I’ve just read a very interesting post on a version of dyslexia that deals with numbers – http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/schools-colleges-and-universities/dyscalculia.html and now I understand a lot more about how my mind works, and doesn’t work.
I have trouble with left and right, and trying to read maps is painful and embarrassing. I also switch numbers (1,2,4,3,5 etc.) if I try to read them quickly. I have to be VERY careful with large numbers as I can confuse 1000 with 10,000, etc. Plus it’s very hard for me to remember telephone and other numbers, even dates in history. So I think I have dyscalculia. I am also mildly dyslexic, and have some trouble with spelling, but I love words and writing. Despite those limitations, or maybe because of them, I’ve been told repeatedly that I’m a good teacher, good at helping people learn.
I am deeply grateful that I was able to learn and develop tactics that allowed me to survive and thrive as a student and as a teacher. Both as a teacher and as a learner I have observed that people often don’t remember how they learned something; we just own and use what we’ve learned and move on. So I can’t remember how and from whom I learned my tactics for surviving my weaknesses by adapting my strengths to cover for them. The only way I can express my gratitude is to show others alternate learning and performing routes that might work for them. And share with everybody what I learn about how our human minds work, and how differences in how they work can be dealt with compassionately.
Giving people the space and opportunity to learn how they learn, and how they can deal with their weakness as well as their strengths is not only wise and kind, it creates a better world for all of us.
If you are reading this and think you might be dyscalculic, check out your sense of self-worth and see if you have learned to focus on adaptations to help you survive, or if you dwell too much on what you struggle with. Perhaps you need to acknowledge how hard you work, as much as what you can’t do easily. To boast and inspire, I eventually got my Ph.D. and posted my thesis on line – http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/2063617 and here’s my not quite up-to-date e-portfolio - http://joanvinallcox.wordpress.com/my-e-portfolio/
Spent some happy time today wandering through the Hamilton Art Crawl. As they say there, “Art is the new steel”. I was really impressed with all the activity, food, music, and, especially the art. I haven’t bought any art for ages (unless you count unusual jewelry ;->) but I couldn’t resist the piece above, by Leslie Furness. Check out the Crawl next month – it’s really something!
My 93 year old uncle inspired these posts on gmail’s new tabbed inbox. He didn’t want all the tabs; he just wanted the untabbed inbox. For him, like for many other people, the untabbed inbox fits their email needs, and gmail gives them information on how to set up that choice
All this information comes from Google Support - https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en
How to return your gmail inbox to its untabbed state.
First, click on the + sign on the right of all the tabs -
Second, unclick all the tabs you don’t want -
Don’t forget to click on “Save”.
And that’s it!
This might make some of the people and organizations that send me emails unhappy, but why I like gmail’s new tabbed Inbox is because it makes it so easy to sort my mail, and throw out what I’m not interested in. Let me explain. I sign up for lots of stuff; I like having blogs I follow come into my inbox rather than using RSS. and a Reader. Lots of people, especially the highly tech-able ones, may criticize that, but it’s my habit, and I’m sticking to it. What this means is I get a lot of mail, and only some of it interests me. gMail’s new Inbox makes it easy for me to continue in my subscribing habits without being too overwhelmed or annoyed by piles of messages. Here’s what I do:
After checking my Primary tab for personal and important messages ( To learn how move messages so they land in your Primary tab – see http://joanvinallcox.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/gmails-new-inbox-tabs/ ) I go to one of my other tabs. The first thing I do is click the little box just above the Primary tab.
This will select all the messages in that tab.
(This works best on my laptop, and not so easily on my tablet or phone.)
I de-selecting the messages I want to keep, which I find easier than individually selecting the ones I have no interest in.
Once I’ve done separated out the ones I want to read, – -
I simply click on the trash can -
and all the checked and highlighted messages that I don’t want disappear. Easy and time-saving. I could individually check the boxes on the ones I don’t want, but I find it emotionally easier to make one (large) negative selection by clicking the box at the top, and then saving (unchecking) the ones I do want.
The nest and final post will explain how to get rid of the tabs and go back to the previous plain, untabbed gmail Inbox. Coming soon.
gMail has a new structure for its inbox. The Primary tab is the one that opens first and is the most important because it contains your personal messages – as described previously - http://joanvinallcox.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/gmails-new-inbox-tabs/
The Other Inbox Tabs
The slightly altered image below is from (and linked to) Google Support - https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en
As well as the Primary tab, there are Promotions, Social, Updates, and Forums. Depending on your web activities you may only need some of them. For example, if you have set up a Groupon account, or other promotional sites, those messages will automatically go under the Promotions tab.
Here’s how it looks:
You can see the kind of messages that land in the Promotions tab. Remember, if you want messages from a particular source to land under a different tab, all you have to do is drag the message to the tab you want, and then, when “Do this for future messages …?” appears just above the tabs, choose “Yes”.
You may have noticed that I changed the order my tabs are in to suit my interests. I’m more interested in what comes in under my Social tab than what’s under my Promotions tab.
Another thing to notice, I have “1 new” message waiting in my Social tab. Each tab shows how many new messages are waiting for you there. Sometimes I want to know what’s in my Updates tab right away because I’m expecting a confirmation. Usually, I leave checking my Forums tab till I have some free time.
Not finding the new tabbed inbox a good fit for you? I’ll blog about how to limit your tabs or even return to a single, tabless, inbox soon.
What I like about having my mail automatically separated into 5 mailboxes:
My Primary Inbox
I go there first to see all my personal email. It’s addressed to me. Google Help explains it well:
Moving Message from One Tab to Another
I’ve found I can pull emails from other tabs into my Primary Inbox and set them to always land there. This is good for my favorites:
For example, Facebook notifications automatically arrive in my Social tab. I can simply drag the message into my Primary Inbox, then choose “Yes” to have all my future Facebook notifications land in my Primary Inbox. Cool, eh?
More soon on why the other Tabs are handy.