The Zombie Diet Food Plan (In Four Easy Steps)
by Todd Sepulveda
Do you know
anyone who is on the Zombie Diet Food Plan? As you stop to ponder
that question, let me assure you that you do. You just might not
realize it at this moment. But I promise, by the end of this article,
you will have that person in mind. But before I begin, we need to
set the ground work.
Zombies are undead. They are not a functioning human, with
mental capacity to think, talk, manipulate fine motor skills or
plan. They are not dead either. They are undead; living, breathing,
walking, gross motor moving with the basic need to feed. And what
do Zombies like to eat? Well the answer to that would be brains!
And thats where the Zombie Diet Food Plan comes in.
No one likes
to diet. Come on, yes there are health benefits. But the idea of
going without is too much for many to let that diet last any real
length of time. Now, this goes the same for those pesky zombies.
Although zombies are undead, they still have to eat. Do you think
they really want to diet? No way!
The fact is
though, that there are many zombies going to have to diet during
the apocalypse because there are so many people without brains!
Have you noticed
that lately? What is it? Is it the mind numbing video games? The
GMO food? The solar activity? The lack of good music? I run into
so many people that I just want to slap some sense into them. But
it wouldnt work, because they couldnt understand why
I was slapping them!
to be way overrated now. Maybe its the Google effect? People
just want the quick search engine answer and then move on. There
is no true effort put into what we think, and as a result, into
our actions. Dont even get me started on taking responsibility
for our actions!
responsibility for our actions is a whole other article. Now, we
need a plan
a critical thinking plan!
In my second
year of teaching, my district introduced a four step process in
solving Math word problems (all our Math is taught in word problems).
We hated it because we were supposed to grade the process and not
necessarily the answers. This made Math subjective, when it is black
We fought through
that first year and figured out the grading portion. But what I
learned outside of Math, because of the four step process, was telling.
In one parent conference, I discussed having to use the four step
process in Math, but how it was no different than what we should
do in life to solve any problem, not only Math. One parent agreed
and said that his daughter seemed to be making better decisions
lately. Was it a little bit of maturing or was it using the four
step process everyday to answer Math word problems that seeped into
her thinking process?
If you would
like to know what the process consists of
the main idea, details, strategy and the how. Heres how it
The Main Idea
What is the problem asking? What are you trying to solve
What are the important facts about this problem? What do
you know? What is missing?
This is the part where you try to work out the solution by
considering the Main Idea and Details. You might be adding, subtracting,
multiplying, dividing, measuring, etc
It is important to verbalize/write down how you solved your answer.
When you are able to verbalize your answer, you truly understand
the problem and know that you didnt just guess. The How should
link back to the Main Idea.
Can this process
be used for thinking through more complex problems? Yes! In fact,
we do it everyday, when we critically think through our problems.
We just need to make sure we arent too lazy to go through
. And that is exactly what happened. As a Math
teacher, the students who didnt do the four step process easily
made silly mistakes. They left out important information and didnt
consider what the question really wanted. One of my responses to
students when they told me they couldnt understand a problem
was to first do the Main Idea and Details before I helped them.
You see, you shouldnt go jumping in to every problem without
taking the time to find out what youre really looking for,
what you know and what other pieces of information are available.
happen if we looked at the major issues facing our world today with
a four step process? Maybe we can teach our politicians and leaders
what elementary students already know how to do!
with permission from Prepper
him mail] is the editor/owner of PrepperWebsite.com.
He is also an elementary assistant principal and a bio-vocational
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