Education

Teacher Teamwork to Improve Children’s Learning

Dana has written the book as a series of letters, like a teacher might send home with a child, each letter building on the letter before it to discuss ways parents can help their children to learn and to create an environment that will better allow them to learn.

I was really amazed by these letters because they contain simple information that should almost be common sense but that I’m sure most parents never think about. Dana walks the parents step-by-step through various topics, including how to help children to pay closer attention in the classroom and how a child’s thinking process develops. One simple example that made total sense to me was the importance of having a regular dinner time together for a family. Besides the family bonding that dinner time provides, it teaches children how to sit still for a sustained period, which will also help them with focusing on paying attention in school and sitting still while doing homework.

Homework is a big part of the discussion in these letters. Dana explains why teachers give homework, how much homework children should have, and why it needs to be consistent, not once a week but daily. Homework becomes more than homework in these discussions-it becomes a means to a child’s success as it teaches children how to manage their time, form a routine, and have structure-all elements that will help them to survive and thrive in the real world.

Something else I loved about this book was the focus on how children can become better writers. Before children can write well, they need something to write about. Most children don’t know what to say in their writing because they haven’t been taught how to converse on topics or had their self-esteem raised to believe they have things worth saying. Dana walks parents through how to converse with their children so their children feel good about themselves and believe their opinions are of value; when children are listened to, they become more open to expressing themselves in many ways, including through drawing, verbally, and in writing. Dana’s discussion here includes better ways to converse with your child, including how the conversation can help your child to improve his or her developmental thinking, which in turn helps to develop writing.

Far more information is included in this book than I can discuss here. In brief, “Dear Parents, From Your Child’s Loving Teacher” is filled with examples of games parents can play with their children, sample conversations they can have, activities, and even ways to discipline one’s child in a loving but firm way so he or she will learn to follow the rules and abide within the boundaries parents set. Dana even explains why rewarding children when they get good grades is counterproductive to their learning and development, and how to turn the situation around so children will want to succeed and do the right thing regardless of whether or not they receive a reward.

Perhaps most refreshing is how Dana takes time to talk about the importance of “me” time for parents. Parents often err on the side of doing too much for their children, thinking they have to drive their children to sporting events, playtime, and cater to their child’s every wish. The result is that children take their parents for granted and become ungrateful. Dana shows parents how to set boundaries so their children can realize that their parents do sacrifice for them and they come to love and respect their parents for all they do for them.

What 5 Things Will Help You to Search for Secondary Schools?

The search for the right secondary school for your son or daughter can be a difficult process. It can be straightforward, you may be fortunate enough to have a primary school which acts as a feeder school and all the details are arranged for you, but what if that isn’t the case, what if you need to make your own arrangements and do your own research. Where do you begin and what can you do to help yourself?

1. Keep an open mind – it is really important when you begin your search for secondary schools that you keep an open mind. You may well have preconceptions about certain schools based upon their reputation, children you know that currently go there, or the quality of their sports teams. The first thing to remember is that none of these preconceptions matter. What matters is that your child gets the best possible education and to do that you need to start off by being open minded and considering all options. Don’t discount anything from the outset!

2. Talk to the primary school – the next phase of your search for secondary schools should be to consult with your child’s primary school. They will already have schools which their children are recommended to go to, but even if these are not on your list of options (you may be leaving the area or considering an independent school) your primary school will still help you. It is their sole task to take children in at a young age, and prepare them for the next stage of their education, so they will always assist you to search for a secondary school.

3. Consider what your child wants to do at GCSE/A-Level – it may seem a long way off, but it really isn’t. Your child will start their GCSE studies three years after they start at the school, and so will need an idea of their subject choices after about two and a half years. When you begin your search, remember that some schools obtain better results in some subjects than others, and indeed some schools offer different subject choices if your child’s ambitions are a little less mainstream!

4. Talk to your child – don’t forget that it is your child who will attend the school, not you, so make sure they join in the search for a secondary school with you. What you think is an important factor may not be as important to them and vice versa, so it is important that you each come up with a list of key points and discuss them properly. They may be inclined to follow their friends but wherever they go to school, they will meet new people – they are joining a year group with about 3 – 5 times the number of children in it whether they follow their friends or not.

5. Visit as many schools as you can – search for a secondary school by actively going to visit them. It sounds obvious, but few people take advantage of this. All secondary schools have open days or open evenings, and even if you can’t make it to one, contact the schools anyway and make your own arrangements, they will always be happy to see you if you are considering applying to go there.

The search for a secondary school can seem like a lonely process, but it needn’t be – talk to others, talk to your children, talk to their current primary school – there is more advice available than you think!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9483221

The 5 Features of the Best Primary Schools

We all want our children to go the best primary schools and we all want them to have the best education. But what makes some better than others, and what are the common similarities between the best schools? We have come up with a list of the top 5 features of the best local schools to make your decision on where to send your child that much easier.

1. OFSTED report – The best primaries have the best OFSTED ratings. Of course they do! This may seem obvious, but it’s a good place to start when measuring the varying quality of schools. OFSTED rate schools from 1 (Outstanding) to 4 (Needs Improvement), the best primary schools obviously sit at the top of this scale.

2. Teaching – the best schools have the best teachers. This is a bit self-fulfilling in reality, because the best primary school teachers are attracted to the best primary schools, which in turn makes the schools themselves better. You may know of local schools which have good or bad reputations, and these reputations tend to stick, mainly because of this very thing. Moreover, the teachers at the best primary schools are less inclined to leave their post as the chances of them finding a better job are slim. So, if you find a school near you with a lot of long standing teachers, chances are the school is a good one.

3. Facilities – the best primaries have the best facilities. When we look at the facilities of local schools, there are a lot of different things which we can consider, and not all of it is important to everyone. Think about the sports facilities, the catering facilities, and the buildings. Generally these are the three biggest considerations people think about when they search for a school. The best primary schools always have the best facilities to work with.

4. Location & Transport – location is a massive factor in your decision, but the best primaries usually have the best transport links. It isn’t much use choosing a school with no bus stop within 2 miles if you are going to need to use a bus to get there. Rural primary schools will not always have good transport links, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t good schools. The local roads and transport are not their fault. In urban areas, however, the best pupils and the best teachers will be attracted to the schools with the best transport links. So if you are looking for primary schools in urban areas, remember the best ones will have the best transport.

5. After school care – last on our list, the best schools will usually have the best clubs. If you need your child caring for after the 3 – 3.30 closing time of most primary schools then you will need to consider before and after care. Generally, these are held at the schools, at a local nursery/play centre, or not at all. The best primary schools host their own breakfast and after school clubs giving you confidence that you child is going to be in the safest possible hands.

Every parent looking to send their child to school for the first time needs to consider the relative qualities of different educational establishment and how they relate to their own circumstances and the needs of their child. All schools are different, but the best primary schools all have a few things in common. Be sure to consider these things so you make the best choice for your child.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9479915

The 5 Most Effective Methods of Advertising to Teachers

Once you have made your mind up that you want to sell into the education sector, you are going to need a really good strategy to get those teachers listening and engaging with your product or service. Your strategy for advertising to teachers will depend on a lot of factors, such as your product, your budget, your expected margins, your competition, and how important schools are to your marketing mix. Whatever your circumstances, getting your strategy right is both important and relatively simple. Let’s take a look at the best and most proven methods of advertising to teachers to get a great ROI.

1. Email – OK so emailing teachers is not the cheapest way to go about approaching them, but it is certainly very effective if done right. Typical open rates on school email campaigns will range from 8 – 15%, so you are going to need to email quite a few of them to get a decent return on your investment. The best email campaigns typically consist of 3 – 6 messages over a 3 – 4 month period, giving you chance to build up your rapport with the teachers you are advertising to. A well-researched and consistent email campaign should be a key component of your advertising to teachers plan.

2. Postal Mail – by far the most expensive but similarly the most effective method of selling to schools is through the old fashioned medium of postal mail. As the propensity for advertisers to email has grown, so the number of postal mail campaigns going to teachers has reduced, so those companies that do have the resource to conduct postal mail campaigns see excellent returns on their investment. Advertising by post to teachers will certainly catch their attention, but it isn’t for everyone. It is recommended for those with big budgets, big margins, or niche products who can guarantee a decent return.

3. Directory Listings – there has been a growth in general over the last 5 years in companies using directory listings to advertise to teachers. The reason for this is that teachers go to them to source suppliers, and suppliers can list their business one time knowing that they are going to get leads consistently throughout the year. There are a number of specialist school procurement directories out there offering companies the opportunity to advertise to teachers year round at a reasonable cost.

4. Social Media – the growth of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the scores of other social media available today has hugely increased the ability of private companies to get their message across. It comes as no surprise that teachers are also fond of social media and are quite open to contact through this medium. If you have a product or service that teachers will love, then it is a good start to try to get them to like it or follow you or whatever the platform does. This is a great way of engaging as social media can be made much more personable and teachers are receptive to it. Advertising to teachers through social media is also free, so never ignore it!

5. Relationship building – the 5th method of advertising to teachers that really works is building relationships with them. This could be through email, social media, or discussions. However you go about it, remember teachers do not jump from school to school, so if you are prepared to play the long game and build relationships over time, the returns will be massive.

In reality advertising to teachers should be no different to dealing with any other business, but always bear in mind that teachers have budgets to spend (or work to!) and are quite amenable to companies wanting to sell to them. They don’t have hours of spare time to research like a professional buyer might and so will be more than happy to engage with you if you do your job right.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9492950

How to Find a School That’s Right for Your Child

There comes a point when every parent goes through the process to find a school for their child. It can be a difficult process – you might have a different opinion on choice of schools than your child; you may be moving to a new area; or you may be looking at an independent, fee paying school for your child. Whatever the scenario, help is on hand to ensure you find the right school where your child is happy.

So we have put together some general advice to help you not just find a school, but to find the right school.

Moving area – finding a school in an area you are not familiar with can be very tricky, especially given the amount of assistance given by existing primary schools to get their pupils into the right secondary school. The best place to begin is by making a shortlist of schools in the area you are moving to, you can do a postcode search here. Once you have your list, contact them and find out when they are open for you to go and visit. The whole process can then be broken down into a simple, enjoyable exercise for you and your child.

Find an independent school – if you are looking for an independent school for your child then your options will become much narrower. Outside of major towns and cities there are often only a handful of independent, fee paying schools to choose from and you may already know what these are. Independent schools will always have open days or open evenings where you can call in and take a look around to see if it is right for you. As they are fewer in number, it is likely you will need to use the school’s transport service to get your child to and from school each day, so check where this stops and picks up in relation to your home.

Find a school with good OFSTED ratings – OFSTED ratings work on a numbered rating from 1 to 4, with 1 being the best (Outstanding) and 4 being the worst (Needs improvement). A school in category 4 will sometimes be put in what is known as Special Measures, meaning it has outside assistance from the local authority to try to improve, and the senior management team can be replaced if they are deemed to be ineffective. Whatever the scenario, every schools’ OFSTED rating is published online and can be viewed for free, so always go and take a look to find out more and use them to help you find a school.

Find a school your child is in disagreement with – quite often you will have a differing opinion than your child’s. This will almost certainly be the case when you come to find a school for them. They may favour a school where their friends go, or which has the best sports team, or is nearest your home, whereas these may be the schools with the worst OFSTED ratings, or the worst transport links, which you (rather more sensibly!) deem less adequate.

Finding a school is often a very simple process but for some there are a few more hurdles to overcome. When there are, help is at hand from a variety of sources to make sure you find a school your child is happy at.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9495391

How to Market to Schools

smokefreeschools_issue_1337207441Every year the education budget in the UK is set to over £85 billion and successive governments seem very keen on protecting this portion of their budget. The reasons for this are plenty but that’s not what we want to discuss here, it kind of doesn’t matter. What matters is how you get your business in front of school buyers, how you market to schools and how you make schools a part of your turnover.

Because their budgets are being protected, it is important to remember that once you have a good database of schools buying from you, provided you look after them and provide a good service, you will enjoy a good customer life span and a reliable source of income. Public sector bodies like schools also pay you on time giving you reliable cashflow. So, just how do you market to schools and guarantee yourself a good return on your investment.

Well firstly, it is important for you to know your audience. Within a school there will be scores of budget holders and decision makers. Companies selling textbooks based around Maths or French have the easiest task – target the heads of these departments. Companies selling catering or maintenance services have a slightly more segmented task – in a Primary school it is likely you will be dealing with the head, in a Secondary school you could be dealing with the bursar, the business manager, or the catering or site manager. Right from the start when you embark on a campaign to market to schools, you must remember to get the target right. You are not selling to the school, you are usually marketing to department within it.

Secondly, you need to know how your product is relevant to schools and market your product to schools accordingly. Again with the textbooks, this is easy, your whole product is probably designed for schools and so your campaign to market to schools can be designed for the audience. However, if you are selling grounds maintenance to sports clubs, schools and motorway service stations for example, then you will need a different approach for the three markets. It may sound obvious, but too many companies get this wrong, and just assume that one advertising campaign fits all. Whilst this may be true within the private sector, when you market to schools, it is not. You need to tailor both your marketing and your product offering to schools or the teachers you intend to target.

The third and final consideration when you market to schools is that your product and your service are right for schools and that you have the facilities in place to provide the necessary support that a school will need. As we said at the beginning of this article, schools have large and protected budgets, so developing long term relationships is key and should be remembered when you market to schools. So, be sensible and be honest – market your product or service to schools in an open and honest manner and do not oversell yourself or your company, you want to slowly build up a portfolio of schools who buy from you, not make a quick buck and ruin your reputation.

Always remember when you market to schools that knowing your audience is the most important first step – it will save you time and money! Make sure your product is designed for the school, and make sure you market it well. Finally, think about the long game – slowly grow your portfolio and the rewards will be huge.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9492959

How To Banish Result Day Nerves

Exam period probably felt like one of the most stressful times of your life. I know, because I’ve been there. It is also likely that you had a lot of people telling you how great it would feel when your exams were done. Except they were wrong. In fact, you are likely to be just as nervous about receiving the results as you were when you sat the exams. So to help you through this tense period, here are a few tips you can use to banish those nerves.

1. Take up a hobby

Chances are you might be feeling more nervous than you have to about your results because it’s all you can think about. So why not take up a hobby! Spending a few hours a week doing something new will help take your thoughts off your exam results and keep your mind focused elsewhere.

Yoga is a particularly great hobby to take up when your body and mind is in need of relaxation. However if you can’t quite picture yourself in a yoga pose, why not have a shot at that hobby you’ve secretly always wanted to do? You’ll soon realise your days of dwelling on your exams are gone.

2. Make plans with friends

Socializing with your friends is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce stress and calm your nerves. You’ll realise that you have so much else to gossip about, that the thought of your looming results won’t even cross your mind.

Days out to the cinema, a trip to the beach or a visit to the shops with your best friends can work a treat. But if you’re still living on a student budget, inviting them round for pizza and a chat will do the job!

3. Blast your favourite songs

When you realise you’ve started to think about your results again, put your favourite album on. Music is a proven method and a great way to get rid of that anxious feeling. It is also a great excuse to be able to play your music on full blast without having your parents telling you to ‘turn that racket down’.

If all the stress is causing you sleeping trouble too, popping your headphones in and playing music quietly when you get into bed will be a sure fired way to lull you to sleep.

4. Ditch the junk

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you’re feeling stressed is dive into junk food in a bid to make yourself feel better. But this never works.

Eating junk food will make you feel more lethargic and ultimately, leave you feeling worse. Unfortunately, eating an apple a day won’t keep the stress away. But eating healthily will stop you from feeling any worse.

5… and breathe!

The most simple and seemingly obvious tip I can give you is to just breathe. After all, you gave it your best and you can’t change anything now.

And even if your results don’t go the way you wanted them to, just remember that some of the world’s biggest entrepreneurs didn’t even finish their college or university education.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9530265

The School Procurement Process

Schools, like all public sector bodies and larger private sector organisations, conduct their procurement according to budgets. These budgets are set at the top of the organisation’s tree and filtered down to the budget holders who have been given the responsibility to spend this money.

Spend being the operative word.

School procurement is a little bit like a communist society – spend it or lose it. The idea behind this is that an unspent budget in one period (usually a year) means you didn’t need it, and if you didn’t need it last year, you probably won’t need it next year, and so it will be allocated elsewhere. So, most budget holders will do their very best to plan their spending perfectly so they spend as large a proportion of their money as they can in order to ensure it stays the following year. This is the essence of how schools and teachers buy and goes a long way to explaining the process of school procurement.

So the question for all you school marketers out there is – “How does this affect me, how can I market to schools?” There are a few answers to this question and a few points to understand about school procurement –

1. Teachers are not professional buyers. OK so this statement may seem a little unfair towards teachers. It isn’t meant to be. Teachers are well trained, graduate level professionals who know the difference between a good product or service and a bad one. But, they are trained professionals in their own subject area, not in school procurement. Hence, their purchasing decisions will not be made in the same way as that of a professional buyer whose sole job it is to buy products and services for their company. For some, this may be great, you might have a compelling offer which teachers can’t turn down. For others, it could present problems if your offering requires a little more thought and explanation to get the budget holders to spend. Wherever you fit in, this aspect of the school procurement process certainly needs remembering.

2. Teachers work to budgets. Of course, we have already been over this, but it is true. You are not dealing with someone basing procurement on their last week’s turnover, or their return on investment, or how they are feeling about investing that particular day! School procurement is based solely around a budget which has been set by somebody else, so if they don’t have the money to spend, you cannot sell to them. So, often the best times to sell to schools and teachers are at the start of a budget cycle when they have the money there, or at the end of the budget cycle when they are looking to use up any surplus funds.

3. Teachers are not spending their own money. When you go to sell to a school or to a teacher or head of department, always remember it isn’t their money. Convincing them to spend may therefore not be as hard as you think, and upselling can be pretty lucrative if done right. School procurement by budget holders is done so for the good of the school and the children studying within it and so decisions are made for that purpose, not the saving of cash.

School procurement has many similarities to procurement in any other industry, but these 3 key facts will help your marketing campaigns to schools and how you approach selling to teachers. So remember, they are intelligent people, but not professional buyers. They have budgets they need to spend, but the money is not their own – it is allocated for the growth of the school and the development and wellbeing of the children within it.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9492956

Why Education Is Very Important

Most people around the world might think that being educated is somewhat not important. Experts say that despite spatio-temporal differences, education is significant. Here are some reasons.

Knowledge – This is the basic thing you can get from education. Of course, you will know various things from history to mathematics, to political science, to literature. This knowledge will definitely play a huge role in your life and guide you to fully understand that events in a cohesive manner.

Awareness of rights – Being educated will allow you to know not only your responsibilities as a citizen but also the rights you can enjoy. Regardless of whether they are consumer rights against exploitation from your employer or perhaps knowing about what is due to you can greatly help in raising your voice if you notice that there is something wrong around you.

Ethics and Moral – Education will help humans to realize that they are different from other species by inculcating in them some moral values. You will know the importance of living an ethical life.

Know how to properly socialise – Man is considered a social animal. Being educated will bring you into a system where you must interact with people and will have conversations with each other. It will help you to live amicably. You get to have nice friends and enemies that will help you grow.

Develop Leadership Qualities – As one grows, leadership qualities are developed. Some of the things that can greatly contribute to an individual’s personality will include the different school activities and the different lessons regarding world leaders. The knowledge you can get form education can be out to immense use in terms of leading revolutions or perhaps an office team.

Confidence will be enhanced – If you know your surroundings and the world, you will gain confidence automatically. A great education will make sure that your skills will be enhanced and you get to acquire a level of confidence to use these skills to your optimum capacity.

Won’t be fooled – In today’s world where greed of men is escalating on a daily basis, you can be cheated easily since people can take advantage of those who are not well-educated or illiterate. If you have both the knowledge and wisdom, you can keep these kinds of people at bay.

Know the latest technology – Technology is advancing every day. An educated person will understand these new innovations and use them to their advantage and boost their personality. You may even develop some innovation of yours as well.

Indeed, you will enjoy plenty of great benefits if you are an educated person.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9533170

The Benefits and Advantages of Firearms Training

courtesy-romesentinel-com_Are you interested in firearms and currently seeking firearms training from certified professionals? Do you own firearms and would want to undergo training to develop your shooting skills? Or maybe just plain interested in firearms and would want to learn how to shoot? Getting training professionally by firearms instructors would certainly come with advantages. Here are some of them:

1. Knowing basic firearms safety

This is probably the first and foremost advantage of learning anything about firearms. Knowing how to shoot and operate firearms is important but without the knowledge of proper safety habits and skills, unfortunate incidents regarding firearms will continue to happen. Nobody wants that so it is essential that everyone who is involved and would wish to be involved with firearms be equipped with the proper knowledge about firearms safety. It decreases the likelihood of accidents, which can sometimes be fatal and can even cost lives. Not only would we avoid losing life or limb but we also avoid the legal, professional and even psychological implications that come with unfortunate accidents that could have been prevented by using firearms safely.

2. Awareness of how and when to apply force

In simpler and shorter terms, this is often referred to as ‘Use of Force’. If you own a firearm and know how to shoot, do you know exactly when and where you fire? Do you know the legal consequences of what can happen once the bullet fires off the barrel? Those are some questions that you can get an answer from and learn in a firearms training institution or from a certified firearms instructor. Although it might be true that you know how to shoot but awareness of how much force you use and the knowledge of applying it appropriately is one of the best things that you can learn from firearms training.

3. Measuring the accuracy of your aim

You certainly do not point your gun at what you do not intend to shoot but there would probably come a time in your life, let’s say an intrusion in your private property such as your home or business or perhaps a threat to you or your loved ones’ lives arises, that it is a necessity that you have to pull and shoot. It would be catastrophic if you cannot work on the aim when the need shall arise. You can effectively deal with an opponent if you know how to aim and shoot and such a skill requires training, essentially from firearms professionals or experienced firearms instructors.

4. Developing yourself and honing your firearms skills

Lastly, going to a firearms training institution will greatly develop you as an individual. During training, you will learn self-discipline, working on your aim, as well as physical conditioning on how to better shoot and have the mindset for it. You will also learn when to pull the gun out on appropriate situations with the legal matters in mind. Also, let us not put aside that individuals who have developed a passion for firearms can learn firearms better by getting the education that is necessary for every firearms owner and enthusiast. You can greatly develop your skills and passion for firearms by obtaining quality firearms education.