There are two kinds of people in this world, followers and leaders. Followers are the people that never take a leadership role in any activity. However leaders are the ones that use their leadership skills to make a difference in this world, such as presidents, teachers, or even school graduates. Leadership is not something you can learn from a book, but you have to gain this skill through experiences such as holding an office, organizing an event, speaking in front of people, or participating in a leadership program. This is one of the reasons I want to be part of School's Leadership program. I want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make a different in my school, my community, my county, and even my world. This program will give me the information so I can become a leader, not a follower. The skills I learn will be taken back to my community and applied to a middle school program that I am involved in, and in Lincoln County.
Leadership is not something you can take lightly. Many students at my high school would get elected to a leadership position and not perform the jobs and duties associated with the office. It was more of a popularity contest than a serious commitment. Over the years, I have been elected to several offices and I have realized that if you are elected to a leadership position you should perform the job duties because many people are counting on you. I have tried to the best of my ability to live up to my commitments.
Student's exhibit different learning styles and multiple intelligences, and only by accommodating these various abilities can instructors properly plan and conduct assignments and assess what students have learned. This article outlines the types of learning styles and multiple intelligences of students, as well as instructional techniques that work best with student's respective learning traits.
Campus as a live lab
"To do a good job of that, we would have needed to do a study with people who, above all, came into it really wanting to fall in love, and we were not in that business," she wrote. "More important, we would need to follow up over time to know if the relationships lasted, an expensive process, and funding research on love is not easy."
Nonetheless, that Summer of Love feeling that inspired Aron to study the underlying mechanisms of intimacy continues as he works on numerous studies and projects, many of which require the 36-question approach.
As for his answer to Question No. 1: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? He shrugged and pondered.
"Socrates," he said. "Presuming I could get him alive."
Sporting as a way of life
You flip through the channels for the fourth time and realize that once again there's nothing on television that grabs you. Not a problem! Throw on some running shoes and comfortable clothes and go for a run. One of the coolest things about the sport of running is that you don't need expensive equipment. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a safe environment. But just because you don't need much equipment don't be fooled into thinking the sport of running is easy. No one wakes up and decides to run a marathon without training. Running requires discipline, perseverance, and concentration. It's a sport that's good for your body and mind. Running strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles. It develops coordination and makes you more aware of your body. Running also gives you energy by increasing your oxygen intake, and it improves your immune system so you don't get sick as easily.
It can even help you stay more focused in school because exercise helps you to think more clearly. How do you get involved in the sport if you don't know much about it? Most schools offer cross-country and track programs, but there are also running clubs open to all ages. A simple Internet search can help you find some in your area. The programs show you how running can offer competition or just be for fun. They also teach runners to set realistic goals and take care of their bodies. Runners have great respect for each other because they know how difficult the sport can be. If you go to a race, you'll see people cheering for all the runners, from the first place finisher to the last place finisher. Running isn't always about how fast you are or how far you're going. It's about getting out there and doing it. Participation is more important than competition, and effort is recognized over talent. If you're looking for more than just a sport, running may be the perfect choice for you.
The term e-learning may be trendy, but the concept itself has been around for decades. E-Learning is training that takes place through a network, usually over the Internet or a company's intranet. It has its roots in the world of computer-based training that appeared in the early 1980s and used CD-ROMs to teach mostly technical skills to mostly technical people. Lately, e-learning has changed to be a tool widely used in both the academic and corporate worlds. With today's e-learning, companies can train salespeople to use a new product, even if offices are in distributed locations. On the academic front, e-learning allows people to take online courses from universities in various subjects. Some popular and well-known universities around the globe, such as Stanford and Harvard, already offer non-degree courses over the Web, while some other universities offer entire degree programs.
One will find that e-learning is much more flexible than the traditional on-campus university courses as one can study using his/her own computer and the Internet, wherever his/her location. Many online courses allow e-learners to study at their own pace, any place, any time, but within given deadlines. However, some may require e-learners to interact synchronously, that is, in real time, with other colleagues and/or lecturers. Having greater flexibility means e-learners will need to be more motivated, self-disciplined and organized to keep up to date.
All educators know that the atmosphere within a school contributes as much to the success of the student as the curriculum. More importantly, it has a great more bearing on whether or not a child develops a love for learning.
The challenge of creating a positive atmosphere transcends the debate of whether our schools need to become more goals oriented, and more accountable for their results. It is about making school a place where children feel challenged but competent, where they work hard but enjoy it, where achievement is the product but not the sole objective.
This is of course, an issue far too complex and a discussion much too robust for this space, however, schools open this week, and the temptation to at least say something is too great to pass up.
I want to make two points:
The first is that while the responsibility to create a loving happy environment in school is that of the professionals, parents have a significant role to play.
The second is that making the school a happy place is as much as worthwhile pursuit as developing the school curriculum.