writing / note-taking / living in the tropics

Our first task manager

Five notebooks: one each for maths and science, two for languages--English and the mother tongue. At times, the school may require another notebook for physical education or the arts or religious teachings. But the last one, the most important, is the assignment notebook. The assignment notebook was our first task manager. It collects everything that must be done by the students and must be known to the parents. It was where the teacher would staple or paste the class requirements (bring color...
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Learning to Write Again: Resources

I hope these books, selected from a longer list of recommendations by friends and search results, will guide me as I learn to write again. Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans Reading Critically, Writing Well by Rise B. Axelrod, Charles R. Cooper, Ellen C. Carillo Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola The Artful Edit by Susan Bell The Editor's Companion by Steve Dunham The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing by Michael Harvey The Writer's Practice by John...
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Learning to Write: Into the Land of Writing

During my schooling, I sometimes felt disappointed by the grades I received for what were essentially drafts, early exercises of compositions. Some were marked high because, despite some errors, I managed to argue for the same stance my teacher would take. Some were low because of those errors and because my thinking was not in line with my teacher's preferred thoughts. So hampered by the institutional measures of intellect, I did not learn to write to improve my thinking; I learned, admittedly ...
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