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How to help your student focus on homework
"By now, school has probably started for most of your students. And It's a mixture of how soon going back to school some are going back as. You know as if nothing has really happened and they're going back to full days summer doing hybrid days based on their last name. some are. Partially online some days and in the school other days and some students are fully online but. No matter. How your student is going back to school. one thing that I wanted to talk about and I like to do this these kinds of talks in this series at the beginning of a school year kind of our back to school series today I, just really WanNa talk about helping your teen focus on their homework and when I share three tips because according to the act research students who spend less than six hours per week at home during homework are nearly twice as likely to be low achievers. Than students who are considered high achievers so I JUST WANNA share to some practical ways to help your students succeed and you know again, it's going to be a little bit more challenging but they either just general ideas and this is really important because what students often don't realize is that when they're applying for college in the fall of their senior year, schools are looking back grades in their ninth tenth and Eleventh Grade Year. So those first three years of critical you know. So you really need to think of it as sort of you know the Kind of the on ramp where they should either maintain their grades or improve their grades and having a plan in place to do that will make all the difference. So tip number one really say clear goals and expectations What are the expectations? For each class. you know and began to discuss those with your student in terms of you know what needs to be done when taking a look at over a big projects getting those on your calendar. And having a discussion around what's a typical amount of homework each night I would say sit down and really talk about it and carve out a schedule to make sure that your student is doing their homework and maintaining a a study schedule specially if again, if they're in their junior year and they had their psat coming up in October. You know that's another element that they're adding on top of their regular homework. Number two I would say set up a proper study area. So to really help your student, achieve their goals, they're going to need a place to study. It may be a kitchen table dining room table. but you know, well, let area quiet area. place where there are few distractions or the fewer the better I know can be a little bit difficult especially if some parents are home. But you know having a dedicated space with the supplies that they need to avoid any last-minute trips to the store or Any kind of delays is really helpful. So knowing you know what that study area is going to be what you need, and then having a few things for projects because even in the virtual environment, there are students who will still be required to do project. So get those poster boards, markers, glue sticks, scissors, tape. You know all those things that you're going to need to do those projects and to present them virtually. and. Then the third thing to really help your student focus on homework and doing well would be for you to step in when needed. So. Don't be afraid to step in if they're struggling especially, if they're online I mean it can be very difficult, very challenging and so making making it a point to check in regularly to see how they're doing and maybe scheduling additional time outside of the classroom environment where you may not have needed to do it for particular one of your students but if you need to step been. Definitely step in and what I find some of the ways were students routinely need. The extra support is with time management and study skills. It's really know how to manage their time in this this kind of either virtual space or hybrid, and then study skills just general study skills and these kinds of skills were carry them not just through high school, but into college and beyond. So again, you know if if your students help. Consider getting a tutor or some type of support to help them so that they don't fall behind again I can't stress enough but you know really doing well in the ninth Anthony Eleventh Grade will set them up well for their senior year as applying. For Colleges.
Ray Brescia, Albany Law School: Social Distance and Social Change
"One Sunday night fifty five years ago tens of millions of Americans gathered to watch television broadcast of judgment at Nuremberg dramatic depiction of the post World War Two trials of German judges for their behavior during the Holocaust. With star studded cast it promised ratings gold. Once underway news alerts interrupted the broadcast that showed civil rights activists including the late John Lewis being beaten on the Edmund Pettus. Bridge. Since judgment at Nuremberg addressed the culpability of ordinary Germans for Nazi atrocities. The juxtaposition of the images was striking and helped galvanize public support for what would become the voting. Rights Act. But the leaders of the civil rights movement were not the first to utilize the most modern means of communication available to them to bring about social. Change. Since the dawning of the American experiment, social movements have long captivated our attention to advances in communications technology. The sons of liberty utilize the printing press, the women's movement of the Mid Nineteenth Century the telegraph. But the technology itself has not brought about change no in addition to utilizing advances and communications technologies these and other successful social movements have also operated through grassroots networks built on face to face encounters and embraced positive unifying messages that stress shared interests over difference. Today we facing unprecedented public health crisis that keeps us out of physical distance must also confront dramatic racial and economic inequalities. As, advocates have done in the past though we can leverage technology to create community across distance to see that we are deeply connected and must work together to bring about lasting change that was very brush of Albany, law? School.
The return to campus
"Start this week with the returned to campus. We're only a handful of days away from the annual internal migration of students to their universities and amid rising cases of covid nineteen in the so-called affluent, young. We are asking what the returned to campus looks like in two thousand, nine, hundred, ninety. What can we expect in the next few weeks? She thinks Ho- Well What can we expect in? Wish I knew and I, think that's basically the problem. We don't know what to expect. I think as we the great migration as it's been cold, the docking of a cruise ship in city center says. The comparing it to to cad high. We've seen all ladies, Mexico. But the reality is we just die I mean that's not to say that universities across land haven't worked incredibly hard to make that campuses as Covid ciphers that can onto put in place kind of set of programs and welcomes and whole semesters in years worth of a new curriculums and Goal See to. To make this year as good as it can possibly be the reality is you know we're crossing fingers and hoping the Hoping that things go as well as possibly can. And others on one K. of have. Really put a lot of actor into understanding that guidance. And, of course, we know that at eighteen minutes past one this morning. Or yesterday morning depending on when you're listening to the PODCAST. The updated guidance finally dropped into universities inboxes. Alongside kind of updated track and trace guide full effort universities are basically as you say, acting this weekend silence everybody I think from ministers, vice-chancellors to parents to students. Are Hoping for the best. And an an really none of them know what's going to happen and we'll just the systems put in place I can account with whatever does happen every obviously You know one of the things certainly, I put in the you know the blog rarely this morning when sucked them look at the guidance while. In truth. We the runaway train was already a runaway try by which I mean we're going to try and reopen campuses months some months ago. and. I. Think it's interesting. It still not really clear that that's a good idea. But to some extent we are going with and we're trying to make the best of it and I I can't recall can whether it still a good idea? I think it probably is I mean, if we consider the fallout from closing schools and stopping exams I think there must be a parallel. You know having a million mostly young people sitting around with nothing particularly to do. Doesn't feel to me like a good idea. I also just wanted to say I really hope that some inspiring commencement, a speeches, this term. Students are not only joining the scholarly community at their university, but they're also joining kind of scholarly covert, aware and covid responsible community university i. felt a bit that the coverage has been very heavily tilted towards what universities could and should do but the needs to be a bit of a balancing call to arms from students. You know after all who are adults even if some of them quite young adults but I think they're old enough to understand that we are we on the middle of the global pandemic I can't have everything might. Want or expect more normal times and they've got pull their weight to and I. Actually I've got huge faith in young people's ability indeed that desire potentially to moderate their behaviour and their expectations I really hope that universities will also concentrate on kind of motivating and inspiring their students to become part of the covert solution and not become part of the covert problem.
Cinzia Pica-Smith, Assumption University Discusses Interracial Friendships
"And today on the Academic Minute Chintzy Pika Smith associate professor in the Department of Human Services and rehabilitation. Studies at Assumption University. Examines the relationship between Italian children and non Italians because of migration patterns. Italian schools are increasingly diverse spaces in which children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and cultural linguistic. Practices Interact daily these spaces provide fertile ground for a continuum of interpersonal experiences from Intergroup friendships, two incidents of discrimination and marginalization in our study one, thousand, three, hundred, fourteen, middle school students, and multi-ethnic schools in southern Italy were surveyed to understand the extent of their Intergroup relationships, their perspectives on Intergroup friendships, and their Intergroup cooperative as well as discriminatory behaviors. A sixty three item questionnaire was administered to learn to what extent Italian students. Relationship with peers both inside and outside of the school context differed from those of non Italian students. Findings revealed that non Italian students were significantly more likely to have Intergroup friendships than their Italian counterparts. Interestingly, school his street gender and Italian language proficiency did not predict. Intergroup. Friendships for Non Italian students and neither did time of arrival in. Italy cooperative behavior was significantly higher participants who identified as girls. There was no significant difference between. Italian and Non Italian students in their views of how non-italian students should be treated. Non Italian students and Italian girls were significantly more likely to report getting along. Well with classmates. Findings are congruent with the literature on Intergroup friendships from parts of the world where classrooms have been racially diverse for decades, and where research has demonstrated that racially minority students have more Intergroup friendships than white children
A Simple Equation to Help Kids Love Math
"We're going to the equivalent of flipping to the back of the book to look right at the answers because we know back by listening to this math, you had to overcome some anxieties I bet of your. Yes. So let's get right to our takeaways and number one. Don't let your math anxiety hold your kids back. Nothing's -iety. As you mentioned is a real phenomenon all over the world and it's pretty clearly related to how we teach math in school things like timed practice and memorization and high stakes testing and oh my gosh, I'm getting. Hot Flashes and sweaty palms, just thinking about tests. Can here's the really upsetting thing that math anxiety it's not equal opportunity. That's right. It's tied to stereotypes race, and especially gender research shows that mothers and Preschool teachers who are overwhelmingly women they can pass that feeling onto their kids especially to their girls but there is some good news children are not born with math anxiety. All right. It's passed onto them. So I think that's why we have to check out selves in when we're talking about math this. was kind of a surprise for me because I thought that you know if my kid had a problem with math I could bond with him by saying, Hey, you know it was tough for me too but actually rose Marie says saying, I. Don't like Math I can't do math that will get conveyed to your children and the solution. Instead we need to reframe math yet rosemary says think about the fun activities that can back up and reinforce what they're learning. In school math is very much an integral part of your life do you love music i? Do I love to sing. All right. If you love music, then you love math do like to cook and Bake I love to cook and be okay. Then you love math because she can't do music and you can't cook and bake without math so I can't cook or bake really and I definitely cannot sing but I love baseball for example, and my boys. And I we talk about baseball statistics all the time. So what's important Rosemary says is recognizing math as part of many things that we like doing together exactly and so to see more about how adults can we've math into our everyday moments of life even with really little kids you and I and our producer Laurent Mickey visited Really Special Preschool new first reported this episode. This is back in two thousand and nineteen when we could freely move throughout the world. Watch US light today. This is the center for Early Childhood Education. It's our research preschool at Eastern Connecticut State University. The lobby has this giant, super, realistic oaktree yet which I climbed inside. Very cool. We should also say about a third of the kids at this school speak Spanish at home. That's right and at the preschool, we sat down with one of the lead researchers. Suda. Swami not done and she helped us understand a lot more about how to grow children who love math the minute we say math with think of the big picture you know Bagel theorems beore geometry concepts instead swimming not says thinks small she's a professor in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State and her special focus is on early math learning and Sudha And her colleagues have done lots of research to see what kinds of childhood experiences lead to better performance in math later on and one of their answers makes up our second takeaway take number to talk about math take this really ordinary moment you asked them to put their books away and and say, doesn't fit the shelf. So why disadvantage fit? Maybe it's the book is too tall too big Suda says you're actually talking about math process it's problem solving. Yeah, and we heard lots of this by the way math talk at the preschool. As the duck fit in there too. He did fit when he was standing up. So you decided to lay down does he fit now? That's Amy Lopez the lead teacher for the toddler. It's a sunny room with a cozy reading corner. There's a play kitchen and blocks, and you're the center of the room. There's this table and amy sitting with the children they're building together with magnetized calls, which are these colorful plastic blocks with different shapes that stick together and the little plastic farm animals, and one of the kids is kind of putting together a house. You're using triangles and squares unique. Naming the shapes in both English and in Spanish. When we played this tape for Rosemary she said what I heard. There is the teacher using descriptive math language and that is so key for children to understand math concepts. You can't understand the concepts without the language. Yeah, and aim is not building the box for the kids cheese actually making observations kind of narrating their thoughts in real time the more blocks you on the longer dad's Cohen I notice that when you added more your line got longer and longer when she said Moore blocks to make it longer. Longer is a complex word for children and they need to hear that language and they need to hear that language in a very concrete way. She wasn't even afraid to use really technical words like when this little boy was trying to make a little corral standup. Now you can put them all around the perimeter all around the edge Caribbean or.
Extracurricular Activities During A Pandemic
"As the coronavirus pandemic requires many schools to continue online students are wondering, how can they get extracurricular activities? And in our scholarships segment I'm GonNa talk about what is a scholarship weekend? Welcome to the Scholarship Shark podcast I'm Pam. Andrews your host as a college admissions consultant I believe that getting into college does not need to be complicated for confusing and paying for it doesn't need to be costly and you're here because you believe the same join me each week as I share advice on the college admissions process as well as scholarship tips. So let's get started with today's episode. The impact of Corona. Virus is not just limited to the classroom. For some students starting school this fall you know they're still going to be online doing classes virtually. A hybrid where it's a few days in the classroom. And a few days at home online. but many schools are choosing not to do their extra curricular activities that require gathering large numbers of students together, and it's easy to focus on what we can't do. But in this episode, I WanNa talk about ways, students can get involved. And although you may not be able to do some of your traditional activities I'm GonNa just share three things and three comic groups of things that you may think about doing. As we continue to navigate through this pandemic. So you know you may not be able to participate in school sport or in your marching band or be a part of your theater production. But you can still participate in extracurriculars while you're at home or even if you're doing a hybrid model, you just have to be creative and it's really important that you don't neglect this part of you for several reasons number one. It's a great way to distress to develop a friendships to strengthen your leadership skills to gain self competence Extracurricular activities have all kinds of benefits, and of course you know applying for college, you will want to list what you've done in this academic year on your college application. So along with your high school your grades your class rank if you've been able to sit for the sat or act. and you're your recommendation letters and your essay, your activities, your extracurriculars, what you do inside of scorn outside of school were really show how you spend your time and what are you interested in so think of it as initiative and interest. So I wanted to share. Three things that you can do if you're not able to participate in some of the things that you've done in the past. Because I don't want you to think while I'm not able to do what I would like to do or what I've done last year or the your prior. So really what can I do? Not Share three three things that you could possibly do so. Number One, I want you to think about what did you do in school? In the past and how can you either do it online? Or? If your school offers it. So if your school is currently offering something, how can you participate for example, maybe your school still has student government and you're not meeting in person, but you can still participate online. So don't neglect those in school opportunities that are happening virtually. So see if your school is still offering some of the club's activities that they would normally offer, but just in an online format. And you know again think through what you've done in the past what you looking forward to maybe participating on your school newspaper or language. Clubs Academic Clubs You know again, take a look at those and see what they're offering online. Now if your school is not offering it online. Why don't you lead it start the initiative may get with a couple of students and offer that particular club in a virtual setting just simply reach out. To Your School, the advisor who helps you coordinate your activities and maybe write something down and began to share your idea. Now. As, you begin to think about things that you do in your school, and if your school is having it, if you find that your school does not have it again, maybe you can offer it in a virtual world
How To Teach History
"So, what what do you do with history? What's your basic? Approach, while I will say this, you're the one who taught me how to teach history in my early homeschooling years so I do it very much the way that you Michelle For sure we've always taught history in order when I was in school I was always confused about when things were happening and how things were related to each other. When I learned about historical figure, it wasn't in context of where they were or when they lived and I never knew how things connected I I remember in fifth grade we did this project about the Aztecs and. Each like our teachers split us into groups and each group was doing a different hands on project by the Aztecs and it was a great project. I remember vividly how the Aztecs built their village or town right on top of the lake and that that's what my project was about and I remember that but I also remember having no idea when the Aztecs happened in history, I had no concept of win. That was I thought they were very, very ancient people that was my impression. And that turns out not to be true they actually were. More. In the colonial era, they were much more modern. Yeah I think that was the problem with my early education history is it just lacked connections I didn't understand what history could teach me because I didn't have any contextual basis for the people, the places, the events, I didn't have a complete picture in my mind. So that's been one of my goals with my kids is to help them see the big picture of history and to be able to. Know when and where things happened. So, let's back up and just start with when we say history exactly. What do we mean? First of all history starts with the earliest civilizations and I think that's something that. People. Get confused about because we know that there were caveman and. There's this whole Earth history that happens before the subject of history, but the academic subject of history starts with the earliest civilizations. Well. And that's not because the people who came before weren't important. It's because the people who came before didn't write down their stories in any way we don't have an archeological record of them not much and we don't have. Any records at all of them, they didn't build cities that we can go back and excavate. The academic subject of history is just the story of human civilization. That's what is. I often tell my kids. This is why it's so important for you to write down your stories because anyone who didn't have a record of their people or their lives or anything that happened. That kind of. With time and so history we're looking at, Hey, let's look at the story of the people who have lived on the earth and it's totally find teach about cavemen but there's not a lot of actual information that we know when we don't have any written records. So so layers of learning starts with the earliest civilisation. Yeah. We start with Sumer and the Yellow River valley in China and the Norte Chico People in South America. That's that's the beginning of the subject of history and we're looking at how did people create the first civilizations as they began to settle down and be able to live in a place. How did that happen? What contributed to them being able to do that and so yeah, we always start there in history and then as we go along, it includes the story of human beings, nations, cities, especially the great figures in history the heroes, the even the villains civilians to definitely but we learn about those people who somehow contributed and made a difference in the world whether good or bad. And I think we look at those things because it teaches us lessons for now. It's important to look back so that we can be educated for our lives now. Right right now, we are living at a point in history. We're making history were part of that whole subject, and if we study history, we can study all of the things that led up to. Now we can see this progression and some of its progress, and some of it is regression. We human societies tend to go through these cycles and there's Warren Destruction, and there's also building in great art and looking at all of this together is the subject of history I think that's one of the really interesting things that I have noticed as I've taught my kids history. I think a lot of people believe that we started with almost nothing in the history of the world, and then we little by little built up to this point that we have the Internet and technology and invention, and actually if you look back in history, my kids were amazed when we were studying ancient Greece and ancient Rome and they were saying if they just had the internet, they probably had pretty much what we have today. Mom they were a pre industrial society they had factories so anciently. They were very much like we are, and then it collapsed. Yeah. Followed Rome even before the Roman Empire the Mojo Daro people in India where at the same level that Rome was, but you know thousand years earlier. So it has happened over and over through history. So it's really interesting. One of the things that we learned from that is hey. Next year tomorrow who knows we could be reverting back in the exact same way that they did we are not immune in any way. And it hasn't just progressed and progressed and progressed. It has gone through cycles of change over time, and so there are lessons all along the way if we learn history in that Lens. and. Partly for that reason, Karen that that we can see progression and we can see cycles partly for that reason, we study history in order, and partly for the reason, we already talked about that it's important to have context you need to understand. Things that are going on at the same time in history you need to understand that this person came before that person that this war led to this event. Those progressions are important in history. So to teach it in order, I think vital.
A Work Schedule without Childcare
"Had a very interesting blog post. Recently, I thought that detailed away that A. Two Person. Could Alternate things like in a very structured way you want to go into that. So I got an interesting amount of feedback from this not so much in comments on the blog but I heard from people who wanted to share it with other audiences because it just hasn't been spelled out exactly how a split schedule with two working parents. Splitting fifty-fifty could, in fact, work in could give both parties approximately thirty hours a week of focused work time. Mostly during the workday. So none of these like get up at four. I, am and work till I am things which if you have today you have to do but you also wouldn't have to in this sap. So the idea is. that. You have two different shifts on during the workday one is eight to three. And one is one to six, and that is predicated on the idea that it young children who are home are napping from one to three those a rough nap window. We are recording this at two-thirty right genevieve napping and Sarah does not have childcare today. And you know older children could use that time for independent work or for screen time or whatever you wanted to do. The idea is that that is that could be double in terms of the parents. One Parent is on during distraction. So some of their hours are not pure hours but. Mostly, two of them will be able to work anyway. So one party takes eight to three Monday, Wednesday and one to six on Tuesday and Thursday the other party takes one to six on Monday Wednesday and eight to three on Tuesday and Thursday, and then they alternate on Friday who gets eight to three and who gets one to six. So each week it's butts off there and what works out to is then twenty nine hours during the weeks when you have the three one secs shifts and It works out to thirty one hours on the weeks where you have the three, eight, two, three shifts, and the key thing for this to work is that when you are on your job is not just to keep the children safe like being adults present in the house, you are also committing to keeping the children out of your partners office, right so that they can be guaranteed those hours being at eight to one one, the sex or whatever. are focused right like absolutely focused they are not on your they're not dealing with anything, and if you do this that each of you can, in fact, get the twenty five cure focused hours and then between four to six hours each week of. Most likely but could be interrupted because of naptime was or whatever. And both of you would have both some afternoon in some morning hours and so I know that that's an issue that some people be like well, we just split it that she takes the mornings when I take the afternoons. But then what you know, there are some teams that always WanNa meet in the morning because some other person has a different shift of their schedule and so this allows you to occasionally have morning meetings or occasionally have afternoon meetings as the case may be again, this has to be pretty much you are committed to this. You're committing to keeping the kids out of your partners office you can obviously arrange for A. Sub. Credit. On a day, if there was something like you have to pitch a new client, a huge project in the only time they can meet. Tuesday antenna at ten. AM technically Tuesday as the tae that you work on the sex like probably you could arrange with your spouse to get a sub credit that you would make it up for that person at another point but. You WanNa. Have that be relatively infrequently but you know working twenty nine or thirty hours a week with no pay childcare is. Pretty good. If that's a situation that a couple might find themselves in and if they need more hours, you can extend the swap idea to different times I mean. Maybe each of you works from six to ten pm one night a week and that gets you up to thirty four hours a week or you do six to ten am on a weekend or something you each get one weekend morning and you know what it is but. That is basically fulltime ours, and if they are plans, well, you will be okay.
An Introduction to Bases
"So, WHAT IS BASE? All right. So when we count starting Zero we count zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Book comes after nine ten, right. But how do we write down ten? We write down the number one followed by the number zero. The one in this case is next to zero to its left. So it represents ten times what it would usually represent, which would be one resulting in ten times one or ten total the Zeros added to this for a total of ten. If we had eleven, we would add one to ten for a total of eleven because we'd have a one in a one in a row another example of deconstructing the. Number system can be applied to some random number. Say Seventy Nine, seventy nine is written as a seven next to a nine. The nine is all the way on the right and since the seven to the left of the nine, it is an the tens place. So seven times ten is seventy plus nine, seventy nine the system continues like that one, thousand, two, hundred, thirty, four means four, plus three times ten. Plus Two Times one hundred, which is ten times a privilege multiplier, which was ten plus one times. One, thousand, which ten times the previous multiplayer, which is one hundred. which so as the total is one, thousand plus two, hundred plus thirty plus four is one, thousand, two, hundred and thirty four as you go left, the place gets ten times bigger with every digit. This is what it means. When we say we use base ten place value system. There are ten digits zero through nine and we use them in a row to denote quantities and the cool part is that in. A very short space. You can count all sorts of things you can count, for example, the number of particles in the universe the number of particles in the universe can be written down using only eighty characters for reference. The sentence that you just heard contains a total of ninety five characters. One, hundred four if you include spaces and if every particle were planet with around ten billion people on it, you count all. Those people with only ten more characters. Ninety toto is a perfectly optimized system for denoting exact imagers and with the ratings pointed to be used for fractional number as well. But more than that. Later, these numerals zero through nine that is are known as the Hindu Arabic numerals our developed between the first and fourth centuries ce by Indian mathematicians, they're introduced to Europe between the tenth and sixteenth centuries he interesting. So. So, in other words to summarize that in say one or two sentences don't don't quote me on that. Essentially when we talk about a place value system and basis, we talk about what is the fewest amount of symbols rather what what, what are the total amount of symbols that are used to in any sort of combination represent any arbitrary number up through infinity well, I suppose infinity would be its own symbol really. Number approaching infinity as we're seeing earlier in in our number system, which is the Hindu Arabic number system We have just ten symbols zero through nine that's it, and we represent every conceivable number using those symbols. I should probably add to that also irrational numbers like pie or e an infinity and things like that. But a very small number of symbols can represent almost a really an infant number of possible symbols can be represented by this finite system. And what's interesting is as we talk about different bases, it's just a different number of symbols and the most fundamental one binary. It's either a one or zero or an hour and honoring anything else whether it's are based ten or hex decimal or anything like that. It's just an arbitrary number of symbols to work with which you using. Yeah. Exactly. Am Binary since we have either one or zero, we have two different bases. Different symbols. So we are in based to yes. Yeah. Binary base two, and if we had sixteen symbols, we'd be Anna Heck's the decimal. So. Real quick. I'd like to say a couple of definitions here based on what we just said about basis in about symbols, bring us to our discussion about numerals versus numbers just for clarification numerals are what you write down. There are only ten. Sorry. My son is bringing a toy saw on a table. So with numbers versus numerals there are only ten numerals that zero through nine. However, those ten numerals are us to make any amount. So that's the difference between numerals and numbers any base system. The numerals are how many different symbols are included in that base.
George Cunningham, Texas A&M University - Physical Activity and Climate Change Attitudes
"Changing attitudes toward global warming is hard. I'm Dr Lynn Pascarella. President of the Association of American colleges and universities and today on the academic minute George Cunningham professor of graduate and professional studies details one surprising way to do so. Being active as a number of benefits, including better fitness and cognitive functioning reduction, various diseases, and improved, physical and mental health. Our recent research also points to another outcome of being active climate change attitudes. There are certainly exceptions most fiscal activity takes place outdoors. As. A result exercisers are able to enjoy nature and become more connected with their surroundings. At this is the case exercisers might be especially aware the ways in which climate change could hinder their ability to be active. When they arrive this conclusion then might also advocate for new laws and policies that would serve to protect the environment. To examine these possibilities, we analyzed data from over thirty one, hundred counties across the US. And addition to collecting data related to fiscal. And climate change attitudes. We counted further factors that might impact the results. These included the county residents access to physical activity demographics education in voting patterns and the two thousand sixteen presidential election. After, accounting for these factors, we found that his physical activity increased so too did county residents conviction that climate change personally impacted them. Personal Harm believes then related to their preference for stronger climate change policies. based. On these findings, we concluded that activists, scientists and policy makers looking to shape public opinion around climate change should consider this sport and physical activity domain that was George Cunningham of Texas. Am University.
Danni Reches: How to Enrich Your Experience as a PhD Researcher
"I'd really want Danny to focus on. What's your projects have been you know and? One of them we already mentioned and is quite evident but. Other projects you've been developing besides just your PhD research and the idea is also to see if we can take out of that, how that enriched your experience as a PhD student and how listeners out there could maybe take some some example of that too. Also wherever they are You know find a group of like minded people and also enrich their experience and make it a a richer one and A. How to make their PhD a more diverse experience than just doing their research? That's where I wanted to say. I've been to a lot of different things and this is something my supervisor has warned me for so. Now, a bit more cautious at I'm trying to do it a bit less, but I've been slowed down by the whole situation with corona. Anyway. So I just want that to be a little bit of a warning when I start talking about all the fun things that I did because you definitely have to keep in mind how much a person can do without burning out. By As let me start with w about my love for conferences, especially if they're paid for and abroad. in a way, it allowed me to keep traveling, which is so much love. In, my first year Beastie, I managed to spend three weeks in. Australia where never been before somewhere in the mountains beautiful place. at the form. And there are. A huge conference on different topics with two hundred. Students, not only be as there were just a few these most of them were in. From all over the world is shared my flats with someone from Pakistan right as an Israeli. F from the Philippines ends from South Korea and we went to arts events and I a events conferences about politics about health. All kinds of fields bunket, Moon spoke there prisons of Australia's spoke there I was invited as far as Israel delegation do very fancy dinner with people who worked at important banks and things like that. So this was like the big thing that I was very excited about enemies I might give per station about my research about a Mike Proposal and I got some really useful feedback from people from the field. So this was absolutely great. So in a way, it was a lot of fun at for me. It was free, but it was also different work because I got that feedback that I needed. Has to continue to projects, and then I've also spent some time in Brazil. which was the first time that was really great and I gave myself a few extra days in Rio. also about migration on a learned a lot about migration in the Global South 'cause, I focus very much Europe. And then I've done my trips to Germany for research. So this way, I get to travel been to Cairo in January for sight that have seen a beer minutes. For a conference of the. National Organization for Migration that's connected to the UN. And I presented my research on the bow dare. which was pretty cool and there will so policymakers there which is something I'm very much interested in going into after. Doing. The interesting. So also some networking definitely. And just to see how day spoke about similar topics outside of academia. So these are things that I love doing that definitely projects because you have to apply for these things especially if they involve money right and they need to plan all of your trip started dime and only Gives you a flight ticket place stay but doesn't say anything about the preparation of your actual doc or bolster at the conference. And then there you're also working 'cause you're networking is about your topic trying to get out be volts. Things like that. But for me, it was very motivating. It's It's everything I ever wanted to travel for work right. And besides that, I've always works next to my degrees I am getting scholarship, but it's not enough to survive off. So I'm working also for the center where I study. And they're responsible for organs of guest lectures like getting the guest lecturers in also from countries to speak to our students in English we also have trips for students plans, for example, to embassies here in Israel. So they can see what their options are after the grief. And also conferences and Colloquia. So this way I, really got to learn how to organize the these events and be working on something that's not so much research, but still helps with the network.
Students demand tuition cuts as more colleges pivot to virtual learning
"Are demanding tuition cuts as more universities pivotal in virtual learning. Well, son. Schools have offered 10% tuition discounts, which critics say is not nearly enough. Many colleges have refused to lower their fees. Students have circulated petitions demanding a reduction intuition, with more schools switching to online teaching or entirely abandoning plans to reopen their response to the Corona virus pandemic. This is
U.S. Faces Back-To-School Laptop Shortage
"Schools across the country of facing shortages and long delays in getting laptops and other equipment needed for online learning. They are this year's most crucial back to school accessories. Part of the reason is high demand and disruptions of supply chains. Out of Jan. Production of laptops and chromebooks made by Dell, HP, Vinovo and other brands.
Planning for Students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th-Grade
"Wanted to talk about academic planning for students in the ninth tenth and Eleventh Grade Year, and the reason why it's important is because if your college bound high school student, what you do in your preparation as will set you up well for the application application phase. So a lot of times. You know when I meet seniors sometimes, they didn't do what they needed to do in the ninth tenth or eleventh. Grade Year and it doesn't sit them up very welfare success. But if you're the parent or you know your ninth tenth or eleventh grader, you've got some time on your side to be very intentional about academic planning. So to talk about rocks and the principle of rocks big rocks. And a lot of times students don't know what to plan for. When, it comes to planning out there year. So we're GonNa talk about seven things that every college bound high school students should really focus on using the principle of the rock. So it's GonNa make a little clinking noise. Okay. So the first thing that you WanNa do is really focused on your academic profile and the reason why we talk we start with big rocks I wanted have those high priorities must have in our bucket in our because we have limited time. Limited capacity, and so it's important to focus on big priorities and then fill in some of the other things things you can do in your your free time not that they're not important, but it's really important to get those big things and I. So the First Big Rock is your academic profile and when I talk about your academic profile, we're looking at your high school transcript. So at this stage in the game before we start a new school year, go back. And look at classes from the prior year to your ninth grade year and you WanNa make sure you have what I call the core five, you WanNa have your math, English science history and Foreign Language depending upon with your knife going into ten. You're probably only going to have one year of Afar language but you want to end your four year journey with at least two years of the same far language. Okay. Sometimes, students don't know what they want to major in. And so I say it's better to have more math and expected more English. Because you you may think you're GONNA do one thing and end up doing something else. So here's the other thing I want to say about academic planning in your coursework. There are graduation requirements, and then there are college entrance requirements and sometimes they're not the same thing. So sometimes, your high school only may require three years of math or three years of English or no foreign language. That's fine. All you're focusing on is getting out of high school. But if you're here, it's because you're interested in getting into college and securing scholarships to pay for it. So you WANNA have a very robust the most rigorous. Academic profile networks well for you and kind of where you're going. So I just tell students just go ahead and plan for four years of English for years of math. Three. At least three, maybe four years of history including economics. Usually they are a happy year depends on your school and civic. So you know that. And then a three. At, least maybe four years definitely going into a stem field of science science with the lab sciences. So like biology lab, chemistry, lab, Physics Lab, and sometimes students start off maybe their first year with the general science or if they right into Or maybe a physical science. But if they start right off with biology chemistry physics and the on the back in the fourth year, they may do in Earth's. Environmental science or maybe anatomy astronomy something like that. But you know I would say definitely get those three in and and shoot for four, and then you want at least two years of the same aren language like French. Wine in French to or Spanish one Spanish two I. DO I say this? Sometimes students will do Silang they'll do asl as far language. So your high school may recognize it as a foreign language in terms of graduation requirements, but the college may not accept it as a foreign language for an entrance requirements I just want you to be aware that. So. In that case, I always tell students who are interested in learning sign language in they're studying asl just slot that in Jer- elective. Okay. So we've got our core five and then are typically two electives and those who may be p. e. your driver's Ed or you know whatever whenever you enjoy doing band chorus whatever. So that's that then also when it comes to academic planning. You want to take a look at your GPA don't neglect your grade point average. So where are you right now? What's your benchmark? What's your goal? So where are you starting? You know where did you finish at the end of last semester and where do you WanNa go so begin to think about your Your academic, your grade point average, and then if you're able to find out your class rank, some schools rank some schools don't. But if you're able to find that your class rank, talk your guidance counselor or maybe log in and were high school transcript is and know what your class rank it. So go ahead and record all that now. So you know where you are starting all right now our second rock in stomach to look clunky clink noise. Entrance. Exams or entrance testing, and that would be your sat in your act. Now, this year is a little bit wonky slow messy with Kobe right? Just Kinda is what is so normally we have you know where it's very prescribing you're able to stay on track and kind of plan it all out and it's been wonderful. This year is just not kind of you know just messy. But let's say if you're so ninth grade, you don't have to worry about it too much tenth grade in the fall you'll be taking depending on your school, maybe the pricing or the psat the eleventh grade year when you take the PSAT in October, that's when it counts. Accounts for the. National. Merit Scholarship Program Okay So you want to begin to think about that plan for that no at that date is get it on your calendar. So right now, as you're thinking through these seven big Roxie seven things, I want you to write them down. So write down your current grade point average right down those dates for your upcoming test and then for students in the eleventh grade I want you to look. Ahead to spring test states and began to map them out now it. It is a little bit tricky. It's a little bit different this year because of cove in. So you know a lot of places are asking students to consider it to allow students in the class of twenty
Exams: Does anyone actually revise properly?
"Today, we're going to be talking about everyone's favorite time of the. Show. When it comes to the exams anyone actually revised. Every student ever. So I think everyone has a idea at this point of like going to be really good at this time around. But it's not gonNA happen. So how would you go about combating that? I mean like well, obviously, you're on your first This a pointless endeavor. Why would you? Leave the room. But no like I. Think for me. Obviously, it's my second year. So I. It's like you learned from the first of how to tackle revision an exam rooms and everything like that, and then implemented the second year. But guess what guys still this look so I think for me like. I always follow the tips such as like Trying, to start work early, you know tried to revise the as possible leading to content turning to everything, but you never happens. Let's be honest I was GONNA ask well, like in your levels I guess Lauren called it. What did you do that? Like what was Your Vision Tactics So essentially when I was in Secondary Go. I'll go coiro in. Year nine. And then I didn't really come back into school. properly again until maybe like. Three weeks before Mudgee says he's which stop. And That was literally any more schools in like a frantic we need to get this kid today's exams and. Basically. It was just a case of semi downtown. Me Walk Exams, I was GONNA set and leave meter and. Had some teachers that were ready right and some teachers that were less say So I had varying degrees of helping different subjects which basically meant now had very little. Tom. Sawyer Myself Out and. So we just went into it with. Nothing to lead you just go a God I'm not. She came out. I Proud of that Spanish, because I, no chance I'm going into it on I think. On the plus it has showed me that like. Kremlin is a technique. Just, doing nothing lucky to get that knock before your deadline over for your examined you competing stumped. Forget who the people that the alike I'm sorry. This is really bothered me to site but let forget people saying, Oh, it's really important Vida sleep. It's more important to have some degree of knowledge about what you would go out to an example and I think. Trump is north communism not useless like I wouldn't advise it. But if you nothing then chromium is there any place is your only option and you should definitely take. The negative saw of die experience on or I did I've, still Kremlin. Is I. has completely lock shaped my stations of every other exam I've sat since and every deadline more or less thought to mate. So I levels coursework. Assignments at university. I'm not the person. To like. Talk to you about being prepared. And Doing a little luck religion and stuff but. I will endeavour to change this I'm just saying the Kremlin. Go is going east of it. Decent. Kremlin. I mean I mean. Three weeks like to get will that work done is like Merck Guys Redmond breath yet cruise just like that just proves how like you know. HOW COMING WORKS? It's an amazing system guys. Will teach you guys here you know like it's it's like three weeks guys. He lent his entire season three weeks and he's still eating.
How To Make Sure Your Child Learns This School Year
"Once we've thought through our own needs as workers if people in the household, you know the next question is what about our kids what our kids need now's a great time to ask how did my kids? Do when they were learning online in the spring Howard they feeling about the possibility of doing more online learning. Are they self directed learners or was it a real struggle for them? You know younger kids especially in some kids with disabilities. humbling learning is tough. You know what I'm hearing is that a lot of families are taking this enforced pause to trying to think through what their kids need you. Know you kind of have to assess what are your kids really have to have right now to get through this year in a positive way and for a little more perspective on this, I talked to someone who's really an expert in self directed learning. Crystal Dillard. She's the director of natural creativity, which is a homeschooling resource center in Philadelphia and what that means is that she helps children from really diverse backgrounds. kind of design learning experiences that really meet them where they're at. So that can mean anything from studying. Physics to woodworking photography and she told me that often even within the same family, you'll find children have really different needs. There may be one young person who is responsive to what is being given. You know in terms of. Schooling right now, but there's almost always one who is just not responding to. It doesn't WanNa do it, and the parent is really put in a position that either I'm going to be forcing a young person to sit down and do something they don't WanNa do or I'm going to really think about whether is as important as what I even though it wasn't. So. Don't forget to sit down with your kids and ask what would they prefer an an unpack it yeah I mean. So let's talk about the actual options, right what is your day? What is your week? Potentially? What is your semester going to look like if you're in a public school district and we know many of them are going to be online only in the fall Then that's really going to be the backbone or the default for many of you out there. So obviously staying. Enrolled will keep you supporting your Public School District It is free besides obviously the cost of a Wifi device and the time it takes to oversee it. Yep, and you should know that in our reporting, what we've come across is that a lot of districts really feel like what they have to offer is going to be a little bit more robust than what they had in the spring. Maybe more live instruction may be more sophisticated in terms of what the teachers are doing you know. And, that might be better or worse for you. Right because live instructions sometimes means more to coordinate and getting different kids and multiple different zooms. But we also know is that your school's remote learning is not going to fill the whole what would be the school day So then what do you do and I have been collecting lots of information and resources some you know summer gonNA use free courses paid courses live recorded. There's so many different options if you're looking for places to fill in. Gaps, I think a really good tip is to look at your own states learning standards that can be really detailed for the grade especially in things like science think about what topics you might want to cover for a particular grade with every of energy for there's there's a wide range of things I want to mention. You know there's also kind of prefabricated home school curricula in a box. There's a Montessori ones or some other ones that are really kind of everything you need to know to homeschool. There's individual online live classes, right? Your your kids trying out school year my eleven year old is taking a class on out school. Ethics in sports. And it was just like you know there were there were list of hundreds of classes and a buddy of his is just taking this for an hour a day. He did one just today he loved it. It location is no longer an object, right? So so what could you do in terms of alive class? One out of the box resource is a fiber. I know some people that are looking for tutors for their kids including international language tutors who could be really cheap by our your local. Dancer IOS and places. Piano teachers are probably all offering versions of what they do online now. So that's an interesting option to consider that socially distanced There's always software based learning resources like Khan Academy to Supplement and don't forget your networks. My mom is teaching art to my daughter's once a week they really get into that. That's like an hour long activity they learn about different artists and they. Make work. There is high school students and college students all over the country that are banding together to offer tutoring sessions and I would recommend picking one or two. You know a great interest for your kids or something that they really need to work on or both to kind of supplement what's going on with with the remote learning once you have a handle on your own needs and your kids needs. then. It's time to kind of look at your broader community and think about bringing other kids into the mix so that your your kid can have some social interaction, right? Yeah and obviously you're GonNa want be on the same page with the. In that circle you'RE GONNA. WanNa talk about you know how big is your circle? How much exposure do you have on a regular basis to other families in their habits and obviously you're also GONNA want to double down on the basics handwashing mask wearing again, the honor system anytime you start thinking about spending time with other families you need to have a conversation, those families you need to be able to discuss and bring up what precautions everyone's taking. If there's been any exposures, are you comfortable asking someone to take a test one mother I talked to who is thinking a lot about forming a pod because she has? An only child is prudence. Carter, and she also has some respiratory health issues herself. So she needs to be extra careful really really be able to like talk openly about testing and taking temperature washing hands and social distancing and everybody has to be admitted to that. You know let through kind of the different options you have as a household or with family or friends What about if you decide you need to and can afford to pay for childcare What are we looking at here? I? Mean some families are talking about sharing a tutor or a sitter. Some districts are starting to open up subsidized care. And we know there are lots of childcare centers that have reopened although they may have fewer slots, available and then of course, there in home daycares that are interestingly you know opening their doors to slightly older kids who you know they. They might have previously focused on pre kindergarten kindergarten. and. Now maybe they are taking second third fourth
Q&A: What are your plans for school in the fall?
"Your plans for school in the fall A hot button question for reasons. I don't really understand I. Wish people could just choose if they have a choice like what they're doing and then be happy with their choice and let other people be happy with their, as that sounds like quite an idea. I can see why there's third for for different. Because nobody knows what to do, so it's just helpful to hear what others thought process these are, and there is the tendency in our culture at as it stands social media to kind of look up to certain people, and so you Kinda WanNa know what did they do so I get it. I know what you mean like I guess what you're trying to say is it's really a very individualized choice so in a way like you can't look at anybody else's decision or thought process, and use that to make decisions for yourself, because all the variables are probably going to be different but people still WANNA know. Sarah, what are you doing? Yes, so as of now and again, who knows things could change, but I did make the decision to enroll my rising first grader in a private school, which is the same school that my toddler attended? It's like a Montessori that goes all the way through middle school. I really liked the school, and to be completely transparent My husband and I were considering having him make this transition anyway, just because of his learning styles and fit with. The traditional public school setting didn't go completely. Bump free. Last year, so we got three months of distance learning. Yeah, correct, so this was not a fresh new idea. We had thought about it anyway, but then having gone through those months of distance learning. And observed that certain things were just not. You know it seemed I. Don't WanNa. Say like emotional damage, but it was taking a toll on all of us and I don't think. There is. Much learning happening and I also don't want. I don't know I. Don't WanNa have him look back and think of his beginnings of school being traumatic, and therefore have like a forever hatred of learning develop, plus it was just sort of torture personally, so for many and I think our nanny was also struggling completely understandably because you know, she's a fantastic nanny, but she's not really a teacher, and neither am I am able to care for two older kids with complicated teaching schedules while watching a toddler so Wanted if possible something different than what we were doing. And so The school has very small classrooms in his able to separate the kids into pods, and they're planning on an in person. Start to the school year so I Call them they initially did not have a spot and then one opened, so I took it so he and genevieve will be going. And annabel will be continuing virtual school at home through our public school system because for her. Pretty well and so I don't see any reason to. Change things on that note.
Southern California universities scrambling as ICE says foreign students can't take online-only fall classes
"To determine what the fall semester would look like. Without tens of thousands of international students, the Trump Administration announced international students will have to leave the United States if the college or university they attends, which is to online only classes in the fall. If they don't leave voluntarily, they may face deportation. Do Immigration order will impact university communities across California, the number one destination for international students. Uco has more than 12,000 foreign students and scholars at USC 14 students is from overseas as he tells cat exits currently working on plans in response to the new ice rule. For the first time. Last week,
Kickstarting Your Child's Learning and Play at Home with Lisa Griffen-Murphy
Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus
"Is another life. Kit Dispatch from the new land of Corona virus. And today's episode is what you parents need to know about home schooling because tens of millions of us out there are now doing the best we possibly can to keep our kids engaged get worked on and maybe even do some learning and as always as education reporter we've been looking into. This anya has a lot of really great information to help you. All who are home-schooling. We want to get to that in just a minute. But I'm going to start us off with our first takeaway take number. One is a little background for your parents who may be Kinda curious. Public schools may not be offering full and complete online replacement leaning. And there's a reason for that. Let's because schools have a legal obligation to provide equitable learning opportunities to all kids and Any kind of e e learning program gets really dicey for districts. Really fast It's hard especially for districts with a lot of poverty to guarantee access to things like hardware so tablets and laptops but also wi fi access And even if they can do that they also need to make sure they can provide all the same supports to kids with disabilities to that they would be providing obviously school was in session and that includes even access to para educators and that gets really hard yeah absolutely so para educators meaning like AIDS. That help kids one on one. And so you know it's corn. I have done a lot of reporting on civil rights. Law says that every student in school no matter what their disability is is required to have access to a free appropriate public education. And that's why parents might be wondering. Why can't my kids? Teachers get on video chat and teach my kids all day. Long for me These are some of the reasons why that's why instead schools are opting to give things like paper packets like the ones. My kids brought home or online links with work. They can do but they're going to have to do it without any direct instruction they really have to be self directed which obviously is a big challenge right now so on your this also leads right into. I think the key thing we want parents to know about learning that comes with less structure right. Yes and that is our takeaway number two. You need to know your kid because with home based learning strong learners can do even better and we heard learners can have an even harder time. I talked to Justin Right. He's an education researcher at Mit about this and he focuses on online learning but what he says really applies to all kinds of home. Schooling online. Learning is really hard for a lot of people It requires a lot of self regulated. Learning skills that you know even a lot of really Adult sophisticated learners. Don't particularly have very well. Rake has spent a really long time studying. How online learners do. How self directed learners you and and he says there's kind of a penalty for learning online. We sometimes talk about the transition from face to face. Learning to online learning is having an online penalty that in of different kinds of research people do worse in online learning settings. They get lower grades. They're more likely to drop out and fail. And those kinds of things and that online penalty is worse for the most vulnerable struggling students in our system. So with all of this in mind. It's just so so important for us as we're plunging into this world to be realistic of our expectations of you know how long our kids can work on their own. How involved are we going to need to be what capabilities? What time do we have the adults in the household to get this done on a I can say as a parent? I've been seeing this firsthand in my own family these past few days. One of my boys really prefers to work alone. He's really good at self directed learning but the other one told me dad. I don't like this. I like working in groups in school. We almost always work in groups. Why can't we work in groups at home right so for a kid like that? You know. Maybe you're GONNA try to emphasize finding zoom class or another place that he can get together with his buddies? If you have the capability we also want parents to realize that this is so so fluid and so so new and there's going to be resources becoming available slowly in some places for students that need it and that ranges from online tutoring even to services with students with special needs that are mandated by your school districts. So you know. Stay in touch with your district with your kids. Principal and teacher You don't have to do this all yourself okay. So we've talked an awful lot about the real limitations of learning online and trying to do at least some of the schoolwork from home. Is there a silver lining in here on you like? Is there anything that can help us get through this? Yes actually corey there is and this is our takeaway number. Three now is a great time for Passion Projects Passion projects. See the funny thing about doing. This is normally we go over the stuff and I. I'm genuinely surprised here and I'm excited to hear what you're about to say here. Because I feeling this is GonNa work really well for my eight year old. Please tell me I'll say okay. So what all these experts told me. I've been looking into independent learning for a really long time as much as we see that. Struggling learners can struggle even more with the upended routine and having to learn independently. There is a flip side and that is now is the time for your kid to learn what he or she or they really wants to learn so I spoke to whom I in. She works as an educational coach for students in the Bay Area. And she told me this. I think the best thing to do is use this as an opportunity for your child to say. Hey you know what? Let's look at the things that you've wanted to do before but haven't had time for what is something you wanted to learn on has been checking in with kids all over the country this week that she's worked with and she said this you know one kid said. I'm learning the UKULELE Using an online APP and another one was like I don't really time to do writing or work on my songwriting. And that's what I'm GonNa do right now so corey you know. Give your kids a little nudge. In a certain direction it could be cooking. It could be building something in minecraft anything they're truly interested in. I remember you saying your son is really good at building. Like little gadgets from stuff around the house right Currently a coffee mug taped to the wall are playroom and I'm not really sure what it's for. It's taped sideways and it's full of ribbons. I was GONNA ask him about it. See this is the key because when we are tapping into our kids self-motivation that means we're not standing behind them with the Buggy whip right. We're going to get more time to ourselves when we encourage them to immerse themselves in something that they are truly interested in and that's kind of the key independent