All posts tagged: social psychology

The Teacher is Talking: Self-Awareness, a Quiz (from “The Winner’s Brain”)

By Leslie Lindsay Here’s a new milestone:  This is my 501 st blog post!  Wow.  That’s a lot of blogging since 2009.  If you are new to the blog, welcome and thanks for reading! I blog daily, Monday thru Friday on various topics related to kids, parenting, education, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), crafting, and more.  Tuesdays are “The Teacher is Talking” and today marks #2 in a series of tips and ideas you can use for your noggin, from “The Winner’s Brain.”   (that is, making it just a wee bit better than it was, say yesterday).  Last week, I blogged on this topic,and a representative from Harvard University Press “found” the post and contacted me.  She generously offered to send me a couple of copies of “The Winner’s Brain” (2010) for a lucky blog reader (or two) to win!  You just never know what will come of your blogging.  Details to follow on how to get one of those copies. For today, we will talk about “Win Factor #1: Self-Awareness.”  What is “Self-awareness,” other than being …

Write on, Wednesday: Show, Don’t Tell

By Leslie Lindsay One of my “big things” in writer’s group is, “Show, don’t tell.”  If you’re a writer, then I am sure you have heard this before.  Not-so into writing?  Well, then let me explain what this adage really means:  show us [the reader] what your character or scene is like.  Don’t just say, “She wore a pink dress.”  That would be telling.  Instead, spice it up a bit by saying something like, “Her dress sparkled in the sunshine, like a candy-coated pink gumball.”  See the difference?  What else might you be able to liken the color pink to?  A bunny’s nose?  A rose or carnation?  What feels like pink?  What smells like pink?  Go on…get creative. But I am victim to the criticism of telling versus showing, too.  In fact, the other night at writer’s group, I was full as a tick with my “show me more!” comments on my fellow writer’s pages.  Alas, they had similar comments coming my way as well.    I took a look at what they were suggesting and …