Education Through Engagement

When it comes to education, there are many factors that come into play when trying to learn or teach. We do our best, but we still don’t fully understand how to teach on the most fundamental level. People are individuals, and, as such, they have different educational needs, but, as with any job, our teachers are taught how to teach in a single way. Each teacher interprets their job in a different fashion, so there is variance, but it’s ultimately not enough. Americans in particular struggle with math, and, as it just so happens, we also tend to find math boring. That’s the heart of the matter here. Take it from me, as someone with an encyclopedic memory for things that hold my interest, a lack of engagement is the biggest hurdle in the way of a good education. I, too, have a problem with math, but other technical knowledge, often involving numbers, come much more naturally to me, because I have an interest in them. As such, my best advice to teachers and students alike to make the learning experience a more interesting and engaging one. Here are some ways to do just that.

First and foremost, I can’t recommend enough that you take a more active approach to learning. Learning in our current educational system is largely memorization. That is, until you get to college, at which point the focus shifts to writing essays. The problem here is that we’re spending too much time preparing for exams, in essence, and that leads to the paradox of being able to ace your test and remember little of the material once a given class is behind you. So, I would recommend that students take it upon themselves to engage with the material themselves. The same idea applies to teachers, who would instead arrange activities to accomplish the same goal. One example of this is learning botany. As a science, botany has an approachability problem. However, botany has a lot of potential for amateurs. An example of this is foraging for wild edibles. This activity requires knowledge of the subject, first and foremost, but it also makes a game of it by turning it into a scavenger hunt. And, of course, you get to eat the treasure. This can be a great hobby for people of all ages, but it can also make a great field trip. Plus, it also doubles as exercise we’re also sadly lacking in the modern world, so get into your hiking gear from Merrell and go find some morels. Another good idea is to teach math using video games. Video games tend to have a lot of mathematical problems in them, and while knowing exactly what’s going on isn’t always necessary, it tends to help to understand the math.…

Coach Was Color-Blind, He Only Wanted to Know If You Could Play Basketball

Glory Road – 2 Stars (Average)

Basketball Coach Don Haskins does not have to wait for his legend to happen. He is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Few today would remember Don Haskins. He was the coach at Texas Western in 1966 when his 27-1 team played Adolph Rupp’s 27-1 University of Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA title.

Nothing too unusual about that, except that Haskins would become the first coach in NCAA history to start an all-African American lineup when the Miners squared off against Rupp’s all-white Kentucky team that featured two players who would become well-known in the NBA pro league: Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.

Remember these names: Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley and Harry Flournoy during February, Black History Month. They were the starting lineup for Texas Western when the Miners won the NCAA championship against an all-white Kentucky team, 72-65.

I would graduate from Michigan State University two months after Texas Western won the title, and would not be aware of just how historic this event was. My high school and college cross-country and track teams were integrated. Kentucky would not even offer African Americans basketball scholarships, and there were many other colleges and universities which excluded African American players in 1966.

There was a lot of hatred in the South at that time. Heck, there was a lot hatred everywhere, but not in Don Haskins’ will to win for Texas Western, known today as UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso. Haskins was color-blind and simply put the best players on the floor to compete.

Haskins recruited the best players, nothing else mattered. Not even the lousy treatment and death threats both Haskins and his players received from die-hard, ignorant, bigoted Texas Western boosters and donors. They sing a different tune in Texas today, especially at the University of Texas.

Glory Road in 2006 retold the story of Don Haskins and Texas Western. Josh Lucas played the role of Don Haskins, Derek Luke played Bobby Joe Hill and John Voight played Adolph Rupp. It is not one of the best movies ever made, but the story of Texas Western is on par with other great victories in sports history, including the 1980 U. S. Hockey team winning the Gold Medal in the Olympics. Contrary to the movie version, the title game was not as big an upset as was depicted. Texas Western had an excellent team, as evidenced by its No. 3 ranking the final polls that year. Haskins was not the first coach to play African Americans, Texas Western had African American players on its roster before Haskins arrived.

Haskins was the first to start an all-African American lineup in the NCAA title game, and it is also true that Texas Western was the first college in a Southern state to integrate its athletic teams. Good for Texas Western.

Glory Road had a good message of …

Dr Hazel Mubako A Jamaican African Zimbabwe Connection

Dr. Hazel Barbara Mubako nee Christie known by the pet name Peggy was born in Rosetta District, St. D'Acre, located in The Dry Harbor Mountains of, St. Ann Jamaica West Indies, to Caroline nee Gooden and David Christie. In her early years she attended the Charlton Primary School in Alexandria. Ann, and later joined the first batch of girls at the Holmwood Technical High School in 1961. At Holmwood she was a sports enthusiast attending some medals in athletics. Hazel was an avid reader, a gardener, and she enjoyed sewing and cooking much of which was taught by her mother.

She migrated to England in 1966 and studied as a registered nurse at the Dreadnought Seamens Hospital. She met her husband Ambassador Simbi Mubako in 1968, while he was studying law at the London School of Economics, and they were united in marriage in 1970.

In the next year she migrated to Zambia to join her husband who became a lecturer in Laws at the University of Zambia. Hazel registered for a science degree and graduated with honors. In 1976 the couple moved to the University of Southampton, England, where Hazel was to study medicine while her husband was teaching Law at the same University. By that time she was a mother of three children. Permanent her family responsibilities she managed to qualify as doctor in record time.

In 1980 the couple moved to Zimbabwe where her husband was appointed a cabinet minister by President Robert Mugabe as the country attained its independence, and he served as a minister for ten years assuming several different positions including Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Minister of Home Affairs. He also served as judge of the High Court. Dr. Simbi Mubako was appointed Zimbabwe's Ambassador to the United States by President Robert Mugabe in 1999. The Mubako's then temporarily moved to the United States in 1999 and Dr. Hazel was a United Nations examining physician as she served with her husband during his five year tenure as ambassador.

She devoted her later years to fighting AIDS and worked at the Crisis Center with patients affected by HIV, women in crisis, and rape victims. Dr. Hazel is well known as "Mother and Doctor" to many.

Dr. Hazel Barbara Mubako lost her battle to breast cancer on the May 27, 2013, at Westend Hospital in Harare Zimbabwe. She was 65. Dr Hazel was laid to rest at Glen Forest National Park Zimbabwe. Her funeral service was well represented by the Vice-President and several government ministers, members of the United Nations, colleges in the medical fraternity, several of her former patients, members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriot Front (ZANU-PF) Family and several friends. Messages of support also came from many other institutions including, the local West Indian Community; Ambassadors and staff of Zimbabwe Embassies in Russia, Sweden, South Sudan and Belgium; Vice Chancellor and Law faculty, Midlands State University; And Harare international Festival of Arts (HIFA).

She is survived by her husband, Professor- …

Insurance Continuing Education – Sales Practices For Annuities

It would be nice if there were no such thing as an “unethical” agent, but unfortunately this is not the case. Therefore, regulations are in force to correct the practices that cause irreparable harm to our industry and to our profession. The most often targeted of our population by these miscreants are the elderly for a variety of reasons. Fortunately the Departments of Insurance and legislatures – locally, state and federal – have created special types of regulation protection these citizens, and this is true in the field of annuity sales. There is a chapter of this text dedicated to the problems of the senior citizens with discussions of appropriate regulations and penalties for those who ignore or disregard these regulations. This section discusses the sales practices of agents marketing annuities to anyone regardless of age, recognizing that some of this will be repeated in the later discussion of marketing to the seniors.

ADVERTISING

For the purpose of this discussion and regulations, “advertising” applies not only to “ads” (which actually is an abbreviation for advertisement…). brochures, newspaper and other media articles, television and radio advertising – but primarily printed material. Envelopes, stationery, business cards and any other material that is used by an agent or insurer that are designed to describe the insurance product and to attempt to encourage a purchase of the insurance product – annuity for this discussion.

Simply put, the regulations89 are intended to insure that the insurers and agents treat their clients honestly and openly. Therefore, any advertising must not mislead those who read it and act upon the information contained in the material (with special obligations to seniors, discussed later).

Advertising is also the material that is used to generate leads through reader response, generally followed by an agent calling. It can advertise a meeting or seminar at which information is provided (also covered in detail in a separate section), or simply advertising the product of the insurer. If the advertisement is directed towards those age 65 or older, if the advertisement is used for leads, the advertiser must disclose in the advertisement that an agent may contact the person – if this is intended.

If the name of the prospect is obtained from a lead source, the source must be disclosed to those over age 65.

Even though it is in nearly all agent’s contracts, it does not hurt to point out that the insurance company must give an agent permission in writing before the agent can advertise the product.

SEMINARS, CLASSES, INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Agents and others who market financial products, attempt to obtain new clients by holding seminars, classes or information meetings. This is particular applicable in the Senior market, and is so discussed later in the text. Basically, the regulations require that for such a meeting to be advertised (to any age) that the advertiser must disclose their intention by adding “and insurance sales presentation” immediately following the words “seminar,” “class,” or “informational meeting.”

ADVERTISING TO THE SENIOR MARKET

Marketing of annuities …

How Pre-Existing Knowledge Affects Cognitive Connections

Homeschool parents are saddled with the often onerous task of teaching their children some difficult subjects, such as science. Understanding how your kids learn and make cognitive connections with a variety of subjects will make it easier to educate them in a way that helps them comprehend, extrapolate and retain knowledge.

A Deeper Understanding of Learning

Learning is an information obtaining process. All of us want to get more information and use it. We come to education with our own prior knowledge, skills, and beliefs that affect the way we learn. We all know different things and that affects how we learn and process the information presented to us.

When speaking about pre-existing knowledge, the book, How People Learn, states that “people construct new knowledge and understanding based on what they already know and believe.” As we teach, it is important to realize what our students already know, where they have gaps, and tailor our teaching from there. If we ignore our students’ initial beliefs and ideas, they may come away with understanding that is very far from what we intended.

Learning is a process of transfer. We start with our previous experiences and build from there. When we first learn something, we still use our previous experiences as a filter for the new knowledge. Students do not always make the proper connections with prior experience and new knowledge. As teachers, we need to be aware of where our students are coming from and build bridges to the new information we are trying to teach.

As an example of how our pre-existing knowledge affects our understanding of new information, we can look at Leo Lionni’s book Fish is Fish. This story is about a fish who lives in water but wants to know what it is like to live on land. He asks a tadpole friend to let him know what he finds out when he leaves the water to live on the land. The now frog friend comes back and shares what he found, describing the things he saw – cows, people, birds. In the fish’s mind, each one is a variation of a fish. That is all he knows and he does not make connections beyond what he has seen personally.

From this example, it is easy to see that the fish did not have the pre-existing knowledge necessary to create in his mind a true picture of a cow, a bird, or a human. Students are the same. Their prior knowledge is going to affect the way they understand new information and apply it in various situations.

Making Correct Connections

As we understand the pre-existing knowledge inside our students, we can develop lessons that allow them to explore new ideas. It is important that we do not just tell students information. We need to allow them to do inquiry-based investigations of information so they can obtain a deeper and more correct understanding of what they are learning.

In science, for example, this means getting beyond telling …

Why Choose Community Nursing As a Profession?

Community nurses are very skilled and provide diverse health care specialties in many areas throughout their professional lifespan. Being fully trained and equipped to provide a vast range of healthcare needs anywhere in the community, community nurses can be considered as the Good Samaritans of the society. Community nursing is in demand for sure, but is that the only reason why you should take to this domain?

Here are 4 reasons why you should be a community nurse

– Not many nurses opt for this stream of nursing. In fact, a survey reported only 30% nurses take to this form of nursing, especially when they wish to start their nursing career. This is a direct incentive for all of you who wish to join this form of nursing – Less competition.

– The job role of such a nurse is so different from a RN or a LPN for example. A community nurse primarily works as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, and is equipped to handle any emergency on a community level.

– Higher pay-scales for community nurses – The added responsibility of taking care of nursing needs on a community level brings a rise in the pay-scales of the nurses. On an average, a community nurse earns about 15% more the salary of a top earning RN.

– Being such a nurse, you could be directly involved in addressing some social issues related to health care. For example, you could be a part of the team campaigning for HIV awareness. You could also participate in Anti-Polio vaccination drives. The list is virtually endless but the point is – You can be a social interface with the society.

The reasons to be a community nurse may be sound, but the task in itself is very challenging. Apart from being on top of your role, you always have to think on your foot, as challenges would hit you from all ends. Lady Florence Nightingale probably best defined community nursing and her example lives on for a lot of nurses who wish to take to this form of nursing. With this role, you can be sure of one thing – Apart from tackling the medical issues impacting people, you would also deal with a lot of social issues too.

With most forms of nursing, you would find nurses working behind the scenes, making patient’s stay in the healthcare setting, pleasurable. But in being a community nurse, you would be exposed to a completely different role.…

USC Pharmacy School Application Requirements and Tips From an Accepted Student

I will begin with the statistics of the accepted students into the University of Southern California Doctor of Pharmacy program for 2009. 460 students were offered interviews from a pool of over 2000 applicants. 240 students are accepted (11 students from out-of-state schools), and the expected class size for 2009 is 190. One must note that USC offers their undergraduates the opportunity of guaranteed admission as long as they complete their requirements in the TAP program (these students take up a large chunk of seats available for other applicants).

Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree is now a requirement for admission at USC. The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 (the average GPA of accepted students is a 3.60). Since USC does not require taking the PCAT, other admission criteria is weighed more heavily (GPA, interview performance, extracurricular activities, personal statements, etc.).

For the application process, it is very important for you to note that the University of Southern California sends out interview invitations on a rolling basis, so it is important that you turn in your PharmCAS application and supplemental application as soon as possible. The deadlines for both are early November, but I highly recommend that you turn both in no latter than early August (I turned in my applications by mid-July, just 1.5 months after the application was made available).

At your interview, you will be asked questions by a current pharmacy school student as well as a faculty member. Think of it more of a conversation where you also ask questions back to both of them. When you first arrive at the interview session, you will be greeted by several current pharmacy students, who do a great job of calming you down prior to your interview. Take this opportunity to ask questions and warm up your oral communication skills. Do not worry to much about the “essay” portion as it is just a test of how well you take notes off of a random article that you read. BE SURE to follow all directions provided to you as it is also a test on how well you pay attention to details.

Here are the pre-requisites for USC’s pharmacy program:

Calculus (for science majors)

Statistics (non-business)

Physics w/lab (science/life science majors- thermodynamics & Electromagnetism recommended)

General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)

Mammalian Physiology w/lab (human preferred-excludes plant, cell and marine physiology)

Microbiology w/lab (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)

Molecular or Cell Biology(for science majors-one upper division course)

General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)

Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)

Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)

Human Behavior (General Psychology or Introductory Sociology)

Microeconomics

For Internationals (holders of foreign US bachelor’s equivalent):

English (expository writing)

Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking

For specific course equivalencies from your college, please check the forms available from USC’s website.

The Pharm.D. program at USC is a 4 year program. USC is a private school, and our estimated tuition and cost of living …

Top Five Reasons You Should Become a Professional Dog Groomer

Ever thought about becoming a professional dog groomer? Many people that love to work with animals, dogs especially, choose the career path of dog grooming. While there are some negative aspects to the career, there are also many good reasons to seriously consider this field.

5. You have the option of either working out of your home or taking your business on the road. When first starting out in this career, many people work out of their homes to save on the costs of having a mobile dog grooming unit. This also allows you to be a stay-at-home mom with a career. On the other hand, you can choose to expand your business by having a mobile dog grooming van that allows you to reach more potential customers. If you live in a more rural area, this would be the best choose to add convenience to your clients.

4. Some communities do not have a business that provides dog grooming of any kind. This is great for you because you have no competition, which allows your business to start off with a bang. This would be what they call a “niche market” because you will be the only person around to offer this service. Statistics show that by 2012 the percentage of dog owners is to grow by 10%-20%. So the idea is to get in before more and more dog grooming businesses set up shop in your area.

3. If you love animals, what better way to spend your working day than to spend it around the creatures you love. This career choice will offer you, at the very least, a supplemental income in addition to doing something that you enjoy. You are able to form a bond with the human clients as well. Who knows, maybe you will find a lifelong friend that enjoys animals as much as you do.

2. To be a professional dog groomer, you will need some type of education. The good news is that, to gain knowledge and certification in this field, it will not cost you an arm and a leg. There are classes that offer hands on training and there are also online courses you can. The course that are found online might not be a hands on type of training but usually cost less and are designed to walk you through each method. Its up to you which to choose. Both offer a certificate upon completion so that you can hang it in your area of operation.

1. The most important reason to become a dog groomer, in my opinion, is the freedom of being your own boss. You will also have the final say in what type of dog groomer you want to be. Do you want to just offer the basics? Or do you want to try a more posh approach by offering the basics along with nail polishing, fur dying or even temporary doggie tattoos? The possibilities are endless.

All in all, it will take more than …

Life After Pharmaceutical Sales – Discover Your Calling

Thousands of ambitious young business men and women withstand dozens of interviews and numerous rejections before finally, victoriously landing a highly coveted career in pharmaceutical sales. Those same ambitious men and women frequently become burned out and lose that spark that landed them that position in the first place within a few short years.

Is it the lure of having a financially rewarding career? Being able to support your family? The thrill of beating out so many other candidates to land the position? There are many reasons to believe it’s a great job to have. Sadly, there are few professionals who are still as passionate and enthusiastic about their pharmaceutical sales career who have been at it for five or more years.

The pharmaceutical industry is volatile at best. Class action lawsuits have been brought against major pharmaceutical companies for promoting drugs that have caused serious adverse effects. Drug companies have been forced to lay off significant portions of their sales force at different times due to changing forces in the industry. That safe and secure future you wanted to preserve for your family could be gone in the blink of an eye.

True, the money that can be made in pharmaceutical sales is tempting. While it’s a feasible option for someone desiring a flexible schedule, the day-to-day activities of a pharmaceutical sales rep can be less than stimulating and less than glamorous. Many days are spent sitting in physician waiting rooms for hours, waiting for a doctor’s signature. Rarely do you get the opportunity to spend any quality time talking with a physician about your products, and you could be subject to less than kind treatment by the staff in a physician’s office. Is that what you worked so hard in college for?

For these reasons and others, many pharmaceutical sales representatives find themselves frustrated and discouraged after a few years in the industry. Either they feel as though their talents are being wasted, or they desire more personally fulfilling work. Others have survived several rounds of layoffs but fear that next time, they’ll be on the chopping block.

So what are your options? You’ve spent several years in this career and you worry about finding a comparable position in another industry. You need to support your family, but you want to feel passionate about what you do.

Think about what made you happy before you entered pharmaceutical sales. What did you go to college for? Did you ever really give that career a shot? Even if traditional careers for your background don’t pay well, you could consider starting a business related to that area.

Consider what you enjoy doing in your spare time. There might be ways those activities could be translated to a new career path. Maybe you have a new found interest that would require furthering your education. Consider options you might have for fulfilling that dream.

Maybe you really want to stay in the industry. Think about the reasons that made it so exciting for …

How to Accelerate Your Degree Earning Plan

Mission impossible – this might be your thinking when you think of going back to school to earn a degree in the middle of your busy working life. But, the available of online degree has converted it to a mission possible that allow you to earn a degree or an additional degree while maintaining your current lifestyle. Not only that, online degree can help you accelerate you degree earn plan and provide you a fast track to reach your career goal. Let review some of the methods to accelerate your degree earning plan.

Online Degree Reduces 50% of Learning Cycle

The standard bachelor degrees offered by traditional class-based colleges may require 4 years of degree completion. You can complete the same degree within 2 years with an online degree program with spending less cost. It can help you to save significant time and money toward earning a degree.

Most of online degree programs are self-pace learning, which means you can plan and arrange your own learning schedule that fit into your time slot. In other word, you control how fast you want to complete your degree program; this also means that you can accelerate your degree earning plan by a proper time management to fit the most of courses at the same time so that you can earn a degree in the shorter time possible.

Skip Core Course with College Credit Examination

Did you know that you can “skip” many core courses by attending the college credit examinations? If you have passed the examinations, you can waive many core courses and receive the require credit for your degree earning. The college credit examinations available in more that 150 subject areas and are similar to final examinations given by colleges and universities. You can earn 1/3 or more of credits required for a degree through these college credit examinations, it helps to shorten you degree earning process significantly. Although the examinations are not free as it involves a minor fee for the exams, but compare the tuition fee required for the courses in a degree program, you still save a lot of money.

Credit Transfer to Waive Courses

Many online universities and colleges allow you to transfer your credit from previous degree to waive or skip some courses required in an online degree programs. You should check with the school admission officer to confirm what are the credits that you are allowed to transfer and what are the courses can be waived with these credits transfer. It will help to reduce the number of courses need to be taken and help you to save some money for the courses’ tuition fee as well. Don’t just accept it when the school tells you that you can’t transfer your credits; try to look to other universities or colleges for the same degree program. There may be other schools that can accept your credit transfer.

Summary

You can reduce your degree earning process significantly and accelerating your degree earning plan through online degree program …