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Flipped Classroom

If you have children in middle or high school, you may have heard of the flipped classroom. It works in lots of different ways, but the main idea is that teachers actually assign instructional lessons for students to do at home, so that they can devote class time to more complex and personalized tasks. Instead of presenting new material to students in class, and then assigning practice exercises for them to do at home, teachers can supply video or other lessons for students to review on their own as homework. That leaves much more time for questions, individual instruction, and other forms of follow-up in class.

While the concept is not new , the idea of the flipped classroom has become much more popular in recent years. This is due in part to two chemistry teachers in Colorado who stumbled onto how well it worked for their students. Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams teach at Woodland Park High School. The teachers noticed that when they posted online copies of their lectures for absent students to review at home, students who had been in class also took advantage of the opportunity to review the lessons they had already learned . This gave the teachers the idea to take advantage of students’ ability to cover new material on their own at home. If the students could get the basic idea by themselves, there would be more time in class to collaborate, ask questions, tackle advanced projects, and engage the material in other ways. Eventually, the teachers posted their lessons online, inviting others to try the method in their own classrooms. It has proven to be popular in schools across the country and at lots of grade levels.

It is interesting to note that the flipped classroom is a lot like what happens in many liberal arts classes at the college level. Students are assigned reading to do on their own before class. Then they meet with professors to discuss the reading and to challenge their own and others’ sense of what the material means and what it says about the world. Of course, it may be easier to imagine college students tackling material on their own. Bergmann, Sams, and others have proven that, with the right tools, students in middle school are also perfectly capable of picking up a lot of basic material by themselves.

One possible long-term benefit of this trend is that students in high school and earlier can gain exposure to college-style instruction. Students who are used to learning new material on their own may have an easier time adjusting to college courses where a good portion of instructional material is read and processed outside the classroom. Because of this, the flipped classroom may be helping to bring K-12 classrooms more in line with the culture of the colleges and universities they are preparing their students to enter.

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Children to Tell Time

One of the most enjoyable and important milestones for young children is learning to tell time on a traditional analog clock. For parents, it often marks a proud moment when we can congratulate our children on accomplishing an important goal. For children, there’s a sense of pride in having solved a grown-up puzzle.

How to go about teaching this skill is often a mystery though. Do we teach children to count by five? Should we label every tick mark on the clock, one through sixty? Like any other skill, there’s no one best way to teach every child. By knowing your child’s strengths and having a sense of what skills you want them to learn, you can come up with lessons that make learning to tell time easy and fun.

One way to approach this lesson is to teach children to count by five. In some cases, parents teach children to look at the numbers on the clock and multiply by five. So if the child sees the second hand on the “9”, they would come up with “45.” However, for young children who lack the math skills to multiply, it can be useful to help your child memorize the appropriate numbers. You could make a paper clock labeled with minute markers to help your child memorize the positions of “5, 10, 15, 20,” and so on.

Next, you want to make sure your child is comfortable counting to sixty. It’s important to master this skill before taking on the clock so that children don’t become frustrated encountering strange numbers. Once a child knows that the “10” on the clock means “50,” they can count off the tick marks to get the exact time. This short cut can help children feel like they’ve accomplished something big before they’re able to multiply the actual numbers or count around the entire clock.

Finally, it’s important to make practicing a normal part of you and your children’s routines. Maybe there’s a clock in the kitchen where they eat breakfast before school. You could assign your child the task of telling you when it’s 7:30 or 7:35, so you know when it’s time to leave the house. This gives them an important responsibility and tells them that you believe they can do an important job. Then after school, you might ask them to tell you when it’s 6:30 so everyone knows it’s time for dinner. By providing simple but exciting opportunities to practice, you can help motivate your child to pick up an important skill that much faster.

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One of the greatest challenges in any school is when and how to discipline students who exhibit poor behavior. We’re all familiar with the idea of detention, and in extreme case, suspension, as a form of punishment for disruptive students. But some schools in the U.S. are experimenting with a radical new form of discipline aimed at teaching students better coping skills to help deal with the conflicts they encounter in class.

At Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, students who act out aren’t sent directly to the principal’s office. Instead, they’re sent to the school’s meditation room. The Mindful Moment Room, as it’s called, is a place where students can sit quietly, not to be punished, but to think and breathe and calm themselves after a rough interaction with another student or a teacher. Carlillian Thompson, Coleman’s principal, reports students hardly get sent to her office anymore. Through meditation, most students are able to regain a sense of calm, and return to their classrooms and their work.

Coleman isn’t just using meditation for discipline. It is one of a handful of schools that have actually incorporated mindfulness into the regular school day. Every morning, an announcement over the intercom leads students in 15 minutes of guided meditation. The idea is to set the tone for a productive day.

They have a similar practice at Burton High School in San Francisco. A few years ago, Principal Bill Kappenhagen extended the school day at Burton by 30 minutes to accommodate daily meditation for the students. The program, called Quiet Time, is part of a partnership between the San Francisco Public School District and the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education. Since the program’s inception, the school reports a 75% decrease in suspensions. Burton is one of four schools in San Francisco currently participating in the program.

Schools like Coleman and Burton aren’t simply experimenting with new forms of discipline. In the last few years, research has supported the idea that meditation and mindfulness practices can have all sorts of benefits for children. In one study, children between 9 and 13 years old had less anxiety and were better able to pay attention after participating in mindfulness-based therapy. Of course, there’s lots of research showing that meditation has physical and mental benefits for adults. The question for many researchers and educators is whether children can marshal those same benefits to improve their behavior and do better in school. At schools like Coleman and Burton, teachers are finding that mindfulness is a promising alternative to old-fashioned kinds of discipline, and may teach students skills that they can use to cope with life’s challenges beyond the classroom.

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Flash Cards

Not many people think of study aids as a source of fun and creativity. However, flash cards are one of the most effective tools students can use to remember material. And they can also be lots of fun to make and use. By encouraging your student to personalize and be creative with these study tools, you can improve their engagement with the material they are trying to master.

First, let’s think about the basic idea of a flash card. You might be thinking of an index card with a word or phrase on one side and a definition on the other side. Or you could be thinking of a card with the name of an important person or event at the top, and a few key details underneath it. If you visualize these cards in your mind, you’ll see there are lots of ways to be creative and make them a reflection of the person using them.

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One simple way to make flash cards more fun and effective is to add color. If your student is a visual learner, adding color gives them another way to remember material. If they’re studying material that has different categories, they can use a different color for the cards in each category. For example, a student studying French vocabulary might make flash cards with feminine words in one color and masculine words in another color. This way, visualizing the card can help them remember the gender of the word. It also gives the student the opportunity to mark, color, highlight, or otherwise personalize their study aids to make them more fun.

Another option is that students who like to draw can take advantage of their skills by drawing out illustrations instead of writing out traditional details and definitions. There may be students who remember the definition of “mirth” better by drawing out a smiling face than by writing out the definition from the dictionary. For some students, an elaborate drawing, bordering on an art portrait, may be the most satisfying reference point. For these students, the time they spend creating their cards is just as important as the time they spend studying them. The experience and memory of creating something can be just as powerful a reminder as reviewing it later.

Finally, don’t think that flash cards have to be limited to writing and drawing. We’ve all heard of study aids that involve singing songs and doing physical activities to help students remember material. Flash cards can be multi-dimensional, too. Students can use paint, ribbon, decorative tape, photographs, or anything else that makes the cards more interesting and helps them engage with the material. If they need ideas, social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram are a great source of inspiration. There are lots of users who share their creative homemade study guides online.

Wherever students get their ideas, the point is to allow them to express themselves in a way that makes studying more personal. This is one way to help them stay connected to material they might otherwise find challenging.

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Extra-curricular Activities

By now we all know that participating in extra-curricular activities is an important part of children’s education. Students learn discipline, teamwork, creativity, and other important life skills in the activities they do outside the classroom. They also become well-rounded people who have interesting stories to tell when it’s time to apply to college. However, the cost of children’s extra-curricular activities can be daunting for some families. It’s important to keep costs in mind and structure children’s schedules so that they’re getting the benefits of activity without burdening the family finances.

One of the first ways you can save money on your children’s activities is by encouraging them to participate in school-based clubs and teams. Private sports leagues can be a major expense. Registration and travel fees, along with uniforms and other equipment can easily surpass $1,000 per child per season. One of the benefits of school-based activities is that many of these costs are shouldered by the school/district rather than the parents. For instance, a private baseball league will likely require each player to provide his own equipment. A school league though, may provide bats, balls, and transportation to and from games, along with other perks.

Another way to keep costs down is to limit the number of activities students try at one time. Some parents find success letting children do only one or two activities at a time. Other parents make sure that children understand that their activities are a commitment. So a student can’t give up on an expensive new activity after a just a few weeks. This encourages kids to be more thoughtful about what they take on.

It’s also important to remember that not every activity has to be organized. There are lots of fun, character-building things students can take up on their own, for much less money than group-based activities. For instance, running and cycling are highly regarded activities with measurable mental health benefits and very little up-front cost. By encouraging your student to try something on their own, you teach them not to be limited by the obvious options and to think about the kinds of things that they might personally enjoy. Maybe there’s no art club at your child’s school. But a few trips to the local arts and crafts store could take the place of expensive private lessons.

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The key is to be flexible in thinking about the choices you and your children have in taking on activities. Be realistic about your family’s financial situation and don’t worry that your children are missing out if they’re not playing on the most expensive teams. It’s okay if they don’t do every activity their friends are doing. Sometimes the things we really love are things we find all on our own. As long as your children are thoughtful and committed to the projects they start, there is no shortage of lessons they can learn from whatever they decide to try.

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Train Your Brain Day

This day each year gives us an incredible opportunity. October 13th is Train Your Brain Day. However, every day is full of choices to be made, whether big or small. Those tiny routine actions made such as opening your eyes upon waking up in the morning to life changing decisions like getting married or running for President all start with functions of your brain. You couldn’t do anything without the use of it. And with its power, you can do anything.

This Day’s History

This day was created to draw attention to the fact that your brain is powerful tool, one that has earth-changing potential. It was also established to motivate us to use that tool for the world’s benefit.

With your brain you can not only invent new ideas and innovations, solve world problems, and design some of the most amazing structures on the planet but you can also change the way you feel, the way you think, and the way you live your everyday life.

We also have an opportunity whether we realize it or not to train our brains continuously. We tell it how to react to certain situations, how to read feelings in ourselves and others, and we even tell it what it has the power to do, sometimes putting it in a box.

This day is made for realizing that there is no box too large for the mind. Its potential and capabilities are endless, you alone limit those. You, with your brain, have to power to feel certain ways, think in certain mindsets, and react to others and the world around you. How you do that is completely up to you. It’s a simple choice you can make. If you want to have the best day or life possible, you alone can choose to make decisions and react positively.

How it is Celebrated

Train Your Brain Day is celebrated by making choices to better yourself and your future. That could mean doing some cognitive exercises like crosswords, math problems, or puzzles of various kinds. It could be teaching yourself something new such a new language or enrolling in an art class. Or it could be as unpretentious as waking up with the mindset of succeeding and choosing to not get upset if things don’t go as planned or how you had hoped.

Train your brain to be a positive and empowering tool. Every moment offers you the opportunity to make a positive reaction or a negative one. Let’s choose to make the world better by training our brains to be the best they can be both in simple everyday actions and those earth-moving ones that defy all odds.

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Each year in the month of November, the National Diabetes Month is celebrated and the communities across the country observe this day to bring awareness to Diabetes and its impact on millions of people. The government and the media are more concerned to increase the awareness among the people and are focused on the need to slow the “widespread” growth of Diabetes and pre-Diabetes in the United States.

However, the efforts to end Diabetes was first started by the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes campaign. This campaign helps people to take an online risk test to measure their personal risk of developing pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Then they refer them to a specialist who can recheck their test results, suggest a high risk, and how to come out of it.

Living with Diabetes can be challenging to everyone as managing it is a big task. While this is an essential month for the people to know more about it, you have teams who can help you to get proper knowledge on how you can plan your diet and get rid of it.

But what if you already have Diabetes or someone in your family has it? Is there anything in National Diabetes Month for you? Yes, of course, there is! For people who already have Diabetes, it’s a good time as any to take a look at your Diabetes management and ask yourself how things are going and how you need to work on them.

Commit yourself to new healthy habits for one month. Here are some tips for you which may help you to have good health:

Lifestyle habits — are not just eating and exercising. But you have to know the best way to manage your general health and your Diabetes management. While these habits may affect your blood glucose levels directly, and others may have a more indirect effect, allowing or preventing you from carrying out your daily practices.

More sleep — Not getting enough sleep can increase insulin resistance, meaning your body needs more insulin to get glucose into your cells. This can lead to higher blood glucose levels and is supposed to have other negative health effects. Whereas, the inadequate sleep also tends to leave you feeling fatigued during the day, and believe it makes harder for you to exercise, eat right, think good, remember, and cope with stress.

Drink more water — Dehydration can make you feel tired and because thirst is often mistaken for hunger, it can also make you eat more. Drinking more water can make you feel soothed and help your body function in the better way. But, remember if you’re not dehydrated, drinking more water in place of caloric or alcoholic beverages will probably be good for your health. While the calories consumed in liquids don’t incline to satisfy hunger the way calories in food do, so make a habit to intake more liquids, and quench your thirst with water, then eat food if you’re hungry.

Try to inspect your feet every day. Yes, you may not probably find nothing of great attention on your feet in a month of daily checking, but it’s never too early to familiarize yourself with what your feet normally look like. In this way, if you find any changes then this will help you to know more why you see changes in your body and see a specialist.

Try a new fruit or vegetable — Fruits and vegetables offer many nutrition benefits, which include fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for everyone. While the amounts of various nutrients vary from different fruits and vegetables with more darker-colored, they produce more nutrients. Consuming such variety of fruits and veggies is an excellent way to gain a full range of benefits.

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How to celebrate this day

Find a Diabetes-related event or activity that takes place in your area. As you will find many organizations sponsor events such as health fairs, walkathons, support groups, bike rides, and other activities that are aimed at raising public awareness of Diabetes, or offering education and support to people living with Diabetes. Not all of them take place during November, but most will have information available on when and how to sign up for upcoming events.

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The recent research suggests that the attacks of forgetfulness could cause a safety mechanism in the brain designed to make sure we're not loaded with information. In other words, the specialists say that it's a healthy part of the brain's operation. In their words, they say that it might come as a relief if we are always forgetting where we left our belongings like house keys and some other stuff, but this could also possibly teach us more about how our brain operates.

According to two well-known researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada, the memory isn't envisioned to help communicate the most accurate information, but it would be rather the most useful information that can help us make smart decisions in the future. However, it is always very important that the brain forgets immaterial details and instead focuses on the stuff that's going to help us to make decisions in the real world.

While some researchers took this in a different approach and to the idea of memory and looked at the neurobiology of remembering, or perseverance, while others looked at the neurobiology of forgetting, or transience.

However, researchers found evidence of the thoughtful weakening of the synaptic connections between neurons that help to encrypt memories, as well as the signs in which the new neurons overwriting existing memories exit, to make them harder to access. So why is the brain spending time trying to make us forget?

Primarily, forgetting helps us adjust to new circumstances by letting go of our old memories we don't need. So, in this way if your favorite coffee shop has moved to the other side of the town, and you find a new one closer to you, your brain will let you forget the old location and thus, help you remember the new one.

In another way, forgetting allows us to generalize our past events and help us to make decisions about new ones. There is a concept known in artificial intelligence as regularization. Which means when you just tend to remember the main gist of your previous visits to that coffee shop; rather than every little detail, it will then be less work for your brain to figure out how to behave the next time you go in there.

Now – when you try to navigate the world your brain will constantly bring up the multiple conflicting memories, such things make it harder for you to make knowledgeable decisions.

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In this way, the researchers also think the amount of forgetting we do could be contingent on the environment, and with a faster pace of change would definitely require a faster pace of forgetting too.

In one of the recent experiments, it was proved that forgetting information we need to remember too often is a frustrating practice and this can be a sign of more serious problems. But new research suggests that at a certain level of forgetfulness is actually a built-in mechanism which is designed to make us smarter.

The point of memory is to make you a smart person; who can make wise decisions given the circumstances, and the important aspect in helping you do that is being able to forget some information which is not important to remember.

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If you love playing outdoor in a luxurious green setting, then Golf might be a game for you to play. So, it’s time to take out the clubs from your storage and get ready to hit the green. National Golf day is observed since 1916 and is celebrated on October 4th every year. It is said that the first professional golf tournament was held on this day.  Although many people claim that the day first steel golf club was allowed to be used in championship play for the first time on this day. Whatever the cause or reason is, put on your favorite golf sweater, as it’s time to enjoy a relaxing game of golf.

About Golf

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Golf is played upon a sequence that has a certain number of goals to reach. While each of these goals contains a hole precisely 4.25” in diameter.

The size of the hole in golf was determined by the size of a pipe used to fortify a crumbling hole in St. Andrews. The hole is located in a special place on the course and it is known as the green, named for the specially tended grass which makes it stand out from the rest of the course.

During the course, there are varying terrain and hazards, from pools of water to pits of sand. However, there are many areas to get in the intrepid golfer's way as he tries to get from the start of the course to the desired hole at the end. The golf course classically consists of 18 holes, but 9 hole courses do exist, which simply require you to play through them twice for a full round of 18 holes.

Everybody who knows about this game has without a doubt heard about the various types of clubs. You will find three basic types of golf clubs, while the first being those known as ‘woods’, which are intended to drive the ball over long distances from open lies, such as a fairway or tee box.

The next type of clubs is known as ‘irons’. This type of club can be used for many sorts of shots, but these are typically used for short distances when approaching the tee.

The third type of club is called the ‘putter’, this type of club designed especially for the purpose for which it was named, putting the ball across the last stretch of green into the much sought-after hole.

If you have a desire to give this sport a try, then find a good golf course near you and get into it. But remember one thing; if you really want to have the look of a true golfer then grab a good pair of argyle socks, golf shoes and sweater! A golfer needs every bit of luck they can get!!

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Golf in the United States

  • An announcement in the Royal Gazette of New York City for golf clubs and golf balls was a great hit in the year 1779.
  • Notice of annual general conference for a golf club in Savannah was published in the Georgia Gazette In 1796.
  • Golf became confidently established in the late 19th century.
  • In 1894, Delegates from the; Newport Country Club, Yonkers, New York, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club met in New York City to form what became the United States Golf Association (USGA)
  • Did you know that there were 267 Clubs affiliated to the USGA in the year 1910?
  • 1922 – Walter Hagen became the first native-born American to won the British Open Championship.
  • By 1932 there were more than 1,100 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
  • 1980 – Over 5,908 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
  • 2013 – Over 10,600 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.

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