Monthly Archives: February 2017

Why is Vocabulary Important?

By Paget Hines The conversation about vocabulary typically centers on standardized testing. It is true that vocabulary study is integral to obtaining a top score on these tests, but the value of a strong vocabulary transcends standardized tests. Test scores are one component of a student’s school portfolio. Class work, essays, and tests are vital as well. Additionally, for those students applying for scholarships, internships, or special programs, interviews and essays are usually mandated. Demonstrating a penchant for sophisticated word choice will set a student apart from the crowd. Utilizing a robust vocabulary in an interview and essay underscores the fact that a student’s understanding of vocabulary is not merely superficial. Used appropriately, erudite words in essays and interviews will enhance a student’s standing with the teacher, reader, or interviewer. It is crucial that parents, teachers, and tutors incorporate meaningful and contextual vocabulary study across the instruction spectrum. This is particularly important for student’s who struggle with critical reading and writing skills and those for whom English is a second language. A vivid and varied vocabulary will bolster a student’s chances of success. No two words mean exactly the same thing, so it is important to teach the proper contexts for words. Throwing in a few big words might misfire if students are not aware of the nuances of the words. As with any skill, practice makes perfect! Engaging and entertaining for students. Paget is a Learning Specialist, Partner at Direct Hits, and author of the Direct Hits Vocabulary book series. She began her teaching career at the Schenck School in Atlanta. After completing two years of Orton-Gillingham training, Paget began privately tutoring. For 13 years she was in private practice in San Francisco, working with students in middle school and high school. She developed and implemented a SSAT verbal, reading comprehension, and essay curriculum for students with learning differences and test-taking anxiety. She currently works with students at Georgia Tech through Project Engages. Paget has tutored and administered the SSAT, PSAT, ACT, and SAT throughout her career. Integral – — very important and necessary Transcends — goes beyond, exceeds, surpasses Mandated – — to officially demanded or required Penchant —– a liking or preference for something, aptitude, an inclination Underscores — emphasizes or shows the importance of Superficial - — concerned only with the obvious or apparent Erudite – — learned,; literate Enhance — make stronger, better, or more valuable Incorporate — include, make part of another thing Underscores - to emphasize or show the importance of Bolsters – —to make stronger or better   Nuances — the slight and subtle differences or shades of meaning between nearly identical entities   Study guides form Direct Hits  can be purchased wherever books are sold. Direct Hits Advance Vocabulary 9781936551248, Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary 9781936551200, and Direct Hits Core Vocabulary 9781936551224. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Service. 

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Saint on the Couch Sinner on the Bike

By Ingrid Loos Miller How to be a saint on the couch and a sinner on the bike? How do you do fuel your training and lose weight at the same time? It is very difficult. Weight loss is the first priority now. Your performance might suffer, so put it on the backburner until you have reached your goal weight. It’s that simple. We know that in the past you have relied too much on training as a safety net to overeating. In my experience, the best way to change this and to be able to continue training is to do the following: Stick to eating (counting and recording) your baseline number of calories at all times except when you are actually doing a workout or eating your recovery meal. This is important because you need to be able to control your weight even if you aren’t training at all. Fuel adequately during your workouts (more on this later). Do not count the calories you consume during workout against the baseline limit. The calories you eat during a workout are fuel for the workout, but these are free calories and this is your chance to eat sugary foods since this is when you actually need them. This is when you can be a sinner on the bike. Eat an adequate recovery meal after longer workouts. Like the fuel you take in during your workouts, these recovery meals are not counted in your daily calories. These meals are meant to replenish the glycogen stores in your muscles and nothing more. By eating soon after your workouts, you are assured that the calories are going directly (more or less) into your muscles, where they are needed most. After your recovery meal, go back to eating according to your baseline calorie limit.   For more helpful information on managing your weight as a triathlete, pick up a copy of Weight Management for Triathlete by Ingrid Loos Miller today! About the Author Ingrid Loos Miller is the author of Weight Management for Triathletes from which the above blog was excerpted. She is also a USAT Certified Coach, Sport Nutrition Consultant, and triathlete. A Team Trainer for the Weight Watchers® Momentum Challenge, she has helped athletes and non-athletes alike achieve their weight loss goals by showing them how to reduce the calorie impact of the foods they enjoy. She teaches the motivational and focusing strategies needed to achieve goals and provides tools and daily practices that make permanent weight management a reality. Other than becoming an Ironman® and regular podium finishes in triathlons, her greatest personal accomplishment has been overcoming a lifelong struggle with weight. She has written for Trail Runner Magazine and her writing has appeared in Triathlete Magazine, Marathon and Beyond and on   

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Embracing the Suck

By Gary Dudney My book The Tao of Running: Your Journey to Mindful and Passionate Running could just as easily have been entitled How to Embrace the Suck or Embracing the Suck because one way or the other learning how to “embrace the suck” is part of every chapter in the book. Now why is that? Running has a mysterious way of getting under your skin. You set out on a little jog looking to get some exercise and the next thing you know you’re a committed, even a fanatical runner. But what is not mysterious about running, is that eventually it is going to suck. Train hard at all, try lowering your PR (personal record) for the 10K, or take on those last six excruciating, devastating, soul-crushing miles of a marathon, and you’ll know what I mean. So which is it? Is running this wonderful thing that you are drawn to like a duck to water or is it luring you into “it sucks to be you” territory. Both…and that is a good thing. Running does feel natural and invigorating. You feel your body adapting, getting stronger. But inevitably as you run faster and farther and push yourself harder, you will get to a bad place. You will feel awful, and suddenly you will find yourself in a crisis of character. How will you respond? Will you slack off and quit or will you find a way to take on the challenge, embrace the suck, and triumph over the adversity? Running gives you that opportunity over and over again. But isn’t that the most rewarding thing about life, when you have to overcome adversity, when you have to face down the hard things and win through? No wonder so much of The Tao of Running is about how best to embrace the suck. When it comes to getting the most out of your running, that’s really the whole point!   About Gary Dudney Long time columnist for Ultrarunning magazine, Gary Dudney is thrilled to share his hard-won understanding of the mind of the runner from being “out there” himself during 40 years of running. He’s written advice pieces and adventure stories for all the major running magazines. He’s completed over 200 marathons and ultramarathons, including fifty 100 mile races.  

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