Okay, so your child loves to watch television, play video games, surf on the Internet, and listen to music. And there's nothing wrong with those activities, as long as they're used in moderation. Most parents would also love to see their kids participate in more constructive activities -- like reading children's books -- but the trick is to get your little ones to actually sit down and crack open a book a few times per week. One way to start is by sitting down and reading aloud to your children. By reading aloud to your kids, you're showing them how to enjoy children's books, the English language, the wonders of a good story, and hopefully, you're instilling a love of reading and learning. Many kids associate books with the drudgeries of school and homework, but you want to show them how a well written children's book can be an exciting adventure, a real pleasure, as their imagination takes them to places they've never been to visit with people and characters they've never met. According to a recent US government study, there's a direct relationship with reading aloud to your children and childhood literacy rates. Reading children's books and other materials to your children is not only a great educational head start for pre-school, but also a wonderful social activity, and a chance to spend quallity time with your kids. Reading to children is shown to have a positive effect on children’s literacy outcomes, the government report concludes. Through experience with books, children gain important exposure to written language. They begin making connections between the spoken word and the printed word. Policymakers contend that it is important to read to your child. Regrettably, few children today seem to read for pleasure. In one study, only 7 out of 10 9-year-olds said that they enjoy reading as a pastime, compared with 78% five years ago, while for 11-year-olds, the proportion has declined from 77% to 65%. Children said they preferred watching television to going to the library or reading. But the biggest changes in attitudes were among boys. In Year 6, only 55% of boys said they enjoyed stories compared with 70% in 1998. So getting your children -- especially males -- to read, and enjoy reading, is a real challenge these days. And again, one way to tackle that challenge is to read to your children aloud. One technique is to make reading a children's book a game, an interactive adventure that you can both enjoy. After all, this is another way to spend some quality time with your kids, which is what they want anyway. Another way to use children’s books and literature to teach is through the so-called "Charlotte Mason" method. In this method of teaching, the child "tells back," in his or her own words, a short book or poem, or a chapter of a longer book. The child is forced to focus on the story, and understand its meaning. This type of verbal narration is especially effective in younger children who may not have the writing skills necessary to put their thoughts down on paper. The goal is to get your child to open a book for fun, on their own, without prodding from you or their teachers in school. I can remember my own excitement and fascination when I discovered the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as young teenager, and how many hours of entertainment and enjoyment I culled from the pages of that classic fantasy series.
Corporate entities are no longer confined in bricks and mortar. They are spreading their tentacles in the virtual world. Businesses are going online. They are building websites, allowing netizens to shop online, aggressively marketing their products on the net and harnessing the power of the Internet to build up leads for their products and services. The corporate world has also become aware that only 'Building a Site' will not help in drawing prospective customers. Sites as well as brands have to be pushed aggressively, marketed properly and above all ensure that they are able to garner the attention of search engines. This has meant that an increasing number of corporate houses are looking out for trained Internet Marketing Professionals who are aware of the intricacies of search engine optimization. But, finding such professionals is proving to be a daunting task for recruiters. This is because there are very few institutes offering SEO training and certification. Also, most of the available talent has not received proper training per se but are self-taught professionals. The above-mentioned facts are also supported by experts who state that the industry supply is lagging the demand by 20%. Robert Half International, world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, cites the job profile of Search Engine Optimizer as 'one of four jobs on cutting edge'. So, should you consider doing a career in Search Engine Optimization? Let's look at the work profile of a search engine optimizer. MSN Careers states that 'SEOs typically supplement their knowledge of how various search engines operate and determine page rankings with strong marketing skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively and program using HTML.' Thus, SEO comprises all the aspects relevant to building of a website right from its development to the content and designing. SEO is a sunrise industry. Reports are showing that the spending on SEO as well as online marketing is growing. According to survey conducted by Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO), 'North American advertisers spent $9.4 billion on search engine marketing (SEM) in 2006, a 62 percent increase over 2005 spending'. Similarly, a survey conducted by Affinity Internet reveals that 'SMBs will commit greater resources to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) marketing and other online efforts in 2007.' A study conducted by E-consultancy paints a rosy picture about the future of SEO. The study takes into the account the mindset of business houses located in the UK. According to the study, 'Continued pay-per-click growth and keyword inflation have boosted companies' spending on SEM, with an emerging trend towards the long-term benefits of organic optimization as Adwords/Overture costs soar'. All the above reports point to the fact that the spending on SEO and online marketing is growing. The reports also indirectly underline the fact that the demand for SEO professionals is all set to increase in the near future. Look at any leading job site. You will notice that there are many openings for SEO. For instance, Yahoo Hotjobs had approximately 214 openings for the month of May 2007 in US alone. Moreover, the jobs available require people with a varying level of experience. So, whether you are a fresher or possess some experience, you are sure of landing a job provided you are equipped with employer-desired skill set and qualifications. Likewise, the pay packet is also good. A fresher can expect to earn between $ 25K-$ 35K which only increases with experience. In fact, according to MSN careers, 'because of a shortage of experts in this relatively new area, many top SEOs receive multiple job offers.' The fact that the rules of SEO remain same and are immune to geographical locations only increases your chances of getting a job. For instance, if you have received your training from an institute located in India and have worked in a company located in UK, you are still eligible to apply for a job in US. SEO industry has many interesting careers up for grabs. Equipped with a right kind of certifications and good knowledge about search engines, you can expect to land a challenging and a well-rewarding career.
Because the Spanish language has grown so much around the world, it has become extremely popular for people to learn Spanish as a second language. It is believed to be the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. This is easy to believe as it spoken all around the world by native speakers and students alike. Many people are learning this language by necessity, to keep up with the need in business and everyday life. There are also many people who are learning it because they are interested in their own heritage and culture. Many schools use Spanish as their extra language and as it is considered an easy language to learn, therefore, more and more people are choosing to learn it. Spanish has similarities to other languages, such as Italian, Portuguese and French. This is why Spanish is easy to learn but these similarities also enable people to gain the confidence to learn study more languages. Why would anyone learn Spanish? Well, it can make a holiday to Spain or Latin America much more interesting for a start. There are many extremely popular vacation destinations where Spanish is spoken. Speaking the native language can make a holiday a much more culturally drenched event. Many students ask why they have to learn Spanish but, as many schools know, Spanish can be the basis for further language study. In many European countries learning Spanish will greatly reduce language barriers and make traveling much easier and accessible. There are so many good reasons why a person should learn Spanish that speaking only one language these days is almost inexcusable. In business and simply as a hobby, learning Spanish is both easy and can open up many doors for a person. Learn Spanish For Employment Opportunities Although learning Spanish can be fun, it can also open up a person’s career opportunities and this is why; many companies come in contact with people that do not speak English as a first language, when this occurs, Spanish can be a good backup in communication. There are many Spanish speaking people throughout the world and having employees that can communicate in both Spanish and English is considered to be extremely beneficial to a company. The world has become so small with all the developments in technologies relating to communication and international business. Also, people are finding travel and emigration so easy that it is important for people to keep up their communication skills. Many areas, like the United States in particular, have a large population of Spanish speaking individuals, making it important for certain jobs to be employed by people who are multilingual. For instance, in the medical profession, there is great need for medical staffs who are bilingual so that important information can be communicated clearly. Situations where patients only speak Spanish are not only easier, but safer too if they can speak their native tongue. Teachers also widen their employment opportunities by gaining the knowledge to speak in both English and Spanish. As well, any type of employment that involves tourism or international communication can create the need to speak Spanish as well as English. These are just a few of the many reasons why learning Spanish can be important and popular in today’s world.
Language learning through your native tongue, such as learning English more fully can be accomplished by the language learning software at Euro Talk which can be found on the web at eurotalk. ie. But what about learning a foreign language - should you take the time to do so? The answer to this is an emphatic YES and Euro Talk can be with you every step of the way on the learning path. The number one reason to learn a foreign language is so that you can communicate with other people who speak the language in question. This can include individuals you meet when you are travelling and also people you meet at home who speak more than one language. Learning to speak another language will make you welcomer when you travel and it shows a tremendous respect for a different culture than your own. People notice and are pleased when you make a concerted effort to speak a local language, even if you only learn a few words such as hello, goodbye, please and thank you. Cultural understandings are bridged when a person takes on the endeavour of learning to speak a new language. Learning a new language opens up new avenues and new ideas and provides a broader way of viewing the world. There are many cultural and linguistic differences between languages and learning these can make a great deal of difference to ones life. Be aware as well that learning to speak another language also means that you can enjoy music, film and literature in the language and do not require it to be translated. Rarely is a translation an exact replica of what was originally spoken, sung or written. Learning a foreign language will increase your options when it comes to your chosen career. A great number of schools as well as plenty of employers have a preference for those who are able to speak more than one language. While English is a language that is spoken widely throughout the world, it would do you well to learn French for example if you will be doing business in France at all or if you will be working with French clients. Learning another language can also play a role in helping you learn more about your own. You can enhance your ability to know as much as possible about the English language by learning another language, such as French or Spanish. Check out eurotalk. ie to get you started on the language-learning path. french. about/od/francophonie/a/whylearnfrench. htm
With online education continuing to explode, some people feel the days of traditional colleges are numbered. One online educator even said that traditional colleges are becoming a place vagabond youths go to congregate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Below are the reasons I think traditional colleges will continue to survive, thrive, and play big roles in society. 1. Going away to college is like a rite of passage. There is nothing like that feeling of an 18 year old moving away from mom and dad for the first time. It connotes freedom. It is Freedom from being told what to do all the time. Why traditional colleges are more expensive than distance learning colleges, I would not have given up the chance at this freedom for a million dollars. As a parent, I cannot fathom not letting my children have this same freedom and experience. It is an experience I so much enjoyed. It is only natural that I would want this freedom and experience for my beloved children. 2. Traditional colleges offer social networking that online education cannot. It is said it’s not often what you learn in college that matters, it is who you sit next to in class. Some of the people you sit next to in class will become lifelong friends and business associates. This became more evident to me during the 2007 NCAA Basketball Championship. If you are a college basketball fan, you know the University of Florida won back to back college basketball championship in 2006 and 2007. This was made possible by a group of young men (Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah) who became teammates and roommates. These young men while at the University of Florida became special friends. Through this friendship, they bonded together and agreed to try to achieve something that was only done once (win back to back NCAA College Basketball Championship) since 1973. The other school that did it since 1973 is Duke University. Needless to say, they achieved this goal and will forever go down in the history of college basketball together. Can online education provide such enabling environment? I think NOT! 3. Traditional colleges have become icons in the communities they are located in. Some of these communities have come to love and identify with their schools. Take Gainesville, Florida for example. Can you imagine the city of Gainesville, Florida without the University of Florida? The city of Gainesville will suffer untold economic and social hardships without the students of University of Florida. 4. Old habits die hard. There are still people who believe in the traditional way of learning. These people feel being on campus is the best way to learn. They will continue to support and go to traditional schools to do their learning. 5. There are majors that are not amenable to online learning. Until online schools figure out how to do things like chemistry or physics labs online, these type of majors will continue to be the forte of traditional colleges. Sometimes learning just involves getting your hands dirty. While not exhaustive by any means, these are some of the reasons traditional colleges will continue to survive now and in the future. It is indeed too early to hold their obituary. In fact, such an obituary may never come in our lifetime.
Earning your health care degree online can help provide you with a better education and a more complete set of skills than traditional classroom settings provide. Many people want to help others and choose a career in health care for a personally fulfilling line of work. Acquiring a health care degree online may allow individuals to aim for better positions in the work force and provide room for growth to higher salaries. Choice and Quality of Programs Program options for online education are increasing. Individuals can invest in the areas and number of courses they prefer, from taking a course or two in criminal justice courses to acquiring a health care degree online. Businesses and employers recognize online education to be just as good as degrees earned in traditional settings, and many employers respect the self-motivation and determination of those who choose independent study to get ahead. Employers also recognize that online education has vastly improved in the area of quality. The material studied in courses for a health care degree online is no different from courses taught in classrooms or on campuses. In fact, online courses may provide a better quality of education, as material is concise and usually very focused. Traditional classroom courses involve lectures that can get sidetracked by questions or discussions. With online courses, recorded lectures stay on topic the length of the audio program. Flexible Study Studying for a health care degree online involves plenty of flexibility for the student. While traditional learning involves students gathering in auditoriums for lectures, online education involves only the student and the course material and the environment for learning is the student's choice. Any setting is fine for listening to audio lectures, thanks to the technology of mp3 players. Many students prefer copying their lectures from CD to mp3 player, taking their courses on the gobining another activity with listening to lectures, such as exercising at the gym, taking walks, or going for a bike ride, can both save time and make learning more interesting and enjoyable. Working While Studying The advantages of studying for a health care degree online come mainly from the ability to earn credits towards a degree while still working, an attractive option to many people. Attending school on campus in a traditional setting may mean a full-time commitment for students for a period of two years or more. Working during spare hours isn't often an option, and the student cannot earn income while studying or becomes stressed while trying to put in a full day at school and then another long shift at a job. Obtaining a health care degree online means that students can choose to study the number of courses they prefer, allowing them to keep their full-time job and work towards earning a degree as well. That situation may mean that the student takes longer to obtain his or her degree, but does so with less debt and also meeting financial responsibilities. The flexibility of being able to earn an income while working towards a health care degree online is appealing. Location of Student Location may also be a factor in choosing to earn a degree online or at an educational facility. For those individuals who live in rural areas outside cities where schools are often located or who cannot travel to the school of their choice, online education is a viable and solid option to increasing knowledge and skill. Earning a health care degree online is as attainable to the student living beside a campus as it is for the student living in a tiny town tucked away far from any metropolitan city. The choice of deciding to earn your health care degree online or in traditional classroom setting depends on your preference for independent study and flexibility, as well as your location, family situation, and financial obligations. Whichever form of education you choose to receive, increasing knowledge and skill levels boosts your appeal to potential employers and provides opportunity for higher salaries or better positions in the field of health care.
Pittsburgh Schools have not shown significant improvement as measured by the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) assessment. Due to the district’s inability to show improvements mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act for 4 consecutive years, Pittsburgh Schools were required to make significant changes in the 2006-2007 school year. Those changes included closing 22 schools, opening accelerated learning academies, and adding more k-8 schools. Superintendent Mark Roosevelt felt the “slow improvement” of Pittsburgh Schools also required some other big changes, starting at the top. Pittsburgh Schools will institute a district wide administrator training and management plan called the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership System for Excellence (PULSE). PULSE will require greater support for new principals, enhanced training for potential administrators, and tougher standards on principal evaluations. But the most notable component is the plan to eliminate annual step increases, and institute a pay for performance plan, for all Pittsburgh Schools’ principals. Pittsburgh Schools applied for an $8.9 million federal grant to fund the program, and anticipate a response in June of this year. If the grant is approved, the traditional step increases Pittsburgh Principals are used to will be replaced by a $2000 increase in base pay. That would be tied to progress in meeting 28 performance-based goals. The other part of the incentive would include bonuses of up to $10,000 for demonstrated academic growth among students. This would position Pittsburgh Schools’ principals to make much more than with the step increase system. Pittsburgh Schools initiated the pay for performance plan last year with the principals of the eight new accelerated learning academies. However, it is too soon to tell how much the students have benefited in that short period of time. Pittsburgh Schools have shown very small, very slow, improvement in meeting the AYP targets. Overall advances of 3% in 5th grade math and a record 9% in 8th grade reading do little to put Pittsburgh Schools where they need to be. Is the pay for performance plan the answer? A rating scale using “rudimentary”, “emerging”, “proficient” and “accomplished” will be used in areas of academics, community relations and academic success. Pittsburgh Schools is one of many urban districts to grapple with the issues of meeting rising academic standards. The question of offering both administrators and teachers merit pay has bee a hot topic between unions and academic observers for decades. While the issue of bonus pay for performance has not often been used with Pittsburgh Schools’ teachers, if it is successful with the principals, teachers may not be far behind. Will it work? Opponents have suggested that the academic world operates differently than the corporate one, and that incentives won’t work. Others insist that the lack of performance-based pay is one of the biggest problems with Pittsburgh Schools and public education as a whole. Stay tuned. Grading principals may be the most notable reform Pittsburgh Schools institute this year.
With all the emphasis on mandatory testing and national standards it’s no big surprise that high school rankings have been getting a lot of attention. American high school students face a global economy, high technology demands, and the reality of living in a capitalistic society without the benefit of a solid financial education. Parents, teachers, and students look to high school rankings to help them evaluate their school’s progress and to consider moves to new areas. Should Students Worry About High School Rankings for K-12 Gen Interest? What if you are a high school student? Should you be concerned about getting into a good college if your school is poorly ranked in high school rankings for k-12 gen interest? Well yes and no. Most colleges aren’t going to bother digging up the high school ranking for k-12 gen interest for every student who applies. They simply don’t have the time. Your greater concern should be whether your school is really preparing you for the college if its ranking is that low. Even so - don’t despair. Attending a school with low high school rankings can work in your favor if you are a hard-working students who’s getting good grades. Focus less on the rankings and more on your personal achievements. The Washington Post reported on an informal survey that found it made no difference to college acceptance whether students had attended private or public schools. I think it’s a fair correlation to surmise that your high school rankings will net similar results. Your chances of getting into a good college rest more on your personal merits than those of your school. Most colleges recognize that your school’s potential doesn’t reflect your personal potential. Can I Use High school rankings to Get into a Better School? If, despite my words of comfort above, you’re concerned about your school’s low high school ranking for k-12 gen interest you might be wondering about switching to a better school. On the one hand, it’s easy to access school info now that high school rankings are available on numerous websites and in national magazines. But before you run out the door, consider a few factors. Switching schools isn’t easy. The private school route is expensive, even at the Catholic School option which runs thousands of dollars a year. Now your district may have charter or magnet schools that are reasonable alternatives to your current location. This is a good time to consult the high school rankings for k-12 gen interest. I’d advise against choosing a brand new charter school - you just don’t know what you’ll get. And you can only apply to most magnets at a certain time of the year. But if the high school rankings have you convinced that another school will better prepare you for college then consider your move carefully. You are still the most important factor in your success.
In 1896, the Plessey v. Ferguson court decision established the “separate but equal” doctrine, allowing that it was legal and fair to separate public school students by race and color as long as the education given was “equal”. As history has shown, the education was seldom fair or equal. Thus, in 1954 the landmark court decision of Brown v. Topeka Kansas struck down the 1896 decision. It outlawed racial segregation of public school students, ushering in the desegregation of public school institutions across the nation from elementary through college. Public schools were ordered by federal mandate to use race to equitably assign children to public schools; thus, eliminating the segregation that previously was determined by neighborhood residency. Today, there are two cases in the U. S. Supreme Court that challenge local public school board policies in Louisville and Seattle. The Bush Administration has publicly agreed with the parents, who brought the lawsuits that are in favor of desegregating these schools districts. The lawsuits argue that desegregation policies are well-intentioned but not constitutional. In order to be legal, desegregation policies must be based on a “persuasive good reason”. The two lawsuits contend that no persuasive good reason exists in the Louisville and Seattle school districts, with the Louisville brief citing that “a well-intentioned quota is still a quota”. Many are sitting back and watching the outcome of these two Supreme Court cases. If the court decides in favor of the parents, the ruling could possibly affect 400 school districts in 17 states, which continue under court-ordered desegregation. Why do these parents and those against desegregation believe that now is the time to overturn Brown v. Topeka Kansas? First, the Bush Administration has publicly supported not only these public school cases but other lawsuits, as well, that seek to eliminate federal-mandated racial equity in business. Second, Harvard University’s Civil Rights Project has shown that public schools across America have been resegregating during this century. Patterns of segregation exist at all levels of public education — district, state, regional and national levels. One key finding of the study is that white students are the most segregated of public school students, attending schools that are at least 80 percent white. With the onslaught of school vouchers, charter and alternative schools, as well as increased immigration into the United States, more and more white parents are sending their children away from the public school system for their education; thus, the public schools nationally are now approaching 40 percent minority enrollment — nearly twice the amount of minority students enrolled in public schools in the 1960s. In 1974, the Supreme Court decision of Milliken v. Bradley banned desegregation efforts between city and suburban areas in metropolitan Detroit — a third reason for the general public to believe that Brown v. Topeka Kansas may be overturned and another key finding of the Harvard study. Since the Milliken v. Bradley decision, many of the larger cities have suffered with segregation within their urban areas, with mostly minorities populating those sections of the cities. For example, 27 of the largest urban public school systems serve a fourth of their black and Latino student populations. Fourth reason, the Harvard study also found that even in desegregated public school systems in the United States, black students are segregated through student tracking and biased testing. America touts itself as a colorblind society within this century; yet, many minorities across the nation continue to experience a lack of quality, educational resources that are enjoyed by most white students. Many federal and state public school funding formulas ignore the segregation resource issues, adding to the unequitable and lack of resources for primarily minority public schools. Big business, both domestic and abroad, already has succeeded to some degree (with government support) in eroding the democratic right that everyone, regardless of race, color, creed or religion, has a right to work. Now, our public school systems are under attack. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the parents in these two cases, we could very well see ourselves back in the turbulent times of the 1950s.
What is the one teaching tool that makes learning about geography easy and fun? Now, this isn’t all that tough, so here is a hint, they are in most classrooms. Did you say globe? If so, you’re right. World globes are a spectacular way to teach your children about the important places of the world and for that reason, every home should have one. The reason why world globes help teach people about geography is because they are a 3-D representation of the earth and are much better to learn from then a flat map. They make it easy to look at and point out all those important spots that people should know about including continents, mountain ranges, bodies of water, states, capitals, and cities. You can even get ones that are raised relief, where the mountain ranges and higher elevated areas are raised right up off the globe so you and your child can have a basic understanding of the difference between sea and mountain level. Now, along with being practical, world globes also have a decorative element to them since they are crafted from a wide variety of eye-catching materials. For example, you can get one that is made out of beautiful gemstones. Yes, gemstones, which is a top quality pick for making jewelry. So, since it is highly sought after for that, then you know a globe created out of it will have a stunning appearance. Along with the gemstones, there are other gorgeous material options and those include wood, acrylic, plastic, and some can even be made out of other stones like granite along with metals including silver and gold, materials that are commonly used to build the globe’s base. World globes are also available in many different styles, making it easy to find the perfect one for you, your family, and your space. Like, maybe you want a traditional one that can be set right on an end table or shelf, well, that is an option. Or, maybe you have an empty space in your living room or den, then a great choice for you is one that is made to stand right on the floor. There are ones designed to be book ends on shelves, others that light up, and you can even get ones that are smaller that come with pen and pencil sets, which would be a great addition to any desk. Basically, there are just a lot of options to choose from and for a great way to check them all out, just hit the Internet and do some online shopping. You can easily compare all the world globe options and do not even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. So, if you want to give your kid a head start on his or her education, turn to lovely world globes to do it. Both practical, and beautiful, it is definitely a fixture that should be in every home. Get one today, when your child brings home a A-plus report card in geography, you will be glad that you did.
World globes are the perfect addition to office or home furniture. There is something amazing about seeing the whole planet on your table top. World globes are spherical objects that can be crafted into just about anything delicate to reflect the awesome vastness of the Earth. World globes are available in many sizes from small to medium to large. Usually crafted from perishable material like paper or cardboard, world globes add to the value and allure of an office table. There is no other item on the desk that attracts as much attention as a globe does. World globes are also used as paperweights, key chains, bottle openers and many other thinks in miniature form. World globes have several lines drawn across them to indicate different things including the prime meridian. Other lines or etchings include the equator, latitudes and longitudes. Each of these lines has their own importance in the context of the Earth. However for world globes as in decorative purposes, users can afford to bypass them and focus on the sheen they add to their tables. But in the classroom, world globes have their own importance. This is because of the fact that they stimulate learning. World globes are important additions to classrooms where the basics of world geography are ingrained into students' minds. In a classroom world globes are important educational tools that can stimulate a child's imagination no end. Large world globes are ideal in such situations and should be made of sturdy materials because kids can handle them pretty roughly. It is essential that world globes are pretty much durable and flexible. Otherwise they are bound to get smashed up in the classroom. As a gift idea, illuminated world globes have no seconds. The wonderful ambience displayed by the softly lit world globe is unmatched by any other gift items out there. World globes are excellent desk top items that can double up as pen or pencil holders as well. World globes can definitely add a little something to the table at home or office and must be on everyone's hopping list especially during holiday seasons. World globes can also include a variety of other features like a clock of a keychain or a bottle opener as well. Illuminated world globes can serve as a night light in the bedroom as well. Some of the other varieties of world globes are inflatable ones that can be deflated when there is no need to stock them up. World globes are the best gifts that can be dispersed at any time and to any person no matter how big or small he or she is in terms of employment status. Therefore when out shopping for world globes make sure you look for unique designs so that your gift may be appreciated by the right person in the right way. If you are shopping for personal use try and match world globes to the existing decor of your table and indeed the room.
High Speed Vedic Mathematics is a super fast way of calculation whereby you can do supposedly complex calculations like 998 x 997 in less than five seconds flat. This makes it the World's Fastest Mental Math Method. It is highly beneficial for school and college students and students who are appearing for their entrance examinations. High Speed Vedic Mathematics is far more systematic, simplified and unified than the conventional system. It is a mental tool for calculation that encourages the development and use of intuition and innovation, while giving the student a lot of flexibility, fun and satisfaction . For your child, it means giving them a competitive edge, a way to optimize their performance and gives them an edge in mathematics and logic that will help them to shine in the classroom and beyond. Therefore it's direct and easy to implement in schools – a reason behind its enormous popularity among academicians and students. It complements the Mathematics curriculum conventionally taught in schools by acting as a powerful checking tool and goes to save precious time in examinations. There are just 16 Jaw-Dropping Sutras or Word Formulae which solve all known mathematical problems in the branches of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Calculus. They are easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to remember. High Speed Vedic Mathematics was founded by Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja who was the Sankaracharya (Monk of the Highest Order) of Govardhan Matha in Puri. They are called “Vedic” as because the sutras are said to be contained in the Atharva Veda – a branch of mathematics and engineering in the Ancient Indian Scriptures. The Benefits of High Speed Vedic Mathematics. High Speed Vedic Mathematics is more than 10-15 times or over 1500% times faster than the normal mathematics. How do we say this? You can test it yourself. We tested a normal student to calculate 998 x 997; he took the time of 85 seconds and did it correctly in the normal way. And then when we taught him the Vedic Method of Multiplication the same person could do it in about 5 seconds. Not only did this person suddenly become more confident , bubbling with energy and high self esteem . He wanted to solve more problems which showed a remarkable increase in his interest in the subject. • High Speed Vedic Mathematics is 10-15 times faster than normal Maths. • Better and Much Improved Academic Performance in school and Instant Results. • Sharpens your mind, increases mental agility and intelligence. • A Complete System comprising all the benefits of Mental Maths . • Develops Left & Right Sides of the brains by increasing visualization and concentration abilities. • Vedic Mathematics cultivates an interest for numbers and eliminates the math-phobia present in the students. • Vedic Maths is easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to remember. • Increases your speed and accuracy . Become a Mental Calculator yourself. • Improves memory and boosts self confidence.
If you're applying to graduate school, you'll need a personal statement that sets you apart from others applying for graduate admission. One way to enhance your Personal Statement is with an introduction that differentiates your essay. The introduction is the most important part of your essay, and its one purpose above all others is to draw in the reader. Ideally, your introduction should grab the reader's attention right from the first sentence. If the introduction can proceed to orient the reader to the focus of the essay, that can be very helpful. But orientation is not an essential purpose because that can be achieved gradually throughout the course of the essay. Many students make the mistake of over-explaining in the introductory paragraph what they will be talking about in the rest of the essay. Such paragraphs may include something similar to the following: "My journey toward graduate school has been shaped by a variety of experiences, including academic studies, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities." This is quite simply a waste of time and space. The reader already knows that you will be addressing these things and is most likely thinking, "Get to the point." If your essay opens with a paragraph such as this, the best move would be to delete it. Often, your second paragraph, which begins to discuss a specific experience, will work much better as an introduction. You may also find that a later paragraph works even better. In general, you should bring your most compelling experience to the forefront and then structure your essay around it. The following is a list of possible approaches to the introduction, with an emphasis on the opening sentence itself. Jump Right In Some people will start with a compelling experience but will insist on prefacing that experience with a very generic statement such as: "From the first time I looked through a microscope, I knew that science was my calling." Often, the reason people will open with such as statement is that they feel compelled to restate the question in some way. This is unnecessary and more than likely to bore your reader right out of the gate. You should be able to demonstrate your reasons without relying on such a bland summary sentence. If, on the other hand, you are tempted to use the first sentence to explain context, you should respect the reader's intelligence enough to save that context for later, once you have grabbed the reader's attention. Consider the following example, taken from this essay: "Perhaps the most important influence that has shaped the person I am today is my upbringing in a traditional family-oriented Persian and Zoroastrian culture. My family has been an important source of support in all of the decisions I have made, and Zoroastrianism's three basic tenets-good words, good deeds, and good thoughts-have been my guiding principles in life." Although the question asks the applicant to describe his influences, he need not restate that line. Moreover, he can delay explaining the context of his upbringing. Review the following restructure, which grabs the reader's attention more immediately and conveys the necessary context in time: "Good words, good deeds, and good thoughts--these are the three basic Zoroastrian tenets that have shaped my guiding principles. Indeed, my upbringing in a traditional Persian and Zoroastrian culture and all the family support that entails have come to define me more than any other influence." The advice to jump right in also applies to anecdotes. Rather than set the stage for a story with boring exposition, beginning your essay with some interesting action is often an effective way to draw in your reader. Show Your Originality If you can make yourself stand out right from the first sentence, then you will have significantly improved your chances for admission. You should not, of course, just throw out random facts about yourself. The inclusion of such statements should fall within the larger context of your essay. But if you are going to emphasize a unique aspect of your life, then, by all means, it should come up right away. State a problem By stating a problem, you create instant curiosity because the reader will want to see how you address it. This applicant actually opens with a rhetorical question, wasting no time. The remainder of the essay explores the concept of "middleware" and its relevance to the applicant's career. This applicant, on the other hand, deals with a more urgent social issue that has affected her personally. The remainder of the essay does not purport to solve the problem, but rather to demonstrate her in-depth understanding of it and the level of her commitment to her cause. Instead of dealing with external issues, you can also discuss personal difficulties and how you have struggled through them. There are many possibilities here, but what unites them is the element of drama, and you should use that to your advantage in creating a strong lead. Being Offbeat This type of approach is risky, but because it has the potential to be so effective, it is worth considering. The same warnings apply here that we enumerated for humor in the Tone section. Try to be subtly and creatively clever rather than outrageous. This applicant begins with a joke about his prospective institution: "You'd think I would have had my fill of Indiana winters. But, here I am, applying to go back, ready to dig my parka out of storage. It's not like I've been gone long enough to forget the cold, either. In some ways, I feel as if that cloud is still hanging over me." The introduction goes on to make some jokes about the applicant's potential concerns. These musings don't serve much of a substantive purpose except to establish the writer's familiarity with the school. On the other hand, they do make the reader more comfortable with the writer's style as he goes on to make more serious points.
Fact number 1: A large percentage of scholarship applicants today fail in writing one of the most important stage in application: writing a good scholarship essay. Fact number 2: You could be one of them. But from these 2 facts, we can still arrive to a third one: there is still hope. Yes, you can still write a scholarship essay that creates result. Whether you are a writing guru or a high school slob, you can always write a good scholarship essay if you follow one basic writing secret (which of course is not a secret at all, it is just that few people follow this): simplicity. Here are the tips in writing simple yet effective scholarship essay: · Write as you speak. “Thesaurusizing” your scholarship essay would have two effects: one, wrong use of terms will detract the purpose of the essay, and two, you probably will not pass. The thing is: keep it simple, clear and precise. Use words that are easy to understand like the words you use when you converse. · Write interestingly. Make sure you don’t bore your readers. Keeping up a lively essay would let your reader to finish your essay but make sure you still focus on the purpose. · Tell about yourself Since you are writing to ask a sort of “favor”, your reader would like to know more about yourself. Usually, most scholarship application would require you to pass an essay together with your resume. Write things about yourself that are not included on the resume. · Keep it short Write a short scholarship essay but it does not mean you omit important sentences that needs be addressed. Never be wordy on your essay. If you can pack your thoughts in the shortest possible terms, do so. It is better to read a 5-liner paragraph than a 10-liner that says the same thing. · Do variations If your first sentence starts with an “I”, the second sentence should be different. Be creative in writing your essay. · Use active voice Using active voice (sentences without the use of the word “be”) keeps reading continuous and interesting. Using passive voice on the other hand keeps the essay uninteresting and flat. · Seek for opinion If you have finished writing your essay, let others read it so that you get feedbacks. In this way, you can improve your articles more. · Edit, re-edit and edit some more Make improvements. Read your essay over and over again until you are confident that it is error-free.
Today there is much talk about how young adults are financially illiterate as if financial literacy were adequate to build wealth. Millions of people have read one of the best financial literacy books out there “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” yet there is a loss of translation somewhere between the sound principles of financial literacy and their utility in building wealth. Somewhere, there still is a bridge to building wealth that books such as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” have failed to cross. This bridge is one of not financial literacy, but one of wealth literacy. If I were a university President, I would ensure that my business program offered the following courses: (1) How to Leverage Money (2) The Four Pillars of Wealth (3) How to Invest Money (4) Gold and Precious Metals (5) How to Leverage Time (6) Debunking Widespread Investment Myths; and (7) Networking There would be several more lessons that I would provide after this basic curriculum was completed, including: (1) The Connection Between Politics and Investing; and (2) Leveraging Technology to Build Wealth With an adequate foundation of knowledge in all these courses, a young adult would be prepared to build wealth without so much trial and error, struggle, or outright failure. Instead, no level of traditional institutions of education teach such courses and instead remain mired in curriculums skewed towards theory and not applicability such as statistics, economics 101, marketing and finance. If you think about it, even at the Master level, none of these traditional business or financial literacy courses will really teach any student how to build wealth. This is precisely the reason why young adults must seek an entirely different foundation in order to understand how to truly build wealth. Various surveys that I have stumbled across that assess the financial literacy of young adults are inadequately structured because they focus too much on traditional concepts such as stocks, options, real estate, and so on versus granting an assessment on whether young adults are knowledgeable about any concepts necessary to build wealth. Being “financially” literate versus being “wealth” literate are two entirely different concepts. I believe that one can be financially literate while not being wealth literate. The difference between financial literacy courses and wealth literacy courses is this. Financial literacy courses focus on topics such as budgeting, basic understanding of investing concepts, funding retirement accounts and so on – concepts that young adults rarely consider but still not concepts that will help them build wealth. Financial literacy courses teach young adults what they need to do to build wealth but grants them none of the tools they will actually need to successfully build wealth. Furthermore, they never inform them on actionable steps to build wealth other than common sense such as learn how to invest, max out your 401 (k) contributions and so on. For example, if one was a basketball player, the comparable level of a financial literacy course would be to tell a power forward that he needs a good array of post-up moves close to the basket, a sweet outside shot to make opponents respect his range, a quick first step to create off the dribble and a solid defensive game so that opponents can not exploit him for being a one-dimensional player. But after telling the power forward that, there would be no further explanation but a wish of “good luck” and a pat on the back. A wealth literacy course would actually teach the athlete specifically what he would need to do to achieve success in each area of his game that would make him a premier athlete. Telling young adults what they need to do will have little impact on improving their quality of life or making a successful transition from young adults into financially independent adults. Providing a toolkit for how to do so is far more important. To this end, seeking courses that teach wealth literacy instead of financial literacy to young adults is much more important.