Monday, October 10, 2016

#LTW: What is human #intelligence?

Welcome back to Lighting the Way. 

The brain is an amazing human organ that has bewildered humans for ages. Researchers have made great strides in mapping and understanding how this complex organ works.

Most of what we know about the human brain has been discovered within the past decade or so. Yet, there is still much more to learn about this amazing organ.

One of the topic of hot debate concerns human intelligence. In that past, a person's intellect was determined by a standardized test measuring a person's analytical and linguistic abilities. The score derived from the test measured a person's IQ. Below is the IQ scale with the percentage of the world's population that has that given IQ.

Anyone with an IQ of 130 or more are considered to be gifted. Yet, some researchers claim there are more than 2% of the world's populations who could be considered gifted. Researchers such as Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg have argued that we placed limitations on the potential of human intelligence by determining a person's IQ using only analytical and literary reasoning. 

Trying to define human intelligence doesn't have to be complex. Some gifted advocates are against Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg's ideas of intelligence because they believe it dilutes the idea of whose gifted and whose not. Yet, if the educational society was to reinvent the idea of giftedness based on the ideas these two professors developed wouldn't that just season the gifted population? 

What do you think? Should human intelligence be redefined? 
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

#What'sUpWithAllison: Getting Ready for #NaNoWriMo

What's Up With Allison?

Welcome back to my blog! Yesterday I blogged about some amazing changes that have happened in my life.  I'm starting a new week with a new routine. I'm absolutely loving this new routine. It's giving me time to get everything done without overworking myself. 

It seems October is going by so quickly. NaNoWriMo 2016 is right around the corner. I can't wait for this year's NaNoWriMo! 

I absolutely love this time of year. NaNoWriMo is the best. All of my books have either been written during NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo or using their writing strategies. This year, I will be working on Hoppy's Grave. Hoppy's Grave is a legend I learned about when I was child attending Camp Mowana. I've been the to cave and gravesite. I even took my husband to see those sites. Hoppy's story has never been published. I'm very excited to write the novel format of the story. I was going to write it as short but I think it would be best told in a novel. 

So....are you going to attend NaNoWriMo this year?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New Directions, New Routines. #IAmWriting #OverseasEducation

I'm back! It's been awhile since I've had time to blog. I have recently started teaching ESL classes to students in Beijing, China via VIPKID. VIPKID is an online learning platform where American teachers teach English to Chinese kids. I absolutely love my job! My schedule has had to take some adjustments, though. I rise at 4am and teach from 5 - 9am CST. Beijing is thirteen hours ahead of me. Sometimes I work in the evenings as well from 8 - 9pm.

I have also been busy with building my businesses, Big Bend Productions and Academic Warriors. I have the most amazing staff at Big Bend Productions. I've worked hard to build the right team. The authors I've gathered under Marfa House are amazing! My next short, Lady of Wild Rose Pass (Paisano Paranormal Patrol: Book 1) is scheduled to be released on October 11th. I can't wait! Just take a look at that new cover!

When I'm not teaching, working or writing I am working on my PhD in Education studies. I'm about half way through my program. I can't wait to be Dr. Allison Bruning. I'm supposed to graduate in 2019. I'm almost to my dissertation phase. My areas of focus have been gifted education, roadschooling and homeschooling.

Now that I have my schedule and routines set up I should be able to blog more often. See you next time.