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Becoming a self-motivator

April 10, 2012

Becoming a self-motivator.

Personality of Innovators

March 29, 2012

Personality of innovators.

Optimists’ nutrition for salesmen, entrepreneurs

March 13, 2012

Optimists’ nutrition for salesmen, entrepreneurs.

The general characteristics of the population

December 16, 2011

Alright so this has just been mind-boggling for me. For the past few days I’ve been thinking about the overlapping characteristics in humans such as love for sex of course, need for companionship, yaadi yaadi yaada. But what about the more personal traits. The more common three(which I like to call the three S’s) being sarcasm, stubborness, and shyness. That’s right. Now there are more but I’ll have to think about that further. What I do know is that sarcasm has a wide fan base. Why? Could it be because it is an enemy to highly sensitive people who’ll take that to heart? Perhaps! Sarcasm I guess is a mechanism to raise confidence. In our subconcious nature, although we are fully unaware at times, we tend to poke fun at others or hurt someone else’s self-esteem just to elevate ours without even realizing it. And so we resort to sarcasm!

Alright now moving on to stubborness. The ego is the primary shield for many of us and we tend to flaunt it by becoming stubborn. For instance, if we decide to catch the midnight showing of Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol with our girlfriend but then all of sudden it’s sold out, we become so infuriated that we don’t wanna watch any other movie, because we made up our minds and that’s that. End of story! Our girlfriends keep nagging us into watching another movie and we’re all like: “Screw that! We’re going home”, until finally, they manage to whisk us away out of desperation. There are several other examples of course of how we portray stubborness. But what I do know is that every individual has varying degrees of it. It’s just one of those innate qualities I guess. This part of the knowledge Adam and Eve acquired after taking a bite out of the apple? That their minds become fixated towards some thing very easily? Who knows? Could be…I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! I guess we can all say that we’re stubborn about having sex when we desire it huh? Haha…

And finally there’s shyness. Shyness is definitely one of those shards of knowlegde that Adam and Eve absorbed. Because we all are shy at times, some more than others. Where does shyness stem from? Is it lack of self-confidence?, Fear of rejection? As people, we all tend to feel insecure once in a while, and our self-worths’ are questioned. It’s human nature to feel like the other person may not want to talk to you, or perhaps you’re just not worth their time when you clearly wanna approach them and say hi! Anyway these are just some of the common traits I’ve noticed from my friends’, acquaintances’, coworkers’, and family’s circle.

I remember now: The last trait I’ve noticed is diligence! But then again we all have families to feed, bills to pay;  so yeah that’s a societal expectation. So why don’t I scratch out diligence and type in judgemental. We’re all  judgemental at times whether we know it or not. We can only relate to our own realities, our own hell. Nothing else truly matters to us deep inside, so we start to criticize the other persons’ problem or hell without even bothering to understand their situation. Thinking that our situation is far worse and so we start to complain about that instead putting the other person down.

So in conclusion, the five common characteristics of the general population are:

1.shyness

2. stubborness

3. shyness

4. diligence

5. judgemental

There may be other common traits but I’ll save that for a future topic. I may even take concepts from this post and start a blog entry for my “psychology of dating”  blog. If you would like the website for that here it is:

psycommunico.wordpress.com

Feel free to debate the above thoughts with me by leaving a comment below

My three new blogs

December 13, 2011

Hi there! I just wanted to update everybody on my three new blogs: The psycology of dating, tips on how to succeed in the business/marketing world, and how to manage a class of adolescents. I was a high school math teacher for a few years and private math tutor for several years working with underprivileged kids, and I’m currently in market research aspiring to establish a career in marketing/social media.  My main passion revolves around the psycology of communication and the avenues it can send us driving towards in our professional worlds and personal worlds. I truly hope you embark on this journey with me. I do plan on writing a book on all of this someday but for now it’s all about filtering my thoughts out on a blog and encouraging others to share their viewpoints or debate mine all to optimize how much we learn.

The worst is over!

January 25, 2011

Well, it’s finally over……or at least I think it’s over….but I dunno I feel like I’m in denial about whether I’m already in the rejuvenation phase of my first year of teaching. All I can say is that it doesn’t feel that way for now. And they say that it begins in January. January what? I know October to December was choatic and I was in complete shock over the entire business of teaching! It’s almost like getting trapped in a whirlwind except towards the end of the year you’re able to escape it. What with juggling parental contact, along with classroom management, discipline, and the mountains full of paperwork associate with, and that to the number 1,000,001, it’s no wonder the teaching field can be one of the most strenuous careers out there. If you think that with the summers and winters off it would be the top job to get according to the Forbes most attractive jobs think again.

But on a positive note it has also been very stimulating for me. I’ve learnt so much the only thing missing is applying all that newfound knowledge. Sadly, such things have to be learnt through slogging dirt which is what I’ve pretty much been doing minus the planning heheh. Planning can be such a bitch especially when you have all these disciplinary issues with the students and no one even bothers to assist you with them. So I guess the key is to block off all those issues the minute I get home just so I don’t have to constantly dwell on them while prepping for the following days lesson. It is said that no job is f***** easy. (Pardon the asterick). And teaching a room full of hormone-driven rugrats is evidence and so not to the contrary!! Part of me had to graze through that at times sickening, brown grass to realize that all the kids are seeking to do is just find that shiny button inside you so they can push it as they please. And when they find it it’s so left field from carpe diem! And so you have to be as strict as hell the first three weeks of schools to ensure that they don’t find it. The point is that you just have to learn things the hard way.

Tomorrow will be a breezy day I hope. The forecast calls for a partially cloudy/sunny day, with the exception of my two worst classes in the afternoon. Nothing like some afternoon delight. Yeah right! And I know I’ve gotta plan so I’ll have to get to it. Somehow it takes a lot outta me to plan the next day only to fear that the class will talk over me; which is what has been happening anyway. So once again: Shut those fears out and quit fighting for control. Instead, seek out more creative techniques in getting those kids attention. The key here is to shelve your inhibitions and obliterate them when the time is right!

My “Bourne Identity”

November 21, 2010

I’m feeling loads of regret right now. I shouldn’t have bailed out on that Diwali function early. As it is I’ve been feeling bouts of emptiness not being around my people. I know it all started when I chose to go to my home high school and not the away high school where Indians and Asians are plentiful! Had I boarded that damn school bus every day to Science Academy I’m sure I would’ve continued to feel connected to my culture. I would’ve grown up with some Indians while going to high school but life didn’t go that way for me.  Like for instance today I may go Latin dancing with some friends but I ain’t no Mexican!! It’s funny how all of my friends have also been involved in this crusade indirectlly. Each and every one of them has this urge to question me about Indians and their lifestyle expecting me to know. It only makes sense I’am Indian. But perhaps I don’t want my non-Indian friends to think that I’m Indian. Whenever another desi asserts that I’m Indian I feel indifferent towards it but when a White or Hispanic charges at me with that I get offended outta the blue! Maybe I should become a comic about my own culture so this way I can use that as a shield when someone tries to pepper spray me with questions about Indians. There we go! Just like Russell Peters or some other Indian comedian would.

Teaching rocks and blows at the same time

October 17, 2010

So it’s been nine weeks into the job and I must say I’ve grown a lot as a teacher and as an individual. Kids thrive on an equal dose of sustenance and toughness. And negligence can only lead to the teachers downfall. This past month and a half has been quite the rollercoaster, being anxiety-ridden each night worrying about how the students will behave the next day. Discipline management is the most difficult part of being a teacher. It’s like you wanna teach the class and you expect the students to listen quietly but most of the times that’s not how a classroom will operate. You have to constantly nip them in their butts one they’re talking or being disruptive; otherwise their behavior will only escalate. NO DUH?! They’re kids right? While it’s the ultimate joy ride for them it’s like DOOMSDAY for us, and we can’t give up. Us teachers are mandated to stick together at all times. Some of the things that may work to our advantage are technology such as an interactive white board. A Powerpoint presentation is like a runner-up but would it be just as effective? Because I’ll be using it for the first time Monday and I must say I’m quite hyped up about it. I know my kids will be actively engaged with the lessons if I were to mix it up with videos and examples that pertain to their interests. But what kind of examples can I present to Freshman class that relate the most to algebraic concepts? For instance, right now we’re going over graphs and linear functions.

I was thinking perhaps I could construct an activity for the students where they could see what linear functions are all about. These students are a wild bunch and don’t want to be in school so that makes our job only more challenging as we need to come up with activities that make them wanna be present. Another drawback of my district is that many of them prefer speaking in Spanish over English. I know it sounds crazy but it is a border town. You’d think that Progreso should be the Spanish term for Progress but it’s not. It’s just happened to be the name of an ordinary town in the state of Texas all the way down South touching the tip of Mexico! And across the Rio Grande.

The administration can be very political and it can be daunting for a first time teacher like me. You have disciplinary problems in class and students refuse to make up for missing assignments but at the end of the day all administration wants to see is the numbers. What your passing rate is and what the Standardized tests passing rates are? I do wanna make them happy, so does that mean I should half-ass it only so the troublemakers and struggling students get high grades or do I sugarcode it? The other side, which is administration, can be very lucid for most teachers!

Teaching rocks and blows all at the same time!!

October 17, 2010

So it’s been nine weeks into the job and I must say I’ve grown a lot as a teacher and as an individual. Kids thrive on an equal dose of sustenance and toughness. And negligence can only lead to the teachers downfall. This past month and a half has been quite the rollercoaster, being anxiety-ridden each night worrying about how the students will behave the next day. Discipline management is the most difficult part of being a teacher. It’s like you wanna teach the class and you expect the students to listen quietly but most of the times that’s not how a classroom will operate. You have to constantly nip them in their butts one they’re talking or being disruptive; otherwise their behavior will only escalate. NO DUH?! They’re kids right? While it’s the ultimate joy ride for them it’s like DOOMSDAY for us, and we can’t give up. Us teachers are mandated to stick together at all times. Some of the things that may work to our advantage are technology such as an interactive white board. A Powerpoint presentation is like a runner-up but would it be just as effective? Because I’ll be using it for the first time Monday and I must say I’m quite hyped up about it. I know my kids will be actively engaged with the lessons if I were to mix it up with videos and examples that pertain to their interests. But what kind of examples can I present to Freshman class that relate the most to algebraic concepts? For instance, right now we’re going over graphs and linear functions.

I was thinking perhaps I could construct an activity for the students where they could see what linear functions are all about. These students are a wild bunch and don’t want to be in school so that makes our job only more challenging as we need to come up with activities that make them wanna be present. Another drawback of my district is that many of them prefer speaking in Spanish over English. I know it sounds crazy but it is a border town. You’d think that Progreso should be the Spanish term for Progress but it’s not. It’s just happened to be the name of an ordinary town in the state of Texas all the way down South touching the tip of Mexico! And across the Rio Grande.

The administration can be very political and it can be daunting for a first time teacher like me. You have disciplinary problems in class and students refuse to make up for missing assignments but at the end of the day all administration wants to see is the numbers. What your passing rate is and what the Standardized tests passing rates are? I do wanna make them happy, so does that mean I should half-ass it only so the troublemakers and struggling students get high grades or do I sugarcode it? The other side, which is administration, can be very lucid for most teachers!

Chronicles of a first year math teacher

October 12, 2010

Hi allow me to introduce myself my name is Vinay Bhat(aka Mr.Bhat). And I teach Algebra 1 at Progreso High School. For those of you who don’t know where Progreso High School is it’s in a town called Progreso, TX which is like only a minute away from the border of Mexico. Weird eh? Believe me the culture shock still hasn’t worn off yet even though I pretty spent most of childhood in Deep South Texas. The difference between all of the other towns down hear and that border town is that that border town is mostly populated with Spanish speaking families with absolutely no English background at all. Making my job even more challenging as I have to learn conversational Spanish and integrate that into my classroom once in a while. Which I haven’t quite done yet as I haven’t started learn in Spanish but do not fear because it will happen! And believe me when I say this but teaching at a town like Progreso is like teaching in a foreign country! The experience is that valuable!

 

It’s been an adventure no doubt! Although I wouldn’t call it the most pleasant of adventures it has truly been a learning experience. Discipline management is probably one of the most challenging aspects of teaching as you have to mold every student in your classroom into a star pupil. The reality, however, is that you can’t modify every students attitude but you can work hard enough to ensure that one student will credit you for their success. But the first year won’t guarantee you any such promises. All those “don’t smile”  lectures and “how to never give up” speeches. Veteran teachers may give you advice but at the end of the day it won’t matter because the fact of the matter is you will have to commit a mistake before realizing how to act in a particular situation.

 

Let’s see I’d describe this past Friday as an average day. Yes our day ended prematurely with a peprally. Well technically for me as well, as I had assigned a couple of students from my 2nd period class after-school detention. I felt a little awkward laying down this law to them on a Friday but I couldn’t help it. I anticipated some type of cooperative effort between the two in disrupting my classroom about two weeks ago when I had noticed these weird vibes being exchanged between the two during a test. I would see them smirking at one another and then at me all at the same time. Maybe it was that scary look I was giving them I don’t know. But whatever it was I could sense it and unfortunately my premonitions were correct because today was the first day they worked together to disrupt my class. And so I’m yet to call one of the students parents as they haven’t answered my phone for like the gizzillionth time nor have the bothered to return my message. Maybe I was overreacting to the situation but when an outbreak like that takes place in your classroom SPLAT you nip it in the butt right away before it gets out of control. That’s exactly what it felt like Friday when those two students attempted to create a circus hoping the relinquish control of the boss in my classroom. Kids have such tendencies you know to all you first year teachers be on the lookout.

 

And it’ll be an uphill battle struggle where the state test is concerned administered every April in Texas. It’s called the TAKS and apparently 61% of my students passed it last year. Not bad considering my district, Progreso ISD, has gone a long way. But teaching math at such underpriveleged areas can be quite the challenge. The students don’t wanna learn and so do we really wanna push them? Of course because then principals and other administrators will start to curse us out towards our pink slips. So the question is how do we push them? Believe me I’m still trying to figure that out and any feedback on that front would be greatly appreciated. You pretty much have to be vigil with these kids while also showing them that you care. Arduous task by cards are all on IT CAN HAPPEN and IT WILL!

 

Like I said any feedback would be greatly appreciated whether you’re a rookie or a veteran in teaching so comment away!