Monday, September 28, 2015

Pet News 17: To be a dog or nOT?

“Dogs don’t consider any of their behaviors as a problem- humans do. Dogs are perfect at being dogs. If there are ‘problems,’ don’t allow the dog to keep practicing them.”

---Lynette Tatay
A while back I wrote about how we shouldn’t stress about our dogs not being perfect. This quote reminded me that it is the guardians (us) responsibility to make sure our pets don’t get into problems and to keep them safe.

For example, let's say you used to allow your pet to jump on the sofa, but when you got a new one, you vowed to stop the behavior. However, your pet had other ideas. Jumping up was okay before, so why not now? They don’t know if the sofa is brand new, only that it’s another comfy place to be. As a responsible guardian, we should provide a comforter for our pet, either on the sofa or off, but the best option should be to prevent this behavior in the first place.

Here’s another scenario: your pet loves to dig diG DIG! But your yard is taking a toll. Your dog doesn’t think this is a problem. Digging holes provides a place that’s cool when it’s hot. What we should do is prevent them from digging anywhere they please. Teach them to dig at a specified location instead of at random places.

Trust me. I went through trial and error on this one. My dog would dig holes everywhere and it was getting dangerous to walk on my yard. So, I had two holes be the main outlets for his behavior and it stopped him from wrecking the yard anywhere else. Thus, I let him be a dog.

So Tatay’s suggestion to not allow our pets to practice certain behaviors hits the mark. Help your pet learn their manners and they’ll love you for it.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Teaching Moments 2

The Skin that We Speak is a book edited by Lisa Delpit and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy (2002). It features articles by individuals who have experienced a language barrier, language racism, or have conducted research in language.

Language is part of the culture and a very important part of our daily lives. So much so that the way we speak may be different from conventional norms. However, that shouldn’t make us inferior or deemed unable to learn.

Reading and writing are two different skills and if we want students to learn them, we need to accept them as they are. The way they speak is not wrong. We need to teach them the standards of what we do in X setting, such as work or school, versus Y setting, such as at home, with family and friends.

If we make it okay to speak the way they do, we make it possible for them to learn how to play, what the authors in the book refer to, the language game.

It’s just like when you enter the theatre to watch a play versus to hear a concert or when you attend a wedding versus a karaoke party. The rules change and students need to learn them in order to be successful in the different settings.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Books I’m Reading 18

The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume 1 and 2.

Good Housekeeping’s Clutter Rescue! Just Minutes a day to get organized- forever! It contains money saving tips and ideas to get your home or office organized.
Eruv by Eryn Green is a book of poetry. The poems have a different format and style which makes you want to re-read them for meaning and each time, it changes your view of the poem. Quite interesting.

Olympians, Aphrodite: Goddess of Love by George O’Connor is a graphic novel with an interesting way of presenting the goddess.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

Hope you’re enjoying the day and if there’s a reading itch on vacation, feel free to read the previous posts and I’ll get back to you next week!

And if you haven’t got a chance to read my poem, Before my Commute, published in the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Summer Issue 67, this would be the best time!