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Student Motivation: What Is Wrong With Education!

Student Motivation: What Is Wrong With Education!

Working as an educator for the past 30 years, as a teacher, counselor and school psychologist a major interest of mine has always been student motivation. I have had the opportunity to have worked with students from the pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade level in school systems in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. I have been in inner city, poverty-stricken districts and affluent districts. Which means I have seen students with significant social-economic disadvantages succeed, and ones that had "everything" going for them fail.

Personally, I fit into the first category. My parents divorced when I was 2 years old, my mother was a waitress that never finished High School and my stepfather who raised me (after age 7) never went to High School. My older brother quit school in the 10th grade. No one in my family attended college so I had very little family influence to pursue any academic goals. I remember as a child my steplining telling me to get "C's" in school. "C's are good," he would say. Perhaps, because he never even realized that when he was in school. Of course, this was when I was repeating the first grade so he was trying to get me to do better at the time. I muddled through elementary school and do not believe I started to get any career interests until Middle School. There I began taking an interest in science. It was exciting times in science and technology in the late 60's with the moon landing, Star Trek on TV, and Jacques Cousteau exploring the ocean and I was talked up in it.

However, I still had no clue on what it would take to succeed at something in life. Fortunately, High School sports changed that. I had a freshman football coach that did not accept excuses, and gradually it began to sink in that if you were to get anywhere in life you had to apply effort. I also started to get the idea that if other kids could go to college and have a good career, why could not I? I was just as good as them. I began applying effort to my academies as well and did go to a four-year college after high school pursuing my interest in science.

As a teacher I was always very aware of how my background related to many of my students. With the students that struggled in school, the ones that had behavior issues and applied little effort to their academies, my first question to them was always, "What do you want to do after high school?" Unfortunately, most of these students had little idea of ​​what they wanted to do. They had no realistic career ambition. Sure a lot of students up to 9th or 10th grade would say they want to be in professional sports for a career, but again few had any idea of ​​what that would require. They were clueless to the fact that most professional athletes are recruited out of good …

One Careful Owner – The Science of Selling Cars

One Careful Owner – The Science of Selling Cars

When it comes to upgrading or offloading your car, there are several routes you can take. One of the most popular methods is to upgrade your car through a part exchange. This means that you give a car dealer your old car in exchange for a reduction in price on your new one. This is a quick and easy way of upgrading your vehicle, though you will not get as much as you would if you were to sell it though other means.

The other limitation of this method is that it only works if you want to buy another car from the dealer. There may not be another car that you want, or that's in your price range; maybe you have decided to go car-free or you're moving abroad and no longer need a car?

If, for whatever reason, part exchange is not feasible, many people try and sell their car onto their friends or work mates. This can be good for a quick sale, and it also costs little or nothing to advertise – just a quick email or a few phone calls. However, selling to people you know does not always have a happy ending. The problems can come when something goes wrong with the car. The buyer may feel that you are still responsible for it in some way, and may expect a refund or some sort of compensation. This can lead to a very awkward situation and friendships have been outlined over less, so the best advice, if you're going to take this route, is to make out a clear agreement in writing that you both sign relating any warranty period, refunds and repair costs. This way, you both know exactly what the agreement is at the time of the sale, so there a much less chance of any misunderstandings later on.

If no-one you know is interested in buying your car, or you'd rather avoid any potential awkwardness, then classifieds are an ideal place to advertise cars for sale . Local papers, and publications such as Auto Trader have always been popular places to buy and sell vehicles and nowdays online classifieds are also very popular place to advertise.

The advantage of using the web to sell a car is that information can be uploaded instantly, and it is also much easier for buyers to search for vehicle via price, make, or model. The added bonus is that anyone with internet access can view such ads so an online advert tends to reach a wider audience. By selling privately, you're also likely to be able to get a higher price than through part exchange, or selling to a used car dealer.

But, whichever route you take to sell you car, be sure to hold out for the best possible deal; but at the same time, be realistic about what your car is worth. …

Character Education

Character Education

Every parent wants their child to develop positive character
trains. One way to supplement your child's character
education is to act as a filter for the movies and
television shows your child watches, and to review the books
your child reads.

The following categories are
modeled after "The Book of Virtues for Young People," an
excellent book for children in its own right, written by
William Bennett. When developing a curriculum of character
education for your child, it's helpful to review each
children's book, television show, and movie for both
positive and negative examples of each of the ten virtues
outlined in "The Book of Virtues for Young People." The
stronger the message, the more it will contribute to your
child's character education.

Following are some ways
in which the qualities can manifest as character traits in
children's books, movies, and in television
shows:

Self-Discipline: A character discusses his
feelings of anger rather than impulsively striking out. Or,
a character gets his chores done before he goes out to play.

Compassion: A character understands the pain or
suffering of a friend, and steps in to help, even when it
means she can not attend the party she was looking forward to.

Responsibility: A character admits it was his
baseball that broke the window, and offers to pay for a
replacement. Or, a character keeps her promise to babysit
her younger sister, even though she'd rather go to the
movies with her friends.

Friendship: A character
stands up for her friend in front of her peers, even though
it's not popular. Or, a character befriends the class bully
in an effort to get him to change his ways.

Work: A
character approaches her job with a positive attitude, and
does her very best even when her boss is being unfair. Or, a
character makes up a game to get through an unpleaser task,
and takes pride in her work even though it goes unnoticed.

Courage: A character is afraid of the raging waters,
but takes the risk and dives in to save her family. Or, a
character stands up for what he believes in, even though
it's unpopular.

Perseverance: A character continues
to strive to make the basketball team, even though he's a
foot shooter than the other players. Or, a family works
together to keep their home, even though the father has lost
his job and the mother is ill.

Honesty: A character
admits to himself that he is not trying his hardest. Or, a
character talks to an adult about a friend in trouble, even
though the friend will get angry at her.

Loyalty: A
character sticks with his losing soccer team in the hope of
helping them become better, rather than joining a winning
soccer team. Or, a character stays at her friend's side
during a serious illness or hardship.

Faith: A
character reaches out to God to help him in his time of
need.

When evaluating character hits and virtues
in kids' books, movies, and television shows, …

How to Plan Your Career

How to Plan Your Career

The Eight – Step Process

The career coaching industry has found that planning a career involves a predictable pattern. No matter whether you plan a career on your own or with the assistance of a career coaching firm you must take the following eight discrete steps. Read on to learn more.

Discovering Who You Are

If you don’t know who you really are, how can you tell a prospective employer about you? How can you even know which kind of job will suit you? Answer: you can’t. That is why 47% of new hires leave their jobs within 12 to 18 months of the start, even though they were eminently qualified for the position; having won the position over heavy competition. That is why you may often get the feeling at the interview that the interviewer has no idea of who you really are.

To discover who you are, you need to perform some psychological testing of yourself; AND THEN CONFIRM THAT IT IS RIGHT. Armed that way, you know if you need to be in a job where activity and urgency are key or where patience and people concerns are paramount or where detail and caution are essential or where ideas and creativity are the drivers. Some of those are you. Some are not. You must go for the jobs that cater to those personal traits AND STAY AWAY FROM THE JOBS THAT DO NOT. Notice that we have not even talked about your skills yet. Having discovered who you are, or at least having articulated who you are, how do you tell others about it without boasting?

Creating a Life Story that Tells the Full Picture of Who You Are

Next, you need to toss that traditional resume out of the window as quickly as possible. It is a boring laundry list that exhausts the resume readers as much as it pains you to write it. Inject life into the resume so that it displays the personality traits and strong points of you discovered in step one above, using facts, proofs, under-statements, yet excitement.

Keep this portion to one page and attach the laundry list as page two. That’s it: a two-page resume that should take around 15 hours to prepare if you are to get to the root of who you really are. Such a resume will serve you forever. Future job changes will only affect a small part of the laundry list of page two.

Describing Succinctly Who You Are

With the hard work of the resume now in place and your own understanding of your personal drivers, summarize the picture of yourself with a one-paragraph biography, describing what you want and who you are. Done properly it will entice anyone who would be interested in you and will drive away anyone who should not be (thank goodness).

To go with the bio, create a single sentence that captures the essence of you like the tag line for Coke: “The pause that refreshes” or Nike: “Just …

Survey Fillers: A Career for Individuals at Home

Survey Fillers: A Career for Individuals at Home

As the term suggests, survey fillers are individuals paid to fill up online survey forms. It is their responsibility to supply honest responses to questions. This is because the information that they provide has the power to influence the fate of a product or brand. In fact, companies rely on their opinions to come up with significant business decisions.

Survey fillers start with this profession by registering with an online survey company. They provide contact details and other information necessary to qualify them. If accepted, they will receive links to surveys, accomplish them and receive payment.

These people receive overwhelming number of surveys in their electronic mails. The quicker they response to every review, the more they will be able to complete the full survey. The more forms they fill up, the higher amount of cash they will receive. Some payments, though, come in rewards.

Survey filling is best for stay-at-home moms, retirees, college students and others. This is especially recommended for people who do want to work but do not want to spend 8 hours a day for it. They can take as many or as few surveys as they want. They can also choose which assignment to accept and when to do it. For instance, a mom who has a husband and kids to take care of can work when the kids and husband are out of the home or when they are asleep.

Some persons are cynical about this job. This is because they find the payment too small at less than $5 dollars for an hour. But if survey fillers are to ask, this is not an issue only if the respondents are quick to provide data. They claim that they can earn between $1,000 and $2,000 dollars a year. This is by just investing 60 minutes of their time a day.

If you are one among those interested in becoming survey fillers, you may consider signing up with two or more survey companies to maximize your potential to earn. It will require your honest answers, though, plus your patience in answering them. This is because the person who will review your work can sense if you are half-heartedly responding to questions.

To make sure that you are able to maximize your time as well, consider using time tracking tools. You may input your tasks into the system so you will not forget any of them. You may then monitor your time and your accomplished works so you know if you are keeping up with your target earnings.…

Impact of Technology on Business

Impact of Technology on Business

Together with the advancement of science and technology, technological innovations grew along with it, resulting to the emergence of new equipment and gadgets. No matter how big or small your company is, technology brings both intangible and tangible benefits to become cost efficient and to meet the growing demands and needs of customers. Technological innovations affect corporate efficiency, culture and relationship among employees, clients, suppliers and customers. The type and quality of technology used affect the security of confidential business information.

Due to the burden brought by administrative tasks, like inventory, bookkeeping and records keeping, both big and small companies rely on computers to do their administrative works. The birth of Internet and online social networking sites tremendously decreased the costs of business operations. It also makes it easier for companies to use the Six Sigma management methodologies. Some firms shifted to outsourcing instead of hiring their own personnel due to the low costs associated with it. Because of the huge impact of technological innovations to companies, it is impossible for them to live with it.

Commonly used high technology equipment:

  • Computers
  • Photocopier
  • Telephone
  • Computer printer
  • Internet
  • Paper shredder
  • Multimedia projector
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Computer mouse
  • Laptop computers

Advantages of Technology to Business:

  • Customer Relations. Technology affects the way companies communicate and establish relations with their clients. In a fast moving and business environment, it is vital for them to interact with clients regularly and quickly to gain their trust and to obtain customer loyalty. With the use of Internet and online social networks, firms interact with consumers and answer all their queries about the product. Establishing effective communication with customers not only creates rapport with them, but it also creates strong public image. It allows business enterprises to reduce and to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Business Operations. With the use of technological innovations, business owners and entrepreneur understand their cash flow better, how to manage their storage costs well and enables you to save time and money.
  • Corporate Culture. Technology lets employees communicate and interact with other employees in other countries. It establishes clique and prevents social tensions from arising.
  • Security. Modern security equipment enables companies to protect their financial data, confidential business information and decisions.
  • Research Opportunities. It provides a venue to conduct studies to keep themselves ahead of competitors. It allows companies to virtually travel into unknown markets.
  • Corporate Reports. With technology, business enterprises communicate effectively with their branch offices to deliver quality financial and operational reports.
  • Industrial Productivity. Through the use of business software programs or software packages, it automated traditional manufacturing process, reduces labor costs and enhances manufacturing productivity. It enables companies to increase efficiency and production output.
  • Business mobility. Technological innovations improved companies’ sales, services, shorted lead time on receiving and delivering goods and services. Enables them to penetrate multiple markets at least costs.
  • Research capacity. It enables them to conduct studies on various companies to gain knowledge on the new trends in the market and way on avoiding them.
The Sales Professional Creed

The Sales Professional Creed

What does the term “Sales Professional” really mean? How do Sales Professionals define themselves? They have a set of values. They define their success not by the amount of money they earn but how they do business, benefit their company and their clients. The Sales Professional Creed was developed as a guide for serious sales people who are willing to be Professionals first.

I AM A SALES PROFESSIONAL; Notice I didn’t say consultant, advisor, representative, territory manager or case manager. I said Sales Professional. I sell in a fast paced world with ever-changing markets and varying conditions. I am very good at what I do.  

I AM A BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL; To represent my company and myself well, I dress for success and keep myself well groomed at all times. I am punctual and on time. I am polite, courteous and aware of the culture I am in. I do not use profanity or lewd comments in the course of conducting business.  

I AM CUSTOMER FOCUSED; My focus is on the customer and the customer alone. My number one asset is the customer. My job is to help him succeed and show him how through what I can provide him. Through this loyalty, I succeed and bring credit to myself and my company.  

I AM A LISTENER FIRST; I listen first, ask intelligent focused questions, determine needs, wants and desires, analyze and apply appropriate solutions based on what my company and I can actually produce and deliver. Listening provided me with the tools I need to create success for my customer my company and myself.  

I AM PRESENT; I am an asset and a valued partner to my customer. I stay with him through the process of the sales cycle to completion and satisfaction. I anticipate his needs and wants based upon my relationship and knowledge. I earn my referrals. My presence today assures continued relationship and loyalty to my company and me for the future.  

I AM PROACTIVE; I do not wait or hesitate. If it needs doing I do it. I have a keen sense of urgency and realize that completion of a task requires action and energy. I advance the process through focus and information leading to action.  

I USE MY INTELLECT; If I am ignorant I study. I use mentors and coaches to help me hone my trade. I seek the council of leaders in my field whom have gone before to succeed. I am willing to hear criticism that will improve my skill and me. I consistently seek improvement and skill in my craft. Through these actions, I improve my performance, honor my company, and demonstrate the leader within.  

I ALWAYS MAINTAIN MY INTEGRITY; I NEVER offer anything I cannot provide. I never sacrifice principle for opportunity or career. Period.  I do not lie or cheat. I do not sell using manipulation, gimmickry, high pressure, intimidation, and fast-talking or tricky closes. I do not sell for companies whose values I cannot share. I maintain the highest standards of accountability. Doing the right thing is good for business.  …

Esthetician Schools – Career Training Options

Esthetician Schools – Career Training Options

Career training opportunities are available for those who are looking to pursue an accredited education in skin care. Esthetician training can be completed by enrolling in an accredited vocational school or other training program. Students will have the opportunity to receive the training needed to pursue their desired career in the field of beauty. Training is available for students to become licensed or certified estheticians. Career training options provided by esthetician schools will enable students to learn various techniques and skills to be used in the workforce.

Accredited esthetician training programs can be completed by enrolling in various beauty programs. Students can gain an education in areas that relate to their desired career. Training will prepare student to provide body wraps, salt glows, facials, microdermabrasion, head and neck massages, waxing and many other services. Students can prepare for exciting positions in a variety of places. Employment opportunities are available for students who are looking to work in places like:

  • Spas
  • Dermatology Offices
  • Departments Stores
  • Salons
  • Hospitals

…and many other places. Accredited vocational training will prepare students for the career of their dreams by providing a number of areas to study.

Coursework in esthetician training will allow students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their line of work. Additional education may be gained by attending courses in aromatherapy, facial treatments, make-up application, skin analysis, foot reflexology, spa treatments and many other subjects. Training can be more specific for those who choose to earn a higher education. Courses can consist of studying:

  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels

…and much more. Training in these areas will give students the means to pursue their desired career in this exciting field.

Gaining an accredited education in esthetics from a vocational school or college can open a world of career opportunities for students interested in the beauty care field. Students can choose to work in a number of areas with an accredited education in this area of the field. Some states may require students to be licensed in order to seek employment, so students should look into requirements prior to enrollment in a vocational school. Licensure can provide proof to employers that the student has gained the education, skills, knowledge, and training needed to enter into the workforce. Licensing information can be obtained from various schools and students can choose to earn a basic or master license.

Accreditation is provided by a number of agencies like the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences ( http://www.naccas.org/ ). These agencies can offer proof to students that the accredited school or college of their choice will provide a quality education. Accreditation is provided to programs that meet certain criteria. Students can receive the esthetician education they desire by enrolling in a fully accredited program. By requesting more information students can begin the enrollment processing by finding the school that meets their individual career goals and needs.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict …

Types of Online College Nursing Degrees

Types of Online College Nursing Degrees

There are many types of online college nursing degrees out there. The education of a regular RN is never ending either. Many of the online college nursing degrees are out there to help further and advance their education, and to help serve their patients better in the medical field. Some job positions are even required to have a certain degree in order to have the position. Taking these online college nursing degree courses can be beneficial as well especially to the already working nurses who want to advance in their career. Online they can go at their own pace and work it into their own busy schedules.

Online College Nursing Degrees

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing and Special Education: This program is approved by the American Nurses Association. The course available at Walden University and you get your Master's of Science degree in nursing and teaching so you can teach future nurses.

RN to BS in Nursing (BSN): This course is for continuing education for the already RNs who have already gotten their association of degree and hospital diploma. Taking this course will give them a chance to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This Course is available at Walden University as well and University of Phoenix.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Here your Master's in Nursing can be earned to become a Registered Nurse. Course available at University of Phoenix.

(MSN) RN Track – Informatics: Available at Walden University this is for RN to expand their knowledge on blending technology and science along with nursing to help improve their patient care.

PHD in Nursing- This degree course is for Certified Nurses to help prepare them to take their master's degree.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Health Administration: This is a duel course in which you will earn your MSN as well business skills too to help further their career.

LPN to RN: This is online degree program is where an LPN and get their Masters or Associates in Nursing degree to become an RN.

LPN to BSN: A course for LPN nurses to earn their Bachelor's of Science in nursing which is needed to become a Registered Nurse.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Nurse Family Practitioner- This is a course for a nurse to get their MSN and also learn skills to become a Nurse Family Practitioners. …