Importance of Website in Schools

Internet has become one of the largest platforms of communication. It is the most effective technology available today. Building a website for school can prove to be extremely beneficial if it is done in the right way. It maybe time consuming and include a lot of effort to be put in for developing a website for the school, but it is very advantageous for the school community. The school website gives the school’s information and also clear idea about what they are good at. School websites will provide the up to dates, as well as help them to link between schools, their communities and also to the entire world.

Opportunities provided by a school website:

  • Parents become more aware about the schools functioning, and also feel involved. Through the websites parents can be easily informed about the upcoming events like activities, exams and also tips that could help children. Thus websites play a vital role in removing the barrier between parents and the school.
  • With the help of websites teacher’s can share their views and ideas with the rest of the faculty as well as the parents.
  • Te website makes it easier for the parents to give the school and the teachers their valuable feedback.
  • Parents get the opportunity to become well versed with the education system of their child.
  • The website provides a platform for the school to build contacts and link with business, families as well as other schools. Especially for families who relocate very often, these websites become great sources for them.

Few elements necessary for a school website:

  • Background of the school and other information like history and staff.
  • Basic contact details should always be mentioned in the website like, address, phone number, etc.
  • The website should contain all the day to day information or notice like upcoming inter and intra school events, holidays parent teacher’s meeting, etc.
  • School websites should also avail blogs and forums to give an opportunity to have an interaction.
  • The necessary teaching aids, teaching materials, journals, lesson plan, and other education resources should be provided.
  • Photographs and write-ups about school, classroom, school trips, etc. should be put up. Also suggestions to be given to parents, assisting them to help their children at home.

Creating websites of your own is the same as being a publisher, but a website is always convenient for both students and educators. Here you make your own website without being criticized and it also saves time. Students should be encouraged to make the website for the school as they have more knowledge about technology than adults. Thus it becomes a learning experience for them, making them more versatile in what they do and create.

Many a times people tend to consider the school website to be a substitute for all the face-to-face interactions. It is a very wrong notion that they hold. The website should be perceived as an extra resource benefit provided to the world by the schools.…

Group Fitness Classes for Weight Loss

Exercise should be about having fun moving your body in the way it was designed to move. It seems that exercise has become a negative word is today’s society. Too many times have I been lecturing to a group of students or adults and when I mention exercise they cringe. This should be exciting if I recall in grade school we couldn’t wait to go outside for recess it was our favorite part of the day. Now we work, work, work, go home and do more work, then sit down on the couch. We have taken the activity out of our day. Even in schools they are cutting back on physical education at a time when the country is at its worst in terms of disease and sickness related to sedentary lifestyles.

Group Exercise

Group exercise is a fantastic way to get together and have some grown up recess time. Make sure you do your research in your local newspaper, visit the parks and recreation website, or pop in at your local YMCA to get an idea of the classes and times they offer them. Make sure that you chose a class that meet two to three times a week. If you a beginner to fitness make sure the class is not too advanced you can work your way up. The last thing you want to do is take a class that is very difficult and get discouraged. Show up a few minutes before class or hang back a few minutes after class and introduce yourself to the instructor, many times the instructors are also fitness trainers that can give you some great advice one on one.

Be Consistent

The key is to not quit, one way to help when you feel like you are falling off the wagon is to have friends to hold you accountable for your goals. Make friends in the class and make a pact to stay in touch with each other to make sure no one gets left behind. Sometimes things come up; family, work, and sickness happen but don’t use these things as repeated excuses. If you do happen to miss a class, make it your business to do a makeup day using another class or going out and doing some exercise on your own. If you are consistent with your exercise and workout program you will get the results.

Con: Monotony

Some group fitness classes like cycling and step aerobics can get a little monotonous doing the same exercises and motions day in and day out won’t challenge your body after a long time. You need variety in your workout program, mix it up a little bit. If the instructor in your class isn’t changing the routine enough try another class or move onto something with more difficulty. At some point you may experience a plateau with your weight loss it may be that your workout program has gone stale. Get help from one of the personal trainers or switch up your classes …

Total Quality Management (TQM) As a Corporate Strategy in Higher Education

The need for continued improvement to the experience of students and staff in higher education institutions (HEIS) is now a common clarion call. One way to respond to this strong request for something to happen is for HEis to employ total quality management (TQM) as a Corporate Strategy.

TQM

A critical component of the TQM is its focus on improving the customers' (students) experience and ensuring that employees (staff) are up to speed with their professional development and training. This is achieved through their involvement and by consulting with them. The other component is to improve the product. In the case of HEis, this includes teaching and other related services. Again this can be done by engaging staff and students in the process. These I may address in another article.

Reasons for implementing TQM in HEi

The implementation of TQM as a corporate strategy in HEis is necessary for a number of reasons. Firstly, as outlined above, it has the potential to enable a response to the call for improving the students' experience by engaging students and staff in determining the direction and vision of the institution. It is now an established fact that people are inclined to engage fully in activities created or facilitated by them. Secondly, involving and consulting with students and staff enabling activities and developments such as infrastructural changes, re-assignment of personnel and the introduction of new models, to be viewed in a positive light and improved upon incrementally.

How to implement TQM

Firstly , there is the need to define the term 'quality' and clearly point out actions and thoughts which indicates quality in the institutions as this relates to staff and students. This has to be done according to departments and functions, students and staff.

Secondly , there is the need to get staff and students' 'buy-in' by creatively stating and reinforcing the fact that TQM is not only relevant to the mission and mandate of the institution but will enable efficiency to be the 'hallmark' of the institution and the service offered to staff and students.

Thirdly , to implement TQM in HEis requires the cooperation of senior and other management staff in the process of creating and implementing policies in this regard. This is a challenging task for the leadership and several factors such as financial resources, institutional culture and gaining the commitment of those in management at all level must be considered when making and implementing policies.

Finally, for TQM to be implemented in any HEi require a strong institutional support in the form of leadership, guidance and resource allocation. Also critical to the success of TQM implementing is the 'political will' and fortitude of a few key people in leadership who are willing to wrestle, argument for, implement and evaluate the strategy. Any lack of effort or resources will threaten the success of a TQM strategy and may cause overall failure. …

Auto Selling as a Career

One of my previous carers was selling cars. I have had about 15 jobs in my lifetime and that was one of the hardest in many ways. Prior to selling cars I was in restaurant management so it was a completely new experience. One plus factor to a car sales career is that it is easy to get that kind of job. My local paper had dealer help wanted ad's suggesting huge pay with no experience required. The first place I applied to offered me a job after a five minute interview. I went downtown for a license and started the next day. Auto dealers usually pay straight commission so they do not have much to loose if a new hire does not work out.

I worked six days a week and twelve hours a day my first 2 years in the business. The first year my income was very low, even working long hours. About 1 out of 10 new salespeople leased less than a month at this dealership!

After the first year the job was easier and I made more missions. My selling skills improved and I was getting repeat and referral business. I sent mail to all my previous customers every month, which helped stay in touch with them. After two years I was one of the top sales reps .. After three years I moved to fleet sales. Then I went to fleet manager, leasing manager, and finally to inventory manager. Manager pay was much better.

After more than twenty years in the business I look back on it as a good experience overall. I would not recommend auto sales as a career for most people. However there is an opportunity to make very good money and move up, even without a higher education. For those still in school I would say get all the education you can, and do not sell cars!

My new career is insurance and mortgage loans. …

How Much Should a Free Education Cost?

2 kids + 2 weeks of school = $100’s

What’s wrong with this picture? This is public education! Don’t we have a legal right to a free primary education in a public school system? I’ve talked with family and friends in Columbus and other large and small cities in and out of Ohio and they don’t pay class fees, what’s that for anyway? I’ve asked every year I’ve paid them and they say “for books and stuff”, or something to that effect. Well, why haven’t I seen any of these books and stuff that I continue to pay for come home with my kids at the end of the year? Who’s using them the next year? Do they get thrown away, go to kids who’s parents can’t afford to pay the fees (yet try getting out of them!), get sent to other school districts so they don’t have to charge fees? And that’s just the beginning, here’s a breakdown of what we’ve had to pay in the first two weeks of school for two children:

Class fees = $75

Camp fees & supplies = $98

School pictures = $35 (and they do this twice a year now! The pictures aren’t even as good as the ones I take with my digital camera!)

School lunches = $??? (way too expensive just to make our kids fat and then complain about childhood obesity – we pack healthy, less expensive food)

Supplies = $146 (and you can’t tell me the kids are using the six packs of post it notes I sent in, and all those pencils?? and why the hell can’t we buy a pack of dry erase markers for the teachers to use that we can afford? why do they HAVE to be Expo wide tip primary color blah blah blah kind?)

Fund raiser = $52 (I know, we don’t have to buy this stuff, but just try telling your kid he’s going to be the only one in class not receiving a cheap prize when the stuff comes in, that’s like telling him he’s grown out of happy meals! Yeah, at some point it has to be done, but….)

Fees for parties and field trips = $6 (so far)

First of many Market Days = $??? (I don’t buy it, but if you do, add it in)

Total, so far = $412+++

Now add in the additional property taxes we pay each and every time a school levy passes, and they almost always do, so that our oh-so-broke school system can build million dollar football fields and two or three new schools each year. Yes, Marysville is growing, but consider this before you elect to raise your own property taxes for the new students moving in, each of those households are paying their own taxes for their children, so new growth also means new money for the schools. Do they really continuously need more of ours?

Now I know that some of this stuff is necessary and I don’t mind …

7 Common Myths About Career Coaching

Once a career path is chosen, and you get a fair idea about that field, you are ought to develop some prejudices as the time flies and will always want to be in a comfort zone. As a result, even if you lose your track and find yourself in the middle of the road, you falter to take any advice because preconceptions are hard to break. The best thing in such situations is to seek help from a career coach.

A career coach is a person who assists you in analyzing your career performance. They can be thought of torchbearers who make you realize your career goals and guide about strategies to implement for achieving the same. However, due to popular misconceptions, people seldom avail such opportunities. Sadly, these career coaching myths act as an impediment to what could have been an eye-opening experience. Some myths are:

Mandatory for youth

One common notion is that coaching must be only for the young generation or those who have underperformed in education and left with very limited options. Such people often keep a preconceived idea in mind that coaching must be taken only up to a certain age.

Only for the rich

The sessions from such mentors are aimed at delving into the minds of an individual and igniting their inner spark. They are highly qualified professionals who help align your career trajectory. As it is a rigorous task and involves long conversations, it will surely put a dent in your pocket. Therefore, people fix it in their minds that such meetings are only for those who can afford them.

Quick solutions for all your questions

One more common thought process is to visit the mentor only when there is a serious crisis, or you are considering a transition in your career. While these instructors aim to give satisfactory answers to all your doubts, they are not someone who can read your mind. They cannot give you a detailed explanation within half an hour or in first meeting, but once a few sessions pass, they will definitely provide you useful insights that will help in shaping your career.

Writes your CV and guarantees you a job

Even if they have read numerous CV, their job is only to comment on the positives and irrelevant sections that are present in your CV. You will be responsible for writing your CV and not the career coach. They will help you take steps to get the first job, build your career or when you decide to change your field, but that does not imply they will be recruiting you or referring your name to your dream company.

Similar to college counseling sessions

Most individuals think that these sessions will resemble guidance sessions that they had in their college while pursuing graduation or masters and so nothing new will come out of it. Since they have already attended multiple lectures on the same topic, they think it would be a total waste of time. However, the …

What Makes a Person Intelligent?

In traditional intelligence theories when one is asked the question “What makes a person intelligent?” the most common responses will often note a person’s ability to solve problems, utilize logic, and think critically. These typical traits of intelligence are sometimes grouped together under the heading “raw intelligence”. A person’s intelligence, traditionally speaking, is contained in their intellect. In other words, how we each understand, evaluate or respond to external stimuli, regardless as to whether it is a mathematical problem or anticipation of an opponent’s next move in a game, is our collective intelligence. Our intelligence therefore, is our individual, collective ability to act or react in a continually changing environment.

The principal problem in traditional intelligence theories is that they promote “fractured learning”. Many educational reformers have clearly stated that “taking tests merely shows that a student is skilled at taking tests”. At best, traditional tests focus on only about one tenth of an individual’s intellect. Note that Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, two of history’s most famous examples of brilliant minds, were terrible at taking traditional tests, therefore terrible at “school” in general. Multiple Intelligences theory then, demonstrates that the ability to take traditional tests is almost entirely in the realm of the Logical – Mathematical

intelligence. This intelligence will be detailed later along with the Interpersonal intelligence, which imparts in some students the ability to second guess a teacher’s structuring of a test. Traditional IQ tests predict school performance with considerable accuracy, but they are only an indifferent predictor of performance in a profession after formal schooling.

In an interesting but controversial study conducted during the 1960’s by Biologist Marion Diamond, of the University of California at Berkeley, two sets of rats were raised in different environments; One set had toys to play with, playmates to romp with and a roomy box that was kept clean and fresh. The second set was put in solitary confinement; all alone in a much smaller cage with no toys to enjoy. After several weeks, Diamond measured the size of each rat’s cerebral cortex, the brain area which is responsible for higher nerve functions. The rats in the sociable, clean and stimulating environment grew brains bigger than the rats with the impoverished surroundings. “Does the enriched environment increase the dimensions of the brain, and does the impoverished environment decrease the dimensions of the brain?”, asked Diamond. “The answer, very clearly, is YES.” Similar results were replicated with cats, monkeys and later with humans. So a stimulating, enriched learning environment is crucial to mental development. If we likewise incorporate the varying student intelligences in our teaching activities, our success as well as our students success, will be markedly improved. That each of us possess all the intelligences, that they can each be developed further, that these multiple intelligences work together in a complex manner, and that there are, in fact, many different ways to be “intelligent” are inclusive in a study by Armstrong. Here briefly, in retrospect, are eight of the major intelligences …

You Can Afford Higher Education

For those of you who still consider higher education as unaffordable, you should really read this article through. There are countless options available to help you enjoy higher education easily. Financial grants, student loans, even scholarships are becoming more and more accessible to a wider array students seeking higher level of education.

If you are serious about pursuing higher education, there are resource centers available online that can help you get the information about various financial aids. If you are looking for information on Pell grant eligibility, for instance, simply go online and find the right resources to help you. Federal Pell grants are based on financial need, the cost of going to college, and of course your current enrollment status, so you can easily assess your current situation and see if you are eligible.

Federal as well as private student loans are also available to help you solve financial needs during college. You would not have to repay the loan until you graduate and find a steady source of income, so the loans are highly beneficial. You can even consolidate these student loans after you graduate to make the repayment plan much more affordable and beneficial. With the low interest offered and government backings to make the process easier, student loans is definitely an option you should consider.

If you have strong academic achievements and records, you can easily apply for available scholarships. Most scholarships cover tuition, books, and other college-related costs, while some other go the extra mile and pay for your living cost as well. Again, the information about available scholarships can easily be found online with the help of resource centers. You would not have to worry about the cost of books and other learning materials at all, since the scholarship will cover them all for you.

Stop thinking about the cost of pursuing higher education and start finding options to pay for your college today. You can improve your future substantially by applying for higher degree. Later on, you can get better jobs and enjoy a better life without hassle, all because you know exactly how to make good use of available resources regarding grants, student loans, and scholarships you find online. …

Online Education Degrees – The Best Way To Earn Your College Degrees

Having an online degree is an approach of achieving a degree for those individuals who have busy schedules. We all know that once a person achieves a degree, a lot of opportunities are open for him or her. Each of us would like to be so but because of our schedules or the distance to travel to universities have hindered us from getting a degree. Though, giving up does not have to be your only option because with an online education degrees, it is easy to acquire a degree.

Depending on the degree you choose and the institution you would like to you get it from, employers will be more than happy to hire you. By getting degrees online, individuals can go to school from the comfort of their home, on their own schedule, for less money than similar institutions.

Most of us want to advance our education or search for further knowledge by earning a masters degree. By reason of lifestyle changes and unstable economy, it makes it more difficult to pursue higher education especially to those individuals who already have their own families. Aside from this, enrolling in an Ivy League University, regular universities and colleges requires your time which is not possible especially if you have a regular job.

If you plan to have online education degrees, the first thing that you have to make sure is if the online school is accredited to provide education. You can verify the list of accredited school online or you may contact the Department that handles accreditation locally. This will help you ensure that the school is not bogus since there are some instances that they claim they are accredited though they are not. It is safe to settle with the known schools.

Though most of these degrees can be earned in a short period of time compared to those that can be earned in a traditional school setting, there are courses and subjects that would require twice the amount of time or is equivalent to the associate degree program.

Most students who choose to enroll or get an online education degrees do so because they are also provided with the same level of education and training that is provided in a traditional school setting, only this time it is done in the comforts of their own home. When students study in a condition that is good for them, it is probable that they are highly motivated.

Online education degrees are reasonably satisfying. Case in point, you are able to work and at the same time pursue your degree. You do not have to suffer financial issues. No need to commute from your house to the university and buying food at the cafeteria, are also eliminated. These reasons prove that the studies conducted show that many people are opting to study for their degrees online.

Now that there are a lot of degrees available online, you do not even have to leave your chosen career. Most employees who are able …

Prerequisites For A Career In Nursing

If you're considering a career as a nurse, there are a number of prerequisites for nursing that will make it easier to set accepted into a nursing school program. These will help lay the groundwork for your training as you take your first steps towards a career in nursing.

Although there is a severe shortage of nurseries across the United States as an aging population puts increasing demand on healthcare, hospitals and health clinics are becoming more particular about nursing qualifications.

One of the most important prerequisites for nursing training is to begin early. You should start thinking about your nursing career in high school. There are many high school courses that can be very beneficial such as health studies, biology, chemistry and other social sciences.

Nurses need to be good at interacting and communicating with patients, doctors, surgeons and hospital administrators. A good command of both written and spoken English is essential because you will have to write up reports, read prescriptions, administrator medication, talk to patients and their families and communicate with doctors, doctors and surgeons.

There is a lot of competition to get into the best nursing programs. At the very minimum you will require high school GPA. Good grades are essential because getting into the best nursing schools can be tough. Some nursing schools may require you to undertake an exam examination. These include the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam which covers basic reading, math, English and science.

The Nurse Entrance Test (NETS) exam tests potential applicants in reading, math, stress, social interaction, testing abilities and learning skills. Other entrance examinations include the Pre-Admission Exam for RN students (PAX-RN) and the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) exam.

Graduate and undergraduate nursing school requirements are similar to any other college requirements. Major prerequisites for nursing programs to graduate level include completing your application on time and submitting it before the deadline date.

All nursing students are required to undertake and pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLXE) before taking the state-specific licensing examinations. NCLXE is a nationally recognized examination recognized across the United States but many individual state licensing exams are recognized only in the state where you studied.

Once you meet the minimum state requirements for licensing, you can start applying for nursing jobs.

But the most important attributes to be a great nurse are a good attitude, a friendly personality, the ability to study hard and learning how to handle stress – all the attributes that make a great nurse. To us, they are the major prerequisites for nursing. …