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General Resource for Math Teachers USA
 
Student Survey Spending more than 1 hour on homework. Canada
 
General Teaching an 8-year old USA
 
General Wants to become an Economics professor Ghana
 
General How can I become educated? Somalia
 
Teaching Hyperactive Child is disruptive in class Mexico
 
Philosophies Pragmatism versus existentialism in education Nigeria
 
No Cell Phones I agree that cell phones in the classroom is a problem USA
 
Process What does functional education mean? Nigeria
 
General Eastern education versus Western education Iran
 

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Resource for Math Teachers

Topic: General

Question

June 4, 2014

Hi

I’m Stephanie Szuslik, the lead Content Editor for OnlineMathDegrees, an online guide for current and future math majors. I helped put together a list featuring great resources for math teachers, and thought you and your readers might find it to be useful. If you like it, I was wondering if you could perhaps add a link to it on your website or share it another way?

Here's the article: http://onlinemathdegrees.org/leading-sites-for-teachers/

Thank you very much. I look forward to your reply.

Best,

Stephanie - USA

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I added a link to the website from Algebra Resources and Education Resources.

Best wishes for your organization.

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Spending more than 1 hour on homework.

Topic: Student Survey

Question

May 27, 2014

can you answer me this question ,Do you typically spend more than 1 hour a night on homework

aisha - Canada

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Yes I spend more then 1 hour a night on homework. The survey showed that 63% of the students spent more than 1 hour on homework.

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Teaching an 8-year old

Topic: General

Question

April 13, 2014

I have volunteered to home school my 8 year old nephew for the last 2 months of school. I am a retired teacher,but I do need a guidance to do the best to for this very bright, but troubled boy. I was called to the Christian applications to start the day. This boy must be challenged.

Sincerely,

Bettie - USA

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It is wonderful that you are helping home school your nephew. Our lessons are more for middle school through college, so they may be too advanced for an 8-year-old. However, many of the topics may help you in teaching the boy.

There are online schools aimed at younger students. However, many charge fees. Check with your local schools for some suggested online resources.

Best wishes in success with your nephew.

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Wants to become an Economics professor

Topic: General

Question

May 17, 2013

I am a young Ghanaian aged 22 years. I had always dreamt of becoming a professor emeritus in Economics. After completion from the Senior High School, I was forced to pursue a diploma in Nursing because of financial difficulties. I have completed the nursing but, because of the divertion, I fell I have deviated from my ambitions. I am prepared to do what it takes to get me back on track but look stranded. I therefore need an advice from you as to how to go about it because, I don't the money to change the course but don't also want the nursing.

Simon Kwesi - Ghana

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It is good that you have worthy goals. Sometimes a person must take a round-about route to achieve their dreams.

Nursing is a profession that is in demand, so you should be able to get a job in the field. This will give you the opportunity to save money that will allow you to pursue your Economics degree, even if on a part time basis at first.

While working in nursing, it might be worthwhile to learn about the financial aspects of the medical industry, as well as the economic impact to society. This will help you in your studies, as well as your job.

Of course, you should always do your best in your present job, even if it is not your first choice. But still, don't give up on pursuing your dream. Your achievement will taste that much better when you toward it indirectly.

Best wishes on your success. I know you will gain the position you desire.

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How can I become educated?

Topic: General

Question

March 9, 2013

how you can became easly an educated person with the help of this web

anas - Somalia

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The School for Champions website gives basic information on a number of subjects. It will give you a start on becoming a champion in your area of interest.

There are many other websites that can give you more information, up to the very difficult subjects.

It is good to learn from websites, but it is also important to read books on the subjects and to take classes in school.

Best wishes on becoming highly educated.

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Child is disruptive in class

Topic: Teaching Hyperactive

Question

February 16, 2013

Greetings,
I have a situation with a first grader,she is hyperactive and also hits his classmates and even me if I try to touch her, uses inappropriate language, goes out of the classroom, does not follow any rules; the Psychologist says you have to be patient with it, and use specific strategyes with her, but I think this has gone beyond patience, because the rest of the class are imitating her behavior and the group is out of control, parents begin to complain that they do not want that girl in that group, because the behavior of their children is being affected negatively. Please, what can I do?

Marie - Mexico

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Although there are ways that a child psychologist can help to change this girl's behavior, that should be one one-on-one by the psychologist. Also, the parents of this child must work to control her.

You are not a psychologist. Plus, you are responsible for educating the rest of the children in your class. This girl is disrupting the education of the other children.

You should make your school principal aware of the problems this girl is causing. Also, her parents must be put on notice.

It is difficult to deal with hyperactive children, but is sounds like this girl has other issues.

The big thing is that her presence in your classroom should not degrade the education of the other children. The other parents may get upset if they find out how it is affecting their children.

Hopefully, you, your principal or school administer, and the girl's parents can correct the problem.

Best wishes, and let me know how things turn out.

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Pragmatism versus existentialism in education

Topic: Philosophies

Question

April 22, 2012

Compare the defferent and similarities between method of teaching in progmatism and existentialims of education

Anas - Nigeria

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Pragmatic teaching methods focus on hands-on problem solving, experimenting, and projects, often having students work in groups. Curriculum should bring the disciplines together to focus on solving problems in an interdisciplinary way. Rather than passing down organized bodies of knowledge to new learners, Pragmatists believe that learners should apply their knowledge to real situations through experimental inquiry. This prepares students for citizenship, daily living, and future careers.

Related to education, the subject matter of existentialist classrooms should be a matter of personal choice. Teachers view the individual as an entity within a social context in which the learner must confront others' views to clarify his or her own. Character development emphasizes individual responsibility for decisions. Real answers come from within the individual, not from outside authority. Examining life through authentic thinking involves students in genuine learning experiences.

See: Four General or World Philosophies

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I agree that cell phones in the classroom is a problem

Topic: No Cell Phones

Question

April 4, 2012

Hello,

I agree that cell phone or electronic use in the classroom is a problem. Frankly I think that it wil be the death of education. I am a teacher and feel that electronics should be banned from school. There is the same example of Columbine that comes up when speaking of banning cell phone use but in reality it is a huge probelm and deterent of education. Cell phone or electronics are like bringing a Television to class or a DVD player with a stack of movies. This does not include any texting issues. Please include me in any petitions.

Thank you

Teacher - USA

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Thanks for your comments. I think that many teachers and educators agree.

Using the various devices is also an issue at home, when the students are supposed to be doing their homework. Unfortunately, many parents don't seem to catch on the harm it is doing to their children's education.

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What does functional education mean?

Topic: Process

Question

February 22, 2012

what does the term functional education means?

sulaiman - Nigeria

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Functional education is instruction that is given to develop life skills not typically addressed in the general education curriculum.

Another viewpoint is given from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which encourages students to study skill-based courses.

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Eastern education versus Western education

Topic: General

Question

December 2, 2011

i want to know about eastern education versus western education

pegah - Iran

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Typically, Eastern education concerns that in Asian or Oriental countries. Western philosophy is based on rational thought and hence the emphasis on logic, cause and effect.

Eastern philosophy, on the other hand, is mainly derived from the religious teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, and there is more of a one?way transmission of knowledge that is more authoritative.

Middle Eastern countries, such as Iran, usually have a mixture of Islamic philosophies and Western educational philosophies.

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