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Sharon E. Kiger


Understanding The Importance Of Secondary Education

Knowing the value of secondary education can help anyone that is currently thinking about investing in a great education. It has long been said that the great equalizer in any society is a great education. However, many people simply take this as a saying and nothing more. The reality is that education can provide you with a wide range of knowledge needed in order to become successful in the world today.

Understanding The Importance Of Secondary Education

Many companies now require a college education for employees that are hired as entry-level additions to the organization. Without this level of education, it would prevent the person for getting the opportunity to work for a company that would provide significant potential for personal and financial growth well into the future.

There are thousands of employees currently working at minimum wage positions; these people are struggling in order to make ends meet. At the end of the month, they often find it very difficult to pay all of their bills. These people tend to feel that there is very little hope for the future.

However, there is a solution and that would be choosing to invest in a great education that would open up a world of possibilities that are currently closed. Since many companies require all of their employees to have an education for a reputable educational provider, it is important to choose to make this part of your life.

The best reason to get started with a secondary education is because you do not want to place a ceiling on the earning potential that you will enjoy in the future. Even if you are not working a minimum wage job, there comes a time where you are limited in terms of the ability to make more money within an organization. This is essentially a glass ceiling that will prevent you from making more for your employment.

A secondary education can provide you with the education that is important for removing these limits from your future. While it is difficult to understand why so many companies now require a college education, we live in a world where people are now more educated than ever. In order to make sure that you have the ability to enjoy the potential to make more money, getting started with an educational program today would allow you to begin getting rid of limits. This is important for the future of your family.


More Power to the Parents and their Child’s Education and Developmental Needs

Parents have the ability to direct their student’s education through online tutoring, the virtual classroom, and n ensuring that their children have a valuable and enjoyable education. The idea behind online tutoring is to strengthen parents’ power and ability to draw upon available resources for their own and their children’s well-being. Online education and support sessions provide parents the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of their child’s development and needs based on the involvement of their rights and responsibilities. Parents have the power to control their students education and have the ability to raise successfully educated adults.

“A child’s education is based on the strength of parental support in the home. Parents need to utilize important resources in order to provide the best education for their child”, explains Debbie Cluff, CEO of Links for Learning. She goes on to explain, “Parental involvement is crucial because it holds the ultimate responsibility of the child”. Through online tutoring sessions, the parent is in control of each tutoring session, what goes on in the session and personalized contact with each tutor. Online tutoring presents a learning opportunity for both the parent and the child because of the relationship between the online tutor, the parent, and the student. The ultimate goal for online tutors is to gain insight to their client’s education and to help the parent support their child’s learning style and needs.

Many of the problems in education can be resolved by parental involvement. Richard Riley, secretary of education, explains, “”I always have known that the family was a critical link. Parental involvement must be a focus in the classroom if we are to be able to achieve high academic standards and create productive citizens.” Parents have to take control of their child’s education and the additional resources presented online in the home. With the help of online tutoring, parents know have the critical groundwork to increase their child’s learning capability.

Evidence shows a strong connection between parent and family involvement in schools and children’s academic achievement, attendance, attitude, and continued education (Henderson & Berla, 1994; Hickman, 1996). Online tutoring makes families feel welcomed, respected, trusted, heard, and needed. This climate is achieved by reaching out to families and providing structures for them to become involved, the result is effective learning environment for every student.

Parents can have this connection with their children when involving education in the home.

Students need to have parental support in order to succeed in their adult life. Parents now can help enhance their learning environment in the home with online tutoring. With the additional support of the online tutor, parents and their children can work together to form the perfect learning environment and union in their home. The value of a quality education can never be underestimated or taken lightly. Online tutoring gives the power of educating their children back to the parents.

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Incorporating The Teaching Of Functional Skills Into Special Education Classroom Curriculum

There are many ways to incorporate functional skills into the everyday curriculum of the classroom. Here are just a few examples to give you some ideas about how you can incorporate these skills into your classroom.

First, it is important to decide what functional skills the students will need to know. Next step is to break down functional skills into small achievable steps. Sometimes the student will need to know some basic skills to begin with, for example: addition when learning money skills. As a general rule, it is important to use everyday materials and resources as often as possible. This will allow the student to learn the skill in context, making it easier for them to apply the new skill.

Let’s look at some reading and math activities to see how functional skills can be taught using common everyday material.


Think about what words or types of reading that your student will need to know to help them learn a particular functional skill. The student may need to know basic sight words in order to get around in the community, shop at the local store or order food at a restaurant.

1. Using the local grocery store ads is a wonderful and free way to teach food sight words! The grocery store ads have a colored picture of the food along with the word. This helps the student associate the word with the actual food item.

2. Use local maps to teach the names of the streets, the name of local community facilities like the library, schools or recreation center. The student could also practice reading and following directions with the use of the local maps.

3. Get paper copies of the menus from local restaurants that the students will most likely visit (even the fast food restaurants typically have a paper menu available). Teach the students how menus are typically divided into different sections along with the common sight words they will need to know from the menus.


Think about what functional skills the students will need to acquire involving the use of math skills. Maybe they will need to purchase items for the store, cook from a recipe or learn the concepts of greater than and less than.

1. Using the grocery store ads can be very helpful with this skill also. The student can find the prices of certain food items, practice writing and adding the prices together.

2. The use actual money allows the student to practice identifying the different coins and adding up various amounts of change.

3. Have the students bake a loaf of bread using a bread making machine. They will be able to practice reading recipes, measuring ingredients and learn the concept of fractions. As an added benefit they will be rewarded as they get to enjoy some fresh bread!

4. Using store ads the student can learn the concept of greater than and less than by “shopping” for an item in the ad that costs less than $1, $5, or $10.

It is easy to incorporate teaching functional skills into the everyday academics curriculum of the classroom. Decide first what functional skills the students will need to learn. Break down the skill into small achievable steps. Use material and resources that are available in the students’ community in order to help assist the student in the learning and then applying their new skills. The students will enjoy learning these new functional skills because they will be able to see the relevance of applying these activities into their everyday lives.


Thoughts on Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education

Most leaders know that they need to educate their people, and the fastest way out of poverty would be to make sure everyone can read and write, and do basic mathematics. Having an educated workforce also gives the nation, any nation, a much better chance at economic success. Now then, I’d like to discuss a few thoughts on this matter if I might, and if you have 2 minutes to read this article.

There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on December 3, 2011. The article talked about a different way of looking at diversity quotas at America’s universities. Apparently, the Obama Administration is trying to fix the challenges which haven’t worked as well as intended. Yes, it is important to have an educated population, and it is often said that an educated electorate makes for better voting decisions, and therefore better choices of those who will run the affairs of the state and our government.

Having well-educated employees for corporations and small businesses is equally important. It means better productivity, and an overall smoother running civilization. Attaining and sustaining mass higher education is not as easy as it might seem. In fact, this is one of the things that the OCED is worried about worldwide, as well they should. In many countries in the Middle East the illiteracy rates are extremely high, and that causes severe challenges for the flows of civilization and a free-flowing society.

Still, simply educating the masses may not be the answer unless people are educated for the jobs that they will take in the future. In fact, China recently stated in its new 12-year plan that it was going to cut out degree programs at colleges and universities, and stop giving degrees for careers and jobs which they did not believe would exist in the future, or that do not exist now. In Saudi Arabia, and also in Ireland they’ve made incredible gains in the number of college educated people.

Nevertheless, without a solid economy and enough jobs, it doesn’t do much good. Yes, it is better than not having educated folks, but it is a tremendous burden on the state to run those colleges and universities during times of economic decline, demographic shifts, or economic uncertainty. The goal of attaining and sustaining mass higher education might seem worthy, and an overall good idea, however that goal in and of itself uncoupled with economic realities or a future economic plan for that particular nation-state could turn out to be less than the benefit assumed.

If we wish to attain and also to sustain higher education of the masses around the globe, then we have to make learning interesting. And merely pumping information into the brains of all the young people is more akin to brainwashing than it is teaching people to think. Brainwashing the electorate, or population in the name of education is probably the wrong way to play it over time. We need to make the subjects interesting, and allow the curiosity of the individual to propel their own interest in continuing to learn and enjoy the education process.

That will be the fastest way to achieving such noble goals, and in the process we will be doing it for the right reasons. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and pass these ideas and thoughts on to the OCED along with your own, and perhaps a personal essay to enter in their latest contest for this subject. Think on it.


Educational Toys Not Too Late For Parents to Toy With Developmental Toys

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy could also mean choosing the right toy for your child. Choosing just any toy that catches your child’s fancy without considering its educational benefits could spell the difference between good and bad start of your kid’s learning process. Since play is an integral part of your child learning process, you have to make sure that the toys you buy do not spoil the fun and disrupt your child’s learning and development.

If you are planning to give your child or someone else’s kid a toy, the following criteria will help you choose the appropriate toy.

1.Choose toys that encourage strategic use of their imagination.
2.Select toys that pose a positive challenge for them. This type of toy gives a sense of accomplishment after successfully completing the task.
3.Choose toys that will give children an enjoyable experience and love what they are learning.

Every child is inherently curious, they are natural learners. How often has your child asked you with a barrage of questions on just about anything with the assertiveness of a lawyer? How often did you feel like a witness under cross examination? As a parent, you should make the most out of those moments when your child’s curiosity is at work.

Satisfy your child’s curiosity by giving sincere answers to his questions about nature, animals, and characters in fairy tales. Your responses and explanations provide them with basic understanding of the world around us. Educational toys enforces understanding as it allows your child to experience first hand what you have explained to him.

Children are natural learners, however, this does not necessarily mean that their needs are the same. Their speed of development varies making it incumbent on parents to be a little more careful in choosing toys that corresponds to their child’s individual development. Children’s needs change with their age and with their differing abilities.

For babies and infants, toys that will stimulate their sight, touch and hearing is advised. Babies need toys which they can easily grip and must have strong contrasting colors to help them distinguish between patterns and objects. On the other hand, toddlers will find educational toys that develops their hand to eye coordination. Puzzles and building blocks will be appreciated since toddlers like to manipulate objects.

By the time a child is 2 or 3 years old, creative play or role playing will prove helpful in developing his imagination, language skills and emotional behavior. At this stage, girls love dressing up. At 4 or 5 years old, a child shifts to cognitive play which involves his decision making and problem solving skills. Upon reaching school age, games with rules take the place of cognitive and creative play.

Start laying the groundwork for your child’s scientific, mathematical, language and physical skills by providing him with carefully chosen toys. Start learning and playing with toys not because you are still a kid at heart but because you have a child dear to your heart.

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For Special Education Students – Four Strategies to Succeed in College

College success occurs as a result of effective academic, communication, and social skills. This presents a challenge to mainstream students but can often cause the demise of students with learning disabilities. Fret not, however. Rather than dwell on the difficulties you experience with these skills, concentrate on practicing the strategies below to overcome these challenges. Without further ado, here are four skills you need to master to achieve college success.

Associating with Professors

• Introduce yourself to your professors, so they can associate your name with a face. Make an effort to speak with the professor privately, especially, if you are struggling in the class.

• Take advantage of the opportunity to utilize professors’ office hours. One of the prime purposes for office hours is to help students.

• Avoid irritants to professors such as:

– Sleeping in Class
– Not attending Class
– Not reading syllabus
– Lack of responsibility
– Excuses and not meeting deadlines
– Insincere brown nosing

• Do not hesitate to ask professors for copies of old exams to practice studying. The questions may change, but usually the style of the exam remains the same..

Managing Your Time

• Quickly learn to say NO to distractions of all kinds (movies, partying, overeating, game playing, etc…). It is the mature decision to avoid activities that sabotage your progress.

• Daylight hours are the best time to study and retain information.

• Study for short, frequent sessions to assure that your concentration remains at 100%..

• Try multi-tasking to squeeze in more study time. For example, commuting time is ideal for getting in extra study time effortlessly. Keep a lecture tape in your car. Listen or use earphones when on the bus, train or car pool. While doing laundry, listen to your study tapes.

• Allow 2 – 3 hours of work and/or studying for every hour you spend in class.

• PRIORITIZE – Use a daily list of what you need to study; Set times for each item and keep with it rigorously.

Exercise Your Brain Capacity

What can you remember?

• Study the big picture, then learn the details. Memorize from general information to specific details. Picture a funnel with its wide circle down to the narrowed tip. Learn and memorize the large general concept (the whole picture outlook) and then narrow down to the details.

• Cramming is a waste of time because studying is done long past attention has expired. Cramming may be sufficient to get information into your short-term memory, but that information is likely to evaporate due to nervousness that can accompany an exam. The information sent to your short-term memory will not last until the final exam unless practiced at regular intervals.

• Why do we forget pieces of information?

1. We do not use the information often enough.
2. Information not learned or studied properly
3. Confusion with other subject matter
4. Decide that the information does not parallel what we believe

• Steps to Remember

1. Pay attention! Consciously choose to remember. Be Interested! Establish a need to retain the information.
2. Take a picture in your mind of what you need to learn. Visualize.
3. Connect and form associations between the new material and information of ideas, persons, places, and things that you already know.
4. Repetition is the best way to over-learn and recall information. Translating information into your own words results in retention.

Take Notes

• Fundamentals

1. Use loose leaf notebook divided into subject sections
2. Title and date each sheet of loose leaf paper as you use it
3. Brief, clear notes are more effective than profuse explanations
4. Consolidate your old lecture notes into a new set of notes or outline.

• Lectures

1. Avoid distractions by sitting near the front of the class.
2. Concentrate on the main points of what is being presented. Take notes and put them into your own words later.
3. Ask questions on what is not clear to you.
4. To aid retention, review your lecture notes within 24 hours.

While college life is fun, remember the primary reason you are there: to work hard and learn for the purpose of expanding your future options. You are the key to your own success. If you use your resources properly and utilize tips and strategies to compensate for your weaknesses, you are likely to experience smooth sailing, with the occasional rough wave, during your college experience.


Rutgers Graduate School of Education Offers An Exceptional Program

Teaching has been considered a very noble profession in all cultures and during all eras in history. A teacher has been called a spiritual father and the savior of the soul. Teaching was simple a few centuries ago but now it has become a proper science in itself. In the eighteenth century a good education and a degree were enough for a man to become a teacher. Now the profession of teaching needs its own qualifications.

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education is a leading name in the institutions that professionally educate teachers so that they can perform their task of imparting knowledge to the future generation most efficiently and effectively. At Rutgers Graduate school of education the aim is to reinvent the educational methods and policies so as to achieve maximum results. The programs carried out are research based and are trying to provide the educators with means to do their job successfully.

The Rutgers Graduate School of education is a part of the New Jersey’s flag ship public university. GSE is committed to the betterment of educational systems across the country and globally. The 21st century has its challenges. Technology is advancing at a dangerous pace and to keep up with the ever prolific and changing challenges the educators of the future generations need to be equipped and well prepared.

Not only teachers but counselors, researchers, specialists and educational leaders get a chance to work and learn in a top class environment and improve and share their existing knowledge and create new milestones during the research. There are so many areas that are catered including early childhood education, literacy development, social justice and equity.

Not only does Rutgers Graduate School of Education carry on researches to face educational challenges in the community but also globally. The students are trained in a way that they are able to understand the educational challenges that arise in different cultures.

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education does not only offer the regular courses but also workshops, lectures, training sessions and seminars for those who seek professional growth at every stage of their career. In this way the school shares its extensive wealth of knowledge for all who seek and are working towards the betterment of the society.

The libraries, resource centers and reading rooms add up to be 26 in all. The motto for Rutgers Libraries is “the place to go when you need to know”. These libraries are considered to be the best nationwide. With all kinds of books, manuscripts, journals and electronic resources at the student’s disposal, the libraries are a wonder. The librarians are always present to assist. Internet WI FI connectivity is available so that the students can work comfortably on their own devices.

Education professionals and educators all around the world dream of coming to Rutgers Graduate School of Education to improve their skills and learn how the modern education systems are improving. The world has become a global village and different cultures come together. This gives rise to new challenges in the fields of education. And at this school it is made sure that all these challenges are met.


Educational Toys – The Perfect Gift For the Holiday Season

It is the time of year again and local shops and malls are flocked with parents shopping for toys. While Santa Claus does not give much thought about the kind of toy he gives away on Christmas, more and more parents are interested in choosing the best educational toys for their children. Since parents wish the best for their kids, toys which are educational are becoming the number one option when shopping for gifts this holiday season.

We all know that children spend most of their time playing. Play is the most important activity of a child in line with eating, sleeping, and learning. Most parents however control the play trying to make it more inclined to learning. That is where educational toys come into action. Toys that involve music, shapes, colors, cause and effect, and connecting can stimulate a child’s brain especially if they are introduced between the ages zero to five. The fun part about these toys is they allow children to enjoy their play while being taught something. Having all these facts established more parents shop for toys that are labeled as educational.

There are many questions to consider when shopping for educational toys for children. While it is true that toys can nurture a child’s imagination and development, every child is unique. A good learning toy for one may not work for another; some find it interesting while others do not. That being said, asking the following questions can help you buy the best toys to give as gifts to children:

Is the toy appropriate for the child’s age?

Most toys have a manufacturers age recommendation. This is based on research and is most of the time accurate. Use it as a guideline when shopping for toys. Many parents subscribe to the rationale that their child is smarter than their age and therefore opt to buy toys that are meant for higher age brackets. Toys are meant to maintain a fun level. When a toy is too complicated for a child’s age, it will not grow with the child. It is still best to take a manufacturers age recommendation into consideration.

Does the toy match the child’s learning style?

Some children are visual learners and others learn more through sound. Parents are most likely the best ones who know their children’s style. Shop for toys which can encourage a child to interact and respond. If a child is a visual learner, go for puzzles or building toys. Toys that play music and have demonstrations are good for kids who learn more through sound. It is advisable to go with the child’s learning style but it is also good to introduce both audio and visual toys accordingly.

Is the toy safe for the child?

When shopping for toys, make sure that they are not toxic or harmful. Never mind buying sharp-edged toys for they can cause cuts and bruises. Be careful when choosing toys with small parts. Children may accidentally swallow them and choke. Always consider safety when buying toys.

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Share Your Knowledge With a Special Education Lesson Plan

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and feed him for a life time. Education from school will get you job that will feed you daily but we want to give you a continuing education that will teach you how to use your knowledge to feed yourself and your family for a life time.

Knowledge is power, your skills are YOUR power; and no on else’s. It’s not your boss’s power and it’s not’s the owner of the company that you work for. So stop using it to feed them only and start using it for yourself and your love ones. Your knowledge and your skills are like your fishing sprout; with it, you could go out there and deep it in the sea of the universe and let the fish come to you. You could use that beautiful mind of yours and put it out there; share it with other great mind and people that are looking for it. Yes! You are worth so mush more then you think, I’m sure that you know something and have answer to someone’s question out there. And that person is desperately looking for you to help him, inform him or guide him to the solution. But your fishing sprout that hold the solution that will help them solve their problem is no where to be find. Ho yeah I know where it is, in your boss’ ocean catching fish for him.

We have a cousin that just graduated in dentistry. He have been going to school and worked hard to get there. We are so proud of him. He Just started is first job as a dentist in a clinic in Miami and Wisler had set up an appointment with him to get his teeth check. As Wisler was getting excellent service from his private dentist, he was bombarding our cousin with question about how to better take care of his teeth. Wisler was amazed with the baggage of information that our cousin was providing him with. He knows everything you need to know about what is going on in your mouth and why. We understand the importance of an education; it’s because of the education that he had received at school that he was able to get all this knowledge. Don’t you think that there are people out there that are face with a mouth situation and need information, tips, advice and guidance to respond to their mouth situation issue or concern, without running to see a dentist right there and then? It happen all the time, we are in the information age, people want to know before they make a move or take a decision, and they want to know now!! Understanding the secret on how to share our knowledge to them is what’s going to make you move forward.

You could get up everyday, and go to the same spot to get your fish and from time to time change the spot if you don’t get along with the others who comes to get their fish too, or if you thing you are not getting enough fish at that spot. It doesn’t matter because if you don’t get up very day to go get that fish, you will not eat and you will not be able to feed your family. Or, you could choose to become your own fish provider. For that you have to change your life style and develop rich habits that will replace the old one that are not getting you ahead.

That’s not it; you cannot just go out there like you are the best fisher man in town. You could actually waist a lot of time and energy and catch no fish or not enough. You have to learn the right techniques, get the best training, the right equipment, the right instructor etc… You could even make a research on what kind of fish you want to get and where you could find them. All that makes you more effective to get the results you want.

We truly believe that there is something special and unique about each person. But we live in such competitive world that we focus more on finding everything that is wrong with the other instead of searching the good and values that the other have that we could share and exchange with them to live in harmony and peace. Everyone knows something that can be valuable to another; everyone has something good to offer and to share. We want to help you expand and exploit the best of you.


The Need For Education In Becoming Responsible Citizens

Education is an important aspect in each and everyone’s life. Not only it affects the life of individuals but it also effects the nation and the world on large. A country can prosper if its citizens are educated and handle their duties well. ‘Education’ is not just a term; it aims to change the lives of the people by changing his/her views towards life. Due to the globalization of the world, there is an increased pressure on the students to learn and perform well. An educated person has a broader thinking that an uneducated person. A person can be judged on the basis of his/her acts whether he is educated or not. It is the most important element in our life which teaches us how to think, behave, judge and feel.

The place where we attain education is known as school. Schools and colleges form an important place in our society. Many governments have made primary education mandatory. Several countries spend thousands of dollars per month on the fulfillment of this ambitious project. To impart education for all has become a necessity for the government. Children are the future of this world and the leaders know this very well.

Education is based on a curriculum (set of course). This curriculum is decided by a panel of educationists which is then followed by schools and colleges all over a specific country. Each and every country has a separate curriculum based on their respective national languages. Although, there are some basic subjects like Mathematics, History, Geography, Science etc which remains compulsory in all the curriculum. Primary education remains compulsory for all individuals and the curriculum remains the same for all the schools and college throughout the country. After a student reaches college level, he is allowed to choose a particular stream depending upon his choice and abilities. Some of the commonly available streams are arts, science, commerce and IT. A student can choose any particular stream and can continue his studies in that stream. There are specific colleges available for specific streams and it depends upon the merit and choice of the students to join a particular college.

Education is important for all of us. It involves gathering of knowledge which helps us to become better individuals. It helps us to attain a respectable position in the society. It helps an individual to think smartly and perform his duties well. An educated person becomes a responsible citizen of the country. It plays a pivotal role in the overall development of a human being. It contributes to the personal and social growth of a person. Governments have recognized the need for education in our life and are helping its citizens educate. Literacy rate of respective states are constantly monitored.