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Archive for October 4th, 2015

Which Beirut are you talking about?

Beirut. Beirut. Beirut. I have been distant and cold from the news of Beirut

Rouba Mhaissen posted
When the civil war happened in Lebanon, my parents moved to Syria, and so did my grandparents in July 2006 war.
When the Syrian Revolution (uprising?) turned into a war, my Syrian family moved to Lebanon. My lebanese friends cheered for Syrians for years now, and today I see my Syrian friends supportive and optimistic after their hearts had died.
After our hearts had died. (For the devastation of Syria and the emptying of cities and villages?). Beirut, I am not distant. But as you can see from my writing, just disoriented.
Just watching silently and cheering at times, crying at others. It’s like my heart can no longer deal with images of beating or blood or injustice.
It’s like I am hidden behind the screen and the like buttons scared… And optimistic…
I am sorry Beirut, Syria has drained us and scared us.
You are giving us hope today but we are wounded and scared. We stand with you Beirut.
And I stand with my beautiful fellow citizens of a Lebanon calling for dignity and justice heart emoticon you are beautiful, just be safe. 
Be safe. We can’t take any more sadness… Or heart break. Just hope and resistance.

Do you care to Remember Everything you Learn? Strategies to learn 

If you’re going to learn anything, you need two kinds of prior knowledge:

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming

• knowledge about how learning actually works (Which is the topic)

Asad Ghsoub  shared Sahar Charara link

On the metacognitive -or the understanding of how learning takes place, in order to learn better

Because there’s learning and there’s knowing how to learn.
1. Make it stick: Connect old knowledge to new learning. The more connection the more elaboration process
2. The more you reflect on any issue the more the recollection performance. Frequency and duration of reflection is key to retaining new knowledge
3. Refrain from falling to fluency. If it seems easy for you, unless you are autistic in the subject matter, the quicker you’ll forget what you learned
4. The more you force yourself to recall the better the recall later on. Recalling the context of short hand notes reinforce you power for recalling. Flashcards are excellent exercises. The harder the process of recalling the better: Nothing that comes easy takes roots.




Humans of New York: “Baba. It’s fine to help. But not every day”

Reine Azzi  shared this link Humans of New York. September 28, 2015

“After one month, I arrived in Austria. The first day I was there, I walked into a bakery and met a man named Fritz Hummel.

He told me that forty years ago he had visited Syria and he’d been treated well.

So he gave me clothes, food, everything. He became like a father to me. He took me to the Rotary Club and introduced me to the entire group.

He told them my story and asked: ‘How can we help him?’

I found a church, and they gave me a place to live. Right away I committed myself to learning the language.

I practiced German for 17 hours a day. I read children’s stories all day long. I watched television.

I tried to meet as many Austrians as possible.

After seven months, it was time to meet with a judge to determine my status. I could speak so well at this point that I asked the judge if we could conduct the interview in German.

He couldn’t believe it. He was so impressed that I’d already learned German that he interviewed me for only ten minutes.

Then he pointed at my Syrian ID card and said: ‘Muhammad, you will never need this again. You are now an Austrian!’” (Kos, Greece)

(Why can he not keep his Syrian passport?)


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Humans of New York's photo.
Reine Azzi shared this link Humans of New York. September 30, 2015

“My father was a farmer and we had eight siblings. I went to Australia when I was 15 because my family didn’t have enough to eat.

I was on a boat for forty days. When I got there, I couldn’t find a job, I couldn’t speak English, and I had to sleep on the street.

I know what it’s like.

So everyday I drive the van to the port and hand out bread to the refugees. My son is my business partner.

He says, ‘Baba, please. It’s fine to help. But not every day.’

But I still go every day because I know what it feels like to have nothing.” (Kos, Greece)

Humans of New York's photo.




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