Sunday, April 9, 2017

peaks and troughs

Ultradian rhythm.  That's a term I learned recently.  Because of it, your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break.

I'd noticed that from observation. It's why I never have tutoring sessions that go longer than 2  hours.   You can almost see it.  Stuff just no longer goes "in", which is just as well, because the stuff I try to put in at that point is mostly garbage anyway.

One day last week, I had 3 tutees in a row, and one session was with the two kids I refer to as "the triplet twins" as they are 2/3 of a set of triplets.  So four students altogether, all for math.  I did have a decent break between the second and 3rd tutes, but still, by the end of the day, I was all

So feel free to use this information for a variety of situations:

"I was gonna ___________________ but my ultradian rhythm was in a trough"

I offer this as explanation for my neglectful blogging recently, as in, "I was gonna blog more last week, but my ultradian rhythm was in a trough"

It was a good week, though.  Yesterday, Meego and the gang had their winter percussion state chamionship competition.  It was cut throat, I tellya, and in the end, our group got...

First Place!  WOOOOOT!!  State Cham-PEENS!

Quite exciting, I'm very happy for those kids.  Last year, they didn't even make the finals.

I've got some short video of highlights from their championship performance.  I'll maybe post it later for those going, "what the hell's 'winter percussion'?"

...if I'm not in a trough.


Linking up (late) with Mama Kat for the prompt:
1. Something you learned in March.


ShadowRun300 said...

My ultradium rhythm is often in a trough, so I getcha.
Congrats to Meego and his winter percussionist cohorts! Looking forward to seeing the video, once you dig yourself outa the trough.

Jimmy said...

I understand completely, it doesn't take long for my ultradian rhythm to fall into a trough, either that or for me to get sidetracked, which could be the same or maybe both at the same time......anyways

Congratulations to Meego that is one great honor to come from not making the finals to becoming the Champions, you have to be proud of that.

LL Cool Joe said...

Your tutoring sessions can be up to to 2 hours? I doubt I could focus on anything for more than 30 minutes! And if were Maths, make that 10!

Abby said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one! Science says!

Abby said...

I was glad to know there's a name for falling into the trough, and that eventually we get out. Hopefully?

Abby said...

One student initially told me she wanted to meet twice a week for two hours at a time. I told her, let's meet once and see how you feel after the two hours. We meet once a week :)

Lori said...

Congratulations to Meego on the percussion win! Ultradium rhythm. I'm going to have to remember that. As I've aged, I find my attention span shorter and shorter, so now I have a new excuse.

KatBouska said...

I've never heard of Ultradium rhythm and now I understand why I go cross eyed every 15 minutes and need a break. My Ultradium rhythm is very short as it turns out. ;)