When Educating Your Child, There Are Lots of Things to Consider

As a teacher (whether licensed or a parent home schooling their scholar) there are so many things to consider: best practices, state standards (which have gone to core standards), Individual learning plans, multiple intelligences, technology, width or breadth of knowledge, application, hands-on versus direct instruction. Needless to say, it is nice to have some guidelines when it comes to teaching a scholar. Depending on a school’s pedagogy the focus can be on any of the above.

Some schools want an Individual Learning Plan for each student. In theory, this is a great idea. The curriculum “tailored made” for each student will help them be the best person they can be. The question is when you are trying to teach 24 to 35 students, when do you have time to plan 24 to 35 different lessons? The answer is there isn’t enough time. However through differentiated instruction, you may group scholars into different groups with some modifications to help those who struggle as well as those that excel. The idea is to come up with an assignment which the average scholar can succeed at. Then you either add rigor for the students that excel or modify to help those struggling scholars.

Other schools believe the best way for scholars to learn is through direct instruction. The idea is you give the scholars information. They take notes. Then you might have a “hands on” activity to reinforce the idea. After these steps, you give a formative evaluation and if they the scholar doesn’t succeed then you re-teach. The challenge with this set up is figuring out how to keep the scholars who have mastered the information attentive while trying to help those who have not gained mastery. One way to help with this dilemma is to use “Fast Finishers”. “Fast Finishers” are education based activities, worksheets, etc. that will reinforce concepts while being interesting and fun.

Another school of thought is to learn through experimentation. This particular way of learning involves exploring the things around you, coming up with questions. Then through experimentation, research, trial and error, you learn the material. This can be either a fun way to learn or a frustrating way to learn. It really depends on how well the scholar is guided through the process as well as their work ethic. This process also can take a longer period of time to gain knowledge.

With any of the above strategies, resources are essential. These resources can be found on the internet, but you need to be careful of their validity and accuracy. Educational supply stores are a great resource as well as libraries, museums, and schools. There are a lot of teacher supply stores with a variety of curriculums, manipulative, and ideas to help with whatever type of pedagogy you believe in.

How Employers Can Help You Receive A College Education

Employers may not seem the most obvious choice to go to for tuition and education assistance, however employers are one of the leading providers for education programs and education assistance for their employees. Employers provide education assistance in a number of ways:

* Direct pay tuition assistance: The employer pays up front for the course, certificate, or degree program. The employee has no out of pocket expense.

* Reimbursed tuition assistance: The employer pays for the course, certificate, or degree program after the employee has successfully completed the program. The employer may pay after each course or only after the certificate or degree is completed.

* Educational/Professional Development travel assistance: The employer may pay for travel expenses related to travel to educational programs including courses at distant institutions or conferences/conventions.

* Time off without having to use vacation/personal days: If the employee needs to rearrange their schedule to make time for education, the employer may provide time off with pay. In addition, if the student is pursuing a distance education course or program but has to travel to campus or a residential education requirement the employer may allow the employee to attend without using vacation time. Employers may also provide time off without the need to use vacation time to attend college visits with your dependents.

* Direct Pay or Reimbursement for education supplies and tools: The employer may purchase or provide textbooks, supplies, or tools such as computing equipment.

* On the Job Training: This is training provided to the employee by the employer while the employee is working. Many employers have developed comprehensive training programs that mix classroom and experiential learning. Some employers have arranged with local community colleges to provide credit for the completion of such programs. If this is not the case with your employer, then prior learning assessment at a college or university may be an option to receive credit for on the job training.

* Assistance for spouses and dependents: Some employers will even provide educational assistance for the spouses and dependents of their employers. This may include tuition assistance for private elementary or secondary education as well as assistance for postsecondary education.

* 529 College Savings Program: The employer may offer a college savings program as a part of their benefits package. As a part of this program, the employer may match contributions made by the employee into the program.

While many employers provide comprehensive details on the education assistance they provide, some either provide no details, particularly if it is a small business, or would be willing to do far more if asked. This is particularly true for employees who are pursuing education in a field of study that would help them in their present position and if the employer believes that supporting the employee’s education will cause the employee to continue with the organization for a significant amount of time after the course, certificate, or degree program is completed.

In exchange for supporting education, many employers require some benefits in return. These may include any number of things, but typically include one or more of the following:

1. The employee will seek education at an institution that is of high quality – often demonstrated through the fact that the institution is accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies.

2. The employee will earn a certain grade in the course or a certain grade point average in the certificate or degree program. This requirement varies widely from employer to employer and may require the employee to earn a certain grade in every course. In contrast, if the employee is completing an entire degree program they may only be required to earn a certain grade point average.

3. The employee may be required to stay with the organization for a certain length of time after completing the course, certificate, or degree program. This may be a standard length of time (such as one year) regardless of the length of the education pursued or it may be a length of time based on the length of the course, certificate or degree being pursued.

4. The employee may be required to give back to the organization in the form of in service or one-on-one training for other employees.

If your employer is willing to provide educational support for you, your spouse, or your dependents, it is important to get the details of that support in writing, particularly if beginning a lengthy degree program. Even if the employer currently offers tuition assistance or other education benefits as a part of the regular benefits package it is important to discuss your educational goals with your employer and ensure that these benefits are not going to be discontinued after you have started the program. It may be beneficial to write an agreement between you and your employer – particularly if your employer is providing benefits that are not documented as part of the regular benefits program.

Even if your employer is not willing to provide educational benefits in the form of those above, every employee learns skills on the job which may be documented and used in order to earn prior learning assessment credit at a college or university. It is important that employees maintain accurate and comprehensive records on their own of training they complete on the job, new skills they gain on the job, and how these skills were gained. Whenever possible, maintain examples of work completed as a method of demonstrating the achievement of objectives for prior learning assessment.

Buy Your Educational Supplies From A Dollar Store Supplier

As the end of the summer draws near, it is time to focus on getting ready to go back to school. One of the biggest things on your to do list will be shopping for the proper school supplies. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or student, you know that the cost of these supplies can really add up. It seems as if every year the list of what’s needed gets longer and longer. There is one way, however, to get all of these that you need for a very low price… order them from a dollar store supplier. Ordering your educational supplies in this manner is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get ready for the new school year.

Doing your shopping with a dollar store supplier has some great benefits. Almost all of their products are sold at a wholesale price. This means that no matter what you buy, the cost will always be cheaper than it would be for any equal product at a retail store. Most people are aware that these types of suppliers exist, but what they don’t know is that the general public can buy from them as well, allowing you to take advantage of their very low prices. A dollar store supplier usually sells their items in bulk. This makes it easy for you to get what you need. Keep in mind that the minimum quantities are usually very low. You don’t have to buy enough product to stock a store, but it would be beneficial for you to buy enough so that you can maintain the cost of your requirements throughout the whole school year. Another perk that comes from ordering these supplies from a dollar store supplier is that you can shop at home, instead of having to go to the store. That reason alone make this kind of shopping a pleasant experience. If shopping for educational supplies is something you are going to be doing, then nothing could be more advantageous for you than making your purchases through a dollar store supplier.

One of the best things about deciding to order your educational supplies from a dollar store supplier is the ease with which it can be done. It will take very little effort on your part. No traveling, walking through crowded aisles or standing in long lines is required. All you have to do is look for a reputable wholesale dollar store online, place your order for your new educational supplies and wait for the package to be delivered to your door. Nothing could be simpler, right? There are a few things you will want to keep in mind, though. When looking for a dollar store supplier online, you will want to find one that has thousands of products available, including all of the educational supplies that you will be needing. You will also want to remember to order in bulk if you can. You will probably use most of what you order, but if not, you can always donate any extra educational supplies that you might have. Shopping with an online dollar store supplier for your educational supplies could be one of the most effortless shopping experiences you’ve ever had.

Now that you see how much money you could save, and how easy it could be, what are you waiting for? Find a reputable dollar store supplier and start ordering the educational supplies that you need today!