CREATIVITY – An Impeccable Virtue in Schools

Robert Kiyosaki, a well known author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ in his book titled “Be Rich and be happy”, highly condemns the negative programming an education system does to the young minds as such system focuses on bookish knowledge. He further argues that such knowledge taught in school for children is futile where applications in practical affairs of life become totally obsolete.

He further re-defines and urges all schools and educationalists to re-engineer their education systems that will prepare their children for practical life success financially, socially and emotionally.

The enigmatic truth about his new way of thinking of educating children are experienced only in rare schools for instance, The Yenepoya School, (though it may not be the only school), that pioneers and initiates such innovative methods of learning from Montessori 1 until grade 10.

A child who’s educated at such a school does not view the world like a child at another traditional school. He or she thinks differently i.e. thinks outside the box. This means that that the child’s thinking is original, creative, imaginative, artistic, innovative and of resourceful nature.

Let me illustrate this point, and you as a parent of a creative school may openly discover when you just compare to another friend or relative of yours whose child may be educated in a traditional school:

· If your child is at Montessori level or even a little higher class, give your Montessori child the plastic Fun dough clay and, also give another child from another traditional school the same clay too. Your child will surely astound you with excellence in a unique and unbelievable creativity and variety of thinking he has applied and, he could easily mould the clay into anything you ask or any vegetable, fruit, animal or anything with a great combination of colours in a few minutes. Unfortunately you may not see the same result with the other child though the child may be equally capable and intelligent.

· Similarly, a child going to a creative school will outcompete in creativity of drawing and colouring in such a unique and original pattern that will enthrall you to a large extent.

· Another notable characteristic of creative students is the ability to write creatively. When asked to write a story from grade 2 onwards, students come up with fascinating stories with their own original characters and settings with a great beginning and ending. However, the less creative ones will come up with re-written stories in their own words of a story they have already heard or read somewhere.

· Also at such creative schools, we don’t teach about money to lower primary students just verbally and in writing but also we create small shopping centre in our campus where each child plays a role of either a shopkeeper or customer, and then FEELS the practical transaction of money using dummy currency notes and coins.

· Let’s take another instance, of the theme “Day and Night” in teaching science to lower primary students. When this topic is being taught, the learner must first observe the day sky and night sky so as to know what is seen in the night (for e.g. stars and moon) is different from the day sky (for e.g. the sun and bluish sky).

Also when we teach about the revolution and rotation of the earth, the learners have to come forward to do an activity such as role play or enactment of one student(say A) as Sun, another student (say B) as earth and another student (say C) as moon.

So, by enactment of the motion and movement i.e. the rotation of the earth around its axis and the revolution of the earth, the subject matter about the solar system especially sun, moon and earth becomes clearly imprinted on child’s mind to the extent that he could even define the scientific terms correctly using his own language.

Such schools also facilitate the learners with regular Yoga, Swimming, Karate, Dance, Drama, Music, Arts and Craft Classes along with regular field trips to bring out the hidden potential and sharpen skills of each child in every area so as to shape them into a great and a beautiful personality to bring in individual success in his walk of life.

This kind of multitude of learning experiences in such schools integrates and caters to all types of learners as put forward in the ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligence’ by Howard Gardner, an American developmental psychologist and a professor of Harvard University.

When such pedagogy is implemented, learner is not only curious but also there’s maximum absorption and gaining of knowledge wherein the learner need not at all depend on bookish knowledge through memorization.

I strongly believe every school through out India and across the globe need to implement these teaching strategies as rare schools as suggested by Robert Kiyosaki or Gardner by building and nurturing the creativity within the child, and make learning an enjoyable experience thus mould students into great creative individuals no matter which path they choose to opt for later in their life so as to achieve life success in all areas.



Source by Yasmin Elias

Intellectual Openness – A Key Cognitive Strategy For College Readiness

In a report prepared for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007, David T. Conley proposed four components of college readiness. In the first – Key Cognitive Strategies – Conley identifies six strategies: Intellectual Openness, Inquisitiveness, Analysis, Reasoning-Argumentation-Proof, Interpretation, Precision and Accuracy, and Problem Solving. In this article, I will examine the first of these strategies – Intellectual Openness – and articulate my perspective as both a college professor and a high school administrator in terms and ideas students, parents, and teachers can understand and implement.

Key Cognitive Strategies: Intellectual Openness. Conley states:

“The student possesses curiosity and a thirst for deeper understanding, questions the views of others when those views are not logically supported, accepts constructive criticism, and changes personal views if warranted by the evidence. Such open-mindedness helps students understand the ways in which knowledge is constructed, broadens personal perspectives and helps students deal with the novelty and ambiguity often encountered in the study of new subjects and new materials.”

I find it intriguing that Conley would place Key Cognitive Strategies the first component on his list and even more intriguing that he put Intellectual Openness at the top of this component. No doubt characteristics such as “curiosity,” “thirst for deeper understanding,” and “open-mindedness” would serve a college student well. However, are such characteristics developed or even addressed in conventional secondary education? I don’t think so… which is why I suspect we see Intellectual Openness up front.

Conventional secondary education – I use the term conventional to describe public and private school programs that use the conventional class period, the conventional exposure paradigm of X-number of hours or minutes dedicated to a particular slice of the subject matter, and the conventional measurement that education is defined by the amount of time the student sits in a seat in a class and the number of days the student attends. Conventional secondary education generally does not have the time or even the patience to allow “curiosity,” “thirst for deeper understanding,” or “open-mindedness” except in very rare situations.

Is it that the students do not possess “curiosity,” “thirst for deeper understanding,” or “open-mindedness?” The simple answer is “NO.” Because conventional school is by and large… boring…, these characteristics go into “Neutral” during the school day. The brain ruminates in the background – thinking about Face Book, World of Warcraft, and the current Twilight saga.

Curiosity – these young people are naturally curious. They manage to surf the net, navigate Face Book, and destroy worlds and civilizations with a series of mouse clicks… and learned to do so without a class, a manual, or a teacher talking at them for 45 minutes.

Thirst for deeper understanding – these young people are constantly thirsting, starving, and ravenously pursuing deeper understanding… just not in school. Contemporary literature like the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series did not become best sellers because they had pretty pictures. Young people dive, dig, and plow into these books without adult inducement, and may even have to fight to continue to read them.

Open-mindedness – these young people pick up new, and sometimes disturbing, ideas all the time. I call these “underground” ideas because these ideas are not in the curriculum and often come from the media and the internet. These ideas remain “underground” because they are suppressed in the conventional environment. Indeed, open-mindedness is often punished. Take, for example, the issue of religion and public schools. Our students are not allowed to be open-minded about religion in public school. I am not advocating that we hold sermons in first period, but how can there be “open-mindedness” when the entire concept of existence of religion in society and influence of religion as historical, cultural, and societal phenomenon is categorically removed from the public educational experience. Where’s the open-mindedness? Not very open.

The conventional school system produces a product that 60% of those who actually graduated from high school and were actually admitted and enrolled at four-year institutions, didn’t finish in four years. The figures get worse for two-year institutions. If 60% of automobiles, refrigerators, and washing machines didn’t last four years, what would we think?

The solution does not lie with conventional institutions, and even if it did, your 9th grader will be in his or her 30’s before any significant movement will occur (sound cynical?). Furthermore, most conventional schools are not in the college preparation business; they are in the high school business.

The solution lies with parents and what they want for their children. They have to think outside the conventional school “box” and seek independent solutions for their children. Parents, not the schools, are ultimately responsible for their children and the opportunities afforded them.

Citation:

Conley, D. T. (2007). Redefining College Readiness. Eugene, OR: Educational Policy Improvement Center.



Source by Dr. Kuni Michael Beasley

6 Tips to Get an A + In All Subjects

Many students dream to get A + grades each year but few of them succeed in doing this, because it is normal that most students are average that get average grades and if you do not want to be an average student you should not do what average students do by:

1. Having your own way of studying

2. Knowing what A + students do

The first way to be an above average student is to study hard and it can take so much time and effort and at the end it may not be so effective.

The second way is what this article is all about so that you know what A + students do so that you can do the same.

6 Tips to Get an A + In All Subjects

1. Study from the break of dawn: you should wake up before any student and you should study from the break of dawn after having your breakfast, a scientific fact shows that a student has the most energy physically and the most concentration power in the morning especially in dawn time. By doing this you will have the most physical energy and the most concentration power while studying.

2. Keep sitting to study the longest time possible: many students sit for a few hours and then leave what they study because they feel bored of what they are doing. To keep sitting the longest time possible, you must have smart ways to study while not feeling bored. One of these smart ways to decrease feeling bored is to study each hour a different subject and to take a break of 10 to 20 minutes after each hour you study. Another smart way to study is to study an enjoying subject after each boring hour, so that you sit to study the longest time.

3. Study from any outer sources: you should not study from your notes, school books or the references only, you should also study from any trusted outer sources which will give you a different perspective for your subject than the books' perspective.

4. Research the parts you do not understand : reading different points of view for other students about similar questions you did not understand while studying can make you have different answers for the same question which will turn you from not knowing about the subject to being an expert in the subject; you can search in Yahoo answers, Wikipedia or by just searching in Google for what you want to know more about.

5. Take notes for the questions you want to ask: there will be many questions that you will want to ask while studying, taking notes for these questions and spending some time with your teacher or your professor to answer them can make you excel in this subject.

6. Once you started, never stop: there are many reasons a student can have to stop studying, like:

a. Feeling fake confidence about the subject after getting good marks in mid-year exams

b. Feeling smarter than others when answering teacher's questions correct

c. Feeling helpless to study after getting marks lesser than expected

d. Laziness and postponing in studying

To study hard in the right way is the way to get A + grades in school and this article can help you know the right way to study hard.



Source by Ahmed Al Abyad

Great Quality Education – University of the Philippines in Angeles City in the Philippines

The University of the Philippines in Angeles, Pampanga is a division of the university’s flagship campus located in Metro Manila. The University of the Philippines is the country’s premier university boasting of one-hundred years of excellence in the academe.

The University of the Philippines in Angeles, Pampanga aims to bring the finest standards of research and education in the region. It basically makes research and education accessible to yearning students and institutions residing nearby.

The University of the Philippines in Pampanga is located in the Claro M. Recto Highway in the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga. To get there, one can take a jeepney from downtown Angeles going to the main gate of Clark Freeport Zone. From the main gate, one can ride the jeepney going to NBI. The jeepney will pass in front of the University of the Philippines, and one can get down from the jeepney at that point.

The University of the Philippines in Angeles, Pampanga was constructed in 1953 to function as an extended division of the university’s flagship campus located in Metro Manila. In 1980, it was decided that the campus move to San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga, to expand the presence of the university within the region. However, the operations of the campus ceased during the Mount Pinatubo eruptions, forcing the campus to continue operation in Clark in Angeles.

Courses offered in the University of the Philippines in Angeles, Pampanga includes BA Psychology, BA Business Economics and BS Business Management. The BA Psychology program offers studies in the field of psychology with heavy concentration on social aspects of the study. The BA Business Economics is a joint program between business studies and economics, while the BS Management program is heavily concentrated on the study and practice of business applications. The University of the Philippines also offers a Master’s Degree program in Management for those who want to specialize further in tat field.

The University of the Philippines is subsidized by the government, so expect the tuition fees to be lower compared with that of other reputable universities. The tuition fee per unit is 1000 to 1500 pesos per unit, depending on income assessments conducted by the campus authorities. Miscellaneous fees are no more that 1500 pesos.

The University of the Philippines in Angeles, Pampanga displays the ideals of state education brought about by its secular curriculum. With its renowned faculty, extensive research and effective curriculum, the university offers quality university education to its students.



Source by Kenny Leones

Who Owns the Public Schools?

Part of the series: School Is Hell

Who Owns the Public Schools?

“Without a real private competitive market for education in America, all that is available is what the state education central planners choose to provide.”

– Richard M. Ebeling, President, The Future of Freedom Foundation

The so-called “public” school system does not belong to the public; it is owned and run by the government. Therefore, the public schools serve government needs, not the public’s needs. In contrast, private schools are owned and run (and are paid for directly) by members of the public, and are accountable to their patrons.

We must not make the mistake of believing that “We, the people,” are our government. While politicians and other officials claim to represent us, they are an elite class who pay little attention to their constituents. Further, the school system is a world of its own that has virtually no responsibility to the public it pretends to serve. Its superintendents actually work for the state department of education. Their only connection with the town is that local residents are forced to pay their salaries.

Also, we should not expect public schools to offer real education. They are intended to provide schooling only – basic concepts of literacy and numeracy, with a shallow smattering of other knowledge. However, even those basic skills are sorely neglected in today’s schools. They are crowded out by political mandates, social engineering and other concerns. The result is a confusing hodgepodge of opinions, attitudes and values (often contrary to family and religious traditions) with no cohesion, no consistency and no real point other than to turn out docile group-thinkers who will be dependent on the government.

“Local control” of public education simply does not exist. Local school boards do not represent the people who elect them. In my state, CT, state law says, “School boards are not agents of their towns, but are creatures of the state.” In other words, the school boards are puppets of the state education bureaucracy, which also controls the state legislature on schooling issues. School board members are also members of political parties and are responsive to their pressures. They simply pretend to control the schools when in fact they decide only trivial details. More and more, what we have is a national school system controlled from distant offices by non-elected bureaucrats with unknown agendas. Even state control is giving way to a virtual federal takeover, through such bad laws as No Child Left Behind and Goals 2000.

The school wars rage on because the system’s goals for children are virtually the opposite of the goals that parents have for them. The government uses its schools in order to turn out masses of obedient controllable employees and soldiers; therefore, it offers an experience that conditions our children for low level jobs and/or the military. That should explain why the state-run schools offer a routine that says to children, “Sit down, be quiet, don’t ask questions, we’ll tell you what to think and do.” To parents, it says, “We don’t care what you want.”

Meanwhile, parents are consistently disappointed by what the government schools offer their kids, but are helpless to change them. School board meetings are charades arranged by the employees in order to prevent input from parents and the public. The entire show is controlled by state and local administrators and the employee unions in order to benefit themselves, not the public or the children.

Parents should not expect the public schools to offer real education, and yet many still do. The government school system has never had the intention to offer what most parents want. Public school is a union-controlled program of coercion paid for by the force of taxation. The employees’ qualifications are questionable, their “certifications” are bogus, “tenure” is a sham, and their union constantly seeks maximum pay for minimum work. It is designed to provide political and social indoctrination, with only a minimum of skills and knowledge, but not education. The result is mediocrity, secrecy, and deception with accountability to no one. Fewer and fewer people believe that government is an appropriate agency to offer “public education.”



Source by Ned Vare

What Are Conference Proceedings?

The simple definition of conference proceedings goes something like this: A collection of academic papers presented at a professional association meeting or conference. However, many of the words, like meeting and conference, which make up that definition are interchangeable with other terms…and often are. If you’re not an academic or an engineer, you will benefit from the following expanded explanation.

For starters the term conference can also be exchanged with the following terms:

  • Meeting
  • Symposium
  • Exposition
  • Colloquium
  • Workshop
  • Exhibition
  • Confabulation (yes, confabulation — I didn’t imagine it)

The term proceedings can also be exchanged with the following terms:

  • Papers
  • Manuscripts
  • Abstracts (a brief paper — a paragraph up to 1 page)
  • Extended Abstracts (2-5 pages)
  • Presentations

And the term association can be exchanged with any organization, like: society, agency, research foundation, council, institute, corporation, etc.

While conferences can be focused on any academic subject, from Humanities and Social Studies to Natural and Applied sciences, they are often focused on a specific discipline. For example, one conference hosted by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society will include 30 – 40 papers all focused tightly on, well…veterinary acupuncture. This focus provides a depth of coverage unlike any other scientific publication. In fact, one of the truly unique qualities of conference proceedings lies in the fact that they are made up of research papers from many individuals, which makes their character distinctly different from scientific books, textbooks or journals.

One conference proceedings title can include as few as 5-10 papers or as many as 2,000 papers. Some conferences are held each year, or every two years, three years, etc. Most proceedings publications are referred to as “monographs” (stand-alone), and others are part of a series. For example, the Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Series may have a symposium titled “Three-Dimensional Nano- and Microphotonics”, which is volume #1014 in the series.

They are relatively cost-effective sources for academic research since they are less expensive than their higher priced relatives, journals — and typically have more content than journals, albeit a little less prestigious. Conference proceedings often include new research breakthroughs, innovations, methodologies and best practices, particularly in the fields of science, engineering and technology. They provide a platform for researchers to identify potential collaborators, and can influence work in related disciplines. It is at these important national and international conferences that research findings are reported and debated for the first time – long before their formal publication in journals and textbooks.

Hopefully, the next time someone mentions conference proceedings you won’t have a blank stare on your face.



Source by Dave A Curran

Will These Story Starters Tips Help To Improve Your Home School Student’s Or Gifted Child’s Writing?

When you pick up a book, you usually do three things: you look at the cover; read the blurb on the back and you read the first paragraph to see if you like it.

As an author, you often don’t have much control over (1) the book cover or (2) the blurb, BUT every writer knows that a sizzling story start is vital! That first paragraph has to grab the reader’s attention instantly. Smart writers know you reveal more about your characters by showing them in action, rather than by writing long slabs of description about where they are and what they wear.

There are lots of ways to create Sizzling Starts. Here are just five suggestions.

Start with a bang

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Make the reader curious

Let me explain about the divorce, the beach house and the bacon.

Create a Moment of Change

Everything was going well, until my Mum said ‘I’ve got a job in California.’

Use humour

Never let your three year old brother hold a tomato.

Dialogue quickly introduces your characters

‘It’s just a rat,’ I said, breathing hard. ‘It’s an old house.’

‘Rats don’t growl,’ said Mike.

Share these ideas with your children. Then get them to look at the first paragraphs of books from the library or your home and see what other types of starts they can find.

Here is an Action Activity the whole family can try:

Scaffold a Sizzling Start

Start stories with action! Give your kids one minute to write a start for each of the following phrases. The one minute limit makes them think quickly and not fuss about being perfect — and that allows the creative side of their brain freedom. (Tell students not to worry about spelling until later too.)

  • ‘Stop! There’s a…’
  • It was a trap, but…
  • ‘Get out of my way. You never…’
  • The chocolate was great, but then…
  • Suddenly he coughed and…
  • The car stopped. Then it turned around and started back ..

If your children enjoy the activity, get them to create more story starters. Next time they can run the same activity for you (yes, YOU write, too) as well as your other kids.

Don’t forget, the most effective way to teach children to write is NOT to write full stories all the time. Just practice starting stories well and let kids learn in small, confidence-building chunks.

(C) Jen McVeity – National Literacy Champion



Source by Jen McVeity

Taking the PTCB/PTCE: A Preparation and Experience Guide 2011

In March 2011, I was faced with the challenge of taking the PTCB or the PTCE. If you were like me, you’re probably stressing out about what to study for the test, what to bring, and how the test is going to be like. Here are tips and suggestions, from the year 2011, about the PTCB process and what to expect from it.

1. Learning Pharmaceuticals

Before you register to take the PTCB/PTCE, you need to learn all you can about Pharmaceuticals. You can do this by either taking an online course or by buying books and learning on your own

A. Taking Online Courses

Taking an online course about the pharmacy technician will broaden your knowledge on pharmaceuticals two times over. I decided to take the Pharmacy course through Allied Schools. Allied Schools is a school that I only recommend to people who need someone to push them. Allied Schools didn’t have any deadlines for the course, but they made all their lessons look manageable. I never felt as if their course was too hard or too easy to do. Plus, they even provided me with 24/7 tutors who were trained in those specific courses. For the most part, you wouldn’t need a tutor because the books are very detailed on how to things and they always show their work. In the long run, I didn’t really need the course, I just needed the books in the course. The books were the only things teaching me, because there was no instructor for the course. The price for this course was $900. When I think back, Allied Schools is only necessary if you need to schooling and PTCB for your state license. I only recommend taking this course if you have some saving you can spend and/or if you like to be tested on your knowledge.

B. Learning from Books

Reading pharmaceutical books is another way you can learn about the Pharmacy Technician. If you are self motivated, this is the best and least expensive way of learning Pharmacy. Your only problem is which books to buy. You have to make sure that the books you buy are books that will help you on the PTCB/PTCE. In order to do this, here is a list of books that I used to study for the PTCB.

The Pharmacy Technician 4th Edition by The American Pharmacists Association

I found this book to be the best book out of all four books. This book provided information about all aspects of pharmacy including hospital pharmacy as well. This book has my highest recommendation.

The Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review 4th Edition by The American Pharmacists Association

This book was a review of the first book I listed. This book tested you on all your basic knowledge on pharmacy. It is only useful when purchased with The Pharmacy Technician 4th Edition.

Pharmacy Calculations 3rd Edition by Mary F. Powers and Janet B. Wakelin

This book significantly helped the Math Calculations on the PTCE. It had all the math you needed to know for the PTCE. The book is very detailed and shows you step by step how to do a problem. Anyone can learn from it.

Secrets of the PTCB Exam Study Guide by Mometrix Media

I used this book more as a test taking guide. I showed you what to look for in tests and how tests always have their own kinds of flaws. I basically showed you how to cheat at a test without really cheating. It’s more like a strategy guide. It also had all the drugs names, side effects, and categories summed into all their pages. It was a quick drug reference guide for me.

2. Registering to Take the Test

Registering to take the test is fairly simple. All you have to do is go to PTCB dot org and click “Apply to take PTCE.” During the Registration you will go through multiple amounts of general questions. At the end, you will have to pay a $129 dollar fee for the test. After you pay the fee online, they will send you an email that says”Authorization to Test” letter or an ATT. Make sure you don’t delete this letter from your email. This contains your PTCB ID number and you will need it to test with. Make sure you print this letter out. PTCB will also send you a username and password so you can set up an account with Pearsonvue. They are going to be the PTCB proctors of your test. They are the only proctors the PTCB is allows. Once you set up an account with Pearsonvue, you will have to set a time and date for your test. You are allowed to test within 90 days within registering with the PTCB, so your date and time has to comply with this. I would recommend taking it at the time of the day where you are most vigilant. I also recommend you register to take the test three weeks from the date you register with Pearsonvue. This will allow you plenty of time to do extra studying and reviewing before the test.

3. Things to Study

Though you should still be studying for the test, there are some areas you need to study more on. These areas include:

Math Calculations

Conversions (Such as 1 tsp=5 ml. I used that a lot).

Drug laws and Acts

Popular Name Brand and Generic Drugs

Cardiovascular Drugs

Drug Side Effects

Matching Drugs with Auxiliary Labels (ex. Drug: Hydrocodone Label: Do Not Take With Alcohol)

Here are my own percentage categories that I believed the test contained:

50% Math Calculations

20% Pharmacy Law, Acts, and Organizations

10% Technicians Role in the Workplace

5% Drug Side Effects

5% Cardiovascular Drug Effects

5% Matching Drugs with Auxiliary Labels

3% Hospital Pharmacy

2% Matching Name Brand with Generic

4. Things to Bring and Do Before You Go to the Center

Here is a list of things to do before you to the Pearsonvue Center:

Bring 2 Forms of ID and Your ATT Letter

The testing center will not admit you if you do not bring a valid form of ID. I suggest bringing 2 forms of ID just in case one of them is not valid. You have to bring your ATT letter from the email. This shows that you are allowed to test there.

Go to the Bathroom.

You may go to the restroom during your test, but it takes away from your time.

Eat an hour before you test.

You need to eat before you take your test. Eating gives your body and mind strength to function. Make sure this is done about an hour before the test, so you don’t have to go to the restroom during the test.

Take Drugs.

As horrible as this may sound, if certain drugs help you concentrate better, I say take them. I took Excedrin before my test. Though Excedrin contains mostly caffeine and Acetaminophen, it’s one of those drugs that truly makes me focus on what I am doing.

Wear Your Lucky Items.

Though luck is just a superstition, I recommend wearing all the lucky items you own. (Except bracelets, the testing center does not allow you to wear them). Even though your items probably aren’t really lucky, the belief that they are lucky will give you confidence. Plus, if you fail the test, then your items aren’t lucky anymore, so now you have another incentive to pass.

Call Your Support Group.

Before you take your test, call someone who always supports you. This will help your confidence. Before my test, I actually called a lady from Allied Schools, who had taken the PTCB before. She calmed my nerves down and just told me what to expect in the test. This helped me a lot!

Pray.

Before the test, I would definitely suggest praying to God. Trust me, you need all the help you can get.

5. Arriving at the Testing Center

Before you walk through the doors of the testing center, remember to leave your personal items, bracelets, and any friends in your car or outside. They are not allowed in the Center. When you are walking in the doors, BE QUIET. The front desk will get angry at you if you are loud and obnoxious when walking in.

After you walk in, check in at the front desk. They will ask for ID, your ATT letter, and fingerprint and palm check you. They Fingerprint and palm you before and after the test. They will also take a photo of you, to make sure it was you who took the test and your smart friend. Then they give you a key to a locker for any items you may have.

After they have taken the fingerprints and photo shots of you, you will be given a yellow, 6 page, back to back, dry erase scratch booklet and a calculator. Then they will go over all the rules in the testing center.

After the rules are done, you proceed to walk into the controlled testing room and sit at a numbered computer. They then log you in, ask if you have any questions, and leave.

6. Taking the Test

When taking the test, there is a tutorial at the beginning. SKIP IT. If you skip the test you will give yourself 5 more, extra minutes for your test. I was given 120 minutes for the test, 5 minutes for the tutorial, and 5 minutes for the survey. In all I was given 130 minutes for the test because I skipped the tutorial and I didn’t have enough time to take the survey.

Also remember while taking the test to stay calm. Go at your own pace, but just remember the test is still timed. Don’t go too slow. If there are any questions you are unsure of, flag them for review on the computer, but remember to still answer them, even if they are wrong, just in case you don’t have enough time at the end of the test. If you have time at the end, you can review these questions again.

7. After the Test

When the clock on the computer turns to all zeros, your test will end instantly. A survey page will come up on the computer. After you complete the survey, your “Pass” or “Fail” results will appear.

When the results appear, review them and then raise your hand so the attendant can escort you out of the room. They will fingerprint and palm you and then look at your photo once more. Then, they will then print you out your results and tell you that your official and detailed scores will not come in your mail until 1 to 3 weeks. You then will be allowed to grab your items out of your locker, and leave.

8. Receiving Your Results

Weeks after your test, you will be sent an official letter and certificate, if passed, of your results. The certificate consists of two detachable sheets of paper. The first sheet is just your certificate stating that you are a certified pharmacy technician. I will have your certification number, date of completion, and date of renewal. The other sheet of paper has a detachable card that has your certification number, your full name, and your PTCB renewal date. It also contains your test scores. There are three different scores contained within the total score. They include: Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients, Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems, and Participating in the Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice. There will be a score for each category.

For example, I received a 658 in Assisting the Pharmacist…, a 703 in Maintaining Medication…, and a 677 in Participating in the Administration… I had a final score of 670. I hope you all receive higher scores than what I received, but simply passing is really all you need and should want. 99% of employers will not look at your scores. They will just make sure you passed.

9. After completing the PTCB, whether you passed or failed, remember one thing. THE PTCB IS ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF WHAT A PHARMACY IS ‘REALLY’ LIKE. Unfortunately, the PTCB focuses more on math than it does on drug brand names and generics. The PTCB is geared more towards people who are already pharmacy technicians. The PTCB is supposed to help them out with the math portion of pharmacy and help them learn more about drug side effects. Don’t feel bad if you have never been a technician and passed this course and now find yourself be dumbfounded at your recently hired pharmacy. I found this out the hard way.

I started at my pharmacy just as a cashier. When I finally got sick and tired of being ‘just a cashier’ I decided that it was time I become a CPhT. I took the courses through Allied schools and took the PTCB. I felt confident of my knowledge of pharmacy after passing the courses and the PTCB. The problem was I had, and still have, trouble remembering the drugs and their generics. I know plenty of drug names, but I haven’t worked long enough in a pharmacy to remember as many as the other technicians who have been techs for over 5 years. I also felt completely idiotic when I didn’t know the computers. There are many components to the pharmacy Rx computer.

I would to not to all of you that the schooling and the tests really don’t teach you as much as what your learn just from working at a pharmacy. Don’t be hurt or feel completely stupid if you get hired and don’t know everything. It takes years to learn what all those technicians know how to do. So, don’t let them intimidate you. Just remember to always ask questions and always ask why something is the way it is and why it is done like it is. Remember to ask the right technician meaning one that has been there a long time and/or one that has no intimidation of your presence.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, I hope that these tips and suggestions of advise help anyone who is taking the PTCE soon. I noticed before I took my test, there were no recent forums of the PTCE. Most were from 2007 and were not of relevancy. So, I decided if I passed the PTCE I would write an article about the current PTCB process. Hope this information helps and good luck at taking the test.



Source by Bob Jarvis

How I Passed the CSET….Little Tips and Pointers That Made the Difference Between Pass and Failure

The CSET — Your Path To A Rewarding Career!

Few careers can provide the levels of responsibility, satisfaction and fulfillment that teaching brings to California educators. Each day, thousands of teachers across California help their students to study, to learn and to reach for their dreams.

Good Teachers Create Great Lives

Teachers can touch lives in ways that no one else can. Everyone remembers at least one teacher who provided them with encouragement and inspiration, with the help and advice that they needed just when they needed it most.

You are one small step away from becoming such a teacher.

Good Teachers Also Lead Great Lives

But teachers don’t just inspire and educate. As a teacher, you’ll enjoy respect from your family and friends, and a social status given to few other professionals. You’ll have long paid vacations that will enable you to travel the world or pursue your own goals. And you’ll have an income that will bring you independence and a career path that can lead you from challenge to success.

All that stands between you and a rewarding career of educating, guiding and inspiring students right now is your CSET test.

Pass The CSET exam, Pass On Your CSET test Knowledge

The CSET exam is a series of single-subject tests intended to prove to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing that you have the basic CSET test knowledge and ability to teach your subject in a classroom. There is also a CSET Multiple Subject exam which is required for K-8 certification.

Currently there is a

  • CSET Mathematics
  • CSET English
  • CSET Social Science
  • CSET Science
  • CSET Spanish
  • CSET Business
  • CSET Health Science
  • CSET Home Economics
  • CSET Physical Education
  • CSET French
  • CSET Spanish
  • CSET German
  • CSET Industrial and Technology Education
  • CSET Art
  • CSET Agriculture

    With hard work and, no less importantly, the right CSET test preparation, you should find it easy to pass the CSET and start your teaching career.

    What You Need To Know About The CSET

    Whichever subject you intend to teach, you’ll find that passing the CSET test will require you to make use of two sets of skills: recalling the CSET knowledge that you possess about your subject; and answering exam questions quickly and accurately.

    Both of these skill sets are vitally important on the CSET.

    What is the CSET?

    The CSET is a single subject exam, intended to replace the old Single Subject Assessments for Teaching and Praxis II tests. There are three types of test in the CSET:

    Single Subject Teaching Credentials are mainly used from grades 7-12 and authorize a teacher to teach one particular subject.

    Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials allow teachers to teach a range of different subjects and are generally used in elementary schools for grades K-6.

    Education Specialist Instruction Credentials allow teachers to teach students who have a particular disability or special need in grades K-12.

    Each exam in the CSET contains a number of subtests and lasts up to five hours. The sub-tests themselves are not timed however, allowing you to spend more time on areas that you find difficult and less time on the parts that you know best.

    Time management will be an important element in getting the score you need to pass the CSET exam and become a teacher.

    Two Types Of Questions, Two Types Of Challenge

    CSET exam questions come in two forms: multiple-choice questions ask you to choose the best answer from a number of options. In these questions, it is important to remember that the best answer isn’t necessarily the only correct answer. You may find that two CSET exam answers look correct but one answer will be more correct than the other. (This also means that when two answers look the same, you’ve got a 50/50 chance of guessing the right one.)

    Constructed-response CSET questions ask you to discuss, describe, analyze, explain etc. Often you’ll be asked to complete more than one task. Always read the question carefully and make sure that you have completed all the tasks.

    CSET Test Taking Tips for Essay Writing

    CSET Test Preparation– How To Cram Fast And Effectively

    Whatever your subject, the CSET exam is going to expect you to have memorized vast amounts of information. Some of that CSET information you’ll know well because you use it every day. But much of the details that will turn up in the exam will be the sort of knowledge that will normally have you turning to the books to find the answers.

    In the CSET, you’ll need to be able to recall those facts from your memory. That means being able to cram.

    Top Methods To Quickly Complete CSET Test Preparation

    At some point, just about everyone finds themselves having to cram for an exam. It might not be the best way to learn, but it’s often the only way to pass the test.

    There are a number of effective techniques that you can use to fill your head with the information you need to breeze through your CSET exam.

    1. Organize Your Priorities

    No one excels at everything. There will inevitably be some subjects at which you are stronger and others at which you are weaker. You’ll need to make sure that you spend more time memorizing and learning your weaker areas than your stronger ones for the CSET.

    Don’t worry if it looks like there’s a huge difference between the amount of work you have to do and the amount of time you have to do it. The next step will be to chop down the work and preparation required to pass the CSET.

    2. Pick And Store for the CSET

    Once you’ve identified those areas that will need the most work, read all the information through once. Highlight the most important points (don’t just underline: it’s easier to picture a highlighted page than an underlined sentence).

    There are a number of different methods that you can then use to store your CSET exam information in your head:

    o Break up what you need to learn into bite-sized chunks. There’s a limit to how much you can stuff into your short-term memory in one go. Take each piece a little at a time.

    o Acrostics help you remember a list in the right order by turning them into strange sentences. My Dear Aunt Sally is the famous way to remember to Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract. You can create your own acrostic for any set of facts on the CSET.

    o Turn your CSET notes into musical notes. If you can put the words you’re trying to memorize to a tune you like, you’ll find them much easier to remember. You might not be able to hum in the exam, but you can sing in the shower — and in the process, keep memorizing for the CSET;

    3. Get the CSET Rammed Right In There!

    Cramming only puts the information you want in your head for a short time (using what you’re memorizing will keep it there for the long term). In order to stop what you’ve memorized falling out before your CSET exam, you’ll need to keep seeing it and going over it right up until you need it on the day.

    Acing The CSET

    The actual content of your exam will depend on the subject you’re thinking of teaching. The official CSET study guides will tell you what you’re supposed to know before you walk into the CSET exam room. You should certainly be familiar with the CSET guides that apply to you.

    What the CSET study guides won’t tell you though is how to ace the CSET when you aren’t sure of the answer. That isn’t because you can’t do it; it’s because they don’t want you to know how to do it.

    Here are 5 Ways To Ace The CSET (Even When You Don’t Know The Answer)

    1. Do the easy questions first

    Use the first few minutes of the exam to zip through the paper. You’ll certainly find some of the questions easier than others. Do those straight away. It will make you feel a bit better and give you more time for the tough questions. And if you find yourself getting stuck on a question, make a mark, leave it and move on. Come back to it at the end when you’ll have more time, more focus and less panic.

    2. Use a process of elimination

    This is an absolute must on any multiple choice question. There will always be one or two questions that are outrageously wrong. Knock them out quick and your score doubles.

    3. Drop extreme language and numbers

    One way to pick the bad answer choices from the good is to look at the wording of the answers. The examiners generally prefer the correct answer to be wishy-washy. Any answer choice that uses words like ‘all’, ‘never’ or ‘always’ are probably wrong. Similarly, on math and science questions, the highest and lowest figures are usually bad choices too. Take them out.

    4. Identify similar answers

    Another way to hone in on the right answer choices is to pick out any answers that look the same. Usually on the CSET exam, two answers will be extreme, one will look right and one will be right.

    The one that looks right has been put there deliberately to confuse you.

    The examiners are hoping that as you rush through the exam, you won’t notice that there’s a better answer right next to it and pick the wrong choice. That’s mean, but it actually does you a favor. When two answer choices look similar, one of them is likely to be right.

    5. Use previous questions

    One of the great things about long exams like the CSET is that the answer to one question can often be found in another part of the test. It’s going to be almost impossible for the examiners not to repeat a subject or duplicate a point. If you’re scratching your head over a question, move on and keep an eye out for it later. There’s a good chance that they’ll give the game away in a different question.

    Those are just five simple tactics you can use to ace the CSET test. There are dozens of others and you’ll need them all to put yourself in the classroom and in front of the blackboard. To learn all the tactics you need, and to make sure that your CSET test preparation is right on track, check out our Study Guide and start your teaching career with top marks.



  • Source by Cary Hanson

    Sex Education in Schools Pros and Cons

    Sex education is the act of informing younger and adult generations about everything they need to know about sex. Sex education is one of the most controversial issues in education, which has been floating on educational institutions since ages.

    Sex education is not just about sex. It includes other sensitive issues like sexual health, sexual reproduction, sexuality and others that parents often feel uncomfortable talking with their children. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of schools to address this issue, and inform and educate students about it as much as possible.

    Often, sexual education in schools is considered as a recreational course rather than a serious issue. There are many pros and cons of sexual education being taught in the public schools.

    Pros of sex education in schools:

    - Classes are gender-exclusive. This saves embarrassment among students and teach them only what they need to know based on their gender.

    - Properly taught, sexual education could become a regular and ongoing Human Anatomy and Biology complete with tests and grading that goes toward graduation credits.

    - Students can be taught the correct terms of the reproductive system of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception birth instead of “street slang.”

    - Myths surrounding sex can be dispelled (for example, can not get pregnant the first time).

    - Studies show that many teenagers become sexually active before the inclusion of educational classes. Principles of inclusion of classes has been shown to help students stay or to abstain or at least be responsible if they are active.

    - Proper education can have an impact on the prevention of sexual problems in adulthood.

    Cons of sex education in schools:

    - Students may still be subject to embarrassment or excitable by subject matter. This can make for out of control classrooms if students take to laugh or make inappropriate comments.

    - Most education is taught as a brief interlude in physical education or health class. This is not enough time to relate effectively to serious material.

    - Often, sexual education can go against moral or religious beliefs of an individual. Many schools do not teach abstinence-only, but to teach how to have sex safely, while many of the religious and family stress marriage before intercourse.

    - Sex education is often seen as a “recreational” course and not a serious issue (this is a direct correlation with the fact that there are no grades or scores to be derived from class).

    - Teachers are not always adequately trained to teach sexual education and may violate their own beliefs or morals on the subject rather than continuing with the facts.

    - The attitudes of parents, educators and religious leaders in the community can make the stuff that vary from state to state or even school-to-school.



    Source by Alison Mia Parker