However, we’re right on top of people, so we hear the goings on, especially with a neighbor family whose kids play outside. The parents are cool and friendly people in their 30s, and they’ve got two boys. The older boy is five, and the baby is just under two. The boys have very different temperaments. The baby is very adventurous and giggly, and the five year old is more careful, a little bit delicate, and he cries loudly when he’s scared or his feelings are hurt. A sensitive guy.
When the dad comes home from work, he and the boys play outside for about an hour, and over the weeks we’ve been here, a change is occurring. The older boy was the main play pal for his dad, but now the baby is walking and running, and it seems that dad is bonding a little bit better with the baby.
He and the baby will be crawling around in the ivy and laughing while the five-year-old stays separate and gets dramatic about falling or tripping or something. You can see the dad’s frustration at being called back constantly to attend to the older boy’s difficulties, and you can see that the older boy is trying to get his father back on his side, but he’s going about it all wrong.
Today, I heard someone yell loudly in a very mean way, “What do you think you’re DOING! You don’t take his toys! Get inside!” It sounded like an 11 or 12-year-old girl who was babysitting and hating it. But today’s a school day, so I looked outside, and it was the boys’ mom! I’ve never heard her yell like that, so it sounds as if the tension is increasing between the boys, even when Dad isn’t in the picture. Whoops.
This is a story that occurs every day, but how could it be different? Clearly, the older boy is feeling jealousy, envy, anger, anxiety, and grief. And he’s acting from all or most of them without any direction.
He’s a mess. But each of his emotions is true. He is losing his place in his most important love relationships (jealousy). He is losing his access to status and material possessions (envy). He is losing his old sense of self and his place in his world (anger). He doesn’t know what bad thing will come next (anxiety). And he is experiencing a serious loss (grief). It’s all true.
So how does a parent or a teacher help? First, of course, is to accept the emotions as true, even if they’re annoying. If you know what the emotions mean, you could ask the boy, “Do you sometimes feel like your parents like the baby more?” or, “Do you think the baby gets more attention than you do?” or, “Wow, when my little sister was born, I was so sad! How did you feel when your brother was born? How do you feel now?”
If you give a child the chance to explore his emotions in a safe place, he will learn how to manage them without other people needing to yell at him.
I know it’s hard. Every one of us as parents has gone all wild-eyed and acted like an 11-year-old babysitter who wasn’t getting paid enough. We’ve all done it, and if our emotions are working as they should, we have also felt shame for doing it. So the practice for shame is to make amends. To apologize to our children and let them into the emotional backstage of our lives — so that they’ll know that there IS an emotional backstage, and that everyone struggles.
Our boy outside, he feels alone. But he’s not alone. We all struggle with our emotions in this emotionally-confused world, and we’re only alone if we lie to people and pretend we’ve got our emotions figured out.
Everyone needs training in emotions, and everyone needs a safe place to talk about them, so let’s make a safe place and change the world, yes?
I think I’ll see if our boy wants some Legos that I’ve got in the garage. Sensitive little people often love Legos, don’t you find? And you can talk about all sorts of stuff when you’re building with Legos. Sneaky!
Online Education is boosting astonishingly since last few years. The universal courses still exceed the number by practical courses but the count of distance education course offerings is rising regularly. The largest number of enlistment in online schools is at the college and university levels which is mostly because working adults and home learners have shown an massive interest in learning and development, so as to enhance their careers. This is because of the tremendous flexibility and simplicity in the study through online channels.
Research by National Center for Education Statistics
The study of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) says that the number of students enlisted in at least one online learning course raised convincingly between 2002 and 2006, from 1.1 million to 12.2 million and the growth explosion does not seem to be coming down. The research company “Ambient Institute” strongly believe that the number to heighten to 22 million within the upcoming five years. By the end of 2014, this research company predicts that the number of students completing all of their courses online will increase to 3.55 million, whereas the number of students completing all of their courses in on-campus classrooms will decrease to 5.14 million.
Research by Sloan Consortium
One more institute of online distance education “Sloan Consortium” did research and come across that online college recruitments have endured to grow faster than the total population of college students. This concludes that many students are generating benefit of e-learning alternatives at their organizations, mainly at 2 year open universities and other schools offering associate’s degree courses.
The “Sloan Consortium” also researched that 66% of postsecondary schools and colleges observed an increased requirement for online education courses and 73% observed an increased requirements in their existing online education coursework. And on the other side, the demand for on-campus classes significantly decreased to 54 percent.
The Future of Online Education
The Sloan Consortium researched and concluded that 69% of academic leaders believe that the demand of students for online learning is still increasing whereas the fast level of rise that has occurred over the period of last 10 years has started to decreasing. The details show that the Compound annual rise of 20% is not arguable. Most organizations that plan to offer distance education are already doing well and the changeover is near to its end.
That is not to conclude that the future is not bright for online education. The postsecondary schools and colleges that offer online courses expected their enrollment numbers to increase 83% by the next year which mainly may be seen in psychology, social sciences and liberal arts.
So future predicts “Online education will be the future of Education“.
1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family’s future as homeschooling.
2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them.
3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process.
4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and equivalency laws. The best way to find out what your state laws are is to contact a local support group in your area. To contact a representative from your state, please visit our list of local homeschooling groups. They are well versed in your states particular laws and regulations and can assist you.
5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to scratch it several times and start over. Don’t sacrifice your family’s happiness to “school” your children. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family.
6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most important, their parents.
7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to become a scientist, or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a community college class, with a tutor, or through text books. After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don’t worry about it when they are ten.
8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each other. Tell each other that it’s okay to sometimes feel that your children didn’t seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you!
9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time. While you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all- how to create the life of their dreams.
10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without school.
When children are not learning, where can parents look for answers? Who will tell the truth?
The experts, you say? The same people, you mean, who shaped and controlled the schools where these kids aren’t learning? These experts do not inspire confidence. There are too many signs of failure and dysfunction. It’s as if we glanced into the kitchen of a restaurant and saw insects scurrying on counters. No matter how fancy the decor, we would be suspicious.
Clearly the experts have a conflict of interest. If they can’t do a good job, are they going to tell us why? Aren’t they more likely to make excuses and try to cover-up?
What we know for certain is that the USA spends more per capita than almost any other country But we still don’t place well internationally. Mediocrity is our norm. We are paying for gold but getting bronze.
There are many theories to explain our poor performance. The machinations of unions. The greed of publishers. The poor training of teachers. The indifference of parents. The schemes of ideologues. The lazy bad habits a monopoly or a cult might fall into. And simple dimwitted incompetence.
Even the possible explanations are scary. Probably it is better not to be distracted by the question of which factor is the most destructive. Probably all are working together. But none is the vital point.
So let’s stay focused on the stats, that is, the hard evidence showing that millions of children don’t learn to read properly, don’t learn to master arithmetic, and don’t learn the most basic facts about this country or the world.
Once upon a time, an eighth-grade education meant that one had a substantial amount of learning. Now a high school diploma could mean that one has hardly any education at all. Students reach college with huge gaps in their knowledge.
Evidently, the Education Establishment has embraced theories and methods that are not the best choices. Some critics speak of schools deliberately dumbing down students. The tendency in general seems to be toward talking a good game, throwing around pretentious jargon, and doing the minimum that each community will tolerate.
The question that must haunt us is this: suppose our experts engaged in rigorous comparative testing and identified the best theories and methods. If we did things at a higher level, couldn’t we easily lift every student 30, 40 or 50%? Add that up across the society, and we’re talking about a Renaissance.
We have millions of children who are quickly classified as failing readers. If they were taught properly, they would be good readers. That’s not a 30% improvement; that’s a 300% improvement, from someone who is sub-literate to someone who can read a book for pleasure.
Who is destroying our schools from within? Are there ruthless social engineers trying to build a new world order. We have to ask them: where is it written that dumb societies do better?
In this complex, competitive world, the opposite would seem to be the case. We want our society to be as smart as possible. That can happen only if each student is as smart as possible.
There is a simple answer here. Americans need to demand a reversal. Away from dumb, toward smart. Every American must speak for the children.
It will be so easy to tell. In the second grade kids are reading little books. In the third grade they are doing arithmetic. In the fourth grade, they know where their state is on a map of the country. In the fifth grade, they know who George Washington is.
Just the basic stuff. Nothing unreasonable. The problem now is that American children do not know basic stuff. They are in classrooms for years and years and years but by a perverse sort of alchemy, they learn virtually nothing. Aren’t you sick of it?
If our Education Establishment insists on doing a bad job, let’s all do what we can to counter that.
Families who are considering homeschooling often have many questions. Below you will find frequently asked questions posed by new homeschooling families.
1. Is homeschooling legal?
In the United States, absolutely yes! All fifty states recognize some method of educating children at home. Some states offer free public school online, others recognize church or umbrella schools. Some states do not require parents to even notify the state if they intend to homeschool. The first suggestion if you are considering homeschooling is to check with your state Department of Education and see what the regulations are for pulling a child from their existing traditional education situation and placing them in a homeschool situation. If the child has not attended traditional school it may require a different set of notifications. Homeschooling is legal, but it is extremely important that each family be in complete compliance with their state’s homeschooling laws since those laws differ from state to state.
2. Where do I find curriculum?
There are several options for finding a homeschool curriculum. One of the best ways to find out about what curricula are available is to ask other homeschooling families. Each will have their own favorite curriculum or combination of different curricula. Some families go to homeschool conventions where curriculum vendors present the best of their wares. Other families search the internet for all or parts of their instructional material. In states where a free, online public education is offered, the department of education might even provide books, materials, even use of a computer. Libraries are a great source of educational material, especially where literature and history are concerned. For early elementary students there are many sources for basic math, spelling, and penmanship worksheets that can be printed from the internet. Don’t forget to include educational games as part of the curriculum for everything from multiplication tables to spelling and keyboarding games.
3. Is homeschooling expensive?
Homeschooling does not have to be expensive. Sources of educational material are wide-spread. For families unwilling or unable to spend a lot of money there are free and low cost curricula to be found online. The other end of the spectrum are the all-in-one box curricula which may be quite costly, however they do offer many services including lesson planning and grading as well as record-keeping and an interface with the department of education. Essentially, homeschooling can be as cost effective or as expensive as a family chooses. There are many options between the two extremes that will accommodate families in all economic circumstances.
4. What if I can’t teach a subject?
Not every parent will feel comfortable teaching every subject. While most parents will feel comfortable teaching the basics to younger students, when it comes to advanced composition, calculus, or chemistry many parents feel like they are not qualified to teach their students. Other courses such as foreign languages or music instruction often require more teaching than a parent might feel comfortable with. The answer to this dilemma is to out-source. Check with local homeschool support groups to see if a co-op offers group classes. Check with the library to see if they offer courses. Many times college students earn money through tutoring so check with your closest college or university to see if tutors are available. Often checking with fellow homeschoolers will show a need and you might join with other families to fund a course. There are always people who are willing to pass on their knowledge, some for free, some for a fee. Ask around!
5. Do colleges accept homeschooled students?
In the past colleges might have been hesitant to accept homeschoolers because they were unsure of the amount of preparation homeschoolers might receive. However, that has changed for the most part. Colleges find that homeschoolers are generally well prepared for college courses, performing better on standardized tests and required less remedial work than some traditionally educated students. Colleges also find that homeschool high school students often take dual credit courses which provide both high school and college credit. Homeschool students tend to be self-starters and are accustomed to studying and preparing projects. In fact, many institutions of higher learning seek out homeschool students because they find that homeschooled students measure up very competitively with other students.
There are, of course, many questions regarding homeschooling and how to begin the process of homeschooling. Families looking to homeschool need to be legal with their state and local department of education. Families should look for instructional materials that teach to the student in the way that the student learns.
Support is very important, online searches will provide information on local or regional support groups. Support groups are a great source both for finding curricula, and for making sure you are legal with the state. Many online curricula provide online forums or help to assist homeschooling families.
The internet and local libraries are great places to begin researching the questions new homeschooling families may have. Homeschooling is a growing trend and as more families choose this educational option there will be more people with experience to answer those questions
As a rule, test preparation is only as good as the materials used. True, a good teacher can make lessons interesting and can explain new or difficult concepts well. However, if the test preparation materials used do not accurately reflect a test, then there is no way for test preparation to be targeted and make efficient use of time.
The big, commercially important tests have a lot of prep materials available for them. Competition works to keep the overall quality high. With smaller tests taken by fewer students, the situation can be dramatically different. A good example is the lower level ISEE. This is hardly an obscure test, but it is taken by many, many fewer students than the SAT or even the upper level ISEE. It is easy to purchase lower level practice tests, but there aren’t very many of them and the quality is not nearly as good as the quality of materials written for tests with a larger market.
The lower level ISEE is taken by children currently in fourth and fifth grade (who are applying to fifth and sixth grade). A good example of the difference between the official practice test and most published tests can be illustrated by examining fractions. It is common, and appropriate, for children just starting fourth grade to know very little about fractions. Much of fourth grade math is spent teaching this topic. (Students finishing fourth grade should generally have a solid grounding in fractions, though they will usually not have learned how to multiply and divide fractions at that point.)
The official lower level ISEE exam reflects this reality. Fractions are an important part of the test, but most of the questions are about introductory topics such as naming fractions, ordering fractions, and estimating with fractions. Few questions involve fraction operations (i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and those that do are relatively simple. This is in contrast to most commercially available practice tests. For instance, the lower level ISEE practice test published by Kaplan includes converting percents to fractions and places a significantly greater emphasis on fraction operations.
The difference in academic level between the Kaplan test and the official practice test is important, but not enormous. Unfortunately, the problem is exacerbated because the difference in tone is even greater than the difference in level. The Kaplan test has many fewer word problems and more plain calculation problems. Unfortunately, simply using a different brand of preparation materials is not an easy solution. The practice test published by Princeton Review, for example, has different problems than the Kaplan test, but the problems are of a similar caliber.
As with pretty much any standardized test, the most important preparation for the lower level ISEE occurs in the classroom, during lessons that are not actually aimed at test preparation. However more specialized test prep is often useful. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to waste time and effort on test prep if the materials used don’t mirror the real test accurately. For this reason parents seeking test preparation for the ISEE should be cautious when hiring tutors and avoid companies that rely on materials that are widely published. Hopefully, more accurate lower level ISEE preparation materials will be published soon.
Developing a solid understanding about disabilities will play a major part in creating a curriculum to aid in the learning process. Inclusion of these students into the classroom is wonderful idea only if it works from the teachers perspective. This is why we need constantly educate ourselves on the specific needs of the child. After spending a large amount of time bouncing around the these sites, and reviewing the endless amount of information, I can not understand how all of this information was presented without the use of the internet.
The Family Village Site is an amazing site for parents to be able to communicate with other parents and track down information and groups to help with the cause. Even find out about organizations such as Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (AMFPA) who would have ever thought that these kinds of groups existed. The well of information is amazing and so it should be, remember they are “People First”.
The topic of mental retardation is always a touchy subject matter, everyone especially teachers should have solid understanding what the definition really means.
The American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) definition of mental retardation:
“is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and adaptive practical skills”
In order for a child to be diagnosed under this description they must fall into these five categories.
– Limitations in present functioning must be considered within the community and of the individuals age peers and culture
– Assessment considers cultural, communication, sensory, and
– Individual, limitations often coexist with strengths
– Purpose of describing limitations is to develop a profile of needed supports
– Supports the life functioning of a person with mental retardation generally will improve
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a different definition of mental retardation that “is characterized by a significantly lower score on intelligence tests and by limitations in the ability in the areas of daily life”. CDC feels there are different degrees of mental retardation, this is based on the IQ of the person.
Both definitions have their solid points, but in my opinion the AAMR definition has the stronger arguments. I think it tough to just label someone mentally retarded because they are low in IQ, I feel that there definitely needs to be more to the equation. There are to many success stories that are around students with lower IQ’s. I think when the brain and motor skills are not in sync this would tend to fit more of the classic description. (I wonder if my thought process is wrong in the public eye?)
Myths of Mental Retardation:
I found this section to be the most interesting, just for the fact that so many times myth becomes the only fact we know. This list proves my point…
Myth 1: Mental retardation is the same as mental “illness.”
Myth 2: Mental retardation is a contagious disease.
Myth 3: Persons who are severely and profoundly mentally retarded must be locked away in institutions for their own and society’s safety.
Myth 4: Educational and vocational training will not help people who
are mentally retarded.
Myth 5: We do not know what causes mental retardation and it cannot be prevented.
The world is very uneducated when it comes to these topics, I even think that heard of few of these over the years. The fact is that this an illness that begins during the birth process. There is no prevention plan but a solid understanding of the effects of alcohol and drugs during pregnancy and considering good safety habits during the early child years. These types of myths can lower the chances of success, but there are few proven plans that can have dramatic results.
There are a 1000’s of success stories about teaching students with mental retardation and these basic steps can help with improving the education of the student:
– Those who have adaptive skills limitations a teacher might use various strategies that will help with development.
– Build skills by teaching easier tasks first
– Don’t push the student, to fast into complex problems
– Use a variety of hands on materials
– Help to develop rules and provide opportunities to apply them
– Shorter learning sessions
– Teach life skills
A learning disability is a neurological disorder. The information provided on the site gives a good simple description to remember…”it’s a difference in the way your brain is wired.” I like the way that is stated because it doesn’t mean that the child has any less brain power then the other students in the class, and in many cases there are those students that will have a higher IQ and still have a learning disability.
I did find it interesting that a LD can not be fixed or cured, but I guess in my case you just learn to understand the problems and figure out ways to stay on top of the problem.
After reading the information I should call my parents and say thanks for doing all of the right steps, understanding the education system, working with professionals and encouraging my strengths.
Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties. For the most part the steps are the same they are just planned out a lot better with the IEP process. An IEP team should examine a list of accommodations such as:
– Test scheduling
– Other special provisions that may be needed
Teachers should add a variety of ideas to work with the LD student in areas of the classroom. As with any other disability in the inclusive classroom educators have a long list of resources to assist them. If the school system works, and the student gets the right teacher somewhere along the way, the student will find the tools to become successful.
As much as this information is helpful this set of things to look for in High School Students and Adults is a lot clearer:
– Continues to spell incorrectly, frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing
– Avoids reading and writing tasks
– Trouble summarizing
– Trouble with open-ended questions on tests
– Weak memory skills
– Difficulty adjusting to new settings
– Works slowly
– Poor grasp of abstract concepts
– Either pays too little attention to details or focuses on them too much
– Misreads information
This list of identifiers leads me to believe that most of my student in my class are having some form of Learning Disability.
Autism is a disability that usually appears in the first three years of a child’s life. It is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and social/communication skills. The effects on people with Autism may be different in multiple cases. There are no medical tests for autism and the diagnosis is sometimes confused with other disabilities.
Catching Autism early can result in better outcomes for the child. By providing specialized programs and techniques the child can learn to control this disability. As with other disabilities once the diagnosis has been made an IEP team should meet to determine the student’s needs and accommodations. Teaching a child with autism is tough for both parents and teachers. Each child has strengths and weaknesses that require educators to address to wide range of developmental, academic, social behaviors.
Most staff members that are involved with teaching individuals with autism agree that a highly structured, specialized educational program works best. There are a few specific areas to look at when creating an IEP for a child with autism. Social skill development, Sensory integration, Behavior and Communication are the top four areas to focus on.
IEP’s should include multiple systems to meet the individual needs of the student with autism. Both parents and educators should work together as there is no one program designed to meet the students needs. Academic goals need to be better tailored to the IEP and cooperation of the parents and professionals can lead to the success of the child with autism.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a disorder that is characterized by unwanted thoughts or repetitive behaviors. People with OCD may have to deal with unwelcome thoughts and images and engage specific patterns of movement.
As with other disabilities an early diagnosis and treatment of OCD are the first steps in avoiding further problems. Effective treatments for OCD may include medications and therapy. Because OCD has been associated with eating and other anxiety disorders, educators and parents should look for any other problems.
As with other disabilities the efforts on the part of teachers, parents and professionals are a key part in planning strategies for teaching the student with.
Understanding the child’s needs
Visual, auditory, and physical modifications
Appropriate style of educational materials
Organizing the learning to avoid distractions
Landau-Kleffner syndrome (LKS) is a rare, childhood neurological disorder characterized by the sudden or gradual development of aphasia. It affects parts of the brain that control comprehension and speech. It usually occurs in children between the ages of 5 and 7 years old. In most case the child will develop along just fine until the lose their language skills for no reason. The disorder is difficult to diagnose and may be misdiagnosed as autism, pervasive developmental disorder, hearing impairment, learning disability, auditory/verbal processing disorder, attention deficit disorder, mental retardation, childhood schizophrenia, or emotional/behavioral problems.
There are a few treatments that consist of medication and speech therapy. There is also a controversial treatment option that involves surgery to the brain. Some of the long term effects are permanent severe language disorder, while others may regain much of their language abilities. Some of the children will have seizures but will usually go away after adulthood.
When teaching a child with LKS these learning styles should be put into place:
– Language and Communication Skills
– Language Therapy and Educational Setting
– Speech and Language Therapy
– Visual Cues and Alternative Communication
– Auditory Training
– Social Interaction and Communication
Parkinson’s Disease (not child related but we do have adult classes)
Parkinson’s disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. After these symptoms become more advanced the person will have trouble completing simple tasks and daily activities become harder. Other symptoms could be emotional changes difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking. The disease can be difficult to diagnose accurately. Doctors may sometimes request brain scans or laboratory tests in order to rule out other diseases.
As a teacher it is most understand the nature of the various disabilities found in the classroom. This knowledge allows us to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities. The teachers, parents and support staff should have a solid idea to support the education of the child. Only through early detection and planning can the student benefit from the IEP planning. The result of an good plan for support and accommodations is the best course of action to take when working with a child with disabilities. One of the more comprehensive online resources for the identification and information about specific disabilities can be found at The Family Village website. The information is endless and cover so many types of disabilities. This information should provided in school districts more frequently.
Students at UT High School can pursue academic success in a high school diploma program through this state-approved educational alternative. These programs cater to a variety of students, including students that are homeschooled, are in remote locations, and have professional careers. Other reasons students choose UT High School are to accelerate their education and to have more independence in academic choices. All students receive monthly progress reports prepared by the academic counselor, which helps make sure students are staying on track.
In addition to over 50 online high school courses, students can access dual college credit courses. High school courses through ASKME offer multimedia activities, virtual manipulatives, concrete models, self-assessment tools, and instruction by a certified teacher. There is a state-mandated exit-level assessment that must be passed in order to graduate. Additional programs/initiatives available include state-issued college tuition credits, AP courses, credit by exams, and supplement courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.
Accreditation: Texas Education Agency, independent school district.
Some of the tools used at Smart Horizons to facilitate academic achievement are instant feedback on lessons and exams, a Gradebook and Pace Guide, an eLibrary with learning resources, and academic support services. Academic coaches and qualified, certified instructors are available to students for questions and advice.
Students work towards becoming certified in a chosen career area in addition to receiving their high school diploma. They attend seminars and prepare necessary work documents, like resumes and cover letters. The certified career tracks include child care and education, protection officer, transportation services, and office management. Additional programs/initiatives available are as follows: Career Portfolio, supplemental courses, open enrollment, and real life experience elective credits. Tuition is calculated on a program basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Students are considered for admissiom to TOPS Online who are willing to set personal and academic goals, to establish study habits and schedules, and to take classes in religious studies. TOPS promotes high quality educational materials grounded in Christian values and beliefs. Instructors take an active role in the education process, including hand-grading to examine the student’s thought process.
Because students can take up to eight courses a year, they can accelerate the time needed to graduate. Students can pursue one of three types of high school diplomas: standard, college prep, or honors college prep. Additional programs/initiatives available are dual enrollment college courses, “My Personal High School Plan”, and career/vocational courses. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Florida Commission of Christian Private Schools Accreditation (FCCPSA).
GWUOHS provides a personalized educational experience that focuses on student success in high school and beyond. Courses are provided online through a partnership with K12, a world leader in curriculum development, and are engaging and sequenced and evaluated for content mastery. This partnership results in a rigorous, high-quality education with emphasis on theory and practice and integrity.
Students pursue a college preparatory high school diploma. Faculty and staff at GWUOHS strive to know each student well and serve as champions in their development, both intellectually and socially. The school promotes student-wide community activities. Students attend live, teacher-led classes, where meaningful discussion and engagement are promoted. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes through initiatives, such as Summer AP boot camp, an AP Coordinator, and an assigned faculty AP Mentor. Additional programs/initiatives include college planning and preparation, 1:1 Orientation, Peer Mentoring, dual college credit courses, and student interest clubs and activities. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.
Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA CESS).
Excel High School offers high school diploma programs for school-aged and adult students, as well as single course independent study. There are two programs available online for adult students, one preparing students to secure a high school equivalency certificate and the other to obtain a high school diploma.
School-aged students can pursue either a General Studies or a College Prep high school diploma. Online core and elective courses are always accessible and are self-paced. Rigorous courses, at every level, have built-in assessments to ensure concept mastery of all lessons. Excel also maintains Excel College, where students can take college courses in business and general studies. Additional programs/ initiatives offered include the following: make-up credits, PSEO, common core and state standards, drop-out prevention program, and comprehensive planning tools. Tuition varies across programs, but all fall into the lowest category.
Accreditation: AdvancED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
With the use of a 3D virtual world, WiloStar3D Academy is a safe, interactive 3D campus environment. Students create their own academic objects, like books and pencils, and customize their school desk, which enhances creative thinking and fosters student engagement.
WiloStar3D caters to different learning styles through an active learning approach, encouraging problem-solving skills, reading comprehension, and group projects. The school promotes parent intercommunication, student support, and proven evaluation methods. A strong curriculum, live online class meetings, and certified teachers support collaborative thinking and innovative learning. In order to graduate, students must attend at least one academic year and complete an individual senior project. Tuition is based on an academic year.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Stanford University Online High School (OHS) offers a high school program that is stimulating and challenging for gifted students. OHS demands “passion” from their students, who will have to perform at their highest potential, and from their instructors who will challenge and lead students to communicate proficiently, master the principles of analytical reasoning and critical argumentation, and to be intellectually mature and responsible.
Through the course content, instruction methods, media enhancements, and scope and sequence of curriculum, OHS challenges and inspires students toward exceptional academic achievement. A strong support community works with students to achieve academic and personal goals. OHS strives to cultivate lasting relationships among students and instructors through collaborative projects and extra-curricular activities. Courses are maintained on a college-style class schedule and offered in seminar-style and directed-study instruction. All students pursue the Core Sequence, where course content develops toward post-AP and university levels and embodies professional methods and intellectual habits for each discipline. Additional programs/initiatives include the residential summer program, critical reading and argumentation, orientation sessions, and academic counseling. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
FVHS sustains a student-paced online, interactive high school diploma program, including test preparation and vocational specific electives. Coursework can be pursued full-time or part-time.
FVHS offers a streamlined Adult High School Diploma track that helps students graduate in the shortest amount of time, while meeting educational requirements and containing costs. Programs/initiatives available include a career focused education, college prep program, home schooling assistance, credit recovery, SAT/ACT test preparation, and summer school. Tuition is calculated monthly for most programs.
Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Liahona offers a distance education based on its campus program. In fact, students attend live classes daily, interacting with teachers and students, over a 32-weeks period. Classes are also filmed and can be viewed anytime to offer flexibility in scheduling. Classes are divided into a four year rotation and provide a strong academic base, integrating Latter-day Saint gospel principles and patriotism.
Students can get what they need to transfer in or recover credits by using the Fast Track Courses or supplementing with off campus courses. The school also offers a safe place for students to develop relationships with each other and introductions can be made on the “Warrior Wall”. “The Scoop” offers daily class overviews, supplemental materials, tests, and quizzes. Additional programs/initiatives offered include the following: interest clubs and activities, Youth Conference, service trips, graduation ceremonies, and supplemental courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course, monthly basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
IVLA fosters individual learning styles by offering six full online curriculums, each presenting coursework in a different way. They also offer curriculums that specialize in particular type of content, such as full Christian curriculum, full honors and AP courses, Rosetta Stone language courses, and extensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. However, in the case of full curriculums, students can only pursue one.
Students are assigned an advisor who supports them by tracking progress, giving personalized attention, and helping with any problems that obstruct progress. Additional programs/initiatives include adult diploma completion programs, literacy assistance, English language learners, and summer school. Tuition is calculated per academic year according to curricula program chosen (averaged below).
Accreditation: AdvancED and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
American HS has enrolled over 8,000 students since it began offering classes in 2004. With a goal to prepare students for success after high school, the high school diploma program provides a full range of courses from technical to advanced academic. The wide selection of electives includes such courses as Game Design & Programming, Criminal Justice, Health Services, and Business.
Instructors at American HS are certified and experienced, with advanced degrees and/or credentials, and are committed to being easily accessible. Special initiatives/programs offered include the following: SAT/ACT test preparation, tutoring, advising system, advanced and remedial classes, and summer school.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
GIA is a global educational institution maintained by Seventh-day Adventists. GIA students can pursue either a college preparatory or a standard high school diploma online. Diploma programs promote community service through requirement. GIA also offers web-supported/paper-based programs if desired.
Online instruction provides accessible teacher communication, quick lessons turnaround, and broadened educational experiences. GIA’s high school diploma program is organized into daily instruction and assignments and relies on a parent and teacher partnership. Tuition is based on an academic year.
Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
K-12 encourages students to master core knowledge, contribute to the community, embrace diversity, pursue academic and extracurricular interests and reach their potential. K-12 has a strong international presence offers a U.S. high school diploma to students around the world.
Full-time students of K-12 receive a range of benefits including course materials, teacher support, orientation and on-boarding, academic coaching, access to Family Connection, and college and career planning. K-12 offers a “360-degree solution” through trained educators, a social learning environment, and an Individual Learning Plan. Parents are encouraged in their role as an active educator through an extensive parent network and staff support. Additional programs/initiatives offered include the following: SAT/ACT prep, DIBELS screening, Study Island, dual-credit courses, and student clubs and activities. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA CESS).
NDCDE is a non-profit school that has been providing global education since 1935. Through its vast experience it can coordinate with a variety of educational arrangements, such as homeschooling and supplemental course rendering. NDCDE employs full-time licensed instructors, offers more than 260 courses, maintains flexible, self-paced classes, and promotes direct access to teachers and tutors.
Students are encouraged to pursue the recommended curriculum for college-bound students, which still allows for choice of electives. Additional programs/initiatives offered include credit recovery, printed courses, and optional high school curriculum. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis for a non-resident of North Dakota (ND residents are offered a lower tuition rate).
Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Calvary delivers a Christian school curriculum that is student-paced, technologically advanced, and content rich. Blended model instruction incorporates independent study with live, interactive teacher support. Qualified teachers collect and go over assignments, answer questions, and grade and give feedback.
Calvary offers two distinct high school programs, online school and independent study. While both offer the same rigorous college prep courses, the online school encompasses a multitude of support services that the other doesn’t. Both programs require set attendance and assignment deadlines. Tuition is calculated on an annual basis, dependent on program (group and minister family discounts are available)
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The Hadley School offers an online high school diploma program free-of-charge for people who are legally, progressively or functionally, visually impaired. Students can earn a diploma at Hadley’s High School or transfer earned credits to other institutions to complete a degree program.
The diploma program is open to students from 14 years old through adulthood, who are able to read course materials. Blindness-specific and accessible media courses are also offered. The diploma program offers a wide selection of career/vocational courses as well. Instructors are readily available to assist with course content. Students can check their grades and course records online through OASIS.
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
42. Halstrom Academy
Halstrom has educated 16,000 students since its founding in 1985. Because Halstrom believes that teaching to the unique needs of a student leads to significant increases in positive outcomes, they maintain a tested one-to-one learning model. Students and teachers work together in a mentor relationship where skills, interests, needs, and progress can easily be discerned.
Classes are offered in focused interaction sessions of 45 minutes and are focused on content mastery. Students can choose their class times, how many classes to take, their teachers, projects to work on, and personal and educational goals. Students are offered rigorous college prep courses that are taught through 15-17 weekly class sessions. Additional programs/initiatives offered are supplemental courses, homeschooling assistance, UC/CSU dual credit courses, and online seminar classes. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
UM Global Academy offers a variety of programs, including the full-time high school diploma program, which are high quality, student-centered, and flexible. The curriculum supports classes that develop curiosity, critical thinking skills, leadership potential, and character. Courses are broken down into completion time periods, such as 20-weeks, and have to be completed in consecutive weeks.
Students pursue either the High School Scholar or the High School Extreme Scholar diploma programs. The Student Service Learning experience is considered important to character formation. Through this Student Service Learning experience, students are guided in connecting classroom instruction with projects that are beneficial to their local communities. This is considered an important component of character-building. UM Global Academy fosters global learning experiences, where students interact and complete projects with their international peers. Additional programs/initiatives offered are as follows: iESOL Program, remedial courses, flexible summer session, and an online newspaper. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
The American Academy offers open enrollment with weekly class starts, licensed instructors, and over 100 self-paced courses. High school diploma programs are available for both college and career seeking students, as well as the ability to design a custom program. Licensed teachers monitor progress, grade assignments, and are available during office hours.
The American Academy has an “innovative program for dropout recovery and prevention.” Additional programs/initiatives include the following: make-up credits, summer school, adult graduation completion programs, and homeschooling support. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis.
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
The progressive online curriculum at Oak Meadow School contains everything needed for a full school year, divided into weekly lessons. This program provides a challenging academic education for independent learners through engaging courses and creative projects, while allowing flexibility to pursue and explore interests and talents. All students are required to complete and advanced study project.
Teachers supply one-on-one support, grading, and full narrative evaluations. Families can choose to continue working with a particular teacher over the course of several grades. Additional programs/initiatives offered include college counseling, dual enrollment, AP & technical courses through Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, travel and summer programs, and life experience elective credit. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Individualized curriculums, self-paced courses, and open enrollment allow students of The Ogburn School to design a program that meets their needs. Students receive teacher support, grading services and academic counseling. Honors courses and vocational electives are available.
Students can pursue courses or a certification program through The Ogburn School’s Academy of Environmental Studies. This academy was established for students to explore their interest in the environment through the study of conservation philosophy and methodology, including sustainable communities. A high school diploma with a concentration in Environmental Studies is awarded upon completion. Additional programs/initiatives include the following: homeschooling assistance, adult diploma completion, and summer school. Tuition can be calculated on an academic year or credit hour basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Park City welcomes all qualifying high school students to pursue a diploma whether they are high-school aged or adults. They also welcome students who wish to supplement their education at another institution. The certified instructors and professional academic staff help students create a tailored graduation plan and support their progress towards a high school diploma.
Curriculum is always accessible through the virtual classroom, which allows for a flexible, self-paced educational delivery. The general high school curriculum includes coursework in Applied Technologies, such as computer science, business/career, and consumer science. The college prep curriculum includes additional courses in foreign languages. Additional programs/initiatives offered are credit recovery, supplemental courses, and summer school.
Accreditation: Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
At NUVHS, students have the opportunity for top quality academic achievement by engaging in an active, cooperative online learning environment. Students can drive their education and can even complete a semester course (.5 unit) in as few as four weeks or they can choose to pace themselves over as many as 16 weeks.
While distinct high school diploma options are not awarded, students are encouraged to pursue a college preparatory track, taking advantage of the advanced and AP courses offered. Additional programs/initiatives offered are dual credit through the UC system, Guided Study, and dual credit through the National University. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
lueprint offers a self-paced, open enrollment online high school diploma programming. Students can pursue either a standard or a college prep diploma option. Over one hundred interactive online courses are available, including Honors and 33 electives.
The self-paced component allows students to work on one class at a time or up to the maximum four classes at a time and does not require weekly work submissions. Additional programs/initiatives administered by Blueprint Education include accelerated graduation, adult diploma program, and therapeutic, hands-on programs. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
A full high school education experience is available at BYU University Independent Study. Students can pursue one of three different programs: the Standard Program, the Advanced Program, or the Adult Diploma Program. The Standard and Advanced Programs do not issue diplomas. In these programs, students will receive an official transcript that denotes high school completion. All three programs are four-year programs, although they do allow students to transfer into the programs.
Students in the Adult Diploma Program receive a degree through the Provo (Utah) School District. Once a student is accepted into a program, they will receive a student progress report (SPR), which shows all transfer credits and lists credits needed to complete the program. BYU Independent Study HSP offers more than 550 online courses, which are secular in nature. Students may choose teacher-led courses, which offer one-on-one mentoring, a course orientation, and a weekly live, teacher-led class. Additional programs/initiatives available are as follows: recovery credits, supplemental courses, traditional paper courses, SAT/ACT preparation, and dual college credit courses through BYU. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis, dependent on course type (averaged below).
Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.
14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.
There were times when academic institutes used to go with traditional methods of school administration but that has started to change. Cloud-based technology has entered the world of education making school management fast, convenient and effective for all academic institutes thriving to flourish in the education industry.
It’s a huge responsibility for any school admin to maintain the school’s overall productivity. Everything in an academic institute is inter-linked. If schools and colleges have a well-organized administration system, the teaching staff won’t have to be bogged down with hectic work schedules. This will automatically improve the student’s productivity to a greater extent.
All schools and colleges no matter what size or academic curriculum have to manage and control multiple areas such as student attendance, enrolment, examination, accounts and so on. In order to organize all such departments, the admin feels the need to bring cloud-based technology into the system. It not just improves the entire administration system, but also saves the admin a fortune.
Students and teachers are the most important asset of any academic institute. Good teaching staff helps maintain a better learning environment which improves the student productivity in the long run. That is why schools have started to take extreme measures regarding administration. Admins have realized that the administration network of any school works as a foundation and if the foundation is weak, the entire academic institute may end up collapsing.
How Is Cloud-Based Technology And Education Gelling Together Effectively?
As mentioned above, student productivity depends on the quality of teaching and the quality of teaching can only improve if the teaching staff is being provided with stress-free working environment. Online school management software has not just given schools and colleges a tech-savvy look, but has also simplified most of the procedures with complete effectiveness.
Student archiving has become very fast and easy. Procedures that used to take hours or days can now be completed in just a few minutes. School admins don’t have to rely on excel sheets or piles of paper in order to locate important academic information. All academic and financial records are just a few clicks away. Besides from viewing records, academic institutes can also have the ease to immediately print all kinds of reports and summaries.
Maintaining a well-organized communication network used to be a huge problem for many schools and colleges across the education industry. Cloud-based technology has made it easier for school admins to connect with teachers, parents and students on a daily basis. Academic institutes don’t have to rely on emails, telephone calls or costly postal services because the internet portal and fee SMS service is there to circulate all kinds of school notices, exam schedules, news alerts and so on.
Technology can be seen everywhere these days. If it is helping people at homes, offices or departments stores, then why not school? Keeping this statement in mind, many academic institutes have transformed the way they run their system. Cloud-based technology has not just organized the entire school network, but has also improved the overall student productivity.
People who exercise tend to have higher IQ scores than those who don’t. On average, individuals that take care of their bodies tend to be more intelligent than the chronic couch potatoes. Exercise is known to stimulate brain cell growth through a process called neurogenesis and flood the brain with pleasurable neurotransmitters like dopamine. Fitter individuals in high school are more likely to go on to college and do well there.
A lot of people don’t realize how powerful an effect rigorous exercise can have on decreasing stress and improving cognitive performance. I tend to think that exercise is one of the easiest ways to boost your IQ simply because it’s free and you can do it any time that’s convenient.
2. Stimulants and Nootropics (Smart Drugs)
Taking smart drugs like Adderall and NuVigil may help boost your IQ score. The abuse of these psychostimulants and cognitive enhancers is becoming more common these days to help people dominate the competition. They help people get into universities and graduate with good grades. These drugs will help you learn quicker and retain more information. There are many other enhancers like Ritalin on the market which stimulate the brain and boost brain power.
Any pill that increases your overall cognitive ability is going to help you improve your IQ score and performance on an IQ test. These are referred to by many as “smart drugs” for a reason. In my opinion, these boost mental brain power similar to taking steroids for improved physical abilities. Should you decide to take these medications to simply improve your cognition, just know that what comes up must come down; there’s no biological free lunch.
Eventually your tolerance is going to increase to the point where these no longer have an effect and withdrawal is generally tougher than most people admit. If there were one item on this list I would probably not want to get caught up in heavily, it would be the use of these smart drugs. Read: “The Potential Dangers of Nootropics.”
There are a variety of supplements that you can take to help boost your IQ. Will taking all of these supplements help you increase your IQ? Really the only way to find out is to experiment for yourself and see what happens. One of the most common ways to get a quick IQ boost is to drink some caffeine because it helps stimulate brain activity.
Caffeine + L-theanine – In combination these substances help improve performance on cognitively demanding tasks.
Creatine – Has been shown to help improve brain performance.
Ginkgo Biloba – Has been shown to help improve attention in healthy young volunteers.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Improves working memory. I’ve sorted out the best fish oil supplements and best krill oil supplements if you aren’t able to get sufficient dietary omega-3s.
It is known that meditation can help decrease stress, improve mood, and light up brain activity. Additionally, it can increase performance on intelligence-related measures and increase IQ scores over time. There are many different types of meditation that can be practiced, but one that has been proven effective is Transcendental Meditation. Nearly all types of meditation will improve general brain functioning and cognition, so if you are already practicing your IQ and cognition should continue to improve.
Transcendental meditation involves sitting peacefully with one’s eyes closed and focusing on a specific mantra. This helps your brain focus on one specific thing at a time and can help improve overall focus. Although there are many different types of meditation, if you want to improve your IQ score, I would recommend a focus-oriented approach. In other words, choose a type of concentration meditation as opposed to mindfulness meditation.
5. Healthy Diet + Vegetarian?
Researchers have found that diet does play a role in IQ and brain development throughout childhood. The degree to which IQ is affected later in life by food choices isn’t as well documented. However, if you want to boost your intelligence, it is best to avoid eating processed foods. Individuals who eat a lot of processed foods tend to have lower intelligence scores than people who eat healthier non-processed items. The researchers found that diet influenced IQ regardless of other factors.
Another interesting finding was that individuals that reported being a vegetarian by age 30 had scored (on average) 5 points higher on IQ tests than those who were non-vegetarian. Since higher IQ’s are linked with: less obesity, healthier hearts, and living a longer life – some researchers suggest vegetarianism may play a role. Theres a link between healthier lives and IQ, and a link between higher IQ and vegetarianism. Does that mean there’s a link between vegetarianism and health? Possibly – more research needs to be conducted for me to believe that being a vegetarian increases IQ especially because I tend to think meats and fish are healthy for the brain.
Although there aren’t many studies linking neurofeedback with improvements in IQ scores, there is evidence that it can help increase intelligence among individuals with ADD and ADHD. People with ADD and ADHD tend to have slower brain wave activity in certain brain regions compared to normal individuals. Training their brains to speed up production of brain waves in specific regions can help them perform better and improve their intelligence scores.
Despite the fact that neurofeedback isn’t used much other than to help with cases of ADD and ADHD, it does have potential to improve cognitive performance in a normal brain as well. If the brain wave patterns are slightly abnormal on the EEG, uptraining SMR, low beta, or mid range beta may help improve intelligence.
7. Brainwave Entrainment
In most therapies involving brain waves, the purpose is to help people who struggle with ADD and ADHD. People that don’t have any major problems with focus or concentration likely don’t need brain wave stimulation to help them improve their intelligence. Despite the fact that brainwave entrainment has only been studied in people with ADD and ADHD to determine whether it would boost IQ, it was effective and increasing the GPAs of college students.
Additionally, low levels of gamma brain waves have been linked to brain development problems and mental retardation. Gamma waves are the range higher than beta waves and at 40 Hz or 40 cycles per second, they are claimed to be associated with peak cognitive functioning – especially in regards to memory and perception. That does NOT necessarily mean that if you up-train gamma you will automatically become “in the zone” or develop an awesome memory.
I am a bit skeptical of most brainwave research out because it seems to be largely conducted and pushed by companies selling brainwave-related products. Based on what I’ve read it seems as though targeted uptraining of certain frequencies help individuals with ADD and ADHD more than anyone. There is still relatively little research involving brainwave entrainment in general – more needs to be conducted.
I’ve written up an article documenting the benefits of brainwave entrainment as well as the types of brainwave entrainment on the market. If you’re interested, consider reading those articles. I’ve also highlighted some potential dangers of brainwave entrainment, so do not assume that it’s always a utopian option. With the wrong type of training, you may reduce your IQ.
8. Brain Games, Brain Training, Puzzles
Many people swear by doing crossword puzzles and sudokus to keep their brain as sharp as possible. Companies that sell brain related puzzles and games tend to market the fact that they will help you boost your IQ and become smarter. What these games have potential to do is give your brain some exercise. They make you think and put forth some mental effort which is a good thing.
- Dual-N-Back training – This is a game that torches your working memory, and requires sustained time and effort.
- Crossword puzzles – Crosswords make people think and can keep your brain stimulated.
- Lumosity – There are specific brain training protocols on this website.
- Puzzles – Other types of puzzles that make you think and focus are good for your brain.
- Video games – Games like brain age and big brain academy may help your cognition.
- Sudoku – This is a popular game involving logic and numbers.
It was found that “memory training” helped give kids an IQ boost. Most of these games will help stimulate brain activity, thinking, and memory. If you are going to use a brain game in attempt to boost your IQ, research the program and determine whether others have had success with it as well.
9. Enriched Environment
Some agree that one of the most important things for developing a higher IQ is to grow up in an enriched environment. Many believe that individuals who grow up in an enriched environment tend to be smarter and have a higher socioeconomic status than those who do not. Although I think genetics plays a big role in determining intelligence, I think growing up in an enriched environment during pivotal developmental years can play a role too.
- Active learning – Actively learning new things helps your brain learn and may help you make connections that before were not possible. Learning a new skill such as chess, how to play a sport, how to juggle, or anything new for that matter – may help your brain in ways you never thought possible.
- New experiences – In addition to actively learning or engaging your brain to learn new things, new experiences can also help rewire and increase your intelligence. Something like taking a trip to a foreign country, becoming fluent in their language, and lifestyle is going to have an influence on your brain.
Although heredity plays a major role in the development of IQ, there is evidence that environment still plays a role. It is best to stimulate your brain as much as possible while growing up before the brain reaches adulthood. There are plenty of studies conducted on enriched environment vs. non-enriched environment – the enriched environment will produce a higher IQ.
10. Intermittent Fasting (BDNF)
It has been proven that the act of Intermittent Fasting helps improve cognitive functioning in both mice and humans. It works by increasing the amount of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). If you properly learn how to intermittently fast, you will be increasing your BDNF – which has been linked to improvements in both learning and memorization. It is obvious that if you are able to improve your ability to learn as well as your memory, you should experience an overall boost in intelligence. Ironically, the process of intermittent-fasting is also linked growing new brain cells.
Intermittent-fasting is nothing too complex. It involves eating for a specific window of time, followed by a period of “fasting” or not eating for a period of time. This can be done in windows of a specific number of hours, or this may be conducted on an alternative-day (i.e. every other day) basis. Not only could intermittent fasting give you a boost in intelligence, it also seems to be physically healthy and is hypothesized to help prevent against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Reading is especially important if you want to boost the IQ of your children. Some non-scientific studies have shown that reading can increase a child’s IQ by up to 6 points. Generally I would take these studies with a grain of salt since they are not published in any major journals. However, the fact is that reading will stimulate thought, learning new vocabulary, and helps people make connections between certain events should be good for the brain.
The current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, including higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, have caused many students to search for alternatives. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.
All of this means that students, from working professionals to recent high school graduates, find many reasons to take all or some of their courses online. Below are 10 advantages to online learning.
- Variety of programs and courses: From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for students. This means that no matter what students wish to study, from nursing to neuroscience, they can find online the courses or degree programs they need. They can also earn every academic degree online, all the way from a career certificate to a doctorate.
- Lower total costs: Online programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges. Though not all online degrees have less expensive net tuition prices than traditional colleges (link to OEDB article I wrote about college costs), associated costs are almost always less expensive. For example, there are no commuting costs, and sometimes there is also not any required course materials such as textbooks because those are often available for free online. In addition, many colleges and universities have begun to accept credits earned via free massive open online courses (MOOCs), the most recent advance in online education. Free online courses such as these can help students fulfill general education requirements at little to no cost.
- More comfortable learning environment: Commercials that featuring online students studying in the pajamas only skim the surface of one of the primary benefits of online education: there are no physical class sessions. Lectures and other materials are electronically sent to the student, who will then read them and complete assignments. Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.
- Convenience and flexibility: Online courses give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work when they are at their peak energy, whether that’s early morning or late at night. Course material is always accessible online, so there’s no need to schedule special trips to a library either. All of this makes online learning a good option for students who need to balance their work and family commitments.
- More interaction and greater ability to concentrate: While there is contradictory evidence about the rate of online student participation versus participation in traditional courses, one thing is certain: online courses offer shy or more reticent students the opportunity to participate in class discussions or chats with more ease than face-to-face class sessions. Some students even report that online courses are easier to concentrate in because they are not distracted by other students and classroom activity.
- Career advancement: Students can take online courses and even complete entire degrees while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family. This academic work will explain any discontinuity or gaps in a resume as well. Also, earning a degree can show prospective employers that you are ambitious and want to remain informed and prepared for any new challenges.
- Continue in your profession: Even if someone wants to complete a degree program, it doesn’t mean that they want to leave their current job. For most students today, college costs mean that it’s necessary to continue working while in school. The previously mentioned flexibility of online degree programs enable students to keep working while also pursuing academic credentials.
- Avoid commuting: During snowstorms and thunderstorms, colleges may cancel classes; if they don’t, you run the risk of getting hurt in dangerous driving conditions. Rather than miss important class sessions, students in online courses can always “attend” by participating on discussion boards or in chat sessions, turn in their work on time, and watch lectures or read materials. Many students also find that the amount they save on fuel costs can be substantial if they don’t have to commute to a physical campus in general, no matter what the weather conditions may be.
- Improve your technical skills: Even the most basic online course requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The skills students learn to participate in their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into your assignments, completing online training sessions, etc.
- Transfer credits: For college students who want to attend summer classes, but who live too far from their colleges or have to work summer jobs, taking online classes from an accredited college and transferring the credits to their primary college is a good idea. Students will be able to earn college credit while still enjoying their summer vacation or fulfilling the responsibilities of their seasonal jobs. Similarly, if a college or university is unable to offer enough open sections of a required course, students can take the course online at another college and transfer the credits.
1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.
2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.
3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a “me first” attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.
6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.
7. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
8. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.
9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
10. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on “doing,” as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.
11. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. Music contributes to mental health and can help prevent risky behavior such as teenage drug abuse, which often leads to institutionalization in a teen rehab.
12. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.
While the path home schoolers follow through high school may be very similar or radically different than their public school counterparts, all applicants are in much the same boat when it comes to college admissions. The big challenge, of course, is how to impress an admissions officer enough to receive an acceptance letter from the student’s school of choice. But a homeschooler without a GPA, class ranking, or high school transcript poses a unique challenge to any admissions office.
Many colleges and universities these days are notably more flexible than in the past about evaluating homeschooled applicants. Some accept portfolios of student work in lieu of the usual requirements, but a list of high school coursework, in one form or another, is usually necessary. That is where a transcript comes into play, a written record of the grades received or aptitude achieved in each course or area of study.
High school transcripts prove useful for more than college admission. They’re used for enlisting in the military, applying for jobs and internships, and even earning the “good student” discount for a family’s auto insurance rates. It’s also useful to have a transcript for the many scholarship applications that require one.
The most common need for a transcript is college admission. But admissions policies vary widely, so when a homeschooler narrows down their list of potential colleges, it’s smart to call and ask those schools directly what they’re looking for. At one end of the spectrum, Harvard doesn’t require transcripts at all, and at the other end, some colleges want high school transcripts to be aligned to state standards set by their Department of Education. Most schools will fall somewhere in between, and it’s up to the applicant to find out where.
For example, Wesleyan College in Connecticut has admitted homeschoolers with simply a portfolio of the student’s high school work, but they prefer a transcript, and the more detailed the better. Ohio State University does require an official transcript, and Southern Methodist University not only requires a transcript but also makes homeschoolers take several exams that are not mandated for other applicants. Each school has a different set of requirements, which are easily ascertained by contacting the admissions office.
Some schools will accept a spreadsheet format, easily compiled on a home computer. Others want courses listed by semester, or perhaps including course descriptions so they know exactly what material was covered. There are both fee-based services and free downloadable templates available online designed to make the chore of writing a transcript easier, but keep in mind there is no “one size fits all” approach, and each college could require something different.
As homeschooling continues to gain popularity, homeschoolers will increasingly compete with traditional students for a limited number of college openings. Considered together with many other criteria, such as SAT or ACT scores and extracurricular activities, high school transcripts serve an important role that homeschoolers cannot ignore. College bound homeschoolers should keep detailed records beginning by 9th grade, and be ready to translate those records into whatever format needed to compete with the ever-changing college admissions process.
Even the most well-intentioned homeschool parent sometimes falls behind on their homeschool record keeping, so if you find yourself in that situation, you’re in good company! Recently I talked to a friend who needed a transcript right away (in a day), but had nothing put together! She hadn’t thought she would need one, but her son suddenly decided that he wanted to enlist in the Navy, and they required him to submit a transcript! What a rotten situation to be in!
Another friend needed some help with her homeschool records, because she couldn’t quite remember what they had done over the years. She opened up her folder where she kept her homeschool records, and—there was nothing in there! She had labeled a few things, but had not kept any papers, records of curriculum, or anything! We looked through her tub of homeschool papers and paraphernalia, and tried to piece together some courses and a transcript. We spent hours going over every aspect of her homeschool, and documented all the courses her children had taken. As I was leaving, I asked her what the family’s plans for the weekend were. She replied that they were going to a Latin competition…but she had never mentioned that they had taken Latin! There wasn’t anything in her binder or her tub that talked about Latin!
No matter how great a homeschool teacher you are, if you don’t keep high school records, you won’t be able to come up with a high school transcript, and in all likelihood, you will need one at some point in your child’s life. That doesn’t mean that you have to keep strict records and spend copious hours writing everything down. Even if you take time once a year to record what happened that year, sort of like I do with my taxes, you’ll be able to create a successful transcript. If my friend above had made a transcript every year, she would never have forgotten something as significant as four years of Latin!
Make sure that you set aside time each year, and preferably more frequently than that, to record what you’ve done in your homeschool. Set aside copies of the papers your children have done, some of their tests, pictures of what they did, and books or curriculum they used. You can take pictures of curriculum instead of storing the actual books themselves, and for anything that’s too big to store, pictures also work well. Look at your calendar to remind you of the activities you spent time on, and look at your checkbook to see where you spent your money. Ask your kids to look over the list, to see if they remember anything that you’ve forgotten. Homeschool records don’t just create themselves; you must be diligent to record what you’ve done! The payoff will come when you apply for college admission and scholarships, and can show the schools all the great stuff your child was involved in, and how well they excelled. Colleges love kids who are involved in unusual or unique activities, so make sure that your child’s individual interests and passions shine through on their transcript!
Most people believe that if your child does not go to public or private school that they are being homeschooled. Maybe or maybe not. That depends on who you ask and what definition of homeschooling you follow.
School-at-home is generally considered at school curriculum administered at home. Sources of the curriculum might be the public school system, private school system, or an independent full curriculum distance school.
The pros of school-at-home are numerous but let’s choose two pros that are particularly interesting to people who never thought they would homeschool.
The first pro is that the entire curriculum is administered by a school, whether it is a local school or a distance learning school. This means that they generally interface with your state’s department of education to make sure that you are educating at home legally. Sometimes the local or distance school will also have accreditation. What this used to mean is that your child’s diploma would hold the same weight as a private or public school diploma but that is not exactly the case anymore. I will tell you a bit more about that shortly.
The second major pro of school-at-home is the idea that everything, the entire curriculum comes as a package. The parent does not need to collect various materials from different places. The curriculum is standardized and every student enrolled in this type of education will get the same instructional materials.
The pro of the entire curriculum coming in a package can also be one of the cons of this type of school-at-home. By having a standardized curriculum the parent is not given the option of allowing the student to study any one subject more in depth than any other. The student is expected to complete work at a pre-determined pace, and there is little flexibility to allow for a student’s individual learning style.
This is actually the point where the contrast between school-at-home and homeschool are most notable.
Homeschooling can differ greatly from school-at-home, but it can also resemble school-at home.
One of the most important hallmarks of true homeschooling is flexibility. When a parent chooses to homeschool they are choosing to take control over their child’s education and also ultimate responsibility. What this means is that parents choose what their children study, in what order, and what depth. This allows not only for student interests but also the student’s learning style. There are many sources to choose from when choosing homeschool curricula and it is possible to pick different subjects from the source that best fits your child’s learning style.
A second important aspect of homeschooling is the idea that the parent is in control of timing and schedule. In most states this means that parents choose when and if to have their children submit to standardized tests. Being in control of the family’s schedule can be very important, especially if there is any aspect of the family’s schedule is variable. One particular example might be children in military families. Deployments do not occur according to school schedules. Having the schedule flexibility to take a break when the military parent returns is of great benefit.
It was mentioned earlier that school-at-home often provided accredited diplomas for high school graduates. Recently, many states have passed rulings that allow diplomas from any homeschool to hold the same weight as other schools. This is good news for families who educate at home.
Which is better?
So which one is better, school-at-home or homeschool? Well, that would depend on you, as the parent, and your child’s needs. Some students need a lot of structure, and need to move at a pre-determined rate. Other students need to move at their own pace, faster in some subjects, slower in others. There are positives and negatives to both methods of educating children at home. Consider which might work best for your family if you are considering home education.
Online learning is an exceptional experience for candidates who wish to maintain balance between studies and work. Flexible learning environment is provided here. The learning pattern is innovative and encouraging. Discussion is a required part of E education because it helps to get a good grade. Every discussion takes place on a particular topic. It is online discussion that connects you with your e-learning classmates. One topic and several points of views in form of answers seem thought provoking. Candidates are required to give an answer showing their understanding and critical thinking.
Here are some important tips to make your discussion posting worthy of an A+.
Identify the Purpose of Discussion
The virtual classroom discussion is far different than the regular classroom discussion. Here you use keyword to share your thought instead of your voice. Each discussion has a purpose which is important to understand. So, read the discussion posting carefully or more than twice to provide an accurate answer.
Read the Direction of Discussion Posting Carefully
Whether you a seasoned e-learner or a new candidate, it is must for you to know the direction of posting. Sometimes, it is required to give personal response and sometimes a formal response with full of ideas is required to provide. It is better to read other related discussion questions before you provide answer.
Point to Point Discussion
Make your answer well focused. Don’t move from the topic. Relevant and point to point solution to a question is essential. If you are off-topic, it is hard to score well.
Online discussion doesn’t require candidates to give answer instantly. A time is set to provide an answer to a question. You can get enough time to gather references to provide the best answer. Collect relevant and accurate references. Make sure that your answer is a mixture of your thoughts and references so that uniqueness can be seen. Otherwise your answer could be count as plagiarism or copied. Try to provide the answer in your own words.
Follow the Posting Rules
It is necessary to follow the posting rules that your e-learning centre has instructed for discussion forum. Usually, the rules carry on time posting, unique posting, on topic respond, structure of respond and word limits. Read the instruction before posting. If your answer is right but it is not according to rules, you will not get grading for this. Your effort can go vain.
Provide Satisfactory Answer
According to online distance education rules, your discussion posting should satisfy the professor and classmates. Don’t leave your answer in mid way. Try to include every major point that gives worth to your answer and makes it meaningful.
Writing Your Post
Type your post initially in a word processing program to avoid mistakes. Online discussions are usually informal, but candidates should give the best answer with no spelling and grammatical mistakes. Write your answer in MS Word first to avoid such mistakes and copy it to the forum.
Regularly participate in discussion to get good grades.
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