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The Cornerstone

The Cornerstone
My name is Angela Watson (formerly Powell), and I was a classroom teacher for 11 years: five in the Washington, D.C., area and then six years in South Florida. I started this website in 2003 at and called it Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers because I wanted to share ideas around the practical aspects of running a classroom. Since that time, both the site and my work as an educator have evolved in many different ways, but I’m still focused on my passion for creating resources that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. The original design and title for this site ten years ago. Currently I’m an Educational Consultant based in New York City.

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Why I teach online courses Why should college faculty teach online courses when there's substantial evidence that it's probably detrimental to their promotion and tenure? That said, I have to admit that I teach online courses. By the time you've finished reading this column I hope that you will become an advocate for online courses. In order to explain why I teach online courses, I first need to tell you a little about myself. I'm a professor who teaches information systems in a business school. Maker Ed's Resource Library » Become a Sponsor Disclaimer: Maker Ed’s online Resource Library contains links to third-party organizations, companies, and commercial products. By including these resources, Maker Ed intends to highlight their potential value to the maker education community, rather than to provide an endorsement.

National Standards for Financial Literacy by CEE Financial Literacy The National Standards for Financial Literacy provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. A student who masters the knowledge embodied in the standards should be able to avoid making poor financial decisions, understand the economic reasons behind the trade-offs between financial choices, and know the basis for their own decisions. The standards contain the areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning IncomeBuying Goods and ServicesUsing CreditSavingFinancial InvestingProtecting and Insuring

A Sputnik moment for STEM education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012 Photos: James Duncan Davidson Ainissa Ramirez comes on stage armed with a blowtorch. Well, that sure got everyone’s attention. Online Shopping Sales Assistants: 16 sales staff for Ho Chi Minh City and 10 sales staff for Hanoi City A Sales Assistant is expected to help customers to choose the products and maintain a high level of customer service. Classroom Central Programs Our mission:Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Our impact:Classroom Central supports over 100,000 students in poverty in over 200 schools in 6 school districts: Charlotte Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell/Statesville, Union, the City of Kannapolis, and Lancaster, SC). Our programs: We serve high needs students via four programs: Classroom Central Free Store – Teachers and other school personnel in eligible schools “shop” for free school supplies throughout the academic year.

5 Free and Simple Timers for Teachers In the school at which I teach we have eighty minute class periods. Eighty minutes is a long time for anyone, let alone teenagers, to stay in one room and on task. Therefore, I break up the time with varied activities and "break times" during the eighty minutes. One tool that can help to get the students and me to not stretch the "break times" is to use a countdown timer. Online Stopwatch is a free website that gives you the choice of a stopwatch function or a countdown function. Three ways teachers can wind down effectively after a long term The countdown has begun for many teachers who eagerly anticipate a well deserved and much needed Christmas break. It may surprise you to hear that there is a neuroscience behind effectively switching to rejuvenation mode. Just as your brain’s memory strengthens with practice, so do your brain’s behaviour control networks. Essentially, what this mean is that teachers get used to patterns of behaviour – such as thinking about their pupils before themselves – during term time which can be hard to break over the holidays. However, it’s important to switch off. So to help you I’ve put together a few tips on how to do this.

Methods, post-method, and métodos Ask teachers what method they subscribe to, and most will answer either that they don’t follow a method at all, or that they are 'eclectic', and pick and choose from techniques and procedures associated with a variety of different methods. Some might add that, essentially, their teaching follows the principles laid down by the communicative approach, itself a mixed bag, embracing anything from drills to communicative tasks, and everything in between. But the concept of a single, prescriptive 'method' - as in the Direct Method, or the Oral Method – seems now to be dead and buried. The end of methods The demise of method is consistent with the widely held view that we are now in a 'post-method' era. Thus, as long ago as 1983, Stern declared that 'several developments indicate a shift in language pedagogy away from the single method concept as the main approach to language teaching' (1983, p. 477).

8 Excellent Blended Learning Tools for Teachers September 25, 2015In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology, a teaching and learning approach that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer mediated activities to deliver instruction. The strengths of this instructional approach is its combination of both face to face and online teaching methods into one integrated instructional approach. In today's post, we are sharing with you a set of some useful web tools you can use for blended learning:1- Blubbr Blubbr is a cool web tool that allows users to create quizzes around YouTube videos. These are basically interactive video quizzes ( called Trivs ) that you can create for your students and which they can answer while they watch the selected video clip.

Estimating Startup Costs for a New Business Confounded over how much money you’ll require for your startup business? Well, don’t fret. There’s an easy approach to breaking this mystery down and creating a clear picture of the funds that your startup business will need. Startup cost categories Bear in mind that different small businesses will have different types of startup costs.

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