Sunday, July 29, 2012

Obama's New Educational Grants Allow All Mothers to Go Back to School

A good education is a foundation towards a good career. A graduation can help you reach heights that just passing high school will not. It is a known fact that every mother has a great influence toward the child's education. So if you need to ensure every child gets proper education and completes minimum graduation it is imperative that the mother herself should know the importance of being a graduate.
United States as a large population of mothers working in dead end jobs as they never completed their education. Taking care of their families provides the mothers with very less opportunity to think about themselves. The fact some of them overlook about getting a graduation is in the long run it will help them in getting better jobs to provide much better living for their children. It might take time and effort to study now but the returns in the long run are definitely worth the trouble.
If you are a mother and you are wondering even after having time and determination to put the effort to get a graduation certification how to manage the financial aspect of the tutoring Obama is providing a solution to the expenditure for the venture you are about to undertake. The scholarship for single mothers is a grant that allows mothers to avail grant money to complete their graduation.
To avail the grant fill up a "FAFSA" form and submit to the college you want to join. On approval you will be informed through the college or a "SAR" report will be sent to you.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Take Advantage of a New Education - Online College Degree

Many people face midlife crises and lose their perspectives in life. This is true in many cases especially in case of women. While men are busy with a career and are able to take all the changes in their stride, women face a lot many issues, which are, inter related.
Many women leave their education mid way and dedicate their energies and focus on raising their families and looking after them. This in fact becomes a full time job. They lose track of the outside world, their own identity as an individual and the years pass by without realizing. In many other cases, women juggle with small time or part time jobs besides looking after home and family.
There comes a time when children grow up and leave home to pursue their dreams. Suddenly the empty nest syndrome is felt and this is when it hits women badly. By this time they would be near menopausal age, which worsens the situation. Hormonal imbalances coupled with emotional crises and other health induced psychological disturbances can create havoc with their psyche.
Counseling coupled with changing ones lifestyle and habits will put them back on the road to recovery. This is the time for all such women to re look at their own life and pick up from where they had left off. This is one good opportunity to continue with music lessons or with education.
Does it seem unrealistic when we talk about continuing education? You might wonder how can women in their 40s or something can go to a regular college. Well, we have the solution for this problem. online college degree can be the ideal solution in such cases.
An online college degree does not call for students to attend regular daytime or evening colleges. There are no classes. You can be connected to the college with the Internet and online you can down load all course materials and notes or lectures. You can also seek assistance and guidance from faculty, which is available to you online, and help you with your studies.
Who ever said that online college degree admits people below a certain age only? This is a misconception amongst people. Online college degree is open to one and all regardless of your age and your location or gender. As long as you satisfy and meet the entry criteria of having completed high school education, you can seek admission through online college degree.
Need more justification to start the process? Online college degree courses enable you to study and complete the course at your own pace and from the comfortable environment of your home. You can choose your own schedule and timing for your studies. In fact this can bring about a welcome change in your life to be able to devote two to three hours to studies, which becomes a part of your self-discipline. Such an activity will help you feel rejuvenated and perk up your energies too.
Being able to get creatively engaged, learning something new but at your own pace, completing an exam and getting you degree can give you tremendous satisfaction and boos your ego.
Surely when you do your online college degree, you will find your perspectives in life changing. It can equip you to start of a new chapter in your life.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Getting Back Into Education

Going back in to education is not as daunting or as hard as if once used to be. It is increasing popular now to find many people going back to finish existing courses or to start a fresh in a new and exciting career.
Schools, colleges and universities have so many different open, part-time and full time courses for people wishing to go back and start again. Start by ordering a new course guide or look online on their websites to see what they have to offer both in courses and in funding and financial support. A lot of the college ect offer apprentices or evening courses so you can still fit in around your existing job or career. A lot now offer nursery and crèche services too, which is really helping people get back on track.
Some courses that are run by the community are free so ask around and do not be afraid to ring up and ask questions. A lot of the back to education interviews are very informal and are not there to test your ability but to really see what it is you want to achieve and if this is the right path that you should take.
Some higher education courses at university will allow adult learners over the age of 21 to enter the course training without the entry requirements after a more formal interview has been arranged, you may have to study along your degree a extra assignment but that will be discussed and is not always the case so do not let that put you off.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Raising Children - Learning Through Montessori's 'New Education' Method

Maria Montessori believed that in order for the world to become a more peaceful and more civilized society for people to live in, the new generations must be taught to live in harmony and their hidden potential must be developed to the fullest. She believed that the only way to do it was through education. However, there was a need for the old educational system to be reformed as it was too teacher-centered, so it would not be able to maximize the potential in each child. The traditional system also did not prepare the child for life in society as the activities did not teach the child to work in collaboration with others, neither did it teach the child important skills such as concentration, responsibility and perseverance. She felt that the teacher's job should be that of an observer; alert to the needs of the child and ready to react appropriately as "any form of education must be based on the personality of man". (Absorbent Mind, Chapter 1, p. 8) As such, there arises a 'new education' system which proves to be effective all around the world even till today.
In addition to imparting knowledge to the children, Montessori felt that their physical and social development should also be taken into considerations. It is important that the teacher observe the children to find out what they need and thereby providing them with their needs. In other words, the teacher or parent should understand the learning style of the child and thereby pitching the lessons according to the child's needs. She also believed that it should be part of education that a child is taught to be caring and compassionate towards others, but he must first be showered with care and concern himself. Thus, it is just as important to care about the hygiene and welfare of the child.
In this new education, Montessori described the importance of providing a child-centered and conducive learning environment. She stressed that there are differences between the learning objectives and methodologies between a child and an adult, thus they should not be taught in the same way or even use the same furniture. An adult is concerned with the end result of the task at hand; therefore, he tends to rush in order to finish the job quickly. He would not repeat the same task numerous times in order to perfect it.
On the other hand, a child differs from an adult in that he is still developing and constantly learning, thus he needs to interact with his environment to absorb information for his own development. He has what Montessori describes as an absorbent mind. A child will be able to absorb the specific skills that he needs to learn through repeated activities. He needs to make use of his environment and carry out repeated work to develop his personality, habits and physical being, so he will do a task numerous times in order to perfect it. Montessori believed that each child is a different individual, so he will have his own sensitive periods to absorb different skills perfectly. This new education allows each child to set his own pace for learning as he is free to select the materials that he wishes to work on. Multi-sensory materials are used in these classrooms for the children's hands-on activities and they get to progress from the simple to abstract concepts without any pressure from the teacher. The child is led to experience a sense of accomplishment as he discovers the skills on his own.
During each sensitive period, a different skill is learned and after the skill is perfected, the child will naturally drop the activity and proceed on to something else. With the traditional education system, the child is forced to perform the task that the teacher has assigned. He would then be deprived of the freedom to learn or perfect the skill that he desired to during that sensitive period. Therefore, Montessori believed that it is more important for the teacher in the new education system to "discover the potentialities of each of the students and of offering him means and motives which could awaken his latent energies so that he might continue to use, expand, and coordinate them through proper exercise". (Discovery of the Child, Chapter 2, p. 33) She believed that it is more important for the teacher to be an observer in the classroom and that the teacher should prepare the lessons and materials to suit the learning ability of the individual child. In this way, the child's self-confidence is built up as the teacher is neither demoralizing nor judgmental. Similarly, if the parents are willing to assist the child by teaching him through the use of a method most suited to his learning style instead of forcing him, the child will be able to excel in every way. Parents must believe that every child is capable of learning.
In Montessori's new education, she showed that it is important that "a school allows a child's activities to freely develop". (Discovery of the Child, Chapter 1, p. 9) However, this would be difficult with the use of the rigid furniture in the traditional classroom. Besides restricting the students' movements as they were not allowed to move about to change the materials that they would like to work on or to move the furniture around independently, Montessori felt that these furniture also hindered the proper development of the children's spinal cord because the children were forced to remain in the same position at the desk for hours. Instead, she advocated the use of child size furniture and floor mats in the Montessori classroom. Such furniture are not so intimidating and the children can have the freedom to move around independently when they need to.
Since the child will not be forced to carry out activities against his wishes, Montessori described this new education to be a system whereby the children will learn spontaneously. She had tested out this system in many Montessori schools and even up till today, children in Montessori classrooms enjoy carrying out their activities in an orderly, prepared and tranquil environment. Under this new education, the child learns to work quietly and with full concentration as he focuses on the task at hand. He will not be distracted by others around him nor will he give up easily as he will be able to correct his own mistakes through the use of the specially prepared materials. This is an important skill to develop as many children in the elementary schools are still not able to concentrate and they lack perseverance skills too. She believed that developing the child's spontaneous interest in learning will develop his personality such as kindness, warmth and perseverance which is necessary for peace and civilization in the society.
Montessori believed that this new education must start from birth in order for its effect to be obvious as the child, no matter how young, is capable of learning and he will absorb what he sees or hears from the environment around him. She believed that through the use of appropriate materials at the suitable timing, a child will be able to learn very easily. As such, the job of the teacher as an observer is very important. Montessori had proven the success of this new education, which probably accounts for its popularity all around the world.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Educational Digital Learning Tools Will Sense Student Boredom and Other Emotions

Well, it's been a long time since I was in school, but I can tell you one thing I was bored out of my mind in elementary school, junior high, high school, and it wasn't until college that I really felt challenged, probably because I was taking 33 credits in one semester. In fact, I can remember telling some of my classmates that I believe that our school system was nothing more than a prison for kids, and later I likened it to a day care center for working couples' children - I kind of still believe that. Okay so, let's talk about this for a moment. Specifically, I would like to address the issue of student boredom.
Now then, as the class sizes get bigger, our education system will rely more on computerized teaching to tackle the challenges and economies of scale. It will also help the budget which is burdened by legacy costs, top heaviness, and over regulation from the federal level, things like NCLB for instance. What about the future of education, digital learning tools, and our new social networking in information age?
There was a cool little article recently in SpaceDaily entitled; "New computers respond to students' emotions, boredom," written by Staff Writers at Notre Dame and published on March 07, 2012. The piece stated:
"Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states - including frustration and boredom - has been developed by University of Notre Dame and colleagues from the University of Memphis and MIT."
Neurologists have discovered that just before a human makes a mistake, their brain wave has a little flicker, and interestingly enough, many videogame companies now have brainwaves they can induce into the player for emotions such as fear, contentment, love, and anger. This makes the game seem more real, tapping into the emotional component of the human brain. Since emotions such as boredom or frustration is rather easy for artificial intelligence, we have a delightful opportunity at hand.
In fact, many help-lines in larger corporations now read the voice of the person calling in needing help, and it can tell if they are frustrated, angry, and then decide what to do about it. You see, these types of similar tools for education make a lot of sense. Students that are enjoying their subject matter will learn better, and isn't that the goal of teaching. Putting kids in large classrooms and making them do rote memorization is cruel and unusual, and it's time we stopped creating schools which were nothing more than a prison for kids. Please consider all this and think on.