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31st July 2014

Photo reblogged from Tired Orange Bubble with 43,406 notes

thinkmexican:

Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential
When a report emerged in September 2012 that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some doubted its veracity. It must be fake, they said.
But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 scored in 99.99% percentile.
Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.
The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of Sugata Mitra, a UK university professor who had innovated a new pedagogy he called SOLE, or self organized learning environments. The new approach paid off.
Although SOLE usually relies on unfettered Internet access for research, Juárez and his students had very limited access. Somehow, he still found a way to apply Mitra’s teachings and unleash their potential.
From the beginning, Paloma’s exceptional abilities were evident:

One day Juárez Correa went to his whiteboard and wrote “1 = 1.00.” Normally, at this point, he would start explaining the concept of fractions and decimals. Instead he just wrote “½ = ?” and “¼ = ?”
“Think about that for a second,” he said, and walked out of the room.
While the kids murmured, Juárez Correa went to the school cafeteria, where children could buy breakfast and lunch for small change. He borrowed about 10 pesos in coins, worth about 75 cents, and walked back to his classroom, where he distributed a peso’s worth of coins to each table. He noticed that Paloma had already written .50 and .25 on a piece of paper.

As Mr. Juárez implemented more of Mitra’s teachings in his classroom, Paloma continued to stand out as an exceptionally gifted student:

Juárez Correa was impressed. But he was even more intrigued by Paloma. During these experiments, he noticed that she almost always came up with the answer immediately. Sometimes she explained things to her tablemates, other times she kept the answer to herself. Nobody had told him that she had an unusual gift. Yet even when he gave the class difficult questions, she quickly jotted down the answers. To test her limits, he challenged the class with a problem he was sure would stump her. He told the story of Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous German mathematician, who was born in 1777.
When Gauss was a schoolboy, one of his teachers asked the class to add up every number between 1 and 100. It was supposed to take an hour, but Gauss had the answer almost instantly.
“Does anyone know how he did this?” Juárez Correa asked.
A few students started trying to add up the numbers and soon realized it would take a long time. Paloma, working with her group, carefully wrote out a few sequences and looked at them for a moment. Then she raised her hand.
“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”
Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.
“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said.

Although this Wired piece focuses mostly on Sugata Mitra, it does once again highlight the story of Paloma Noyola. Unfortunately, after a brief spurt of media attention, little on Paloma was ever mentioned and, as was pointed out by Wired, nothing was ever said of Mr. Juárez.
As with most stories in the Mexican press — and with in the middle-class — things suddenly become very important once it’s featured in a gringo publication. Which is a very sad commentary. We hope, however, that this story pushes those in the press, state and federal government to look not to the United States for validation but to Mexicans like Sergio Juárez doing good work in places like Matamoros.
The clear message in this story is that there are thousands of Paloma Noyolas going to school in Mexico who, just like her at one time, are not being challenged and therefore aren’t very interested in school. This story can, if we want it to, raise enough awareness to shift the discussion from poverty to opportunity.
Paloma truly personifies both Mexico’s challenges and unleashed potential.
Read the entire Wired story here: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
Editor’s note: As an addendum, Wired provided information on helping support Sugata Mitra and his School in the Clouds project, and although they donated school supplies and equipment to José Urbina López School, we’re interested in seeing if we can help set up a similar fund for Sergio Juárez, the teacher featured in this story.
Also, $9,300 was raised to help fund Paloma’s education last year. We going to follow with the economist who led the fundraising campaign to see how she’s doing. Stay tuned for updates.
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thinkmexican:

Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential

When a report emerged in September 2012 that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some doubted its veracity. It must be fake, they said.

But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 scored in 99.99% percentile.

Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.

The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of Sugata Mitra, a UK university professor who had innovated a new pedagogy he called SOLE, or self organized learning environments. The new approach paid off.

Although SOLE usually relies on unfettered Internet access for research, Juárez and his students had very limited access. Somehow, he still found a way to apply Mitra’s teachings and unleash their potential.

From the beginning, Paloma’s exceptional abilities were evident:

One day Juárez Correa went to his whiteboard and wrote “1 = 1.00.” Normally, at this point, he would start explaining the concept of fractions and decimals. Instead he just wrote “½ = ?” and “¼ = ?”

“Think about that for a second,” he said, and walked out of the room.

While the kids murmured, Juárez Correa went to the school cafeteria, where children could buy breakfast and lunch for small change. He borrowed about 10 pesos in coins, worth about 75 cents, and walked back to his classroom, where he distributed a peso’s worth of coins to each table. He noticed that Paloma had already written .50 and .25 on a piece of paper.

As Mr. Juárez implemented more of Mitra’s teachings in his classroom, Paloma continued to stand out as an exceptionally gifted student:

Juárez Correa was impressed. But he was even more intrigued by Paloma. During these experiments, he noticed that she almost always came up with the answer immediately. Sometimes she explained things to her tablemates, other times she kept the answer to herself. Nobody had told him that she had an unusual gift. Yet even when he gave the class difficult questions, she quickly jotted down the answers. To test her limits, he challenged the class with a problem he was sure would stump her. He told the story of Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous German mathematician, who was born in 1777.

When Gauss was a schoolboy, one of his teachers asked the class to add up every number between 1 and 100. It was supposed to take an hour, but Gauss had the answer almost instantly.

“Does anyone know how he did this?” Juárez Correa asked.

A few students started trying to add up the numbers and soon realized it would take a long time. Paloma, working with her group, carefully wrote out a few sequences and looked at them for a moment. Then she raised her hand.

“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”

Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.

“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said.

Although this Wired piece focuses mostly on Sugata Mitra, it does once again highlight the story of Paloma Noyola. Unfortunately, after a brief spurt of media attention, little on Paloma was ever mentioned and, as was pointed out by Wired, nothing was ever said of Mr. Juárez.

As with most stories in the Mexican press — and with in the middle-class — things suddenly become very important once it’s featured in a gringo publication. Which is a very sad commentary. We hope, however, that this story pushes those in the press, state and federal government to look not to the United States for validation but to Mexicans like Sergio Juárez doing good work in places like Matamoros.

The clear message in this story is that there are thousands of Paloma Noyolas going to school in Mexico who, just like her at one time, are not being challenged and therefore aren’t very interested in school. This story can, if we want it to, raise enough awareness to shift the discussion from poverty to opportunity.

Paloma truly personifies both Mexico’s challenges and unleashed potential.

Read the entire Wired story here: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Editor’s note: As an addendum, Wired provided information on helping support Sugata Mitra and his School in the Clouds project, and although they donated school supplies and equipment to José Urbina López School, we’re interested in seeing if we can help set up a similar fund for Sergio Juárez, the teacher featured in this story.

Also, $9,300 was raised to help fund Paloma’s education last year. We going to follow with the economist who led the fundraising campaign to see how she’s doing. Stay tuned for updates.

Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook

Tagged: teachinglearninggeniuswomen and girls in math and scienceMexico

Source: thinkmexican

30th July 2014

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View from the mountain top at 6am. Night hiking is amazing and the stars were awesome. We may not have slept at all and we had to stumble the whole way down the mountain, but it was well worth it. Shout out to my lil’ hommie, that giant-ass frog, and my three companions. It was a night to remember.

View from the mountain top at 6am. Night hiking is amazing and the stars were awesome. We may not have slept at all and we had to stumble the whole way down the mountain, but it was well worth it. Shout out to my lil’ hommie, that giant-ass frog, and my three companions. It was a night to remember.

Tagged: mountaincloudpersonalhikingmemoriesfrog

29th July 2014

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Got the sleeves on and the first part of the trim. Just have attach the collar, front trim, and hem it all

Got the sleeves on and the first part of the trim. Just have attach the collar, front trim, and hem it all

Tagged: cosplaycostumeprogressLotR

29th July 2014

Photo reblogged from Ichijou Kenichirou with 55 notes

ichijoukenichiro:

So, playing a game where you wipe out he world’s population by disease and I picked Bagginshield. This is what has happened so far.

Final results of Bagginshield:

Symptoms of Bagginshield include perspiration, nausea, vomiting, fever, epilepsy, paralysis, insanity, systematic infection, internal hemorrhage, and much much more.

ichijoukenichiro:

So, playing a game where you wipe out he world’s population by disease and I picked Bagginshield. This is what has happened so far.

Final results of Bagginshield:

Symptoms of Bagginshield include perspiration, nausea, vomiting, fever, epilepsy, paralysis, insanity, systematic infection, internal hemorrhage, and much much more.

Tagged: bagginshieldinfectionBagginshield has sucessfully eliminated all human life on Earthgame

29th July 2014

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So, playing a game where you wipe out he world’s population by disease and I picked Bagginshield. This is what has happened so far.

So, playing a game where you wipe out he world’s population by disease and I picked Bagginshield. This is what has happened so far.

Tagged: bagginshieldhobbitgame

28th July 2014

Photoset reblogged from lady of IMMORAL ARTS with 16,132 notes

Alan Tudyk’s and Nathan Fillion’s encounter with Justin Bieber at the Halo 3 release party (x)

Tagged: Alan TudykNathan FillionHaloJustin BieberI love these guys

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26th July 2014

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mckittericks and my display at Artomatic 2012, inspired by the amazing Yinka Shonibare. Most of the display was done by mckittericks and I made the costumes.

mckittericks and my display at Artomatic 2012, inspired by the amazing Yinka Shonibare. Most of the display was done by mckittericks and I made the costumes.

Tagged: ArtomaticPhotograhyyinka shonibareclothingcostumesArtomatic 2012Crystal City

25th July 2014

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Miltonia Orchid - Pansy Orchid
Greenhouse at Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C., USA

Miltonia Orchid - Pansy Orchid

Greenhouse at Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C., USA

Tagged: photographyOrchidMiltoniaflowersgardens

24th July 2014

Photoset reblogged from No buts! Buts are for horses... with 127,415 notes

masscracc:

You’ll do what?

Gonna get me a box

Tagged: Krispy KremedoughnutsNBChumorso good you'll suck dickNew cock ring by Krispy Kreme

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23rd July 2014

Photoset reblogged from Oh Hey There, Commander with 641 notes

misoradorval:

if you aren’t playing skyrim you dont know what youre missing

Tagged: Skyrimdancinggames

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22nd July 2014

Photoset reblogged from Mozzarella is the glorious high queen of cheeses with 113,698 notes

guribot:

when did video games get so realistic

Tagged: Skyrimargonian words of wisdom

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21st July 2014

Link reblogged from Have You Accepted Legolas As Your Lord and Savior? with 676 notes

http://leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas.tumblr.com/post/92402347012/ok-so-excuse-my-frumpy-braless-bedtime-selfie-but →

leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas:

Ok so excuse my frumpy braless bedtime selfie but I decided to dig out my spirit gum and give the new ears a whirl and I was SO impressed I had to post about it

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No photoshop involved I swear

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Ok so the deal with these ears is that they continue down along your ear to your earlobe. I…

Tagged: cosplay referenceelfcosmeticsbackup plan if mine don't work out