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Textbooks present a dry, dull picture of history, detailing mundane facts and dates that must be memorized. But, real history is learned when it is brought to life. Karen Nelson shares how her family brought a Greek unit study to life and gives tips for those who might not know how to make history interesting.
Parents should use textbooks as reference points to refresh their memory of historical facts. But when presenting those fact to their children, they should bring excitement to the table.
1. Set the Stage
Create a hook for your history unit study by starting with a field trip! Starting with something creative initiates both questions and interest.
2. Create a Parallel
Pull the past into the present by comparing the then and the now. How do the people compare? What about the culture?
3. Find Cause & Effect
History repeats itself. Finding out why things happened in the past can help us change the future.
Don’t just read historical information. Do it! Act it out! And watch it come alive for your students.
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Mary was a queen driven by faith, she would send hundreds of her subjects to burn at the stake.
Written and presented by Dr David Starkey, this is the compelling story of two of England’s most striking monarchs: a brother and sister, tied by blood and affection, and torn apart by religion, power, and some of the bloodiest episodes in English history. Mary (who was to become England’s first reigning Queen since Matilda but who is best known to generations of British schoolchildren as Bloody Mary) was the first born child of Henry VIII. For 20 years she was heir to her adored father. Then came the birth of her little half-brother Edward, and Mary found herself cast into the shadows, ignored by her father and declared illegitimate by Act of Parliament. Nonetheless she became very attached to the motherless boy, and he to her, declaring her his dearest sister. When Edward was just nine, their father died and the young boy became King, surrounded by advisors and further distanced from his beloved elder sister. But by now they were divided not just by power and status, but also by faith. Mary was a staunch Catholic, Edward a reforming Protestant: at this time such matters were not an issue of personal choice but matters of life or death, treason or heresy. Within a few years Mary was under virtual house arrest and banned from celebrating mass; within a few more years Edward was dead at the tragically early age of 16 and Mary became Queen. She set about making England a Catholic country once more and hundreds of Protestants, including Edward’s most trusted advisors, were burnt at the stake because they refused to renounce their faith.
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Breaking into the Working World of Teachers
In every college in the country, there are ambitious and starry eyed youngsters who are preparing for a career in teaching. At some point that army of graduates will hit the streets to find jobs in the field of teaching. What is not often taught in colleges are the real world skills of how to actually find and land a good teaching job right out of school. And while there is always a need for good teachers, the new graduate should develop some skills in finding the kind of teaching job that they always dreamed of so even from that first engagement, their career in teaching gets off on the right foot.
There is a lot you can do even before graduation day to get your job search moving and to make yourself desirable as a teacher so when school administrators get flooded with applications from newly graduated teachers, you stand out as the one they want to call in for an interview. One thing you can do at any time during you academic career is to intern as a teaching assistant and volunteer to teach in underprivileged schools.
You can teach just a few hours a day and work it around your academic work. By taking on the working world of teaching even before you have your degree, you will be able to present yourself to employers post graduation as someone who has real world experience in the classroom and “knows the ropes” of getting through an academic year with real live students. That is tremendously valuable to a school administrator with a spot to fill because it reduces the concern that a new graduate who has never faced a classroom full of restless children might wash out when the reality of what teaching is really like.
Another way to get a jump start on the market before students flood the schools for jobs is to start your search early in your last semester of school. Schools know by February or March if they will have jobs to fill for the next academic year. So if you begin your search for a teaching position in March or April, you can often land an interview or even secure a position for the fall long before many of your contemporaries in school begin their hunt for their first teaching job.
Becoming proactive like this always gives you the advantage in finding the job you really want rather than just “any job” in the teaching profession. Spend some time narrowing down exactly what kind of teaching position you want and at what level you feel your personality and teaching style will benefit students the most. You may do much better with young children than with teenagers or you may wish to focus on high schoolers because they are more intellectually equipped to grasp the subject matter with you. By knowing well in advance where you want to teach, you can target those kinds of positions in your job search and improve your chances of finding that perfect teaching job.
You should make the phrase “leave no stone unturned” your motto for hunting up the teaching jobs that are open in your community. First of all, be very proactive in your search. Just because you are graduating, even with honors, with your teaching degree, that doesn’t mean the schools will seek you out with jobs. So you take the search to them before someone else does. And in doing so it will be you that gets the premium teaching positions rather than have to take “what’s left” after the good teaching positions are snatched up by more aggressive graduates.
There are lots of ways you can flush out those teaching jobs. Check the HR or employment offices at the schools you would like to be a part of and keep an eye on their employment bullion boards. Use the internet wisely, watch the newspaper and even get in touch with placement agencies who are known for placing new teachers.
But above all, network, network, network. Use every contact you have and forge new relationships to get the inside scoop on jobs before they even become public. Networking is the number one best way to find great teaching positions so you should use it extensively to find a position to get your teaching career off on a great start toward a great future of success in the field of teaching.
Certification for Teaching Yoga
Recently, much confusion has been put forward regarding the type of credentials required for teaching yoga; recent changes has been made within yoga certifying groups who train teachers for yoga and have brought about certain yoga regulations and credentials for those who want to practice as yoga teachers.
The most common question asked about credentials is the needed certification for teaching yoga. In the majority of places, yoga teacher credentialing is considered a new significant occurrence; teachers of yoga generally had a small number of devoted students and was not considered a mainstream activity. This similar lack of certifying still happens in Tai Chi and a number of Chinese martial arts.
The belief of several traditional yogis is that credentials and certifications for teaching yoga would lead to yoga commercialization, which is happening in some types of yoga groups and practitioners. As yoga increased popularity, the requirement of certification for teaching yoga became clearer; yoga teachers are to be certified to protect themselves, as the liability of law suits have also become quite trendy these days and a diploma of being a certified yoga teacher on the wall of one’s studio would be sensible.
Although a yoga class is not considered dangerous compared to that of other health club activities, some of the yoga classes can be unexpectedly vigorous. And it is undeniable that yoga classes have reached virtually every corner of the globe and interested yoga students have set off in the nearest class with no questions asked; this is one thing a comprehensive program certification for teaching yoga touches, a yoga teacher should be aware of the need to hand out a questionnaire for the new student to make them alert of the student’s ailments, fitness level, health conditions, history, or if the student is pregnant, as well as the suitable type of yoga session for the student.
Certification for teaching yoga actually comes down to two good reasons; first, it makes sure that a yoga teacher is knowledgably equipped in teaching yoga to students, and secondly, it makes it easier for a yoga teacher to acquire liability insurance that covers and insures the yoga teacher’s interests just in case something unexpected and unfavorable happens; but then of course, yoga is still a comparatively safe pursuit for those people simply “trying it out” or doing it to lose a little weight.
Nevertheless, certification for teaching yoga is still very essential for yoga teachers as it serves as their recognition to students, as well as their safeguard for certain events.
ESL Teaching – Attitude matters more than skills
“Last month, I heard someone saying that to be successful in a job, you would need 98% attitude and 2% skills. In terms of ESL Teaching, I would change the percentage to 100% attitude and 0% skills. I say that for a reason – if you have the attitude to teach, you can always hone your skills in teaching to be qualified for one of the ESL Teaching jobs.
That said, the importance of you being a certified teacher to apply for ESL Teaching Jobs cannot be undermined. In fact, it is the sole criterion in most cases for you to qualify for being selected in ESL Teaching Jobs. Does that mean that you being certified in ESL Teaching will make you the best ESL Teacher in the world? Let’s find out.
ESL Certification gets you to a point of eligibility where you could apply for ESL Teaching Jobs. For example, English Jobs Japan would not consider you if you are not a certified and trained teacher in English. For the newcomers, English Teaching Jobs in Japan is the list of ESL Teaching jobs in Japan. Once you get the job, you can thank for you being certified. That’s where it almost comes to an end.
ESL Teaching jobs are more of challenges and how you adapt to the challenges. To be honest, you could be a well trained English Teacher teaching English as a First language. All that could come to a zero when you consider that the set of challenges posed to you in ESL Teaching Jobs is completely different. In ESL Teaching Jobs, you would be up against an audience that does not English quite well. You would have to put up with making them understand English. Worse still, your instructions cannot be comprehended by your students as English has never been their first language.
Additionally, you would also have to face the mindset of people. As said before, not everyone would be susceptible to the change management that you are planning to bring about. For example, in English Jobs Japan the toughest thing to teach students is the harsh sounding words. Historically, the Japanese are known to be the friendly people on earth. Teaching them the harder words would need you to optimize your skills. More importantly, after a point of time it will be your perseverance that will make the deal for you.
Last but not the least, patience bears fruit in ESL Teaching Jobs. Before you get down teaching, please note that you will be teaching people who are naïve to English. Hence, you would be required to be extremely patient and passionate to your job to get the best results.
With the above discussion, you can easily see that attitude is the most important facet to ESL Teaching Jobs. You could still do with the lack of skills that could be built by your attitude to learn. And it is this attitude that will help you succeed in ESL Teaching jobs.”
Students and Teachers in Pittsburgh Schools Receive Year End Honors and Awards
Six Pittsburgh Schools’ Teachers Honored for Excellence
Each year teachers across the state of Pennsylvania have the chance to win educational grants. Only teachers of excellence are considered then the best are chosen to receive the grants. The two thousand five hundred dollar grants are awarded by the Teacher Excellence Center. This year’s grant recipients include six Pittsburgh Schools’ teachers: Jennifer Ernsthausen, a third-grade teacher at Burgwin Elementary School in Glen Hazel; Karen M. Lewis, a first-grade teacher at Allard Elementary in the Moon Area School District; Sandra McWilliams, a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Peters; Ron Sakolsky, a seventh-grade history teacher at A.E. Oblock Junior High School in Plum; George Savarese, a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade history teacher at Mt. Lebanon High School; and Jeffrey Schilling, a seventh-grade English teacher at Independence Middle School in Bethel Park. These teachers were not just chosen at random but had to submit essays and were judged in a variety of categories by peers, parents and students. The final decisions were made by a panel of top educators who had to choose from more than three thousand nominees and then interviewing over one hundred finalist. In addition to the ,500 grant, each teacher was awarded a field trip for their classes to the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium or the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.
Ten Pittsburgh Schools’ Teachers Gain National Certification
In the teaching profession the highest teaching certification that a teacher can hold is that of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. This is a much more rigorous process than that of state certification. Ten Pittsburgh School teachers have succeeded in gaining National Board Certification at the end of this school year. Many teachers and administrators consider this to be the profession’s top honor. In the purely volunteer process set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certification is achieved by participating in performance-based assessment that often takes up to three years to complete and examines the teacher’s or school counselor’s knowledge and accomplishments. The current number of National Board Certified teachers in the Pittsburgh Schools has risen to twenty-five.
Pittsburgh Women’s Service Club Announces Scholarships
The Zonta Club of Pittsburgh, a professional women’s
service organization, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Schools will award thirteen female students with scholarships. The Zonta Club is a group that aims to promote and unite successful women in fields such as business, academia, healthcare, government, social services and the arts through a commitment to service. The Pittsburgh chapter was chartered in 1934. Zonta International was founded in 1919 and now has over 35,000 members in seventy countries. The Pittsburgh area Zonta Club with the Pittsburgh Schools awarded three seniors and ten juniors with Amelia Earhart Awards and Scholarships. The ten juniors received Amelia Earhart Awards for exhibiting the ideals of Zonta by persevering to become contributing members of their schools and communities. Three seniors pursuing postsecondary education will receive two Amelia Earhart Scholarships and one Duquesne Light Amelia Earhart Scholarship of ,500 each.