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Long Distance Learning Under Quarantine By: D. Mendoza

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No Child Left Behind. Every Student Succeeds. Race to the Top. Regardless of the names policy makers put behind national education initiatives over the last twenty years, the outcomes have been the same. Children are regularly left behind. Every student does not succeed (many actually lack a legit opportunity to do so). And when it comes to the educational equity race, the ever-elusive finish line makes it feel like we are not on a track, but on a treadmill.

The corona virus pandemic is revealing new layers of inequity that may end up setting us back even further. Education leaders are tackling the unexpected challenge of providing distance learning as the primary mode of instruction for weeks, months, and possibly the remainder of the school year. How can school systems that struggle to deliver equitable results in a standard brick and mortar setting overcome the added challenges inherent in distance learning?

Some districts have answered this question by deciding not to provide any learning, period. The legal obligations here are admittedly complex. Once school systems commit to provide any instruction, they are legally obligated to meet the needs of students with special needs. School closures across the country have also brought to shine a bright light on the enormous role schools play in our children’s safety net.  Understandably, requiring students to have the technological resources and support at home needed for effective distance learning programs to work is a challenging legal obligation.

But it is still important to have a clear definition of what successful distance learning should look like. To define success, presume that every single student has the necessary technology, time, motivation, and support to participate in distance learning. Then, consider how success would be measured if standardized exams did not exist. As part of my work with educators, I have regularly asked what they would do if they had a magic wand to re-imagine education. Their most popular answer aligns closely with what success would look like in today’s digital context: giving every child their own independent learning goals and equipping them the tools and resources they need to meet these goals.

There is no exhaustive how-to list for equity because equity work is never quite finished. The key to providing equitable distance learning opportunities for all students is to recognize what this looks like for each student’s unique situation. This transition from “all children” to “each child” is probably a heavier lift than the shift to distance learning. But by recognizing equity as an overarching aspect of every decision school system leaders are making as part of this transition, valuable lessons will be learned that will help schools serve students more effectively in this new distance learning environment.

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MEDITATE

10 Tips to meditate if you are a beginner

Go back to exercising, bathing your pet, taking out clothes that you no longer wear, finishing reading the book that has some dust on your nightstand, these are just some of the things that we always end up postponing because we don’t have time or we are very tired to do them.

But there is something that you are sure to enjoy more than anything because, in addition to being a form of spiritual healing, it serves to connect your emotional and spiritual side with the physical. I am talking about meditation, it is a form of relaxation that we must all definitely practice. Next, we share some tips to meditate if you are a beginner.

1. Wear comfortable clothes

Have you noticed that most people who practice meditation always wear loose clothing? And it is much more comfortable to do it, so I recommend that if you want to concentrate faster and have more comfort, wear loose and soft clothes; cotton garments are recommended. Take off accessories like a watch, earrings or necklaces, and forget about tight clothing.

2. Find a quiet place

It doesn’t matter if it’s outdoors (like your garden or balcony), or inside your house; The important thing is that there are no interruptions and noises that can bother you. You must know that the place you choose must give you comfort and peace.

3. Light incense or a humidifier

When you start to meditate you realize that all your senses are more receptive, so I recommend that if you have incense or a humidifier in your house, use these. It is not strictly used, but you can notice that when you meditate your nose becomes sharper, it helps you to concentrate and relax more easily.

4. Take a comfortable pose

A correct and comfortable posture makes the difference between being able to focus on meditation or just wanting to change your posture every two seconds, so you can do it in two ways, both really comfortable and, most importantly: they allow you to meditate calmly and effective.

  • Sitting: If you choose this option, it is best to do it on a yoga mat, sitting in the centre of your bed or directly on the floor; Your back should be straight and without tension. You will be able to breathe deeply, keeping your arms away.
  • Lying down: You can lie on your bed or on the yoga mat itself; It is better to discard the floor option, because after a few minutes, you may start to feel uncomfortable. Your posture should be completely straight, so that your legs and arms are separated, not in the starfish style, but also not together.

5. Focus your energy on your body and breathing

Most likely this is the most complicated step of all, since it is difficult not to pay attention to our thoughts, to give that attention to your body and your breathing, so you must do two basic things so that you really feel that there is a connection between your mind, each part of your body and your breathing:

  • Count your breaths: Before focusing on your body, you must focus on your breathing; experience the sensation of inhaling, holding the air in the lungs and then exhaling. Count your breaths in rounds of ten; These must be deep, this way it will be easier to make the connection between your mind and your body.
  • Focus on your sensations: Learn to pay attention to every part of your body; In this way, you will better identify each sensation you experience, and you will notice how your arms, feet, abdomen, fingers and even areas of the skin have a different sensation and how it changes depending on the concentration you have in each area.

6. Eliminate distracting noises

This is probably somewhat complicated, more if everyone in your house is home, children play indoors, or you simply have all the notification alerts on WhatsApp or Instagram news or messages activated, so stay away from any noise that comes to exist. Silent your cell phone and find a room or time when you have those 10 or 20 minutes of silence exclusive to you.

7. Put on relaxing music

One way to get focused when you’re meditating is by playing background music that will help you reach the level of focus you want, so take advantage of the meditative song playlists offered by YouTube and Spotify.

8. Distractions are natural, don’t knock yourself up

If it is one of the first times that you practice meditation, it is completely normal for your own thoughts to distract you, but it should not stop you from meditating, so do not bother or be angry with yourself if at the beginning you are already thinking about anything else; just suppress that thought and recount your breaths to enter that zen mode again.

9. Start with 10-minute lapses daily

Maybe you think that 10 minutes is little, that it is very little time, that you can do more, but it is not that you are going to meditate for four hours straight the first day of starting. Ideally, it should be 20 minutes, but initially, it is best only to be 10 minutes. It will even help you fall asleep more easily.

10. Commit to doing it daily

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During Warm To Hot Weather

Plenty of fluids is recommended to be taken. During hikes, walking, jogging, treks, pedestrian activities, or being a tourist. We can carry water bottles or gallons of our favorite fluids. But sometimes we need our hands to do other things than hold our drinks.

walking. 15 mins to an hour is recommended
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Pedal twenty five miles minimum a week.

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When in Phoenix, AZ. Small hikes can be had at Piestewa Peak, Echo Canyon Trail, Cholla Trail, North Mountain Park, and Tempe Butte in Tempe, AZ to name a few.

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We need to hydrate when doing backyard, front yard, volunteering to clean up a shoulder of a street, a park, a lake, someone’s private property that needs a hand.

Being a tourist taking pictures, walking blocks and blocks, passing alleys, subways, bridges, ruins, beaches, and light rails, can be thirsty.

We need sixty-four ounces minimum of water, coffee counts somewhat, but not the caffeine. Vitamin C, apple juice, cranberry water/juice, pineapple juice, cucumber water, some alkaline. Never stop drinking water, as long as you have it.

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Make Red Beer

items needed

two saucer plates

glass, mug, cup

clamato

    

limes or lemons

salt

red chile powder

clear yellow beer( i’ve done it with bud light, dos x’s, tecate light, corona extra, and modelo

    

instructions

squeeze lime or lemon juice on one saucer plate about six centimeters

sprinkle salt and red chile powder six centimeters on a saucer plate

prepare glass, mug, cup by putting upside down in lemon juice first, then upside down in salt & red chile powder mixture

divide glass, mug, or cup in three parts, add one part clamato, fill the rest with your selected beer. you can sprinkle a little salt & red chile powder in the middle of beverage, squeeze some lime or lemon juice also

how’d you do?