Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Web Makes it Easy to Get Math Help

When you or your child needs math help, it's sometimes hard to know where to turn. Schools have limited resources for helping students with mathematics, and tutors can be incredibly expensive. Thankfully, the Internet has made it possible for students of all ages to receive innovative and affordable math lessons. Using video lessons that are interactive and cost-effective, students can essentially receive one-on-one instruction while working through problems at their own pace. Here are some circumstances in which online math help can be effective.


Math is one of those subjects that requires a solid foundation, since concepts build one atop the other as a student progresses. In the absence of basic math skills - such as how to multiply a fraction or how to express an exponent - it's impossible to move on to algebra, polynomials, or logarithms. Middle school or high school students often need practice with and reinforcement of basic math skills in order to move forward into grade level appropriate mathematics classes. Online video lessons can help with pre-algebra skills that are necessary to succeed in algebra courses.


Unfortunately, because the No Child Left Behind Act focuses on moving low-performing students toward proficiency, schools are forced to concentrate heavily on remediation. As a result, students who are accelerated in math are often not given the opportunity to do so. They may be ready for trig or perms and combs, but are instead forced to work at the pace of the rest of their classmates. This can result in frustration and boredom, as well as in the student never reaching his or her potential. With online video math help, accelerated students can move through lessons at their own pace, and experience the satisfaction of exploring their capabilities to the fullest.

Home Schooling

Although there is wonderful curriculum for students who are home schooled, parents are often not well equipped to teach their children middle school or high school mathematics. After all, when it's been years since you've been exposed to the material, it's very easy to forget. Video math lessons can help fill in the teaching gaps for homeschoolers, while allowing students to learn at their own pace.

Tuning Up Math Skills

There are many times when a person might need a math tune-up. Perhaps college entrance exams are coming up, or maybe it's time to sit for a professional certification test. Being able to watch math tutorials and work through problems can shore up confidence and help develop even advance math skills.

What to Look For

When you decide that you want to take advantage of Internet-based math help, you should look for those designed by a certified teacher who has extensive experience teaching math and tutoring students. Look for lessons that are downloadable, and that you can view over and over again at no additional charge. Each lesson should cost less than ten dollars, and the videos should contain all of the information you need to understand the lesson. In other words, you should have to buy any textbooks.

Thanks to the Internet, it's never been easier to get math help when you need it.

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web. Learn more about Math Help on the Web or Majon's Education directory

Slide Preparation Tips for Interactive Whiteboards

1) Keep your slides as clutter free as possible. Don't add unnecessary graphics to your slide, just to decorate it. Any unnecessary addition will only create distraction from the information you want the learners to retain.

2) There should not be more than 5 lines on a single slide and not more than 5 words per line. A slide should contain only main points and should be used as a supplement to your verbal presentation. Don't try to write everything you wish to say on your slides.

3) Prepare your slides in such a way, that it covers at least one topic or a part of a topic. This is important to retain the attention of your students to you. When a slide is changed, students' attention goes to the slide. During that time, students can't hear what u said during the slide transition. If this is not possible, then pause for a while, during slides change.

4) Keep font size, font color, background color and background image in mind while slides preparation. The font size should be such that, even a student sitting in the last row can read the text clearly. The font color and background color must be in contrast with each other. Use those color combinations which make a text readable without putting any strains on the eye like combination of black, white, red, green, blue or yellow. Use background images which contain a light graphic and don't create any sort of distraction. Many teachers use such visually appealing background images, that it takes the eyes off the slides contents and thus ruin the whole purpose of the slide.

5) Use same font color, background color or image for each slide to minimize distraction during presentation.

6) Use interactive panels if you have to read the contents of the slides on an interactive whiteboard. This will free up the board for the class to see.

7) Don't' emphasize all the text by using bold or italic. Making all the text bold or italic is equivalent to a simple text with no emphasizes. Reserve bold or italic only for key points.

8) Use laser pointer only to draw attention of students to a given point. Once you have drawn the attention, then switch it off. Continuous use of laser pointer will cause distraction.

9) Each slide should have a title and well labeled tables or graphs. Don't include anything which you are not going to discuss.

10) Prepare your presentation well in advance. Decide how much time you should spend on each slide, how you will start and switch to other topics. Also reserve some time for queries from the students. Check all your slides on your interactive whiteboard for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).Use high resolution images, animations, sound and video clips to make your presentation interactive and fun.

This Read Along Technique Increases Comprehension

Once your child can read most words at a reasonable pace, have her read to you in the following way:

  • Choose a book that is somewhat challenging, but not too difficult. One way to make this judgment is to have her read a page; if there are more than five words she does not know, the book may be too difficult. You want to challenge, not frustrate.
  • Now have her read a page. As she is reading, take a pencil or other pointer and point to each word as she reads. If she mispronounces a word, tap your pencil on the incorrect word. If she doesn't get the word on the second try, tell her the beginning sound of the word. If it is a multi-syllable word, break the word into syllables and sound out each syllable with her.

This technique allows you to give a gentle reminder when a word is not correct without interrupting her or breaking the continuity of the story. It is better than her reading on her own because she is corrected when she misses a word; otherwise she will just skip the word or think her incorrect pronunciation is correct.

For difficult words, consider making a word card. Just write the word on a 3x5 or other blank card. For young children it is important not to overwhelm with too many words, 7-12 words seems to be a good number, depending on the student.

Practice these words from the word cards for just a few minutes per day. A few minutes per day on a consistent basis is much better than longer sessions with less frequency. Remember not to study too many words at a time. When she knows a word right away without any help, toss the card.

Educator Don Jones has taught reading and math in a 1-to-1 environment for many years. He learned the methods from his father who started The Arcadia Reading Clinic in 1956. For more information, please visit

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Comprehension should always be the chief concern when teaching reading. What good is reading if the child has no understanding of what is read? In this article I will outline key reading comprehension strategies and show how they should be used.

Before reading you should allow children to make predictions about what they think the book will be about based on either the title or the picture on the front cover of the book. Children can also make predictions about what they think will happen based on what they read on the back cover of a book. Discuss with them their predictions and ask them to justify why their predictions are reasonable based on what they have read. Create a prediction chart that shows titles such as: WHAT WE PREDICT/WHAT HAPPENED IN THE STORY. List everything students predict will happen under the "WHAT WE PREDICT" column. Once the story has been read you can write what actually happened in the story in the "WHAT HAPPENED IN THE STORY" column. Students should be allowed to adjust predictions so the "WHAT WE PREDICT" column can be changed as the story is read. Older readers must be taught that while they are reading they should be looking out for the setting of the story, that is, the time and place the story takes place. The characters and plot are also essential elements they should be focused on as understanding of these story elements is at the heart of comprehending any story that is read.

Allowing children to do research on a topic before it is presented in a story format is highly effective for improving reading comprehension. This strategy however, works better with older readers. Children will feel more in tune with the content of the text if they are allowed to develop previous knowledge.

Another reading comprehension strategy that I have found to be highly effective is to do vocabulary work before hand. You can introduce children to new words. Have them break them up into syllables. Put the new words on flashcards. You can also have children find out the meaning of these words in the dictionary, with all this groundwork, once you get to the text it will be smooth sailing.

After reading, children can do written and oral retelling of the story. Engage children in answering questions. These may be in the form of traditional written comprehension questions or oral comprehension questioning. I mentioned using research as a pre-reading strategy but this can also be done after reading.

Encourage children to act out stories in groups with each child taking turns playing characters from the book.

Completing a story map is a good activity for students to do after reading as they get a chance to summarize and to zero in on what happened at different points in the story. A good story map is one that asks students to tell what happened at the beginning, middle and the end of the story.

Make an art-literature connection by having students draw and paint or color their favorite scenes. They can also write something about what they have drawn so that a writing connection is also made.

Simone Mary is a teacher, writer and artist. She is the author of the eBooks TEACHING READING AND WRITING, WRITING A STORY? WHAT EVERY WRITER SHOULD KNOW and RAMCEN'S ASSIGNMENT her first work of fiction, for more reading strategies visit her website at

Honor School Staff During Teacher Appreciation Week

When children are not at home or on the soccer or baseball field, they are at school. At least for nine months of the year. Outside of their parents and family they probably spend more time in a classroom with their teachers than anywhere else. Teachers help mold young minds and build the foundations for children's futures.

Teacher & School Staff Appreciation Week on May 4-10 is the time of the year to say thank you. Every team member at your school works hard, and often for a salary that is far below the standard salary of other professions. Teachers want to know they are valued for the time and efforts they take to help their students. A recognition event will let them know they are appreciated.

The theme of Teacher Appreciation Week has gone beyond just honoring teachers. It takes a lot of talented people to run our schools and education departments. Superintendents, administrators, nurses, guidance counselors, maintenance staff, teacher aids and volunteers all are vital links to our schools.

Most schools now hold Teacher and School Staff recognition parties. Sometimes a different event is held each day of Teacher Appreciation Week. Often, different teams are honored on each day. From an ice cream and coffee hour to a full luncheon, there are numerous ways to hold an event to fit any budget.

Kick off Teacher Appreciation Week with a breakfast. Serve bagels and coffee in decorated commemorative mugs. Continue the week with a school assembly in your gym or auditorium and invite all of your students to show their praise by singing songs and giving their teachers and the staff a standing ovation. Hand out flashlights so they can shine a light on their teachers to let them know they are in the spotlight.

Continue the week with a luncheon. Serve pizza, sandwiches or have each staff member prepare a dish to bring in. A Teacher Appreciation Chocolate Bar makes a great place setting. On other days you can stage fun theme events. Have teachers and school staff bring in baby pictures and hold a guess the staff member contest. Hand out apple shaped die-cut picture frames for them to take their photos back home in.

If you don't have time to have a daily event, a simple and economical gift left in mailboxes or desks will be appreciated just as much. Note pads, monthly academic planners, pens and desk organizers with a message of appreciation will serve as constant reminder that your community supports and appreciates its school staff members. No matter your budget, a small gesture can go a long way during Teacher & School Staff Appreciation Week.

Michael Lerner is a recognized expert in the field of promotional products and logo marketing. Promos On-Time offers teacher appreciation week gifts for every school staff member.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

What to Do as a Substitute Teacher

Do you have the desire to be a substitute teacher? Do you think substitute teaching is easy?

I was a substitute teacher for five years and worked for two school districts in St. Louis, Missouri. Substitute teaching can be rewarding; however, it is very challenging.

If you mess up, the school administrators might write a bad report to the school district's personnel office without saying anything to you. I will do my best to guide you to success.

On the days you teach, you should leave your home wearing your badge. Go to the office after you arrive.

The first thing you should do after you report is to read the instructions given to you by the secretary and classroom teacher. At the end of the day, turn in your keys and ask if you can come back the next day.

Dress professionally to gain respect from the teachers, administrators and students. Wear a collared shirt, slacks and dress shoes. The only day you should wear jeans, shorts or gym shoes is when you know you will teach gym.

Follow the school district policies and the policies of the school where you teach. Use your free time to read the safety procedures and other information posted in your classroom.

It helps to know where every school in your district is located. If the district does not give you a district map, download one from the district's web site. Make a trip to the schools you have not visited to avoid being late if you are asked to work there.

School officials do not like tardiness. Keep in mind how long it takes to reach each school. You could get out of bed by 5:30 in the morning to give yourself more time if you are called between 6:30 and 7:00 and asked to report to a school by 7:30.

If you ride the bus and know you do not have enough time to report to a particular school when you suddenly receive a call in the morning, let the caller know you cannot accept the request. It is better to lose a day of pay than your job.

If students prepare to engage in a physical fight, take them to the hall and close the door. Students are much less likely to fight away from an audience.

Never step between people who are throwing punches or kicks. Call the office or school security. Let a student get help.

It helps to know the names of students who misbehave. Look at the seating chart and student identification list on your desk.

Do not eat in the classroom if the school has a teacher's lounge and you have a scheduled lunch break. If you must take a nap, do it on your free time in the classroom or restroom.

Sleeping in the lounge will make you look bad and upset the school officials. If you do not have a class during a particular hour and you are unsure about what to do, call the office.

Your biggest challenge is to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning while not being draconian. Do not give disruptive students more than one warning.

If the class is out of hand and a student asks to get help, you must deny permission to leave and immediately get tough with the class. I once let a girl who wanted to get help leave.

She came back with the principal. The principal criticized me for not being able to handle students.

Your room must be kept clean. If an administrator comes and sees clothes on the floor, your life is over.

You can follow these steps and still be darned. You must have support from the administration. I loved working with the students but I reached the point where I had to move on. Good luck!

Todd Hicks owns Skill Development Institute, an enterprise that provides a keyboard typing lesson and academic study guide. He has a communications degree and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Todd has also written many articles and posted them on his web site.

Teacher Apathy and the Gifted Child

As I sit preparing to write this article, I ask myself what is the number one challenge facing Gifted Children? There are several, but what would you say is the most challenging issue?

It came to me right away. Is the greatest challenge facing Gifted Children in our society today teacher apathy? Of course, this does not apply to every teacher. It's not that teachers are mean or uncaring. It's not that they don't want their students to do well.

Is it because many are unaware of the characteristics and unique challenges facing the Gifted Child? Many teachers don't know how these children learn best or how they differentiate from their peers. They are preoccupied with students who have learning issues or behaviour issues.

They can not shoulder all the blame. Our society is misinformed as well. Our governments seem determined to lower the bar when it comes to expectations in schools. The universities are turning out teachers that spend little time on Gifted Children and their needs.

If you look up apathy in the dictionary you will find the word indifference. This pretty much sums up many teachers' feelings. If this insults or offends a teacher, I'm sorry. However, our gifted children need parents to speak out on their behalf and work towards changing the myths that surround them.

Teachers themselves need to speak out for these children. They need to want to make a difference in the life of a gifted child. They must stop assuming that these children don't need anything extra and can go it alone.

Gifted children have a right to learn. All the excuses in the world, including inclusion, lack of resources, over crowded classrooms and others don't change the simple fact that teachers show indifference to gifted children in the regular classroom.

Since inclusion is the current trend, Gifted Children will be placed in the regular classroom more and more.

Teachers can help change this attitude by taking courses to learn about gifted children. There are books, workshops, and other resources available to them.

Even if the school board or government doesn't require them to do more for gifted children, this doesn't mean they can't take the initiative.

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." --William Ward

I am the mother of a gifted 8 year old girl. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Studies. I began the journey to learn as much as possible about gifted children and to share it with others in order to get information out and dispel the myths about gifted children.

Becoming Your Child's Home School Teacher Requires Patience and Consistency

Home schooling is a growing trend where parents take control of their children's education. The parents are basically taking over the education process that was once provided by government run schools. Many parents who are passionate about there children's education and feel that the government school system does not do an adequate job instilling values along with education. If you are looking for a way to become a larger influence in your child's life and education becoming your child's home school teacher is a great way to do it.

The recent growth in home schooling is giving the parents and children more time to interact together and learn to enjoy each other more. Many parents who choose to be a home school teacher for their children feel that they can understand their kids better the public school teachers. The parents feel that they will be able to identify study areas that the child is lacking in and give them the proper attention they need and require to excel. The Internet has also given parents a great resource to gather teaching material, curriculum plans and other resources.

Many home school teacher parents feel that they have a better influence over their children, especially in the early years. Unlike government schools there is no restriction as to what can be taught in the home so many parents like to incorporate the families religious beliefs in the studies. This is something that is not allowed in the public school system.

If you have been thinking of removing your children from government education and becoming their home school teacher then you should be ready for a change in lifestyle and a large responsibility. You are going to have to really evaluate yourself and be honest in your abilities to maintain the patience, and consistency home schooling requires.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Facts About Assistant Teacher Jobs

An assistant teacher's primary job is to assist the primary teacher. It may sound one-sided, but the truth is, an assistant teacher's job is pretty multi-faceted. Since they stay in the same classroom as the primary teacher and all the kids, they are easily susceptible to any form of task or duty. Because of this, an assistant teacher should be energetic and enthusiastic

An assistant teacher is expected to nurture relationships both with the primary teacher and the kids. The primary teacher and the assistant teacher will be working together. Although the assistant teacher takes directions from the supervising teacher, the assistant teacher's role is quite important because the primary teacher will find it difficult to work without assistance.

Since the primary teacher will have to pay attention to the lesson, the assistant teacher will be freer to pay attention to the students. This is one of the most important roles of an assistant teacher. He or she will have to supervise the students and monitor them at all times. This also entails taking care of the children, despite the different developmental stages, especially in preschool or kindergarten. Some students may already be independent and can move around on their own without the need for round-the-clock supervision, while some students still need constant supervision and guidance. It falls upon them to support children, especially those with special needs, since the primary teacher cannot possibly focus on one student alone. It is also their responsibility to help children in various activities, such as in eating, toileting, and keeping up with the activities that are part of the lessons. Assistant teachers should also be ready to entertain and play with the children, especially when some of the kids are uncomfortable and are upset. The age of the children in the class affects the mix of responsibilities of an assistant teacher.

Aside from the responsibilities already mentioned above, an assistant teacher is also responsible for the preparation of any materials needed for the class activities. In special classes such as art subjects, the assistant teacher is, of course, expected to help the students in the use of scissors, glue, and the like. It is also their responsibility to prepare the classroom or set it up for the activities, and to clean up afterwards.

Assistant teachers can be fully qualified and registered teachers. However, they can also be simply teaching assistants, with no academic teaching background and prior experience. Teaching assistants are not qualified teachers. Teaching assistants are naturally guided by the primary teacher. The qualifications for teaching assistants are lesser. They just have to have around two years of formal education after high school.

The good thing about being an assistant teacher is that they also have opportunities to advance in their teaching career. They have plenty of opportunities to attend seminars and workshops especially for assistant teachers. These can help them improve their knowledge and skills that they use relating to their job. As they improve as assistant teachers, they can move up and become fully qualified teachers after gaining experience in the field, given that they meet the qualifications.

Your portal to all the best teacher jobs is just one click away. Choose from among the secondary, primary, or assistant teacher jobs in your area at .

Where To Get Time Management Tools For Teacher

In the teaching industry, all teachers from childcare teachers all the way professors of university have very busy schedules. They have many kids to attend to, also have different subjects to share in the classroom. There are many different plans of matters that are made throughout the day and a busy agenda to manage as well.

What is needed to help hectic teachers out

Implementing a specific plan that caters to time management for teachers to enable to help a teacher's busy schedule. Time management is crucial if you want to get through every subject you have in your teaching day. Use time management in your curriculum so as to help in your teaching skills.

With the aid of a “time management for teachers” plan, the teacher can see where they can seize out certain things into the agenda. A lot of the work that a teacher does goes into preparations for classes and in checking papers and quizzes. If you are a teacher and you feel that you have too much work on your hands, it is usually a exact case of needing some help with time management.

In-class, a teacher must also control their time and that of their students. For example, having a good sense of how much time each homework will take the students to do is important – you cannot expect them to work at your pace. In fact, what you might fret over as time wasted could be a bonus for you as you could use that time to get through those ‘administrative’ tasks that you tend to take home.

I hope you will know by now that time management for teachers is no difference than having time management in itself - you have to search out time wasters, prioritize your work and fill in those time slots with short projects to make the maximum usage of your time.

What is the key to any successful profession

Organization is this key.

A time management for teachers program will also help the children how everything happens in order. Even so, that our children are spending most of the time with their teachers.

Teaching time management lessons to the children is simply great as it allows them to do their homework more effectively. Frequently, teachers would give tips and plans to their students just like he or she would do for himself or herself. This is a great part of having teachers take advantage of this training – they can then impart those skills to their students as well.

The teacher's goals is to get the entire work completed before the end of the year. With this management course, she can easily achieve this goal.

Children may getting smarter when their teachers make up their mind to use this tool on them. Being organized is the only way this task can really be accomplished. Especially if the teacher has a lot of information to keep track of.

On the internet, you can simply download a this program for teachers and get started with your new goals and strategies today for your students.

This program will give you more flexibility throughout your day. This will explanation of having more time for yourself or those assignments that needs to be done. Make sure that as you are particular about taking out special time for work, that you make the same sort of efforts for taking out time for yourself and your career.

Eddy K Elgin is the webmaster of the Good Reference To Effective Time Management Tactics. Drop by at Where Teachers Can Find Free Time Management Program for more details.

What You Need To Know About Head Teacher Jobs

The head teacher is the most senior teacher in a school. The head teacher is also called a headmaster or headmistress, which are gender-specific terms. As a whole, they are called head teachers. In a nutshell, the head teacher is the person in charge of the various departments in a school. The lead role makes him or her a part of the school's executive committee. The next step after being a head teacher is to eventually become part of the school's administration.

The head teacher may not have a growing heap of responsibilities, but their responsibilities, though smaller in number, are actually heavier. Some head teachers still retain teaching responsibilities, so they would still have to insert some classes in the middle of all their other tasks. Some head teachers, though, are relieved of any teaching responsibilities, and seems to have already delegated the act of teaching to the nurses under his or her supervision.

This leads us to the second primary responsibility of head teachers. They act as leaders or supervisors who supervise and evaluate the performance of the teachers. Head teachers are always teachers themselves, who just climbed up the ladder until they reach the head teacher post. This way, they are in the correct position of authority to advise teachers on teaching skills and classroom management strategies. Any problems that the teachers may have should be brought to the attention of the head teacher, so that it can be resolved.

The third responsibility of head teachers is focused on the school's curriculum. It is the head teacher's job to lead the teachers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school curriculum. In case the existing curriculum needs work, it should be the head teacher's initiative to lead and motivate the teachers to work on the curriculum as a team. Since this responsibility directly involves the education that is received by the students, this is a very important duty of a head teacher.

Because of these heavy responsibilities, head teachers should have certain qualifications and characteristics that will empower them to take the lead role. First of all, since the end recipients of the head teacher's efforts are still the students, a head teacher should have the ability to handle children and interact with them. It makes no difference whatsoever whether the head teacher has teaching responsibilities. He or she needs this skill nevertheless. However, if a head teacher has teaching responsibilities, he or she naturally has to have excellent teaching skills. For those who don't have teaching responsibilities, then the focus of their job is on managerial responsibilities. It follows, then, that they need strong managerial skills. They should be able to balance their interaction with the teachers and the students with the level of authority that they should maintain at all times.

The complex mix of responsibilities makes a head teacher's job very important. A head teacher plays a key role in a school. This also means that head teachers receive more opportunities and higher privileges than other teaching jobs.

There is only one place to go to for teacher jobs. If you are looking for jobs such as head teacher jobs and many others, go to .

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Teacher Education Philosophies

It is important for every teacher to have a personal philosophy of teacher education based on a set of values and principles. It should reflect the person’s ideologies and philosophies of teaching and the overall development of the children. It becomes a crucial element in guiding the children towards a successful life.

The most famous and important people who contributed to the development of the world had personal, deeply insightful educational philosophies on their own. Albert Einstein, Paul Freire and Rudolf Steiner were some people who wrote and followed powerful educational philosophies in their careers.

John Dewey, one of the most prominent educational philosophers, in his book ‘Democracy and Education’, even devoted an entire chapter on teacher education philosophy and talks about various aspects that play a formative role in the education of children. Philosophies of teacher education can be classified as Liberal, Behaviorist, Progressive, Humanistic and Radical. Each of these has specific purposes in education and defines the role of a teacher and his relationship with the learner, in the unique perspective of particular philosophical contexts. The liberal philosophy aims at developing intellectual powers, while the behavioral ideologies focus on the survival skills of a human being and the role of education in teaching them. The Progressive philosophy motivates cultural development of an individual in order to bring about societal change, whereas the Humanistic trends look at the overall development of the personality and characteristics of an individual. And the radical philosophers are interested in beneficial changes that should happen in a society from time to time, and the role of education in bringing about political, social and economical changes.

Teacher education philosophy is now used as a major marketing strategy by teachers and has become an essential component of a teacher’s resume. This has evolved to become part of the teacher’s personal profile, which outlines all of his essential skill sets and unique qualities, and highlights his specialties.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

How To Choose The Best Tutor For The Sat, Act, And Gcses

What to look for in a SAT, ACT, or GCSE tutor:

The major goal you have in working with a tutor for school is to raise test scores, such as the SATs or ACT, to improve your performance in a specific area, or, for students in the UK, to improve grades on the GCSE and to successfully complete A-levels. Almost any student can benefit from targeted and personalized tutoring, regardless of their current level of understanding and performance. The following are what you should look for in a college tutor or university tutoring program:

1. Small Class Size: If you decide to go the group route, make sure it will be interactive, and where most of the participants are at the same level. The last thing you need is to be kept back in your SAT, ACT, or GCSE tutoring class by people who don't know as much as you do, or lost in a class of people who are far ahead.

2. Personal Instruction: You should feel like you are treated like the only student in the world, and that the instruction is specifically tailored to your needs and the admissions requirements of the colleges or universities you are trying to get into. That usually starts with the instructor fully assessing your needs and skills.

3. The tutor or instructor should push you: You should feel that the instructors are teaching just ahead of what you know, gently pushing you but not going too fast. You should feel the exhilaration of learning something new each time.

4. Materials should be varied: There should be diagrams, verbal instruction, reading, and writing. We learn better and retain what we've learned to a greater degree when we learn in several mediums.

5. Homework: There should be thoughtful and useful homework after each lesson, and this homework should help you learn the material better. In addition the tutor instructors should help you go over your homework so you learn from your mistakes and know the weaknesses you can overcome.

6. Measurable results: Not only should the college tutors have references, they should also be able to give you a measurable result of their past teaching, such as the average degree that their students SAT or ACT scores rose, the grades they got on the GCSE, or the level of college they got into.

After your tutoring you will be uniquely suited to go to the university or college that fully meets your potential, and this will make the learning experience truly worth it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Are you a Redeemer Teacher

As a kid growing up in public schools, I was not aware of the pendulums teachers and schools were forced to ride as innovations came and left and as curriculums were adopted and lost influence. I was, however, keenly aware of teachers and their influence on me as a teacher.
I began school at age 4, turning 5 during October. I’m sure my entrance into school provided my Mom with a 2 ½ hour respite from chasing a hyperactive, very busy child. Immature and unfocused, I was allowed to play my way through kindergarten unfettered and without considerable pain.

First grade however was a different story. I shall never forget coming face to face with my first grade teacher, her critical eye and her cutting tongue. My, how that woman could use my name in vain! Constantly I heard “PHYLLIS!” Not friendly uplifting manner, but hurled at me as a stone that was hurled at the fabled giant.

This teacher’s strategy to stop me from talking, which I did constantly, was to tie the “talking bow” (a scarf) around my head leaving the bow perched upon my curly mop. This symbol of my defiance was meant to embarrass me into conformity. It didn’t work.

With adulthood I began sharing my talking bow story. One day a principle in California shocked me by identifying my school, the teacher, and the year of my talking bow misery. When I responded hesitantly with “yes” she remarked that, yes I did wear the talking bow more than anyone else. She remembers seeing my pudgy red headed form bounding down the hall sporting the talking bow and talking all the way.

Not only was I doomed by my ever moving mouth but teachers found keeping me in my seat to be a challenge many didn’t accept with joy. Teacher after teacher was bewildered by trying to manage my curiosity and hyperactivity. Many times I was put in “time out,” tied to my desk (although this didn’t hinder my escapades a bit. I would simply lock my knees under the desk and my rear under the seat and walk around the room. So much for keeping a busy kid down!) and was sent to sit in the hall. I polished many chairs and got to know the janitor well while keeping abreast of all the “hall happenings.”

But the most devastating part of my elementary years was my lack of skill in reading. I was slow. I could sound out words and then not remember them moments later. I was totally focused by my teachers on the parts, sight words, sounds, getting it right so that they would leave me alone. I fond the process of reading and reading group activities to be useless and risky. Continually my parents were informed “Phyllis has such a potential but… Phyllis would be such a great student but…” All those comments damned me to a belief that I was lazy, good for nothing, and not working hard enough. As if I was making a decision not to live up to my potential!

Needless to say, my primary years were full of self doubt and anxiety. I spent many hours in the nurse’s room or going home because I didn’t “feel well.”
I did have a few redeeming talents and my parents, thank God, capitalized on them. One very important one was that I could sing! So I sang, at church, at school, anywhere people would gather. I was allowed into choir in the 2nd grade when no one else was admitted until 5th or 6th. Solos became a natural part of performing as did drama and memorization of scriptures, songs and poetry. I could star in those areas and received lot of positive strokes. I am sure these gifts along with me through those years.

Then I met my “redeemer-teacher” as I entered her room that first day of fourth grade. I’m sure she had no idea what her melodious “Phyllis” and her warm welcoming behavior would do for me during my forth grade year and on into the future. Mrs. F seemed to always try to find the best in me. She began by announcing “You sing! Will you lead the singing?” We were off to a great start, not only did she not use my name in vain but seemed to like and esteem me already. I wondered when that would change.

A few weeks into the quarter, Mrs. F went on a home visit to our home one day after school. I remember riding with this beautiful, at least to me, woman in this big car that seemed like a Cadillac through the streets of our town up to my home. I was so proud! She was wonderful. As we arrived I became fearful that she would assault my parents with “Phyllis would be such a nice girl but…”

But when our door opened and my Mom greeted Mrs. F and she my Mom, all my fears disappeared. “Mrs. Harder you have a wonderful daughter!” I was in shock, not buts, no mention of my talking, busyness, lack of responsibility or whatever else my parents had reported. She was my ally. I worked hard to live up to her expectations. Yes, she still had to discipline me at times and no, I wasn’t perfect from then on but I did try hard and didn’t want to miss school, no matter what happened.

This teacher is a teacher that makes a difference. She like thousands of educational professionals meets hundreds of thousands of students yearly, ready and able to become “redeemer-teacher.” As the school year begins, please remember:1. It’s not the pendulum your on but the people you empower that really matters.2. They may not remember what you said but how you said it counts.3. Use children’s names in value not in vain.4. Make Teaching and Learning a JOY!

Phyllis Ferguson MEd., inspiring founder, lives by her motto, “Make Teaching and Learning a Joy”.

As an award-winning, seasoned educator, Phyllis enthusiastically shares her “work smart, not hard” techniques for integration and literacy development in the K-6 classroom.
In addition, she is unreservedly applauded as she consults, provides in-service training, and presents live events throughout the United States and Canada. She is also the Director of Oasis School in Richland, WA as well as teaching K-2 multiage.

Phyllis has a comprehensive background in research-based literacy development, curriculum integration and brain-based instruction. Listen to Phyllis' Save-theTeacher Podcast
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Monday, September 10, 2007

A Student-Teacher's Reflection on School Relationships

Student teaching provides students with a hands-on opportunity to get a taste of teaching before they begin their career as an educator and creates opportunities for individuals to work not only with the students in the school, but the staff as well. Educators need to know how to act around students, but a student teacher must also learn how to act around fellow teachers, support staff, administrators, and parents.

Here I will reflected on ideal interpersonal relationships within the school, problems that they hope would not develop, and strategies for solving problems. The importance of maintaining positive relationships at school needs to be in the mind of every student teacher. Things may not always go smoothly, yet a professional should have some ideas on how to handle tricky situations.

Ideal relationships at school help make each day a pleasant day for everyone…teachers, students, support staff, administrators, and parents. Ideal relationships involve the exchange of kind words, good manners, teamwork, and positive attitudes. If such relationships are in place in the school setting, staff can work together in a supportive way to solve problems and to help each other. The staff would care about others and not just their own well-being. Lines of communication would be maintained. The entire staff of the school would work together for the good of the students and to sustain hardworking, dedicated employees. The students would be sure to thrive in such a positive, supportive environment. Furthermore, parents might be more apt to be involved in their child’s education if they felt welcomed and appreciated. This is a brief example of what some ideal relationships within the school setting; however, this is not always the reality.

While student teaching, problems between the pre-service teacher and administrator, support staff, students, colleagues, cooperating teacher, and/or faculty advisor can develop. For instance, one hopes that the issue of differing educational philosophies will not hurt a pre-service teacher; however, a student teacher’s philosophy may be subject to scrutiny, as s/he does not have the experience that other staff members might have. Another possible issue of contention is that many teachers deal with an enormous number of tasks and issues and often need to vent their frustrations.

Unfortunately, this negative energy may get a student teacher into trouble if s/he partakes in these conversations. Communication barriers may be another problem that can develop between support staff, the cooperating teacher, administrators, and so many more. Some people do not have interpersonal skills, and student teachers need to make sure that s/he does not prejudge based on a look. Additionally, one always hopes not to run into the staff member who just does not care anymore, as this can be harmful to all involved. Finally, not establishing effective classroom management techniques from the beginning with students is a problem that can develop, and one that teachers should avoid at all costs.

Several strategies can and should be implemented when solving problems. First, when dealing with administrators, support staff, colleagues, cooperating teachers, and faculty advisors, confrontations must not occur while a student teacher is emotional. Furthermore, as stated previously, many individuals will express their frustrations to others as a way to cool down. This should not occur in the workplace. The student teacher should ask to speak to the person privately. When solving problems, a student teacher should never use you statements. “You made me mad when…” should be “I felt upset when….” Numerous problems arise due to miscommunication. A student teacher should be willing to listen actively and to try to see the situation from the other person’s viewpoint.

When dealing with students, student teachers must first know the expectations and rules of their cooperating teacher. If a cooperating teacher gives permission to actively work through problems with students, a student teacher must maintain composure. Students can sense when a teacher is frustrated, and this will potentially create an explosive situation. The student teacher should talk to the student in private and try to see the problem from the perspective of the student. The student teacher should not be afraid to talk the problem over with his/her cooperating teacher, and when deemed appropriate, the student’s parents and/or the school counselor. Many times a fresh viewpoint provides a solution. If a student has a child study team, the child study team should be made aware of the problem, and depending on the severity of the problem, the administrator should also be notified.

This paper was an attempt to reflect on ideal interpersonal relationships within one’s school, problems that they hope will not develop, and strategies for solving problems. When dealing with other individuals, problems will occur. Humans are innately different and possess differing viewpoints and perspectives. This can and will lead to conflict. Everyone has an opinion of an ideal relationship, but an ideal relationship is different from a real relationship. When working with people, whether they are adults or children, a student teacher must pick his/her battles. Not all battles are meant to be fought, and not all battles will be won.

The battles worth fighting for are those with the goal to make both sides better for having fought and to create a win-win situation for all parties involved. A student teacher must remember that s/he is not only in the classroom to teach but to be taught. Student teachers should see problems as doorways to learning and growth and not as hurdles to be charged through and overcome.

Rebecca Schauffele: Teaching is my PASSION. I am fun-loving and really enjoy working with kids. Through my work, I hope to make a difference in the lives of youth and inspire them to dream big and work hard to reach their goals.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

How to Get Started in Home Schooling

Home schooling has been around for centuries. The beginning of schooling actually started in the home and then moved into outside schoolhouses. A homeschool is where children are taught by a parent or parents without the outside influence or interference of the school system. There are many variations on a homeschool but all fellowships basic rule of no outside interference. Home schooling is legal in all 50 US states with each state having set guidelines and rules about the homeschool process. Getting started in home schooling will require the parent to do some research ahead of time, so they know exactly what laws apply to them and what they need to do to get the curriculum underway.

The reasons parents choose to homeschool their children vary. Some parents site research like home schoolers placed in the 89th to 90th percentile in national standardized testing. Others state their reasons as being able to provide religious studies and building strong family bonds. Other parents look at the quality of homeschool and feel they have more control over the curriculum and content of the materials studied in addition to knowing their children will be safe. There is also the factor of flexibility that draws some families to homeschool. Flexibility not only refers to time, but methods as well. There are many good reasons to homeschool and each family should decide based on the reasons they feel are best for their family.

Getting started in homeschool involves quite a bit of research and studying before homeschool even begins. Parents looking to home school their child or children need to first find local and state home school groups. These groups will be able to provide you the best information on home schooling in your state. You can also go online and find homeschool websites where you can discuss anything relating to home schooling. They can offer you wealth's of information and help. The more you research and talk to others about homeschool the more you will be able to learn what you want to do in your homeschool curriculum and how to avoid common problems that may come up.

Home schooling is a broad term. There are many techniques that fit under the term home schooling. There are many different styles of home schooling that you can use. The following list describes the most common types of home schooling:

Structured - This works like a public school, in that, it follows a schedule throughout the day. For example, math would be done at a certain time, English at another and so on.

Interest-initiated- This approach is based on what is happening at the current time. For example, if it is snowing, you may chose to revolve the days curriculum around snow or if someone in your family has chickenpox, you may wish to do studies on that disease. This can be very unstructured or structured depending on your choices.

Learning-style- This method is based on each child's learning style

Philosophical- Using educational philosophies and studies to mold a curriculum is the basis for this method.

Accommodating- For families with special needs this approach works around those needs.

Community- Using outside groups and learning areas to teach the children is what this method is about.

These are just some of the methods used in home schooling. Some people may find a mixture of these works best for them. Home schooling is all about tailoring the process to the child, so do the research and find the methods that work best for your family.

Jay Moncliff is the founder of a website specialized on Home School, resources and articles. This site provides updated information on Home school. For more info visit his site: Home School

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Cover Letters for Teachers: How to Get the Best Job

Why are cover letters so important? They provide the prospective employer with a brief review of your skills and abilities in the form of a letter. These types of letters are written much differently than resumes and can have a potent impact on your future employer.
The best news is that writing one it isn't that difficult. An excellent teacher is always going to be in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for teachers through 2014 will grow somewhere between 9 and 17% per year.

"Experts predict that over the next ten years the nation will need 2.2 to 2.4 million teachers. That means there will be 150,000 to 250,000 openings for teachers in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. The needs are greatest in urban and rural communities and in curricular areas such as special education, mathematics, science, bilingual education, and English as a second language." This information comes from, a non-profit organization based in Belmont, MS.

What does that mean? It means there will be continued growth in the field of education. If you are a good teacher, you should not encounter problems in finding a great job in a location that you desire.

What about that amazing teaching position at that awesome new school that you have your eye on, though? Do you think the competition for that position will be greater? Of course it will. The great paying jobs always demand the best and the brightest people. That is why your credentials and qualifications will have to be presented in the most incredible way if you are to get the job of your dreams.

One aspect of making a great impression on a prospective employer is to create a fantastic picture of who you are - with words. Let your cover letter show the school administrators just how remarkable you are.

The cover letter has one goal. That is to get the employer excited about the resume. It is a marketing tool, just like the resume is. Sell yourself in a compelling and exciting way. What makes the best impression on employers? The wise use of accomplishments with anecdotes will win over a principal or school administrator much faster than simply stating what you did and where you worked.

Let your best qualities reach the employer through carefully written examples and stories. Don't just state what you are capable of, show what you have done in the past with vibrant language that attracts and invites the employer to want to know more.

You are a part of a significant sector of the labor market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 3.8 million jobs in 2004. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 628,000 are middle school teachers, 431,000 are preschool teachers, and 171,000 are kindergarten teachers."

You have to be your very best to get the great jobs. What skills and abilities do you have that you can offer the employer – and – how can you do so in a way that makes the employer want to pick up the phone and call you for an interview?
Let your cover letter generate interest in your resume, then let your resume hold the employer's attention so that you are invited in for a face to face meeting.
The cover letter builds on the resume and leads the employer toward it. Make it glow. While it may not persuade an employer to grant you an interview by itself, it is a vital part of the whole package that sells an employer on YOU.

For more information about cover letters, please follow this link to: Cover Letter Guideline
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Brick or Click - Finding a Degree That Fits you

The advance of internet technology has created one more channel for you to earn your degree. Online education has growth rapidly, online degrees from prestige and proper accredited online universities have widely accepted in the job market, making online education a popular education channel selected by many students to earn their degree online. But, this "click to earn a degree" trend might not fit you well if you are a kind person that needs a "brick & mortar" on-campus programs to drive you toward your degree completion. What type of degree program best suit you, a "brick" or a "click"?

"Brick" Group - On Campus Education

To be success as online student, you need to have a certain behavior and criteria to ensure your success; else you might fall out from your study and fail to earn your degree at last. The best way to know which type of degree best fit you is do a self assessment and if you found you have below personal behaviors, then, an on-campus education might best fit you:

* You prefer to learn by listening, speaking, reading and writing. You like to have discussions face-to-face with your peers and lecturers, and if the encounter gets lively, you will feel your fellow students' enthusiasm, even if you don't speak yourself.

* Social life and face-to-face interaction with fellow students are importance to you. You like campus life and prefer to make face-to-face contacts with your professors and mentors for guidance.

* You need reminders from your lecturers on your assignment due dates, need to attend tests and quizzes to keep you motivated to finish the semester and collect your credits.

* You prefer to have a fix or pre-plan learning schedule and you are able to adjust your time to fit the fixed schedule.

"Click" Group - Online Education

Online education has many advantages that can benefit you if you earn your degree online. Flexibility, self-pace, self-planning and learning from your comfort home are among the key benefits that enjoy by most online students. You may like to enjoy these benefits offer by an online degree program, but you need to have below characteristics to be success as an online student:

* You like freedom but you are able to commit to yourself without the need of a mentor guide to complete a task. Your task is to complete and get a degree. If you can do self-motivation and commit to yourself to complete your study program, then you can enjoy the freedom offer by online degree program. The flexible and self-pace learning styles give you the greatest freedom to plan your time and fit the learning schedule based on your preference.

* You are able to learn by mainly reading a text format document. You will have hard time to learn with this method if you are a kind of person who will fall into a sleep whenever you see text only materials. Be able to learn through reading text is the key factor to be a success online student because of most learning materials are in text format.

* Social life and face-to-face contact with peers, lecturers and mentors are optional for you because you are comfort to communicate with them through online channels such as online chats, online discussion board and online college forums.

In Summary

You always have two options to pursue your degree, a "brick" on-campus or a "click" online education. Do your own self assessment to determine one that best fit you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

After School Tutoring Benefits Students

If your child is struggling in school, after school tutoring may be an option to improve his understanding of academic concepts and increase his self esteem.

Children that struggle in a school may not have many opportunities to get one on one help with academics. Some children are hesitant to ask for help while others do not get the help they need even if they ask. This can be because of too many children in a classroom or not enough time for the teacher to review and repeat lessons that a child is having difficulty.

For that reason, a parent may want to look into hiring a tutor at least once a week for additional instruction and one on one help. This session can last as little as 30 minutes with children under seven years old and up to one hour for older children. Sessions longer than the child’s attention spam are not conducive to learning. Keep your child’s attention span in mind when scheduling the time.

Look for an individual session rather than a group session. The opportunity to get one on one help should be the deciding factor in getting a tutor. Almost all children will succeed getting individual attention and individual instruction on the level they are learning. Be cautious of group tutoring sessions and companies that offer homework help. A tutor should re-teach and reinforce skills that the individual child is not succeeding in by finding appropriate activities in that subject area. Homework help will help increase your child’s grade, but will not necessarily help them understand. Tutoring should focus on the understanding of the concepts, not only improving a report card grade.

Although group sessions can cost less and are an option is finances are a consideration, try to find a group that has less than four children per tutor. Larger groups will not provide the individual attention that a smaller group offers.

Some parents do not know where to look for a quality tutor. Of course, the best option is to get a referral from the child’s teacher, the school board, or other parents. Look in the classifieds at a local college. College students are often looking for tutoring work and can be a great option since they are usually younger and perceived to be “cooler” than a teacher. Churches and religious organizations may also provide tutoring services for free or a reduced charge. Stay at home parents, home schooling parents, and former and current teachers may be a resource for referrals or services. You may also find the occasional high school student that tutors. This would probably be the cheapest option.

An after school tutor is a great option for parents to help their child succeed in struggling curriculum areas. If your child is in need of help, do not hesitate to start researching tutors now. The longer you wait, the more difficulty may arise in that curriculum area.

Rebekah Kogelschatz is a former school teacher of students with disabilities. She has taught all grades from pre-school to 8th grade in all subject areas. She is a stay at home with her two children in rural Florida. She is a co-founder of the site SmartMoms-SmartBusiness and the founder of a preschool resource site Preschool Activities Everyday. You can read more articles on parenting in her Mom Blog.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Teach English Abroad - Getting Your Second English Teaching Position

When several readers sent in “generically similar” questions like the ones below, my response was similar to each. It helped them. Perhaps it will help you too. Sooner or later, we all leave our first ELT position for “greener pastures”. Sometimes we stay. Sometimes we don’t. Often we simply want a better salary or income to help support the better life we were originally looking for. Here are the situations, questions and my response.

“About teaching English abroad; I wanted to ask you a couple of questions.”

“I have a technical degree and years of successful experience but I find myself with a desire to do something different. I visited my dream country on vacation and I fell in love with the country. Now I am giving up a good job in the USA and moving to abroad to teach English.”

“I took the TEFL and have my certification but I am finding that most schools want an Education-related degree and my technical degree seems to be hurting me despite the TEFL. I have found work with private students but I am having a hard time finding full-time teaching jobs in one of my more desired cities. For me it's not only about the money. I just want to teach at a high-level school or university.”

Question: Do you have any advice? With my TEFL and technical degree, I can't get a teaching position at a bilingual school. It's depressing!

Thanks for any help at all!!

Here’s What to Do

I'm a little surprised at the "difficulty" you seem to be having, but I'd like to suggest a slightly different approach. You're obviously not marketing to target markets that could most benefit from your multiple expertise. If I may be a bit blunt, you need to get off your duff and do some marketing research. Then market to the target markets you find.

• First, write a cover letter which highlights your technical background with your teaching skills. Show how one complements the other. Focus on trade / technical schools and / or technical career faculties in universities.

• Second, write proposals for teaching ESP, that is technical English to businesses and companies in your target areas. Intensive English courses of from one week to one month might work best at first. Use the phone book, chamber of commerce and periodicals for leads on companies to target.

• Third, advertise in large local newspapers using a small but highly targeted ad for teaching business / technical English to high-tech companies and business professionals. Get some decent business cards too - with your full contact information on one side and your services / expertise on the other. I'll bet you don't have good business cards at the moment, do you?

• Finally, you're causing your own problem in part, which is good in that you can then provide your own solutions. Get to work. If you really get stuck and genuinely require additional help, let me know and I'll try to prod you in the right directions again.

I hope I've helped. What happens to you is up to you - not me or anybody else for that matter.

One final point: Don't give up. Keep plugging away. If it takes a couple of months or more to saturate the market sufficiently to start getting relevant feedback, so be it. Do what it takes to succeed.

The opportunities are out there.

Now you just go out and get them.

Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. For more information on entering into or advancing in the fascinating field of ELT send for his no-cost pdf Ebook, “If You Want to Teach English Abroad, Here’s What You Need to Know”, send an e-mail with "free ELT Ebook" in the subject heading. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail:

Monday, August 6, 2007

School Teachers

Over the many years that I have taught I have seen one fact that is always constant. TEACHERS
When the lights go out for the day they move into the halls or to the nearest window and TEACH.

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When computers go down and all the technology stops because of some catastrophe they TEACH.
When there are no books they buy their own and share with the students and TEACH.
When the buses get stuck and half the class is late they TEACH the ones that are there.
When half the class is absent because of a flu outbreak, they TEACH the students that are there and then have to do it again when the others return.

When the heat goes off they put on coats and gloves and open their books and TEACH.
When the heat is unbearable they take their classes outside and sit under the trees and TEACH.
When the principal leaves, they don’t know, because they are too busy TEACHING.
When the bells fail to ring they keep TEACHING.

That’s their job and they love it, it’s a passion and they make their administrators look mighty good. If your test scores are up it is because of your teachers.
Just like the district the teachers bills have gone up, their transportation costs are up, their food costs are up, their heat and electricity is up etc. etc. But unlike other industries their salaries are low.

Teachers are the backbone of the education system. They are the ones that are on the front lines of the war against ignorance. They are not only required to teach core subjects they are expected to teach citizenship, responsibilities, manners, cleanliness, safety from all the bad things of the world and each year more responsibilities are shifted from the home to the school system. The compensation they receive in comparison to their responsibility is pitiful. But dispite the pitiful compensation they keep teaching because they love kids.
Your teachers deserve a break, not a little break, but a big break. They need adequate compensation for all they do. They are the bottom line and are the ones that accomplish the goal of a district. They TEACH.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The School Teacher Resume

What does your resume say about you?

A school teacher resume has to focus on what you have done well in the past. It must focus on educational background, experience (subject area), professional development, special skills and more! School administrators want to know what has made you successful in the past. It is commonly believed that if you have done well in the past, you will continue to do well in the future. So, you have to show them what you have done in order to convince them of what you can do for them.

Here are two things you must do well in order to impress school officials with your school teacher resume.

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First, identify your qualifications for the position you are seeking. While education is a field that is typically always looking for qualified applicants, the competition can be tough for jobs in good school districts. If you know at what you excel, then you can create a resume that reflects those outstanding abilities and make a solid, positive impression.

How do you accomplish this?

Know what the school district is looking for by asking questions, making phone calls, talking to other teachers in the district. Find out in what officials are most interested then meet those needs in your resume.

Second, show how you enhanced your former students' academic, social, creative and technological skills as a teacher. Success almost always follows success as a good school teacher has the ability to take what they have learned (that works) and apply it to a variety of school settings.

How do you convey all of this on a resume?

The key is to show, rather than tell. Achievements and awards are excellent for this. If you are able to show the school administration that you have excelled in previous teaching settings, then they will expect you to do at least as well, if not better, in the position they have available.

A school teacher's resume should always include these items:

1. ability to communicate with people at all levels (children, parents and school officials)
2. your ability to instruct children of diverse backgrounds and educational levels with a variety of differing approaches
3. accomplishments, awards, goals reached, specialized training, etc.

When you tell the prospective employer how you can meet their needs (what you can do for them), then you are one step closer to getting an interview. That is the whole point of creating an outstanding school teacher resume.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for teachers "continues to vary by school location and by subject taught" but "job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent."

Finding a job isn't going to be the tough part. It's finding the job in the school district you WANT that is going to cause the most worry. Competition will always be fierce for those coveted positions. That's why your resume has to be excellent.

Be sure to include the information that school administrators are seeking and your resume will make a great first impression. After that, you will be well on your way to a great job.

Carla Vaughan, Owner/Webmaster

Carla is the owner of, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Things You Need To Know About Praxis Ii

In the same way that products have to pass quality standards, teachers undergo the same thing, through qualification exams such as PRAXIS II. PRAXIS II has been set as the standards which aspiring K12 teachers have to go through. In this type of examination, thorough knowledge of various subjects, as well as understanding of the principles of teaching and learning methods will be measured. The results of the said test will determine teachers' future employment and affiliation to different professional groups.

Given the importance of PRAXIS II, it is but proper for the test takers to know more about it. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding PRAXIS II.

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- What are the subjects I have to study for a Teaching Foundation type of exam?

The Teaching Foundation Examination consists of five areas that the examinee has to study: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, English, and Social Science. The question comes in multiple choice and constructed response.

- What are the options of taking PRAXIS II exam?

Examinees have two options of taking it: computer-based and paper-based examination

- How do I register for PRAXIS II examination?

Those who intend to take the examination can register via mail by downloading and printing the registration form from the PRAXIS website and mailing it together with the other requirements stated in the form.

Examinees can also register by logging on at the official PRAXIS website and filling up the necessary information.

- How can I pay for the PRAXIS II examination?

Payments can be made thru credit cards (in the case of online registration) or by checks and money order (if you registered thru mail).

- How will I find out about the things that I need to study?

There are "Test at a Glance" sections that you can refer to. This section includes an outline of the things that will be covered as well as guide questions. You may also find this section helpful because of the tips that it gives in choosing and finding the right answers for the questions.

- How can I prepare for PRAXIS II?

Basically, the things that you discussed during your training will cover the things you need to know. It only takes a few reading and scanning of old notes for you to recall all the information.

It also helps to answer sample test questions and mock exams to see how much you recalled and forgot.

- What are the things that I need to bring for the PRAXIS II test?

These things should be brought on the day of the examination:

- The admission ticket
- Forms of identification
- Soft-lead pencils (mechanical pens are not allowed), eraser and black pen

These things must be brought at the testing centers because these will not be supplied to you. Other personal belongings will be left at the designated lockers and cannot be accessed while the examination is going on. Please avoid bringing excess stuffs since the locker space is limited.

There is no easy way to pass the standards for educators than to become a teacher credible and qualified enough to handle the job. Hard work is needed, but it sure will lessen the load up a bit by knowing the things that need to be prepared and done for the PRAXIS II test. Good luck!

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Pass Praxis In Flying Colors! Tips In Acing The Praxis I Exam

Students are not the only ones who should ace in an exam; those who aspire to be teachers are faced with the same challenge come licensing and qualification exam such as PRAXIS I. Therefore, ardent preparations should be made so that these teachers-to-be can prove themselves worthy to educate others.

To prepare for the upcoming PRAXIS I exam, here are some tips that you have to keep in mind.

1. Determine the subject areas that you need to study.

It is a good habit to write a list of the topics that will be included in the subset that you will be taking. This habit brings a lot of advantages, some of which are as follows.

- It allows you to save time.

Reviewing time must be maximized to achieve best results. In as much as you want to know all, the tests are taken in subsets, and it is focused on certain topics.

It will also allow you to cover all the things that you have to know, because as soon as you have listed all the topics, you can divide your time to review it all.

- It allows you to master the topic at hand.

You will know more form a certain topic if you focus mastering it and ignoring other facts that would just confuse you.

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2. Collect your resource materials way before starting to study.

It would be more advantageous if the resource materials that you need have been listed and sorted according to the list of topics that you have prepared. In this way, you know the materials that you still need to find, and at the same time, it will save you time in looking for notes you need from a pile of reading materials.

3. Compare previous results to assess how you are faring so far.

Previous results of tests, may it be mock, review, or the actual PRAXIS (if you will be retaking the exam) should be kept for you to know your weaknesses, strengths as well as improvements. This will give you a hint regarding the topics that you need to focus on.

4. Condition yourself for studying.

The best way to have time for studying is to make it a part of your system. A good study habit will do you good since it is easier for your mind to cooperate with your will to review.

To create a study habit:

- Assign a certain place for you to study only.

This place should be conducive enough for reviewing. And it should only be associated to studying only. Therefore, there should not be any source of interruption such as television, phone and the likes.

- Create a study schedule and stick to it.

Schedules are worthless if you do not adhere to it. So there should be minimal diversions from the study plan. To help yourself adhere to it, you should be able to know the time when you are most efficient to take in information, as well as the time when you are most tempted to take a nap or break. In this way, your study schedule is patterned after your own activities.

Studying for PRAXIS I exam is like studying for any other examination, But this preparation time should be given a more serious approach since it is your future to become teachers that is at stake.

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Are you an elementary school teacher or a home school mom that is burned out of coming up with elementary lesson plans for your students? I'm quite sure that no one except teachers has any idea of how difficult and sometimes stressful it is to come up with great elementary lesson plans for each subject and each day you plan to teach.

I recently retired from teaching after having a fourth grade classroom for nearly thirty five years. I loved teaching more than anything else, but planning elementary lesson plans nearly did me in a few times. At several times throughout my teaching career I would come home and complain to my husband that I wanted to be done. The job was too hard, the pay was too small, I was underappreciated, and I had to spend hours each week making elementary lessons plans that half of the time I didn't even follow.

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Five years before retirement another teacher gave me some of the best and most relieving advice of my teaching career. I'll admit that I was a little upset that I hadn't heard this news thirty years before, but I was grateful nonetheless to get all the help I could. This teacher suggested that I start looking for other ways and sources of getting great elementary lesson plans for my classroom.

At first I laughed at her and responded with a simple "yeah right." I had myself convinced that I was the only reliable source of elementary lesson plans and that my classroom would fall apart if I didn't have the perfect plans going into each morning. I was wrong. My teacher friend suggested that I utilize resources that other teachers have made in my own classroom. She suggested that I look for elementary lesson plans at bookstores, teaching stores, and even on the internet.

I began to look around for other sources of elementary lesson plans during the summer between two school years. I was skeptical about finding something that worked, yet I found the idea intriguing enough to be worth my trying. What I discovered as I really began looking for elementary lesson plans was unbelievable: there really is a wealth of information and resource available for teachers in the area of elementary lesson plans. I had no idea how much work had been written and published in this area. I stumbled upon a treasure house of solid information that changed everything about the last five years of my career.

So teachers, regardless of how long you've been in the classroom, start looking now for great alternatives for elementary lesson plans. You'll be glad you did.


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