Show Kids How To Get The Best From Their Education!

Making the Most of Your Child’s Education:I would argue that I have been a teacher since I had the linguistic and cognitive ability to lead and instruct. I used to play teacher when I was a kid – no joke, I would give my brother math tests that I made up and I would pretend mark! I chose teaching as a profession because it is a skill that beats deep in my soul – I am a teacher.I quit teaching for the public system because I believe it is a defunct, archaic system which ultimately destroys teachers and trains children to be mindless, uncreative, drones/slaves – but hey, no hard feelings.That said, I know that there are teachers within the public system who are amazing, and public school offer’s a necessary knowledge base for your children. Going to school is an essential experience for children to have and there are important skills that can be learned from attending public school.It is possible for you as a parent to help your children learn some high value lessons from school. Here are some ideas on how you can accomplish this with your kids.Grades don’t matter – really they don’t!One of the things that really shocked me when I was teaching high-school, was how focused students were on grades. The thing that shocked me more were statements like, “If I get less than 90%, my parents will ground me!”.I am sure, if you think about it, you can name at least one person who was an all-star student in school and who didn’t amount to much in the “real-world”. The reason for this is that GRADES DON’T MATTER! And here is why:

They are based on rote learning: grades are based on test scores, assignment completion and how well the student memorizes and regurgitates the text-book material. Grades are not a true reflections of your child’s intelligence, creativity, social prowess or their potential.

Grades are sometimes randomly assigned. When it comes to report card time I have actually seen a few teachers go down the class list and assign grades based on how they “feel” the students did during the reporting period. i.e. Johnny gets an A, Sally gets a B and so on. They don’t give assignments, tests or do any formal evaluation they assign grades based on their gut instinct. Not every teacher does this, but I saw this often enough in six years and six different schools that I think it’s worth mentioning.

Creativity and ‘outside the box’ type thinking are not encouraged. This is for the simple fact that creativity is hard and time-consuming to evaluate.

Grades are heavily influenced by the teacher’s feeling towards the student. If the teacher likes your child, he/she will receive better marks. Teachers are human, they have feelings and their feelings sometimes leak into their marking.
What you need to do as a parent is take the emphasis off rewarding good grades and put it on rewarding good effort, creativity, and respect for peers and teachers:

If your child received a B for something, but learned a lot about the subject – that deserves to be rewarded.

If your child took an assignment, and made it their own or did something really creative with it – that deserves to be rewarded.

If you go to parent/teacher interviews, and find out that your teen is always respectful of the teacher and sticks up for others in the class – that deserves to be rewarded.
If you worry about poor or average grades hindering your child’s hopes for post secondary – stop! Universities only look at a teen’s last two years of high school. If your child has grades that are too low to go to University right off, they can do a year at college and then transfer to University. Demonstrating a year of good performance at college is much more valuable than two years of high school. And think about it, has anyone ever asked you to see your transcripts from high school?Help your child identify interests, talents and direction.One truly exciting and wonderful thing about public education is that your child will be introduced to a variety of subjects, experiences and opportunities. Your child will have to take part in everything from science to music and that means that they can explore different areas and find what they are passionate about. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of this opportunity:

Pay attention to what your children are involved in and do your best to extend and deepen their experience in each area. For example, if they are developing an interest in science, take them to the science center. If they have an interest in art, take them to a gallery.

Teach your children to see new subjects and experiences as an opportunity. An education is a privilege, the ability to read, reason, analyze and calculate are invaluable to our success as adults. Try to help your child develop a positive attitude towards their education.

Teach your children not to give up. If they are complaining about something, encourage them to see it as a challenge and not to give up on it prematurely. Often a child can’t see how something is practical and so they disregard it. Try to help them draw the connection to real life where possible. Explain how you have used the information in your life or how you have seen others use it.
If you find a good teacher latch on!Like I said there are some fantastic teachers in the public school system. They are people who are exciting, knowledgeable, and passionate about their subject and about education. When you light upon one of these extraordinary individuals, take advantage.As a parent stay in contact with the teacher as much as possible. Ask him or her if there is anything that you could be doing at home to support your child’s education. I used to love it when I knew I was getting support from a child’s parents. It is an exciting education opportunity when teachers and parents work together for the good of the child.Encourage your child to talk with the teacher often. It is good for your children to spend time with adults who they respect and admire. Again I loved it when kids would drop by and hang out with me, I liked to hear about how they were doing in other classes, what they were frustrated or having trouble with and I liked to help them out when I could. Children really respond to and respect adults who care about them and respect them. It is good for kids and teens to learn how to talk with adults and for adults to model positive, open and effective communication.Encourage your children in public speaking and leadership.Drama class, speech competitions, school leadership programs, debate team, sporting events, and so much more. School offers a variety of opportunities for your child to work on their leadership abilities and public speaking skills.Encourage your children to do these types of activities as often as possible. It will help your children to be more daring and confident. It helps with their social standing in the school, and It helps with their ability to organize and manage themselves and their time. These types of activities are ones which endow your child with the most usable and practical skills. They are, in my opinion, the most valuable educational experiences that public school has to offer.School is a major market! If you are raising a budding entrepreneur teach him or her to recognize school as a wonderful marketplace – an opportunity to make money and connections. While in school they have access to a large, captive market and those potential customers generally have a significant amounts of expendable income.Encourage your children to look for products and services which they could offer to their peers and to start a locker based business.Conclusion:If you change your focus and encourage your children to take full advantage of their education, you are helping to ensure your child’s future success. Education is important, but make sure that your children are learning to be creative, open-minded, respectful, confident, eloquent, communicative individuals – and not sheep – BAAAAH!

Common Online Gambling Games

It was 1994 in the tiny island country of Antigua and Barbuda, a certain law was passed which made the location a legal jurisdiction, allowing it to issue gambling licenses. This law paved way for online gaming and until today, most gambling companies would base their business in the country to utilize their license.The gaming software came years before the commencement of online gaming. An Isle on Man-based software company called Microgaming developed the first fully operational online casino software which gave birth to many online gambling sites. Whereas Cryptologic, an online security software company, provided the indispensable software which made internet transaction safe, secure and workable. By 1995, the first online casino was launched.Like many things that did not have a smooth start, the launch of online gambling also met many obstacles. One major problem it met along the way was the legality of the trade. The very idea and concept of online gambling was opposed and resisted by many and especially in the United States. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona for several times tried to prevent American citizens from gambling online and also promoted anti-gambling campaigns.Recently, on September 30, 2006, the US Congress passed a bill stating the it is illegal for banks and credit card companies to process payments from US residents to online gambling companies. This bill later became a law which President Bush signed on October 13.But although online gambling have up to now been fought against by many individuals, organizations and even the government, many are still captivated by the allure of this addiction. Thus despite all the disputes, supporters and players around the world are hooked in participating to online gambling. Most common online gambling games are:
Online Poker, or Internet Poker, is known to be partially responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of poker players worldwide. Online poker tables mostly host games of Texas hold ’em, Omaha, Seven-card stud and razz, both in tournament and ring game structures.
Online Casinos utilize the internet to play casino games roulette, blackjack, pachinko, baccarat and many others. Internet casinos may also be divided into three groups according to their interface: Web based casinos, Download-based casinos, and Live casinos. Web based casinos are played without the need to download software for playing games. Plug-ins must be installed in the browser to accommodate such games. Download-based casinos require clients to download software in order to play and wager on the casino games offered. The software connects to the casino service provider and handles contact without browser support. Whereas Live-based casinos allow online players to play and interact with the games played in real world casinos. In this setting, players connected online could see, hear and interact with live dealers at tables in casino studios around the world.
Online Sports Betting, where there are a variety of sporting events that a player could wager over the internet like fixed-odds gambling. Wagering or betting could be done through Bookmakers, spread betting firms and betting exchanges.
Online bingos are also available via the internet. Also for Mobile gambling, there are now developments in the utility of wireless and cellular devices in gambling notwithstanding the raucous debates for gambling online.

Gambling Addiction Help Online

Gambling addiction can take a toll on your relationship with family and friends. Compulsive gambling will also affect your work life and can bring you to financial disaster. With the technological advances that are happening around the world, betting is now very convenient and accessible to people the world over.For those who gamble too much, betting is all they ever think of. They forget their responsibilities and obligations.Gambling can make you do things like stealing or embezzling funds or worst using money that is intended for your children or your necessities. You need to stop and you can! There is a solution even when you think that it is hopeless to get rid of your addiction. When you finally acknowledge that you have gambling addiction, take control of your life and ask for help. Help is available in the following ways.Gamblers Anonymous is like Alcoholics Anonymous. There is a support group that you can lean on. The Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step plan that you need to follow and this is absolutely for free to pave the way for your recovery. This also calls for you to surrender your addiction to a “higher power.”If you think that this is not your style or you do not have the discipline to go through with the steps, go to treatment centers. There are several centers that you can go to and help you get over your addiction. The treatment centers will give different options to solve your addiction.Lastly is the environmental withdrawal. This method simply relies on you and you alone. You need to stay away from gambling. You have to have the strength to resist the lure and excitement of gambling. This is easier said than done; that is why this not highly recommended.Unlike drugs or alcohol addiction, gambling addiction can be hard to detect as there are no indicators. Just because you do not see any warning signs right away it does not mean that it should not be taken without due consideration. Just like any form of addiction it has its own dismal results that are not easy to deal with.To get away from this evil vice you have to enlist the help of family and friends to face your problems. Getting over your addiction can set you free and boost your morale.