Home Schooling Benefits and Help

By Norma Holt

Some years ago a grandson came to live with me who have problems at school. He had bad attention span and was noisy in class. That, however, was only part of the problem. He was also bowel incontinent and at the ages of 6-8 years that was hard for teachers and students to put up with. After he was sent home within an hour of arrival on various excuses I decided to home school him.

As my education level was high having degrees from university the task was obviously not going to be that hard. In fact, it was so easy and so enjoyable for both of us that he picked up quite rapidly. He was attentive and easy to manage. Explaining things to him on a one on one basis meant that he readily absorbed the lessons.

There was also a lot of help available out in the community. There were even gatherings with other home school students. They could play games and interact as they would in a play-ground or class-room. The parents got along as well.

If someone is in a situation where the alternative to home schooling is a bad situation, then don't hesitate to take it on. Anyone who has been to school and passed through primary with no trouble will have a great experience refreshing their memory and expounding on their knowledge.

Books are also available for parents to use to help students. They get the same text books as in a class-room with the added advantage that lessons can be ongoing once a subject has been introduced. It is surprising how many questions come up from time to time over dinner or when relaxing that add to the knowledge bank.

Children who are home-schooled in Australia are usually ahead of the pack when it comes to qualifying later in life. If someone is thinking about it then my advice is to give it a go. After all what do you have to lose?

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioral problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

Keys To Doing Well On Standardized Tests

By Sohaib Azam, Esq

If you're like most people, you probably dread the idea of taking standardized tests or even preparing for them. Whether it is the SAT's, or a test you take to get into graduate school, it is no fun preparing for those tests. You've probably enrolled into a test prep course, which is obviously a good idea. There are a few other things you can do as well which will make the test prep process much easier.

#1: Spend Some Time Each Day Preparing

What I mean by this is to spend time even before your prep course starts. This might involve taking a practice section of the test once each day or learning a new vocabulary word each day. This will help you stay sharp during the test prep course as you will become more conditioned to taking practice tests and studying each day. Effective mental conditioning will be key if you want to do well on standardized tests. It is very easy to get lazy, especially toward the end of the test prep course. Thus, preparing in advance by spending a little time each day will go a long way in building your conditioning so you can pace yourself accordingly.

#2: Be Realistic In Your Expectations And Do Your Best

This is a point that is mentioned in a lot of articles, but it bears mentioning here as well. It's always important to be realistic whenever you approach a task like this. If you feel like you need a day off because you are tired or exhausted, give yourself the day off and recharge your batteries. It is not mandatory that you memorize every word or that you score a perfect or near perfect result on every practice test. What is important is that you are able to step back, analyze what you did wrong in the process, and be able to think of what you can do to fix the problem. Once you do this, you will be able to relax and do your best.


Georgia-based, Black-themed school supplies company, Innovative Supplies Worldwide, Inc, have embarked on a mission to help Hurricane Harvey flood victims.

The company is currently offering consumers the option to purchase school supplies from their website to donate to school-aged children and young adults who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Customers can purchase high quality and inspiring school supplies for as low as $3.68. The company will cover the shipping costs to send these supplies to flood relief victims in Texas.

Innovative Supplies Worldwide, Inc. sells creative school supplies that are designed by local artists and manufactured by teenage employees. Their merchandise includes notebooks, stickers, pins and cups featuring unique and inspiring designs of African American culture and iconic civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Among the company's popular products are notebooks of a black female scientist conducting an experiment in a lab, Tupac wearing an 'I am Sandra Bland' T-shirt and black teen girl sporting an afro and 'Be Unique' T-shirt.

Innovative Supplies Worldwide, Inc is a Disabled Veteran-Owned company founded by US Army Veteran, Nneka Brown-Massey. Questioned about the about the motivation to help the flood victims, Brown explained: "Students and their families affected by this hurricane need support while they get through this difficult time. Our company and staff want to do our country a good service and provide help how we can."

Since its establishment in 2016, Innovative Supplies Worldwide, Inc has been featured in Essence Magazine and Jet Mag. The company is also the 2017 winner of the Georgia Launching Opportunities by Exporting (GLOBE) Award.

Innovative Supplies' collection of products have resonated with thousands of consumers. One customer commented: "These are awesome. I'm a black female scientist and I wish I had these growing up. Kudos to you!"

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Understanding Education Technology

By Shalini Madhav

Education technology just means the use of technology in education. The teachers incorporate apps, graphics, and other things in teaching. Just like any other aspect of life, the practice comes with its pros and cons.

Advantages of education technology

There are plenty of benefits that come with the use of technology in education. They include:

Independent learning of students: Since the students use individual laptops and tablets, they can easily find the information they are interested in from the internet and understand it on their own. The cool thing is that the textbooks, web-based content, and electronic books that the students use are updated in real time.

This allows the students to get the current information. With the knowledge that the students get in the classroom, they can apply it to the outside world so that they can become more knowledgeable even out of the class setting.

It prepares the students for the future: We can all agree that the future of the world is in technology. When the students are suing the computers and tablets in the classroom, they are not only getting the academic knowledge, but also learning how to use the technological gadgets.

This allows the students to communicate better with the gadgets, have no problems fitting in with the others, and also don't have problems finding jobs once they are out of school.

Makes the lessons fun: Unlike listening to the teacher's monotonous voice, watching educational videos and other descriptions is more fun. The lessons on the computers are more interactive, and this motivates the students to learn. The teachers can also change the style of the lessons using computers, tablets, and projectors.

Easy to manage students: This is important in schools with many students. The teachers can easily see the students who have completed their courses and quizzes. Since everything is electronically generated at the touch of a button, the teachers can easily monitor the progress of the students by simply checking what they have performed throughout a particular period.

New and better teaching methods: Unlike before when the only way that the teachers could teach was to stand in front of the class with chalk and dust board, now the professors can come up with better and exciting teaching methods. For example, they can use blogs, social media, and even podcasts to teach.

The different learning methods can incorporate all types of students including those suffering from disabilities. For example, the teachers can use voice-to-speech converters, volume controls, translators and many others to ensure that everyone is incorporated in the study.

Disadvantages of the technology

While the technology has its advantages, it also has its fair share of difficulties. Some of the most common disadvantages include:

Distractions: Many teachers have made complaints that the students are distracted when using the computers. In most cases, the students visit non-educational websites thus fail to complete the assignments that are given to them.

Loss of valuable skills: Some professionals argue since the students are on their computers all the time, they have problems building critical social and team building skills.

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Questions First-Year College Students Should Ask

By Bob Roth 

Either before or early in the first year of college, students should ask and answer some important questions. Getting off to a good start in college is important to success after college. These questions will help with that.

1. What is it that I expect when I graduate? (My personal wants)

a. A job in my field of interest with advancement potential

b. A job that pays well

c. The ability to live on my own

d. The ability to pay off my loans

e. The ability to have an active social life

2. What jobs are available in my field of interest? (Research)

a. Are these jobs (job duties) of interest to me?

b. Do these jobs have career potential?

c. Do these jobs pay enough to satisfy my personal wants?

d. Will I be happy in one of these jobs? Which ones? Why?

e. Can I select a job or group of jobs to serve as my target?

3. Does my chosen field take advantage of my interests and strengths?

a. Have I demonstrated an interest and aptitude in this area?

b. Do I have strong talents and skills in this area?

c. Have I previously performed well in this area?

d. Have others said that I would be good in this area?

e. Does this career direction excite and inspire me?

Spending a few hours investigating these specifics will help to ensure that students have a desirable target. That is important.

It doesn't make much sense to spend four years in college at the cost of $100,000+ only to find that you can't find a job that will satisfy most of your personal wants. The time to do the investigation is before or immediately after you start college. That way you can select a directly related major and minor, perform the activities that will support your career objectives and make you more attractive to the most desirable employers in your field.

Waiting until you begin your job search in the senior year of college to discover that the jobs that are available to you do not stack up well with your career direction and personal wants is not an effective strategy. However, doing some research and realistic thinking before or during your first year of college will help you accomplish your graduation goals.

By researching, thinking about and answering a few questions, students can help to ensure that they are not wasting their time and money.

Bob Roth, a former campus recruiter, is the author of five books, including: OMG, The Things I Learned In College, A Successful Senior Year Job Search Begins In The Freshman Year. Known as The "College & Career Success" Coach, Bob writes articles for Career Services Offices, Campus Newspapers, Parent Associations and Employment Web Sites. Bob has created The Job Search Preparation System™ for colleges to use to help students find greater success in the job market. Visit Bob's web site

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Q.  I am a 6th grade teacher and I have a concern.  Some of my students approach me to hug me and to receive hugs.  My students are from low income families and have many emotional needs.  My problem is that I’m afraid that I could be accused of sexual misconduct by a student if my hugs were misinterpreted. 

How do I avoid any accusations and not hurt my students’ feelings? 

A.  This is a question that most educators ponder everyday.  It is hard not to reach out to a child in need.  In an effort to avoid accusations of misconduct, many schools have implemented so-called "no touch" policies, outlawing teacher-to-student physical contact – and sometimes even contact between students.  Some physical acts obviously are inappropriate – like holding a fourth-grader in your lap, or rubbing a student's shoulders. But in schools without "no contact" rules, teachers don't always know what kinds of contact might cross the line. To play it safe, they avoid any contact at all.  However, without physical touch, "children fail to develop cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially," writes Frances M. Carlson in The National Child Advocate. "A lot of kids feel like contaminated goods if grownups don't touch them," adds researcher Nan Stein, author of Classrooms and Courtrooms: Facing  Sexual Harassment in K-12 Schools. "They read something very negative into that, like, 'You don't want to touch me because I'm dirty." In many low income homes kids are starved for affection and attention.  It’s not that their parents don’t love them but one on one time is often challenging if you are working two jobs and all your energies are put into paying the rent and buying clothes and food. Unfortunately, this leaves many of our kids looking for affection through sex and gangs.

The experts at website provide the following suggestions: 


•           Engage in age-appropriate forms of "non-sexual touching." This means, in Carlson's words, "the touch must meet a child's age-appropriate expectations, as well as meet standards for what each individual child finds acceptable."

•           Use what one researcher calls the "Touch Test": "Would you allow a stranger, teacher, coach, counselor, or anyone with whom you do not have a close personal or familial relationship to do this to you? Your answer to this can tell you whether or not your touch is appropriate."

•           Consider the student's needs. The Council for Exceptional Children suggests the following question: "Does he or she want to be touched or hugged? Some children who have been abused or who have tactile issues do not want to be touched. In fact, touching or hugging such a child may escalate a situation rather than enhance it."

•           Respect physical boundaries. According to research on children and touch, students often feel most comfortable with touches to the arms and shoulders. Touches to the head and hands also were acceptable. More intimate – and, therefore, less acceptable – were touches to the legs or chest.

•           Teach students the difference between appropriate and inappropriate contact. Students who can understand and articulate appropriate boundaries are more likely to resist sexual abuse and speak up when they witness or are targeted for inappropriate behavior.

•           Examine and discuss relevant school policies with peers. "The faculty and the administrators need to talk about what is appropriate adult-to-student contact…," adds Stein.


•           Excessively engage in any form of touching (hugging, putting an arm around a student, etc.).

•           Give gifts to individual students. This is a common tactic used by abusive adults when they begin "grooming" their victims.

•           Spend significant out-of-school time with a single student, another common grooming technique. Researchers say the majority of teacher-to-student sexual misconduct that involves physical abuse (molestation, rape, etc.) happens off of school property.

•           Share overly personal or private information with students — information you would normally reserve for other adults. This interferes with students' ability to create, interpret and enforce normal, healthy boundaries.

•           Use online communications for personal interactions. Today, the notion of teacher-to-student "contact" also applies to the virtual world.

•           Ignore your gut instincts. While we shouldn't become suspicious every time another teacher gives a student a hug, we should keep our antennas alert for warning signs, and be willing to voice concerns to a school official. 

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Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades.  She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education.  She also holds certification in educational administration.  She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks!  Thoughts From Nicholas, They S S Say I’m a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of the books 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD and 365+! Ways to Succeed With ADHD! all available at  She is also a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at or by visiting her website at

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