Thursday, January 26, 2012

Choose A Pet That Suits Your Child's Learning Style

Choosing a pet may be as easy as going to an animal shelter and letting your heart decide, or it may be a long, thought-out process of analysing the pros and the cons of every non-shedding dog breed versus a goldfish.

And here's something else to throw into the mixture: your child's learning style.

Are your child's responsibility and persistence levels high enough to cope with looking after a pet? If you're thinking of choosing a dog, particularly one that needs exercise, is your child mobile and kinesthetic enough to enjoy the daily walks without complaining? Does their learning style need a quiet environment that makes budgies and yappy dogs less than ideal companions? Do they enjoy tactile input and will they stroke and brush the pet often? If not, perhaps that goldfish is indeed a better choice.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Learning Styles and Facebook

Online Social Networking is a name for Internet sites such as Facebook or MySpace, where you create a profile about yourself and chat with people. Children use social networking to feel part of the group as much as to exchange information. A visible web presence is a status symbol: display a cool photo, say cool things, link to cool friends. 

Some teens take to Facebook like the proverbial ducks to water, others play with it for a few weeks before growing bored. Whether your child gets sucked into computer UNreality or chooses to interact face to face with real friends will depend their unique Learning Style.

Check out your child's learning style today! Find out whether their learning style preferences predispose them to becoming a computer wizard who's in danger of spending too much time in front of the screen.

Done? Super! Please remember that whether or not your youngster is in danger of becoming a computer addict, there are some online safety rules to be observed whenever Teach your child to be Internet-smart the way you teach them to drive: when and if appropriate. Ultimately, a social networking account is like a driver’s license: despite the risks, many people get one. 

That link to check the learning style again: click here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Learning Styles Classroom

Question: How do you turn your classroom into a Learning Styles classroom?

Answer: It's not easy, but it's fun.

  1. Start by analysing your students' learning styles to identify their learning style preferences and needs.
  2. Create a Group Profile of your students to get the at-a-glance-summary of how they like their environment to look.
  3. Look at any results that are 80% or higher and select one or two of them that look like the easiest to change (the cheapest, the most exciting).
  4. Allow the children to help.
Some students are likely to grumble: they are probably the ones who value routine and are upset by change. Assure them that once they've tried to new way, they will be allowed to create an area in the new classroom that looks just like the old classroom.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Welcome to 2012!

2012 is here. What goals are you trying to achieve this year? What dreams are you hoping will come true? Remember it's never too late to start dreaming, to start scheming, or to buy yourself a little gift. Have a look at this link for ideas....

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!