Tips For First Time Teachers

plaSome teachers think that they aren’t paid to entertain their students. They think that just educating them is enough. The only problem with this mentality is that if you don’t engage your students first or at least get their attention, you have no shot at teaching them anything. Keep this in mind the next time you are knee-deep in a lesson and it seems your students are mentally walking out of the theater early. The kids you teach will come into class expecting to be entertained. After all, they’re a captive audience. They paid no admission to be there. They want to see a show if they have to sit in a chair for an hour.

The good news is that if you learn how to entertain your students at the same time you are delivering knowledge to them, you will find it a much more satisfying and rewarding experience. This is no instant gratification sort of reward. Besides the smiles on your student’s faces and a few chuckles here and there you probably won’t be thanked on the spot for how much effort you are putting into your delivery. But on a personal level you can feel that you didn’t leave anything on the table. At the end of the day you gave it all you had and you did the best to try to leave your students with more information than they had when they came through the door.

It’s as if you are a Vegas performer and depending on how many class you have, it’s like you’re putting on six to eight shows a night. It’s definitely exhausting. Especially considering that you likely only have a few minutes between performances. Don’t be mistaken, you don’t need to enter all of your classes juggling balls of fire and hopping on one foot. But you should make it your responsibility to keep their eyes and thoughts on you. In today’s society of video games, viral videos, social networking websites, cell phones, and the like it’s no easy feat.

You’ll soon find that when you start making entertainment a priority, your exhaustion level will go through the roof. It’s not easy work putting a little bit of yourself into your lessons. If you are doing a lesson plan and trying to incorporate a fun or engaging activity for class, you’re spending extra brain power and thought on that class. Then once you try to execute your plan during class time, you will be trying extra hard to make sure the activity goes as planned.

All of this results in more stress, more time spent planning, and more gusto during the class. You’ll feel drained at the end of the day, but your kids will have a better teacher, and you’ll see them reach new heights.

Tips on How to Pay For College

p0aIn many foreign countries, education is taken for granted. It is actually part of their culture that the government takes the hand of the students until after they have had enough college to earn a degree and become self sufficient in their economy. This is not the same tactic that American’s face when going to college.

Like the medical industry, you are probably going to owe an enormous amount of money if you decide to go to school. You can avert this by trying to get some of the many free grants for students that are available. Here are a few ways that you can get free money for college, just like the European students can. Unless you’re thinking of moving to a different country such as Canada, England, or France, you are probably going to end up paying for your college education. Some parents may front the bill for their children by virtue of their economic status in life.

One tip that all parents should consider is setting up an annuity or savings account when your child is born. By doing this early enough, they will have set up a nest egg that can cover the cost of college by the time their children finally leave for college.

Another tip that is useful to consider is that grants are kind of a salvation for people that are not lucky enough to have enough money to pay for college, or that do not live in a society that considers education something that should be paid for by the state or federal government.

Perhaps if our government would raise our taxes slightly, the prospect of having our children have a stress free and debt-free college education would become a reality. Until then, we need to educate our children on how to maintain their grades at higher levels and seek out grants that are related to their field of interest around the time of graduation or even before.

This will guarantee some sort of financial security over the course of their college career and in the end they will be thankful that you were wise enough to have prepared for their college education and that you instructed them on how to prepare and apply for the free grants for students that many companies, and our own federal government, make available.