• December 15, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    The Pet Care Trust’s Pets in the Classroom program is now accepting grant applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools who desire to introduce a pet into the classroom or already have a pet in the classroom are welcome to apply.

    Many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals, which is why the Pet Care Trust believes in supporting teachers with this educational grants program. Through the Pets in the Classroom program, teachers can obtain a grant for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets. Teachers can apply for a direct, no-hassle grant through the Pets in the Classroom website (www.petsintheclassroom.org). The program offers 7 different types of grants, giving each teacher the opportunity to choose which grant is right for him or her. Grant options include:

    Rebate Grant in the amounts of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store;
    Sustaining Grant in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet;
    Petco Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petco;
    Petsmart Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petsmart; and
    Pet Supermarket Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and pet supplies purchased at Pet Supermarket.

    New for 2013-14:

    Pet Supplies Plus Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Pet Supplies Plus Stores, and
    Petland Discounts Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Petland Discounts Stores.

    The grant program began in 2010 and has awarded 22,793 grants to teachers through the 2012-2013 school year. With a goal of introducing 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms to pets and the benefits they provide, the Trust hopes that the 2013-2014 school year will see a large number of grant applicants.

    Steven T. King, Executive Director of the Pet Care Trust, commented, “The newly redesigned Pets in the Classroom website makes it easier than ever for teachers to apply for a grant and to find the resources they may need to select the right pet for their classroom.”

    The Pets in the Classroom grant program benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self esteem.

  • December 10, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Science activities can be very effective learning tools if they are properly designed. A properly design science activity will engage students, it will entertain them and it will introduce a science concept in an interesting way. Science activities that are not properly designed will be boring and basically a waste of class time. Below are four tips that will help you to design an effective and fun science activity for your middle school students.

    Tip #1 Make the Activity Active

    The best way to make a science activity more interesting and fun for students is to make it active. Active science activities are going to get students moving and interacting with science tools and concepts. A good example of an active science activity is having the students go outside and to collect data on plant and animal species on the school ground. On the flipside, an inactive science activity is having the student complete a worksheet. As you can see the first activity is going to be more fun for the student because it gives them something novel to do.

    Tip #2 Make the Activity Interesting

    One problem that science teachers have is making science interesting to their middle school students. This age group has all ready developed a set of interests and anything outside that set of interests is basically ignored or thought to be boring or uninteresting. In order for teachers to develop an interesting science activity they will need to find a way to connect the science concept with something that the students are interested in. For example, if the activity is about electronics concepts then the teacher can incorporate remote control vehicles or robots in their activity.

    Tip #3 Make the Activity Relevant

    Another way to get kids engaged in a science activity is to design is so that it is relevant to them. This is a good idea as it helps to show kids that what they are learning about does impact them and their lives. Teachers can link science concepts to what is happening in the world today by using news stories and products in their introduction of the science activity.

    Tip #4 Make the Activity Quick

    Middle school students still have a relatively short attention span, particularly when they are faced with a science activity. Teachers need to make sure that the science activities that they plan do not exhaust students or last longer than the activity can keep their attention. The timing of a science activity generally will be 50 to 75 percent of a single class period for middle school students. Longer activities will need to be a lot of fun or very interesting.

  • December 8, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Are you interested in learning how to play the piano? Is a loved one? Picking a great piano teacher is probably the most important step you can take on your way to successfully learning how to play the piano. A good teacher will have the power to motivate you and to inspire you while a bad teacher will have the power to almost single-handedly destroy any desire you may have ever had to play the piano. Scary? Yes indeed.

    Probably the most important part of picking a great piano teacher thats right for you is understanding your own personal goals. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to be a concert pianist? Are you interested in performing for others? Do you just want to play for yourself? All of these questions are important, and will give you a lot of insight as to the kind of piano teacher youll want for yourself.

    Once youve established your goals, analyze them and decide what you might want in a teacher. If youve decided youd like to play and perform for others, a teacher that provides ample performance opportunities and pressures their students to use them is probably just the right teacher for you. On the other hand, if you, like many people want to learn for your own personal enrichment, that kind of pressure probably isnt right for you. If thats you, then start with a teacher who wont make too many demands of you and who wont pressure you to perform too much more than youre comfortable doing. Picking a great piano teacher is often a lot about trying to align your goals with a prospective teachers goals for their students.

    Now that you have an idea of the kind of teacher you might want, now youll have to find some teachers to try out! I suggest you contact the president of your local MTNA Chapter and ask for a list of member piano teachers in your area. Also, you can call the head of your local universitys piano department and ask him/her.

    Alright, so youve got a list of teachers, pick a few and take some trial lessons. Typically these will be free, and probably will never run you more than $10 for an hour. This is an important step in picking a great piano teacher. Try a few, and decide what you like and what you dont like.

    At this point, Ill assume that youve narrowed your list of candidates down to 2 or 3. Ask them if you can visit a student recital soon. This will allow you to evaluate how the other students play and if thats where youd like to be headed.

  • December 8, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Have you created classroom and teacher resources that make the preschool experience better, or the educators job easier? An excellent tool for sharing those resources is to sell them online. Years of experience teach teachers many techniques for reaching a childs mind and imagination, something that is not always taught to young teachers during their education and training.

    When young people use resources provided from the experiences of their elders, everyone benefits. You may not realize that your simple methods for doing things can be sold to a young teacher. Well, they certainly can. It may be a better way to create a bulletin board in the classroom, a fun puzzle for teaching math facts, a game for learning the Presidents of the US, a song to learn the states and capitals, or particular process for science projects.

    Methods for Selling Online

    1. Websites. If you have a great deal of teacher resources, ideas, books, and projects that can be easily and professionally packaged and presented, a personal website might be the best direction for you. You can advertise your website on education sites, teacher resource sites, and educational exchange sites. However, an individual website is usually more costly and time consuming than other options.

    2. Auctions. There are several websites where auctions take place 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 52-weeks a year. You can buy or sell almost anything. Because of that your things might get lost amid the vast array of other products available. While that is certainly still a viable source, an auction site that specializes in educational resources and child care businesses is probably a better choice. You simply pay a percentage of what you received for the sell as a fee.

    3. Stores on Auction Websites. A possibility that falls between the above two methods are individual stores that are located on auction websites. Your items appear as auction items when a buyer searches a particular product. However, the buyer is then given the opportunity to search yourstore for other products. Its generally less expensive than websites, and easier to manage than individual auctions if you have a lot of items. Educational auction sites are generally preferable due to the enormous amount of products on general auction websites.

    The route you choose for selling your teacher made materials depends on the volume of materials available and time you can invest in managing the sales.

  • December 4, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Yoga Certification programs conducted in European countries have gained a momentum in the last decade. As increasing number of people are now heading to Yoga for numerous health benefits the demands of certified Yoga instructors is growing tremendously.

    Yoga is a traditional form of exercise that includes certain postures and movements. Two most important advantages of practicing Yoga are prevention of disorders and ailments and maintenance of health and fitness in daily life. Other methods of exercises like gymnastics, athletics, aerobics, games, and various other forms are not as good as Yoga when it comes to the results. Due to all these reasons more and more people are referring to Yoga for treating ailments and living a healthier life. Especially in the western countries, an increasing number of people are joining Yoga classes for achieving healthier mind and body.

    The Yoga Teacher Certification programs conducted at numerous camps are in huge demand across the country. Owing to the increasing demand of certified Yoga teachers and the bright career prospects, Yoga Instructor Certification programs are attended by numerous individuals wanting to learn and teach Yoga. Those who have completed Yoga Teacher Training program can setup a successful career by teaching Yoga to the people. Another advantage of working as a certified Yoga instruction is that while teaching Yoga to the students, one also practices all the postures and stretches himself/herself. Thus you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself while sharing the benefits of Yoga with others and earning money in the process.

    After attending a certified Yoga Teacher Training program you can start your career as a Yoga teacher. All you need to do is rent a studio, inform people about your yoga classes by advertising, and start taking classes. If you can’t find a place to rent, you can approach the high profile clients, who prefer to take classes at their own place. This way you can also save the investment that is required to rent a studio and continue teaching Yoga without actually investing a penny from your pockets. There are several such high-end clients who would love to learn Yoga from someone with Yoga Instructor Certification. You can approach your friends and family to refer you name to their colleagues and friends and kick-start you career.

    If this article has inspired you and you have decided to join a Yoga Certification program from a reliable and genuine source then you can refer to healthandyoga.com. The website is a complete Yoga information Bank that also conducts Yoga Teacher Certification programs. Besides this, it also offers holiday packages in Yoga retreats, and provides Yoga products like neti pot, mala beads and enema equipment, etc.

  • November 28, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Although nobody will expect entries for 8th grade science projects to be outstandingly proficient and altogether scientific, there are a number of ways in which you can make a good balanced project that will stand out and that will amaze the people who will see it. The main concern will be the validity of the information provided and the reliability of the sources used.

    In many ways a project will have to tackle a subject that is either imposed by the teacher, or some topic that will be investigated by the student himself. In the latter case the student ought to pursue a certain subject that he feels drawn towards, something that he is interested in and also something that will be challenging. Many 8th grade science projects will be judged on the originality of their content, or rather, on the originality of the method in which they are presented.

    Getting to know the subject at hand as well as possible is also very interesting and challenging. The teachers may be interested in finding how well prepared the student has actually been, and he may ask questions regarding the subject that were not included in the project itself. That’s why a little history and a little bit of focus on the entire area of the subject will be very important from the student. There’s no better way to impress a teacher than to know the information presented without hesitation.

    Another aspect that needs to be prepared carefully will be a practical application or a specific set of visuals to go along with the project. If there is a possibility to include a video or a slide show, there will be further praise for the student. Also, a video may be just as good, and given the ease with which a laptop computer can be integrated, a multimedia display may prove very important as well.

    Another way to make your project stand out is to think of it as a tale, as a story. There is tension and plot and suspense that can be used in your presentation. Start out by making an almost unbelievable statement that will arouse the attention of the crowd and then slowly bring out the facts. Keep your information clean and well presented, make pauses, and allow for the audience to focus and to think.

    The best results are those that require the extra bit of attention and a bit more work. In the field of education there will be different levels of preparedness and the 8th grade science projects will be judged according to the standards of the age group, but still they should be well done and a good learning experience.

  • November 27, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    Higher education comes with a high price, and most grad students do not have the cash not only to pay for graduate school upfront but also to pay for food, housing, medical expenses, etc., during graduate school. Some grad students may have decent jobs before they start graduate school, but many graduate students have to cut back on working to meet the rigorous demands of their graduate study. Luckily, there are many options to help graduate students pay for grad school, options which include student loans, stipends, and grants. You can use the information in this article to learn more about refinancing your student loans that helped you to pay for graduate school.

    Some students choose to refinance student loans to reduce their student debt and monthly loan payments. Students can refinance their loans through various ways, such as consolidation.

    Students should consider several things before refinancing student loans. For example, federal and private loans should be refinanced separately. Federal loans have lower interest rates than do private loans because government lenders know that students’ incomes will increase as they continue their educations. Consolidating federal loans with private loans when refinancing will raise interest more so than if the loans were refinanced separately.

    Consider Your Credit Score

    Students should have good credit scores before they refinance student loans. Bad credit scores will affect interest rates for refinanced loans. Before refinancing, students should review their credit reports and try to fix any problems. After they have fixed any problems with their credit scores, students should request quotes from different lenders to determine which lender would offer the best interest rates for the refinanced loans. Interest rates tend to change around July 1 every year, and though interest rates are currently low, changes in the economy can cause sudden changes in those rates.

    Different lenders have different qualifications to refinance student loans. Most lenders do not allow the refinancing of loans that are currently paying for education. Some lenders require minimum balances of varying amounts to qualify for refinancing. Students should research these qualifications before refinancing.

    Weigh Interest Rates vs Monthly Payments

    Refinancing can either lower interest rates and monthly payments on student loans or redistribute the payments over longer periods. Lowering interest rates prevents long-term payment increases, and lowering monthly payments decreases short-term payments. Redistributing the payments over longer periods of time makes each payment more manageable but increases the overall balance of the loans because of interest.

  • November 23, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    The primary reason for implementing teacher training is so that teachers are well equipped and knowledgeable when they first start a job in a school or any other education centre. However teachers arent always prepared for what they may come across. Teacher training schools dont teach teachers how to deal and cope with all situations, most of the troublesome problems they face are those, which they encounter first hand and have never had any real experience of. Teachers can be faced with many difficult situations such as student behaviour problems and inappropriate actions, it is only when faced with these problems that teachers will know how they will react to it. This is why the teaching profession has such a high rate of people leaving as you cannot fully appreciate the difficulties of being a teacher until you have witnessed it first hand.
    During a teachers professional career a school will need to ensure teachers are regularly trained and kept up to date with new and current methods in education by extra training.

    Good teacher education is no doubt one of the most significant things for a successful school. Tutors not only must excel at their applied chosen area but they are increasingly being faced with difficulties, they need to know how to cope and handle tough behaviour from classes, also how to deal with tender affairs students might have.

    Teachers are prepared a little when they initially train to become teachers but on occasions it usually needs much more, and guidance from professionals may very well be required. These professionals will guide you on your concern area and will draw on their own skills and experiences to help you. They will attempt to help you master any problems you have and let you continue teaching in a beneficial way to pupils.

    To be a teacher you need to have the right temperament and desire to be dedicated to what you do. You should be ready to give up some personal time to join team meetings, mark students work, aid pupils after school or even take part in after school activities. Teaching has a very high decline rate, mostly due to difficult behaviour and teachers deciding that the profession isnt what they originally thought it would be like.

  • November 13, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    James Goetz is a seasoned health care professional and has extensive expertise in the field of chiropractics. Currently, he is student at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. The College of Chiropractic prepares students to diagnose, to care for human body and to integrate their care within the larger health care system. He receives comprehensive, full-time education that prepares him to become doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractic is a health profession that concerns itself with the relationship between structure and function of human body. His course provides a clinically relevant and integrated curriculum in regard to basic sciences, chiropractic principles and related health sciences. Jim Goetz is former Secretary of Student American Chiropractic Association. He is expected to complete his education by 2014.

    As a Chiropractic tutor at the University of Bridgeport, Jim Goetz Florida helped students to enhance their base ability as a doctor. He guided them to achieve needed grades. Having been in the industry for many years, he has gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the medical field. He is able to provide students with helpful tips and assistance. While working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Toronto Blue Jays, he implemented prehabilitation and performance enhancement programs. He also helped them to create new programs for implementation. He graduated from the Optimal Performance Institute with the BS in Mind, Body, Health and Fitness. He attended the University of Tampa and played for the defending NCAA Division II National Champion University of Tampa Spartans. He was also selected as a Resident Assistant.

    Jim Goetz New Jersey is extensively experienced in training of elite athletes to pre-habilitate, rehabilitate and enhance athletic ability. He offers useful assistance and guidance to athletes to help them in enhancing their level of performance. His specialties include diagnostics, program design and implementation. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and playing baseball. He is working to gain more experience in the field of general pediatrics.

  • November 11, 2017 /  Teacher & Students
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    According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, two-thirds of college students today leave their alma mater with debt from student loans, and the average student loan debt amount among these graduates is a startling $23,186.

    These student debt numbers go hand in hand with reports from the College Board that four-year public colleges and universities now charge, on average, about $7,600 in annual tuition and fees to in-state undergraduate students and nearly $12,000 a year to out-of-state students. Private non-profit four-year colleges and universities average more than twice that, costing students about $27,300 a year in tuition and fees.

    With the average tuition cost of a four-year degree running between $36,000 and $108,000 — and thats without counting non-tuition college costs like room and board, textbooks, transportation, and living expenses — its easy to understand why student loans have become such a common piece of a students financial aid package.

    An increasing number of students who graduate with college loans, however, are finding it difficult to repay their student loan debt. Department of Education statistics show that nationally, about 7 percent of borrowers who entered repayment on their federal education loans in 2008 defaulted within the first year of repayment, and nearly 14 percent have defaulted within three years. (2008 is the last full year for which student loan default statistics are available.)

    As consumer and student advocacy groups like The Project on Student Debt and the Institute for College Access & Success call attention to the spreading problem of ballooning student loan debt, spiking default rates, and the growing number of recent graduates who find themselves in need of debt help, some students are looking for ways to pay for college without taking on debt from school loans.

    Graduating from college debt-free is certainly possible, but it can require some careful planning, creative financing, and potentially some adjustments in your college plans.

    1) Pay as You Go If your school offers tuition payment plans, consider eschewing student loans in favor of a “pay-as-you-go” model. By taking advantage of a school payment plan, you can pay for college in smaller installments, rather than as one big chunk all at once.

    Many colleges and universities now offer monthly payment plans that allow you to spread out the cost of your tuition and fees over the course of the semester and pay for your college costs in monthly installments. You may be charged a small one-time or monthly fee when you opt for a tuition payment plan, but once youve earned your degree, youll be able to leave school with no student loan debt.

    2) Scholarships & Grants Spend some time each month searching for college scholarships and grants. There are several online scholarship search engines that allow you to search databases of awards for free. Scholarships and grants provide “free money” for college that, unlike student loans, you wont need to pay back.