For this lab date, we are in Lab 1 by Mr. Quintero’s room.
El horario de Raúl Stop after doing this first exercise…don’t go on to “in the dorm.”
Saludos en la clase Try 2 or 3 of these (completing the exercise and using the next arrow).
personal pronouns Read the synopsis/review and click next arrow for drills that follow.
ar verbs Read the synopsis/review and click arrow at bottom to go forward to the drill(s).
Once you’ve done each of the four activities, look for visuals for your oral and await instruction about the verbal portion so you can write out your sentences (to memorize). This oral is due/presented to the class on October 1st. It is memorized, but your visuals serve to remind you of each thing you’re supposed to say.
The visual aid(s) can be like mine: simple pages with clip art I can point to. They can be flip books with one visual per idea or flashcards you can go through. The visual aid could be a big sheet/poster with everything or smaller sheets for each class the way I did it. You can use clip art, media images, magazine cutouts, drawings etc. Anything will do!
Please remember: “clase” is feminine so words that describe like “primera” or “divertida” also need to be feminine. With the items you use in each class, include the word for “the” in front (el, la, los, las). Also, vary the activities in each class as well as those school supplies.
Conjugation concerns: nosotros for -ar as you know is “-amos.” For -er verbs, it’s “-emos” (as in “vemos la tele”) and for -ir verbs it’s “-imos” (as in “escribimos mucho”).
lots of good examples of phrasing and how it’s different from English to Spanish
Check out these sites if you think stress might be affecting you:
From that site:
Healthy stress relieving methods as framed by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Eat a well balanced nutritious diet
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid caffeine, tobacco and substance of abuse like alcohol, drugs etc
- Follow simple stress relief methods like deep breathing, listening to music, recreational sports
- Develop assertiveness training skills
- Learn to be practical. Look for an alternative if the task is very stressful.
- Have high self esteem
- Learn to say no. By doing this a teenager can sort out important things in his life.
- Have good sense of humor
- Watching stress relief cartoons
- Have a good social relationship
- Discuss the problems with a trusted person and try to find his view of the problem
- Engage in hobbies like drawing, writing singing or playing with pets.
- Visceralize – You’ve probably heard of visualizing, right? Visceralizing means taking all of your senses and connecting it to information. Studies have shown that people remember more vividly information that comes to us in an emotionally aroused state. Linking feelings, senses and imagery to bland ideas makes them more real. You probably counted on your fingers when learning numbers, why can’t you do the same when you are learning now?
- Metaphor – The heart of holistic learning is relating things together. Metaphors are literary devices that link two things that normally don’t go together. Come up with metaphors to describe more complicated ideas in simpler terms.
- Ten Year Old Rule – Explain ideas to yourself as you would to a ten year old. Sure, this isn’t always possible in your last years of a medical degree or learning how to apply neural networks to computer AI. But the idea is that you should be able to “dumb down” an idea enough so it seems obvious to yourself.
- Trace Back – Put away your books and start with a random fact or concept. Then relate that idea to another concept in your subject. Keep doing this tracing pattern until you’ve linked many ideas together. The Gupta Dynasty reminds you of ancient Greece which reminds you of Socrates, reminding you of Confucius…
- Refresher Scan – Scan through information in your text book. Notice whenever you encounter information that you either don’t remember or weren’t 100% sure about. Quickly link that information back to existing ideas through viscerlization and metaphor. If your refresher scan is turning up more than a few points per chapter, you haven’t learned it thoroughly enough.
- Compress Information – Not all information works well for holistic learning. A common point cited to me is learning anatomy for first year medical students. Anatomy involves learning arbitrary Latin names for hundreds of different elements of your body. There often aren’t clear patterns and constructs, just a dry list of facts. When encountering information such as this, your goal should be to compress it. Find ways to group information into smaller chunks of memory through pictures or mnemonics.
- Write – Take a piece of paper and write out the connections in the information. Reorganize the information into different patterns. The key here is the writing, not the final product. So don’t waste your time making a pretty picture. Scribble and use abbreviations to link the ideas together.
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