Saturday, May 16, 2015

21 Things You Should Know Before Dating A Teacher (or rather 'when you marry a teacher')

Got these tips from here.

1. The club is not going up on a Tuesday…or a Friday for that matter. Weekday nights (yes, including Friday) are not nights for going out. We will be asleep by 8pm, so Netflix and Chipotle are a better bet than anything that requires pants. (pengsan as soon as my head hits the pillow regardless of the time!)

2. We will have the best stories to share with you over dinner and drinks. You’ll start to look forward to these anecdotes every day – there is literally never a dull moment. (we always have something to say - oh yeah we do.. brace yourself)

3. The topic of state tests and/or teacher evaluations will send us into a tizzy. Unless you want to hear us rant for twenty minutes, don’t mention either of these things. (don't even think about it.. we'll know!)

4. We are ridiculously easy to shop for when it comes to the holidays. White board markers, stickers, those colored Flair pens – basically, just fill up a tote bag with items from Staples and we are happy. (who doesn't love stationery shopping??!)

5. Coffee is essential to our existence. Preferably in I.V. form. Buy us coffee, and you’re halfway to our hearts. (we'd go insane without one)

6. Our work will never be able to stay at work. You’ll find us correcting papers on Sunday afternoons, lesson planning on Saturday mornings, and answering student emails all the time (most likely with questions we’ve already answered ten times in class.) (kerja separuh hari? apa tu??)

7. If you say, “Do you want me to grade some of those vocab quizzes for you?” – we will fall in love. (help is always welcomed ^^)

8. You’ll come to know some of our students on a first-name basis and find yourself asking, “Did Jimmy have his homework today?” (hubby even got friend requests on FB from MY students)

9. We’ll start out ironically watching Pretty Little Liars, because that’s what all our students watch, but then we’ll eventually be hooked. WHO IS A?!?! (bonded with my students over Revenge and Glee haha)

10. Places like Forever 21 and H&M become off limits on the weekends because we are guaranteed to run into students there. (I knew a student who has the same dress as I do -.-")

11. Speaking of, if you’re out in public with us and we run into students, be prepared to feel like a celebrity running from the paparazzi. Kim Kardashian, we feel your pain. ("teacherrrr, teacherrrrr.. over here teacherrrrrr!" *wave their hands frantically in the air* errrr)

12. We are obsessive list makers. Bullet points are sexy, arrows are sexier. (need I say more? I'd go crazy without one)

13. Your, you’re, their, they’re, there – know the difference, or don’t even bother to date us. (grammar naziiii.. haha bersiap sedialah kalau salah spelling, salah pronunciation and the like!)

14. We can spend legit hours in stores like Michaels and Homegoods, and we need to be pried away from the office supply section of Target. Wait are those stencils??!!! (can't resist the temptation!)

15. We love the excuse to purchase stuffed animals and other little kid things just to decorate our desks and make them friendlier. (I may not purchase stuffed animals and the like but I always buy souvenirs for them whenever I travel that will double as classroom rewards)

16. Please accept this apology in advance – we’ll start talking like teenagers. Phrases like “on fleek,” “sick,” and “totes,” will find their way into our daily vocabulary. We can’t help it. ("teacher!" "yo, what's up?")

17. If you ever insinuate that our job is “easy” because we have summers off, it will be the end of our relationship. Have you heard of professional development, bro? (teaching is a never-ending vocation.. it’s an endless stream of work, work you love, but work all the same.. teacher burnout isn’t a myth, it’s a reality)

18. As much as we love molding the minds of our students, we look forward to test and quiz days because it means a break from listening to ourselves talk. (exam week!! long long sigh of relief .. not that long considering all the marking that follows)

19. Oh that? That’s just dried Elmer’s glue on our jeans. Nbd. (no surprises there)

20. Yes, we do need to get gel manicures every couple of weeks because our nails would chip within an instant of walking through our classroom doors. (maybe not manicures but shoessss.. constant going up the stairs and down always ruins those nice shoes.. especially the pointy-toed ones)

21. We may complain a lot, but we do love our job. Please let us vent, because we work really hard to keep our sh*t together during the day and it’s not always easy. If we vent to you, it’s because we trust you. And that’s a good thing. (spot on!)


Friday, May 1, 2015

10 Brain Exercises That Boost Memory

Taken from: Everyday Health

Umur dah meningkat tapi ingatan pulak mungkin semakin menurun. Camne nak make sure otak kita terus berfungsi dengan baik dan tak ke arah dementia?? Keep your brain as healthy and fit as your body with these simple tips:

  • Test your recall. Make a list — of grocery items, things to do, or anything else that comes to mind — and memorize it. An hour or so later, see how many items you can recall. Make items on the list as challenging as possible for the greatest mental stimulation.
  • Let the music play. Learn to play a musical instrument or join a choir. Studies show that learning something new and complex over a longer period of time is ideal for the aging mind.
  • Do math in your head. Figure out problems without the aid of pencil, paper, or computer; you can make this more difficult — and athletic — by walking at the same time.
  • Take a cooking class. Learn how to cook a new cuisine. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.
  • Learn a foreign language. The listening and hearing involved stimulates the brain. What’s more, a rich vocabulary has been linked to a reduced risk for cognitive decline.
  • Create word pictures. Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, then try and think of any other words that begin (or end) with the same two letters.
  • Draw a map from memory. After returning home from visiting a new place, try to draw a map of the area; repeat this exercise each time you visit a new location.
  • Challenge your taste buds. When eating, try to identify individual ingredients in your meal, including subtle herbs and spices.
  • Refine your hand-eye abilities. Take up a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing, painting, assembling a puzzle, etc.
  • Learn a new sport. Start doing an athletic exercise that utilizes both mind and body, such as yoga, golf, or tennis.