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Read Widely And Become Better At Homeschooling
For many people, homeschooling is a desirable alternative to the education offered by the public and private school systems. When you homeschool your children you have the flexibility to create an educational curriculum more suited to their needs. Homeschooling also makes economic sense, especially when you consider the costs involved with sending multiple children to a private school. If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, the first step in establishing a viable curriculum is to read widely.
To begin with, you have to ensure that you educate yourself on a wide variety of topics. While it may be tempting to focus exclusively on books teaching you how to homeschool your children, you shouldn’t rely on these too heavily. Keep in mind that pedagogical method is only as important as your knowledge of a subject, and focusing your reading entirely on how to homeschool your children will leave you lacking in the practical knowledge necessary to execute it.
At first, the reading required in order to homeschool your children may seem daunting – after all, a teacher is only required to be knowledgeable on the subjects they teach, but you’re going to be teaching all of the subjects. Keep in mind, however, that you needn’t be an expert in every subject – one of the great things about homeschooling is that you can learn together with your child. Instead, it’s more important that you have a good general knowledge of the history of the subjects being taught.
In most cases, a good “history of” on the subjects you plan to teach should be sufficient. Because it is impractical to read an entire bibliography for multiple subjects, you want to instead read a couple books on each subject that provide you with a good homeschooling starting point. In other words, you’re not going to be an expert, but you’re going to know the general concepts and be able to answer basic questions. Most importantly, you’ll know which writing to explore further if you and your child’s interest takes you in that direction.
The amount that you have to read will depend of course on your child’s age and the level and depth of the subjects you’ll be teaching, but a good starting point is to read a standard book that a high school student would have to read for a given subject. Remember that specific areas of a subject can be explored as you go, so you needn’t be able to answer every question your child might have in depth before you start. Instead, you need a good knowledge of the history of the subject, so you can arrange a curriculum that makes sense in a liner way: you want to know how the subject works, and how it is taught. You want to know the “building blocks” – what concepts to teach first, and how to build on those first concepts.
By reading widely in this way you’ll arm yourself with the necessary tools for homeschooling your child effectively, and provide yourself with the basic knowledge from which you and your child can explore particular areas of subjects further.
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Online BA Degree in Elem Education
The shortage of qualified teachers for elementary education is reaching a crisis. The U.S. Department of Education predicts that within the next ten years there will be a need within the U.S. for 2.4 million teachers. In order to help people pursue their BA degree in teaching many colleges and universities are now offering online programs in elem. education.
A number of online education degree programs exist for those wishing to pursue teaching in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. Whether you have an interest in science, mathematics, history or the arts you can pursue your dream of becoming a teacher through e-learning programs being setup across the United States. These programs offer flexibility for students who may already be working in another career field or for those who live in remote areas without easy access to higher education facilities.
Teaching can be a rewarding career for many who enjoy sharing their knowledge with students who are eager to learn. Many people find that helping students achieve knowledge is one of the most rewarding careers available because of the unique challenges and the often surprising results. It is not uncommon for people to remember a favorite teacher decades later as someone who helped shape them into who they are today.
Depending on your state’s teacher certification requirements you may be eligible to attend all of your classes virtually. Usually the only time you will need to spend in a classroom environment is towards the end of your degree program when you will practice actual classroom teaching in a school environment. If you have any questions or want to find out more, including financial assistance available to help you pursue your goal, contact your local college of university and find out about e-learning opportunities in your area.
English Tea Sets
The English are known for many things, and their love of different types of teas is one of them. In their culture, drinking tea is a regular event that takes place each day. You too can enjoy the history of the English by purchasing one of their delightful tea sets. Many of them also come with a variety of different types of tea as well. This is a great way to exposure yourself to some flavors you haven’t tried before.
Most English tea sets are made from either bone china or porcelain. Most of them feature very colorful patterns and designs. Flowers of various types and colors are the most popular. Many of them are painted by hand too so you can be sure there are many hours of work invested in the English tea sets you see for sale. That is often a large part of the cost that you will find associated with them.
Most English tea sets are white with the patterns placed delicately on them. If you are looking for something more colorful you may want to choose one that is bright yellow. These types of English tea sets definitely stand out and will add plenty of color to a very basic kitchen or dinning room area. Many of them are painted with red flowers on them as well.
There are a few types of black English tea sets out there that you can choose from as well. They may have colorful red flowers or apples on them to make them more appealing. Multi colored English tea sets aren’t as common or as traditional, yet they are every bit as lovely. Regardless of what you select you will be impressed with the details and the quality.
If you love tea, and you are looking for something colorful to add to your décor, you should look at the English tea sets on the market. You won’t be disappointed with what you come across. You may struggle to decide which one you want to invest in though. It can be hard to narrow down your selection when you find so many lovely ones to choose from.
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He was a powerful king whose break with the church of Rome would forever change the course of English history. But was he a charismatic reformer who freed his subjects from a corrupt establishment or a bullying tyrant who used Parliament for his own personal gain? Mark Robinson and Alex Gendler put this controversial figure on trial in History vs. Henry VIII.
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English Teaching in China
“If you wanted to have challenges galore in your teaching portfolio, look no further than Teaching English in China. The demography of China combined with the factor that less than 5% of their population would be able to speak or write English with any degree of fluency is only an introductory challenge thrown at you. Brace yourselves up for a lot more as you get going with your English teaching jobs that deal with teaching English in China.
Mandarin is the local dialect in China. Please note that Mandarin is one of the toughest national languages to learn in the world. That said, people in China have grown up reading and writing it with ease. Today, if you go to China you will find that people would be able to communicate in Mandarin much more fluently than you would do in English.
Does that teaching English in China difficult?
The Chinese government has woken up to the reality that knowledge of English is a must for them to compete with the global economy. With China opening its trade borders to most of the West, it has become imperative for most of the people in China to converse and communicate well in English. For starters, teaching English in China has reached the Economic Free Zones. This is not where it stops as English has spread its tentacles to schools, universities and the more popular coffee shops.
As for statistics, here is a stunner! Close to 600 Million citizens of China are understanding English at some level. Compare that with the population of United States of America. It would not take a smart man to understand that more than twice of population living in United States of America is reading English in China. This makes your teaching English in China much easier than what it was a couple of decades ago.
This is only the tip of the iceberg
Those statistics only reveal half the picture. The true picture is that close to 40% of the Chinese population is still unaware of learning English as a Second Language. Now, that’s where your desire of teaching English in China comes to the fore. Being one of the most challenging English teaching jobs, your teaching English in China would be highly recognized at all levels. If not for anything else, your role in transforming a local economy to a global economy would be greatly appreciated.
All in all, teaching English in China is one of the opportunities that every qualified or certified teacher must look up to. Taking up English Teaching jobs in China is just an added credential for an English Teacher.”
Harrod’s (2000), defined school library as an organized collection of books placed in a school for the use of teachers and pupils, but usually for pupils. It may comprise books of reference and or books for home reading and in the care of a professional librarian, or teacher-librarian. It is variously call “Instructional Materials Centre”, “Learning Centre or Media centre.”
The School library serves as a service agency which supports the schools’ objectives and provides materials for all subjects and all interest of pupils and teachers. The school library is a supportive resource of the school curriculum, its provisions, services, and development is directed at aiding school programmes (Kinnel, 1994).
Libraries generally have as their main purpose acquiring, processing, storing and disseminating information to which school library is not an exception. The school library has a vital role to play in the information service. They provide materials relevant to the curricular needs of everybody with the school community. The importance of providing such resources cannot be overemphasized if the school library is to be an instigator of and support for resource based learning in the school.
Also, in relation to information skills, the library and its librarian, make available materials and services in different varieties to allow both pupils and the school community to use these skills in finding the information they need.
The purpose and philosophy of school library service are rapidly being understood and accepted by school administrators and teachers. The fact necessitates that the school librarian be thoroughly familiar with those purposes such as guidance, the reading programme and the enrichment programme for pupils and teachers. However, Albert Academy library has no trained and qualified librarian, who understands and performs those purposes in order to ensure that the service provision is fully attained.
Albert Academy School Library
The Albert Academy was inaugurated on the 4th October 1904. It was until 1975 when the Albert Academy Alumni Association in their meeting thought it wise that such a reputable institution must not go without a library as the development of school libraries was at its highest peak at that time. An idea to erect a library building was born with the collaboration of the alumni association and the owners of the school that is the United Methodist Church. The library was established with the aim of having a place where pupils could go and explore new ideas to further strengthen their school curriculum activities and leisure as well.
The library was officially opened to the entire school community by His Excellency the late Dr. Siaka P. Stevens on 4th October 1976, then President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and also a member of the Albert Academy Alumni Association class of 1922. The library was named after him following the immense contribution he made towards establishing the library for the school community. The Albert Academy Library has a mission to “Support school curriculum activities by providing materials of relevance in the school process and to introduce new and improved information sources to help make the school to be in line with modern standards of education.”
The objectives of the Albert Academy school library are as follows:
I. To provide pupils with library materials and services most appropriate and most meaningful in their growth and development;
ii. To participate fully in school programmes as it strikes to meet the needs of pupils, teachers, parents and others community members;
iii. to stimulate and guide pupils in all phases of their reading that they may find increasing enjoyment and satisfaction and may grow in critical judgment and appreciation;
iv. To make available new development and keep pupils abreast of modern trends in education recognize reader’s needs and keeping them well informed in order to create a well dynamic educational environment;
v. To work with the teacher in the selection and production of educational materials that meet the aims of the curriculum, offer guidance in the use of collection, evaluation of education programmes and materials, facilitates the location, organisation and maintenance of materials efficiently; and
vi. To help pupils to become skilled users of libraries and of printed and audio-visual materials.
Library Provision at Albert Academy School Library
A major role in the information service provided by modern school library is in the provision of materials relevant to the curricular needs of pupils and teachers. In recent years, the curriculum activities have moved to another level, where the school being supportive resource of this movement, must endeavor to house a variety of print and non-print materials and have access where possible to electronic sources of information which are also part of the information resources in the library.
Given the demands of the modern school curriculum, the school library must now house a wide variety of print and non-print materials and have access, where possible, to electronic sources of information. The Albert Academy School provides printed materials, book, fiction and non-fiction as well as pamphlets, newspapers, chart, pictures, monographs, manuals, handbooks, textbooks and other reference books the library also provides non-books materials which include audio and audio-visual materials, slides, tape-slides, video cassettes, and CD ROM’s. Although these are not materials in the traditional sense, they still constitute resources for use by pupils and teachers. Use of electronic sources help school libraries to present pupils and teachers with a concept of a School Information Centre which is not continued to the school but is a link to an unending supply of information (Herring, 1988).
Albert Academy School Library Services
The purpose of establishing Albert Academy School Library is to provide services for both pupils and teachers in a bid to fulfill one of its major purposes, which is to aid curriculum goals by providing services that are indispensably linked to the fulfillment of this purpose.
One of the principal services of the Albert Academy School library is to act as back-up to the under resourced school programme. Even advanced countries cannot easily stock materials ranging from five thousand (5,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) in a small room to provide help to school programmes. Therefore, they see the need for central stock of materials which can be borrowed for differing lengths of time (lending service) and also for reading and consultation services. This is done in order to augment the school curriculum at the Albert Academy which is inclusive of the Basic Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts.
Albert Academy School library also provides inter-library loan services requests. This is particularly valuable to senior pupils studying topics across subjects offered in depth. Pupils who cannot afford to purchase or access such expensive materials benefit from this type of library service. Through inter-library loan services, materials are sourced from other schools libraries for the benefit of both pupils and teachers.
A reference service is also provided at Albert Academy School library. The School Librarians spend a sizeable proportion of their time providing what in other libraries term would be termed as reference service. In providing a reference service, school Librarians perform a similar role to that of other librarians. In a reference interview in school, each pupil is treated as important as the other and given the Librarian’s full attention. This is achieved by personal assistance given to the pupils and teachers in finding specific information whether direct or indirect. Some of the reference materials at the Albert Academy School Library are dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, yearbooks, biographies newspapers, maps and charts, and the academic and administrative calendar of events or the operation of the school.
One of the most valuable services provided by Albert Academy School library is that of information provision. The Albert Academy School library keeps the teachers and pupils informed about new educational resources and development in the fields of interest to them by displaying the jackets of books that just arrived. The Albert Academy School library uses Current Awareness Services (CAS) to achieve this goal. This is done by identifying the information needs of both teachers and pupils and meeting these needs. Linked to the CAS is the Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and this is more particular with teachers. This ranges from keeping individual teachers informed about new resources in the library or about newly published materials, to alerting teachers to meetings and course demands or event linked to their curricular interest.
Challenges of Library Provision and Services at the Albert Academy School Library
No matter what an organisation has to count as success, is bound to face certain difficulties that stand before it as challenges to its success. School Libraries in Sierra Leone, especially Albert Academy School Library are not without challenges.
To start with the library and its resources have been ignored by the pupils and teachers. Despite their all-important nature of service provision in support to them they do not see it as a valuable part of their activities. This is because most teachers and pupils do not get adequate supply of textbooks and other materials directly linked to the curriculum programme and most teachers prepare pamphlets for sale to pupils from which there teaching is based. This has caused most of the pupils to heavily depend on those sources instead of the library resources.
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