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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Make College Students More Courageous

Reduce Fears and Anxieties

If you want your students to be more courageous, remember that as a professor, your role is to teach, guide, model and inspire, not to show students how tough “the real world is.” Learning new content and balancing education with life is already hard enough, no need to instill fear on top of this. As an added bonus, as you minimize fears and anxieties, and students push through, they build confidence.

To minimize fears and anxieties in your students, there are several things you can do, here are some tips:

Set course expectations up front.

Link students to helpful resources.

Give them tips on what to do if they encounter technology problems.

Provide your contact information and answer emails/calls in less than 24 hours.

Give a little leeway in the event a student had a major life event occur during a specific week.

Humanize yourself. You can do this by sharing a little about who you are personally, doing videos in the courseroom, using humor, building rapport.

Don’t give negative feedback in the open forum. Use personal email or gradebook feedback.

Give feedback on assignments and discussion questions. This helps the student to know what they have done well with and where they can improve. No feedback leaves students in the dark as to what they can improve on and how.

Encourage Students to Focus on What They Can Control

In a classroom setting, you are the authority. Students may feel intimidated at times or feel that they have limited power. Perhaps they don’t like the content, don’t understand it, or are having personal troubles while also trying to manage their education. As a professor, if you want to increase your student’s courage, help students to focus on what is in their control. This will help students persevere in the face of adversity or trials because they will realize they are not completely powerless.

Here are some tips you can share with students to help empower them to take control over their education:

Give students tips on avoiding procrastination

Share resources on balancing life and work

Give students tools on how to achieve better time management

Help students become intentional about their leaning. You can provide them with assessments that can help them better understand how they learn. (Check out the Learning Connections Inventory (LCI) through Let Me learn).

Share school/university resources.

Educate students on the importance of, and how to, build support systems and strong networks.

Teach students how to create SMART goals.

Encourage students to take an honest look at the people and activities in their lives. Then have them personally assess what/who might be best to cut versus keep in order to achieve those SMART goals.

Teach Communication Skills

It takes courage to do something when you are scared or to press on in the event of pain and sadness. It is important to let students know that they are valuable and can use their voice to make a difference. By teaching students how to speak up, you empower them to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others- and that often takes a lot of courage. In today’s society, the next generation in line must be heard. They are facing extreme levels of violence and rage, but the power of speech can change that and create a positive movement. As a professor, you can also educate your students on how to speak up on less socially involved issues, but still critical aspects of a student’s life; for example, how to speak up for an advancement or say no to outside tasks that don’t fit their goals.

Here are some ways you can help students improve their communication:

Educate students on the importance of various communication styles (formal, informal, verbal, non verbal).

Provide tips on how to use social media- alongside pros and cons.

Provide guidance on how to listen and the value of patience.

Educate students on how certain words can be perceived as having self-doubt. (For example, watching how often a student leads with “I think” or “I feel” in negotiating or business).

Model being respectful and discuss the importance of having an open mind.

Provide feedback on how to be clear and concise, yet substantially answer a question.

Share resources, such as books, articles and videos on how to communicate with confidence.

Studying in Poland

1. History

Poland’s history of academic started from somewhere around in middle of the 14th century, when King Casimir the Great established Cracow Academy, which is today known as the Jagiellonian University which was world’s first state ministry for education. And after almost two centuries later Jesuit College for Vilnius got transferred into the Vilnius Academy. So by the end of 17th century, the Poland and Lithuania Kingdoms had 3 major universities providing academic education to the national student’s as well international ones.

2. Value for Money

Polish university tuition fees are considerably lower than other study destinations, Fees are rarely more than 2800 EURO per annum, bigger saving in comparing with other European countries.Warsaw is a cheaper place to live than many Eastern European cities, including Prague, Bratislava and Tallinn according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Ranking. And for personal expenses students may opt for part time job during term and full time job during term breaks, which is permitted by the universities like WSGE universities.

3. Student Life

Polish people take higher education seriously and sincerely, so students in Poland often have full time tables and have to work harder. Over there in Poland, universities offer more than one subject, so that student will get specialization in one area but simultaneously will be gaining general education, too.Outside of the university, there is a student’s social life in Poland with night life and the things to do in its student’s cities. Students are provided with the accommodation facility by the university but they can opt for their private apartments, too.

4. How to apply?

Applicants to study in Poland need to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each course (like management, IT, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graphics, Multimedia, etc.) they’d like to apply to… The easiest way to apply for a polish Universities for higher education is to consult any affirm foreign educational consultant in the country. Leading foreign educational consultant is professionally equipped to guide a student through the correct procedure also they ensure the student starts his study in Poland well on time. Vatslya is one of the pioneers of Study in Poland in India & is the Indian official recruiting partner with many leading Polish Universities. The complete application process on an average takes not more than 45 working days.

5. After Graduation

In Poland the post study progression route is very student friendly, as a student if you wish to stay there even after completion of your graduation you are allowed to get your ‘Stay Card’ gets extended. And if anyone is interested in Science and Technology there is good news for you guys, because companies like Microsoft, Intel, GlaxoSmithKline and Google are setting up their bases in Poland.

Rules Of Homeschooling

1. Parent to School Board/Government

We are particularly fortunate because we have multiple school boards that solely serve the homeschooling population in our province of Alberta. This is a tremendous help as we are assigned to a case worker who travels to our house twice a year to consult with us about our goals, curriculum, activities, expenses, etc.

It helps to know that even though we have chosen homeschooling, we are not completely alone. The case worker is also available throughout the year free of charge for questions or advice when difficult situations arise. They also offer great ideas about what is working for other families in similar circumstances.

Another added bonus of this is that our children’s education is documented with a public school board that is recognized by the government of Alberta. This makes the transition to high school and college much easier than if we just went it alone. Part of this is our school board does yearly provincial standard testing, which is kept on file, to help make sure our children are either on par or ahead of children in the public school system.

2. Children To Parent

Children that are homeschooled can quickly fall into the trap of thinking nobody is watching whether or not they are completing their lessons and work. We all know that children will test boundaries when the opportunities arise. They may be banking on the fact that their parents are busy working or doing chores around the house and trust them to do the work on their own.

So precautions must be taken to ensure that the accountability is strong in this area. Children should be given deadlines or goals for each area of study daily. As an example, many curriculum are divided into lessons, so as parents, we may tell our children that they are expected to finish lesson 101 in each subject today.

Some curriculum may encourage more than one lesson per day. Whatever you decide is fine as long as your expectations are expressed and you provide all the materials and help needed to successfully complete the work.

Although children may seem like they don’t like accountability and vehemently oppose it, in reality, most children are somewhat comforted to know that their parents care enough about them to have rules or guidelines.

We would also suggest that accountability not be solely based on the quantity of work being done but rather on quality also. It is completely reasonable to not only expect a lesson to be completed, but also to expect a certain level of proficiency as well. Just filling in blanks with wrong answers doesn’t accomplish anything.

This accountability also requires that there be consequences when work is not done properly. Unless their are attenuating circumstances, like inability to understand or sickness,children need to know that there is a cost to not being accountable. We find removal of electronic privileges work quite well in this regard.

3. Parent to Children

Even though parent to children is number three,that doesn’t mean it is the least important. In fact, we believe it is actually the most important of the three. With the first two, you will get minimal results, but when parents are also accountable to their children, homeschooling all comes together.

Eventually, our kids will reach the age to move out and attend college or start life on their own. What kind of education and how well we have provided it to them will be instrumental to them achieving their goals in life.

Homeschooling is not a cop-out or an easy answer to a busy or transient lifestyle. In fact, if done right, homeschooling can be much more labor intensive for the parent than if their child went to public school. As parents, we now replace the teachers and supporting staff to some degree, depending on the curriculum chosen. It is us who must correct, verify, explain, and encourage our children.

The easiest way to accomplish this is by correcting your children’s work on a daily basis. By doing this, you can catch potential issues before they grow into bigger problems. This is a major bonus of homeschooling!

Homeschoolers

Have an UNSCHOOL DAY – If you are a traditional homeschooler, and not an unschooler, you may wish to have an UNSCHOOl day to break from the norm. Tell your kids that you they can pick anything they want to work on and learn about today. See where the day takes you. (Don’t worry, one day won’t kill the schedule!) If you are an unschooler, maybe plan the day for the kids with worksheets and reading lists and see what happens.

Take an unplanned fieldtrip – Feeling like no one wants school today? Take an unplanned fieldtrip to a park, museum, library, even the shopping mall. Decide to walk around, talk about whatever you want to talk about, stop and relax (and don’t think of the schedule). Have a lunch out. Walk outside. Go to the dog park and name the types of dogs. Look at nature and talk about trees. Just get out of the house and away from the schedule for the day and see how much more focused everyone is the next day.

Let the kids teach – Tell the kids that today, they do not have to do school, but you need to learn. Have them teach you for the day. It’s silly but everyone will have fun and both you and the kids will be surprised how much you learn.

Have Game Day – Spend the entire day playing board games, cards games, and physical games. Have everyone play even if it’s a game for little ones or big ones. Help the little ones by working in pairs. Have big sister suffer through Candyland. Everyone will have fun playing games, taking turns picking what is next, and just spending time together.

Take Dad lunch – Need to take a break from the grind and get out of the house? Take dad lunch at work. Meet him in his lunchroom, at a park, or, if that’s not feasible, find a restaurant nearby and take him there. Enjoy talking to dad over lunch for a change. Maybe show the kids around his office. The kids will like to see dad and even dad will enjoy the break!

Don’t be afraid to have movie day – If you really need a total break. Head over to the library or local movie store and rent some movies. Make some popcorn and cuddle up for some movies. They can be a mix of educational and fun. Let each person in the family pick a movie. Movie day can be fun and educational.