What the best education systems are doing right


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In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school.

Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? Here’s an overview of what South Korea and Finland are doing right.

The Korean model: Grit and hard, hard, hard work.

For millennia, in some parts of Asia, the only way to climb the socioeconomic ladder and find secure work was to take an examination — in which the proctor was a proxy for the emperor, says Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on…

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Liebster Award

I was nominated by Franny Marie (http://frannymarie.wordpress.com/) and janehowis (http://janespentopaper.wordpress.com/) Thank you.


The questions:

1) What are you working on right now in your writing life?

I just finished my book Forged in Flames and now I’m trying to work on a new series about time travel which I’m really excited about.

2) What made you have a love for writing?

Books! I love reading and writing so much I can’t see myself doing anything else.

3) What does your writing area look like?

I can’t really put a picture up here because my writing place changes depending on where I can find time: school, my room, in the car. Whenever inspiration hits me.

4) Whats your favorite book?

I can’t say I have a favorite, but I love the Harry Potter series and A Christmas Carol.

5) Whats your favorite season?

Winter. Its lovely and cold and my birthday is in December.

6) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love watching movies and TV shows. There is some really great stuff out there and it’s great to learn from the good dialogue and plot lines.

7) Are you outgoing or are you a homebody?

In my head I’m adventurous but I’ve cancelled so many plans to just stay at home and write I have to go with the latter.

8) What kind of music do you listen to?

I love instrumental and movie soundtracks. They’re great to listen to when writing.

9) If you could choose to either change you past decisions or watch the rest of your future in small gimps in a 3 minute video.

I would choose to watch the rest of my future so I can be prepared and not make mistakes.

10) Lover or a fighter?

Definitely a fighter.

11) What state do you live in?

I live in New York.

The facts:

1. I used to live in England until ten years ago and I still go back every few years.

2. I love Charles Dickens but one of the worst books I’ve ever read was Great Expectations.

3. I have huge issues with procrastination.

4. Even though I’m a girl I love video games and comic books. I’m a huge geek.

5. The only novel I’ve ever finished was Forged in Flames because I get really board with anything more then a few chapters long.

6. I have two younger sisters.

7. My current favorite TV shows are Haven, Doctor Who, and Face Off.

8. I work at a day camp. I used to work at a farm there and now I’m a counselor.

9. I was born premature.

10. I’m terrible at speaking any language except English.

11. I had way too much trouble filling out these facts.

I nominate:

1. http://reneejohnsonwrites.com/

2. http://amandaheadlee.wordpress.com/

3. http://lavenderturquois.wordpress.com/

4. http://screenplayacademy.co/

5. http://thesarcasticmuse.com/

6. http://marlenegutschmidt.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/grey/

7. http://patcegan.wordpress.com/

8. http://twistedsifter.com/

9. http://aopinionatedman.com/

10. http://itsmorethanjustpho.com/

11. http://everyonehasastory.me/

A Conversation About ‘He Said, She Said’ (or Avoid Dialog Tags)

JC Gatlin - Author

canstockphoto5739427“What are dialog tags?” he asked, inquisitively.

“Dialog tags are the little obvious fragments that writers add to the end of speech to identify who is speaking and what feeling the character is emoting,” she explained.

“So dialog tags are kind of like emoticons for writers,” he laughed.

“Exactly,” she agreed.

“Well, you didn’t have to tell me you agreed. I already knew that based on you saying ‘exactly,'” he snarled, offended.

“Why are you telling me you’re offended?” She put her hands on her hips and leaned toward him. She studied his expression a moment, then wagged a finger at him like an old schoolmarm.  “You should show your feelings, not tell them.”

“I don’t understand what you mean?” he queried, baffled.

“You’re a writer.” She straightened her back and folded her arms across her chest.  “You should show not tell. And of course this includes dialogue.”

He shrugged. “But…

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Blood Shard News

The one and only AWESOME Seth posted about my being published. Celebration all around.

III a.m.

A couple months ago I posted about some very cool friends, Louis Castricato and Sophia Wood, who are the authors of the JukePop serial, Blood Shard. At the time, they were in the middle of the JukePop contest and just focusing on finishing as strong as they could. Well, I’m very happy and proud to say that the duo did finish, and won the JukePop contest! How amazing is that? The only thing that might be more exciting is if they got an offer from a publisher. Oh wait! They did, with Crescent Moon Press. More details to come.

Great work you two!




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