Interim teachers

first_imgMy years in high school were revolutionary in many ways. I grew as a person, matured, but perhaps equally as important, I gained insight to the way that things worked. Teachers to me as a child were a source of unquestionable authority on their subject. However, as I grew up, I began to realize that teachers are human, make mistakes and are too, still learning.This is not to devalue the work that teachers do, but it is to say that I understand that they are not perfect. That being said, moving through high school, I began to observe a curious phenomenon. Often, students who had just finished sixth form would return to school to fill positions that were vacant. This could be anything from Mathematics to Social Studies, provided that they had gotten their associate degree they were welcomed. I describe the situation as curious for a few reasons. Firstly, as I entered my later years of high school, I could not see these returning teachers as just teachers. I had known them as students, colleagues even. We interacted on a familiar, friendly basis through house and club activities, and it became very difficult for me to regard them as this unquestionable authority; I had seen them grow and develop just as I had. They were my peers. Secondly, as a student, I worried for my own academic success. It is not that the teachers were not adequately qualified, but there was a feeling of unease brought about by being taught by someone who had just finished learning what I was. I felt as though I couldn’t ask reaching questions, and as if I was limited by their understanding of the curriculum. If anyone has a hard time understanding what this felt like, think about if you would trust yourself to teach someone a year younger than you something you learned last year, and then think about if you would still have confidence if you were in my situation.Yet, if they hadn’t filled that position who would have? Is it better to have no teacher at all? I believe the students who come back to teach are well intentioned, to say the least. They recognize that without them the school probably could not function, and I am sure they are all cognizant of the doubts that older students have in their abilities– doubts that I am sure they have in themselves yet, they put all of that aside and come back to teach anyways. They are young and inexperienced, but this does not mean that they will be terrible teachers. What I have found is often returning students are the most empathetic; their time as a student is fresh in their mind, and as a result, they are much easier to reason and work along with. I think the best approach to have, as a teacher is to be honest about your own shortcomings, with yourself and your students. I would rather tell as student that I don’t know something and refer them to someone else than mislead or confuse them. If we are honest with each other, at least I know that I have put the student’s best interests over my pride. It is not an ideal situation, by any means, but it is the one we have, and we must make the best of it. The fact that many students will go to lessons is not an excuse to teach poorly: in fact it should be incentive for you as a teacher to ensure that the child is getting the best possible education.last_img read more

Julia’s (Parents’) Best Week Ever, July 20, 2017: River Cruising

first_imgDuring their day in Strasbourg, they also toured the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame, with its beautiful Renaissance-era stained-glass windows.The next day was in Mannheim, Germany, with a highlight of the trip for my father–a visit to the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums in Stuttgart.For a car aficionado, these museums were an incredible experience. They certainly don’t make them like this anymore!The Porsche Museum had an extensive collection of luxury and race cars from many different eras. On display were more than 80 different cars. This one was one of the favorites that my dad photographed. I can just picture this car zipping around winding roads on a street race through the Italian countryside (or maybe blasting off into space).And my dad had to take a picture of this one for me, of course. (Yeah, that one is my favorite from the museum, for obvious reasons.)Because my mom’s interest in cars extends about as far as “Will this get me from point A to B”, she visited Heidelberg Castle. Although much of the castle has been destroyed over the centuries, impressive bits of its architecture still remain today, including the famous castle gate, making this a popular tourist attraction with hosts dressed in costumes from different periods of the castle’s history.Traveling along the Rhine through Germany, my parents were astounded how many castles there were along the shore. Some were in ruins, while others were stately monuments to the glory of ages gone by.In Rudesheim, Germany, my parents experienced something that will become quite familiar to guests at Walt Disney World in the future–a gondola ride. The gondola that they traveled on was an open-air version that could hold 2-4 people and traveled through the countryside and up to the Niederwald Monument.The view from the gondolas was absolutely breathtaking.Probably the most impressive sight that my parents saw during their trip was in Cologne, Germany–the famous Cologne Cathedral. With its spires, it is 515 feet tall. To put that in perspective, take Cinderella Castle, put another Cinderella Castle on top of it, and then you’ll still be coming up short compared to this. Pictures can’t do it justice. To get an idea of how big it is, look at the person at the bottom of the picture for scale.Even more impressive are the carvings around and throughout the cathedral. The amount of carvings and the intricacy were simply unbelievable.Also in Cologne, there was a tour of a chocolate museum. My parents were gracious enough to bring back some freshly made chocolate for us to try. The rich flavors of the different kinds were far beyond what we can buy here in the United States.The remainder of the trip finished up in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. One part of the tour that surprised both my parents with how much they enjoyed it was a painting class taught at the Van Gogh museum. Everyone got to try their hand at making a painting to take home.Another activity that they enjoyed in Amsterdam was a trip to the Royal Delft Earthenware Factory. The amount and variety of Delftware on display was impressive, and the visit also included a chance to try your hand at painting your own Delft piece.And, of course, what trip to The Netherlands would be complete without a tour of the countryside to look at the historic windmills. Most windmills in The Netherlands have been replaced with the tall, white modern kind, but some of the classic windmills still exist. Share This!When my parents got married 45 years ago, they had a wonderful cruise planned for their honeymoon. Unfortunately, the Navy had other plans for my dad, and eventually he ended up on a Med cruise (without my mom, of course). It is only fitting that for their anniversary, they took a cruise of a different kind: an Adventures by Disney River Cruise on the Rhine. They have been gracious enough to share their photos, and looking through all the activities they did and sights that they saw, it truly qualifies as a Best Week Ever.This is the second river cruise that they’ve done with Adventures by Disney, previously having sailed on the Danube River. Both cruises are done through Ama Waterways, and this cruise was on the AmaKristina, sailing from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. And while it would be impossible to share everything that they did on their cruise, here are some of the highlights.My parents arrived in Basel a day early to get used to the time change, and had a lot of fun window shopping and exploring the town. One thing they found very interesting are the light rail streetcar-like public transportation.After leaving Switzerland, the next stop was France. On an Adventures by Disney trip, your daily trips are included, and you generally have two or three options of activities in the morning and afternoon, so there’s usually something for everyone and every activity level. Instead of canoeing around town, my parents opted to take a guided canal boat on the Batorama Canal Boat through Strasbourg. I’m so thrilled that my parents had this amazing opportunity to travel through these beautiful countries for their 45th Anniversary. And when it comes to tours like this, they can’t speak highly enough about Adventures by Disney. It made them feel comfortable traveling abroad to a new place, but also provided a wide variety of activities and experiences to let them see some of the best that the region had to offer.Happy Anniversary, mom and dad. Here’s to many more years of Best Weeks Ever!last_img read more

A Look Back at 2013 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

first_imgAs many companies are still in the midst of their planning for 2014, there are a number of factors that will impact the way they hire new talent and manage their employees. As the HR space is constantly changing, with new ideas and technologies constantly cropping up, organizations need to identify how the latest developments can improve their talent management processes and figure out how they can be integrated into their current systems. But before looking into what 2014 may have in store, let’s take a look at how my predictions for 2013 held up:Social networking and niche sourcing sites will become more mainstream.  The number of industry-specific job sites that have emerged throughout the year validate the growing use among employers who leverage niche and social recruiting sites to more easily find candidates with the right skills and qualifications.As seasons change, employees may stay on full-time. A recent survey from CareerBuilder showed that 49 percent of retailers plan to transition some of their seasonal workers into full-time employees, up ten points from last year’s survey.Relationship building will be an integral step in finding talent.  We have definitely seen an uptick in employers that have sought to make the recruiting process more personal this year. Just consider the growing use of advanced CRM systems, such as Avature, and the release of LinkedIn Recruiter, which enables recruiters to better leverage the social platform to find right-fit talent.Companies will use real-time data for performance management. It is no surprise that Gartner and other organizations have labeled 2013 as the Year of Big Data, with 64 percent of organizations having invested in, or planning to invest in, Big Data in 2013. The detailed analytics organizations can now collect will continue to transform all aspects of HR, from using workforce data to recruit the best candidates and managing their performance to reducing turnover.Increased transparency in the workplace will better engage employees. Although the quarterly or annual employee review isn’t likely to disappear any time soon, more employers have indeed recognized the value in creating more workplace transparency, by providing immediate feedback to reinforce strong performance and to address development needs as soon as possible.While significant progress has been made in each area, I expect that organizations will continue to embrace these trends in the new year. So what else can we expect to see in 2014? Here are my latest predictions:Recruiting will evolve in a way that enables candidates to tell their own story.Although significant steps have been made already, I believe 2014 will be the year in which recruiters really begin to focus on the personal side of recruitment and seek the solutions that help them to build personal relationships with candidates. By utilizing the technology that enables recruiters to look beyond the skills and qualifications of their candidates, and better understand their personality and characteristics and whether they will really fit in with the organization. At the same time, as LinkedIn now has more than 250 million members, it has become essentially a database of candidates. Being able to make personal connections with candidates on LinkedIn and understand their personal stories will be a significant competitive advantage.This idea of focusing on the stories behind candidates is essentially happening in the market in general, such as the food and retail industries. Just as consumers prefer to shop local rather than purchase mass produced products and increasingly want to know about where their products come from, the same will happen with finding candidates. Employers will increasingly seek additional information beyond the resume to better understand the unique perspectives and life experiences they can bring, instead of just skimming over their work history.Companies will put greater focus on hiring veterans. Veteran hiring initiatives are nothing new; companies have long carried out programs to attract and engage veterans and benefit from the unique skills they can bring to the workplace. However, not enough jobs have been created to sustain a qualified veteran workforce, and the effectiveness of many veteran hiring initiatives has been brought into question. As the military drawdown continues, the number of veterans looking for civilian jobs will escalate in the new year. Given the benefits to the economy and to the veterans themselves who have given their all to protect their country, I expect companies will develop robust, more effective veteran hiring initiatives. Since a considerable investment has been made in developing veterans’ skills and providing them with training, more organizations will realize the ROI of getting these individuals back into the workforce.Manufacturing will come back, but require new skillsets.There are numerous statistics showing that the manufacturing industry is making a comeback in this country. But despite the growth in the number of U.S. manufacturing plants, those jobs are not the same of old. The new manufacturing jobs will require different skills to succeed in these plants, such as computer skills, programming and engineering. As manufacturing jobs continue to evolve, employers will need to provide the tools and resources that give their employees the necessary training and development to be successful in this new landscape.Each year brings us new ideas, developments and technologies that forever change the nature of HR. While it is impossible to say for sure what will happen in 2014, I think some of the current trends I’ve been seeing will come into the forefront in the year ahead. Either way, I look forward to seeing the changes that will appear in the HR industry in the new year – and how employers will continue to adapt.last_img read more

Deadline: Simple, Intuitive Task Management

first_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market You’ve got enough to do. And learning a new task management system – as helpful as that might be – is rarely on your list of tasks to complete. But what if there were a task management system that was simple and intuitive, enabling you to scratch that “get organized” New Year’s resolution off the list a little early? Deadline may be that app.Designed to take natural language commands via Web, email, and IM/Jabber, Deadline exudes task management simplicity. To use Deadline, simply establish an account and start populating it with your tasks and – of course – the deadlines for those task. But don’t worry about some arcane nomenclature. Deadline has enough intelligence to understand common date formats as well as simple, natural language commands like “tomorrow,” “next week,” and “next Tuesday.” And if the command is too cryptic, the app will ask you to clarify.Not into the Web interface? No problem. You can also send tasks to Deadline via a unique email address. Simply address the email to Deadline and fill out the subject with the task and date. Or add Deadline to your GTalk/Jabber friends and start loading up your tasks via IM.Getting reminders is just as easy. They arrive via IM and email, alerting you that you have tasks due. And if you’re into a little more warning, you can track your tasks via an authenticated RSS feed or add your task list to an iCal compatible calendar. There are even top secret feed URLs for adding open RSS feeds to systems – like Google Calendar – that don’t support authentication.Admittedly, the simplicity may be far too simple for some. But for those who are looking for a straightforward task management system, Deadline seems to satisfy a number of common requirements. What’s more, if you’re a former Sandy user, I think you’ll find Deadline picks up right where Sandy left off. To try the application for yourself, register for Deadline. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting rick turoczy 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

(Reopens FGN 2)

first_img“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” a British Airways spokesman said. “All customers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and our colleagues are helping them with anything further they require.” Jacob Steinberg, a Guardian sports reporter who was on the flight, said the captain told passengers there had been a “catastrophic” engine failure. “Just evacuated on a British Airways flight at Las Vegas airport after an engine caught fire. Dont think anyone hurt, he tweeted. “Was asleep as the plane took off. Came to a crashing halt. Smell of smoke. Initially told to stay seated, then shout of evacuate. “Could smell and see smoke but was on other side of plane. One person said fire melted a couple of windows. “They opened the back door and slide went down and smoke started coming in plane, followed by mad dash to front. A lot of panic.” PTI HSR NSAlast_img read more

Solskjaer: Man Utd dressing room is bouncing

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer admits the Manchester United “dressing room is bouncing” after seeing a Romelu Lukaku brace secure a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Southampton.The Red Devils headed into a home date with the Saints on Saturday boasting an unbeaten Premier League record under their interim boss.At times it appeared as though Solskjaer could suffer just the second setback of his reign at Old Trafford, with the visitors taking the lead and putting in a spirited showing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! United, though, have rediscovered their fighting spirit in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure and dug deep to claim a priceless three points which has lifted them back into the top four.Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “It was one of those games, it had everything.“It was an open game and they came here to beat us. We should have been 1-0, 2-0 up in the first five minutes.“They settled down and scored with two unbelievable strikes. My team did fantastic and the boys did great in the second half.“The dressing room is bouncing at the moment.”Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2018-19Lukaku, who started alongside the fit-again Marcus Rashford, netted a match-winning double for United.Andreas Pereira also recorded his first Premier League goal as the buoyant Red Devils left it late but clawed their way over the line – with Paul Pogba even able to miss a stoppage-time penalty.“The belief is there, they have gone so long without losing games [domestically] and are raring to go,” Solskjaer said of a side that are 12 games without defeat in the English top flight.“They want to get on the ball and the confidence is high. They were class finishes from Romelu Lukaku and I am so pleased for Andreas Pereira.“Rom is a goalscorer, he keeps practising every single day and has quality.“When we changed to two up front that helped him as well. We had some great play at times, 3-2 we did it the hard way. That’s why we are turning grey.”United will need to find an attacking spark again in their next outing, as attention switches to European competition.They currently trail Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 encounter, with the second leg of that tie due to be staged in the French capital on Wednesday.Solskjaer has already conceded that the Red Devils have a mountain to climb in order to reach the quarter-finals, but claims confidence is high heading into the toughest of continental tests.He said: “We have done fantastically well away from home but we go to PSG with the belief, we have nothing to lose.“We will give it a go. This club has done so many great comebacks, the tie is not done.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more