Becoming an English Teacher Abroad

I was working in an office building, doing the same old job day after day. I wanted something new in my life. I felt that my life was being wasted in that cubicle in the office and wanted to do something that would let me see the world and live a fulfilling life. I heard about teaching English around the world, and thought it would be exactly what I needed. I signed up for TEFL Academy online so I could become qualified to teach English in foreign countries.

By taking the online courses, I would be able to learn what I needed to be ready to teach English, and I would be approved by any organization on the planet that accepts English teachers.…

Kids Science Project Ideas Made Simple and Fun

Kids science project ideas are numerous, depending on the category of science. Experiments can be done just about everywhere, such as in your backyard, kitchen, local park, classroom, and so on. Kids are naturally curious and like to experiment to see how things work. There are many ideas for science projects, but it is important to pick one that suits your child's age so they can get as much enjoyment out of it as possible and be proud of their results.

One fun kids science project is to see what sort of items will float or sink in a water, vinegar, and baking soda mixture. You can do this kids science project with your kids right in your own kitchen. All you need is a clear plastic or glass container, water, vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, and some items like raisins, rice, dried fruit, and broken bits of spaghetti to test whether they will float or sink.

The first thing you will need to do is fill the container with three parts water and one part vinegar. Be sure to leave some room at the top of the container. Very slowly, add one teaspoon of baking soda. If you add too much at one time it will bubble over the top. You might want to keep a towel handy. Once the bubbles have settled down, slowly add another teaspoon of baking soda. When the bubbles settle down after the second teaspoon, add a few drops of food coloring. Next comes the fun part. Get the kids to gather some items to drop in the mixture and guess which will float and which will sink. Have them write down their hypothesis. Drop in a few of the first item and see what happens, then continue with the other items. Record your results. …

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere

An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The east coast of New Zealand. What do all these locations have in common? A recent call for assistance from freelance writers elicited replies from every one of these locations. In each of these and in many other remote places, I know of writers who are freelancing with a fair degree of success. Indeed it is possible for freelance writers to work from anywhere.

Consider my own recent experience. As the editor of the Worldwide Freelance Writer web site, I publish a newsletter that goes out to thousands of freelance writers around the world. I can recall one particular issue in the middle of 2002. I started planning the newsletter in the heat and humidity of Hong Kong. When the first draft came together I was in Indianapolis, in the United States. And by the time I completed the final copy and pushed the send button I was at a lakeside cottage in Ontario, Canada, with snow lightly falling outside.

Maybe you are interested in a freelance writing career but you worry about whether you live in a suitable location. Well, think again. Freelance writing is a job you can do from anywhere. It is true that if your home is near New York's editorial offices you may be able to use your proposal to some advantage. But many, many freelance writers are working successfully from more distant locations, and in many cases enjoying a better lifestyle in the places where they live.

Take Ron Irwin, for example. An American, Ron freelances from a small house on the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The majority of his work is still for North American markets. Consider Vella Corinne, a native of Malta in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. From this island steeped in history – the Order of St John was based here and the temples are thought to be older than the pyramids – she writes travel and lifestyle features.

Writers in locations such as these, far from being at a serious disadvantage, can actually enjoy a number of benefits. For a start, these writers are in an excellent position to write about their own locations, the people and the culture. Also, the living costs are often less expensive than for reporters in major cities. And if that is not enough, how about fresh, clean air?

Writers working from remote locations typically live in a cleaner, more peaceful environment, and may live closer to outdoor and recreational activities. Vella reveals how she enjoys the warmer days: "Once I pack up my computer, I just head to the beach. my own time in a way that I could not if I lived in a busy city. "

Twenty years ago writers in remote locations were often frustrated by the slowness of communicating with editors on the other side of the world. It would always take months to receive a reply from an editor. Waiting for a response to a query …

Be Smart About Higher Education: Three Do's and Three Don'ts of Doing What Matters

Get heard up in the pursuit of higher education and commencement day comes quickly. The time at school is a process that hopefully has fond memories of meeting exciting people and developing friendships that will last a lifetime. Ideally, the coursework was rewarding and beneficial in preparation for a fulfilling career. The college experience is inclusive of these things, but the most rewarding opportunities can easily be missed.

The opportunities can take on numerous forms, but it starts with students asking: "What am I doing that matters?" What matters is some transcendent cause that is the right thing to do, helps others, and expects nothing in return. Usually people doing transcendental things are not only offering personal talents and time, but their treasure (finances) as well to help a cause, person or organization.

Graduate school for me had great experiences and challenges that built a lot of character being a young adult. However, out of all the experiences offered at college, there is no recollection of doing anything that really mattered. Took courses, learned a few things and did okay. Did fundraisers for the fraternity. Had fun at parties and made a lot of friends only one of which became a life-long best friend.

Graduate school included the above, but with additional experiences that took on a lot of meaning. Twice each week a poor nearby neighborhood was visited to distribute clothing and offer counsel and prayers. Helping people spiritually, emotionally, and physically was not convenient or comfortable, but it mattered.

Also went on a few mission trips. Making rounds in New York City to hand out hygiene packs and blankets to the homeless during the winter, so rewarding. Sweeping up the rolled teeth of kids in a poor Columbia South America village and seeing the joy on their faces for being relieved of the pain of toothaches, so rewarding. Crying myself to sleep after seeing the blank stare of a gamine or homeless street child in Bogota scavenging through a garbage can in the middle of the night, unforgivable.

Whether choosing to do something that matters locally, domestically, or on the other side of the world requires getting out of the comfort zone. Tests are coming up, papers are due, finances are short along with any number of good reasons not to participate in a transcendent cause. Funny thing is I vaguely remember any details about the papers, tests, and money shortages, but the aforementioned memories are vivid, priceless, and last a lifetime.

What does it take to begin getting involved in things that matter?

Three do's

  • Have the right attitude . Being all excited is part of it, but ambivalence, confusion, and fear are common. Attitude is a commitment to follow through and make the best of whatever situation arises.
  • Do the right thing whether or not anyone is watching. Be intent on serving, giving, and accommodating fellow team members as well as those that are the focus of the outreach.
  • Be wise . Realize in extremely indigent

Why Career Path Counseling?

In 1991 I took my first "calculated" career leap from practicing voluntary rehabilitation counseling to career counseling. After my son was born, I took a ten year "hiatus" to create KidzArt, an acclaimed International Art Franchise. It is often said that many of us return to our first career path when we get "older". When I became obsessed with KidzArt's success, I had to take a step back and reassess my goals. In doing so, I realized that my true career is and always has been career path counseling.

With my Treasure Map in hand, I knew that career counseling would incorporate many of my preferences for doing work that I love using the skills I love to use – working with motivated people who are confused and want / need direction. As an educator, my job now is to provide valuable information about the importance of seeking career counseling before making any career-related decision. The truth is that this work is really essential to helping anyone, particularly in today's media-rich, recession-focused society. Taking steps toward ultimate career satisfaction will not only bring a joy-filled life, but puts you heads above any competition that you "think" is stopping you. Armed with a Roadmap and new found confidence in your career direction, you can beat the odds in ANY job-related climate.

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider one on one or group career path counseling:

* You seek medical help when you're ill; you go to a counselor when you need a mental health check-up; when your car's sick, you see a mechanic, and on and on. So why not use the same self-care towards the development of your personal career path. The result: doing aa lifetime of work that is fun, exciting, fulfills your mission, is purposeful, rewarding and financially satisfying.
* Navigate career-related information via media, internet, social media, with ease.
* Overcome the "Safeeping Self" who keeps you stuck in jobs and careers that just do not work, no matter how hard you try.
* Develop Roadmap to confidently take the next step on your true path.
* Receive unbiased support to stay on the path and focused on determining your true career direction.
* Explore career options and overlap blocks to success while staying true to yourself and accountable.
* Strategize realistic options with a trained professional who asks the right questions at the right time and allows you to discover and digest the answers at your own pace.
* Craft a college major that really works to your benefit to learn new ideas and gain important lifelong skills, while developing your career path.
* Have FUN, be confident and prepared for the journey.
* Receive professional guidance, human connection, support, wisdom and action plan from a wise source.
* Receive support to stay on track until you reach your first goal.

I recently met with a mother and son who own a fairly successful business. The mom told me that her parents …

Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow

School teachers always wanted to discover ways to connect with their students more effectively for a better learning experience. Thanks to such tools as ClassDojo, teachers can now easily have their students focused in class in no time (rather than spend precious minutes trying to manage students' behavior).

ClassDojo likewise provides students with data on their own behavior, making them less disorderly, leading to a more conducive learning environment. Parents benefit from ClassDojo, too. Teachers can easily access every child's classroom information and show them to the parents and make them engaged in their children's development.

Three Ring is another techie tool for teachers who want to organize their students' data digitally. This app allows teachers to upload student works from your smartphones or laptops directly to your own online stream.

You can use it during instruction inside the classroom, for planning lessons that are needed or will be enjoyed by the students, and for easily assessing the works of each of your students. Students can also see their progress through time through the uploaded pictures in the teachers' stream. This can encourage them to do better in class.

Years of research on early cognitive development has paved way for new tools that will help children develop their cognitive skills. Scientific Learning®'s Fast ForWord Program strengthens children's cognitive skills, helping them improve their reading-related skills such as comprehension, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others.

Fast ForWord also offers English language learning where children can improve on their English literacy rapidly. The program is also consistent in the use of brain exercises for better retention and faster improvement on the use of English language, no matter what your first language may be.

More and more grade school teachers are also excited about custom-designed curriculums which allow the use of apps and devices such as iPads. Elementary schools in several parts of the United States have participated in piloting this kind of programs. For example, students of Jessieville Elementary School in Arkansas used storybook apps for their language arts and science activities. Likewise, students from Van Meter Elementary School managed to create their own ebooks by using several apps and software such as FlipSnack, Evernote, Skitch, and Mackin VIA.

Teachers believe that technology should be used to make education and learning more fun and interesting for children who are exposed to the internet, video games, and devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets) early in their lives. …

Contribution Towards College Expenses Of A Child After A Divorce

As a divorce lawyer, a question I am frequently asked by clients is whether or not their ex-spouse is required to contribute towards their children's education now that the couple is divorced? Most of these clients were divorced when the children were very young and college expenses were simply not contemplated until it was actually time to pay the tuition bill. Unfortunately, many of these divorced clients wait until the day the bill is due to consult a lawyer, but especially if the client plans a little bit in advance, it is likely that the ex-guest will be required to contribute if certain criteria can be satisfied.

Generally the Court considers the unique set of circumstances presented by each case. However, there is a New Jersey Supreme Court case which has set forth guidelines to help determine when a divorced parent is responsible for contributing towards his or her child's education. That case, Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 NJ 529 (1982), gives twelve factors to be balanced when considering the obligation to pay college expenses: These factors are as follows:

o whether the parent, if still living with the child, would have contributed towards the cost of the requested higher education;

o the effect of the background, values ​​and goals of the parent on the reasonableness of the expectation of the child for higher education;

o the amount of the contribution bought by the child for the cost of higher education;

o the ability of the parent to pay that cost;

o the relationship of the requested contribution to the kind of school or course of study bought by the child;

o the financial resources of both parents;

o the commitment to and aptitude of the child for the requested education;

o the financial resources of the child, including assets owned individually or held in custodianship or trust;

o the ability of the child to earn income during the school year or on vacation;

o the availability of financial aid in the form of college grants and loans;

o the child's relationship to the paying parent, including mutual affection and shared goals, as well as responsiveness to parental advice and guidance; and

o the relationship of the education requested to any prior training and to the overall long-range goals of the child.

No one factor is dispositive and the Court must weigh each of the factors based on the circumstances of each case. For example, if the child has had virtually no contact with the ex-spouse since the child was young, and the ex-spouse had no input in the college selection process, the Court might choose to weigh the child's lack of relationship to the ex -spouse a bit more heavily in light of the other contributing factors on the above list. This scenario is particularly clear when the child chooses to attend an extremely expensive private college, such as Harvard, when the child had the option to attend a less expensive school, such as Rutgers. This is because the New …

Moving Into Your First Home the Green Way

Moving out of the parental home and into one's first home is very exciting, if perhaps a little scary. Suddenly the reality of adulthood is sinking in: rent payments will need to be made on time, bills will arrive on the door step … and household chores are waiting, when one returns home from work or university.

Before one can settle into domestic bliss, there is the stressful day of moving home. No matter how many cardboard boxes one has managed to get from the supermarket, there never seems to be enough to store all one's belongings. Even after a drastic "cull" among the children heirlooms and teenage memories one has been holding on to, there are still the clothes, the files needed for university or work, the books one can not bear to part with and the CDs, DVDs and technical paraphernalia that comes with modern living.

Keeping valuables safe during the house move is paramount, but cardboard boxes from the supermarket or newsagents are not designed to carry heavy loads like books or files, let alone computer equipment. Worse, after the day of moving one is left with a pile of wrappings and cardboard boxes that clutters up the new flat until the day of the fortnightly waste collection. Although purpose made cardboard moving boxes can be recyclable and possibly even reusable after the move, they can be expensive to buy. At a time when most young people are struggling to find work or the money to go to university with escalating university fees, saving money during the house move is more important than ever.

Hiring green recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes is a viable alternative to cardboard, especially since most cardboard, even the recyclable kind, ends up in landfill sites. Moving boxes can be hired for a whole week for very little money, plenty of time to pack up the things one wants to keep and to take the rest to a charity shop or sell them online. After the move the rented boxes are returned to the hire company. There is no waste and many other people get to enjoy the benefits of using these strong, stackable moving boxes.

Rather than making many trips with a self-drive rented van because the cardboard boxes can not be stacked high enough, one can save petrol and time by packing up marriages into recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes fit for the purpose. This saves not just on cost of fuel but also on time with regard to the van hire, since vans can be hired for half days or just a few hours rather than a whole day or weekend.

When one arrives in one's new home, there is always the annoyance of the previous occupant having removed all the light bulbs. Moving into a new home typically means spending some money on replacing every single light bulb in the property. Oh, and one must not forget the toilet paper – that's never where it should be on the …

There are No Republicans in Science Fiction

Only in America can you win the Nobel Peace Prize and then be condemned in the media. Rather than taking pride that an American won a prestigious award right wing pundits have reignited the whole there’s no global warming shtick. You would thing that they would begin to tire of being wrong, but no. When you never have to admit your wrong it becomes easier to be wrong even when the non-perfected disagree.

The party that voted against Social Security, Civil rights, seat belts and air bags is running the cigarette smoking campaign redux with global warming. For years they contended there was no definitive proof that cigarettes caused cancer. Study after study proved the connection and Republicans with their tobacco lobby allies would claim the study defective or the scientist’s partisan. Then the tobacco lobby would produce their own study disputing the original facts.

I have always been a fan of science fiction films of the 1950’s and 1960’s it’s fun to look back and see how they envisioned our future. With picture telephones the size of car spare tires and robots with spinning antenna on top of their heads. But usually the crux of their movie plot involved some dire crises facing planet Earth. In the Japanese classic Godzilla the monster rose out of the sea because of mankind’s careless use of nuclear power.

No one thought to dispute the issue of the monsters intent, so as I’ve said there are no Republicans in science fiction. Were it real, Republican legislators would have stood in the well Congress, “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of our friends in Japan. Their Capital City in ruins because of this horrible monster from the deep, but Mr. Speaker let us not be too quick to assume that the monsters motivation was nuclear energy. This monster also attacked bridges and commuter trains so it is just as plausible that the monster was opposing public transportation.

Mr. Speaker I stand today to defend America from horrible sea monsters and encourage my fellow members to vote against the mass transit appropriation bill, to which I would like to add an amendment that I call the Godzilla protection act.

In the classic film “The Day The Earth Stood Still” an Alien space craft lands in Washington D.C. The alien has been sent on a mission to convince mankind to pursue the paths of peace. In a speech before the United Nations the visitor asserts that if mankind will only renounce war that assistance will be granted to our planet. But if we continue in our warlike ways then the Earth will be destroyed.

Bush and Cheney would have had a bill before Congress quadrupling the military defense budget as soon as the nuclear cloud had dissipated from where the alien spacecraft had landed. “And our Fox News poll tonight, Should the world’s leaders be dictated to by horrible alien space mutants and their nine foot tall robots?”

It just doesn’t matter; every …

Supporting Your NCAA Pride With Your Team Colors

Saturday gets a little bit sweeter when the brisk fall rolls in and the season tickets are ready, having fans tied up for the rest of the NCAA college football season. For diehards, it can even be a little tricky working in the holidays with all of those bowl games to keep you busy. It is all about showing off that collegiate team pride.

Tailgating. It is a must. In fact, it is almost a weekly ritual. Pop up the tent, turn on the grill, play a few tailgate games and though it seems like it isn’t soon enough, it is game time! So get ready to cheer on your tigers and chant about your razorbacks or get ready to roll tide. Whoever your NCAA sports team is, you have almost everything on your checklist.

However, there is one thing missing. What to wear to your NCAA college game or even to hang out with the buddies to watch the game is almost comparable to how a woman might pick out her outfit on any given day. It takes thought and care. Shall you wear your jersey or your lucky old Clemson t-shirt that seems to bring a big win despite the fact that it has more holes than Swiss cheese?

Do you go to the stadium in your full war paint? Maybe your game is even on a big local network and the shirt has come off and the letters of your favorite sports network are painted across your chest. Sure, this is acceptable… if you are a student still. It isn’t very likely that the average adult NCAA college football fan goes to the games sporting paint and team tattoos and spray painted hair when they have officially retired from that stage of their life. Come on, you want to look classy and somewhat normal even.

Let us consider proper attire for NCAA football games. It is borderline chilly weather with a little bit of brisk breeze, generally, though it depends on the reason. It is the beginning of fall for goodness sake and yes, you will have the opportunity to tailgate and even look a little bit tasteful. But first, let us think about some of the traditional college costumes that NCAA football fans across the United States have adapted. Many styles are specific to the regions and where schools are located. Fortunately, some of those styles become fads that pass within a couple of years while others maintain tradition.

For those football fans in the southwest, good food and good weather is what they have in store for NCAA football games. They might just have their fitted hats, their university t-shirts with cut off sleeves and board shorts. And southwest region football fans shall not forget the eye black paint under the eyes in case of that ever so bright glare.

On the west coast, specifically the mid-Pacific region, the male football fans are just a little bit more on the preppy but casual side. A …

Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid?

Should College Athletes be Paid? Hold It!!!… Maybe There’s A Better Way

With the ongoing increasing conversations pertaining to college student-athletes, of whether they should be paid as professionals, or remain amateurs, I thought it take a moment to sit down and jot down some of my thoughts.

Here in the northwest, there is recent conversation in regards to a couple of our local universities, University of Washington and Washington State University (my alma mater) as to if their respective star players (UW’s Isaiah Thomas and WSU’s Klay Thompson) should return for their senior years of go Pro.

I admit to being a little bit “old school” when it comes to implementing success strategies to keep our young people on track for success. As the author of a just completed book “Standing above the Crowd: “Execute Your Game Plan to Become the Best You Can Be”, that keeps the focus on the tried-and-true traditions of hard work, goal setting, dedication and positive attitude, I feel that those things along with my own personal life experience of being a collegiate student- athlete help me to have a perspective from the many different points of view pertaining to this conversation.

My Beginning as a Student Athlete:

Athletes are the prized and celebrated few of our society. From the time that most top-level athletes are in the fourth or fifth grade, they have already been identified as those that have a great opportunity in the world of sports. At that point they become coddled, pampered, and “taken care of” in ways that the average individual can only imagine. Many times athletes who are full of athletic potential don’t have the same scholastic expectations placed upon them from the time they’re in middle school and all the way through college. Is that fair? I guess I’d say it’s fair only if it works out well for the athlete, his family and the university of their choice before heading on to the pros. Unfortunately, that is where we as a society place our values, instead of on the student who gets straight “A’s”. But, many times it doesn’t work out that way for the “hot-shot” athlete, and you only hear about the perhaps 10% of athletes who actually ascend to the top of the pyramid of the hundreds of thousands of scholar athletes throughout this country (middle school through collegiate sports). The vast majority of student-athletes will perhaps play on their high school varsity team, their collegiate athletic teams, and far fewer in the professional ranks. It’s been said it’s easier to become a brain surgeon that it is a professional athlete.

I was a late starter as a student-athlete, so I wasn’t one of the pampered ones that were targeted for athletic success from middle school on. Matter of fact I didn’t play my first organized basketball game until I was a senior in high school. So, I missed out on all the “wining and dining”, “coddling and pampering”, and, “wooing and recruitment” that …