Making Choices

Anything in the news that involves choices – what you buy, what you eat, even going to the movies – is about making choices. Economics is really about people making choices – not merely about making money. The definition of economics is the “science of choice.”

Most importantly, I want my students to know that when you make a choice, you give up something else. For example, when you purchase something, you have to give up money or another product or activity because of your choice.

I like USA TODAY’s features on lifestyles and food in the newspaper’s LIFE section, and the entire SPORTS section because they highlight stories involving choices that children are interested in. The stories on food involve making several choices to determine how much it costs to create a meal.

The lifestyle material is effective because we can talk about, for example, which movies they like. We read the reviews and compare them to other opinions, or write our own reviews. We also discuss why kids and adults like different movies.

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Teacher Qualities to Look For

Teacher qualities to look for are unlikely to be the same from parents to students to administrators. Everyone generally agrees on: kind, nice, “good teacher”, knows the content, but this is not enough to define a stellar teacher.

During my years as an administrator, on occasion, I’ve had to deal with teachers who were incredibly popular with the parent population, but quite frankly were not great based on the teacher qualities I looked for. Check out also this TEDxGhent video about the five principles of highly effective teachers:

As one who has interviewed hundreds of teacher candidates and filled numerous teacher positions K-12, I look for and will probe a candidate repeatedly in relation to certain qualities/characteristics that I believe are essential to a great teacher. Here are just a few of those teacher qualities:

1. Deep understanding and knowledge of the content. Every great teacher has a deep understanding and knowledge of the content they are teaching. This is a given. After all, who wants an AP Biology teacher who doesn’t have a firm grasp of higher level concepts of biology?

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Writing an Essay or Assignment Tips

Essay writing can be a cumbersome and daunting process for some if they still don’t know the right approach to write a great essay. However, if you are able to understand the correct way of doing it, this task will become enjoyable for you rather than being painful.

And with that, it is a guaranteed thing that your piece of work will be a masterpiece. All you have to do is understand the trick to write a great essay and you are sorted. Some of these tips are discussed below:

  • Comprehend the topic

This is an important starting point for great essay writing. You have to understand the topic really well in your mind. Only then you will be able to decide what sort of research you will have to do for the same.

Your brain will start analyzing various aspects of the topic and you will have a well-drafted picture in your mind of how it will look like. You can start highlighting key points and researching on various angles associated with the topic. 

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Teaching students to READ

First and foremost, I am just trying to get students to read. I am trying to get them to find out that there are interesting things in a newspaper. Because newspaper articles are often relatively short, I want students to be able to pull out the main idea of a story and elaborate on it so I know that they understand the entire article.

Sometimes I’ll take words from an article that I think will interest the kids, and we’ll use them as vocabulary words. We’ll talk about the article and how the words are used. When we’ve finished, I take the words and put them into a word find. Then I give my students the word find with the meanings of the words below, so that they not only find the word itself but also can match it with its meaning.

I teach lower-level students, and they need to have the ability to stick with something that is hard for them so that they feel that they are accomplishing something. If it seems like every time they’re attempting something someone is always better than they are, they’re not always going to want to put forth an effort.

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The Real Meaning Of Education

Education does not mean that a person has a folder full of degrees, it means having an appropriate disposition towards life, towards fellow beings, towards your country. Does this statement seem ambiguous to you? If yes, keep reading this piece of writing to understand what we mean by this statement.

There are a number of so-called educated people around us who boast of having the best of the degrees from the best of universities around the globe but when it comes handling the problems of their life, they fail to do so. They keep complaining about the problems in their life and can not make out how to tackle that problem.

If a person can not do this simple task, then what is the purpose of education because historical perspective matters especially when it comes to atrocities against entire populations or genocide. An educated person is the one who is appreciative of the turns of the life, also the cruelties that come with it, and understands that it is a common phenomenon of life and problems are also a part and parcel of life, and most parents do that excellently.

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How to Use News to Teach

If I take into consideration all of the programs that I use, including my basic math and reading programs, USA TODAY ranks at the top for stimulating student interest.

The paper enables me to provide students with hard examples of how math, reading, science and social studies affect our daily lives. The paper provides a colorful, organized, current document that students and teachers can refer to, which brings to life, in a dramatic way, our everyday curriculum.

After letting students first skim the paper, I assign them a number of stories to read from each section, e.g., four stories from NEWS, two from SPORTS, etc. The students are allowed to read any stories that they want, and they must tell me the “Five Ws” of each story: the who?; what?; when?; where?; and why? contained in their stories.

I also let students pick a story of their choice to use with Experience TODAY’s page 3. Allowing students the freedom to pick means they can choose stories that interest them which, in turn, stimulates reading, also about building websites without forgetting to stay with their target audience groups. This, in turn, may be very useful if they want to find the right keywords when setting up a website. This may prove very beneficial later in their lives when they need to promote the organizations they work for.

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Discovering the Best Colleges in Oregon

Oregon is a state known for its natural beauty, its strong lumber and fishing industries and its commitment to eco-friendliness among other things. The state is also home to almost 100 different higher education institutions, from community colleges to prestigious private and public four-year colleges and universities, which all together offer educational offerings to suit any student, no matter what their academic interests. Although all of these schools are excellent in their own way here is a little about five of the best colleges in Oregon:

Best Colleges in Oregon – Oregon State University (OSU) – This prestigious co-ed university was founded in 1856 and is located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school is especially well known for its research opportunities offered to students at all levels and to engage in social media events like Twestival.  OSU’s programs in nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food sciences, and pharmacy technology are all consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation.

You can learn more about OSU by visiting the school’s official website at

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All About the Best Colleges in Alabama

Alabama is home to some great colleges and universities, including some of the most prestigious higher learning institutes in the South. Here is a little information about just some of the best colleges in Alabama:

Best Colleges in Alabama – the University of Alabama – Founded in 1831 the University of Alabama is the largest higher education institution in the state with an average annual enrollment of just under 20,000 students.

The main campus is located in the northern half of the state in Tuscaloosa and is especially renowned for its specialist double major offerings in fields like Sign Language with English Literature, marine science with biology, chemistry or geology, all of which lead to bachelors degrees.

To learn more about the University of Alabama you can visit the school’s website at

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Discovering the Best Colleges in Maryland

Maryland is home to more than 100 great higher education institutions many of them located in the bustling and lively Baltimore area. Although every student has different needs, interests and personal circumstances that influence what they would consider the best college to suit their needs there are some schools that are generally considered to stand out as the best colleges in Maryland. Here is a little about just a few of them.

Best Colleges in Maryland – Johns Hopkins University – Mention the subject of the best colleges in Maryland and many people’s thoughts will immediately turn to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Although it is located primarily in the heart of Baltimore the school does have a satellite campus in nearby Washington DC – The School of Advanced International Studies.
Johns Hopkins is known and renowned worldwide for the excellence of its teaching and the innovation of its research, especially in the fields of applied science and medicine.

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Use Newspapers in Class

At the beginning of each class, I give my students about a half an hour to look through a newspaper[er to find out what’s going on both locally and nationally. I then use the Today’s Issues teaching guide with the Experience TODAY lesson plan to discuss a topic such as risk-taking.

I have students look through the paper for examples of people in the news that are taking risks or placing themselves in difficult situations. We have been talking about Topic 2: HIV, AIDS and other STDs this week, and we use the paper and the case study from Today’s Issues to determine what a person could have done differently to avoid taking the sort of risks that result in negative repercussions. Students discuss what they would have done differently, or where a person could turn to, for example, a state health agency, for help or support.

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