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.

Roberto writes on tons of education related topics including ranking the best pharm d programs amongst other things.

4 Signs Your Tutor Is Not Right for You

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Working with a tutor can be one of the best ways to further your education and make progress in ways you never thought possible. A great tutor can work to give you the extra attention that you don’t get in class. They can make you a better writer, help you solve problems faster, and prepare you to go after important tests like there’s no tomorrow. However, if you and your tutor end up not being the best match, you run the risk of wasting valuable time, and even backtracking in your studies. To make sure that your tutor is right for you, simply pay attention to your own progress and to how you feel after and during your tutoring sessions. Also, take a look at these four major signs that a tutor is not the right fit:

1. You don’t see tangible progress within one month.

With a great tutor, you should be able to see marked progress right away. The first sign should be in how you feel about the information you’re learning. If you feel like you can grasp the material better than before, then that is a great sign, and it’s definitely important to feel an immediate impact after working with a tutor. However, everyone works differently. You tutor will need time to assess exactly how you learn and figure out the best ways to help you. Just because you meet with a tutor doesn’t mean that you will ace your next test. You simply can’t expect immediate results, and your success will only be relative to the amount of effort you put in. But, if you know you’re putting in effort, and still aren’t seeing results after a month with your current tutor, then it may be a good idea to look into finding a better match.

2. You understand when they explain it, but can’t retain the information.

This happens all the time. You are stumped on a particular problem or concept. Your tutor takes the time to explain it to you fully. You follow along and completely understand as they explain the subject matter. The only problem is, when you try to explain it or remember what they said on your own, you seem to fall short. This is definitely something that takes effort on the part of the student, and it’s your responsibility to speak up and let your tutor know that you still don’t understand. But, if you feel that this happens all the time after meeting with your tutor, it could just be that he or she is not the best fit for your learning style.

3. You feel rushed or bored.

If you cannot seem to deal with the pace of your tutor’s lessons, and this is a constant issue, then you may need to look for someone else. If you find yourself feeling rushed every time you meet with your tutor, then that is not the best learning environment. You may have landed upon a tutor who simply isn’t receptive to how individual students need to learn. And, if you constantly feel bored and are left with the impression that your tutor is going over the same things every session, your tutor may be moving too slowly for your learning style. While these things can be worked out, as long as you communicate honestly with your tutor, he or she may simply just not be understanding or a good fit for you.

4. You feel uncomfortable.

This is one of the biggest red flags when it comes to working with a tutor. You never know exactly what you’re going to get when you take the chance to work with someone you don’t know. Some tutors work for large placement companies and some of them freelance on their own. As long as you make the effort to research prospective tutors thoroughly and only go with people who have confirmed identities and good reputations, you should be fine. But, if your tutor ever makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, simply cut off the relationship. It could be that your personalities simply don’t match, but, in the worst case scenario, you could have stumbled onto a truly bad egg. In that case, it’s important make a change as soon as possible.

Angelita Williams is a freelance writer and education enthusiast who frequently contributes to www.onlinecollegecourses.com. She strives to provide her readers with the most relevant and up-to-date education advice online. Please contact Angelita with and comments or questions at angelita.williams7@gmail.com.

 

Math Tutors Near University of South Florida

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an education blog carnival – October 3, 2012

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Welcome to the October 3, 2012 edition of an education carnival.

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Shelby Jackson presents 10 Things Nannies Should Do Every Year to Be Proactive In Their Careers posted at 4Nannies, saying, “No nanny wants a job to end on short notice, however sometimes nothing can be done to prevent it from happening. In addition to having to quickly wind down emotionally from a position, jobs that end abruptly can leave a nanny strapped for cash. Whether you’re a seasoned nanny or just starting out in the field.”

Lisa Williams presents 30 Blogs for Helping to Teach Kids to Be Thankful posted at Become A Nanny, saying, “One of the most important lessons that a parent can instill in a child is a sense of gratitude and an appreciation for their relative good fortune when measured against the far less prosperous citizens that make up much of the world.”

Barbara West presents Tiny Tots-Caring For Our Children posted at Tiny Tots-Caring For Our Children.

Brittany Harris presents How to Help Your Kinesthetic Learner Do Better in School posted at NannyPro.com, saying, “Children who are kinesthetic learners learn best when they are moving, which can become a problem in classrooms where students are required to sit all day”

Kevin presents 10 Tips for Hiring a Caregiver Over Spring Break posted at Summer Nanny, saying, “Because a working parent’s professional holiday schedule rarely coincides with their children’s school holidays, spring break can present a childcare logistics nightmare for parents who are unable to take extra time off work. One week is just long enough to make stringing together a handful of separate caregivers a challenge, but doesn’t seem to be long enough to justify the hiring of a private nanny.”

Daniel Long presents How to Train a New Nanny | Hire a Nanny posted at hireananny.com, saying, “Bringing a new nanny into your home to care for your children, whether it’s her first post or fifteenth, will require some level of training and a period of adjustment. Regardless of her experience in the private childcare field, even the best nanny is largely unfamiliar with the way that your individual household runs, the rules with which you keep order and the needs particular to your family alone.”

Jocelyn Scott presents 10 Ways Agencies Screen Nannies posted at Nanny Background Check, saying, “One of the most appealing aspects of utilizing a dedicated nanny agency to find and hire a nanny is that each candidate has been thoroughly screened and subjected to a series of tests and background checks prior to being hired, saving parents valuable time during the interview process.”

Shelby Jackson presents Discussing Safety Concerns with Your Nanny Employer posted at 4Nannies, saying, “No nanny enjoys having to discuss tough topics with her employer.”

Carter White presents 30 Blogs for Quick and Easy School Night Meals posted at Babysitting, saying, “The often frantic pace of weeknights during the school year can leave parents scrambling for a healthy, tasty dinner that will please the whole family and doesn’t require hours in the kitchen.”

Brittany Harris presents 10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Kids Vaccinations posted at NannyPro.com, saying, “While the controversy surrounding immunizations and some parents’ choice to forgo them wages on, parents who have opted to thoroughly vaccinate their children against serious illnesses can find it difficult to track which ones have been administered, which are due, and what each round protects against.”

MITCHELL MORRIS presents How to Reduce Your Child’s Stress before the Big Game posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “Just like adult athletes, children who participate in competitive sports can and do experience stress.”

Jacqui Barrie presents How to Navigate an Airport with a Toddler in Tow posted at Aupair Jobs, saying, “Traveling with a little one is not a task that most parents look forward to undertaking. Most anecdotes shared between parents regarding air travel tend to lean more in the direction of “harrowing” than “uneventful,” making those who haven’t previously taken that plunge hesitant to do so while their children are still so young.”

Sharon Moore presents How to Set Up a Homework Station to Limit Distractions posted at Nanny Jobs, saying, “With the kids back in school you may be worried about how much your children are learning. For parents who want to provide their children with the tools they need to reach their potential, creating a homework station can help.”

MITCHELL MORRIS presents 10 iPhone Apps for Keeping Track of Homework posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “The importance of academic success in relation to your child’s future is undeniable”

Jim Wilson presents 10 Risky Teen Behaviors You Should Be Aware Of | Babysitters posted at 10 Physical Contact Rules for Babysitters, saying, “Many teenagers think they are invincible, and are always looking for the next thrill.”

Jeff Moore presents 30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities posted at Babysitting Jobs, saying, “Keeping up with how your child spends her time, what activities she’s engaging in when you’re not with her, and managing her schedule is easily one of the most difficult aspects of parenting.”

Sydney Bell presents How To Handle Negative Feedback On Your Blog posted at Longhorn Leads, LLC, saying, “Blogging and social media have changed the ways of marketing for companies because of their ease, outreach and the fact they’re budget friendly.”

Michelle Brown presents 5 Realities Of Beverly Hills Nannies posted at Nanny, saying, “”Beverly Hills Nannies, a reality show on the ABC Family channel, follows a group of nannies who work for affluent families to give viewers an inside look at the life of a Beverly Hills nanny. While many of the situations are a bit exaggerated, a lot of the situations parallel the life of a real nanny. Here are the realities of Beverly Hills Nannies.””

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Gratitude presents May 26, Discover and Develop True Talent of your Child posted at Gratitude’s Personal Development Blog.

Rick Villa presents Back to school gift ideas | Personalized Stationery Blog – Gifts In 24 posted at Personalized Stationery Blog – Gifts In 24.

Rick Villa presents Personalized Notepads for Teachers: The Pocket Knife of Academia | Personalized Stationery Blog – Gifts In 24 posted at Personalized Stationery Blog – Gifts In 24.

Russ Egan presents 21 Tips for Graduate Chemical Engineers posted at Chemical Engineering Guide.

anisha@nerdwallet.com presents Scholarships for Homeschooled Students posted at NerdWallet | Education, saying, “With tuition and student loans on the rise, scholarship funding is increasingly necessary and important. NerdWallet has compiled a list of the best scholarships for homeschooled students.”

Adam Alesbrook presents Group Work and Design posted at newkidinclass.

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an education blog carnival – August 29, 2012

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Welcome to the August 29, 2012 edition of an education carnival.

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Nancy Parker presents Biggest Myths About Nanny Care posted at Nanny Care.

Martina Keyhell presents 10 iPhone Applications for Early Childhood Educators posted at Become A Nanny, saying, “Teaching children, especially those of the very young variety, can make staying organized a challenge for early childhood educators. Even the most “put together” teacher is likely to need a bit of assistance from time to time; thanks to Apple and their App Store educators now have access to an unprecedented amount of technological help at the tips of their fingers.”

Martina Keyhell presents How to Teach a Toddler Spanish posted at Become A Nanny, saying, “Young children tend to learn a second language most easily when they’re learning the basic rules of their primary language, making it a wise idea for parents with hopes of raising bilingual progeny to start teaching their children early.”

TherapyDoc presents The Difference Between Going Postal and Suffering Paranoid Schizophrenia posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, “With snipers ruining the theater and a threat to education, this post is about recognizing threats in our communities before they manifest as disasters.”

Carol Watson         presents 10 Things Kids Learned from Mister Rogers posted at National Nannies, saying, “From 1968 to 2008, when PBS permanently pulled Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from their programming line-up, kids tuned in every day to watch Fred Rogers cheerfully come home and take them on an adventure filled with fantasy characters and life lessons.”

Jacqui Barrie presents 30 Blogs About Kindergarten Readiness posted at Aupair Jobs, saying, “One of childhood’s major milestones is starting kindergarten. If you opted to forgo formal preschool in the interest of keeping your child at home for one last year, then his first year of school will also be his first year of experience with leaving home, a classroom environment and interacting with large groups of his peers.”

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Liz E presents Reunions and My Decision to Homeschool: A Reflection posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.

Magali Rincon presents How To Succeed as A College Freshman posted at Success at School, saying, “Tips on a successful freshman year at university.”

Gayan presents How to Find Scholarships without Paying a Dime posted at CASH CAB, saying, “If you’re getting ready to go to college, you’ve probably received a lot of advertisements for pricey books that will help you locate scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Don’t be fooled and don’t waste your money.”

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an education blog carnival – May 15, 2012

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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 mathsstudy.com 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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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.

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suraj sharma presents Canada Student Visa Rejection(Real experiences) posted at http://thekapils.com, 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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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.”

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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.”

anna.deguzman@nerdwallet.com 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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