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AP Calculus AB

An interactive log for students and parents in my AP Calculus class. This ongoing dialogue is as rich as YOU make it. Visit often and post your comments freely.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Visualizing excellence in calculus!


"Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. They began with the end in mind. You can do it in every area of your life. Before performance, a sales presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal "comfort zone." Then, when you get into the situation, it isn't foreign." --Steven Covey

Are you an athlete? Do you visualize already? Maybe you've already thought about this before--

I wanted to share because I think that with your success on your mini exam (saw that in one of Sarah's comments! Congratulations to you all!) and all that you are sharing, and reading, and problem solving on this blog, you really can visualize excellence for May 3! You are doing everything the quote from Stephen Covey suggests! Now with visualization for May 3, you'll be in your comfort zone and on your way to a peak performance.

I had mentioned earlier in an earlier post that I had been faced with a major 3 hour assessment. I sense that I prepped in some of the same ways that you are. I "relentlessly" researched and reviewed all I could find that could help me with the six test questions. The organization provided generic test questions and scoring guides for each question. I practiced answering the question within the half hour framework. I practiced with the software that I would be using in the testing center. I visualized how each question might be phrased and how I would respond. I can't honestly say I was in a comfort zone when I entered the testing center, but I know that when I took a deep breath and began, all that I had visualized and practiced seemed to flow from my brain, through my fingers and into the testing software.

Do you think visualizing could be helpful to you too?



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