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Monday, December 3, 2012

December 1, 2012

Calendar Dates
 
Financial Aid Workshop for Parents
EOS Lecture Hall
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7 pm
Presented by Carolyn Karno
Financial Aid Consultant
 
 
College Goals Sunday
Program Providing Free Assistance for FAFSA
Sunday, January 27
1:30-4:30 pm
Click on link for more information

The semester exam schedule has been moved to January 22-25
 
 
New Registration Procedures for UConn Courses on Campus
 
New procedures for on-campus registration (EOS students enrolling in courses at UConn) will go into effect for the the next semester.  A representative from UConn will be at EOSHS on Tuesday, January 8 from 10 am to 1 pm, during which time EOS students interested in taking courses on campus for the Spring semester will be able to formally register for their courses.  Unlike past years when EOS students needed to wait until the second day of a semester before formally enrolling, this new procedure will allow students to know in advance of the start to the semester if they have been registered in their courses.  More information will follow in the weeks ahead.
 
In the meantime, EOS students wishing to take courses at UConn should initially contact Doug Melody via email at dmelody@eosmith.org to initiate the process.  Follow up meetings will then be scheduled.
 
 
Knowing Who You Are/Do What You Are

We all know about physical fitness and what we can do in the way of exercises, diet, rest and the like in order to become more physically fit. But what about mental fitness - Is it possible for us to become more mentally fit? Can we actually strengthen our cognitive capacity, expand our mental muscle, and stretch our malleable minds? There is enough evidence to suggest we can. But, much like physical fitness requires intelligent and intense effort, so too does mental fitness require this kind of effort. An article appearing in Time, Teens' IQ May Rise or Fall Over Time, addressed this issue. Is intelligence fluid? Or is it fixed?

Of course, nothing is as clean and precise as research sometimes indicates. Still, preferences and tendencies may be revealed that could lead to interesting discoveries. It was once "common knowledge" that intelligence was a fixed trait and captured on "intelligence" tests. Many have since challenged this notion, including Howard Gardner of Harvard (multiple intelligences) and Robert Sternberg of (formerly Yale) Tufts (triarchic theory of intelligence). Intelligence is much more than what may be measured by an intelligence test (or SAT, for that matter - by the way, The College Board actually changed the "A" in SAT from "aptitude" - implying innate intelligence - to "assessment" - denoting achievement). Guess what? Now the "A" stands for absolutely nothing. SAT stands for SAT. Anyway, intelligence is much more fluid, subject to change, than was once thought.

The same may be considered of personality temperaments. In past posts on this blog, descriptions of four basic temperaments - reduced from the sixteen "personality types" defined in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - were provided that may resemble different kinds of individuals that comprise a student body (or even a human race). If you were asked to review these descriptions and then choose in order the pairs of students likely to be successful in a school environment, you probably could do it with reasonable accuracy.

Each type/temperament has its strengths. Each has its weaknesses as well. Without getting too technical (and long-winded), suffice it to say that all of us possess the potential for developing the strengths inherent in each temperament. Obviously, it requires effort - intelligent and intense effort. We can become intellectually stronger, more flexible in our thinking, and we can cultivate the stamina sometimes required in challenging situations. Repeat - it takes intelligent and intense effort, in the same way that it requires this kind of effort to become more physically fit. Of course, there are limits to what one may be capable of doing simply because of one's genetic makeup, but there is also a range within this makeup where one can move along a continuum. The ideal would be for each person to move to the upper limits of this range. Repeat - it takes intelligent and intense effort to do this.

Students who complete "Do What You Are" (high school version of the MBTI) in Naviance - it's part of their Student Success Plan - receive a detailed description of their strengths as well as their "blind spots." Sophomores are scheduled to complete this exercise during the week of December 17th in their English classes.   It's very useful information that can serve as a workout plan to make one more mentally fit. Repeat - it takes..

Sometimes personality temperaments can clash. You may want to read how in Ambitious Parents, Mellow Children.

 
 
MCC Applications Due
 
Students enrolled in Manchester Community College courses offered at EOS need to submit their completed registration forms to the Guidance Office by December 17th if they wish to earn MCC credits in these courses.
 
 
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