"It is easy to find the world dreary and empty of interest unless you have the knowledge and curiosity to see how intrigue and beauty abounds. We’re born with curiosity but we aren't born with knowledge. To be educated is to have the means to shape and enhance your mental experiences." --Dani C. Quinn, Math Teacher, Barfield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
"Having a high IQ doesn't mean you are going to be successful. It just means your brain works faster. It recognizes patterns. It can reach conclusions quickly. I’m laughing at jokes as soon as the punch line comes out; I multitask and boredom is my nemesis. I’m always doing five things at once and I don't understand why the people around me get upset."--Leon Feingold, Real estate broker, minor-league pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, and President of the Greater New York chapter of MENSA.
At this point in the year, three levels of response are the goal for this exercise:
- a paraphrase or summary ("in other words," "to me this means"),
- personal connection ("I remember . . .," "I've seen, or felt, or heard . . ."),
- general-to-specific reasoning ("for example . . ."),
- specific-to-general reasoning ("consider this analogy," "a simile or metaphor would be").