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.…

Why Dance, Why Not – A Book Review on Dancing

Over the years, I’ve been very impressed with what Sir Ken Robinson has to say about creativity in our schools. He explains the problem with rote memorization, and seems to speak with the aversion that most Americans have with the No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB). Some of my friends have called the NCLB Legislation; the No Child Allowed to Advance directive. I guess in some regards I do agree with that observation. In one of Sir Ken Robinson’s most famous TED Talk, he suggests that we ought to be teaching dance in our schools, yes dance.

Why you ask? Well, it is a creative exercise and it helps your brain develop and think. He’s right and now neurologists know why. The nerve endings are attached to nerves which run up the spinal column and right into the brain, it’s an extension of that system. In fact, if you’d like to learn more about all this, maybe I can save you some trouble in your personal research as I had recently asked myself some of these questions, trying very hard to confirm what many teachers and educators have speculated for decades. If this topic also intrigues you there are some very good books I’d like to recommend that you read;

1. “The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity,” edited by Mark Turner, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2006, 314 pages, ISBN: 978–0-19-530636-1.

This book is a compilation of academically peer reviewed articles and essays on the topic, much of which has taken all the old works of white dead men famous psychologists and merged it with modern day neuroscience. Some of which proves what we inherently already know and have readily observed in case studies, other essays challenge the status quo and knowledge we thought we believed turning everything on its head. A very important set of reads for sure, for anyone researching this topic.

2. “Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options,” edited by Robyn Flaum Cruz, Cynthia Florence Berrol, Charles Thomas Publishers, Springfield, IL, 233 pages, ISBN: 978-0-39-80750-40.

Edited in a similar format, but the essays focus on what to do with all this new information and how to best utilize it for therapy. Not only does it do tremendous physical good, but it can be used creatively in therapy and learning to do wonders for cognitive ability, helping the student to overcome challenges and increase their ability to think. It all starts with a little dance. I hope when you get a change, you will choose to dance. Please consider all this and think on it.…

Areas Of Your Life That Are Key To Living A Balanced Life

What are the keys to living a balanced life? How can we live our life to the fullest if one or more areas of our life go unfulfilled or neglected? For example, maybe you are successful in your career. But allow your family life to suffer? Or maybe you are a very informed person. But you allow your health to wither away.

To live your life abundantly, I believe there are certain areas of life you need to develop for balance in your life. Those areas would be mind, body, Belief system, career, and relationship.

Mind

Your mind deals with your desire to learn. In this fast-changing world, your ability to absorb new skills and information become ever more important. You have to build your intellectual hunger by building your personal development regime. This will not be easy, but it can be done.

Body

Your body is an area that deals with your physical health. Since your body is the means through which you conduct your actions, it is important to keep your body in tip-top shape. Not only will a healthy body prevent you from being sick, it will also help you thrive at a high-level to help you accomplish your duties with speed and passion.

Belief System

Your belief system is an area that deals with your integrity, values, and ideologies. It also deals with your relationship with the infinite. Your belief system is where your life purpose and meaning comes from. In my opinion, the fact that it gives purpose in life is vital to your existence. But it doesn’t mean that you should focus on only developing your belief system. Even if your belief system is strong, you won’t live your life to the fullest if you don’t balance the other areas in your life mentioned in this article.

Career

This area of your life deals with your career and achievements. This area has to do with the productivity in your life; your productivity is measured by what is accomplished during your career. If you want to be a productive person, you should increase your production in this area.

These essential areas should serve as the basis for you to build your life on. You will want a balanced growth in all these areas. You will want to allocate your time to each area equally. You should make periods of time for your belief system, mind, body, relationship, and career.

If you feel that you are under developed in a certain area, you will want to put more effort into that area. I have used this framework for years and I feel the benefits of doing so. Again, the key is balancing all areas of your life.

Relationship

This area deals with your relationships with your friends, family, and associates. Relationships are what make your life beautiful. The greatest feeling of fulfillment doesn’t come from your achievements; it comes from your relationships. You are only as good as the relationships you nurture, cultivate, and maintain.…

Top Universities in Canada

Canadian universities are some of the best in the world in terms of learning, research, cultural and development opportunities. Students from all parts of the world go to Canada year after year to enroll in some of the best universities in this country. Some students cite Canada's diversity and multiculturalism as some of the reasons for selecting Canadian instead of British, Australian or American universities. Others chose to apply to Canadian universities because of their affordability, excellence, and employment opportunities after graduation. If you are interested in selecting Canada as your education destination, it's important to gather information and facts about all types of universities in this country. Here is a summary of the best small, medium and large universities in Canada.

St Francis Xavier University

This small university located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia (Northeast Canada) is ranked as the # 1 university in Canada among primarily undergraduate universities by Maclean's – one of the leading publications in Canada. St. Francis Xavier is home to more than 4,200 students who come from many parts of Canada and other countries. The university is well known for its quality programs in arts, science, business and information systems, but most students choose to go there because of its small campus atmosphere, small classes, one-on-one faculty-student interaction, community service and research opportunities. St. Francis Xavier offers approximately 33 academic programs ranging from Anthropology to Economics to Human Kinetics. Some of the most popular majors include Business, Information Systems, Nursing and Aquatic Resources.

Admission

Admission requirements generally include a high school diploma or its equivalent with courses in English, Mathematics, and other academic subjects. US high school graduates must have completed 16 academic subjects including four English courses. International students who native language is not English and who have not attended school in an English-speaking country must submit TOEFL scores (236 on the computer-based test and 580 on the paper-based test are required).

Tuition and General Fees *

Canadian Students: $ 6,800 Canadian Dollars (CAD) / academic year (approximately $ 5,783 USD)

International Students: $ 13,289 CAD / academic year (approximately $ 11,300 USD)

Scholarships are available for Canadian and international students who possess excellent grades (85% or greater), a history of community work, leadership and dedication to others.

University of Guelph

Located in Ontario and one hour west of Toronto, the University of Guelph offers excellent academic, research and international opportunities without sacrificing the friendship and comfort of a small community. The university is home to 16,000 undergraduate students and 1,964 graduate students including international students from over 100 countries.

Rated by Maclean's as the # 1 comprehensive university in Canada, the University of Guelph offers a variety of academic programs in arts, science, commerce, technology, engineering, architecture, veterinary medicine, and other fields. Many programs offer co-op opportunities that allow students to apply their academic knowledge in practical industry work. Because of the university's commitment to internationalism, study abroad programs abound including exchange programs with universities in Australia, England, France, India, Latin America, South …

Image Success

Is going back to school or applying to school an option you have tumbling around but you're not quite sure it's for you or if it is even worth your time? If so I know exactly what you are thinking because I felt the same way before I went to school. I also know that when trying to make an important decision like this I find it helps to hear from others experiences and get someone else's perspective before making up my mind. So I thought to help you out and maybe give you the little bit of extra incentive you may need I would tell you a story about a woman I know and the success she had with going back to school after many years of being away.

I love this woman's story because it really inspires me to know that even at an older age this woman knew her potential and brave it her all to really improve her future. I will give you a little background on her first. She and her husband owned their own business for many years and were quite successful. She attended school as a young girl but because she made the decision to be a stay at home mom and help with their families business she never finished. Unfortunately, as it sometimes goes, their business began to fail and they had some problems with partners in the company. They had to make the hard decision to close their business after 30 years. They were left near at the age of retirement, basically having to start all over. Her husband's health was not the best so she made the courageous decision to go back to school and finish her nursing degree.

At first it was difficult for her to get back into the rhythm of school but soon she was flying through the courses and absolutely loving it. When she graduated she said she wished she had done this so many years earlier. Now she has a very stable career and is able to support her and her husband, not to mention she loves what she does and is not even dreaming of retiring any time soon. This woman saw the great importance of gaining an education and knew that the only way she could really provide a good income would be to go back to school and finish her degree. I am so happy to hear inspiring stories like these. Maybe I will be writing about your story next. Make the next step to improving your future by applying to school and ensuring a stable and successful career. …

Getting In – Advice for Applying to University in the US

Every American university is different. There is no centralized admissions system in the US, and different universities have different criteria and standards for admitting students. For graduate study, typically each department handles its own admissions and has its own procedures. So it is impossible to generalize about admission to US universities. You should always check directly with the university
and the department to know exactly what they want. University websites provide all the information you need about getting in.

That being said, there are more or less standard guidelines that most universities follow for how to apply and what they look for.

What types of documents do you need to prepare to get into a US university?
For bachelors or undergraduate study, you will usually need to send:

  • an application form, which can be submitted electronically or printed from the website and sent by email. Application forms typically ask for biographical information, your academic record and work experience.
  • An essay, so they can get to know you better. There may be a set question or it may be a general personal statement. Typically they want to know your personality and anything they can not get off of your application. Look to answer questions like "Why do you want to study in the US?", "What do you plan to do with your life?", "What are your biggest achievements?" The essay is different for every school, and sometimes the topic may seem a little silly, like: "What event in your life was most significant?" or "Who has influenced you the most in your life?" but they want to get to know your character, as well as your academic standing.
  • Official transcripts – records of your grades – from every secondary school or university you have attended, exclusively translated into English. Official means stamped by the school or at least verified by a notary.
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or teachers who know you well. It's better to get a letter from a teacher who had you in class than the director of the school, who never saw you more than once or twice. Letters from high government officials will not do you any good if they do not know you, so resist asking your father to ask his strong colleagues to write a letter for you.
  • Most universities require the TOEFL or the IELTS) for international students who have never studied in English before. They will need an official certificate from the organization that administers the test (ETS for the TOEFL).
  • Sometimes they may require the SAT, another standardized test similar to the TOEFL which tests math, language skills, and writing.
  • Finally, they may ask for a time line or resume, to see what you have been doing since you left secondary school. And you should include seemingly silly things like, reading novels, learning the guitar, playing football with my friends. They want to see if you are a motivated person, or if you just watch TV and sleep in your spare

The Strength of Education

Strength comes in different forms. A person who displays and utilizes physical attributes is considered to be strong. Someone who demonstrates calmness in times of stress or trouble could be thought of as emotionally strong. An individual exhibiting an above-average intellectual capacity could be classified as mentally strong. Educational strength, though not as widely acknowledged, is a life-changer capable of helping anyone who develops it.

Quality education produces the kind of strength life can be built upon. Its foundation is reinforced with the fortitude of knowledge, its pillars erected from the support of wisdom, and its structure solidified with the cement of confidence. Without it, the winds of chance and circumstance can blow through one’s existence like a hurricane in a treehouse.

Reading today’s reports on the challenges facing public schools would leave readers shaking their heads and thinking, why bother? Poverty, classroom size, family issues, technological inadequacy, bullying – physically and online, student attitudes, student health – obesity at epidemic levels, parental under-involvement or over-involvement, funding… when taken together, it’s no wonder such a bleak and negative picture presents itself.

Education is the Bedrock of Our Future

The truth is, we have to care because our future depends on it. The power of education is enduring, and it forms a bedrock for understanding and addressing the critical issues facing our country and the world in the 21st-century. Contrary to pessimistic headlines emanating from critics of public education, success stories are rampant in schools struggling to overcome the ever-present challenges and obstacles to daily learning.

Education, particularly in our public school system, has received a bad, and some would say unfair, rap. Accentuating the negative is, unfortunately, what makes news headlines far more frequently than positive stories which occur daily in classrooms across the country. Teachers labor intensively every day to build academically strong students who will be able to apply that strength throughout life.

Students from all walks of life are being provided quality education that will make a profound difference in their lives, and in their communities. Learning the three R’s and discovering their connection and meaning to the world outside school walls, is creating the kind of strength only literacy can provide.

Educational Strength Gives Birth to New Ideas

Educational strength gives birth to ideas and options crucial for dealing with some of the most serious issues facing the United States, and the entire planet. Discovering sustainable solutions to address present and future concerns, can only be accomplished through ongoing public education development, and a dedicated commitment to interactive instruction, engaged learning and quality graduates.

More than ever, societal issues are impacting our students and their search for a meaningful and productive life. Poverty continues to be a major contributor to academic failure. Among children under the age of 18 in the United States, 41 percent are classified low-income and nearly 19 percent – one in five – are considered poor and living in poverty.

Statistics like these represent sobering, and in many cases, insurmountable …

Is Wealthy Affiliate University The Best Money Making Program?

Is Wealthy Affiliate University the best money making program on the net? I have not seen every money making program out there so I cannot say, but Wealthy Affiliate University definitely blows any e-book or internet marketing course that I have ever bought out of the water.

Wealthy Affiliate University is an online marketing “school” that teaches normal, everyday people how to sell products over the internet. With modern day retail shifting more and more to the online world, learning how to distribute products via the internet is becoming a skill that is highly sought after by many businesses. Wealthy Affiliate University really does teach you the skills and techniques that will help you create your own online businesses as well as teach you how to promote a variety of other products. The beauty of this school is that you can learn some of the best money making programs in the comforts of your own home.

Why should you consider joining Wealthy Affiliate University? I can only tell you what has made me very happy about joining this marketing school. The video tutorials, research tools, and learning resources are great, but the most invaluable part of the school that will keep me around as a member for years to come, is the community. The Wealthy Affiliate University has 12,000 + active members that are constantly supporting and helping each other out. Some of the biggest internet marketing giants whom have created some of the best money making programs, are Wealthy Affiliate University members. They are humble too and take time sharing their wisdom to the up and coming marketer. They even respond to my private messages on the forums when I have a problem and give me personal assistance/tips on my campaigns.

I hope my review and testimonial shed some light on what to expect at Wealthy Affiliate University. I hope you come and join me as we are always looking for driven people that are ready to work hard and build top money making programs. Stop by at the links below and drop me a comment if you have any questions.…

Is it Love Or Control?

Has anyone ever said to you, "If you loved me, you would do what I ask?" If they did, I imagine it felt like a "guilty trip." "If you love me, you should do what I want," is control. It is coming from the person's fear and not their love. This is one common way people abuse the concept of love.

For example, when Steve and Amy were married, they were not interested in practicing religious rituals. Two years later, Steve suddenly told Amy, "I want us to celebrate the Sabbath Sabbath. Amy, a very free spirit, was shocked. She was never considered, and there was no discussion. When she protested, Steve said, "If you love me you will do this for me."

Needless to say, Amy was furious. She did love her husband, and she felt her objections to his demand had nothing to do with love. Since his desire affected her, she felt it was appropriate for her to have been included in the decision. Can you relate to Amy?

It would have been different if Steve had approached his wife with his wishes and asked her how she felt about it. Together, they could have come up with a win-win solution. That is the healthy, loving couple. When you are emotionally mature, and you truly love someone, you want them to also be happy.

In another case, without consulting her husband, Tom, Gabrielle quit her job with the intention of enrolling in college classes. The couple had purchased a home based on both of their incoming. Here was upset because he was told after the fact, and he felt burdened with all the expenses. Gabrielle told Tom to get a second job. "If you love me," she said, "you would support me to follow my dream."

The car mechanic was extremely resentful. He was coming home at night very tired from his long day at work and had no desire to pursue another job. However, Tom felt guilty for not wanting his wife to go to college at that time. However, he would have preferred that Amy had discussed her wishes with him and made a request instead of a demand. There were also other options including her working part-time or waiting a few years until they had a stronger financial base.

In both cases, the relationships suffered from the unhealthy dynamics. Love and control are on the opposite side of the emotional spectrum. Control is fear-based and love is obviously love based. True love is unconditional, and we do not have to keep proving that we love our partners. We always want to discuss things together and make decisions as a couple and not unilaterally.

I suggest that if your partner says, "If you love me, you would do what I say," you can reply, "I love you, and we can say that we can both feel comfortable with what we Decide. That is an essential ingredient for a healthy loving relationship. …

Career Goals – Ways to Set Goals For a Career Change

Even though we would all love to find that perfect career right out of school, the odds of that happening are slim to none. Since that is the case you should never beat yourself over wanting to make a change in careers at this point in your life. You will never be truly successful until you are doing something that makes you happy.

Whether you have been looking for a new career for the past year or you have just begun to think about a change, it is important to make sure that you are taking some very simple steps which will help you get closer to your ultimate career goals. You will want to make a workable career plan for yourself that would ever bring yourself to the career that you want.

Changing your career may not be as easy as just waking up one morning and turning in your resignation. There must be a lot of planning in terms of finances, especially if you have a family to take care of or large bills such as a mortgage to pay. Even with the best case scenario where you find a job right away, you could be looking at a delay in your first pay and it may take a while to get everything adjusted.

This means that your first objective should be to save some money in order to make sure your career transition goes smoothly when it does happen. While working on that you need to set more goals such as getting your resume polished up and buying yourself a few new outfits for those interviews you will be going on. Setting a certain number of resumes that you are going to send out on a daily or weekly basis is also important.

While some of these things may seem a little obvious, it is essential that you have smaller goals that ever lead to your obtaining the desired result from your main target which is to find another career path. If you just stuck with that one large goal you could easily find yourself frustrated and scared. Feelings of frustration and fear means that you are not going to be making the most of your time in order to get to the end result you want.

Setting smaller and more attainable goals as you move along is the best way to build confidence within yourself. The more confidence you gain along the way the better prepared you will be to face the interview process. If you just have the one large objective and take a long time to get to it you may feel as though you are failing.

So you have to realize what your new career goal is and then take all of the little steps needed to get there. One step at a time and you will finally get your dream career. And then when you can finally take a look back you will be able to see what all of the work …