Gender, Emotion and Sex

Just to extend the thoughts on gender and emotion... Girls and boys do need to be educated simultaneously with much attention being paid to developing an awareness of differences in interpreting life experience.  Conflict resolution methods have...

Gender, Emotion, and Schooling

It is no longer just a topic for comedy routines.  fMRI studies have proven that females activate emotion centres in the brain while reading.  Only a few males do, and not nearly to the same degree.  Other studies show conclusively that females are...

On becoming a number...

I suppose those ambidextrous sports stars like Gretzky and Jordan don't mind being identified by the number on their jerseys.  My association with a number is not nearly as rewarding.  I have become 65.  And it's taken me nine months to realize the...

Ambidexterity - tie that binds Tiger/Rodman/Trump?

Watched Larry King interview Trump and Rodman re Tiger's woes last night. Now this is just a guess.  But not necessarily a wild one.  I'd bet a few pennies on all three of them being ambidextrous.  I know from his own comments that Tiger is.  I'm...

Shanghai and more ESL development

So life is not over... Just signed for a new posting in Shanghai!  Sounds like lots of scope for continuing to develop a program that is China-specific and honestly child-centered.  Am so sick of the verbiage of "experts".   The only real ESL research...

Teaching Reading for ESL in China

By now,  ESL curricula in most schools reflect an understanding of Nonie Lesaux's landmark 2003 Harvard research;  English is best taught to young children by teaching Reading, Phonics, and Writing in the same way we teach it to native speakers. Not...

Beijing enigma - David

David came into our after-school program from an American kindergarten program.  He was a happy, lively boy with a smile that won  you over immediately.  His oral English communication skills were passable.  Mother stood proudly while David read...