What is your PSI? Positive Self Image!

Everyone needs a PSI. The question is why and how good is yours? PSI will directly impact on your career, finances and your future. Believe me, it works like magic, I have seen in my online classes people full of NSI (negative self-image) and it was sad to see how they get demotivated and dropped out of prep course one by one.

A major part of being successful is believing that you can be successful!. Success involves three major areas; health, wealth, and wisdom (education)

PSI is belief in yourself. It is so important that the experts on thought and personal performance say success is impossible without it, and I totally agree that the majority of people in GED schools have problems with it. (more…)

Good and Bad of Homeschooling your Child

So you are considering educating your child at home and want to know the “Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?”  That is great! It is good to weigh your options when it comes to your child’s education, health, social exposures, and overall happiness. Let's take a closer look. PROS OF HOMESCHOOLING
  • 1) Socialization: This one is a little controversial, as in the past it was seen as a huge negative, but now many see it as a positive. With home education getting more and more popular and with the never-ending addition of social media websites, kids and families feel less isolated. Local support groups are a great way to stay connected with “like-minded” children and families. Many offer group family support, educational events, Co-Op classes, sports, and fun field trips. The advantage of this type of socialization is that you are choosing whom to spend your time with.
  • 2) Less Sexual Pressure: At home, children are only exposed to what you allow them to be exposed to. This makes it much easier for parents to effectively shelter their children from sexual behaviors and influences. These parents can also determine when and how they teach their children about sex education.
  • 3) Limited Drugs and Alcohol Exposure: As a parent, you have way more control over what your children are exposed to. In today’s society, there is no way to 100% keep your children from knowing about drugs, but the exposure can be very limited. You are the one teaching them and telling them about the effect of drugs or alcohol, not their friends.
  • 4) Safety and Bullying: Kids are not bullied or in unsafe conditions at home. Bullying happens every day, in every school, across the nation and it is very hard to control. Knives and guns are being brought to schools and kids are being hurt or killed. At home, children experience a safe educational environment.
  • 5) Family Values and Beliefs: One of the big pros of homeschooling is the allowed freedom and time to teach family values and instill beliefs in a continuous manner without negative outside influence.
  • 6) Course Selection: The ability to pick and choose courses of study that are interesting and important to you and meet your educational goals. One can take courses not offered through public schools.
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Encouraging Self-Belief

The basis for an Encouraging Self-Belief (ESB) course draws on influences from a number of fields of expertise such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); Investment in Excellence (IIE); Life Coaching; Emotional Intelligence and Success Habits. This sort of courses pose a number of questions and encourages delegates through seminar, inquiry, and the application of practical tools to explore the encouragement of self-belief in a workable manner in our own lives. Issues central to these courses are the way in which we experience and interpret the world around us; how the language we use can have an impact upon both the way we feel and the way others feel. It considers both of these in relation to encouragement and how we can use this knowledge to both encourage ourselves and others. (more…)

Grants from the GSA, Private Schools and Pell Grants

GSA Research Grants

The Geological Society of America is set up to promote and enhance geological sciences in the service of the humankind and stewardship of the world. The organization is committed to providing student research grants to students who are attending research-based degree programs. This is to foster studies by students who are either in the senior year of their undergraduate studies or at the Masters or Ph.D. level.

Students who long to contribute to the progression of geosciences can apply for the Geological Society of America grant program. Nearly half of grant applicants are approved for funding through this particular program. Although the GSA is open to both Americans and non-Americans, grants are awarded only to the members of the organization.

The primary role of the program is to support students who are enrolled in colleges or universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, or Central America in pursuing their thesis research in geological sciences. The GSA awards up to two graduate students with $1,000 to $4,000 worth of scholarship money. One award is given to students practicing a Master’s degree while the other is given to students pursuing a Doctoral degree. The amount of grant money that is awarded to students will be based on the expenses needed to complete the research project. (more…)

Support Your Child’s Learning Course

Through our work with children and their teachers, it was made explicitly aware to us that working with parents would make a significant contribution to raising the aspirations of our communities. The need came from the parents and a training course was designed to meet their requirements.

For many of the parents, we work with attending a course is an experience which is both daunting and fraught with risk. We work very hard to establish and maintain relationships based on mutual respect and trust. It is essential to the success of the course that the parents become a community who will continue to support and to care for each other once the course has come to an end.

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Radical Encouragement Course

Radical Encouragement is an approach to developing dispositions, skills, and strategies for better thinking and learning. It combines tried and tested work on thinking skills, coaching, dispositions (or ‘Habits of Mind’) and philosophy for children. Why Radical Encouragement? All successful attempts at enabling people to learn better and expand their horizons depend on effective encouragement. Discouraged students will, all-too-easily, talk themselves down, conceive of their own potential within narrow limits and reign in their aspirations. Discouragement is a virus that attacks those who have allowed previous disappointments and self-defined failures to weaken their constitutions. Teachers and community leaders are not immune from the virus, particularly when they lack control over how they should interact with children and young people or how they will be judged. And of course, students who are discouraged will often discourage their teachers and parents. So accepting the sovereign importance of encouragement and then working out the most effective means of encouraging teachers and students should be a major priority in life and in education. (more…)

Online Early Childhood Education Programs

Early childhood education online programs are an excellent way for people to obtain a degree in early childhood education. It allows them to do so in a way that is convenient and flexible. In today’s harried world, people often find it difficult to handle all their responsibilities. Work and home life, take up the majority of individual’s time, giving them little time for much else. Individuals that would like to go back to school and pursue their education might find it difficult to do so if they are forced to go to school in the traditional way. An early childhood education online would allow individuals to get the education they desire and need in order to get ahead in their career but in a way that fits into their busy schedule. There are a number of reasons why an early childhood education online program would be ideal. We will discuss a few of those reasons why below. (more…)

So Many Great Nursing Schools In North Carolina, Which Should You Choose?

As one of the original Thirteen Colonies established by the first settlers to come to North America, North Carolina is a state steeped in history. North Carolina is the state that provided the scenic backdrop to the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kill Devil Hills and it is also is the original birthplace of Pepsi-Cola and Krispy Kreme, both American icons now known, and enjoyed, across the world. North Carolina is also a great state to live in if you want to become a nurse and attend one of the many great nursing schools in North Carolina.

Becoming a Nurse in North Carolina As is the case in many other states in the US the opportunities for graduates of nursing schools in North Carolina are extensive as there is a continuing shortage of trained nurses, especially in the more rural areas of the Tar Heel state. While some choose to flock to the bigger cities in North Carolina to work as a nurse others do enjoy the quieter pace of life out in the Carolina countryside. In order to work as a nurse after graduation from one of the many nursing schools in North Carolina individuals must pass the NCLEX licensing exam and then complete 15 hours of continuing education whenever that license is up for renewal. (more…)

How John Dewey Defined Democracy and Education

John Dewey has been described as the philosopher of American Democracy. Inspired in no small measure by his upbringing in a small town in Vermont, which put democratic principles into practice, Dewey was a lifelong advocate for the value of democratic ideals. Nonetheless, he understood that democratic ideals, in and of themselves do not solve problems; rather, they establish the ground rules or general framework within which the solution to problems may be sought. It is for this reason that Dewey devoted so much of his professional career toward addressing educational questions. After all, if the young did not acquire in school an understanding and appreciation of the procedures involved in applying democratic principles to social life, when would they acquire this understanding and appreciation? In many ways, Dewey simply sought to apply the implications of one of Aristotle’s most important political and educational observations: namely, that citizens need to be educated in accordance with the type of government under which they will live. Without an education that prepared young people with the skills needed for life in a democracy, it is difficult to imagine that a democratic society can endure. What, we may ask, are the skills needed to sustain democratic principles? Herein lies a major conundrum: it may not be possible to identify those skills, or to discuss them extensively without betraying social, political and philosophical biases. Indeed, even Dewey is widely regarded as a “left-leaning” or “liberal” philosopher by those of a right-leaning, conservative disposition. (more…)

Assessment for Learning

images-38Assessment for Learning (AfL) is a term that has become increasingly used in schools over the last seven years. It is not concerned with testing and measuring but is rather an approach to help improve learning. The old adage you don’t fatten a pig by weighing it is often used in relation to assessment for learning. The broad categories of assessment are: •  Traditional assessment is summative: it measures where a pupil is at but does not tackle the issue of how to move learning forward •  Diagnostic assessment identifies good and poorer points about work or thinking •  Formative assessment identifies ways in which progress can be made Assessment for Learning is a development of the last two bullet points: (more…)