I can’t quite believe that it’s been four weeks. As you may have noticed from my blog, or rather lack of blogging, this school year has continued to knock me on my butt, both physically and mentally. Only online baccarat saves me from depression.
My students who were doing so perfectly well behavior wise the first few weeks, have started to show their true colors. Although nearly all of my classes are still pretty wonderful, my 5th period (why is it always 5th period) is a little out of control. I think it has something to do with 9th grade boys the period right after lunch. They eat and run around and then just cannot calm down once class starts. They are giggly and obnoxious, and I already have five urgent parent phone calls to make this weekend to try to nip the issues in the bud before they get worse. I also plan to change their seats next week. I’ll keep you posted.
There is one student, we’ll call him Steve, who I am pretty sure has severe issues because the boy cannot sit still or contain the disrespectful word vomit that constantly flows from his mouth. I believe he has ADHD and so I have asked his mother to come in to discuss how he’s dealt with this in the past. I hope she responds to my e-mail soon because I don’t know how much more of him I can deal with before I may have to send him to another room to calm down.
We’ve finally finished back- to- school district testing and I feel like I can really begin teaching, except they haven’t begun leveling freshman classes and I am afraid to get into anything too crazy since I am nearly guaranteed to be losing some students with one class sitting at 28 and another at 30 (legally there can only be 25 in English classes). This is both a positive and negative thing. On the one hand, it is annoying that students’ schedules are still being changed for leveling after a month of school. On the other, it means that there is still a chance I might get that extra class I have been praying for, and that would mean more money in the bank, though a whole lot more work.
In life news, le money situation is stressing me out. Right now I am making less than usual since the pay for our extra classes hasn’t started yet (I have one at the moment, 7 classes total). The extra $250 or so each paycheck really makes a difference in my budget and life. I had to borrow money from my mom and DD just to pay my mortgage on time this month and that really, really bugs me. I will pay them back in a week when I get paid again, but it just angers me to be working full-time in a job that I have a master’s degree for and not be able to pay my bills. I somehow feel… inadequate? It’s not the word I am looking for but I hope that makes sense.
I am finally starting to find my rhythm with the student news site class that I am advising and so I should be back to regular blogging now. I’ve missed it and I want to get back to my normal routine. The first month of school is always hard, but somehow this year has hit me harder than the past few. Maybe it is age or maybe I just have a lot on my plate. In any case, I am glad it seems to be calming down for the time being.
Ever heard that you’re an auditory learner? Or perhaps you see yourself as more of a visual person? Or do you soak things up best through a hands-on approach?
Auditory, visual and kinesthetic – these are the three main learning styles. Figuring out how you learn best can help you make the most out of learning something new in your busy schedule. Here are a couple of ways that you can tailor your studying to make learning easier:
1. Personal Intelligences
Good news: you have not one, not two, but at least seven personal intelligences that you can use in combination to maximize your learning. Applying your best areas to your learning can make it easier, more fun, and more rewarding.
2. Peak Learning Time
Some of us wake up early in the morning ready to go without the help of coffee, while others are most productive at night in pajamas. Everyone is mentally alert and motivated at certain times of the day. Older adults tend to perform better in the morning, while younger adults thrive as the day progresses. Figure out when you’re most in the zone and adjust your activities accordingly to do your most important work then.
3. Big Picture vs. Detail-Oriented
Are you more of a visionary or a conscientious worker? People tend to naturally fall into two categories – ‘big picture’ and ‘details’ (also termed ‘groupers’ and ‘stringers’ by Ron Gross). Reflecting on which style you lean more heavily towards can enhance your learning. Sometimes tasks can require both, but fear not; there are processes that you can learn to develop both your strategic thinking and attention to detail.
4. Match Your Learning Style with the Right Resources
Take advantage of technology and take an online course, join an online forum, or surf the web. Treat yourself to a visit to the museum or a lecture at your local university. Explore the world through a documentary or books. Converse with experts and other interested in the same field as you. Write. Capitalize upon your limited time by branching out beyond a small handful of resources and choose those that complement the way you learn.
5. Explore New Learning Styles
While applying your preferred learning styles makes you more efficient, it’s important to get outside of your comfort zone and sample other methods, too. Some tasks require one style over others; you’ll be at a disadvantage unless you can switch into and operate in the appropriate mode. Adopting other learning methods also helps you to communicate with those who prefer other approaches. You may even discover that an alternative approach works really well!
Between work, home-cooked dinners and children’s soccer games, sometimes it can feel hard to make time for learning. So how do you balance your education with everything else going on in your life?
More and more people are finding balance through turning to online courses; at any point in time, millions of students across the world are taking online courses. As the numbers continue to grow, the question that everybody seems to be asking is: “Can distance learning be just as effective as traditional learning at the college level?”
The good news is: Yes! In fact, the U.S. Department of Education argues that it can be even more effective than traditional face-to-face learning.
Still not convinced? Let’s look at a couple of common concerns about online learning – and how to overcome them: