Is online learning getting harder, or is it just me?
Fellow students, are you too feeling demotivated, deflated, defeated? Getting headaches, nausea or muscle cramps? It feels like we’ve been staring into this vortex for far too long and it’s sucking the soul out of us...or maybe that’s just me?
How to Write a Successful Research Proposal
In my first semester of graduate school, I wrote a research proposal for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program. I had no guidance on how to write a proposal for this very competitive fellowship program. Many websites seem to contradict each other on the guidance that they gave. Ultimately, I was unsuccessful at attaining the fellowship.
How I Procrastinated My Way to a 4.0 GPA in University
Full disclosure: my university uses a 12-point GPA scale and conversion isn't as simple as dividing by three. Instead, I had to convert each grade to a 4 point scale and find the average of that figure. In the end, my 11.96 CGPA translated to a 4-point GPA of 3.996. For this article, I'm going to round that out to 4 because it's easier than repeating 3.996 all the time or putting it in the title.
"Yeah, They Did That Kids!"
I love my job. Teaching music in schools as a first-year teacher hasn't been without its challenges. However, this month has been the most fun. You see, over the course of this year, I've noticed where my predecessors failed me as a student. CUE THE MUSIC!
The Four Best Student-Led FREE Online Resources for Teachers and Parents!
In 2020, a lot of things changed for a lot of people. I am one of those whom I like to call professionally migrant. I didn't exactly lose my job, but I did end up leaving the job I loved due to the economic repercussions of COVID. I'm a teacher, and my reality this year is unlike anything I had seen before. I grew up privileged. After college, I was even lucky enough to get a job I adored on the first try. Sure, some of my students struggled, but we were able to get every single student meeting grade-level expectations every single year.
Ms. My bad...
I love my students. Every single one of them. Yes, sometimes teenagers can be exhausting, but they are magnificent and wonderful and full of life and I love that about them. My days are always an adventure and I always learn something new.
4 Effective Psychological Strategies to Help you Handle ‘Online Classes’ Anxiety
I have been attending online classes since July 2020. The heartwrenching possibility is that the online mode would continue to go on till April 2021 when I will be done with my Master’s program.
My Experience with MasterClass 2021 - Part 1
One of my goals for 2021 is to continue working on and improving my writing skills and one way I was planning on doing that was by taking classes at a local community college, however, COVID has made that a lot more difficult. Also, not having a steady job would mean that paying for classes would feel a lot more expensive. So, what’s a guy to do?
Why We Need An Alliance Between Arts Majors and STEM Majors
We've all heard the stereotypes. Liberal arts majors (encompassing the humanities, social sciences, literature, visual arts, etc.) are impractical and unnecessary, while STEM majors (encompassing science, technology, engineering and math) are smart but boring. We laugh at them, but in doing so, we're ignoring the harm that comes from pitting these two broad groups of study against one another.
When I look back, three years out from earning my Bachelors degree in Anthropology, to all that I learned in 17 years of schooling, I could write a whole book. However, I will stick to what I can fit in this article.
A Head For Numbers
I was never a genius - my IQ would fall somewhere between 65 and 100, but people respected and admired me for what they termed my "head for numbers". I admit: even though I remember most things such as my business or telephone numbers, as well as those of others, some are more difficult for me to retain. Still, I was stumped when - according to my mother's prediction - kids my age and my college year were queuing up outside my door to assist them with a mathematical problem. Mathematics was not my favorite subject. Nevertheless, I managed to pass every year with flying colors. In any event, I took up a position as a temp in a prestigious school, teaching...what else? Before I accepted the position, I had to do a little refresher course into the more advanced aspects of mathematics.
Honouring Black Academic Superstars 🙌🏾
As I co-planned Black History Month events at my university in February 2020, I found myself reflecting on the barriers to success for Black students in my immediate environment. The one that stood out to me at the time was financial barriers and their associated opportunities for relief or lack thereof. After perusing the list of financial awards available, I noticed that there was no award specifically for Black students despite there being awards for other identities. Being a Black student who dabbled in activism, I knew that I had to embark on a journey to change this promptly.
Black in business. And her business was my business. To most, it was not a business at all. To me—to her—it was so much more.
My First Year Teaching
"What are you doing out of class Melanie?" "Mrs. Anderson, my water broke!" So if this sounds crazy, it was. My first year as a teacher was anything but traditional. I had just graduated from college with my teaching certificate when I landed my first teaching job. It was at an all girls alternative school called the Teenage Mothers' School or TAMS for short. My students ranged in ages from 14 to 18 where I taught Freshmen English through Senior English. What a year it was! Besides just graduating from college, I had also just gotten married and now had to prepare four different lesson plans. My poor husband was lucky to see me before sundown most days. Still I had so much fun with my students. We all cried, laughed and learned together. The lessons went beyond English Language Arts and literature. I always used humor to lighten the mood and break the ice. So one April Fool's Day, I decided to play a joke on my students. However, little did I know that the joke would be on me.
The Best Way for Kids to Learn Coding in 2021: Cheap 1-on-1 Personalized Learning
Coding for kids is becoming more popular than ever. Many parents are looking to teach their kids coding outside of regular schooling. Coding classes for kids cover a range of challenging subjects. It's important that kids learn in the right setting to understand the material. Group classrooms can be beneficial but private lessons are a better way to teach coding to kids.
In Honor of Black History Month
Throughout our history it is no secret that the views on race and racism have long been a big issue and topic of controversy. Primarily amongst the black members of our communities. The unfathomable war of racism still rages on to this day, as unfortunate as that fact is. But coming to the end of black history month in 2021, I'd like to show some recognition and love to some of the most beautifully brave, determined, strong, intelligent, talented, compassionate, inspirational and influential souls the world has ever had the pleasure of knowing. As much as I would like to list them all, that would be impossible. So I created a time line going by birth year or year of a relevant event. These are some of the ones that stand out to me. Let’s dive in!
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