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A Typical Day As a Kindergarten Teacher

A Typical Day As a Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher Career Information, Salaries, Interview Tips and More.

My day as a kindergarten teacher always started at 5:10 a.m. when I’d leave home for work. I had a 20 minute commute that includes highway and interstate driving, and it’s often very foggy in the South. I’d arrive at school by 5:30, unlock the door for the day, and haul in anything I’d taken home to work on the night before.

I’m always perkiest in the mornings, so this was a great time of day for me. During the two hours before school started I spent my time planning lessons for the future and prepping materials I would need. By the end of the year the kids could do their own coloring and a lot of the prep work, but a beginning Kindergartener generally can’t use scissors much less cut anything out. So I’d do it for them.

My planning included the numerous different subjects I was teaching. I was also responsible for turning on the computers, cleaning the room, and emptying the trash. Prior to 7:30 I had to go upstairs and get my mail, communicate with any other teachers I needed to speak with, and use the restroom.

The salary for a kindergarten teacher is dismal. But I love working with children. Furthermore, the working conditions are great, along with summers off!

At 7:30 the bell would ring, and the children would come trouping in. During the next half hour I was expected to keep the children busy, take lunch money, fill out attendance reports, talk with any parents who came in as well as anyone else who needed anything, and help children who had trouble leaving their mother’s that day. After we said the Pledge of Allegiance (yes, they still do that in some schools), I’d start my first class.

y only free time each day. By the time the aides collected the children for recess and brought them back early; I had about 20 minutes free of children during the day. Most days I didn’t get to use the restroom until I was back home again around 3:30.

After recess and dealing with the resulting fights and tears, I read the children a carefully-selected story. Then it was their turn for SSR (Silent Sustained Reading). This was a time when they could choose a book from the book rack and read by themselves. We did this for about ten minutes prior to getting ready to go home.

At 2:30, we had to march the kids out the back door and around the building in case any of their parents were waiting out on the side of the building. The children who weren’t grabbed walked clear around to the front porch with me where we waited with them until the “bus” teacher showed up. If it was a high school teacher’s turn, we might be there indefinitely. If we were lucky, we got back into the building by 3:00 when it was time to go home. Back …

Newspaper Reading for Language Students

Newspaper Reading for Language Students

A Khmer student wrote to me on YouTube and asked me to produce videos about how to read English language newspapers.

“I’d like to ask you to make videos how to read newspaper and translate it from English to Khmer. I Khmer and I having a problem to understand English phrases.” Wrote the student.

Language learners often write telling me about some area of learning or area of their lives where they are experiencing difficulties of comprehension and ask me for a trick or a guide to help them learn.

As I have said in numerous other language learning articles, there are no tricks and no hints. The more hours you invest, the better you will get. And if your goal is to read at a native speaker level, then you need to read things a native speaker reads. If you are a 22 year-old university graduate, then you need to be reading at that level in the foreign language. And you won’t get there by reading textbooks ABOUT the language. You will get there by reading books, articles, and textbooks IN rather than ABOUT the language.

If we analyze this latest email, the student says he has trouble reading, and he specifically singled out newspapers.

Obviously, reading is reading. On some level, reading a newspaper is no different than reading a novel or reading a short story.

If you are reading novels and short stories, you should be able to read newspapers. If I asked this student, however, he is probably is not reading one novel per month in English. If he were, newspaper reading would just come.

Therefore, the problem is not the reading or the newspapers, per se. The problem is the lack of practice.

I never took a course called “Newspaper Reading” in English. I just started reading newspapers. And at first, I had to learn to deal with the language, structure and organization of newspaper writing, but no one taught me, or you. It just came to us. The same was true for German or Spanish newspapers which I can read almost as well as English. No one taught me, or taught Gunther or Pablo, it just came through practice.

A point, that I have made many times in articles, is that when you begin learning a foreign language, you are not an idiot. You are not starting with an empty brain. One reason it takes babies three years to learn their native tongue is because they are also learning what a language is and how language works. You know all of that, and much more. Babies don’t know that there is such a thing as grammar. Every single piece of vocabulary has to be learned. A seven year old may not know the words “population, economy, government, referendum, currency” in his native tongue. So, reading a foreign newspaper would be difficult for him, because reading a newspaper in his mother tongue is difficult for him.

If you are an adult, coming from a developed …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Independent Schools

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Independent Schools

An independent or ‘private’ school is a primary or secondary school that has independent finances and governance and one that is funded by tuition charges and gifts. It is governed by a board of directors. Independent schools may have religious affiliation and some schools may offer boarding facilities.

Special assistance private schools aim to improve the lives of students by providing services tailored to the specific needs of their individual students. An example of this is a dyslexia school or school for severely handicapped pupils.

Independent schools retain the right to select their students, who usually have to pay full fees. Some pupils get a scholarship into a private school, which makes their fees cheaper. Scholarships depend on the talent of the student (sporting, artistic or academic).

Tuition and fees vary between specific private schools. Many offer need-based financial aid or monthly payment plans. The schools can also help parents identify potential sources of financial help from outside agencies. In some instances fees may be paid for the student – this is true in the UK of forces children (army, navy and air force).

Independent schools generally pay higher salaries for the best teachers and also provide enriched learning environments, high academic standards and a low student to teacher ratio. They also offer close-knit communities, individualised learning and hand-on learning opportunities. The good reputation of a private school can also help pupils later in life.

Because private schools don’t receive government money, they are free to create their own curriculum, fund programs however they see fit, establish their own admissions process for pupils and set their own requirements for hiring or firing staff.

There are drawbacks to private education that should be considered before enrolling a child in private school. The main one is usually cost. Even with financial help, the fees can be too steep for some parents.

Also you should consider that your child may not live near their friends. If the selected private school is a long way from home, your child may have to board, which doesn’t suit everyone and can be a very lonely experience for a young child.

Because each school chooses its own curriculum and teachers without government controls, parents must make sure that they approve of the selection processes.

Fear of snobbish influences at school is a valid concern and pupils may face discrimination outside school for being a ‘rich kid’ or snob.

Parents should consider these disadvantages carefully, especially the fee side of things if they have more than one child!

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important things you can do for them so choose wisely.…

Facing a Career Change

Facing a Career Change

Economic times are difficult today, and many people are facing a career change in order to maintain their standard of living. As scary as that may sound, it gives many people the opportunity to renew the passion they had for their specialty by finding something new that they can really be interested in.

Many people choose what they want to do in high school or their first year in college, and once they realize they have to spend the next 20+ years hammering that anvil, they find out it is not what they wanted at all. Here are some tips to prepare yourself for facing that change that will make the transition easier when it comes:

Be Passionate About Your New Career

Have you discovered what your true niche is? Some people realize what they really want to do while working in the career they previously chose, and once the time for change happens, they are able to truly concentrate on what they are passionate about. It is much easier to choose a position that you can commit to after you have gained more experience, began living a certain lifestyle, and are more confident in your abilities to manage a career path than when you are fresh out of high school. Put some time and effort into choosing a new career path that you will really enjoy.

Research New Training and Education

When you are faced with the change, it is important to prepare yourself properly for your next move. Be sure to look into different training programs and schools, determine whether you will only need an additional certification or license, or if a degree will be required. Ensure that the school or training program that you choose is creditable by checking its accreditation status and find out what other students experiences have been with that school. Feedback from students who have attended that institution is a great way to determine if that program will be worth your time, so be sure to seek out forums or reviews.

Prepare Your Budget and Finances

Many people do not appropriately prepare their budgets and budget for the career change they are facing. When a person changes careers, it is possible that they will not make the same amount of money they made, either in a lower amount or in a higher amount of their previous salary. If your new salary will be lower than the salary you were accustomed to, make a new budget, cut expenses and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that your family will still be able to function. …

Campus Tours: Why Potential College Students Should Take One

Campus Tours: Why Potential College Students Should Take One

Campus Tours – How to Book One

Campus tours are an important part of choosing your college. You will want to be sure to visit several college campuses while you are looking and planning for college. You may find that the one college you thought was right for you, is not right at all. The best way to see a campus is when students are actively working and going to class there. Visit while school is in schedule instead of summer or winter breaks.

Between high school, your job and your parent's job, you may find it difficult to plan a good time to go visit campuses. Late summer and early September before your senior year of high school is usually an ideal time. If you are going to miss any school, be sure that you inform your school and professors ahead of time. Fall semesters and spring semesters are the best seasons to visit college campuses because the campus will be active and you will be able to get a taste of the school and how things work. Students should also consider visiting campuses before they apply. You should make sure that the college is a good fit for you before applying and paying application fees.

Many colleges have new student conferences after students have been accepted to the college. These activities are very involved and students even have the opportunity to stay in the dorm rooms at some campuses. They may have several activities for students as well as parents. Students are generally placed in groups with current students of the college and they learn about the history of the school and everything there is to do there.

Many students often wait until they have received their admission letters to decide which college they want to attend. This can put you in a tight time frame because most colleges do not send out there admission letters until April and may require a response by the first of May. This does not give you a very large time frame to visit several campuses, especially if they are out of state. Many colleges will invite accepted candidate to spend a few days on campus and will encourage them to enroll then. This is a good opportunity to see the college and make comparisons between the schools that you have already toured or accepted you.

The worst time to plan a camp tour is around holidays. The campus is generally shut down and the majority of the students are not there either. You may not even be able to get into some of the buildings during these periods either. Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter and spring breaks and the summer should be avoided. Exam weeks and weekends are also not very good times to visit. Check with admissions offices and they will be able to set you up with a date and possibly a tour guide. There are many students who work as guides and show prospective students and parents around the campus …

Ready for Your Very Own College Student Credit Card?

Ready for Your Very Own College Student Credit Card?

College student credit cards are a new marketing phenomenon. Two decades ago, college students never had the opportunity to take their pick of the credit cards currently available today. But with the changing needs of students all across America, it was only a matter of time before college student credit cards became a common medium of exchange.

What makes college student credit cards different?

Their function is exactly the same as that of regular credit cards, except that many credit card companies recognize the special needs of college students and offer certain perks that you normally will not find anywhere else. A student credit card, for example, can offer you a discount for the purchase of school supplies or other school-related materials. It can also come at a much lower interest rate.

Where can I find them?

Everywhere, actually. Your school campus, for one. Each September you'll probably find credit card representatives setting up tables and kiosks on your campus grounds to offer their college student credit cards services. A pretty convenient opportunity if you decide to get your credit card this way. You can also take advantage of the free stuff these companies usually give away with each application.

On the downside, you could be limiting your options to what these credit card companies have to offer. More often than not, many of the college student credit cards that are marked on campuses do not always have the best rates. They may, in fact, be quite high.

To find the best rates, you might want to call up several credit card companies to see what their interest rates are or go online and shop around. You should not be pressured to get a college student card offered on campus if you could get one with a better APR online.

What good would a college student credit card do for me?
A lot, actually. It is a good and safe substitute for cash and is a convenient way to pay for anything you wish to buy. It can tide you over in case of emergencies when money is tight and you can access many services online and off with a simple swipe.

A college student credit card can also give you your first taste of financial independence and responsibility. After all, you will be the one who'll be shelling out the cash to pay for your credit card bill each month. It can give you your first-hand experience in managing your money and teach you some valuable lessons in the process.

Is plastic always fantastic?

You may have heard of the horror stories, but much of the rap that college student credit cards receive is mostly undeserved. Photo student credit cards are not inherently evil; it's the way they are used that leads a student to a lot of financial trouble.

Many college students fall hard and heavy for the spending power that credit cards give. They go right ahead and charge a lot of stuff they do not really …

Thessaloniki Student Housing

Thessaloniki Student Housing

A brief Thessaloniki student housing guide

Based on the Greek Ministry of Education, there are approximately 330.000 students at Greek public universities at any one time. Thessaloniki accounts for nearly 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with an estimated 100.000 students (including those attending private colleges and other higher education establishments).

For a city of 800.000 people (city population 2011) this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from the lively atmosphere and nightlife. The majority of the students are coming from other Greek cities, from Europe via exchange programs and from the Balkan countries in order to study at high quality private colleges. Estimating that on average a full-time student spends about 4 years in Thessaloniki (excluding exchange students), this means that there are approximately 25.000 new students in the city every year. And they all need a place to stay…

This article will provide a brief guide to the types of available student housing, the areas, prices, and things to be aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki.

1. Types of student accommodation

1a. University public dorms.

The University of Thessaloniki offers dorms to students, based on need and mainly on financial criteria. They are provided free of charge. In practice this means that it is pretty difficult to get a dorm room even if you are eligible to get one. The dorms are mostly located close to the university campus, but their quality is very low and maintenance is a big issue, along with issues about safety etc.

1b. University Student Hostels.

These are private properties (entire buildings) which are subleased by the University and are provided mainly to exchange students requiring accommodation for a few weeks or months. These are usually ERASMUS students. As of 2011 there are two student hostels, “Matsi Street 7” and “Kassandrou Street 134”, both very close to the university. They offer fully furnished “dorm-style” rooms with ensuite private bathroom and kitchenette (Kassandrou 134) single and double rooms, a laundry area and wireless internet access.

1c. Private hostels.

For students wishing to stay only a few days/weeks, these hostels are more appropriate and a better solution than a hotel. However, these are hard to find as private hostels that rent rooms/beds by the day/week are not legal in Greece unless they are Non-Profit Organizations.

1d. Private rental flats.

These are standalone flats (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) located all over the city that students can rent from private owners. You can usually find them through real estate agents (beware) or online ads. You will need to find the appropriate one to suit your needs. Most of them are unfurnished or partly furnished and are more suited to students who plan to stay in Thessaloniki for a few years (as you’d have to buy electrical appliances, fridge, cooker, etc).

When you move in you will need to enter into a contract with the electricity company DEI, the water and sewage company EYATH and the gas company for …

Obtaining an Online Metaphysical Education

Obtaining an Online Metaphysical Education

Many individuals seek answers regarding what many people describe as life’s big questions. Metaphysical schools are devoted to answering questions related to the existence and the origin of nature. Students can complete online metaphysical education through several colleges that provide degree programs.

Education focuses on explaining the nature of being in conjunction with the structure of the world. The goal is to develop a strong bond between the physical, mental, and spiritual qualities that make an individual a whole. Online learning explores these areas through a wide range of course topics that prepare students for the professional industry. Students can enter online training in areas such as spiritual philosophy, Eastern religion, holistic life coaching, mysticism, and more. Degree programs can be entered at all levels of education. Most online colleges provide students with the chance to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree.

A bachelor’s degree program serves as a platform on which students can build careers or obtain further education. Many programs can be entered at this level so students should research the best option for them and their career goals. A possible educational option is obtaining a metaphysical theology degree. Students attend many courses relating to religion, philosophy, and spirituality. The program prepares students to take their knowledge and help others develop their own personal sense of self. Common areas of study include:

  • Metaphysics History
  • The Exploration of God
  • Altered States of Consciousness

Coursework examines different belief systems in history. Through the exploration of religion students are able to step into many careers. The goal is to help people determine the difference between religion and spirituality. Professionals help their clients achieve self-awareness by helping them understand how to pray and meditate.

Further study at the master’s degree level covers a more in depth understanding of metaphysical practices and beliefs. Students learn about several philosophies and spiritual states. Programs are typically research based, which allows students to apply their understanding of the field to their area of interest. For example, student’s that want to become spiritual counselors often complete an online master’s degree program that emphasizes metaphysical practices and beliefs. Some courses may include:

  • Meditation
  • Modern Thought
  • Universal Science

Students that continue their studies and earn a doctorate degree have the most career opportunities. Online colleges offer several different concentration options to students. Education is entered based on the area of metaphysics students want to work in. Some possible concentration areas could include:

  • Metaphysical Healing
  • Eastern Religions and Philosophy
  • Holistic Healing

For example, students that complete a holistic healing degree program will establish careers where they work directly with clients to provide spiritually based healing services. Online coursework develops the understanding of good health, as it relates to the entire individual. Professionals use their metaphysical knowledge to apply treatment to a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Metaphysical education online allows students to develop the knowledge to apply the field’s principles to help others. Students should choose an area of interest and begin training that is accredited by an …

Leave Your Car In The Garage And Take Advantage Of Distance Education Degree Programs

Leave Your Car In The Garage And Take Advantage Of Distance Education Degree Programs

Things have changed. Once just about anyone could get a job without getting a degree. Now a mere bachelors degree never seems to be quite enough. In addition, once upon a time, if you wanted to get a degree or earn a higher level degree, you signed up for a class and made sure you were there every day. Today, you can take those classes online, with the instructor on the computer, and sometimes available for live chat.

These online education degrees program are available for a wide range of professions and majors. Engineers who are currently degreed but would like to advance to a higher level, or high school students just starting out have lots of options for moving ahead in the field of green. Walden University offers a degree in engineering management. This is a program designed for someone with an engineering background already who is interested in managing his or her own business, department, or projects.

If you are an engineer and you must attend a class in a given area, you can earn field related certificates by utilizing an engineering online degree or certificate program. These programs cost much less than traditional campuses because of the lack of overhead, but the quality of the education remains consistent with that of some of the older more traditional institutions. At Must University, you will be able to complete the class on your own, on your own time and at a far more reasonable cost.

Another thing that has changed is the field of criminal justice. While we may still picture a drab precinct with a few guys walking around joking with one another, this is far from the truth. Today's criminal justice offices are technologically advanced with high tech computers and forensic equipment. While criminal justice is an exciting field, success in this field will require that you spend some time with online criminal justice degree programs. These classes are available at your convenience and will give everything you need to be successful.

The Kaplan University School of Justice is a great place to look if you want options in online criminal justice programs like, 2 Masters degrees, 5 bachelors, and 2 associates degrees. You will need to decide if you wish to choose an area of ​​specialization, like homeland security, corrects, fire safety, or law enforcement. The degrees you earn here will be accepted across the country because they come from an accredited institution.

A doctoral degree option is available at Capella University. When you choose to obtain this particular degree online, you will have a few options for areas of specialty, including fire service administration, health policy, forensics, or public policy and management. Your decision will rest on what your current positions requires of you. Whichever you choose, you will have the option to move the class along as slowly or quickly as is appropriate for you, your learning style, and your mandatory requirements. If you are hiring for a promotion, you may work more quickly …