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Category Archives: Education

Instructors Do Promote Learning

Additional Questions About Learning in the Classroom

As I have been thinking about the process of learning, I have developed a list of additional questions that I would like to pose to help other educators also consider how students learn.

How do you define learning? Is it a matter of students acquiring information, completing assignments, earning a grade, participating in class discussions, completing a course, or something else? Do you consider outcomes measured by the learning objectives to be temporary in nature or do those goals indicate that something long-term has occurred when students are able to demonstrate mastery or completion of each one?

Does every student learn something in your class? This is important to consider as it is almost assumed that learning is going to happen, as if there is a guarantee it will take place for every student who makes an attempt. You can also consider the amount of effort a student puts in and whether or not that will influence their ability to learn.

Do some learning activities promote learning better than others? For example, when a student answers a discussion question, has this student demonstrated learning or is a response to an instructor’s follow up question a better indicator? Are written assignments as effective, or more effective, than class discussions for helping students demonstrate what they have learned? Are some types of assignments more effective than others for serving this purpose?

My Perspective as a Student and an Educator

I obtained two of my degrees in a traditional college classroom environment. What I remember most are some of the class projects I had to complete, along with some of the written projects – especially the culminating project for my MBA program. I wrote a business plan and I was required to conduct the research necessary to launch the new business, which really put to use everything I had studied. As a result of this project, there are concepts and an application of theories that I never forgot and this helped to inform my work as an educator.

I obtained the remainder of my degrees in a non-traditional or online college classroom environment. The most challenging degree was my doctorate degree as there was nothing for me to memorize and no tests for me to pass. I earned my grades by conducting research and completing projects, especially written projects that applied the information I gained in a manner that I was creating long term knowledge. I remember those projects very well, especially my research study, and the work I began during that doctoral program I continue today. The knowledge I gained has been applied to my career, along with the books, blog posts, and articles I have written.

When I taught at the community college, I was different than many of the other instructors as I did not want to teach for a test. I knew that most of the lectures I heard while in my traditional programs were long forgotten, as were the tests I had taken. I wanted to be different and I incorporated interesting elements into my instruction. Many students were taken by surprise as they expected the same two hour stand-and-lecture approach, followed by a mid-term and final exam.

Most of my work as an educator has been in the field of distance learning. I know that the for-profit online school industry has been under scrutiny. However, distance learning can be effective if there is an instructor who has been trained not only in the subject matter but the principles of adult education. When students are provided with discussions and meaningful papers to write, and there is an instructor to guide them, they are likely to gain something of value from the class. This has always been my goal. I know as a faculty development specialist that instructors who do not understand adult education principles are the ones who often struggle to relate to students and that can leave students on their own, which can have an adverse impact on the learning process.

I have also watched a non-profit online school become prominent in the field of distance learning and it has caused many accreditors and educators like myself great concern as there are no instructors involved. It is advertised as being competency-based, but that is just a fancy phrase (for this school) for correspondence-style courses. Students can study (or not if they choose) and take assessments (three or four times if needed) until they pass – often with a score as low as 51%. There are no grades issued on transcripts, only pass or fail indicators. It will be interesting to see if this fad is accepted in the long run, or if accreditors will demand instructor to student interactions.

What Can Instructors Do to Promote Learning?

As I have studied adult education, I have come to understand learning from the perspective of how the mind takes and processes information. When students read something in the textbook or listen to a lecture, that is information and some of it will be stored in short term memory. The same is true for memorizing information for a test. That information is stored in short term memory. In order for educators to state that learning has occurred, students need to make a connection with that information in some manner or apply it in some way so that it will move into long-term memory. Long-term memory is a storage center and arranged by connections and associations. With this understanding of how information is stored, it can help an instructor prepare to help students in the classroom.

Classroom Contributions: As an instructor, you need to have a dual perspective of your classroom. One perspective is classroom management and ensuring that your contractual obligations have been met. The other is from an educational perspective and what you can do to prompt conditions conductive to adult education – even if you did not control the design of the course itself. The most important addition you can make is your intellectual contribution. As an educator, you have a unique ability to see the course concepts from multiple perspectives and you can share these views during discussions, as follow up replies and prompts. You can also share additional resources, overviews, wrap-ups, summaries, and guides – anything that will provide additional value for your students.

Student Readiness and Preparedness: The two issues that can help students, or hinder their performance at any given time, are academic readiness and preparedness. This may be beyond your immediate control at first; however, as you get to know your students and provide feedback, you will be able to address their developmental needs. What you can do is consider methods and strategies that will help their ability to learn each class week. For example, can you provide a rubric for a written assignment to help them self-check their work? Can you provide strategies and resources as tips to help them? For example, I have shared note-taking strategies and this has helped some students who struggled with reading comprehension.

Instructional Approach: As an educator, I want to focus on stimulating their intellectual interest and engaging their mind. If I provide a canned answer to a discussion question, or I do not take time to read the content of a paper, I am missing out on an opportunity to engage them in the learning process. I want to ask questions that cause students to think further and to look for additional information and answers. For the subject matter I am teaching, I am always reading to stay current in this field and looking for additional resources, case studies, and current issues I can share with students as a means of bringing the course materials to life.

Boost Chances of Winning Scholarship

First off, ensure that you simply begin wanting and applying for scholarships as early as possible. several students don’t consider the price of college till they’re about to graduate from high school. By then, they have omitted on ample opportunities to win cash for college or varsity.

Don’t stop looking!

There are scholarships for various age groups. for instance, some scholarships could also be geared toward high school sophomores, whereas others are also geared toward school sophomores.

This means that you simply can have the prospect to earn scholarship cash before and through school. you’ll be able to even win scholarships that are created for graduate students! Students typically assume that the time to apply for scholarships is strictly the summer before coming to school. this is often false! you can apply for scholarships year-round and throughout your entire college career.

Apply Ahead of Time

Not only must you apply both ahead of time and throughout your school career, however, you must additionally apply to as several scholarships as you can. There’s no harm in applying to a variety of scholarship programs, and it’ll also increase your chances to a great extent of Winning a Scholarship.

Colleges can permit you to report outside scholarships that you just have won, and there’s no limit on what number you’ll win and report!

Apply to scholarships that genuinely interest you, or that faucet into a number of your skills. for instance, some scholarships ask for a video submission or a resourceful writing response to a prompt. If you’re smart at either of those, the more seemingly you’ll truly enjoy finishing your application, that shines through.

Definitely, make sure that you are being attentive to scholarship deadlines.

Some scholarships have multiple periods of time for submission, however, more usually than not, a scholarship organization can have only one probability to win it per year.

Try prioritizing scholarships-supported-deadlines and levels of the issue. I might recommend that you just try and knock out the tougher, additional urgent scholarships first, as you’ll be able to complete easier ones without a lot of stress.

Lastly, make certain you work on your writing skills!

Most scholarships need a minimum of one essay to be submitted, and many need more than that. attempt writing further as you can once finishing your applications, and don’t slack off!

In addition to writing your best, get friends or relations or, even better, get, teachers to review your essays for you. they will be able to catch sure grammar mistakes or rhetorical issues than you likely have created, as they’ll return to your essay with an open mind and have a better eye that may find sure problems easier than you could.

Money Management For Students in High School

My first tip is to open a checking/savings account for your kid. This will allow them to start to learn the basics of money management. Many institutions offer a service that notifies you via email or text message if the account falls below a certain balance. Set the threshold high enough that you don’t get caught with overdraft fees. You want to teach your kid how to manage money – but you don’t want it to cost YOU money! If your kid falls below the threshold – charge him an overdraft fee.

Next, I would set him up with a debit card. It’s often difficult to manage money when you are able to withdraw funds anytime you want. Plus, the balance shown at the ATM is not always up-to-date. It is important for your student to understand that checks written do not post immediately. Also, ATMs can charge withdrawal fees. Plus, most gas stations will allow overdrafts if you pay at the pump, but will not accept a debit card inside if there are insufficient funds. All of these scenarios can cause the inexperienced money manager to overdraft their account. Again, chose an institution that notifies you when the balance is low – so you can teach the life lesson without paying for it!

Another strategy that can be implemented while your student is still in high school is to create a budget. How much do they earn at their part-time job? How much do they anticipate receiving for holiday and/or graduation gifts? What are their expenses? Once you create the budget, make a point to revisit this budget each month and revise as needed. This revision process will allow you to help your kid begin to plan for big expenses (college books) and decide how much to put away each week in savings.

Utilizing these tips will assist your student in becoming a better money manager and hopefully keep them from adding to the growing college student debt. It is important to remember this is a process. Budgeting is a learned skill. There will be bumps along the way – but the experience will pay off in the end.

Study Skills in High School

There really is no way to avoid homework or to get around studying for quizzes and tests or final exams. As soon as you understand this, the sooner you can reach academic success. If you do not take class assignments and reviewing for tests seriously, you are headed for disaster.

Before we go over some ideas to better your chances for academic success, you should realize what good grades are good for. Firstly, you will stand out from your classmates. Do not think about the notion that people may call you a nerd. Other students would get those kinds if grades if they could. Secondly, good grades give you a sense of accomplishment. And thirdly, they will help you get into a better position to get accepted to the college you hope to.

A good starting point is getting yourself a notebook where you can track all of your assignments in all subjects. You can keep track of everything here in one place so that things do not get overlooked. Falling behind in any subject is bad and will feed on itself. When you can see what work lies ahead for you, you can determine a schedule and strategy for getting it all done.

Now that you have an idea of what you need to get done, you need to set aside time for studying. This cannot be something you do here and there. This needs to be done every day. It is amazing how much better the results are if you stick to your schedule all year long.

Now let’s say you are trying to prepare for a big math test. You will probably be faced with questions that come from many chapters in your text. Well if you have consistently kept up with things, you’ll know if you have a need for some extra help in a particular area, and you will have already gone to your teacher for added assistance. The bottom line is if you have done this you will nail a better grade than had you let things slide.

The things you can accomplish are up to you. It is in your best interest to use all the tools available to you when it comes to studying and improving grades. Teachers, friends and parents will all be willing to help. You can also get help on your own at the library and online.

All about Sunday School

First, check the school grounds to make sure that there are no safety hazards. Playgrounds, gymnasiums, science labs, and classrooms can be full of potential hazards. Talk with teachers to help them make their classrooms safe.

Next, consider training some older students to be a school safety patrol. They can be instructed to intercept unsafe behavior of students. They can be taught how to help smaller students with potentially dangerous situations. They can also be taught how to watch for and report dangers on the grounds of the school. These school safety patrol participants can rotate to allow many students the chance to participate.

Remember to put school safety protocols in place to help students to be as safe as possible when they are being picked up from school. Students should not be allowed to leave with someone other than their parents or legal guardians unless they have a signed note from the guardian. Students who ride buses need to be let off only at their designated bus stops.

Remember, school safety is the responsibility of everyone involved with a school. If all staff members, parents, and students work together to make a school as safe as possible, then the students can enjoy their time at school and get the most out of their educational experience.

Pathway To Higher Education

Nineteen percent of these new high school graduates will finish their four-year degree in four years. Congratulations! Thirty-nine percent more will complete that four-year degree in six years. For the rest, life just goes on. Of those who do graduate, only about 30% will find jobs in their field do to a job market saturated with previous college graduates. Are we over-educated? Are we just choosing degrees that do not equate to a job after graduation? Or, do we just not understand our options?

College graduates will have an average student loan debt of $30-50,000 depending on which completion plan they were on, with many having student loan balances in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Total student loan debt is $1.3 trillion today and rising $3.300 every second. Congratulations! Did you know that higher education was a one-half trillion dollar industry? Paying back your federal student loan starts six months after graduation and has two options: 1) monthly payments over 10-25 years or 2) death.

There were over two million college graduates this year. Congratulations! Twenty one percent had jobs when they graduated with an average salary of $40,000, or about $20 per hour. Congratulations? That is until the minimum wage moves to $15.00 per hour, then the whole return on investment college argument becomes suspect. Thirty nine percent took jobs that did not require a college degree even though they just spent four to six years of their lives and $30-50,000 getting one. Can you spell barista? For the other 40%, life just goes on.

Today, in the United States, there are more 18-34 year olds living at home than at any time since 1880. Congratulations! This makes perfect sense. A college graduate earns $40,000, Uncle Sam takes 25%, and the average monthly expenses for a 20-something living alone is about $2,600. Ouch, we are in negative territory. Let us look at all millennials. The average salary is $27,000, Uncle Sam takes 15%, and the expenses are still about $2,600. Even more negative! Pretty tough to stay out of the red being a single college graduate or millennial. Note to parents: make sure you save a room at the inn.

The PayScale Website points out that many careers we assume require a four-year college degree can actually be started with a two-year degree. The break-even earnings point for students pursuing this career pathway is about 10 years. You say sure, but after 10 years the four-year college grad will earn more, right? Nope. I forgot to mention that after two years on the job the two-year graduate went back to college using tuition reimbursement from the employer and earned a four-year degree. With the gained experience, four-year degree, and no student loan debt, the two-year career pathway choice was the best value with greater lifetime earnings.

Important School Locations

Teacher’s Lounge – This is where you can claim Sanctuary just like Quasimodo in Notre Dame. This room will usually serve only a certain amount of functions. It’s where teachers can eat, fill up their coffee cup, and keep their lunch cold in the refrigerator. The menagerie of things you will witness here will make your head spin. All of the venting takes place here, as well as arguments, and inappropriate lunchtime gossip, no room is as interesting or potentially dangerous. It is the one place you can turn to in order to be in a room full of adults and you won’t have anyone calling you by your surname for a quick respite each day.

Copy Room – You will come to love the copy room more than any other. You will also come to hate it more than any other. When the copy machine is working, your life will go smoothly as it churns out the lesson plan that you meticulously drafted including the handout for the kids. When the copy machine is mangling that same lesson plan, or when there isn’t a scrap of paper available to print that lesson plan onto, your life will pause for a moment as you clear the jam or locate a ream of white paper.

Media Center or Computer Room – You will want to know exactly where this is located so that you can inject a little bit of razzle-dazzle into your lessons. In the world of viral YouTube videos you have to vie for your kids attention and they are used to visual stimulation. Rote memorization rarely works, and they will really appreciate it if you find a meaningful piece of media that contributes well to the lesson and helps them relate.

School Fundraising For Teachers

1. When choosing a new fundraiser, think about the ones that your group has done in the past that the students and parents really got excited about. Pick a fundraiser that’s fun and you are more likely to get more volunteer help!

2. Get the most “bang for your buck” by choosing the most profitable fundraisers. If your fundraiser raises more funds then you won’t have to do as many fundraisers during the year. One way to do this is for several school groups to band together to do one big fundraiser.

3. Get “buy in” from the principal, parents and other decision makers. This one is a must! Make sure those who are in authority, and those who would be likely to volunteer for your fundraiser agree with the type and timing of the fundraising program.

4. Plan ahead! Easier said than done, right? Well if you can start planning in the spring for fall’s fundraisers you’ll be one step ahead of the game. If you haven’t planned ahead be realistic about how much time a particular fundraiser will take. Events usually take several months to plan… product sales like can usually be done and over with in just a few weeks.

5. Empower volunteers…there’s nothing worse for a parent than volunteering and then feeling useless! Find out what abilities and time availability your volunteers have and tailor assignments accordingly. And really, don’t fall into the perfectionist trap of thinking you have to do ALL the decorating, cooking, planning, etc. yourself!

MBA Necessary To Succeed In Life

Development of Knowledge
The prescribed degree prepares a trainee in such a way that he or she becomes knowledgeable in all the spheres and fields. The knowledge of the learner of B-school is at par. The trainee of B-school can accept each and every type of challenge with respect to knowledge which paves the way of accomplishment.

Social development
The respective degree of discussion promotes social development of the person. Learner work in a team and also performs group discussion by which his or her friend circle gets increased to a great extend. Even he or she can possess good social behavior which is necessary to live in society. Thus, it makes a good image in the society which is a sign of great accomplishment.

Its student enjoys a high status in the society. He or she finds a prestigious image in each and every sphere of life. Even in jobs, its students get high priority. As student can get jobs of high designations so it becomes easy for the student to earn respect both socially and professionally.

A confident man can win all the challenges of life. As the specified degree of conversation makes the students perfect in all fields so it develops the feeling of self-confidence in them. This feeling of self-confidence proves to be very helpful for pupils in getting accomplishment.

Managerial Skills
The trainee of B-school has got the opportunity to learn all the managerial skills of this professional world. As a result of it, trainee use to have so many career opportunities with respect to management. Even, it is helpful in doing management activities of routine life and therefore, he or she lives a successful life.

The Personality of the individual is revealed by his behavior, attitude and way of talking. More emphasis has been laid down on improving the personality of a learner so that he or she behaves in a smart manner to get the things done which enables him or her to get success.

Business Tactics
Learner of B-school get specialized training of applying business tactics so as to run a successful business, firm or organization which boost up the carrier of the learner to a great height.

Back To School Safety

In addition to the normal fears of meeting new classmates, finding new friends, and passing school, the entire family goes through an adjustment period as well. Family members have to adjust to a new time schedule, and they have to deal with additional expenses, and the security and safety of family members.

When parents talk about school safety, they usually refer to protecting their children from the violent incidents that may take place in school. Although research shows that most children aged 9-14 often get injured through school-related accidents and not through violence in schools, parents may still be apprehensive.

They may be apprehensive since they are entrusting their children’s safety and security to school personnel. Aside from that, child abductions are something to be aware of and sexual predators may target the school and surrounding areas. School personnel cannot be held accountable if the children are not within the school grounds.

Below are some safety tips to help parents and their children make going back to school a safe experience:

Going to and from school

1) Know your children’s route to and from school

Since most crimes and accidents happen between the school and home, parents should take note of the route their child takes going to and from school. Parents should also make sure that their child walks with a friend at all times.

Parents must also remind their teenagers who drive to school to follow a single route to and from school at all times. This way, it will easier to track them during an emergency.

A list of people jailed for sexual assault is available in all local police stations, and parents must take the time out to check the list and see if the children pass by the house of released convict on the way to school.

2) Encourage responsibility

Discourage your children from playing their video games or listening to their mp3 player on their way to school because this will make them unaware of their surroundings. Make sure that your child looks out for cars while crossing the street and does not engage in conversation with strangers.

3) Make sure your child enters the building

If you are driving your child to school, make sure that he gets inside the building safely before you leave. Accidents happen in parking lots too, so make sure your child is with the teacher or his classmates.

When dropping your child off at school parents should always be careful when driving near schools and busy streets, and be sure to pay close attention to the children and pedestrians around you.

4) Advocate safety in your child’s school

If you feel that the school needs to change some of its regulations, gather a group of parents and petition that they be changed. Most school administrations listen to parents when they demand changes due to the liability factor when caring for their children.

At Home

Another concern for parents are the times that children may have to spend time unattended at home. Below are some tips to ensure your children’s safety:

1) Keep doors shut

Most of the time, parents tell their children not to let strangers in to the house. This may confuse the child because the word ‘stranger’ evokes a scary image. Most of the time, people who knock on the door do not appear to be scary, and so there is a chance that the person will be let in.

“Keep all doors shut” is a good rule, instead of the usual “don’t let a stranger in.” Parents can instruct their children to communicate with other people, whether stranger or not, through the door, until they get home from work.

2) Set a curfew

Another thing that a parent can do is to instruct the child to call once they get home. This way, a parent will be assured of the child’s safety. Parents must set a time for the child to call. If the child does not call within a specified time, give or take 20 minutes, then the parent can start to look for the child. Parents can also enlist the help of a neighbor to make sure that the child is home safe.