant, blessings, beauty, creativity, confident, …

Teaching

8 Cognitive Biases That Are Creating the Way You Experience Your Life

The good news is that your life is probably different than how you think it is. Unfortunately, that's the bad news too. As Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman says: "The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence, but of the coherence of the …

Perspecs Shows Students Three Sides to Every Story

Perspecs is a new app that aims to provide users with three sides to every news story. On Monday through Friday the free Android and iPhone app …

Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?

Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: <b>Angela Dierks,BA (Hons), MStud (Oxon),MAIntegrative Counselling,MBACP(Acc)</b><p>15th January, 20140</b> …

The Habits of Successful People: They Have a Growth Mindset

<i>This is the 5th post in our series discussing The Habits of Successful people, written by James Clear and Joel Gascoigne. You can read them all …

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

By Eduardo BriceñoA growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, …

Pedagogy

Newbie Writer Mistakes

As an editor and proofreader, I have the opportunity to read quite a few first attempts by aspiring writers. I can absolutely relate to having a …

The Writing Process Isn't Linear. Let's Stop Telling Students That It Is.

If you conduct an online image search for “writing process,” you’ll find many charts that lay out the steps—brainstorming, drafting, revising, …

Creative Writing

A Wonderful Poster on Failure

July13, 2014<br>I have always believed that teachers (and people in general) MUST have an open midset; one that tolerates and celebrates mistakes and …

2016 in review: round-up of our top posts on academic writing

Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck” To help fight off the January blues and to further inspire a productive year ahead, we have …

Scientific language is becoming more informal

Biologists in particular are writing their papers in a less formal style.<p>We are not supposed to use first-person pronouns, and contractions aren’t …

The Terror Curve: A Theory of Motivation, Accountability, and Writing

Riddle me this. Why does everyone start their PhD telling me that they're going to finish in four years, but no one does? Why does almost everyone …