The Top 5 Medical Schools in the US

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Medical schools are tough places. Not only is the education very intensive and impressive, and sometimes hard to digest, but the competition level amongst students is very high. Not everyone is cut out to be a doctor or a medical professional of any kind. In fact, it takes a rare breed of person to go after a medical degree and rise in the ranks of the medical profession. The person needs to take their studies seriously, be very smart, very dedicated and very driven. They need to handle stress very well, be dedicated to their job first and foremost and must have a big ego, as well as a streak of perfectionism. The life of a medical professional is indeed a hard and demanding life, and any student getting ready to enter that field- or is even just about it- must be prepared for all that comes with it. Medical school is a tough place to get into to- not to mention expensive- and it may even be a tougher place to finish once you get accepted into it. Here are some of the best medical schools in the country, according to studies that have been done by U.S. News, which conducts a study of medical schools every year based on MCAT scores, GPA, acceptance rate at the college, the student to faculty ratio and the grants that the school receives, in order to measure which schools are the best research facilities in the medical education world.


1. Harvard University (Boston, MA)

As if Harvard is not on the top of pretty much every list involving education, it is also on the top of the medical school list as the best research school in the country, and perhaps even the world. It is also one of the most expensive medical schools in the country- as it ranks in the top 10 in that category- but, it is worth it when you have a school that is as good as Harvard University.

(tied) 2. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

This is another very prestigious school on the list, and perhaps the most famous medical school in the entire country, if not the entire world. The school is slightly less expensive than Harvard, which beat it out for the top spot, but is much smaller and much more competitive because of that.

(tied) 2. University of Pennsylvania Perelmen- Philadelphia, PA

Tying with Johns Hopkins is a surprise on this list for anyone with just a cursory knowledge of medical schools. We all probably expected Harvard and Johns Hopkins, but very few probably expected the University of Pennsylvania to make it onto this prestigious list.

4. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Yet another hot shot school on the list. Stanford is known for all-around academic excellence, and its medical program is no different.

5. University of California- San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

UCSF is another sleeper to make it onto the list, and it is one of the cheapest schools on the entire top 10 list- being almost half of what the other ones are.

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an education blog carnival – May 15, 2012

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Welcome to the May 15, 2012 edition of an education carnival.

Jessica Straight presents 7 Things You Should Know Before Choosing a Babysitter posted at Background Check, saying, “Hiring someone you don’t know to ensure the safety of your children may sound frightening, but there are measures you can take to help make a valid choice for a babysitting candidate. Conducting a thorough interview can clarify the potential babysitter’s overall character, babysitting philosophy, experience level, ability to handle emergency situations, and much more.”

smrutims presents Multiplication Answer Checker posted at Maths Study blog, saying, “I teach maths and vedic maths. This post at teaches to check the answer of any multiplication or square is right or wrong. Very useful in checking answers at entrance exams like gre,CAT and banking exams.”

Liz E presents When the Annoying Becomes Educational posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.

Katie Hellerman presents Understanding OSHA and How it Pertains to Health Administration posted at MHA Programs.

June Owensboro presents Popular Ways to Increase Life Expectancy posted at Affordable Term LIfe Insurance, saying, “The market offers more products than ever to increase life expectancy but will they really give you more years? The information may not be so much in favor of drugs but there are alternative, scientifically proven means of boosting longevity.”

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an education blog carnival – September 5, 2012

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Welcome to the September 5, 2012 edition of an education carnival.

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Maureen Denard presents 10 Ways Bilingual Nannies Can Benefit Children posted at Find A Nanny, saying, “Most children have the ability and capacity to learn more than one language. This is especially true during the early years. For parents who require childcare and want to raise a bilingual child, hiring a bilingual nanny can help them to do just that.”

Prof. Paige Davis presents Five Reasons the Course Syllabus is Way More Important Than You Thought posted at Professor’s Pearls – PROF’S BLOG.


suraj sharma presents Canada Student Visa Rejection(Real experiences) posted at, saying, “This article is for International students trying to apply for canada universities”

Liz E presents The First Day of School and Other Missed Milestones posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.

Bonnie Landau presents Putting the fun back into learning to read | Easyread System posted at Easyread System, saying, “Great ideas on how to make learning to read a fun and joyful process for kids.”

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Choosing Between a Master’s Degree in Education and a Teaching Certification

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The demand for teaching professionals has been just about unceasing in recent years. Because there is a continual influx of professionals in and out of various facets of the teaching profession, which can include teachers moving up into administrator positions, teachers returning to the classroom themselves for advanced degrees and certifications, and teachers taking time off for other educational activities, there are always opportunities for qualified teachers. If you are currently pursuing a special education degree online or offline, or another type of teaching-readiness program, this will be sweet music to your ears.

The fact is that teaching is one of the most secure, portable and fulfilling careers you can choose. You have daily proof that your efforts are making a difference, you can find work in any state once you are properly certified and you can even teach overseas in a number of different exciting programs. There are also other perks and benefits to becoming a teacher, including discounts on products and services. Here, learn what to consider if you are not yet qualified to teach and are trying to choose between two common routes into the teaching profession: a master’s degree in education and a teaching certification.

The Most Important Piece of Information You Can Possibly Know

The main thing you will need to know before you pursue the additional training and certification that is required to teach is that you first will need to earn your undergraduate degree before you can advance to earn your teaching credentials. So if you have not yet completed that step, focus your efforts there. Once you have graduated with your bachelor’s degree, there are two routes that you can take to earn your teaching credentials. Both routes have pros and cons; in the case of a teaching certification, one does not cancel out the potential need for the other in the long run, depending on what your career goals as a teaching professional may be.

Some aspiring teachers choose to go the teaching certification route, because in nearly every case, it will be quicker, cheaper and will allow you to begin teaching immediately even as you earn your certification. A teaching certification program is designed to offer these three benefits to teaching candidates; the program arose specifically to meet the incessant demand for teachers as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Some programs are offered online and you can proceed at your own pace right from your home computer. Other programs require attendance at a local campus and most of these classes will be on nights and weekends to accommodate students who are already holding a day job.

Opting for Other Alternatives

If you choose to go the more traditional route and earn your masters of education degree, you can expect to need one to two full years in order to complete the program; you may or may not be able to keep working regularly while you do so, depending on when your courses occur and what your per semester course load is. Choosing an online program can alleviate some of the time burden and give you more needed flexibility. Also, you may be eligible for teaching internships, but you will not be able to teach as a full-fledged professional until you have completed the proscribed period of student teaching and have acquired your teaching certification. However, once you have your master’s in education degree under your belt, you have more career options, then if you had pursued the alternative certification route.

Climbing Up the Ladder

You can move up into administration as a principal or assistant principal; you can also teach in community college or other local college programs. And you will likely earn yourself a salary upgrade as well, because you hold an advanced degree that your fellow teachers, who chose an alternative certification program, do not.

You will also have more options for how to finance your education than if you chose an alternative certification program, and the salary upgrade will help with paying off student loans. There are pros and cons to both the masters in education and alternative certification routes; both will allow you to follow your dreams of becoming a teacher, so your task will simply be to choose the right route for you.

Bill Hoffman is on the cusp of receiving his PA teacher certification (at long last). He lives in Philadelphia and hopes to work in one of the lower-income school districts there.

an education blog carnival – October 31, 2012

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Welcome to the October 31, 2012 edition of an education carnival.

MITCHELL MORRIS presents Helping Your Child Choose a Musical Instrument posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “Musical instruction can help your child master more than just how to play an instrument over the course of their education”

Jim Wilson presents 10 iPhone Apps That Foster Creativity in Kids | Babysitters posted at 10 Physical Contact Rules for Babysitters, saying, “The business innovators, problem solvers and success stories of the future are very likely to be children whose parents encouraged their creativity, doing everything that they could to nurture creative impulses throughout their little one’s childhood.”


Courtney Sperlazza presents Homeschool Books for Kindergarten posted at Project Courtney, saying, “Courtney from Project Courtney self-designed her son’s Kindergarten curriculum, and these are the books they’re using now.” presents Questions for Parents: Is Homeschooling Right for Me? posted at NerdWallet | Education, saying, “Choosing whether to homeschool your child is crucial and often perplexing. Here are a few very important questions to help guide your decision.”

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an education blog carnival – April 17, 2012

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Maryanne Williams presents 10 Reasons Kids Should Be Online at an Early Age posted at Share a Nanny, saying, “Much has been made of the potentially hazardous landscape for children that is the internet, and rightly so. Parents do need to be concerned about how their children make use of this valuable tool, and a valuable tool it surely is.”

Nancy Parker presents 10 Ways to Reward Kids for Good Grades posted at eNannySource, saying, “Academic achievement is always worthy of a reward, and kids should know their efforts are appreciated. If you’re looking for some way to acknowledge your young scholar for a job well done, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Here are 10 ways to reward kids for good grades.”

Tina Marconi presents 10 Reasons Kids Can’t Resist Claw Machines | Babysitters posted at Babysitters, saying, “These great big phone booth-sized cases, stuffed to the gills with soft toys, beckon from across the room whenever kids see them. And they see them everywhere – arcades, restaurants, lobbies and malls.”

Liz E presents Homeschooling: Endless Joy for Mom posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo, saying, “Liz E describes the great joy that comes from homeschooling.”

smrutims presents Square of a number – Part 1 posted at Maths Study blog, saying, “Blog contains articles to teach students concepts of vedic maths,maths. There are articles based on personality developement.”

Sudheer presents Inspiration Bonanza: Having Fun in Learning Skills posted at Inspiration Bonanza, saying, “This articles discusses ways to make learning a fun and satisfying experience”

Carol Watson presents 10 Educational TV Channels Kids Love posted at National Nannies, saying, “Parents can form a lot of concern about their kids watching too much television, and justifiably so when you see some of the shows that have made it on TV, but not all television shows are created equal. There are some good educational channels available for them to watch instead of the usual mindless cartoons.”

Laura Edgar presents NerdWallet Launches a Financial Literacy Orientation posted at NerdWallet Blog – Credit Card Watch, saying, “”In celebration of April as National Financial Literacy Month, NerdWallet is releasing their Financial Literacy Orientation. This program helps students, young adults, and anyone interested in improving their financial literacy build the necessary skills to effectively manage their money.””

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Success in the Classroom

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Strategies for improving education in the classroom are found all around the web, but not all strategies are the same. Students need teachers who are able to prepare clear lesson plans and deliver curriculum material in such a way that students with a variety of learning styles are still able to learn material necessary for meeting state and local requirements. Success in the classroom is not only a matter of creativity, but also a matter of proven scientific methods. The methods should be applied in the most creative manner possible. Finding effective methods for literacy in the urban school setting have five basic steps to follow.

In the urban setting, effective methods start with first evaluating the needs of the students within the setting. This is teaching with the context in mind. Next, the practices and theoretical framework has to be underlined and shown to be effective in studies. After these two steps, the literacy methods have to be isolated and implemented. Next, there has to be a formal and consistent way to evaluate the outcome. Finally, the advice on changes should be appropriated. This is the methodology behind literacy programs as discussed by the team of Scott, Teale, Carry, Johnson, and Morgan in a 2009 article for International Reading Association’s “The Reading Teacher”. It was explained that the urban setting presents very clear yet complex problems that must be addressed methodically. As these basic methodical ideas address the primary grades, there are ideas that present solutions at the secondary level.

Boling and Evans (2008), present the idea of Scaffolded Reading in their research which is designed to establish a purpose for reading and then activate a student’s prior knowledge of a specific topic. There is a pre-reading strategy, during reading strategy, and an after reading strategy. The pre-reading strategy is summed up by listing grouping and labeling. Each helps the student categorize information or lean from the text. During the reading the student is challenged to visualize, understand structure, and self-regulate. The after reading strategy is used to bring it all together through writing a summary, which includes a topic sentence, supporting details, and a closing statement. This method is not unusual in the urban context but is mostly found in the suburban areas.

Reading and literacy are the forefront of success in the classroom because it deals very specifically with comprehension. If a student is unable to get a full grasp of any material, they are more likely to fail. Reading and math are the most core and fundamental subject matter that have to be understood and built upon early. Successful teachers will be able to use Scaffolded Reading and other basic literacy methods to address learning challenges that student will face throughout their learning process. It is important to revisit ideas and make adjustments accordingly. As Scffolded Reading dictates, students become more independent in their thinking and will be able to more accurately define the text they are reading.

The new teaching paradigm is one that offers more challenges than answers to the educator as well as new frustrations for the learning adolescent. Being prepared with an understanding of each individual’s special needs and abilities will enhance any good strategy or method. Careful observation must be made by the instructor and they must also be ready to give good feedback to parents and administration on legitimate progress or setbacks. Success is not the enemy of enthusiasm, but the fuel by which students will be motivated to go on.


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an education blog carnival – July 4, 2012

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Helene Schmidt presents The 10 Most Impressive College Golf Courses posted at The Best Colleges.

Claudia Frederick presents 8 Career Practices Millennials Can Learn From Baby Boomers posted at Online Business Degree.

Chris Skaug presents 7 Cool Things To Do With Your USB Drive posted at Chris’s blog, saying, “Shows you 7 cool things you can do with your usb thumb drive”

Premium Fishing presents Snapper fishing Do’s and Don’ts (Victoria) posted at Snapper fishing Do’s and Don’ts (Victoria), saying, “Fishing tackle and fishing gear from Premium Fishing Auctions online store including fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, fishing lures and more.”

Amber Paley presents What to Ask the Nursing Home Administrator When Searching For a Nursing Home | Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer | McIver Brown Law Firm posted at Nursing Home Abuse.

Phil Basten presents The Simple Way to Toilet-train A Puppy posted at Dog Training Blog | Tips and Dog Training Resources, saying, “hassle free tips and tricks on how to train your puppy or dog.”


Carol Watson         presents 10 Ways Working Moms Can Volunteer at School posted at National Nannies, saying, “When children are young there is a lot of parent participation that’s encouraged through classroom parties and events because kids are still learning how to be away from home”

Liz E presents Homeschooling: The Occasional Problem with Self-Paced Learning posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.

Renee Gardner presents 7 Ways Nannies Can Help Prepare Kids for School posted at Nanny Needed, saying, “Being a full-time nanny means that you are often with your charges all day, every day, which gives you a unique opportunity to help them prepare for starting school.”

Greg Field presents College Mash Ups posted at NerdWallet | Education, saying, “A breakdown of college employment facts by rivalry. Fun and interesting piece on these universities. Enjoy!”

Aaron presents Technology for the Masses posted at Outsider Trading, saying, “Acadamia, Education, Finance, Government Policy, Students”

Tina Marconi presents 10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten | Babysitters posted at 10 Physical Contact Rules for Babysitters, saying, “Starting to attend school is a milestone for both kids and parents alike. It’s simultaneously an exciting and scary time when your child first goes off to kindergarten, and you both will probably be a little overwhelmed.”

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How to Better Your Chances at Getting Into Your Dream College

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Getting into college is a daunting task for any high school senior; however adequately preparing yourself ahead of time can ease some of the stress that accompanies applying for admission. One of the biggest deterrents to getting into your dream school is procrastinating preparing for admissions’ applications and essays, leaving your resume full of holes instead of showcasing your talents. The trick to bettering your chances at getting into your dream school is doing everything in your power to be prepared ahead of time and padding your resume with plenty of extras that showcase your strengths. You can help your cause by:

  1. 1.     Getting involved in extracurricular activities. Being able to show prospective colleges that you have interests outside of the classroom and that you are able to balance those interests with your schoolwork makes you a more attractive option. Colleges want students who are well-rounded and well-adjusted, and also who are able to delegate their time effectively. Engaging in extracurricular activities shows you have drive and determination.
  2. 2.     Volunteering. Like with extracurricular activities, volunteering showcases some of your best assets. With so many people applying to college at the same time you need to be able to stand out in the crowd, and showing that you are selfless and dedicated to helping others can do just that.
  3. 3.     Asking for letters of recommendation. Having two or three glowing letters of recommendation from different authority figures in your life can pad your chances of getting into your dream school.  These letters supplement the information that you’re already providing to the college through you resume and admissions’ application, and show the college that the information you’re providing them is valid. Resumes and applications can be deceiving, and having a trusted source back up what you’re telling the college can be the difference between getting accepted and getting rejected.
  4. 4.     Keeping up with the college throughout the year. Social media has made it easy for people to keep up with their favorite schools, as colleges are posting exhaustive information regarding the school on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Keeping up to date with what’s happening on campus can give you an edge on the competition during your college interviews, as you’ll be able to knowledgeably discuss current school events with your interviewer. It also shows how interested you really are in being a part of the school.
  5. 5.     Don’t forget your grades. As you try to keep up with all of the other facets of getting into a good college, it can be easy to let one of the most important things slip out of focus: your grades. Supplementing your resume is a great practice to employ, but you can’t let it take up so much of your time that your grades suffer in the process.

By adequately preparing yourself in all aspects of your life for college admissions you will vastly increase your chances of getting into your dream college. Make sure to get involved outside of school in addition to maintaining good grades to show your dream school that you are serious and motivated.


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Ways to make learning fun

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You want to make sure that the students in your class are learning, but you don’t want to stifle their imaginations or make them feel as if learning is all work and no play. You already know that education is about more than just books. Act on that knowledge and have your kids get up, get out and get involved. Before you know it, they’ll be learning more than they ever have and enjoying the process!

Get up!

Start revolutionizing learning in your own classroom – give students the chance to learn kinesthetically. Study after study has shown that kids learn better when they’re moving their hands. To get your students up and moving, consider using learning stations that children rotate through at designated times. You can create a spelling station where children sort through plastic letters to spell vocabulary words or a math station where they use counters to work through problems. Using a large roll of paper and washable markers, you can create an art station, too. Remember, learning stations don’t have to be expensive to be effective; they just have to allow children to see, touch, feel and control their educational materials.

Get out!

You can begin by making learning fun in the classroom, but students like to get out and explore the world around them. Educational field trips allow you to teach kids to learn independently, outside of school.

When you’re planning a field trip, assess your students’ interests. Do they perk up during history class? If so, design an outing to a historical destination. Many such locations will feature a cultural component as well, like the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center, in south-central Oklahoma. Museums can be great places to learn, too. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, for example, and its Dinosphere exhibit houses the world’s third-most-complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil. Wherever you live, be adventurous and find the field trip location that will allow your students to practice hands-on learning in the real world.

Get involved!

Learning starts at school, but it should continue at home. Help your students create resources that will expand interactive learning into the home. If you want your kids to practice geography, have them cut out paper maps of the states, country or even the continents. You can laminate these maps and send them home with your students. Then, they can work with their parents to find the locations of current events, learn the names of all 50 states or even memorize state capitals. If you provide the right resources and instructions, interactive learning can become a way of life for your students, at school and at home.

Put it all together

You know that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in hands-on activities. Now, it’s time to put that knowledge into practice. Get your kids up and moving in the classroom, out and exploring in the real world and involved and active at home. Your students will learn the material, but they’ll also discover independence and excitement along the way.

Traits of a Good Private Tutor

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Education helps in nourishing student’s future. It is a foundation that makes the learning process easier and also molds a person in a way so that he or she can meet the challenges wisely. Education imbibes a child with knowledge to let him or her earn the respect and ethos in future from the people he or she will meet.

Importance of education is well recognized by everybody and this being the reason those parents in various parts of the world look for a personal tutor for children, since their early childhood to help them with their school work. Because it has been said, “The way a twig is bent early, a tree is inclined”.  Wise and early investment in a child’s future yields several times more in the future.

There are so many private tutors available; it is desired to choose a good private tutor who can help your child in studies. Mentioned below are some traits of a good tutor that you should keep in mind while searching a good tutor for your child.

Personal tutor must spend time in preparation

“If you have four hours to saw a tree, pass the first two hours sharpening your axe”, though most cliched but holds great value. Likewise, a good tutor should prepare in the same manner. Before beginning with a class, a good tutor will always spend time to plan and prepare the content that should be delivered in their lessons.  This is the best and most effective approach as it enables them to execute their learning objectives. Preparation of the tutors in advance about the lesson imparts great knowledge to the child because of the organization of the course structure.

Education consultant should be committed

An efficient tutor must be reliable and dedicated. Apart from being punctual, the consultant should remain focused throughout the regular schedule.

Tutor must be a passionate professional

Passion is the driving force in anybody’s life. A good tutor must also have a passion for teaching and subjects. Love for his profession will make him to improve his learning of the subject. The passion invites dynamism in the field that will be passed onto the students motivating them to learn the basics and not simply mug up the subject.

Good knowledge of the subjects

The grades of the child will only boost if the home tutor has good knowledge and understanding of the subjects. Good lessons of the tutor will only help the student meet the standards desired in the exams and also to stay ahead.

If you want your child to stay ahead in studies then it is desirable to seek assistance of an effective tutor. When you look for eligible tutor, keep these aspects in the mind in order to have a good tutor for your child. The services of a good tutor matching company can also help you find an efficient educational consultant for your child.