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The Escapist

I wish I had seen this person/organization's effort at Origins 2008, the "Ludic Amusement Convocation."

And they say they will be back for 2009, maybe even with a LARP! (Note to [ profile] therck, you and your husband might want to check them out and/or help??)
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When we praise a child, our wording can either be specific (e.g. “You did a good job drawing”) or generic (e.g. “You are a good drawer”). According to Andrei Cimpian and colleagues this subtle distinction can make a big difference to children's motivation when things go wrong.

The researchers played a kind of drawing game with 24 four-year-old children using hand-held puppets. The researchers controlled a 'teacher puppet' that asked the children's puppets to draw different objects. No drawing was actually performed, instead the children had to mime their puppet doing the drawing.

For the first four drawings the researchers responded as if the drawings had been a success. Crucially, half the children were praised generically whereas the other children were praised non-generically.

Then for the next two drawings, the researchers responded as though the children's puppets had failed to draw correctly (e.g. saying they had omitted wheels on a bus or ears on a cat). This was to see how the children responded to criticism.

The children who had earlier been told they were good drawers responded badly to the criticism. They lost interest in the drawing and failed to come up with strategies to correct the drawing mistakes. By contrast, the children previously praised in a non-generic fashion, responded better to the criticism, and came up with ways to rectify the failed drawings.

The idea is that if children are given generic praise – in this case being told they are a good drawer – this leads them to believe they have a stable, trait-like drawing ability. This belief turns to loss of morale when confronted with failure or criticism. By contrast, the non-generic praise, specific to a given episode, is rewarding without leading to false confidence.

Cimpian, A., Arce, H-M. C., Markman, E.M. & Dweck, C.S. (2007). Subtle linguistic cues affect children's motivation. Psychological Science, 18, 314-316.
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I'm on a local email list that is family-oriented, but frequently drifts off specific topic and into social commentary on anything tangentially relating to children and child-rearing. This meaning anything to do with culture, period, sometimes. And I'm as guilty as the next person. It's actually why I like the list.

Here's the text of an email I composed in response to a thread that started with asking about which restaurants were smoke-free and has drifted on to being about smoking bans in restaurants.

While I agree that prohibition is, and Prohibition was, a terrible idea... )

Now we'll see if I get flamed. :) If I only get one person to think about how privatized our culture is, and how that interacts with "public" smoking, then I did the right thing.

Mail call

Dec. 30th, 2006 12:07 pm
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This week, I opened a new Blockbuster online subscription due to a free trial offer and a gift subscription from one of my sisters. The first three movies just arrived in today's mail. Wordplay, A Prairie Home Companion, and Monster House. I'm glad they showed up today. The envelopes shipped yesterday, and the expected delivery was 1/1/07. Which would have meant Wednesday. Have you heard that there won't be mail on Tuesday due to President Ford's funeral observance? The way the subscription works, we can return our movies in their envelopes to any Blockbuster location for a free in store rental and faster shipping of the next movie in our queue. Kinda neat. I will have to watch out for movie overload. Or get a treadmill for in front of my TV. I'd get rid of our cable if I didn't like to watch college football on TV.

In the same set of mail, I also received an envelope from This is an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness about HPV (Human Papaloma Virus) and cervical cancer. I wouldn't be surprised if it's funded by the pharmaceutical company which recently developed the first HPV vaccine. Fine by me. My daughters will get that vaccine when they reach whatever the recommended age for it is. Which appears to be possibly as early as after S's next birthday, actually. The envelope contained an awareness bracelet kit. I ordered several kits IIRC, whatever the limit was, quite a long time ago. I'd frankly forgotten about it. The envelope contained one (very stylish, actually) kit and a note saying that "due to overwhelming interest" they can only fulfill one bracelet per order at this time. I'm now wearing the bracelet, but it needs a real clasp instead of just a knot IMO. My older daughter wants one too. Especially if you have daughters, sisters, nieces, or granddaughters, age 26 and younger, then I think you should help spread the word about the vaccine. And every woman should get yearly Pap tests. Unfortunately, the web site above says they are not taking new bracelet orders at present, but you can go there and to the CDC vaccine page to get more information on the campaign and the issue.
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I found this picture on the U Con game convention web site. I have been hosting "Kid U Con" there for the last two years. This image is from 2004, the first year we hosted open gaming for the under-10 set. The blond girl is my older daughter, S. She's now 7.5 and plays Wizard, Ticket to Ride, and even RoboRally (but only when we don't have *too* many players to mess up her planned robot program). I haven't tried her on RPGs, yet,though she does own a copy of the Sailor Moon rpg, which she was given as a present when she was <1 year of age by a gaming buddy of ours. The person in the blue shirt is me.

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I've been doing some substituting at my older daughter's school lately. A few weeks ago I spent the majority of three days with my daughter's class when their teacher came down with the flu suddenly. Last week I subbed for the other 1/2 class for one afternoon.

Yesterday I got a call just as I was heading in to my Baby Signs class that they needed a sub ASAP because the 5/6 teacher thought she had broken a rib and needed to go to the ER. I ended up getting there about 2 hours later, after teaching my baby class and grabbing lunch. I was amazed that the teacher in question was still there. They had spanish for the first part of the afternoon (and thus I sat and read a book for the first 40 minutes I was there), but boy were those kids a handful for the remaining time I had with them.
More adventures in school )


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