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Welcome to the April 2008 issue of the Learning Center Exchange!

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Editorial Welcome

By Mona Pelkey

Dear Readers,
Happy Spring! This month’s LCE is a little different because it includes a lot of information regarding professional opportunities, in addition to our usual useful and entertaining articles and fun stuff. I encourage those of you who are the points of contact for seminars, conferences, and other professional meetings to consider disseminating your information in LCE in addition to listserves and other publications. Our readership includes learning center professionals all over the U.S., so LCE is a great venue for “getting the word out!”
Enjoy the issue!


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Humor Column: The Consequences of Relying on Computer Spell Check Programs

By Mona Pelkey

In the Spotlight: Understanding Today’s Students: Do-Over To-Do!

By Julianne Scibetta-Messia

NCLCA Call For Papers

NCLCA Call For Proposals

NCLCA Call For Entries: Learning Center Web Site Contest

Studies have been done over the years to compare the amount of education verses earring potential. [What? Someone is actually studying the correlation between years of education and numbers of ear piercings?]...
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As usual, let’s look at the saturation provided by the media regarding do-overs throughout the last decade. Celebrated cult movies like Groundhog Day and Sliding Doors follow our protagonists through different choices in virtual, perpetual rewind and repeat. A sci-fi mindbender is Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher (fave of the Millennials and husband of Demi Moore, just in case you haven’t kept count, someone herself whose career has experienced its own do-over). The movie follows a college-age...
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The Student is a Writer, and the Writer is a Student: Giving Positive Feedback and Constructive Criticism to Student Writers

By Mona Pelkey

Test Preparation Hints

By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida

1. Prepare for exams from the first day assignments are made.

2. Recite notes aloud from memory. As the number of recitations increase, informa-tion is moved from short-term memory toward long-term memory...
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One of the skills that I have been forced to develop is a relatively thick skin when it comes to dealing with comments from others regarding my writing. It is probably due to sheer stubbornness that I have not stopped writing altogether, because my teachers picked, prodded, and poked my every word until I became a fanatic regarding spelling and grammatical errors...
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Brainteasers: April 2008


LCE Brainteasers
Compiled by Julianne Scibetta-Messia

Answers to the last edition’s problems -
Many thanks to Michele Doney and Alan Craig for their submitted answers!

  1. Lincoln & Kennedy Coincidences:
    Lincoln was elected in 1860, Kennedy in 1960.
    Both men were assassinated on a Friday.
    Lincoln was killed in the Ford Theater, Kennedy was killed in a Ford Lincoln.
    Both men were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson.
  2. The other animal is a mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey, offspring of the original animals.
  3. Not at all. The temp will earn $5,368,709.12 on the thirtieth day alone.
    (As Michele wrote in her responses, “I cannot think of any project for which I would hire a temp at that rate.”)
  4. First figure out how much three of each type of stamp costs (63 cents). Now you need to figure out which two stamps to get a fourth of that will make the total cost some number of cents divisible by ten. You can't get enough to make 80 cents with two stamps, so the total cost must be 70 cents and the cost of the two extra stamps must be 7 cents. So the two extra stamps are a two-cent stamp and a five-cent stamp: 4 Oklahomas, 4 Wagons, 3 Tiffany, 3 Coffee Pot, 3 Marine.
  5. Word box answers:

April Brainteasers
Try Your Hat

Spring is a time for planting, growth, and family gatherings.

  1. Spring Training: 97 baseball teams participate in an annual state tournament. The champion is chosen for this tournament by the usual elimination scheme. That is, the 97 teams are divided into pairs, and the two teams of each pair play against each other. The loser of each pair is eliminated, and the remaining teams are paired up again, etc. How many games must be played to determine a champion?
  2. 2. Spring Planting: All of my flowers except two are roses. All of my flowers except two are tulips. All of my flowers except two are daisies. How many flowers do I have?
  3. Happy Birthday! You must cut a birthday cake into exactly eight pieces, but you're only allowed to make three straight cuts, and you can't move pieces of the cake as you cut. How can you do it?
  4. The Apprentice, Elementary School Edition: Two boys sell apples. Each sells thirty apples a day. The first boy sells his apples at two for fifty cents (and therefore earns $7.50 per day). The second boy sells his apples at three for fifty cents (and therefore earns $5.00 per day). The total received by both boys each day is therefore $12.50.

    One day, the first boy is sick, and the second boy takes over his apple selling duties. To accommodate the differing rates, the boy sells the sixty apples at five for a dollar. But selling sixty apples at five for a dollar yields only $12.00 earnings at the end of the day. What happened to the other fifty cents?

    Word Associations: In each of these puzzles, a list of words is given. To solve the puzzle, think of a single word that goes with each to form a compound word (or word pair that functions as a compound word). For example, if the given words are volley, field, and bearing, then the answer would be ball, because the word ball can be added to each of the other words to form volleyball, ballfield, and ball bearing.
    5. BLUE
    6. CAR
    7. SORE
    8. WATCH

These brainteasers are graciously taken from Brain Food.

As usual, express your opinions and submit your votes best guesses to Julianne at Got a puzzler you’d love to share? Send it to me and I’ll feature it in the next Brainteaser!

Good luck!

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