Public Speaking Help

April 18, 2017

Back when I first started having to speak in front of groups, I needed a lot of public speaking help. I went to professors and organizations looking for ‘crash courses’ in public speaking. Unfortunately, the only way for you to truly get over your public speaking fears is to actually get up in front of people! You might have heard me tell this story on this site before, but I…

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Our Book Club: Review of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

April 18, 2017

Warning: extreme rant. Approach with caution. It also has a spoiler. Oh, Halo. Because I don’t think I’ll be capable of positive thinking after this, I should add that I did enjoy the writing in this book and that I really admire Adornetto for becoming a published author at the age of 14 (she published The Shadow Thief, if you don’t want to read it all — read the summary…

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Tips On Getting Good Grades in College

March 29, 2017

If you want to ensure a bright future ahead of you in the career of your choice, you should not just be content with getting passing grades in college. You should make the effort to make higher than average grades. An excellent Grade Point Average (GPA) is the gauge by which potential employers determine which applicants are suited for their companies. Students who are about to enter college and who…

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Reading and Writing: A Balancing Act

March 20, 2017

Mayra E. Messi Unlike last year, this year I was given a standard 9th grade English curriculum that dictated what literature I was to teach. According to the curriculum, I was to teach the novel, The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima during the first marking period of the second semester. Knowing that, I began planning for that unit of study. All was well until I approached my principal about…

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UNHRC Calls for More Regulation of Private Education Providers

February 28, 2017

The United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed a resolution that calls on governments across the world to monitor and regulate private education more heavily. The landmark resolution by the UNHRC was welcomed by eight international civil society organizations and aims to establish minimum standards by which education providers must abide by to grant all children the right to an education. Through its resolution, the UNHRC wants its members states — especially in…

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