Confused by trigonometry? What if I told you that modern math is not too accurate, anyway...and the ancient world had a better way? Read more about it, here:
Studying and high-stakes testing has already begun, even as Summer activities continue. For a break, students might enjoy sampling an exam from previous generations:
“This copy of the Eighth Grade Exam for Bullitt County Schools in 1912 was donated to the ,museum. We thought you might like to see what the test looked like more than a hundred years ago. Obviously it tested some things that were more relevant at that time than now, and it should not be used to compare student knowledge then and now.”--1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools,
What do you think?
Many high school and college students (and teachers) experience increasing anxiety as Fall classes loom large on the horizon. Here's a video that effectively explains the Feynman Method, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f-qkGJBPts , a simple technique to accelerate learning and make studying easier for higher level classes. The video producer, Thomas Frank, also provides his free e-book (10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades), available over at College Info Geek: https://collegeinfogeek.com/get-better-grades. (Hey, nothing wrong with being "nerdy," is there?)
Students can save time and money if their college accepts credit by examination tests, such as DSST exams. Categories include Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Sciences and Technology. If you'd like to find out more, check out the newly updated test fact sheets, at getcollegecredit.com/exam_fact_sheets..
Homeschool students who enjoyed unit studies may wish to explore new project-based college credit options, called “competency based,”which offer flexibility and a hands-on approach to achieving an accredited college degree. Find out more through University of Wisconsin (https://flex.wisconsin.edu/faqs/), which has been a trail-blazer in this new education option. Other university systems are also developing and testing new competency based plans. Try Coursera (https://www.coursera.org ) and Edx for a variety of free college online courses from Johns Hopkins, UM, Stanford, UCSan Diego, Duke, MIT, Harvard, U-California-Berkley, U-Texas, and more. Some Coursera classes may require fees to access all material, which may be financial aid eligible; check with your educational institution to see if classes will receive transfer credit or not. Learn how some fee-based courses may be credit-eligible, at https://www.edx.org/credit . HippoCampus offers free videos in a variety of subject areas, including mathematics. Courses range from arithmetic to calculus and advanced math. Also consider options at Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative (http://oli.cmu.edu ), Saylor Academy and free economics courses through Marginal Revolution University (George Mason Univ.). Learn about the Alternative Credit Project Ecosystem, which is “a pool of low-cost or no-cost, lower division courses and general education online courses across 20 to 30 subject areas. Participating colleges and universities agree to accept transfer credit for these courses, allowing students to enroll with up to two years of credit toward a four-year degree." (American Council on Education, College Credit Recommendation Service) Straighter Line includes some ACE accredited courses, but requires a relatively inexpensive membership fee (currently $99/monthly), offers free trial lessons (http://www.straighterline.com/landing/take-free-trial-course-cnt). ALEKS, another online course provider, has a free trial course available (https://www.aleks.com/free_trial/consumer). ALEKS has also achieved approval from ACE (American Council on Education, http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.main) for some of their some of their math courses. To find out more, see http://www.free-clep-prep.com/ALEKS-Math-Courses.html.
Are you an audio learner? Do you need to hear it to learn it? If you haven't already tried the free audio materials at LibriVox library, you are in for a delightful treat! Check it out at https://librivox.org. Listen and read along with public domain Ebooks. As an example, classical educators and pirate fanciers (yes, a strange combination indeed) may enjoy Captain Boldheart and the Latin-Grammar Master, by Charles Dickens.
Here's information on the free online class for CPR/First Aid, https://www.udemy.com/cpr-aed-and-first-aid-course/?aa7ac=EyN/HjgDByVQHV8eLw4FJFBR&dl=1&utm_source=email_pro&utm_medium=post_enroll&utm_content=t1&utm_campaign=post_enroll . After you complete the UDEMY course, go to NHCPS.com/MOOCS and get a certificate. It is free.
Spend a little more time and you can be fully certified with continuing healthcare credits--all online. You'll need to take a final exam, but it is only 20 questions. The class has a regular $45 price, but can get the certification for free by putting in a code a checkout when you "purchase" the course. (Put the code in the space that says "Enter Code" and click "Redeem Code." Then Checkout.)
NHC posted a note about this at the UDEMY course:
"Visit nhcps.com and enter code UDEMYHEART100 during checkout. Share the code with family, friends, your neighbor, anyone!"
So do the UDEMY course first, then go to http://www.nhcps.com and sign up to get certified (or re-certified, if your certification is expired). You'll get a free CPR handbook and videos. I completed the full CPR certification course successfully, and only took a few hours. Note that I was certified previously, so I am just renewing. People will probably need more time if this is their first course. I'm now re-certified for two more years, and it didn't cost me a cent. It worked for me; how about you? You never know, it may save a life someday.
I added more materials to my Creative Bible Teaching page, including a lesson plan (with Youtube link) in Metaphysics and Doctor Who: What if Doctor Who Got Saved? I also added Ten Teachable Bible Lessons from the Children’s Ministry Bible.
They tell me I'm graduating from the GBS Aldersgate program in May of 2015 (BA in Church and Family Ministries with a Cognate in Elementary Education, http://www.gbs.edu/adep). I'm grateful. I'm excited. I really am!
Graduation is a time of reflection, and I am thankful for strength from the Lord who guided me along the way. I am so blessed by the support and encouragement of my loving family. I appreciate my knowledgeable, patient teachers. I couldn't have finished without you!
The only thing is, my learning is not complete. I will never be done. I love learning too much, and there are too many good books that I haven't yet explored. Teachers are required to take continuing education classes. That's great for me, as I'd do it anyway, formally or informally. I expect to continue learning and improving as long as the Lord has me on this earth, and I am constantly looking for ways to improve my teaching skills.
In his popular book, Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks shared about “older” folks who were still learning and teaching. I was especially moved by his description of the eighty-six year old who had “written out her goals for the next ten years” just before she died! Hendricks offers a suggestion on a consistent reading and study program, saying that “leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.”
I love learning along with my students: There's always something new to discover! Here's a mini-lesson plan to help respond to and practice praying the Scriptures together with students using the Lord's Prayer. I developed it as part of a Creative Bible Teaching class at GBS. My lesson uses the "Hook-Book-Look-Took" format from Creative Bible Teaching, by Lawrence O. Richards and Gary J. Bredfeldt.
Lesson Plan: How to Pray the Scriptures
Hook-Awaken a sense of personal need for teaching adults how to pray the scriptures. Share a time when you wanted to pray but your mind became a blank—perhaps a time of great danger or stress. Allow a few adults to share also.
BOOK-Teach the Lord's Prayer as an example (Matthew 6:9-13 - KJV). Put it up on the screen, using the resource at http://rwf2000.com/prayer.htm . You can also watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O174gaJJzg .
LOOK-Each student could pray one sentence in the passage, applying it personally to their own life. For example, the teacher may begin with “Our Father, who art in heaven..” This will lead the prayer into a “Praise you, that I can truly call you Father!”Ask students to share where they are in their personal Bible study, and share an example of how to pray the scriptures where they are in the Bible. After praying through the verses, break up into very small (two or three people) groups to discuss about how to make each verse personal, and truly meditating on what it means.
TOOK—Teachers explain how they are praying the Scriptures in their personal Bible study and prayer. Teachers could also share a few brief passages from prayer journals. Ask the students to commit to pray the Scriptures in their personal Bible study every day until the next lesson, writing any spiritual insights and answered prayers in their journals.