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lotus cirilo - educator, geek, gardener, internet junkie, infomaniac ... - educator, geek, gardener, internet junkie, infomaniac ...
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"I won't actually go as far as to say that there was a misquote in the Bible, and it should have read, "The geek shall inherit the Earth," but maybe it's something worth looking into?"  

lol. You  reckon?

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Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability

You better believe in yourself - or at least choose avenues you have confidence in. Or can we increase our confidence in a particular field, or task?

A bulk of research shows that when people are put in situations where they are expected to fail, their performance does plummet. They turn into different people. Their head literally shuts down, and they end up confirming the expectations. When they're expected to win, their performance shoots back up. Same person, difference expectations.

What does confidence buy you? In addition to greater access to working memory resources, does it also support the use of better strategies for solving the problem? What factors increase confidence? Clearly encouragement plays a huge role. Do hormones also have an effect? What's the role of brain lateralization? Perhaps confidence affects hormones and brain lateralization just as much as hormones and brain lateralization influence confidence. What about repeated exposure and experience in a domain? Excellent research by Sian Beilock and others shows that expertise can overcome the detrimental affects of threatening situations.
So many potential avenues of exploration. While we may only be at the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of how biology, environmental factors, self-belief, emotions and cognition all interact to influence performance, this is an iceberg that is pretty darn important and impacts the success of everyone.

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I like to credit where I first saw something ... and must apologize because I clicked and now I can't find the OP. :( ty, friend, for the heads-up on the following.

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#hashtags #education
Hashtags now have native support on Google+. This is great for content discovery using the Search function that was also recently added.

Since most of the content I share is education related, I thought that I would propose using a few common hashtags to make it easier for the education community on Google+ to discover relevant posts and people. Please comment with additional tags and I can edit as we go along.

If you like the idea you can help spread this practice two ways:
1) Use these tags as often as you can remember on your own post to make your contributions easier to find, particularly on Public posts.
2) Re-share this post with your education or education-related circles.

Some suggested tags:
#edteach - teacher topics
#edcurr - curriculum topics
#edtests - assessment topics
#edtech - education technology topics
#edpolicy - education policy topics
#edadmin - education administration topics
#edreform - education reform topics
#edfin - education finance topics
#edstats - education statistics and data topics
#edres - education research findings
#edgov - education governance topics
#edcharter - charter schools topics
#edphil - education philosophy topics
#highered - post-secondary education
#higheredcc - community college
#opened - Open Coureware and other open access initiatives in #highered
#eddebt - student loans topics
#higheredpub - public colleges and universities

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RIP MardiGras <3

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Yesterday evening I buried my closest companion, my cat MardiGras. I had him since he and his brother were small enough that I could hold them both in one hand. (Lost his brother 8 years ago.) MardiGras was one of those vocal cats who talked to you a lot, and one that ruled the house. He was definitely in charge -- a large presence. He was well-loved. My home is empty without him, and I am very sad.
RIP MardiGras <3 (9 photos)
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RIP MardiGras <3

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Elephant | Elephant Sound Effects
Zebra | Zebra mother with child
Tiger | Funny Crazy BIG CAT SOUNDS!
Elk | Bull Elk Bugle
Deer | Deer noise
Lizard | Crested Gecko Noise/Sound
Eagle | Two Bald Eagles Calling

( 10.10.2011 | 2 of 4 )
O < +Dunken K Bliths ( author !!! )
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Quote of the day: "The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." —President Obama tonight on the passing of Steve Jobs
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