Two Benefits of Homeschooling: Control and Flexibility

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Two Benefits of Homeschooling: Control and FlexibilityThere are many advantages to homeschooling. From a parent’s point of view the benefits are not always about money, or babysitters, or living in the right school district to get their children into the right school. Some of the benefits to homeschooling are harder to define.

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10 teacher interview tips to help you ACE your next teacher interview

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10 teacher interview tips to help you ACE your next teacher interviewBy Adam Waxler

A teacher interview discussion panel is held at the end of each semester as part of the teacher Alternative Certification Program at Manatee Community College.

The panel is made up of myself and four administrators (1 elementary, 2 middle school, and 1 high school).

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How Dangerous is Swine Flu in Children?

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How Dangerous is Swine Flu in Children?Levine, meanwhile, told the story of an 8-year-old in Texas whose parents recently called their doctor about flu-like symptoms. The child had no pre-existing conditions so the parents were told to monitor the conditions and only call back if the situation didn’t improve. Two days later, the mother brought her son in and a flu test confirmed a case of Swine Flu. Four days later, the child Continue reading

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Math Tutoring For High School Students – Education

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Math Tutoring For High School Students - EducationWe all understand the development of electrical computers leads to the powerful emergence of the world wide web. Actually, the Internet has a significant impact on us. With computers connected to network, the chances of things we can do is never-ending. Movies, music, TV shows, games, news it is all available on an extensive array of websites worldwide Continue reading

5 Ways to Promote Preschool Sharing

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5 Ways to Promote Preschool SharingPreaching the importance of sharing to your preschooler won’t mean anything if he sees you being stingy towards others. So take advantage of every opportunity you have to reiterate the value of sharing in your home. If you’re eating a sandwich, invite your preschooler to share half of it with you. Emphasize how great it feels to share with him. Teachable moments like this can pave the way for you to talk Continue reading

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How to Stop the Plagiarism Plague

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How to Stop the Plagiarism PlagueThe good news is you can help your child understand and avoid plagiarism. Talking about plagiarism can be complicated, however. According to the Common Sense Media report, 80% of parents say they have addressed cheating with their kids, but only 64% of teens recall this conversation. How do you make sure the message sticks?

Discuss plagiarism: Use meaningful examples, such as music sampling, to explore the concept of intellectual property. Lead children in developing their own explanation of why it is important to credit the words and ideas of others. Practice good researching and writing skills: Provide instruction in compiling research notes. Peha warned, “Telling kids to ‘paraphrase’ things makes little sense. It's just a version of bad plagiarizing. Teaching kids reading strategies like synthesis, however, is very helpful.” (See these tips for “Undertaking the Long Paper”) Review school and class policies: Understand the definition of plagiarism, the preferred system of citation, and the consequences of plagiarizing. Teachers can strive to create “plagiarism-proof” assignments: Innovative assignments that are “easier to complete honestly than to cheat on” remove the incentive for plagiarizing, according to Greg Van Belle, Professor of English at Edmonds Community College. “We can’t change the fact that students are increasingly stretched thin by work and family…We can’t stop students from taking too many classes or adding too many activities to their schedules. What we can do is teach better.” Instead, Van Belle suggested “individualizing” assignments by requiring students to write creatively, take a different perspective, or relate topics to issues of local or personal importance. Emphasize the process: Students who lack time management skills or confidence may procrastinate and then be tempted to copy as deadlines approach. Scaffolding the assignment allows educators and parents to provide support and input as the student works through the writing steps. Kate Povejsil, VP of Marketing at Turnitin. com elaborated, “What students need during this process is lots and lots of substantive feedback-from their instructors and from their peers. They need high quality, frequent feedback that applies directly to their paper and their writing-not a bunch of rules and guidelines and ‘do’s and don’t’s.’” By emphasizing the process over the result, the student learns more, improves his organization skills, and even finishes with a stronger paper. Work in public: Van Belle also has his students work “in full view of the world.” If students complete some of the writing steps in class or with peers, they receive feedback as part of their process. And when everyone is looking, it is harder to cheat. Utilize technology: Many popular word processing programs now automatically manage sources. Sites such as NoodleTools offer some free assistance with proper citation. Plagiarism detection tools, such as Write Check, can serve as a preventative measure and teaching tool. Using these services as part of the process helps students identify and improve upon areas of concern. Value writing: Show your children that you value writing as a means of expression and argumentation. Rather than emphasizing “morality tales” of writers who have gone astray, Stolley recommended focusing on the importance of rigorous thought and proper citation in a student’s academic development: “When students cheat on writing, particularly wholesale copying of another's work, they are missing out on a very important part of their education.” Model honesty and integrity: Our actions provide the most vivid lesson. Always give credit where credit is due and explain to your kids how citing your source bolsters your argument and is the right thing to do.

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Tips for Parents to Reduce Teen Driver Crashes

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Tips for Parents to Reduce Teen Driver CrashesWhat’s the biggest cause of death in teenagers? Not suicide, despite the press. Not AIDS. Surprisingly, it’s cars. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for 16- to 20-year-olds, accounting for close to 5,500 fatalities and 450,000 injuries a year.

There’s a reason it’s so expensive to insure a teenager. Teens are involved Continue reading

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Sciencephobia

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SciencephobiaThe American education system, uniquely decentralized among industrial nations, has been continually roiled by tides of local experimentation, especially during the past 20 years. The spread of whole-school reform models such as Success for All; the imposition of standards and high-stakes tests; the lowering of class sizes and slicing of schools into smaller, independent academies; Continue reading

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Top 3 Texas Charter School Myths

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Top 3 Texas Charter School MythsOnly bad kids go to charter schools

There is no rule that says only bad kids can go to charter schools, but some poorly run charter schools have given all charter schools a bad name. Often, when students have trouble in their zoned school, it results in behavior and attendance problems, and they carry these behaviors to any school that they attend. It is up to the charter Continue reading

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Separating From Your Toddler: Do’s and Don’ts

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Separating From Your Toddler: Do's and Don'tsThere comes a time in the life of every toddler when it's time to leave the nest and explore the world outside of home. For many parents, this separation can be far more traumatic than it is for the child. But your visions of a crying child, holding onto your leg with the death grip, don’t have to come to fruition. Parents can do a lot to help make the transition smoother Continue reading

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