It was in the year nineteen seventy-five that I decided to do something serious about the lack of quality shown in our elementary educational system by giving my children extra education at home.
Having into account several educational methods I decided to use the four corner one. Why? It could fill in the gaps giving my children more opportunities to succeed in their daily learning. So what I did was to experiment myself being in the four corners of my city. I had to spend a whole year to experience the four seasons plus four different hours to absorb the information harmoniously. Later on I included four different cities from my beautiful country; Matamoros which was my hometown, Monterrey which was my current city, Querétaro where we have lived for just three months, and Mexico City which we had visited on several occasions. Afterwards, being highly motivated by these experiences I included New York City and London. At that time internet wasn’t known, so what I did is to visit several local libraries and also travel agencies to gather the more information possible, I even borrowed some videos on beta format to appreciate much more both international cities.
It is time to try to explain to you the way I studied the four corners. First I named them accordingly to their orientation; the southwest corner was called roman number I; The southeast corner II; The northeast corner III, and the northwest corner IV.
From corner I, I stared to observe the other three corners; II, III and IV corners. Then I cross to reach the corner II and from there I start to observe very carefully the other three corners. The next corner is corner III. I repeat this procedure. My last corner is then the remaining corner IV.
Just before leaving this spot I draw an imaginary circle in order to include these four corners. This allows me to visualize something from four directions, so an analogy can be used when dealing with something a little complicated to be fully grasped. I add a cherry to this cake by imagining looking at these four corners from above and also from below, at about ten feet down from the ground. As I have previously explained I try to be on the same spot on the four different yearly seasons and at four different hours to reinforce my learning. When I wish to peep into any of my past lives I use this method to try to imagine how the city or town would look from four corners. It also when in a strange city it becomes very handy to learn very fast how to go around and effortlessly memorize beautiful places in order to recall them with greater accuracy. We can also use it when facing something new to us, for instance when we are in front of a mater piece.
After two years fully enjoying teaching English as a second language I discovered that most times average students required at least four different approaches to integrate this learning into their neurological cells. As you might have guessed this technique was used on my Hispanic students from PROJECT APPLIKOM obtaining amazing results.
I thank you for your patience and understanding.
Your brother on the path. Azokata-nous