Youth’s Modern Beliefs Vs. Core Values

Youth's Modern Beliefs Vs. Core ValuesThere has been much talk about the attitudes of our youth today and how it contrasts with the values of older generations. Today’s younger generation is also known as the Millennials and they were born between 1981 and probably the early 90s although some have mentioned generation Y which extends from the 90s forward. Millennials and Generation Y members do have a set of values that some find troubling while others find refreshing depending on the person.

Some of The Main Qualities of Younger Generation

Today’s youth are more tech savvy than in previous decades and this means that they are accustomed to completing tasks quickly and they no longer have to wait hours to gather research or do other things. Another quality of the younger generation is the sense of entitlement that they possess at times. It is this quality that irritates many in the older generations since they believe that a person achieves success through hard work and having humility in their lives. We also see that younger persons are high achievers and they strive to do well in all aspects of life.

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The Importance and Power of Education

The Importance and Power of EducationIt has been said that without the best education, it will be almost impossible for someone to find a good job and build financial independence. A good education doesn’t always mean a degree from a four year university but you can get a solid education from a community college or through an apprenticeship where you get on the job training. Here are some of the advantages of getting a good education.

You Gain Lifelong Knowledge

One of the best reasons to get an education is because it contributes to lifelong knowledge as you get older. Gaining an education doesn’t end when you leave college because you’ll also need education to give you the information needed to succeed in the practical aspects of life such as marriage, childrearing, spirituality, employment, and understanding the world around you. For example, you may obtain education by attending business seminars or homeownership classes.

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Little Things To Make Your Life Better

Little Things To Make Your Life BetterAre you tired of living your life the same old way while getting no results? If so, there are some things you can do to improve your life over the next few months or even weeks. It just takes a new attitude, determination and some effort.

Set A New Sleep Schedule

Part of the reason why you’re not always feeling your best is because you do not get enough sleep at night. You should set a new sleep schedule at night and stick to it so that your sleeping habits improve and that you’ll feel great physically. If you work late at night or during overnight hours, try to set a nap time during the day in order to feel refreshed.

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Democracy And Human Rights

Democracy And Human RightsIn democratic societies such as the United States and much of Europe, it is important that human rights are recognized because if they’re not it causes problems such as poverty, crime, broken families, rise in mental health issues and problems in the education system. The government is responsible for creating laws that allow for the fair treatment of individuals so that everyone can get along in the world without too much tension, that may become harmful. Nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups exist for the purpose of giving people an education about what their rights are and about ethical values that promote a better life for all.

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Top Reasons Why Student Should Use Planners

Participants in a teacher’s conference were asked about their best organization and time management recommendations for students. The responses varied from helpful tips to inputs on how to change student’s outlook on education. But one of the highly recommended tools that all teachers unanimously agreed is the use of student planners.

Why student planners are recommended?

Teachers coming from various educational institutions and with varied years of teaching experience believe that planners could greatly help in educating students. This tool can greatly help enhance the learning experience of students by keeping them focused and on track on their work.

Student planners also promote better communication among the students, parents and teachers. Planners develop planning and organizational skills of students. With these planners, students are able to keep track of their homework, projects and other requirements.

Student planners come in different styles, themes and designs. A post at is actually dedicated to this type of planner. Although student planners look differently, they all enhance classroom experience in the same way.

Below we list the four main ways student planners can enhance learning.

  1. Help develop organization skills

Organizing school stuff isn’t an easy task to many students. It requires planning and conscious effort that most students lack. A lot of students get easily worn out and confused with the need to keep up and plan for their classes, exams, projects, school works, and more. However, these can be avoided with proper planning and organizing.

With student planners, learners are able to systematically approach their daily tasks and prepare for all other curricular activities. It can also help teachers further assist their students by reviewing their student planners before they leave class, making sure that they have taken down important information.

  1. Keep track of learning progress

Using student planners enable learners to keep track of their achievements. Students can list down their daily objective and to-do lists. Seeing your accomplishments throughout the week inspires you to study and work harder. Furthermore, goal setting is an essential skill that students will need not only at school but in life.

  1. Teaches responsibility

By using the planners, students are given the freedom to plan, manage and monitor their work. It teaches students to become more responsible with their everyday tasks. It also calls them to take full accountability and commitment towards achievement of their learning objectives.

  1. Promote communication

Miscommunication can hinder in the learning experience of students. Conveying the right information to parents is also vital. Student planners can help prevent miscommunication. It can serve as an excellent communication channel between students, parents and teachers.

Usually, student planners have separate sections dedicated for parent-teacher communication. Here parents can write anything they want the teachers to know such as any learning difficulty of the student or concerns with the school. The teachers can also the planners to write regarding school activities, policies or other student concerns.

Final Thoughts

All in all, encouraging students to use planners is tremendously helpful in their learning experience. In a time when students are faced with a lot of distractions, especially with technology, traditional planners can make them focus and succeed in school.


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How To Teach Kids Who Don’t Like Sports

It’s really hard for me to imagine not liking sports, but believe it or not there are lots of kids who don’t! It can be really hard to get these students involved in games, but there’s almost always a sport for everyone. You just have to find what it is! If you want to troubleshoot why your students don’t seem to want to play, read on.

It’s Too Rough

If you have a bunch of middle school boys who want to play football, don’t be surprised when a large group of kids doesn’t want to play. Football is one of those sports where the bigger and stronger people tend to own the field, while the smaller people are left to fend for themselves. Quite a few people will just decide they don’t want to play at all. There are a few ways you can deal with this! The first way is to split the teams in a way that is fair to everyone. Make SURE that all of the good kids don’t go to one team. If they all want to play on the same side? Too bad! They have to share their skills with others today.

They Want Something More Interesting

Sometimes you will have the opposite problem. What you’re playing is not interesting ENOUGH for the kids… In this case you have to use your head a bit. Some of these kids are used to riding dirt bikes or doing dangerous sports. That’s fine! Just remind them to get a really durable safety helmet from first. If the kids are used to extreme sports and find other sports boring, just make everything more interesting. Maybe throw in a game of dodgeball or two! It really doesn’t matter what you play, as long as you keep it interesting and put your heart into it. And that leads us to the most important point:

Put Your Heart In It!

If you’re not having fun, your kids won’t either. Playing a mediocre game with a GREAT attitude will be more fun for students than playing a great game with a downer attitude. You may not believe that, but trust me when I say it’s 100% true. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing baseball, or putting on your motorcycle helmet to go riding, attitude is what makes games fun. I’ve had more fun playing a stupid game with people that are just having a good time than I have with boring people and a great game.

Ultimately, your personality is what will make you a great coach. You may know everything about the game and how to teach it, but if you don’t know how to goof off and have a great time it won’t be fun for anyone. When you’re setting up a game, make sure that you’re having fun first and foremost. That’s not selfish… It’s what makes the kids want to jump in and play!

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Common Daily Classroom Problems

If you’ve been a teacher for longer than a day, I promise you’ve run into classroom problems before. These problems can be anything from small things like a child forgetting lunch that day all the way up to truly sad family problems. No matter what the issue, it is your job as a teacher to resolve it as best you can. This is what sets some teachers apart is great, while the others fall by the wayside. I want to talk about a few issues I run into almost every school year, and they ways that I deal with them.

Not Paying Attention

I’ve listed this one first because there are so many sides to this problem. Some children don’t pay attention because they really are just being annoying. However, some children have more complex reasons that they’re goofing off in class. Sozmetimes it’s because there are circumstances at home that cause they to care much less about school. Sometimes it is because they have ADD and their parents have not taken steps to help them work through the issue. No matter what, as a teacher I have to try my best to figure out the REASON they are not paying attention. Usually it’s easy to tell. If a child is being malicious, I can tell because they don’t pay attention in class and don’t even pretend to care. Children who are distracted because of personal circumstances are typically eager to learn, they just go off into their own world sometimes. It really just depends!

Having Trouble In Class

Much like the first issue, there are often several causes for this. Is the child having trouble because the class is really hard, or because he or she just doesn’t like it? Or is it because the child stayed up all night the night before playing with his new airsoft gun from GunsWildfire? Once you narrow down the reason, it will be much easier to deal with the problem. One reason many children don’t care about schoolwork is because of the teacher. Are you SURE that you’re teaching the class in a way that is engaging? Take a hard look at yourself before you point the finger at your students.

Not Doing Homework

Sadly, I’ve found this one is rarely totally innocent, if it’s a common theme. Someone who forgot to turn in their science homework once probably didn’t mean anything by it, but someone who refuses to do their work as a constant pattern is not doing it by accident. There are a few ways you can deal with this. First, be gracious the first time they forget, but don’t be so forgiving if it happens again. Twice in a row is a little bit much. And if it happens a 3rd time, you need to talk very firmly to the child and let them know that behavior will not be tolerated. As a last resort, you can talk to the parents if you believe that will help. But with all problems, talk to the child first.

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The Role of Teachers In Breaking The Taboos of Menstruation

When was the first time you learned about menstruation? In what way did you learn about it? Did you learn it from your family (parent or an older sibling)? Or perhaps from a friend? Or maybe from a nurse or a doctor? Or probably a teacher?

In most countries, teenagers learn about menstrual cycle in their school. This underscores the important role that teachers play in educating adolescents about the changes occurring in their body during puberty. Usually, girls learn about it in high school. Commonly included in most high school curricula, girls are moved to another room where the teacher does “the period talk.” Meanwhile, boys are taken to another class where they are taught about puberty changes in boys.

However, in some countries menstruation still remains a taboo that is not taught in schools or even openly talked about. Teenagers just learn about it by themselves leading to misconceptions about the inevitable bodily changes that occur during puberty and how to manage it. Teachers are essential in breaking menstrual myths and taboos that still linger even in modern society.

Here let’s take a look at some of taboos of menstruation in different parts of the world that teachers can debunk.

  1. Mens increases the risk of a shark attack.

The Role of Teachers In Breaking The Taboos of MenstruationThere are no definite studies that support this myth. A shark can attack regardless of a person having period or not.

  1. Showering while with period can result in infertility.

In old Afghan tradition, women are not allowed to shower or wash if she has her period. This is definitely wrong and even increases the risk of infection.

  1. Foods can be contaminated if touched by women on their period.

In India, women are not permitted to cook if they have mens because they are thought to be unclean.

  1. Women need to rest if they have periods.

Most common in Asian countries, women are given menstrual leave (or even told to miss work) even if they don’t feel sick. In these countries, menstrual cycles are considered debilitating.

But the truth is that lack of awareness on managing periods and lack of access to supplies for menstruation is more debilitating. Sanitary napkins and other options like the menstrual cups reviewed here at can empower women.

  1. Girls should be put in isolation.

In rural parts of Nepal, students who are having their period are put in isolation. They are considered “unclean” and should not be mixed up with other students. This taboo roots from a belief that the Hindu goddesses will be angered by a woman’s uncleanliness.

The problem with these cultural myths is that they create unnecessary discrimination against women. Some misconceptions also put the health of women at risks. In these countries where taboos about menstruation are still prevalent, teachers become more instrumental in increasing awareness and education. Our goal should be to eliminate period taboos.

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Underrated Classes in School

Underrated Classes in SchoolThe school systems of every country have a few subjects that they prioritize. Math, science, and grammar are a few of the subjects that are seen as more important in almost all schools. But what about the subjects that don’t get as much attention? What are some subjects that not enough people talk about? I have talked with quite a few teachers from all different schools, and I’ve come up with a few subjects that don’t get enough attention from the school system. Here are some classes and subjects that students need to know, but very few get to learn.


When kids get out of high school, most don’t know how to file taxes or create a budget of their own. I’m not sure why geometry is seen as an essential skill but balancing a checkbook is not, but that needs to change. Math is really important, and you need that for finance, but it would be useful to students if the system changed a bit. If math focused more on practical aspects such as spreadsheets or applied financial statistics, students would be able to see how math affects their lives. As things stand now, it’s hard to convince a student that math will help them in the long run or that they will even use it in their lifetime.

Practical Science

It’s nice to know that water is 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom, but it’s so much better to show students how that’s useful to know in real life. For example, natural science class could talk about space and look through telescopes from Like Hubble, then talk about how companies like SpaceX are working to send people to space in the next few years. Showing the value of what you’re teaching is everything. Science is a must-know for students, but as they get older you should show why science is so important. Another example is using Raspberry Pi computers to teach programming in a fun way.

Another fun way to teach natural science is to take students on bird-watching trips or other nature tours. Make sure you get a telescope designed for bird-watching! Nature trips are fun for students. Even if you can’t make it all the way out to a nature park, try a botanical garden. The plant life alone will keep students occupied for hours.


Drama is often overlooked by students who want to play sports or something similar. But drama actually helps students with public speaking, confidence, and memory. It takes a lot of courage to get on stage and remember your lines, and then execute them confidently. I firmly believe students would benefit from drama classes. In addition, there are all sorts of literary benefits as well. Drama often requires players to learn classical plays, and write papers or short summaries of their characters.

Students need to learn more skills than just math or science without any application. They need to know WHY they’re learning what they are.

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Why I Still Teach Literature

Why I Still Teach LiteratureHigh school students almost always groan when they hear that we’re doing a course on Shakespeare or the Divine Comedy this semester. I always hear protests about “why do we need to know that? How will that help us during adult life?” What most students don’t realize is that I am doing this to help them to be literate and knowledgeable. It may be hard to see it now, but literature has a huge effect on how a student will do in the future. I want to talk about a few reasons that literature helps us, not just for our careers but for our whole lives.

Reading Comprehension

Most of the time, students try to get away with reading some abridged version of the book that I’ve assigned them. In doing that, they’re cheating themselves out of a valuable skill. Learning how to sit down and read a long book is a skill that will pay itself back 100 times over. If you can learn to love reading, you will love learning. And in this economy, people that hate to learn are the first to be out of work. Our economy is one of information now, so if you don’t have much information you won’t have much of a good life. Sadly, I think this is much like sports; if you don’t invest in your body now, it will be too late by the time you’re 60 to start getting fit. Patio Sport.Com has a variety of sports equipment to help you stay fit, which keeps your mind sharp at the same time. Reading can also stave off Alzheimer’s Disease; you keep your mind sharp-which guarantees that learning pathways in the brain don’t atrophy.

Writing Comprehension

English class doesn’t stop at just reading; it moves on to writing as well. The most important part of reading is being able to interact with it. If you just read and don’t know how to respond to what you’ve read, you might as well not have read it. It won’t be any use to you. It’s like trying to play badminton without a badminton racquet. Students don’t like to do it, but it is a skill you will need to know later. For example, if you ever want to go into an engineering, sales, recruitment, or legal profession and are bad with reading comprehension, you need to do something else.

Reading as a Hobby

If reading isn’t your thing, I understand. However, you’re missing out on a great hobby. Smartphones are a great invention, but using them a lot can make it hard to focus on long and difficult reading. Lots of people avoid reading just because it is difficult; it definitely takes longer, but I don’t think it’s any harder if you put in the focus to learn. Just because something takes time doesn’t mean you should try it. If you can put the time in, reading is a wonderful hobby because it forces you to use different parts of your brain in order to enjoy the story.

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Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

Things No One Tells You About Being a TeacherEvery kid wants to be a contributing member of society when they grow up. That’s why you hear things like “I want to be a doctor, or a fireman, or a police officer, or… A teacher.” But the thing about childhood dreams is that as a child, they will always seem more romantic. You’re never going to get a complete view. For example, as a fireman you will be away from your family a lot, staying all night at the station. As a doctor, you have around 10 years of post-secondary education AFTER high school. And as a police officer, the pay is not as good as it should be for the work that you’re doing.

However, I CAN tell you what a teacher’s life is like firsthand, and the “perception vs. reality” that goes with this job. Here are a few things no one tells you about being a teacher:

You Get a LOT of Time Off

Let me preface this by saying that teachers do have to work really hard during the school season. Your weekend will be filled with lesson planning, as will most of your nights. However, your work schedule follows the school season. Which means that you get basically May-August totally off. You also get Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as all random school day. This is GREAT news for me; I’m a big fan of wilderness camping, so I have months where I can go on adventures to my heart’s content. I just stocked up on machetes from Ask Lancelot for my South American trip this upcoming break… There aren’t many jobs where you can plan your vacation so far in advance and be sure of getting it! So, while we do work hard, we are also rewarded with plenty of off time to feel better.

Lesson Planning

Lesson planning will take over your life as a teacher. You will be ending up spending so much more time than you think planning for the week, the next day, and the whole semester. Did you have any teachers in school that mostly just played movies during class time? It’s because the alternative is NOT spending time with your family and hanging out with them because you have lessons to plan. I didn’t know how much of my time would be spent doing this. It’s satisfying to plan and make it happen, but it is time-consuming.

The Students

You will have every type of student in your classroom. There will be those that really care, those that really DON’T care, and those that are just strange. But every type of student will give you new stories. The good ones will warm your heart, the bad one will… Make you angry, and the strange ones will make you either confused or laugh. It takes all kinds to make a world! But if you love teaching, it is because of the students. They are what makes the job rewarding at the end of the day.

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How Music Teachers Change Lives

Math and science teachers provide the skills that children need to perform basic work tasks. English teachers provide the literacy and communication ability children will need for jobs later on. And sports coaches teach children how to work as a team and recover from setbacks and losses. But what role to music teachers play in the lives of children after school? As it turns out, music education helps children in a variety of ways, all of which they will use later in life.


Just like learning a sport, learning music forces you to practice the same skills constantly to improve them. When you learn music, or teach it to someone else, you reinforce the idea that nothing good comes without work. It simply isn’t possible to learn how to play amazing music without spending lots of time playing terrible-sounding music first. When children learn that practice and mastery are two sides of the same coin, their lives will get much easier. Most job-related frustration stems from the fact that you think you should be able to perform a task, when in reality you just don’t have the skills needed for it yet. But if you’ve practiced your practicing ability, you won’t be one of the frustrated people!

Attention to Detail

When you’re playing the piano, a simple change in the angle of your hand can affect how you’re playing sounds. This attention to detail is what really sets musicians apart from other people; if you’re willing to pay attention to small things to make your playing sound better, there is a good chance you will go far in life. For example, if you want to become a nurse with a huge knowledge base, you’re going to need all the attention to detail that you can get!

Patience and Time Management

There are very few musicians who are impatient when it comes to work. Most musicians realize that good things take time, and therefore don’t worry about rushing. At the same time, musicians have to handle crazy practice schedules to get ready for recitals and concerts. Music teachers instill in their students a great sense of time management and the patience to wait for results, taking them as they come. The biggest part of time management comes when you have multiple songs that you’re learning. Its best to figure out what percentage of your time should be spent on each song. You should spend more time on the hard songs, but you can’t let the easier ones fall by the wayside either.

Music teachers teach skills that are hard to measure, unlike math or science. However, these skills will help students with all other skills in life. Because if you know how to manage your time, practice your skills, and pay attention to small details, you will almost always go far in life.

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Independent Research as an Important Learning Tool

You may not have done this much at high school. It wasn’t your fault, really.

The school curriculum, in certain circumstances, did not allow you much time to explore this effective avenue of higher learning. There has also been too much emphasis on rote learning.

This practice still continues today but fortunately, states and districts across the country are addressing shortfalls in educational outcomes and paying more attention to the needs of special students who invariably have learning disabilities which cause them to struggle at both junior and high school level. You may not have had much time for doing research to improve your knowledge and enhance your interest in a particular subject, mainly because there was very little time for this.

Smart students spend time doing their own research

Fortunately, there were other extracurricular activities that you could apply your mind (and body) to. And it helped, didn’t it? Your first experience of doing your own independent research may have come when you began looking into prospective colleges where you could further your studies.

If you still have recollections of that experience, you will recall that you had to do a number of things. You had to take into account your grades and field of interest. You also had to consider location, and unfortunately, had to involve your parents.

But independent-minded and ambitious students have gone on to manage quite well without their folks, in spite of all the usual challenges. They went on to study at the college of their choice, after their applications were successful and they were able to relocate smoothly. Because college tuition fees are expensive at the best schools, these smart students spent time researching job avenues which would also match their college schedule.

Independent research will take you far

In an earlier blog post, we spoke about well-educated middle-aged and older men and women who, after years spent in chosen careers, have upped the ante where quality of life is concerned and relocated to the tranquil environment of country towns. These successful people could never do this on luck alone. Money was never a factor either.

But from a commercial perspective, you as a consumer still need to make informed decisions. Light Bar Land explains the principle coherently on their website. The principle of applying and managing your own independent research remains the same, whether you are at college, shopping or looking to make life-defining changes.

To put successful independent research methodologies into practice at college, always be prepared to work wide and beyond what has been prescribed. College professors may only be providing you with a set list of suggestions, if they do this at all, but they also know full well that you are expected to read beyond what they presented.

Never taking manufacturers’ guides at face value, these country folks will in all probability be driving their trucks around town and the surrounding environment, well equipped with portable environmentally-friendly light pods as opposed to more conventional choices.

Learn to do your own independent research and see how far it takes you in this lifetime.

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Health Benefits of Plants in Classrooms

Health Benefits of Plants in ClassroomsEducators have been touting the benefits of having pets in the classroom for many years now. While older students may not be so thrilled with taking care of a gerbil, hamster or other rat-like creature, the younger crowd really seems to light up when you introduce an animal to the learning environment. However, animals require regular feeding, which means regular food purchases. They also need space to move around, some exercise, a proper diet, all of those things. Don’t forget, there’s really no controlling what an animal ultimately does. These are all reasons your classroom might be better off using plants.

The health benefits of having plants in classrooms are numerous. They may not all be immediately apparent though. Granted, few of the health benefits are inherently physical in nature, so they may be very hard to see for those who aren’t specifically watching out for them. I’m talking about the mental health benefits of seeing something alive and knowing you’re playing a role in making that happen. I’m talking about the social health benefits of working together with other people to accomplish a task and continuing to work with those same people over a long length of time.

I dare say I’m a bit of an expert on the effects of having plants around, since I have my own rather extensive at-home garden. I use cost efficient grow lights that use fluorescent tubes. If you’re going to be growing anything indoors, I highly recommend getting lights like these because they use a little less energy throughout the day if they’re on all day, when compared to other types of bulbs. They’re the same type of bulbs I use with my students in our classes, more information about them is available here.

Plants around the classroom may not seem like much, but they actually help the entire room to focus better and more sharply as a whole. Building a sense of unity among your students, at least in my own experience, is crucial to getting them to work together and maintaining an air of peace in your classroom. There are plenty of ways to do this, to create this solidarity, but you probably don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to take everyone out on a ropes course, like many businesses do. These kids need to be educated and quickly to give them an edge in this highly competitive world.

That said, I’ll do anything that helps my kids to study better and get more out of the time they spend studying. The way things are right now, kids go to school for 6 or more hours a day, then get an hour of homework a night from 5 or 6 different classes – it’s really ridiculous, don’t you think? Having plants around the classroom allows students to quite literally stop and smell the roses. During a day that’s hectic enough already, don’t you think it would be nice if more of us could take a moment to enjoy something so natural and free?

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