The Dictatorship of Content Curating

I love Canada. I really do. I come up here often enough to probably consider it my second home. With so much family having moved up here from our native United States I’ve come to appreciate the time spent up here away from the insane time focused American way of life. It might not be entirely different here in Canada but it’s enough of a difference that I can feel like sitting down to watch some Netflix Canada isn’t a guilty pleasure but instead a pleasurable activity that I can enjoy without the burden of guilt from thinking that I should be doing something else with my time.

One of the more annoying things I’ve discovered since I’ve come to enjoy binging on my favorite shows is the differences between Netflix in the United States and Netflix in Canada.

How To Kick Start Your Own Daycare Center

Love taking care of children but don’t know how to start a daycare of your own? Well, this article is for all those who love taking care of little kids at home. Starting your own daycare center can be a great source of livelihood as well.

Nowadays, when most parents strive to do their best at balancing their professional and personal life, having a little kid to take care of demands great efforts. A great demand for daycare centers have given rise to several childcare centers like Williamsburg Northside Daycare. These centers promote basic academic skills bestowed with nurturing and thoughtful care. Starting your own daycare center at home can be a profitable opportunity for mothers to earn money while sitting at home and taking care of infants and toddlers.

But starting your own daycare center involves certain procedure to be followed. So, here are some things that you would love to know on how to start a daycare center of your own.

1) Obtaining the license

A licensed daycare center is always preferred by parents because obtaining license ensures a quality care provided by the caregiver. Thus getting a license for your firm guarantees its success. The license procedure may require you to get some list of requirements such as daycare handbook, tax details, permits, contracts, other daycare forms and brochures.

2) Advertising your daycare:

Getting a license makes you open to accept all the clients but you need to draw the clients as well. Drawing the clients involves a proper advertisement. Flyers and brochures are highly efficient to convey your business out there. You can manually hand out the brochures in local market or can put them in your neighbors’ mailbox. You may also distribute leaflets outside churches, after the mass hearings. Any public local gathering is good to go!
Since parents do not prefer a daycare located far from their residence; therefore you must keep your advertising limited through local residents. Telling your friends can also work, since they can tell their friends about it.
3) A handbook for parents:

To avoid any future misunderstandings with parents, never forget to give parents a handbook. This handbook must have all the rules and regulations about how the child will be taken care of, the safety measures that you have undertaken, the hygiene of the place, the food provided, the basic skills taught to the child, and the weekly or monthly charges the parents need to pay you. This handbook will act as an agreement that can help parents understand your business better.

Whats A Homeschool Cruise All About?

This time last week, I was standing on a small wooden bridge over a creek and taking pictures of the multiple iguanas who were perched in the pine trees above my head. My family continued our walk through the woods and discovered a “poisonwood tree” that will make your skin bleed just by touching it, and for which there are no known medicines to treat the wound. Then we spent hours splashing in the crystal-clear water on the beautiful beach and marveled at nature’s beauty all around us, before heading off to a fancy dinner where my husband ordered escargot and the kids drank chocolate milk in wine glasses with their meal of gourmet lasagna.

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Where was I last week? In the Bahamas, on the 8th Annual Homeschool Cruise, of course! And for this first-time cruiser, what an adventure it was! I was hoping to find something different from the stereotypical party-cruise experience, and I discovered that a cruise is what you make it, and a homeschool cruise even more so.

Travel and Sightseeing
Adventure was definitely on the agenda, as we drove to Florida to board the ship at Port Canaveral. Our ports of call were Freeport and Nassau, and the cruise line’s private island, called Little Stirrup Cay. We weren’t terribly impressed with Freeport, which is mainly an industrial port anyway, but we loved Nassau. The city was bustling with activity, and down near the port there were hundreds of tourists shopping for Bahamas trinkets in the straw markets, although the city has an impressive array of upscale shopping that was crowded as well. We decided to walk a bit and see some of the city, and we stopped to tour the Pirate Museum, which was well-worth the admission since we all learned a ton about the pirate history of the area.

Kids and Water
Just what is it about kids and water? The whole family had a wonderful time on the beach at Little Stirrup Cay, but our kids also took advantage of the pool onboard the ship. They swam every single day! On one of the upper decks, the ship also had an assortment of water slides, something for every age group, and the kids never seemed to tire of it. One of the slides went out over the side of the ship before curving back to land safely on deck!

Learning Opportunities
A case could be made that simply going on a cruise for the first time is a learning experience, but there were opportunities for education along the way. The Pirate Museum we toured is a great example, and so was the Nature Tour of Little Strirrup Cay, where we learned about the iguanas and several herbal remedies growing in the wooded areas of the island. There were plenty of other shore excursions to choose from, and kids can learn a ton just from snorkeling! Our group leader gave each homeschooler a packet of information printed especially for students by the tourism council in the Bahamas, so the kids could learn about the different islands, local customs, etc.

Overall, I was impressed with the homeschool cruise and my family definitely had a good time. My only suggestion is that there ought to be more chances for the homeschoolers to get together, beyond just seeing one another in the dining room each evening. But there was definitely not a lack of things to do, and sometimes it was hard to choose! If we wanted to strictly enjoy a relaxing vacation, we could do that. If we wanted to toss in some educational experiences, that was possible too.

I would surely recommend this program to others! Next year’s homeschool cruise is already accepting bookings, and you can learn all about it at www.homeschoolcruise.com. Maybe I’ll see you on board next year!

Common Core And Homeschooling

Many schools are experiencing the implementation of Common Core.  Parents are finding out that the regulations that determine how the child will be educated might be more involved than they might have thought.

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Homeschooling parents have considered themselves immune to the effects and regulations of Common Core because, after all, they are educating their children at home.  But is it realistic to believe that homeschoolers can avoid the broad umbrella of Common Core?

There are a number of ways that Common Core may affect homeschoolers, both directly and indirectly.  The following information is by no means exhaustive.

Data Collection

Currently homeschool students seem to be off the radar in many states.  By right and by choice homeschooling families tend to want to keep their students out of the system.  However, one of the components of Common Core is that it allows for a database of student information which begins in kindergarten and continues through the student’s entry into the workforce.

In states where students are not required to register in any way to homeschool the amount of data collected on that student will be minimal.  However, for states that seek more control over their homeschoolers, those homeschoolers will be providing information for that database.  While it may not seem like much, this database is accessible by outside sources which might not need to access student’s names and other personal information.

 

Standardized Testing

Homeschooling students in many states are not required to submit to standardized testing.  In a number of states homeschool students who are not associated with church schools are required to participate in state testing.  Homeschool students who are required to participate in state testing will have a fundamental freedom removed from them.  Because they will be tested according to state standards, which are aligned with Common Core Standards, homeschool students will have to study homeschooling curriculum that will prepare them for those tests.

This removes the freedom to choose certain curricula.  Homeschoolers pride themselves on their ability to choose the curriculum that is best suited for their student’s learning style and also their philosophical reasons for homechooling.  By having to study curricula that are aligned with Common Core the homeschoolers are being forced to participate in a system that many of them oppose.

And College Entrance Exams

At a point in the foreseeable future college entrance exams will be rewritten and adapted to fit the curriculum that is being taught in public schools.  The curriculum in public schools across the country will be aligned to Common Core Standards.  Part of the reason Common Core is being enacted is to make the curriculum all across the country standard.  Because of this, it makes perfect sense for the college entrance exams to reflect this.

Just as with standardized testing in elementary school, middle school, and high school, college entrance exam requirements will, by default, require that homeschoolers conform to learning the body of knowledge that will allow them to do best on these exams.  If they choose to study homeschool curricula that do not currently conform to the Common Core Standards, or do not adapt to align with those standards they will be penalized for this lack of conformity by potentially lower test scores.

Finally, from the standpoint of someone who does not mind data being collected on their children, and consequently their families, and who does not mind that curriculum choices are being made for their children without their input or their control, it might seem odd that anyone would object to the implementation of Common Core standards and requirements across the country.  However, there is a whole group of people, generally homeschoolers, who do not believe that the state or the federal government have the right to control how their children are educated.  Neither the state nor the federal government should have the right or ability to collect, store, and disseminate information on the student or family.  Common Core might seem like a step toward Big Brother and away from the freedoms that they enjoy as homeschoolers.

How to Ready the Best Birthday Party For Children

 

Birthday parties for kids to perform seemingly simple events, but in reality it is not so easy. You have to be held during the game fun activities, and to ensure that children are really fun to party. In addition, you must also ensure that all these activities are safe for them. If you have a lot of fun and safe birthday party, you can read the following rules.

When you do a birthday party for their children, the first thing you should understand is the purpose of the birthday party itself. The purpose is to do during the birthday party of the birthday child feel special among the other children. Therefore, it is necessary to know your child’s birthday party want is what type. Once you find the right birthday party, you can begin to plan everything. Budget and decorating and organizing events can match the play to their creativity. The second thing you have to remember is to find someone outstanding

performance in the game. Of course, you can not divide your body in two or more to do a lot of work to do in the event. You can not direct the music, preparing food and drinks, as well as preparation games and more jobs itself. Therefore, it will be easier to find something to help people. So, you can give certain rights to some people, the success of the party’s help in the promotion. So this will be the third aspect to note. If you plan to invite any member of the class, the school provides invitation to do so will be fined. However, if you intend to invite only some of them, you have to invite delivered directly to your home. Birthday parties for kids to perform seemingly simple events, but in reality it is not so easy. You have to be held during the game fun activities, and to ensure that children are really fun to party. In addition, you must also ensure that all these activities are safe for them. If you have a lot of fun and safe birthday party, you can read the following rules Birthday parties for kids to perform seemingly simple events, but in reality it is not so easy. You have to be held during the game fun activities, and to ensure that children are really fun to party. In addition, you must also ensure that all these activities are safe for them. If you have a lot of fun and safe birthday party, you can read the following rules
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“Multiple Intelligences” Homeschool Schedule

Multiple Intelligences is an idea developed by Howard Gardner and Harvard University’s “Project Zero.” The belief is that everyone is intelligent in his or her own way and that learning is easiest and most effective when it uses a person’s strengths instead of their weaknesses.

etjFor example, most schools use a linguistic and logical-mathematical approach when teaching, but not everyone learns that way. Some students, the bodily kinesthetic learners for example, learn best by touching and not by listening or reading. For example, an active, hands-on learner, who has a hard time sitting still to read, may prefer to listen to audio versions of classical children’s books, while drawing or building things. Or, you may have a voracious reader who learns best by reading and then writing essays to show what she knows.

Most successful homeschoolers naturally emphasize their children’s strengths and automatically tailor their teaching to match the child’s learning style. Successful homeschoolers also adjust their learning environment and schedule so that it brings out the child’s best. For help, the family using the “multiple intelligences” model would turn to books about learning styles.

The goal in “Multiple Intelligences” homeschooling is to adapt scheduling and materials so that they bring out and work with the child’s natural strengths.

  • Reading: One child may begin reading at age five, another child may not be ready until age seven. One child may learn best by being read to or by listening to audio tapes, another child may carry a book around all day.
  • Writing: One child may like to write with a pen or pencil, one child may prefer typing their work on a computer, and another child may feel frustrated by the writing process and prefer to give oral reports of what they’ve learned.
  • Math: Some children learn well from workbooks, other children prefer using hands-on manipulatives like beads or fraction rods. Still others, do math quickly and easily in their head and feel frustrated when forced to answer problems on paper.
  • Science: Almost all children learn science best by having plenty of hands-on experiences.
  • History/Geography: Children learn best by “doing,” so families plan activities where the child can experience for themselves the clothing, food, and music of a particular era or culture.
  • Music/Sports/Arts: Families expose children to a variety of experiences, watch to see which activities spark their children’s passion, and then support their children in that activity.

How To Avoid Common Excel Issues

Microsoft Excel is an extremely useful programme for anyone looking to organise their figures in a simple way. From company accountants keeping track of the monthly payroll, to Mum and Dad making sure the family budget is spent properly, a spreadsheet is an excellent way to keep on top of everything. Some people may be unfamiliar with Excel when they begin to use it and can experience problems. It is important that anyone struggling with the software receives professional Microsoft Excel Training.

Here is a guide to some of the most common difficulties which some people have with Excel.

Switching Between Multiple Excel Screens Can Be Confusing

When Excel is opened it comes up with a single window of a spreadsheet. Working in a single spreadsheet is simple enough, but some people can find working with multiple screens a bit more challenging.

There are several ways to make sure that working with multiple spreadsheets is not time-consuming. When working with two spreadsheets, it is a good idea to use the Tab function which will make scrolling between both sheets extremely easy.

Working with multiple sheets can be more of a challenge, but the ‘Restore’ function in Excel allows users to resize multiple windows to different sizes in order to work on them all freely at the same time. Using the ‘Tab’ function when working with multiple sheets could be confusing, so it is best to stick to the ‘Restore’ method.

One Excel File Is Slower Than The Rest

Working with multiple Excel files can become difficult when one file is operating at a slower speed than the other spreadsheets. This can cause the computer to freeze and may result in lost work. Whilst this problem is frustrating, there are several simple ways to deal with a slow file.

Firstly, an Excel sheet may be running slowly if there is too much formatting. A spreadsheet only has to be functional, so any excess formatting needs to be removed. Make a copy of the offending file and press Ctrl A. In the ‘Edit’ section, click the drop-down and select ‘Clear Formats’. This should speed up the performance of the file. The slow original file can then be deleted or moved to another folder.

Endless Data Entry

When people first start using Excel spreadsheets, they can be tempted to enter all the data manually. However, this can be a time-consuming process which may make work more inefficient. It is important to realise that every function in Excel has a shortcut which is designed to save the user time and to allow them to complete work in an efficient manner. Make sure to read up on Excel shortcuts as they are essential.

Multiple Users Can Make Editing A Document Difficult

Excel sheets which can be multiple co-workers can sometimes become confusing. This is because it can be hard to keep track of different edits which are being made by different people. Make sure that different colleagues colour-code their work in order for shared tasks to be clearer.

Follow this simple guide to avoid common Excel problems.

Trends and Fads Come and Go

We all know how quickly trends come and go.  The bouffant hair styles of the 60’s and afros of the 70’s as well as bell bottoms and go-go boots were all the rage. When these trends went by the wayside, salons were booked with clients getting yet the latest style and many bell bottoms and go-go boots were donated and replaced with the latest fashion must have.  There’s been an alarming trend in the last decade of having multiple tattoos covering the back, neck face, arms and legs.  Recently, this trend has begun to abate.  Unfortunately, unlike wild fashion trends, the choice to get a tattoo had long been a permanent one. As this trend is on the down swing, there has been an explosion in tattoo removal facilities.  Performed by trained technicians or doctors, this service is literally booming.  The reality is we are judged by our looks and there is still a large part of the population that considers tattoos unsavory. Many of these people are responsible for making hiring decisions and while unfair, they are judging people’s character negatively if they have tattoos that are not covered by traditional work attire. While many will say this is unfair and discriminatory, it remains a reality.

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The desire to secure employment in a traditional industry has no doubt contributed to the rise in tattoo removal.  While getting a tattoo is a very painful experience, tattoo removal is not only painful, but also very expensive. Consider the lifelong impact visible tattoos will have verses having them removed.  It has been suggested that with the explosion of tattoos on youth today, these individuals will be making the hiring decisions in less than a decade. Counting on that would be quite a career gamble.  Think twice about what fads and trends to follow.  Often the repercussions can be far greater than looking back on some wild pictures.  Good luck to you.

Some Bonuses of a Boarding School Education

If you’re a parent questioning whether it’s worth enrolling your child in a private boarding school, or if you are simply curious as to the benefits such an education could bring, read on.
Pastoral Care
At boarding schools pupils tend to form closer relationships with their teachers and tutors. This is especially true if teaching staff live on campus, in close proximity to the children.
Some teachers also take on the role of housemaster or housemistress, whose responsibility it is to look after the wellbeing of the pupils in their boarding houses. They may take charge of weekend activities, for example, be it cooking together or watching films in the evening.
It’s excellent for children and teenagers to get to know adults other than their parents and relatives. This teaches respect towards older generations, and an understanding of authority. It’s also very healthy to have real world adult role models, not just celebrities or fictional characters to look up to.
In a purely academic setting, students only see the teacher as a professional, whereas outside the classroom, they get to know them as an adult just like any other.
Independence
Living outside the family home from a young age better prepares children to enter the adult world as independent individuals. They inevitably learn to look after themselves without relying on adults to handle their tasks and chores for them.
It’s vital to give your children the freedom they deserve since you’ve trusted them to attend boarding school. This means limiting phone calls and emails, and letting them get on with their lives. They’ll appreciate the trust you put in them, and the rarer the phone calls, the more you’ll learn to appreciate the chance to catch up.
At boarding school, kids don’t have unlimited access to the television and computer, like many children do at home. This means they have to plan their own entertainment, and manage their time in line with homework and responsibilities without prompts from mum and dad.
Professional Guidance
Although professional guidance is available at most schools, at boarding schools this tends to be introduced quicker and can be more profound. Teachers and advisors are on hand to help pupils determine their interests, select study subjects and set out a career path, or at least lay the foundations for one.
Guidance schemes do differ between private schools in Scotland, England and elsewhere. If this is a very important feature for you, don’t hesitate to enquire during an open day or over the phone.
Some schools may assign an advisor to each pupil according to their academic interests, whilst others will have a single dedicated staff member to help your child make the best decisions to develop their skills.

Biography of Professor Dame Joan Stringer

Discover how Joan Stringer went from a part time lecturer at Sudbury Open Prison in Derbyshire, to the first woman leader of a Scottish university in 2003 and then a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.
Read on for a short biography of Professor Dame Joan Stringer.
Dame Joan Stringers Early Years
Dame Joan Stringer was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1948 and after leaving school initially pursued a career in graphic design. At the age of 24 Joan Stringer realised that she still harboured unfulfilled educational goals and enrolled at Keele University to study a BA in history and politics. Upon graduating, Joan Stringer took up a part time lecturer at Sudbury Open Prison in Derbyshire. It was during this time that Dame Joan realised the unique effect education could have on people, especially those who had lost their way. The experience had a massive effect on Dame Joan’s future career path and the lives of the many prisoners she taught.
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Dame Joan’s full-time academic career began in earnest at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1980 when she was appointed a lecturer in public administration. In 1986, she completed her PHD which investigated the efficiency of Britain’s industrial training policy. At Robert Gordon University she rose quickly through the ranks and in 1988 she was promoted to become Head of the School of Public Administration and Law. This promotion was closely followed by another in 1991 when Dame Joan became Assistant Principal of the university. Dame Joan’s time at Robert Gordon was a resounding success and amongst her many achievements she was heavily involved in the process which saw Robert Gordon’s gain full university status in 1992.
Queen Margaret University College
Upon leaving Robert Gordon University, Dame Joan joined Queen Margaret College in 1996 as Principal and Vice-Patron. She went about transforming the college and oversaw an increase in students from 2,500 to 3,800 and also secured research degree awarding status for the college in 1998. However, Dame Joan didn’t rest on her laurels and in 1999 she finalised a deal for the new campus development at Craighall and also secured the award of University College status.
Edinburgh Napier University
In January 2003 Dame Joan was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and in doing so became the first woman to head a Scottish University. During her time at Napier University, Dame Joan has helped the university become more financially independent, overseen multi million pound redevelopments of the Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses and seen the university be voted the best for graduate employability by The Times and The Guardian.

Effective Classroom Management

I often have teachers ask me what is the best approach to classroom management?
As a veteran teacher I have seen far too many teachers fail because of classroom management problems. (Remember, classroom management and student achievement are directly related.)
And, all too often I see teachers resort to all types of crazy classroom management plans trying to get a handle on student behavior.
Unfortunately, many of these classroom management plans involve elaborate systems of rewards and punishment. For example, writing students names on the board with check marks added next to the name for each inappropriate behavior. Not only is this degrading, but the effectiveness of this classroom management plan is short-lived at best. In fact, often times this classroom management plan can have the exact opposite effect on student behavior.
Likewise, rewarding students for behavior that is expected of them sends the absolutely wrong message. Teachers should not reward a student for acting appropriately in class. Rewarding appropriate behavior is not effective classroom management, it is bribery and the students will come to expect it. Don’t get me wrong, I am not speaking about a pizza party or movie after a week in which the students worked well in class. That type of reward is fine as long as it is unexpected. The type of rewards that are bad are the ones in which the teacher promises upfront that if “you behave today, I will give you a piece of candy.” No, the student should behave in class because that is what’s expected. Little Johnny will not throw his pencil across the room, because it disrupts the learning of the other students and can be dangerous, not because he will get candy!
So, if teachers do not give rewards or punishments as a classroom management plan, then how do teachers effectively manage student behavior?
Easy, the key to classroom management is keeping students actively involved in the entire lesson. This is done with just a handful of simple teaching strategies.
Here are five effective classroom management tips you can use in any classroom regardless of subject or content area. These classroom management tips will keep all students actively involved in all classroom lessons. (Remember, keeping students involved in the lesson is the most effective classroom management plan.)
1. All-Write: Instead of having students raise their hand to respond to a question aloud, have all the students write down an answer to the teacher’s question.  Not only will the teacher get much more class participation, but the quality of student responses will also improve.
2. Pair/Share: Have students pair up with a partner and share their answers before discussing it as a class. This gives the students a chance to respond without the anxiety of speaking in front of the entire class and also allows the teacher to “monitor” the room and talk to various students about their responses. The “pair/share” is great teaching strategy to use right after the “all-write” strategy.

Classroom Rugs – Creating a Comfortable Space

It’s that time again! As the parents and the kids are busy getting ready to go back to school in the next few weeks, the teachers are busy trying to decorate their classroom to make it as comfortable as possible for their new students. There are many ways to dress up a classroom. Many teachers will opt for seasonal decorations, while some may choose to have a theme, like wildlife or the beach. One way that is sure to make children feel right at home immediately is to add classroom rugs to your room.
Classroom rugs make everyone feel more comfortable. The soft fabric is a nice counter-balance to the hard rigors of cinderblocks, floor tiles, and florescent light, which are the materials many schools are constructed from. Preschool rugs are especially popular, but in truth, children of all ages enjoy rugs. Rugs are a perfect place to stretch out and read a book or even to close your eyes for a moment to take a nap. The children might not feel so far from home if they can recognize a color or a fabric. This will alleviate their fears and help them settle in to learn.
When you are picking from the many options for classroom rugs that are available to you, cast a wide net. Don’t buy the first thing you see, but instead look around for a few different options. That way you can make a smart, informed choice. Some rugs are made to be indoor and outdoor rugs, so you can take the rug outside for recess if there are any children who would like to play on it or rest. There are so many different choices for rugs nowadays. Some of them are instructional and help the children remember their lessons, like alphabet rugs or numbers rugs. You can also choose from a selection of joy carpets and preschool rugs that are designed to create comfort zones for kids.
Children feel enthused and energized by bright colors. These bright colors are stimulating to them, so keep that in mind when picking out your classroom rugs. Animals on rugs are something else that children tend to like. They can befriend or identify with the image of an animal on a rug if they are feeling uncomfortable, or the animal can cheer them up in some way. Whatever kids rug you decide to choose for your classroom, be sure it is made of a durable fabric that is easy to clean. You want to be able to quickly remove any food, dirt, ink, or other mess that gets on the rug without any trouble. You also want to be sure that the rug lasts for a long time and delights the many children who will use it for years to come.

The Soloist

What is a soloist? Who is a soloist? Where can the soloist be found? Why must there be a soloist?
The soloist is one who is there but cannot be seen as such… The soloists mouth is mostly silent, but his instrument of choice is full of the harmonics of the whole universe… the soloist is the billionth hour of perfection with seven million more to go… the soloist knows, but does not say, says, but does not make show… The soloist is humble beyond believe… His instrument speaks of power, and ultimate control… His feet are not rushed, his hands have the most gentle, but firm touch… The soloist has a vast store of knowledge, and experience… His eyes can see the wind, his ears can hear the sun, he can discern the creation of sound… the soloist can bring music to Kings, and Queens… He can make peace with single notes, he can heal with whole tones… The soloist can create whole symphonies, or, dance to the tune of children… he can capture the attention of the newborn… He can make the old and wise man remember… He can make the virtuous woman smile from within… The soloist has perfected time itself… He can walk at warp speed, he can run with the subtone of the elephant…The soloist is not a storm maker, but, he is a discerner of hearts, and its caretaker… The soloist can break the bounds of stress, he does not cry with the proud mouth of best… He can defuse the nuclear bomb with a single song, the atom is his metronome The soloist is meant to be… He is the tool of Creation, he is meant to be… Being a soloist is not to be taken lightly, nor to be given slightly…For this is a calling that very few can say… I am a most humble servant… I am your soloist… I am here for you, feel free to put your trust in me… It is your will that holds my interest, I am your servant… It is for your eyes that I breathe… It is for your heart that I play… I am your soloist… Let me share what the Creator has given me… Let me play for you, any hour, every day…
Here are some useful resources:
1. Music Education: http://www.jajazz.com
2. Peaceful Solution Character Education program for all ages: http://www.peacefulsolution.com
3. Kevin’s original music and website: http://www.cursebustersound.com

How to Write an Effective Club Flyer for Education Business?

Marketing your education business can be daunting at times. Most of the time marketers get confused as to what needs be done for the proper promotion of the business. You can effectively promote your business with the help of club flyers. This is one of the best ways of marketing your exclusive business venture. However, the content of the flyer has to be appropriate to have the required effect on the readers.

Capture the Attention of the Readers

You have only few seconds in hand to capture the attention of the audience before they shift their attention to something else. There is no better way to grab their attention than with a catchy headline. The headline, no doubt is the most important aspect of a flyer. There are some ways to write an effective flyer but it will be best if you play it to the advantage of your business. Make sure you find out the greatest benefit that you offer and place it in the center.

Put Yourself in the Shoes of the Customer

For a moment, pretend that you are a potential customer and not a business owner. Try to find out the benefits that the customers might be looking for and certain reservations they might be having while purchasing your services. All these should be addressed in the flyer that you are writing. You should not just list the features that seem most impressive about your services. Deal with the needs of the prospective customers directly. Avoid using technical terms. This is because it might be responsible in turning a layman reader off.

Call to Action

Do not make ambiguous statements. Ensure what exactly you want your customers to do. Make sure that your call to action is absolutely clear. You need to place it somewhere in the flyer where it can be noticed. You can also place it near the statement detailing where the reader will notice it at once.

Also, make sure that you include all the contact details in the flyer, so that they are able to contact you when they want.

Use Testimonials

Make use of the praises of satisfied customers in your favor. A credible testimonial proves to be very helpful when you want convince people to see your business. Reach to those customers who have positive remarks for you and ask for testimonials from them. You should not make it too long and make it look like a letter of recommendation.

Do not Overstuff Words

When you overstuff words in a flyer from Printing VIP, it can be very intimidating for the customers to read it. It becomes all the more difficult if the texts do not have proper spaces, bullet points and line breaks. Keep it simple so that it is easy to digest. Use as less words as possible.

Use the Word ‘You’

When you are writing the content of the flyer, make sure that you use the word ‘you’. When you use this word the reader feels that you are talking to them directly and thus, they pay extra attention.

Your Child’s First Teacher

Do you remember your first teacher? Was it Miss Sally or Miss Nancy from preschool? Perhaps it was Mr. Jones from kinder-care? Who was your child’s first teacher? Miss Suzie? Nope. What about Ms. Smith? Wrong again. I know who your child’s first teacher was. It was you.
Yes, you.
You are your child’s first teacher. You are also their longest teacher. It doesn’t matter if your child is traditional-schooled, homeschooled or unschooled; you are your child’s first – and longest – teacher. From the moment your child was born, you were there to nurture and support their growth. As they continue to grow and enter preschool, elementary school and even middle or high school, you don’t stop teaching them. Grade level doesn’t determine your role as teacher. YOU determine that role by cultivating a healthy relationship with your children that is built on consistent love, support and commitment to their growth.
Here are three lessons to share with children of any age:
The Lesson of Gratitude Teaching gratitude can seem tricky – especially when children have an often well-deserved reputation for self-centeredness and selfishness. However, gratitude is an essential lesson. Children who are thankful not only are polite and pleasant, they are sensitive and empathetic to the feelings of others and also develop strong leadership ability and life skills. A simple way to instill gratitude is to take a daily gratitude inventory. Ask each person in the family to list and share all the things they are grateful for in their life. Not only do you learn something about your family, it’s a fun way to see how priorities change over the years. For example, a three-year-old may be grateful for his favorite truck while a sixteen-year-old may be thankful to drive a truck.
The Lesson of Responsibility There is no greater teacher than a good example. To teach responsibility, which is being answerable and accountable for your words and actions, you must be that example. Parents have to model behavior they hope their children adopt as their own. Do what you say you will do, be honest in your dealings with your peers, show courage in standing up for your beliefs, and maintain self respect for self and others. Additionally, to teach responsibility, be prepared to give your child the space to make his or her own choices and deal with the consequences, whether positive and negative.
The Lesson of Service Teaching the lesson of service or giving back helps children learn compassion and empathy while also strengthening their own self-esteem and confidence. Often, all it takes is one act of selflessness to make selfishness go away and open a child’s eyes to the joy of service. So, what can you do to teach this lesson? Small acts of kindness, like sharing a smile, holding the door open for another or baking cookies for a neighbor, are fantastic ways to teach service. You may also want to create a family giving box where everyone can regularly add a small amount of money to contribute to a group or cause.
Again, it doesn’t matter if your child is in preschool, elementary, middle or high school, you will always be their first teacher. Instilling the lessons above can also make you their favorite one as well!

Cognitive Development: Not an Automatic Process

Cognitive development focuses on how children learn and process information. It is the development of the thinking and organizing systems of the mind. It involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and memory development.
By general consensus, Jean Piaget stands as THE central theorist in contemporary child study. He developed a whole field of cognitive development, observed regularities in children’s performances that no one has noted before him. His theory concerns how the child thinks, how thinking changes from infancy to adolescence, and how the changes reflect an interesting series of structured stages.
Although Piaget set clear stages of cognitive development, which continues to be useful to contemporary child educators, he omitted to say that cognitive development is not an automatic process. The fact is that the child will not reach any of these stages without proper education. Contrary to the animal, the human being only knows, and can only do, what he/she has learned. This fundamental principle is confirmed by studies that compared children who were raised in an enriched learning environment and children who were raised in a deprived learning environment. This principle is further confirmed by stories of feral children.
EXPERIMENT AT THE GLENWOOD STATE SCHOOL
Research has shown that an enriched learning environment can dramatically increase IQ, whereas a deprived learning environment can lead to a decrease in IQ.
A particularly interesting project on early learning involved 25 children in an orphanage. These children were seriously environmentally deprived because the orphanage was crowded and understaffed. Thirteen babies of the average age of 19 months were transferred to the Glenwood State School for retarded adult women and each baby was put in the personal care of a woman. Skeels, who conducted the experiment, deliberately chose the most deficient of the orphans to be placed in the Glenwood School. Their average IQ was 64, while the average IQ of the 12 who stayed behind in the orphanage was 87.
In the Glenwood State School the children were placed in open, active wards with the older and relatively brighter women. Their substitute mothers overwhelmed them with love and cuddling. Toys were available, they were taken on outings and they were talked to a lot. The women were taught how to teach the babies and how to elicit language from them.
After 18 months, the dramatic findings were that the children who had been placed with substitute mothers, and had therefore received additional teaching, on average showed an increase of 29 IQ points! A follow-up study was conducted two and a half years later. Eleven of the 13 children originally transferred to the Glenwood home had been adopted and their average IQ was now 101. The two children who had not been adopted were reinstitutionalized and lost their initial gain. The control group, the 12 children who had not been transferred to Glenwood, had remained in institution wards and now had an average IQ of 66 (an average decrease of 21 points).

Some Bonuses of a Boarding School Education

If you’re a parent questioning whether it’s worth enrolling your child in a private boarding school, or if you are simply curious as to the benefits such an education could bring, read on.
Pastoral Care
At boarding schools pupils tend to form closer relationships with their teachers and tutors. This is especially true if teaching staff live on campus, in close proximity to the children.
Some teachers also take on the role of housemaster or housemistress, whose responsibility it is to look after the wellbeing of the pupils in their boarding houses. They may take charge of weekend activities, for example, be it cooking together or watching films in the evening.
It’s excellent for children and teenagers to get to know adults other than their parents and relatives. This teaches respect towards older generations, and an understanding of authority. It’s also very healthy to have real world adult role models, not just celebrities or fictional characters to look up to.
In a purely academic setting, students only see the teacher as a professional, whereas outside the classroom, they get to know them as an adult just like any other.
Independence
Living outside the family home from a young age better prepares children to enter the adult world as independent individuals. They inevitably learn to look after themselves without relying on adults to handle their tasks and chores for them.
It’s vital to give your children the freedom they deserve since you’ve trusted them to attend boarding school. This means limiting phone calls and emails, and letting them get on with their lives. They’ll appreciate the trust you put in them, and the rarer the phone calls, the more you’ll learn to appreciate the chance to catch up.
At boarding school, kids don’t have unlimited access to the television and computer, like many children do at home. This means they have to plan their own entertainment, and manage their time in line with homework and responsibilities without prompts from mum and dad.
Professional Guidance
Although professional guidance is available at most schools, at boarding schools this tends to be introduced quicker and can be more profound. Teachers and advisors are on hand to help pupils determine their interests, select study subjects and set out a career path, or at least lay the foundations for one.
Guidance schemes do differ between private schools in Scotland, England and elsewhere. If this is a very important feature for you, don’t hesitate to enquire during an open day or over the phone.
Some schools may assign an advisor to each pupil according to their academic interests, whilst others will have a single dedicated staff member to help your child make the best decisions to develop their skills.

An Excellent Personal Fitness Training School

Personal Fitness Training School can help you in so many ways if you happen to choose the right one. We all are living in the world of busy and tight schedules where retaining your health and fitness is becoming difficult every day. We have long hour to do our jobs or study or simply attend school. This is another reason why Personal Fitness Training School can help you live a life that is fulfilling and wholesome. A life that is not lived with a fit body is not much of a life anyway. There are so many other benefits that come with being a part of such training. It will help you learn a skill that will let you earn money.

Why Join aPersonal Fitness Training School 

There is more than one reason to join a training school that will teach you lessons on personal training. Here are some of the lessons you will learn with such a course.

Importance of Fitness

When you join such a school, it teaches you why fitness is important in the first place. Unless you are convinced that fitness is an important part of living, how will you convince others later when you become a professional?

Ways to Stay Fit

It is not enough to learn one way of staying fit. The basics of fitness are no doubt straight forward and simple but unless you know very how to implement them in everyone’s life, it will be impossible to get to a point where you can use your skills to help others.

Nutrition

Another very important part of health and being fit is nutrition. Nutrition is a versatile topic and has a different meaning for different people. Getting trained in a school will teach you to make best diet plans for different people who obviously have different activity levels.

How to Incorporate Fitness in Daily Life

There is no one way of involving exercise and fitness in your daily routine and it is a good thing else it will become very boring. Getting trained in a school will teach you to formulate a plan for everyone involved.

Most of anall the environment of the school teaches you professionalism.

Any good training school will offer you tremendous knowledge about health and fitness that will not only allow you to stay in best shape but also will make you a vessel to help others achieve their personal goals through your help.

How to Manage and Save Your Money in College

Unless you’re earning Northeastern’s online masters in taxation, managing your finances can be extremely difficult when you’re in college. You already have so many responsibilities, so it’s hard to make money management another one. Unfortunately though, it’s a necessary skill to learn not only for your time in college, but for the rest of your life. If you don’t know how to keep track of your spending, here is how to manage and save your money in college.

Keep Track of Your Spending Online

These days there are a lot of different money management websites that can help you to track your spending. All you do is connect our bank and credit card accounts to the website or application and make sure to check it on a regular basis. You want to find a program that will automatically organize and categorize all of your spending so that if you go to a grocery store, it will label that expense under groceries. This way, you can get a very good idea of where all of your money is going and which expenses cost you the most. If the category is not so straightforward or easy for the program to organize automatically, then you may have to manually label it yourself.

Set Budgets for all of Your Spending Categories

Once you get an idea of where all of your money is going, you can set budgets for yourself. These budgets can be set and tracked on a weekly or monthly basis, but the important thing is that they are set. This way you can see if you went over or under budget within each time interval and either adjust your budget or tighten your belt when you find yourself spending more than you wanted.

You can also set goals for yourself when it comes to saving, too. Say you want to save $200/month, you can make a habit of putting a certain amount of money in your savings account each week or at the end of the month and keep track of how well you stick to that goal so that you can adjust your spending in the future.

Only Buy What You Absolutely Need

If you want to save money, then you’re going to have to tighten your belt in every way possible. This means that you can’t spend money on things that you don’t really need. If you have an obsession with shopping for clothes, or shoes, or video games, you’re going to have to put yourself on some kind of probation. Unless, of course, you manage to exceed your saving goals for a couple of months; then you can treat yourself to a little shopping trip here and there.

Ride a Bike

If you have a car on campus then you are going to have a hardtime saving money. Cars are one of the most expensive commodities you can own. Even if your car is already fully paid for and your parents are paying for your insurance, you still have gas, car washes, oil changes and any other kind of maintenance that your car might need. If you find yourself driving short distances all the time, then you are definitely spending money unnecessarily. When you’re in college it’s always a good idea to get a bike so that you can save money and get exercise all at the same time.

How College Is Different From High School

There are a lot of major differences between high school and college. In most cases, you won’t be living at home with your parents anymore, but everyone knows that. There are several other major differences, though, that are pretty cool when you really think about it. Here is how college is different from high school.

Report Cards Aren’t Sent Home

Unlike in high school, when you’re in college, your report cards are mailed straight to you and they don’t need to be signed by your parents. That means that if you don’t want to talk to your parents about your grades, you don’t have to. Then again, it’s important not to let your grades get too far out of hand, though, because most schools will kick you out or place you on probation if you don’t maintain a certain GPA. Unlike high school, or at least public high school, you can’t just fail classes and continue to attend that school.

Professors (usually) Don’t Take Attendance

Most high schools have about 6 or 7 periods that you have to attend each day. If you’re tardy or don’t show to any of them, then you are probably going to be hauled into detention and your parents will be notified. Your teacher may even decide to dock your grade if absenteeism becomes routine.

In college, however, whether you’re majoring in UC’s health informatics or bachelor of arts program, your professors typically don’t take attendance and deduct points based on your attendance record. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attend all of your classes, though. Each lecture is usually a few hours long and covers quite a bit of territory each day. If you skip a class, aren’t always on time or don’t stay until the end of each class, then you could miss out on quite a bit in a very short amount of time.

You can Make Your Own Schedule

Are you not really a morning person? Well, if so, you don’t have to be in order to do well in college. In high school, everyone has one schedule they have to follow, save for a few exceptions where someone might have first or last period free. However, in college, most of your classes are offered at multiple times throughout the day, sometimes Monday/Wednesday, sometimes Tuesday/Thursday, so you have the freedom to really design your schedule in a way that works with your sleep schedule and your lifestyle. Even if you were a morning person in high school, then may still want to reconsider that 8:00am Monday lecture given how busy weekends in college can be.

You get Longer Holiday Breaks

One of the best things about being a college student is that you tend to get much longer holiday breaks. Depending on where you go to college, winter breaks may last anywhere from 4-6 weeks. This means that you get a lot of time to go home and relax with all of your friends who are home from college. Most colleges tend to give a full 9 days off for Thanksgiving, rather than the standard 4, and summer breaks tend to be a bit longer as well.

How to Prepare for Dorm Life

Dorm life is certainly not like “real” life. You have to worry about a whole other set of problems. Indeed, dorms have just the bare minimum needed to get by, which usually means that you only have a shower, a tiny kitchen (if that), and you only have a small room that you have to share with someone else. If you were used to the niceties of your parents’ home, you can kiss that goodbye – at least until the winter or summer break. Of course, dorm life is something you just have to get use to. Most people can’t simply jump into it. Plus, you will need some basic supplies and provisions to really enjoy living in the dorms. It is not necessarily unlivable as is, but does take some adapting. Here is how to prepare for dorm life.

Get Used to Cramped Quarters

Of course, when you lived at home, you had all the room in the world. However, now that you are in the dorm, you will have to get used to a very small amount of space. During the first few months of living in the dorm, you may want to get out and go for a run or walk if you don’t want to feel too cramped.

Bring Sandals to Avoid Foot Fungus

All dorms have a shower. Sadly, though, you may have to share that shower with an entire floor of other college freshman. This means a breeding ground for fungus and other germs. Ideally, you want to protect your feet by wearing sandals into the shower. If you don’t have a simple pair of sandals, you may want to head out to a local store and buy a pair. You may even want to have a back up pair in case you want to let the previous day’s pair dry out. The key is to keep your feet dry and fungus free.

Get Cleaning Supplies

Most dorms don’t have cleaning service. Plus, your mom won’t be there to tidy up. This is why it is up to you to keep your room as clean as possible. To avoid a total disaster, you probably want to tidy and clean up every other day. Of course, you don’t need to undergo a total deep clean, but you do want to wipe down countertops and you will need to vacuum every now and then and it is important to have the right supplies for the job.

Purchase Blinds

Most dorm rooms don’t have room darkening shakes or blinds. This can get pretty annoying in the morning when all you want to do is sleep. To avoid the glaring sunshine, you will want to invest in blinds. Most blinds are relatively affordable and easy to install. You don’t need to install anything that permanent, so you won’t need to worry about any heavy drilling or construction.

Invest in a Hot Plate

On top of everything, you may want to think about investing in a hot plate to make meals on. Whether you are getting your mediation training from ACUor your technology degree from MIT, you will want to make coffee from time to time – and you may even want to make a hot meal. With a hot plate, all of these things are possible.

Love Science

Do you love science and children? Have you always had a passion for science and wanted to share this with the youth to get them inspired to change the world through science? If you find that your current career is unfulfilling because you really want a career that involves all of these things, today is a new day for you to find your passions and get the career of your dreams. This is not only something that you are doing for yourself; the children are the future and you have the power to show them just how awesome science is. You may even find the next little Einstein.

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Children are curious by nature and this makes them the perfect little people do be little scientists. You can tap into this curiosity and help them spend their free time learning all of the neat things about science rather than just sitting around playing video games or watching YouTube videos. How are you able to do all of this? You are able to do this through joining the Little House of Science franchise. This company has franchising opportunities that allows you to make amazing money while doing exactly what you want to do with your life. In the first year, you could earn around £78,000 and you can earn £200,000 as you quickly grow this little business of yours. You can have the financial freedom to be your own boss while teaching children to love the fields of math and science.

So what is Littlehouseofscience?

You may be wondering what Little House of Science is. This is a franchise that provides weekly afterschool math’s and also offers project based science workshops where children ages 3 to 11 can get a hands on experience that they will love. There are even special sessions available for babies and toddlers to get an early start to loving the sciences. They also run math and science clubs in schools and nurseries in addition to onsite classes. These classes are designed for the purpose of engaging the curiosity of young minds while also getting them enthusiastic in a field that it is often hard for them to get into. Little House of Science is partnered with some of the leading institutions in the field, such as The Institute of Physics and give out a Little Science Award. This is a management franchise. This means that the franchisee is there to work on building the business while the employees run all of the classes and workshops. This is the most successful way to run your new business.

If you have always wanted to help inspire kids to fall in love with the sciences and have always wanted to be your own boss, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Little House of Science wants to spread the love of the sciences to all children to get them involved in this highly complicated field. They also want to help you succeed in your dreams of running your own business and will provide you with all of the information that you need in order to be successful.

Essay Writing And Studying Tips Designed Just For Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers should be able to get more practice writing essays than any other type of student. After all, they should have more free time to complete essays. Even missing the commute back and forth to school should free up a fair amount of time to get more done. However, there are still a few tips that apply more to homeschoolers than public schoolers do, so here they are.

Set a defined time for schoolwork

Your parents or homeschooling teachers may define what times of the day you should be learning, but they are less able to control how much of your free time you spend writing essays. The problem with home schooling is that your concept of time is a little more skewered. Some students work on an essay almost ceaselessly until it is done, and others treat it like a pick and mix bag where they dip into and do their work every now and again without any structure.

To help ensure you do not burn out or get behind, you need to set up a structure of your own when doing your essays. You need to decide that you are only allowed to do essays and/or homework for a certain amount of time. For example, you may dedicate 1 hour per night on weekdays, 3 hours on Saturday, and no time on Sunday. Setting up a structure in this way will make your work sessions more productive, and you will feel less strained and tied down by your work.

Start positive habits

A positive habit is one that you take up in order to change the way you act. For example, you may start by deciding to clean your room for 15 minutes every Wednesday and Friday. At first you will have to force yourself to do it, but after a few weeks, it will become second nature to the point where it doesn’t even feel like a chore anymore.

If you master positive habits and force yourself past the initial stages where your mind most resists, then you may make yourself a very productive and powerful person. Human minds, no matter how advanced, find a lot of comfort in routine and habits. This is proven time and time again by people that have negative habits. They do thing that harm themselves and leave them at a great disadvantage, but their mind finds comfort in the process (the act) of their habit, ergo they continue.

Manage your attitude

Harvey Peterson works for the company called Top10Writers that reviews best essay writing service, and Harvey used to suffer with a terrible internal attitude. Whenever he had to do a task, in his mind he was rolling his eyes and moaning, even though on the surface he seemed positive and happy.

He said, “The biggest change for me came when I saw a YouTube video featuring Dr. Cross. He feels like a bit of a poser, and I bet that isn’t his house he is sat in, but he makes a good point about replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

Dr Cross speaks about how it is impossible to simply remove negative thoughts because our minds do not work that way. He instead suggests that you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and the process is not as difficult as it sounds. For example, you may be stewing over something an old enemy said to you months ago, but you can replace that negative thought with the thought that you will never have to see or interact with that person again (almost like taking a thorn out of your side). You can watch the full video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7_g68lh-to

Implementing educational reform in China

by Andreas Schleicher
Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary General

On the invitation of China’sNational Institute for Educational Sciences (NIES), I spent some days in Beijing to learn more about education policy and practice in China. As always, this was a very rewarding experience. I met with various teams of educational policy-analysts, researchers and educators in Beijing to provide advice on their work and discuss global trends in education policy and practice. They do not seem to get tired of learning from other countries and cultures as systematically as possible, with strong and consistent efforts not only to do discipline-based international benchmarking but also to incorporate the results of that benchmarking into policy and practice. The Institute is just finalising an impressive study on reform trends in the G20 members, and that work is no longer about emulating what other G20 nations are doing but about learning from them and putting together a design for China that can be superior to anything their researchers have seen anywhere.

While they look carefully at the World’s leading economies and education systems, they are all too aware of the widening income gaps and the uphill struggle they face in providing children in rural areas with a foundation for success, not to speak about the massive skill gaps in the adult population. A significant part of their policy and research agenda is geared towards education in rural transformation, quality, social inclusion and the social welfare of children. Efforts since 2001 to consolidate schools in sparsely populated areas, with the aim to create learning environments that are sustainable and of higher quality have run into real difficulties in the implementation process and the handling of the political economy, to the extent that the Ministry just announced suspending further mergers. This, however, is an area where time is working against them; the rapid demographic changes will make it harder and harder to provide an adequate schooling experience for the most disadvantaged children, not to speak of depriving students of opportunities to see a bigger part of the world – and their teachers of much-needed opportunities to improve pedagogical practice through learning from a more diverse range of colleagues and facilities that come with larger school units.

Quite in contrast to this stands the rather successful curriculum reform. This reform has not just been about updating and repackaging educational content, but aims at helping students find out who they are, where they want to go in life, and how they will get there, in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain world. Clearly, the new curriculum will not unfold its full impact on student learning and teacher behavior before China tackles its exam culture that remains narrowly focused on rote learning. But still, there seem signs that the reform is beginning to positively influence teacher development, institutional innovation, classroom culture, research culture and the management culture of Chinese education. It was interesting to learn about the trajectory from designing the reform at the end of the 1990s, through carefully piloting it and then progressively rolling it out (with much emphasis on training teachers and school principals), up to extending it to full implementation at the upper secondary level just this year. That’s a full 16 years to align policies and practices across the different aspects of the school system, ensure their coherence and build capacity for progressive implementation and refinement. Contrast that with most curriculum reforms in the West, where leaders feel they need to get this through in one electoral period, and where we often end up with wave after wave of curriculum reform passing above the heads of those who need to deliver them in classrooms at the frontline.

Read More About Adult Education On Line

Our beginning to adult education will include the basics, which will be followed by a more thorough look at this theme. In my opinion, the many benefits of adult education are often neglected by the population as a whole. I teach adult and continuing education classes at a local adult resource center, so I know what I am talking about a little bit. There are all kinds of adult classes geared towards the different needs of different learners. Some adult courses are there simply for fun. There are many people who take pottery making, foreign language classes, literature courses, computer literacy classes, and other adult education courses just for the simple pleasure of it. This is a great way to keep your mind sharp and learn new skills as you get older. Other people have a more serious purpose for adult education classes. Many of them are used as job training courses to help people keep up with the latest technology at work. An adult education class can increase your income potential, get you a new position that you enjoy better, or even open up an entirely new field of study for you. There is really no limit to what adult courses can do for you.

From here on out, we will give you information on what can make this subject a little more helpful to you. If you want to take continuing education classes, the first thing to do is to figure out what you want to get out of them. If you’re looking for something fun to do, there are plenty of resources. You can take recreational courses at a local community center, or go to a community college. You might even be able to audit courses for free if the professor approves. If, on the other hand, you have a more serious purpose for your adult education classes, you should do some research into which courses will get you where you need to go. Do you simply need to learn a skill, or do you also need a certificate? If the latter, what certificate you need? Does it matter where you get your training? You should also make sure that your adult education classes fit your schedule. This is pretty obvious to a lot of people, but you would be surprised how many folks I meet who don’t do it. They assume something will change in their lives and free up a lot of time. They don’t really think it through, and as a result the course turns out to be a waste. You don’t want to throw out a few hundred bucks on a class you aren’t going to go to, do you? Be smart, have fun, and keep learning! When you carefully analyze every paragraph that we have discussed about adult education, you will see a familiar thread of which to explore.

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Face Validity and the New Ed School Rankings

For those of you outside academia, “face validity” is a fancy term academics use that simply means that something makes sense upon first glance (or “on face”).  US News and World Report released their latest grad school rankings last week, and one thing I notice is the lack of face validity.

First, I should note that I’m a Vanderbilt alum and Vanderbilt dropped to #2 in the education school rankings after ranking #1 for five consecutive years.  I hesitated to write this post lest anybody think it’s simply sour grapes.  Or maybe an attempt to draw attention to the fact that Vanderbilt dropped in the rankings as soon as I left . . .

In all seriousness, I really don’t care all that much where Vanderbilt ranks.  I don’t even know what it actually means to be the top-ranked school of education.  What matters most?  Outcomes of students?  Research of faculty?  Selectivity?  The current rankings measure the latter two but not the first (my biggest criticism of them would be that they make virtually no attempt to measure the education students actually receive).  We could construct the rankings 100 different ways that would all make some amount of sense, so it’s a bit ridiculous that the USNWR rankings draw so much attention (and yet, here I am, helping them draw even more attention).

Despite the fact that I claim I have no idea what it means to be the top-ranked school of education, if pressed I’d have to posit that the top four, in some order, are Vanderbilt (Peabody), Columbia (Teacher’s College), Stanford, and Harvard.  I think those four have the most history and prestige, but I could be wrong.  By one measure, they have the most recognizable scholars (Stanford has 21; Harvard 19; Columbia 12; and Vanderbilt 11 of the 200 scholars ranked) — so I don’t think I’m totally off-base here.  So it’s interesting to me that those schools rank second, third, fourth, and eighth.

Another measure would be to look at which schools have the top-ranked programs.  USNWR ranks the top 20 or so programs in 10 different fields, though they do so solely based on nominations by Deans.  I’d consider these rankings “face validity” because they’re simply asking knowledgeable people what looks like it would make sense to them rather than doing any sort of comprehensive multivariate analysis. By clicking on each school’s profile, one can see how many programs that school has that made the cut. Below are the top 25 ranked schools of education and the number of fields in which they were ranked:

2.) Vanderbilt: 9
5.) Wisconsin: 9
8.) Columbia: 9
15.) Michigan St.: 8
16.) Ohio St.: 8
4.) Stanford: 7
8.) Columbia: 7
8.) Michigan: 7
11.) UCLA: 7
7.) Washington: 6
10.) Texas: 6
22.) Virginia: 6
25.) Indiana: 6
3.) Harvard: 5
14.) UC-Berkeley: 5
5.) Penn: 4
20.) NYU: 4
20.) Minnesota: 4
18.) USC: 3
13.) Oregon: 1
17.) Kansas: 1
22.) Pitt: 1
24.) BC: 1
1.) Johns Hopkins: 0
11.) Northwestern: 0
18.) Arizona St.: 0

A few things stick out here:

-There looks to be only a mild correlation between a school’s overall rank and the number of top programs it has.

-A number of schools have quite a few top-ranked programs but are outside the top 10 — Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia, and Indiana are particularly notable.

-Meanwhile, Northwestern and Johns Hopkins have exactly zero top-ranked programs and yet rank above all of those programs.

-Yes, you read that right: Johns Hopkins — the new #1 School of Education — has exactly zero programs ranked among the top 20 or so in the country.  Now, I freely admit that I have absolutely no idea whether or not Johns Hopkins has the best faculty, students, research, or anything else we try to measure, but that’s pretty striking.

So, something doesn’t make sense here.  How could Deans perceive that schools have a slew or dearth of top programs while the overall rankings indicate that the school as a whole is actually merely really good or the cream of the crop?

One possibility is that the Deans’ perceptions are wrong and that the data collected by USNWR are a better indicator of quality.  Another possibility is the opposite — that the rankings are a sham and that we should listen to the Deans.  A third possibility is that the program rankings are misleading in some way (e.g. some fields are more important than others, important fields are missed, the narrow margins are insignificant, or that a few top-5 programs is better than a bunch of top-20 programs).

If it’s number one or two then I’d argue that either the overall rankings or the program rankings are lacking in face validity.  In reality, it’s probably some mixture of all of the above.  But if memory serves, I believe that Texas, Oregon, and Johns Hopkins have been second one year and 10th or lower another year just in the past five years.  It’s possible that school quality changes that fast, but it seems rather unlikely.

Another way of looking at the rankings would be to look at programs that rank at the very top of their fields.  If we look at the number of programs that rank in the top 10/top 5/#1 in their field, we get a different picture for each one and from above:

Wisconsin: 8/7/1
Vanderbilt: 8/5/2
Michigan State: 7/4/2
Columbia: 6/5/0
Michigan: 6/5/0
Ohio State: 6/1/0
Stanford: 5/5/2
Virginia: 4/1/0
Harvard: 3/2/0
UCLA: 3/1/1
Texas: 3/0/0
Indiana: 3/0/0
UC-Berkeley: 2/0/0
Washington: 2/0/0
Penn: 2/0/0
Minnesota: 2/0/0
Oregon: 1/1/0
Kansas: 1/1/0
USC: 1/1/0

When we look at this way, we notice that four schools ranked in the top 10 didn’t have a single program ranked in the top five in its field (#1 Johns Hopkins, #5 Penn, #7 Washington, and #10 Texas).

Another thing you may notice is that there are only eight #1 rankings in 10 fields.  That’s because the schools ranked first in student counseling and personnel services (Maryland) and technical/vocation education (Penn State) didn’t make the top 25.  Which may confirm my earlier hypothesis that some fields are viewed as more important than others.  Or not.  If we look at the number of programs ranked among the best in their field or the top 10/5/#1 in their field, we find a few schools outside the top top 25 that dwarf most of the top 25 schools:

33.) Penn State: 9/4/2/1
33.) Georgia: 9/6/3/0
26.) Maryland: 7/2/1/1
26.) Illinois: 6/2/1/0

All of which leads to a whole lot of confusion.  I’m not really sure what the rankings are measuring to begin with, but it sure seems odd that their specialty rankings would be so misaligned with their comprehensive rankings.  I’d bet that a lot of the Deans polled for the specialty rankings (and academics who think like they do) probably think the overall rankings are lacking in face validity.

Helping Your ELLs (English-language learner) Adjust to New Surroundings

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Although there are no specific teaching techniques to make ELLs feel that they belong in a new culture, there are ways for you to make them feel welcome in your classroom:

Learn their names

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Take the time to learn how to pronounce your ELLs’ names correctly. Ask them to say their name. Listen carefully and repeat it until you know it. If a student’s name is Pedro, make sure you do not call him /peedro/ or Peter. Also, model the correct pronunciation of ELLs’ names to the class so that all students can say the correct pronunciation.

Offer one-on-one assistance when possible

Some ELLs may not answer voluntarily in class or ask for your help even if they need it. ELLs may smile and nod, but this does not necessarily mean that they understand. Go over to their desk to offer individual coaching in a friendly way. For convenience, it may be helpful to seat ELLs near your desk.

Assign a peer partner

Identify a classmate who really wants to help your ELL as a peer. This student can make sure that the ELL understands what he or she is supposed to do. It will be even more helpful if the peer partner knows the ELL’s first language.

Post a visual daily schedule

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Even if ELLs do not yet understand all of the words that you speak, it is possible for them to understand the structure of each day. Whether through chalkboard art or images on Velcro, you can post the daily schedule each morning. By writing down times and having pictures next to words like lunch, wash hands, math, and field trip, ELLs can have a general sense of the upcoming day.

Use an interpreter

On-site interpreters can be very helpful in smoothing out misunderstandings that arise due to communication problems and cultural differences. If an on-site interpreter (a paid or volunteer school staff position) is not available, try to find an adult – perhaps another parent who is familiar with the school or “knows the system” – who is willing to serve this purpose. In difficult situations, it would not be appropriate for another child to translate.

ELLs can make unintentional “mistakes” as they are trying hard to adjust to a new cultural setting. They are constantly transferring what they know as acceptable behaviors from their own culture to the U.S. classroom and school. Be patient as ELLs learn English and adjust.

Invite their culture into the classroom

Encourage ELLs to share their language and culture with you and your class. Show-and-tell is a good opportunity for ELLs to bring in something representative of their culture, if they wish. They could also tell a popular story or folktale using words, pictures, gestures, and movements. ELLs could also try to teach the class some words from their native language.

Use materials related to your ELLs’ cultures

Children respond when they see books, topics, characters, and images that are familiar. Try to achieve a good balance of books and materials that include different cultures. Visit our recommended bilingual books section.

Label classroom objects in both languages

Labeling classroom objects will allow ELLs to better understand their immediate surroundings. These labels will also assist you when explaining or giving directions. Start with everyday items, such as “door/puerta,” “book/libro,” and “chair/silla.”

Include ELLs in a non-threatening manner

Some ELLs may be apprehensive about speaking out in a group. They might be afraid to make mistakes in front of their peers. Their silence could also be a sign of respect for you as an authority – and not a sign of their inability or refusal to participate. Find ways to involve ELLs in a non-threatening manner, such as through Total Physical Response activities and cooperative learning projects.

Involve ELLs in cooperative learning

Some ELLs are used to working cooperatively on assigned tasks. What may look like cheating to you is actually a culturally acquired learning style — an attempt to mimic, see, or model what has to be done. Use this cultural trait as a plus in your classroom. Assign buddies or peer tutors so that ELLs are able to participate in all class activities. Also, check out these cooperative learning strategies you can use with ELLs.

Help your ELLs follow established rules

All students need to understand and follow your classroom rules from the very beginning, and ELLs are no exception. Teach them your classroom management rules as soon as possible to avoid misunderstandings, discipline problems, and feelings of low self-esteem. Here are a few strategies that you can use in class:

  • Use visuals like pictures, symbols, and reward systems to communicate your expectations in a positive and direct manner.
  • Physically model language to ELLs in classroom routines and instructional activities. ELLs will need to see you or their peers model behavior when you want them to sit down, walk to the bulletin board, work with a partner, copy a word, etc.
  • Be consistent and fair with all students. Once ELLs clearly understand what is expected, hold them equally accountable for their behavior.

Adult Education Helps Older Students Get Lives in Order

Adult education centers often hold courses helping some get their lives on track, if various circumstances may have derailed things. Whether they left high school early, need help finding a job, or just want to take a new path, adult education offers a wide variety of skills to take into the real world. And unlike a four-year university, one can often take these classes in just a few weeks for a low cost.
The programs also cater to busy schedules, often providing evening courses for those who work during the day or have a family. Schools may also provide distance learning classes, where one can take classes online from your computer.
Core Classes
Many centers offer core classes – math, science, and English, which allow the student to brush up on skills they may need for their current or future job. By taking a core class, you pick up on topics you have not studied in years, or become familiar in new areas required by an employer. Some courses also allow students to take evening courses to receive high school credit and meet graduation requirements.
GED and External Diploma
Students who dropped out of high school may return to an adult education center to receive his or her General Educational Development (G.E.D.). This course teaches the core subjects in preparation for the high school equivalency exam. Upon passing this exam, students may head to a community or four-year college of their course, or embark on their careers. In addition to providing G.E.D. prep, students may also take a practice test before the real thing. For students over 21, some cities may provide an External Diploma Program, where they can enroll and use life and work experience as an assessment of their abilities to receive a diploma.
Job Preparation
Adult education courses also help those entering the workforce, or looking to sharpen up their job skills after several years. These courses offer advice on how to polish up a resume to make it stand out, as well as information on how to ace a job interview and land a dream job.
Professional Certification
Whether you want to learn more about your field or explore a new one, professional certification or licensure programs are another option to consider. These programs often consist of a smaller number of courses, compared to a full university curriculum, after which the student receives his or her license or certificate. Should he or she decide to continue, the earned credit hours can go towards a bachelorâEUR(TM)s or masterâEUR(TM)s degree.

Adult Education Course

Adult education courses encompass a huge range of subjects and its popularity is increasing day by day, the obvious reasons is people’s urge to improve their skills and knowledge level in such economic downturn era.Most importantly, people do not need to have excellent academic track record or higher degree as a student to get benefited from such learning programs. To improve the skills: One of the most important reasons for attending such education programs is to attain an additional qualification. This course, along with other qualifications, can help people to get easy access to opportunities that were not previously available for them due to dearth of required qualifications.To pursue a hobby or personal interest: Several non exam courses are also offered in adult education that provides a great approach to get acquainted with new points of interest or hobbies. It is a valuable opportunity to make comparisons in notes, meet individuals who share alike interest and to enhance existing abilities to much higher level.To improve social connectivity: Because of busy lifestyle, often, people do not find time to interact with others. It is common particularly in big metropolitan where individuals even do not know who their neighbors are. Also, when a couple splits up or one member dies, common friends can be lost, such classes provide a good way to make new friendships.To keep brain active: As one ages, it becomes crucial for adult individual to engage brain in some work. Attending adult education courses is considered a significant way to keep away from some degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Adult education courses cover adult psychology, growth, development, and program planning.They prepare you to present informative and interesting lectures for your employees or students by promoting the skills and abilities necessary to initiate, design, develop, organize, and implement effective adult educational programs.These courses also emphasize the development of the theoretical and practical foundation for critical thinking and effective practices.Adult education courses explain the different ways adults can learn, enabling educators to teach adults, plan learning experiences, and conduct pertinent research.An online education degree program includes instruction on curriculum development, communication, and the practices and theories of adult education. It prepares you to train others in corporate settings or teach adults in post secondary atmospheres, such as a technical school Corporate training managers and specialists create and execute on-the-job training programs for employees. These programs may include specific professional development, employee orientations, or teaching employees how to use new software Government programs offering life and job skills to undeserved populations consistently hire training specialists and managers to work with their clients and determine what type of training they need. These programs vary from literacy skills to basic budgeting depending upon the clients they serve

Playing Games With Recess

Education in America will make you crazy. There is hardly a part of it that is not corrupted by ideology and contaminated by sophistical thinking.
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What could be simpler to understand than recess? When you’re talking about little children, you’re talking about puppies. They need to run around until they fall down laughing on the grass. Exertion to the point of exhaustion—that may be the most important thing they do each day.
Well, if you know anything about our Education Establishment, you know they schemed to get rid of recess. Oh yes. That’s the way their minds work. (Recess would calm the kids down, take away their anxiety and ADHD. They might want to study; and maybe they wouldn’t need all that  Ritalin and Title I intervention. Apparently, some powerful people didn’t want those results.)
 Consider, there are public schools that have not had a recess in three decades. That’s pathetic. But here’s where it gets really twisted. What was the reasoning behind this ban?
According to Slate, “Every minute of the school day has been scrutinized for its instructional value—and recess, a break from instruction, often didn’t survive the scrutiny. It was, by definition, a waste of time.”
When the Atlanta public schools got rid of recess, their superintendent famously and foolishly said, “We are intent on improving academic performance. You don’t do that by having kids hanging on the monkey bars.”
Atlanta, of course, is Ground Zero for one of the country’s biggest cheating scandals. There’s surely a connection. You have ideological commissars pursuing secret agenda that don’t value academic achievement.
The arguments against recess came down to this: What, you want the kids to play kickball when they’re failing math? 
Yes, that is exactly what an intelligent school wants.
Research indicates that children “learn more efficiently  when information is spaced out—when it is distributed over time….High performing East Asian schools have famously long school days—but much of the extra time is taken up by recess, not instruction.”
“Repeated studies have shown that when recess is delayed, children pay less and less attention. They are more focused on days when they have recess. A major study in Pediatrics found that children with more than 15 minutes of recess a day were far better behaved in class than children who had shorter recess breaks or none at all.”
Who could have guessed?
 Besides, all they’re doing in most public schools is wasting time. They pretend to teach arithmetic with Reform Math, which doesn’t work. They pretend to teach reading with Whole Language, which doesn’t work. They pretend to teach knowledge with Constructivism, which doesn’t work. So you have schools that are dedicated to wasting time, hours and hours of time every day. If officials ordered a 15- or 30-minute recess, they might have a blemish on their record of totally wasted days.
  But that was the thinking for several decades. According to a newspaper article in 2000, “Nearly forty percent of the nation’s 16,000 school districts have either modified, deleted, or are considering deleting recess…School districts in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, New Jersey, and Connecticut are opting to eliminate recess, even to the point of building new schools in their districts without playgrounds.”
Slate recently reported: “Numerous surveys have found recess time declining… The numbers show a clear trend: The more minority students a school has, and the lower the income level of their parents, the less time allotted for recess—nearly half of poor children go all day without it. They don’t even have anywhere to have it: In Chicago, nearly 100 elementary and middle schools have no playgrounds at all…”
 Isn’t that a clear case of ganging up on the people who can least defend themselves? Next, the Education Establishment will claim these kids are doing badly because of low budgets!
 So, does anyone believe that our Education Establishment really thought that recess is unnecessary. Rather, isn’t it more logical to suspect that getting rid of recess was just another component in the overall strategy of dumbing down the schools, much like getting rid of phonics and multiplication tables? In any case, dumbing-down is what the policy accomplished.
Finally, saner minds started to notice and there is now a reaction. And our Education Establishment is now boldly, if somewhat fatuously, rediscovering the obvious.
The new science of recess says that recess isn’t a waste of time at all. “Having recess is much, much, much better than not having recess,” says Anthony Pellegrini, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota who’s written extensively on the subject. “That’s unequivocal, I feel. That’s a no-brainer.”
The American Association of Pediatrics recently issued an impassioned statement on the “play deprivation” experienced by children in poverty.  That’s good news for children squirming in their seats.
 As a final note, Montessori schools and classical academies tend to incorporate physical movement into their routine pedagogy. One of the most successful phonics programs has children jumping up to sing songs.
Keep their brains active. Keep their bodies active. The need for all this has never been in question. The question is why we have so many people trying to subvert the most effective approaches.

How to develop your Child’s Math Skills?

Every child needs a firm foundation in Math. It is a very important subject that can redefine their performance in other subjects like physics, accounts and chemistry! Children with strong math skills tend to have an upper hand over the rest. However, the process of developing math skills is easy said than done. It requires lots of time and effort for visible results.

You can improve your kid’s math skills by training them how to see and explore patterns. This is one of the finest ways by which your child’s brain will grow. Games and puzzles with patterns will give your kid many opportunities to learn. If your child is not able to identify patterns, they may have a tough time with math. According to NAH experts, you should train your kids on patterns at an earlier period of time.

A Firm Foundation

A firm foundation in math can do wonders to your child’s learning ability. Preschool math is regarded as an ideal foundation for kids. It will find tune their learning sequence and make sure they learn aptly. As a child completes his/her foundation in Math, they must be familiar with geometry, algebra, sequences, shapes and comparisons. These are introductory topics that can influence their problem solving ability.

As time passes, you should train your child on operations and numbers. They must know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. After all, first grade math is all about these operations. It is interesting to note that kids who know how to use these operations will be good with weight, figures, time, use of money, measurement and data analysis on charts. Moving on, they must be able to with bigger numbers. From tens to hundreds to thousands, they should be able to expand their horizons. This can be a challenging task; however, successful kids tend to have a bigger and brighter future.
A world beyond Problems

Always remember that Math is not just about numbers and problems. There is a scientific logic behind everything. This is why math is a challenging subject, feared by many. The use of scientific notations and operations can make their experience with the subject intuitive.
On the whole, there are several ways by which you can improve your child’s math skills. From strict standards to mind blowing shortcuts, Need Assignment Help has experts to help you with this chore.

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Typical “Classical” Homeschooling Schedule (For children under age 10)

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The “Classical”approach has existed since the Middle Ages and has produced some of the greatest minds in history. The goal of the classical approach is to teach people how to learn for themselves. The five tools of learning, known as the Trivium, are Reason, Record, Research, Relate and Rhetoric. Younger children begin with the preparing stage, where they learn the three R’s. The grammar stage is next, which emphasizes compositions and collections, and then the dialectic stage, where serious reading, study and research take place.

All the tools come together in the Rhetoric stage where communication is the primary focus. For help, homeschoolers following the classical style will read books about this method, find Web sites about classical homeschooling, and possibly join a classical homeschooling support group.

Classical homeschoolers have a unique way of creating “History Notebooks.”These notebooks are very popular with Eclectic homeschoolers too. Many Eclectic homeschoolers will borrow this way of teaching history and will add it to their own Eclectic curriculum. The most popular book on the Classical approach is “The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home” by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.

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  • 5-6:30 a.m. Parents rise, children rise, showers, dressing, early morning chores.
  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast, morning family meeting or worship.
  • 8:00 a.m. Daily chores from a pre-determined list.
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. General lessons where children:
      • 1) recite memory work
      • 2) practice reading
      • 3) practice oral narration
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. Mother reads aloud to all the children (child’s choice)
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m.
    • 1) phonics instruction
    • 2) copy work (the student will copy verbatim a written piece, like the Constitution, that is at their level).
    • 3) history notebook and time-line (For the time-line the children keep a running time-line where they can note names of people and events that they are currently studying. The history notebook is laid out by date and children add information from their copy work, photos from their field trip to the Civil War re-enactment, or their entry into the National History Day Competition.
  • 11:30 a.m. Prepare lunch and straighten house.
  • 12:00 noon Lunch and mid-day chores.
  • 1:00 p.m. Naps and quiet time.
  • 2-2:45 p.m. Mother reads aloud (Children may do arts & crafts at the same time). Children finish up their oral narrations.
  • 2:45-4:30 p.m. Finish up academic work from the morning, play time, walks, field trips, library, and volunteering.
  • 4:40-5:00 p.m. Prepare supper, straighten house.
  • 5:00 p.m. Supper and evening chores.
  • 6:30 p.m. Evening family worship (optional).
  • 7-7:45 p.m. Father reads aloud to the family.
  • 7:45-8:30 Family activities (like games).
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m. Prepare for bed.
  • 9:00 p.m. Bedtime

Give Your Kids Smart Classes and Enhance Their Learning and Creative Skills

We all are aware that the early ages of a child are very crucial for the mental development, therefore, it is very necessary to make them develop a habit of practicing certain things, which sharpen their brains. Early education is considered to be very helpful for the young, this is the reason that people have started indulging their kids in so any extracurricular activities. There are so many sessions that are conducted by the people, in order to motivate the kids and bring them to light. Creativity and skills, both are necessary for the living of a human, and if there is a possibility to give the push for the same at the early ages, it could be the best thing.

Keeping this into consideration, there are many nurseries and prep schools, which let your children play and at the same time, they learn something new every day. Since there are many, therefore your selection would only strive for the best one, as you want to make your kid have the best of classes and learning. When giving a thought to avail an admission for your child in a nursery, give this one a thought. It is known to be the top starred in the area, and not only makes the children learn every day, they also make them enhance their inner talents. The staff is so finely trained, that your kid will not have any problem in mixing up with them.

The team provides you with a fun loving environment where childcare is treated with the utmost priority. They have proved themselves to be the best Nursery in downtown dubai, where play is considered to be the heart of the kids. The belief that a happy child learns the most makes them give astonishing results. Your child is trained under the supervision of the friendliest staff that you might have ever seen. They form a perfect préscolaire à business bay, which encourage learning through play, thus, making it easy to remember things, and the process comes out to be more fun than the regular boring pattern of grasping and memorizing. They will give complete support in letting the child having a hold in an emotional, intellectual and physical manner.

There are several different programs offered by this Kindergarten in downtown:

1. Plan for the infant group, (age: 45 days to 1 year).
2. For the toddler group to discover new things (age: 1 year to 2 years).
3. Nursery level classes for enhancing creativity (age: 2 year to 3 years).
4. Forming the wonder kids at the foundation age (age: 3 year to 4 years).

Adult Education in Pakistan

Introduction:

Education is considered as the backbone in the development of any country. With the help of nation can identify itself amongst the other nations of the world. With learning nation gets power and respect and enables them to control over the economy. Study also helps the nation in character building and in improving their moral responsibilities.
Adult Education:

By experts adult study is define as “A process through which grown-ups of a common acquire modern ideas. Awareness of the present issue of the society and to some extent critical thinking is developed” develop countries have already approved through this stage but they still have a program of adult learning for the people who left behind in education race.

Improvement in education Policy:

In 1992 policy, the government improved adult study and suggested the promotion of learning for females through the combination of non-formal and distance study. Away from each other from the lack of education among the younger generation there is also a problem of adult illiteracy. Many people in Pakistan do not receive education because of the poverty, their financial problems and lack of educational facilities especially for the girls.

Training and Development:

Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating the adults. This is done in workplace or through extension courses at secondary schools. This practice is also referred to training and development. Educating the adult is differ from education the children in various ways and the main difference is that adults have already gathered education, knowledge and experience which add worth to the process of learning. Distance education and learning programs, national open schools and open universities are offering opportunities to people who wish to endure their higher education. The distance learning programs uses various means for the provision of education to the adults.

NGO’s:

There are number of non-government organizations which are providing and educating the adults in Pakistan. These organizations use various means for education and the name of these organizations are:

Pakistan coalition for education
Bunyad foundation
Literate Pakistan
The citizens foundation
Idara-e-taleem-o-Aagahi

Apart from the above there are many other organizations which are doing the same thing.

Types of Adult Education:

The study for adult in Pakistan has two main categories formal and informal education. Formal learning is class based education in which the students used classrooms and trained teachers whereas informal education is outside the classrooms. Both means of education provide different strengths to the education.

Change with the world:

The world around us changes day by day and to become in line with these changes adult education is very important. Adult education teaches an individual how to survive in this world and to make his demand in the world. Adult study not only equipped the individual with skills and abilities but also make this world a more productive place for him where he can apply his skills and knowledge.

Conclusion:

Adult education is compulsory for education the adults about their responsibilities and their duties. It is important for them in recognizing their role in the society and what they can do for their society. How they can perform their role for the development of their society. After getting the education adults recognize their accountabilities and perform these accountabilities in a manner able way.

Summary:

Education is considered as a vital element of the development of a country. The financial growth rate of a country depends on the education ratio of that country. Student is to teach the adult by using different means of education either by using distance learning or formal education. Adult education makes individual familiar with his worth in this world. Open schools and universities are offering chance to individuals who wish to get higher degree.

Smart policies matter in education

by Dirk Van Damme
Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills

Education policies are meant for the future, they target society-wide outcomes in the next generation. But constructing these policies demands foresight and planning, while simultaneously dealing with difficult trade-offs in the present. Take Korea, a remarkable success story of fast increasing educational attainment which made the country one of the highest educated nations in the world: 64% of its 25-34 year-old population has a tertiary qualification. And the PISA and Survey of Adult Skills data show that this incredible educational revolution did not cause any decline in the quality of learning. Clearly, Korea is successful in preparing its young workforce for a highly-skilled technological economy. How did they do that? A new issue of Education Indicators in Focus sheds some light on the policy trade-offs that countries face when they want to raise the tertiary attainment rate in the young generation.

Korea has invested heavily in education in the second half of the 20th Century. All levels of education combined they spent 6.1% of GDP on education already in the year 2000, climbing to 7.6% in 2010, well above the OECD average of 6.3%. On tertiary education, they spent 2.6% in 2010, a full percentage above the OECD average of 1.6%. But, due to the many students that were served, the per student expenditure was quite moderate, as can be seen in the graph above, just under USD 10 000. The graph shows that there are many countries spending a lot more, but failing to produce a high number of graduates in the young population. Korea demonstrates huge value for money from investments in tertiary education.

Money clearly matters, but there are wide differences between countries in the efficiency on how it is spent. Raising budgets for tertiary education is a hard thing to do, especially in times of economic crisis, fiscal consolidation and austerity. The considerable increases in educational expenditure seen in the past ten years will not be repeated again. And shifting the cost for tertiary education to students and families is a popular alternative, but faces resistance and drawbacks. No doubt, the imperative for efficiency resounds.

Is having more students a good strategy? The number of students as a percentage of the 20-29 year-old population is a good indicator. It combines the effect of participation rates and the time spent in education to earn a degree. Korea only has an average number of students in the 20-29 age cohort. So, probably they are very successful in their studies and they complete them in a short time. Canada, another country with a highly-skilled young population, has even less, with 25% students among the 20-29 year-olds. In contrast, Germany, a country with relatively few tertiary graduates (less than 30% in the 25-34 year-old age group) has close to 32% of students among the 20-29 year-olds. Spending a lot of time in universities is not a good way to produce more graduates.

Investing in the future comes at a high a price, and not only in monetary terms. Is the labour market following? For the time being, Korea seems unable to absorb the entirety of its well-qualified youngsters in skilled professions. With 75%, graduate employment among their 25-34 year-olds with a tertiary qualification in Korea are among the lowest in OECD countries (average 82%). It could be questioned as to whether  the inclusion of employment in Korea was  sufficiently integrated into the educational policy mix. Whereas, the small country of Belgium appears to have been able to combine the policy trade-offs better: spending is average, student participation is slightly above the average, however, it has a high tertiary attainment and high graduate employment rate.  Sometimes, ‘middle-of-the-road’ policies combined with a smart policy mix offer the best prospects.by Dirk Van Damme
Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills

Education policies are meant for the future, they target society-wide outcomes in the next generation. But constructing these policies demands foresight and planning, while simultaneously dealing with difficult trade-offs in the present. Take Korea, a remarkable success story of fast increasing educational attainment which made the country one of the highest educated nations in the world: 64% of its 25-34 year-old population has a tertiary qualification. And the PISA and Survey of Adult Skills data show that this incredible educational revolution did not cause any decline in the quality of learning. Clearly, Korea is successful in preparing its young workforce for a highly-skilled technological economy. How did they do that? A new issue of Education Indicators in Focus sheds some light on the policy trade-offs that countries face when they want to raise the tertiary attainment rate in the young generation.

Korea has invested heavily in education in the second half of the 20th Century. All levels of education combined they spent 6.1% of GDP on education already in the year 2000, climbing to 7.6% in 2010, well above the OECD average of 6.3%. On tertiary education, they spent 2.6% in 2010, a full percentage above the OECD average of 1.6%. But, due to the many students that were served, the per student expenditure was quite moderate, as can be seen in the graph above, just under USD 10 000. The graph shows that there are many countries spending a lot more, but failing to produce a high number of graduates in the young population. Korea demonstrates huge value for money from investments in tertiary education.

Money clearly matters, but there are wide differences between countries in the efficiency on how it is spent. Raising budgets for tertiary education is a hard thing to do, especially in times of economic crisis, fiscal consolidation and austerity. The considerable increases in educational expenditure seen in the past ten years will not be repeated again. And shifting the cost for tertiary education to students and families is a popular alternative, but faces resistance and drawbacks. No doubt, the imperative for efficiency resounds.

Is having more students a good strategy? The number of students as a percentage of the 20-29 year-old population is a good indicator. It combines the effect of participation rates and the time spent in education to earn a degree. Korea only has an average number of students in the 20-29 age cohort. So, probably they are very successful in their studies and they complete them in a short time. Canada, another country with a highly-skilled young population, has even less, with 25% students among the 20-29 year-olds. In contrast, Germany, a country with relatively few tertiary graduates (less than 30% in the 25-34 year-old age group) has close to 32% of students among the 20-29 year-olds. Spending a lot of time in universities is not a good way to produce more graduates.

Investing in the future comes at a high a price, and not only in monetary terms. Is the labour market following? For the time being, Korea seems unable to absorb the entirety of its well-qualified youngsters in skilled professions. With 75%, graduate employment among their 25-34 year-olds with a tertiary qualification in Korea are among the lowest in OECD countries (average 82%). It could be questioned as to whether  the inclusion of employment in Korea was  sufficiently integrated into the educational policy mix. Whereas, the small country of Belgium appears to have been able to combine the policy trade-offs better: spending is average, student participation is slightly above the average, however, it has a high tertiary attainment and high graduate employment rate.  Sometimes, ‘middle-of-the-road’ policies combined with a smart policy mix offer the best prospects.

How primary teaching method emphasizes children’s natural desire to learn

The philosophy of modern education using the actual observations of kids aims for the fullest development of a child within the realms of possibility and finally preparing the kid for life’s further rich experiences. You must know that the child’s brain between the span of birth and five years of age is called “absorbent mind” because at this time the child gets a tremendous ability to learn and swallow up from the orb around him, that too without any conscious effort. The children are mainly receptive to some external stimuli. You may know that the development of a child is determined by some chronological factors rather than any unconventionality. As a Primary teacher you should recognize the advantage of this productive stage and make the child introduce with the materials and self directed activities which are specially map out to stimulate the intellect.

Primary teachers must be always ready to assist and facilitate in the classroom. You must allow the child to work at his/ her own optimum level. They should be given an environment where beauty is emphasized and spontaneous interest of “work” is exposing to view as the kid is given the freedom to make her/ his own choices. You must provide with all the equipments to stimulate the child’s natural desire to learn and become self-sufficient. Each child must be allowed to work through his/ her individual will and truly understand the new facts according to his/ her own unique way and capabilities. Always remember there is nothing in the environment which the child cannot see or touch or play with. All of the equipments should be scaled down to the child’s reach. An ideal Primary classroom has a frank, productive atmosphere where joy and education meet together. You must learn how to create such an enriched environment full of freedom and activities where intellectual development can spontaneously flourish.

You need to be a keen observer. Primary teacher needs to observe the progress of every kid and plan appropriately for their individual development. Certain qualities are required to be an effective Primary teacher. Since Primary training focuses on overall humane development of a child, so apart from being educated ,a teacher should have the capability to differentiate between good and bad aspects of the environment as their duty is to make their students’ thinking inclined towards positivity and morality of society leading to rational development in them. Primary teachers basically act as a link between their young students and the world beyond the classrooms. Becoming a Primary teacher is a very noble profession but you need to get a Pre and Primary training which has gained worldwide acceptance with the surging the demand of Primary teachers.

How can I best use the Internet in my classroom?

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The broad range of resources, the dynamic nature of the content, and the lack of time and location dependency of the Net create a great deal of classroom potential, but how can these best be utilized?

To help simplify how you can use the Net in your classroom, this section will focus on three processes that commonly take place in classrooms: communication and collaboration, research, and publication. These are by no means the only events that take place in a class, but they exemplify typical events in a teacher’s or student’s day.

Communication and Collaboration

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Communicating with peers is an integral part of the learning process. Typically this communication takes place in the classroom, and consists of interaction between the teacher and the students in that room.

The Net provides the ability to expand that conversation to other classes of students, additional teachers, and content experts. These conversations and resources are not always necessary in a class, but the ability to increase the range of interactions, the variety of perspectives, and the breadth of the approaches students can take to solve a problem can only enrich the learning environment.

There are some sites on the Web that are specifically created to help expand communication among teachers and students. Here are some examples.

The Net also provides a great opportunity for students to interact with each other, and to collaborate on projects. For instance, classes of students working on research papers can debate topics and exchange information through e-mail. This type of collaboration expands the range of opinions and ideas that students are challenged with as they complete projects.

In addition to the wide range of experts and collaborations that are available online, the Net offers flexibility by reducing strict time dependence for interaction among students, teachers, and experts.

Research is by no means a new topic in schools, but again the Net offers students and teachers a new way to approach information and materials. One of the immediate benefits that the Net offers has been discussed earlier — the proliferation of resources and materials that are now available to teachers and students through the Web.

The Net also offers two very new approaches to research in the classroom; that is, the wide availability of real data and simulations. The use of real data has always been a part of education, but with the introduction of the Net, the amount of data that is available in the classroom has grown greatly. With the Internet, students have access to global data sets. This, in conjunction with the Net’s communication capacity, creates potential for very interesting projects.

Another aspect of researching is the ability to conduct experiments and evaluate the results. Most schools are equipped with labs and give students the opportunity to experiment. The Web does not replace hands-on experimentation, but it provides access to simulations of activities and resources that may be too expensive or unsafe for use in a classroom.

images A student’s final project should reflect his or her knowledge of the subjects and facts learned for a particular class. The Net allows teachers and students to think about the completed project differently than before — as something that can be viewed by people around the world, and that can potentially add to the Net itself as a useful resource. Because of its visibility on the Net, the project can also generate feedback far beyond the grade given by the teacher.

By engaging students — particularly those who find traditional teacher-centered learning difficult — the Internet can help the students be more productive. The opportunity to create a Web site and make one’s ideas public is very attractive for many students, and the tasks involved in Web design allow many talents (such as graphic-design, musical, and computing skills) to emerge. When students are excited about learning and expressing their ideas, their performance almost always improves. And since publication of student material online provides a much larger audience for it, it gives an additional reason for the students to take care and do their best, since potentially anyone could see the results.

As you consider the use of the Net in your classroom, the important thing to remember is the educational objective you want to achieve with your students. The Net can broaden students’ access to information, increase their communication with others, and provide a powerful medium for publishing work. The objective of, say, a history lesson is not how to use the Net, it is to understand history, but the Net is a powerful tool that students and teachers can use to help that understanding.

Summer camps enhance the overall development and nurture a child’s growth

Summers are fun as it means school’s out! Parents are often in a dilemma on ways to engage their children into something interactive and educational that will help to boost the self confidence of their child. Every parent wants to happily invest time and money for their child in activities that will build their child’s self-esteem and social skills which are a must for every child to grow independent.

Children can spend endless hours in front of the television or play video games throughout the day; however as a parent we need to realise that it can often impair their cognitive development and hence engage them in summer camp 2015 and provide your child a platform to hone their life-skills and enhance their cognitive and behavioural development.

Mindsahead is one such education organization in USA doing their bit to contribute in the overall development process of the children. It’s functional in building a solid and trusted foundation for the young minds to nurture for future challenges of the life and offers various interactive and educational programs to enhance healthy cognitive and behavioural development of the child.

The summer camp 2015 NJ held at Mindsahead plays a major role in promoting the various skills in children besides engaging children in fun-filled activities related to academics, science projects and robotics.
Bees-in-Dreams is an active program launched at Mindsahead that helps in enhancing the creativity, imagination and team building activities among the children and is operational and encourages your child to take up different interests like craft, painting, designing and many other skills.

ManagerMinds & Robotics is an additional program offered at summer camp usa and the main focus of this program is on developing the management skills and updating them about the science and technology used in robots. There are ongoing opportunities for your child to explore and gain knowledge about the design and applications used in the making process of robotics.

NewsMinds, NeuroActs & YogaActs is a program designed to focus on the overall health of your child. The combined activities help with the fitness levels of their brains and will make the children more proficient, increase the concentration quotient of the child and make the child more grounded and interactive in their every day routine.

How will your child benefit by enrolling in a summer camp

Camps are a good way to embed independence in your child as they reach young adulthood.
Resilience encourages the child to face new challenges like packing bags, learning how to build a fire etc.
Enhances the confidence of the child and helps them overcome challenges through the daily achievements they make.
Kids tend to be become- self reliant and a sense of responsibility build in them.
Browse online for a free consultation on the varied offering at summer camp USA. Enrol now!

Top 10 Best Selling Homeschool Books 2015 Part-1

1 – First Year of Homeschooling Your Child, by Linda Dobson

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right StartAre you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child’s school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?

This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child’s specific learning style, including:
·When, why, and how to get started
·The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child’s progress, and navigate local regulations
·Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
·Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
·And much, much more!

2 – Homeschooling 101, by Erica Arndt

Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.

So you’ve decided to homeschool but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, Homeschooling 101 offers you a step by step practical guide that will help you get started and continue on in your homeschooling journey. Erica will walk you through all of the aspects of getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! This book is a must read for new homeschoolers who need tangible advice for getting started!

3 – The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas, by Linda Dobson

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12
As a homeschooling parent, you’re always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you’ll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family’s homeschooling needs.

4 – Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome, by Lise Pyles

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome Packed with inspiring ideas and tips that can be used with any curriculum and on any budget, Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome explains how to design a varied study programme built around the child’s own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Parents planning to homeschool their child with Asperger Syndrome will appreciate Lise Pyles’ encouraging and practical advice, including step-by-step instructions on how to assess and improve body language and social skills, accommodating the child’s need for ritual or perfectionist tendencies, and how to develop handwriting and coordination skills.

5 – How to Work and Homeschool, by Pamela Price

How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies from Parents

Do you want to home school, but you need to keep working? Maybe you’re already homeschooling, but you would like to start a business? Perhaps you’re homeschooling, working, and volunteering, but need to create space for yourself? How can this possibly be done? How do other parents manage?

Is My Child Learning Enough?

One of the big questions most new homeschoolers ask is, “How will I know if my child is learning?”

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When a child is in public school he or she is constantly tested. Each week there are spelling tests, there are chapter tests on a regular basis, and in many states there is standardized testing. Many parents of public school students decide that if the grades coming home on test papers and report cards are good, then their child must be learning.

When students are pulled from a traditional school setting and placed in homeschooling it is sometimes difficult for the parent to know if the student is actually learning enough to keep up with their grade peers. A big problem is that homeschool students tend to not be tested as often as public school students. But is it really a problem and is testing the only way to know if a student is learning enough?

How Long?

Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a child is learning enough in homeschool because homeschooling generally takes much less time than traditional education.   Homeschooled children generally do not spend as much time on a particular topic as traditionally educated students because they are neither ahead nor behind their classmates. Part of the reason for this is that your homeschooled child is receiving one-on-one attention. They do not have to wait for others to catch up, nor are they holding up other students back if they need to spend more time on a topic. If the student understands the topic then he or she can move on right away.

Traditional education is set up for a traditional school year, in many states that is approximately 180 school days. That is, for each subject an hour of instruction per day for 180 days, or 180 hours per subject. Now, consider this question: Is a public school hour of instruction really an hour? Students must move from class to class, spending time talking to peers, going to lockers, and moving between classrooms and even buildings. A traditional school hour of education might be as short as 45 minutes by the time moving, getting settled, and ready to actually learn are taken into account.

Homeschoolers can take almost all of that transition time out of their day. The commute from math at the kitchen table to history on the sofa takes considerably less time than moving from one end of a building to another and climbing a flight of steps or two.  When was the last time you heard of a traditionally educated student actually finishing a complete textbook in a year?  It is safe to say that a homeschooled student can probably cover more material in a school day than traditional educated students can. It is not unusual for a homeschooled student to complete the entire course in a homeschool curriculum.

Testing?

Homeschooled students generally do not take as many tests as public school students do. Consequently, less time is spent teaching “to the test”. Teaching to the test limits a student’s exploration of a subject by limiting them to the material that will be tested. Testing is not necessarily a true measure of understanding of a topic.

In fact, standardized tests can be detrimental to students who are from different backgrounds and upbringings. Consider, for example, a standardized test question that asks reasons for the Civil War. Since the Civil War is viewed differently by different ethnicities, as well as different locations, a question designed to show understanding of the reasons behind the war might not realistically test a student’s knowledge.

Another problem with standardized testing is that some students are very test savvy, understanding how to take tests well even if they do not understand the subject matter. Other students are poor test takers and do not do well under the pressures of timed tests. A low score by a poor test taker is not a true measure of their knowledge or learning ability, only their testing abilities.

You’ll know!

It sounds cheesy to say that you will know if your child is learning but the reality is that you will know if your child is learning. You can see it on their faces, you can tell by their attitude, and you will see forward progress.

If your student begins their homeschool day ready to go to school, moves quickly through their assignments, and is hungry for more information, it is safe to say that the student is learning.

If your student can not only give you the instructed materials on a multiple choice test, but can hold a conversation about the material you will know they understand the material. When a student can play the part of the teacher, either giving a speech, or teaching other children in a subject, then that student will have sufficient knowledge of a subject to move on to new material.

Finally, as the parent as well as the teacher it is possible to see the student in all stages of learning. You will not have to depend on a report card, or a test score. You will see your student work through the instructional material, watch them answer questions, and be able to judge for yourself if your student is actually learning.

Short List of Growing Support for Parent Education and Older Adults

State Funding for Older Adults and Parent Education Adult Education will end in July of this year.

All along, many folks have thought these programs were valuable.  They simply didn’t think there was enough money to pay for them, coming out of Great Meltdown of Wall Street, Main Street, and Adult Education. Others, like the folks at the LAO (Legislative Analyst Office), thought the mission of Adult Education should be narrowed to a more work-oriented focus.  (They also thought the two systems – K12 Adult Ed and Community Adult Ed should stay as they were – separate, just better coordinated.)   Meltdowns are the perfect time to re-form things because everything is nice and gooey and often there have already been losses, changes, etc.  This idea is the central tenet of the Shock Doctrine.  Before you get too upset about that, just remember that can swing in any direction.  It might be a direction you like.  It might be a direction you don’t like.  It’s just one of those things that’s true and also encapsulated in the idea that crises = opportunity.

In any case, that’s what happened.

Now, as we get close to when these changes –

State funding for Adult Education through the new Regional Consortia Block Grant System will go toward only these five programs:

*   Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate

  • Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for education services in citizenship and English as a second language and workforce preparation classes in basic skills
  • Education programs for adults with disabilities
  • Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential
  • Programs for apprentices

go into effect, there is growing support for programs which will no longer be financially supported by the State.

What will happen?

I don’t know.  But here’s a list of the growing support.

(Click here for the longer version of this post.)

Hit the “read more” link to see the list.

1.  “Too Old To Learn – website focused on saving Older Adults programs in Los Angeles.  Many resources, testimonials and links to a petition are on the site.

2.   Continue to Fund Programs for Older Adults Classes – Change.org petition addressed to Los Angeles Board of Education.  Petition is focused on Older Adults classes in Los Angeles only.

3.  AB1112 – Assembly Member Patty Lopez’ bill to reinstate State funding for Parent Education and Family Literacy.

4.  “Please Support AB1112 to Save Parent Ed and Family Literacy Programs in California” Moveon.org petition addressed to the State House (Senate and Assembly) in support of the Lopez bill.

5.  LA Family Literacy – website focused on saving Parent Ed programs in Los Angeles.  Excellent info and testimonials on the site.

6.  CFT – California Federation of Teachers Union.  Secretary Treasurer Jeff Freitas’ testimony at the January 29th 2015 Oversight Hearing on Adult Ed can be viewed here.  (2:03:25).   The Adult Education issue paper can be read here.

7. Alliance for California Adult Schools – A4CAS.  On the Resources page, scroll down to “Mission – Broad or Narrow” for many pertinent links and articles.

8.  George Porter’s Petition for the Broad Mission.  George Porter is an Older Adults instructor at Berkeley Adult School, member of the Berkeley Commission on Aging, and a grassroots advocate for Adult Education and the broad mission.

9.  Carlos Alcala of the California Chicano Latino Caucus speaking at the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Hearing on Adult Education.  Video here.  He speaks at 1.22 into the hearing.

10.  Commissioner Irma Beserra Nunez speaking at the same hearing.  1.21 into the hearing.

If you have trouble with the link to the hearing, go to the Cal Channel website and look up the March 24th Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2  hearing on Adult Education.  .

11.  Save Your Adult School blog.  Numerous excellent posts on the topic including this one and this one.  The Save Your Adult School blog holds the best collection of information on why these programs are valuable.

12.  Restore Protected Funding for K-12 Adult Ed – Moveon.org petition.  Petition focuses on safe funding for Adult Schools but many of the comments focus on Parent Ed and Older Adults.  Recently, there have been many comments from Chula Vista residents as that area is facing the loss of its Parent Education program.  There are also many comments from Alcalanes Adult School students facing the loss of their programs.  Here are some comments pulled from the petition:

Lorena Gonzalez from San Diego, CA signed this petition on Apr 16, 2015.

My son and I have been enrolled in parent ed classes since he was 18 months old. As a parent with an only child and no immediate family or friends with small children, Mrs. Lori Swem’s class was the best thing that I encountered. The lessons that she taught me as a clueless first time parent and my son are/were invaluable. My son was able to consistent social interaction, learn social skills, enhance his development and is now I feel prepared for kindergarten, thanks to Mrs. Lori and his current parent Ed Teacher. As for my self I have not only learned so much about positive parenting, but have been able to form bonds and friendships with the other mothers in the class. We were/are able to support each other and share the common challenges and acheviements of our children. Taking this program away would be the worst thing that can happen. You are taking away the opportunity for other parents/future parents to experience these types of programs. The current expectations for entrance to kindergarten is far more advance from when I was a child and I feel that programs like parent/child ed. are the foundation for early childhood education, that will set children up for success. I also feel as a parent/student, attending these classes with our children encourages and motivates us as parents to be more involved in our children’s education. Please continue to support and keep Parent Ed. going. The community depends on it.

ana from san diego, CA signed this petition on Apr 16, 2015.

Please dont take away this great programs.Thr development may not be measured on a test but it shows throughout the kids growing.The milestones our children have can not be measured with a simple test.But its the time and lessons that this classes offer us Parents to bring up well rounded future students of the system and eventually our society.

Lorena from Chula vista, CA signed this petition on Apr 16, 2015.

I’m So thankful with the parenting classes (mommy and toddler class). I have learned how to be a good mom with positive discipline, and also a good teacher for my two kids with the outstanding instruction of Mrs. Lori. Today, I’m so sad these classes are about to end letting so many parents without the opportunities these classes offer. I suggest you consider your decision and keep offer the enough funds for this priceless education for the children, who are the future of the nation. Thank you.

eunice palacios from 91914, CA signed this petition on Apr 15, 2015.

This class made a difference in the way I parent my children. The community that I created in that class is something that could never happened outside of the class context. There is no other program like this in the City. This program helped my child to be exposed to English and helped her with social skills. Please maintain this program

2931. Patricia Purvis-Thielman from Walnut Creek, CA signed this petition on Apr 14, 2015.

Governor Brown I find your lack of support for life long education programs to be outright discrimination against older adults. I am not only disappointed but appalled at your cavalier approach to Adult Education. As one of the many WORKING and VOTING California Baby Boomers, believe me when I say, I will never vote for any candidate who is in support of discriminatory practices. Please remedy this situation NOW!

Caroline Ballarino from chula Vista, CA signed this petition on Apr 11, 2015.

parent Ed has taught me so much and improved my role as a parent to my 3 children. It was my main form of support emotionally as well. You are making a huge mistake in letting this program go.

Erica from chula vista, CA signed this petition on Apr 11, 2015.

This education program has taught me so much. I have taken classes for both my children and feel I am a better parent because of it. There are many books about how to take care of a child but hardly any on how to actually interact and play with your child. I have learned how to interact with my children and understand them because of these classes. I feel very blessed to have been able to learn from parent education classes. Our future is in our children and if we aren’t educated on how to interact with them what kind of future are we going to have.

Elliot Barenbaum from Walnut Creek, CA signed this petition on Apr 3, 2015.

I am writing today to urge you to support designated funding for Older Adult/Consumer Education/Health and Fitness programs in the 2015-2016 budget. As a student at the Acalanes Adult Education in Walnut Creek, these classes have been important to me and others both mentally and physically. Many of the classes keep us informed and involved in both global, national, state and local issues. They also provide outlets for creative expression in all areas of the arts. Older adults can better prepare themselves financially and economically through the consumer education classes that have been offered. The sports and recreational programs provide tremendous health benefits which can decrease state healthcare costs. Everyone truly benefits, the individual(s) and their families. Please act to designate funding to help maintain these critical programs. Many voters believed that Proposition 30 would continue to fund adult programs.

neil c riley from walnut creek, CA signed this petition on Mar 24, 2015.

I signed prop. 30 expecting to have adult ed. options. Great decisions to be cancelled and forein language courses? Perhaps we should all go back to the dark ages. How pathetic with 63% of our budget going to ed. your office can’t support those of us who put 50 years into funding schools and our economy and now are told to fend with 18 yr. olds for continuing ed. Tragic. My vote will change for sure over this.

Using Music In The Classroom

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Music is an amazing tool for teaching languages, especially to children. Good songs will bounce around in a learner’s head long after their lesson is over. Young learners pick up vocabulary, grammatical structures, and the rhythm of the language simply by doing what they already love to do…singing.

In addition, music can serve a variety of functions in your classroom, at home, or even in the car. Music can set a mood. Music can signal a transition from one activity to another (for both the teacher and the student). Music can be a bonding experience. Here are some ways you can use music in your classroom.

Play music in the background from the start of the lesson
Just as you take care to make your learning environment visually appealing and stimulating, you should also note the effect that music has on the atmosphere in the classroom. Entering a classroom can be intimidating for people of any age. For young children, it can be particularly daunting. Music can really help to make your classroom warm and inviting.

Start a typical lesson with a welcoming song like “Knock Knock Hello” playing in the background. It signals to the students that it’s class time. Greet students at the door and invite them to come into the classroom and sit down. As they get settled, they’ll usually start singing or humming along to the song.

With super energetic classes, try soothing music in the background at the beginning of class, such as any of the lullaby medleys from the Super Simple Songs – Original Series CDs, some classical music, or your favorite quiet music. With more reserved groups, try playing upbeat, even silly music, to start class. Music can set the tone of the class right from the start of the lesson.

Play music to signal transitions to the students
Children react to music in a way that they don’t react to anything else. When a song comes on that they recognize and like, they’ll notice right away. Use songs to welcome students to class, say, “Hello,” lead into circle-time activities, signal when it’s time to clean up, practice ABCs, read a story, or other classroom activities. The students know exactly what to do when they hear the music and respond right away. Even when you don’t play music as a cue, the students become so familiar with the language from the songs (“Clean up,” “Make a circle,” “Please sit down,” etc.) that they will quickly follow the teacher’s directions.

Play music to signal transitions to the teacher
Plan your classes so that music accompanies the whole class. Use an iPod, or other MP3 device, to make playlists so that you don’t need to change CDs during class. Before a 50-minute class, make a digital playlist of about 70 minutes worth of music (50 minutes worth of class-time music plus 4-5 songs to use as back-ups if you need to change activities or have extra time).

If you don’t have a digital music player, all of the Super Simple Songs CDs are designed to work great in a class playing from start to finish. Each CD starts with a hello song, an active song, language theme songs, and then finish with a goodbye song and a lullaby. You can just put the CD on and let it play. When you get to a section of the lesson where you need to concentrate on an activity, just turn the volume down and leave the music playing quietly in the background.

When planning your lessons, think about how music can help you move from one activity to the next. Here is one idea:

When the hello song starts, stand up and start singing. When the hello song finishes and the get-up-and-move song (such as “Walking Walking” or “Seven Steps“) starts, sing and act out that song. When that is finished and “Make A Circle” starts, come together and make a circle. At the end of the song, everyone is seated in a circle. Next, have some relaxing classical or other instrumental music come on signaling to you, the teacher, that it’s time to start your planned activity, and signaling to the students that it’s time for them to settle down and listen to the teacher. When the activity is finished, forward to the next song on your playlist (maybe the “Clean Up!” song or another active song) and that will signal to everyone what is happening next.

Planning your classes with musical cues not only helps the students recognize what is happening next, but it helps you as a teacher move smoothly between activities.

Play music to manage the energy level of the class
You never know for sure what kind of energy level young children are going to come to class with. One day, you have a class full of children bouncing off the walls with energy (often on rainy days when they can’t go outside to play), the next day, the same kids seem like they are moving in slow motion. Music really helps to calm down a rowdy class, or give a lethargic class a needed boost of energy. The lullaby medleys, found on all three of the Super Simple Songs – Original Series CDs can help create a calming environment in class, or try the slower-paced “Learn It” versions of some of the songs on the CDs. Sometimes, when a class is full of energy, they need to let it all out before settling down, so play a super active song such as “Walking Walking,” “Seven Steps,” “Count And Move,” “The Hokey Pokey Shake (Sing It)“, “We All Fall Down,” or “The Pinocchio.” When the song is finished, most kids have burned off their excess energy and are ready to settle down and concentrate.

Play music to introduce new language
Songs are a great way to teach new language to youngsters. Even when children don’t fully understand all the lyrics, they are excited to try to sing along. When you have songs with simple lyrics that kids can dance and do gestures to, the children sing and learn SO quickly.

You can use songs as part of the learning experience for any of the language themes you introduce in class. For example, when teaching about colors, sing “I See Something Blue” and “I See Something Pink.” For practicing counting, try “Five Little Monkeys” or “Count And Move.” If you are learning about likes and dislikes, sing “Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?” or “Do You Like Spaghetti Yogurt?

Whatever the theme, songs can help you teach vocabulary in a way you just can’t do with other activities. When you are singing and dancing, you interact with the language in so many ways. You are practicing listening comprehension, you are vocalizing, you are interpreting the language with movement… and all in a way that is fun and non-threatening to young learners.

When you use songs that can be taught through gestures, very little pre-teaching is necessary. Teachers can seat the students in a circle, teach some very simple gestures, and then play the music while everyone follows your gestures. Most kids will sing along right away, but even the kids who aren’t ready to sing will be able to participate with gestures.

Play music to review language
Singing songs is a fantastic way to quickly and easily review language you’ve previously practiced in class. One of the great things about using music to learn is that people just don’t forget songs. If you were to hear a few words from a song you haven’t heard in 20 years, chances are, you could sing the next line with no problems.

In each lesson, try to include a song or two to review language that you have learned previously. The children love to sing some of their old favorites and it’s great to see the amount of language they’ve amassed. Occasionally, have an all-singing, all-dancing class and sing ALL of your favorites.

Music is such a powerful learning tool. If you don’t use much music in your classroom, give it a try…it will make an immediate impact. If you do use music, think of ALL the ways you can be using it to make your classroom a warmer, more effective learning environment.

A new direction for education reform in China

by Yan Wang, Ph.D
National Institute for Education Sciences, Beijing

China has worked hard to expand access and improve the quality of education by trying many alternative approaches to educate more people, both by drawing on the experiences of other countries or retrieving historical practices. The progress to date has been tremendous, with nine-year basic education universalised, mass higher education attained, and youth and adult illiteracy eradicated. The recent 3rd plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee announced a number of strategies to address social and economic challenges faced by China. These strategies will, among other things, frame the future direction of Chinese education. The purpose of the new reforms is not only to pursue further development, but also address the problems arising from the rapid changes made over the last two decades.

Historically, 3rd plenary sessions have been milestones of major political, economic and social reforms since China embarked on the reforms that opened up the economy in 1978. The aim then was to inject vigor into a system that had almost come to a halt after the devastating Cultural Revolution.  But the reform strategies adopted by the 2013 plenary are quite different from the 1978 reforms, as they mark two developmental stages with different challenges. The new policies have called for rebuilding the education system and encouraging bold experimentation in education to boost economic growth in three main areas:

Equity: As in other sectors, the rapid development of education over the past three decades has led in many cases to severe inequities both within provinces and across provinces. The equity reform involves several strategies for dealing with this problem, among which are the following: 1) support hard-to-reach or disadvantaged students with more financial support, 2)  standardise public schools (including abolishing so-called key schools or key classes by removing their resource privileges) and 3) facilitate mobility of teachers and principals among different types of schools as well as sharing of resources among different areas and schools by means of information technology.

Gaokao (college entrance examination): which has long been regarded as a bottleneck of education reforms aimed at quality in China. When Gaokao was resumed 30 years ago, it was designed as a unified examination to screen and select the most talented students for admission into higher education.  Because it was the same examination for all, and was objectively scored, it was seen as fair and equitable by everyone. But the exams, though rigorous and fair, do not measure the kinds of skills required by a modern economy. The reforms essentially comprise three elements: 1) replace once-and-for-all the college entrance examination system with a more comprehensive learning assessment that incorporates: a) a colleague entrance examination with fewer subjects and more choice of examinations at different times of the year, b) competency-based student learning performance assessment and c) tests organised by the universities and colleges.  (one hopes that this could be done in the near future); 2) separate university admissions from college entrance examinations, to give more autonomy to universities and colleges to identify students of different capabilities and 3) create more learning pathways among regular tertiary institutions, vocational institutions and adult tertiary schools.

Reduce the bureaucratic control of education by government: The reform will disentangle the responsibilities of administration, sponsorship (school management) and evaluation. It is intended to delegate more power to provincial government, give more autonomy to educational institutions and give more control over education evaluation and monitoring to professional organisations. Another strategy that merits a mention is to promote public-private partnerships such as those that would encourage involvement of the private sector in education sponsorship.

While earlier education reforms have put the focus on the development of schools and teachers, these reforms focus on traditional cultural values, like ethics and personal health and fitness, on the one hand, and the need to produce students who are more creative and innovative on the other.  This does not appear to be in any way a rejection of the past priorities, but rather a recognition that they are well on the say to being achieved and it is time to move on to new frontiers.

Classroom Management Quickies Mistakes often made by new teachers

New teachers often –

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Have not figured out what exactly they want and don’t want – a root cause of much of what follows.
Overpraise students for doing what is expected.
Don’t know the difference between praise and acknowledgement and when each is appropriate.
Fail to do effective long-range and daily planning.
Spend too much time with one student or one group and not monitoring the entire class.
Begin a new activity before gaining the students’ attention.
Talk too fast, and are sometimes shrill.
Use a voice level that is always either too loud or too soft.
Stand too long in one place (the feet of clay syndrome).
Sit too long while teaching (the posterior of clay syndrome).
Overemphasize the negative.
Do not require students to raise hands and be acknowledged before responding.
Are way too serious and not much fun.
Are way too much fun and not serious.
Fall into a rut by using the same teaching strategy or combination of strategies day after day.
Ineffectively use silence (wait time) after asking a content question.
Are ineffective when they use facial expressions and body language.
Tend to talk to and interact with only half the class (usually their favorites, and usually on the right)..
Collect and return student papers before assigning students something to do.
Interrupt students while they are on task.
Use “SHHHH” as a means of quieting students (one of the most annoying and ineffective behaviors).
Overuse verbal efforts to stop inappropriate student behavior – talk alone accomplishes little.
Settle for less rather than demand more.
Use threats to control the class (short term, produces results; long term, backfires).
Use global praise inappropriately.
Use color meaninglessly, even to the point of distraction (I know you’ve seen this happen).
Verbally reprimand students across the classroom (get close and personal if possible).
Interact with only a “chosen few” students rather than spreading interactions around to all students.
Do not intervene quickly enough during inappropriate student behavior.
Do not learn and use student names in an effective way (kids pick up quickly on this and respond in kind).
Read student papers only for correct answers and not for process and student thinking.
Ask global questions that nobody likely will answer.
Fail to do appropriate comprehension checks to see if students understand the content as it is taught.
Use poorly worded, ambiguous questions.
Try to talk over student noise (never, ever, do this, because when you do, you lose and they win).
Are consistently inconsistent.
Will do anything to be liked by students.
Permit students to be inattentive to an educationally useful media presentation (this happens a lot).
Introduce too many topics simultaneously (usually the result of poor planning).
Sound egocentric (if you have to get your jollies from your students, there might be a problem).
Take too much time to give verbal directions for an activity (an inability to focus and explain effectively).
Take too much time for an activity (usually the result of poor planning).
Are nervous, uptight, and anxious (if this is persistent, you need help).
Overuse punishment for classroom misbehavior – going to an extreme when other consequences work better.

 

What can the Internet do for my classroom?

imageSchools and classrooms are dynamic, interactive, social places, where teachers and students communicate, share information, and challenge each other’s ideas. Teachers guide student learning by posing problems, encouraging student questions, and offering opportunities for students to find solutions. The resources and interactions in a classroom depend on the curriculum the class is working on and the beliefs of the teacher and school.

So how can the Internet assist students and teachers in reaching their educational objectives when schools are already such dynamic places? One answer to that is, “The Internet doesn’t matter.” Let’s think about that for a second. When second graders are learning about the history of their town, it doesn’t matter if they have an Internet connection. What does matter is talking to the residents of the town, the local historian, the fireman around the corner, and their parents. Teachers always make decisions about what resources students have access to and which resources will encourage and help them reach the educational objectives of the lesson they are studying. As you continue to learn about the Net and how it can be used in your class, you will see that the same idea applies. There will be times when technology and the Internet make a lot of sense, and there will be times when technical resources are not needed. Teachers, as always, should select the resources they think best suit their objectives.

The Internet basically expands the resources available and decreases the time and location dependencies that can be limiting factors in schools. It offers powerful and varied ways for students and teachers to interact, manipulate data, and conduct research.

The Internet is not an approach to education, but rather a tool that can be used with almost any educational theory. It makes additional information resources available, it enhances dynamic communication, and it makes collaboration easier by reducing the need for collaborators to be in the same place at the same time (they can simply e-mail each other at their convenience). Let’s look at each of these enhancements — expanded resources, dynamic resources, and reduced dependency on time and location — one by one.

1.Expanded Resources:

Consider some of the non-Internet resources that are traditionally available in schools: libraries, video, film strips, and CDs, to name a few. Because of budgetary and physical restrictions, schools can only have so many of these. There are documents, artifacts, and books that students in a typical school will never be able to access. In addition, many schools are working with outdated textbooks and materials.

But the Net provides access to an amazing number of constantly updated and expanding resources and an incredible wealth of information.

2.Dynamic Resources:
Many educational resources and technologies are either static or broadcast media — meaning that information is simply delivered to students, without offering any opportunity for them to interact with it.

imageThere are times when it is appropriate to simply deliver information to students. However, much of the time, teachers wish to encourage students to interact with resources and other students. The researchers who developed the Netwanted to ask critical research questions, locate resources based on those questions, and then discuss their findings with fellow researchers. The Net made it possible to do that. Teachers and students have that same opportunity on the Net today. Students can research information on the Web, discuss what they find with classmates or, if they’re using e-mail, with students in another class or an expert in the field they are studying, and when they conclude their research they can publish theirwork on the Web. (However, effective use of this interaction and research opportunity depends on expert teaching. The range of resources and options students have access to on the Net is staggering. Specific focus and guidance from the teacher is critical.)

3.Reduced Time and Location Dependency:
The Internet eliminates the need to be in the same place at the same time as the person or resource you are interacting with. There are technical requirements such as a computer with an Internet connection, but other than that, the world is at your door. The potential to have all the educational resources you need at home, at school, or anywhere you have a computer is now there. This is not to say that the interaction and dynamic of a classroom are going away; rather, they are growing. Away from school, students can ask questions that come to mind by sending e-mail to friends, teachers, or content experts; they can research materials at various Web sites; and they can submit their work for review from anywhere at any time. The potential to expand students’ learning time is tremendous.

Connecting the Classroom with the Internet of Things

“Line up to enter the classroom, then pick up your materials from the table at the front.” “SLANT in your seat—sit up, listen, answer questions, nod, and track the speaker.” “Pass papers to the end of the row.”

Connecting the Classroom with the Internet of Things

These directions serve as the soundtrack to the 1025 hours the average American student spends in classroom instruction each year. More than 308 of these hours are likely lost to interruptions, based on estimates by instructional design textbooks such as Teaching Strategies. In fact, this text suggests that 1 out of every 5 minutes spent in American classrooms is consumed by “anticipated interruptions”—transitions, materials distribution, and starting or ending class.

What if new tools could help teachers get these hours back? Each minute teachers spend managing large group procedures takes away from time they could spend on the hard work of teaching, such as differentiating instruction or developing students’ socio-emotional skills.

Connected devices, an emerging trend in computing technology, may offer the potential to relieve teachers of some of this administrative burden, allowing more time to focus on students’ learning needs. By embedding internet connectivity in everyday devices, the “Internet of Things” connects our physical and virtual worlds, enabling computers to provide real-time insights without requiring user input. Early visions of “smart” devices may not seem relevant to schools: refrigerators making grocery lists, cars scheduling their own maintenance, or fitness trackers nagging users to work out. But connected devices that reduce the teacher’s role in managing procedures could transform the classroom experience.

As students take their seats, for example, attendance could be logged automatically using a device such as the Nymi, a wearable “smartband” that uses ECG patterns to authenticate identity. A beacon might push a warm-up exercise directly to students’ smart surfaces. Teachers, freed from managing many classroom procedures, now focus more fully on students—and perhaps focus more incisively too. Neurosensors, akin to InteraXon’s Muse, could provide insight into students’ cognitive activity using EEG technology that measures brain activity like one might measure a pulse. Identifying which students are expending a higher amount of cognitive energy on an exercise would allow teachers to dedicate attention to students who need it—not just those who ask for help the loudest.

When it comes to keeping students on task, teachers could send a “haptic” vibration—similar to silent notifications on mobile devices—to a student’s wearable or tablet, redirecting her attention or behavior in a way that limits public embarrassment and reduces direct confrontation. Educators with years of experience often develop an intuitive understanding of such complex behavioral dynamics, but a connected classroom could provide insights even to the teacher just starting out. Imagine how pattern recognition software or data analytics might add to a teacher’s contextual understanding, mapping the record of behavioral incidents against a student’s heart rate or the classroom temperature.

Incorporating just a few connected devices could allow teachers to tap into the capabilities of personal computing or the mobile web to more quickly or naturally address anticipated interruptions—without their attention buried in a screen. By shifting processes and procedures to the background, the teacher would have fewer responsibilities as an active manager and more time to craft the learning experience.

Admittedly, to effectively incorporate this next iteration of technological advances, education providers will have to work through complex issues such as privacy, digital literacy, and technology infrastructure. For example, some are already concerned about the rise of the quantified student and what happens when a student ID is linked to a student’s health record or family financial information. This makes it particularly important to design data collection around teachers’ need for specific, actionable knowledge, and to convert it into realtime indicators. But rather than discouraging adoption, these complexities suggest the importance of early investment in incremental change, experimentation, and community feedback.

Schools and districts who start crafting their digital culture and infrastructure today will be better able to take advantage of the capabilities offered by the 26 billion connected devices Gartner anticipates will exist by 2020. Beyond the “table stakes” of providing wireless connectivity, those who want to lead adoption should consider a few ways to revisit today’s assumptions about technology in schools:

  • Kill the computer lab. A single physical location is not only less relevant in our digitally-saturated world today—it can also reinforce a central, top-down approach to hardware purchasing decisions. If connected devices aim to enhance the classroom experience, then schools should empower teachers to select the hardware that best fits their classrooms, as modeled in programs like Digital Promise’s Teacher Wallets pilot. This shift means that districts and schools may need to rethink the budget process for technology, experimenting with teacher-driven, grant-based models like that piloted by Idaho’s West Ada district.
  • Build a digital platform. A variety of devices will provide more tailored classroom use, but it can also complicate access and security, as some Oakland schools found in their blended learning implementation. If each teacher uses different apps and devices, a student might have to remember over eight different credentials, but a common platform for these learning apps enables single sign on (SSO). Further, it also allows centralized information security, with data standards and systems monitoring.
  • Start with teachers. Districts and preservice training programs might consider how to build greater familiarity and digital literacy through webinars or “tech expos.” Once teachers are aware, they have the opportunity to experiment with use cases, like Peter Bakke, a science teacher who uses the If This Then That (IFTTT) app with his phone’s GPS functionality to log the time he spends in the school building. As part of his reflection on each unit, he analyzes spiking hours to help identify where instructional strategies might need future adjustment. (Personal interview, December 2014) And as he builds familiarity with the technology, it is likely that he will ultimately integrate the same functionality into his classroom.

Advances in emerging technology offer educators a chance to move beyond some of the challenges that have traditionally hindered effective technology use in the classroom, freeing teachers not only from their physical screens but potentially from administrative tasks too. Where many technologies remain a bolt-on to the classroom, connected devices could enhance teachers’ core craft—and may even prefigure a different and exciting breed of “edtech.”

Top 10 Best Selling Homeschool Books 2015 Part-2

6 – Home Learning Year by Year, by Rebecca Rupp

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
Homeschoolers can design their own curricula, assembling resources and using approaches that best suit their own children’s needs. A structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.

7 – Homeschool Your Child for Free, by LauraMaery Gold

Provide a solid education at home without breaking the bank.

Introduced in 2000, Homeschool Your Child for Free gave countless parents the plan and peace of mind to get their kids’ education on the right track. Now, authors LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski have revised and updated their popular guide, offering their expert homeschooling advice and information, plus new tools and resources to help you and your child succeed:

• Complete curriculum plans for a comprehensive education, from preschool through high school
• Where to find free online courses; NEW!
• Ways to partner with public schools; NEW!
• Legal guidelines and compliance requirements for home educators
• Keys to graduating a homeschooler; NEW!
• Developing personal finance management and life skills; NEW!
• Teaching tips and motivators from successful homeschoolers
• Career and vocational guidance; NEW!
• And so much more!

8 – Homeschooling : The Teen Years, by Cafi Cohen

Homeschooling : The Teen Years
The teen years are when many homeschooling parents start to question or abandon their efforts. It’s a precarious time, with challenging academics, pressing social issues, and the prospect of college looming. Parents can now breathe easy: this guide calms the teen-time jitters and even offers hope to those just turning to homeschooling now that their child is about to enter high school. With brief “how we did it” testimonies from other parents sprinkled throughout the book, author Cafi Cohen offers sage advice with the turn of every page. A columnist for Home Education Magazine and Homeschooling Today, two of the most respected periodicals on the subject, Cohen has also homeschooled her two children into college. To comfort doubters, she begins with 10 reasons for homeschooling your teenager (work experience, limited peer pressure, and family togetherness, among them). She goes on to devote long chapters to traditional subjects such as math and history, and even gets to those you might not have considered, like driver education. Her suggestions for parents new to homeschooling: decompress slowly, study only one subject a month at first, and read at least one book on learning styles.

9 – Deschooling Gently, by Tammy Takahashi

Deschooling Gently

Deschooling Gently will help you whether you are new to homeschooling, or if you are experienced, but are in need of new approaches. Discover the best way to educate your children at home, not through rote process, but by learning how to find the answer within yourself. This plan will provide confidence to trust your own educational decisions, a clear understanding of your children’s needs and how to meet them, the ability to make calm and wise decisions about your children’s education, a solid footing for starting the homeschool journey, and most importantly – concrete ideas on what to do now to make your transition to homeschooling smooth and painless.

10 – Homeschooling For Dummies, by Jennifer Kaufeld

Homeschooling For Dummies
This friendly guide leads you step by step to homeschooling success. If, like many parents, you’re wondering whether homeschooling can be the solution you’re looking for, then you’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes.

GCSEs and A levels….but what next??

When a school leaver finishes in June or July it is often a cause for celebration and they dive into the carefree summer activities without a thought for education until…..uhoh Its the end of August and It’s GCSE and A level results time  the time of year that up and down the country teens will be celebrating or commiserating and planning their next step.
Often when the grades are less than hoped for peoples advice will be ” at least you can do an apprenticeship” or ” oh well i suppose you’ll have to do vocational training”  This view that apprenticeships are second place or consolation prizes is outdated as many apprenticeship training courses contain a large amount of traditional style ‘classwork’ and a practical element to undertake but can offer apprentices a more ‘immediate payoff’  as they gain a taste of real life work experience and reap the rewards of a pay packet and paid holiday.

The focus seems now to be shifting away from the “everyone must go to university or they’ve failed ” mentality of the previous few years and looking towards the alternatives such as Apprenticeships as more and more school leavers find themselves unwilling to take on the huge amount of debt that is incurred with the university route for an uncertain prospect at the end of it and looking for alternatives. Apprenticeships have changed alot since the days of ‘Bricklayer or Hairdresser’ although many people still believe this the case with apprenticeships being offered for careers in Media and Advertising , previously something a degree only applicant would be eligible for providing a ‘foot on the ladder’ for younger applicants.

The Government has announced plans to Invest in apprenticeships stating that by 2017 a scheme will be in place to invest in the training of more apprentices and promote learning on the job education , hoping to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
Employers such as Clarkson Evans based in the South west and Midlands offerApprenticeship training that combines Practical on site Electrical engineering training and traditional theory type work given in an on site classroom.  This type of apprenticeship can work particularly well for school leavers especially GCSE aged leavers who may find coordinating transport and timings to a separate off site college or learning center overwhelming. Once an apprentice completes his or her course the employer who has provided their training often offers the apprentice a permanent job if they are in a position too or can point apprentices in the direction of permanent employment.
With the Apprenticeship gaining momentum we are offering much more balanced options to our school leavers and encouraging people to pursue a course that suits them as an individual hopefully helping more young people to become and stay employed.

Education will fortify Indonesia’s future

by Andreas Schleicher
Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

In a crowded and scorching school yard, little Jabal, whose bony arms protrude from his yellow t-shirt, sits by himself.  Nearby, in a cloud of sand dust, his classmates are laughing and running around playing football. Teacher is late again today and Jabal looks downhearted.  When asked “what’s-up?” he slowly explains that he is worried. “Why?”

Watching the scene from his office, the school principal is pensive. He knows Jabal’s family and their story. How they came to his city school from the rural region of Banten.  How he enjoys coming to school and learning to read. How bright he is at maths. He also knows that time is running out for Jabal. That if he doesn’t get the teaching he needs to support him to reach his potential, he will probably leave school early (for a dead-end job in the nearby factory) and never fulfil his dream of becoming a manager in a haulage company.

The Indonesian education system is immense and diverse. It reflects aspects of its past, with a diverse ethnic and religious heritage, and a struggle for national identity. It has grown rapidly but access to good quality education is uneven. Over 50% of Indonesian 15 year olds don’t master basic skills in reading and maths.

The progress that has been made over the past decades in the economy has already pulled millions out of poverty. This has been done by encouraging and supporting education, health care and shifting actively to sectors like manufacturing. Nevertheless, much more needs to be done. Indonesia currently has 43% of its 250 million population under the age of 25 years old. What an opportunity this is, to be able to work now with these young people to advance their skills and learning. By investing in its human resources, Indonesia can propel growth further, which would permit better living and health conditions for citizens, as well as allowing the potential for added economic and social improvements.

Teachers have a critical role to play in the transformation process of the education system. Likewise, they need more support  to improve their professional abilities, and become more accountable for the results of students, as highlighted in this new OECD and Asian Development Bank (ADB) book: Education in Indonesia: Rising to the Challenge. In addition, more improvements are needed to the quality of education and skills training given to youth, along with a widening of the numbers that can participate in it, fundamentally so that all regions and social groups can benefit from it. Unquestionably, all youth deserve an equal chance to progress in their learning and to be able to reach higher levels of education. So the Indonesian government has made universal senior secondary education a priority in its 2015-2019 development plan.

Sadly, Jabal’s story is very similar to millions of others from all across the globe. On the other hand, what makes his story special is that now he can have hope. Because he is lucky enough to be living in Indonesia, where the government is committed to implementing structured educational reforms aimed at giving all youth equal opportunities to learn. Quality education enables social and economic progress, it will improve Jabal’s life and enable a more stable and happy future for him, and for all Indonesian citizens.