Educators Can Benefit From Less Stress

Educators deal with being over worked and over stressed, from the principal to the instructional assistant. Besides the overwhelming amounts of paper work, keeping test scores high and mandates from the State and Federal Government, there are many other aspects of work that is involved in the classroom. Teachers have to plan, teach, mediate, sometimes be a parent and when their day is done, most of them have more school work to do after hours.

Principals and assistant principals have the tremendous about of paperwork to keep up with, in addition to making sure all is running well in the classroom, to having to make sure teachers are doing their jobs and keeping up with everyone else from the secretary to the janitor. They don’t stop working at the end of the school day, more often than not you will see them at the evening events at the school.

Then there are the speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and school psychologists, who have to serve too many students in a little amount of time. It gives me great faith in mankind because many of these people are working in the school system because they love working with children and have big hearts.

Since the time my children attended school I have been involved, I have volunteered many hours, and was hired for clerical work for the Special Education Department, instructional assistant and most recently for a short period of time I filled in as a temporary occupational therapists assistant. My days were very busy, but I love working with children and worked through it. Last year I had the opportunity to be hired as a temporary occupational therapy assistant, I absolutely loved working with the students and helping them achieve their goals. The school budgets have been consistently cut over the years.

As a result of budget cuts many off the therapists and school psychologists have many too many students on their schedules. My schedule consisted of approximately 80 students that I worked with weekly in a twenty-three hour period, so had I to work hard, efficiently and with great stamina. This was the first time in all of my years of either working or volunteering that I had the opportunity of wearing a Q-Link pendant. I was extremely grateful to be able to have the QLink pendant because I truly feel that it helped me tremendously with my performance, stamina and overall well-being at school and at home.

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Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In A Real Estate Investment Education And/Or Coaching Program

If you are like me, then you have an interest in real estate investment and want to do the right thing by educating yourself so that you can obtain your first real estate investment cheque. I have spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the company that would help me accomplish this goal. So what did I do? I watched various infomercials on the television with amazing testimonials of real estate investment success. I quickly found that once I registered to attend, my information was sold to various marketing companies, and I was in receipt of invitations to other investment opportunities that I didn’t even know about. Okay. Now I have sifted through all the invitations and I am on my way to a one-day seminar.

For the most part, the information delivered is tantalizing and I am hungry for more knowledge and the opportunity to start working on my first deal. I also find that the information delivered in the one-day seminar is in bits – for a beginner investor, it is not enough material to be useful. But what do I hear? I now have to register for a weekend workshop to learn more. Full of excitement and determination, I pay the $1500 to $2500 cost for the workshop and off I go. Again, the information presented is titillating and at least one of the presented methods is immediately implementable. The other participants and I followed the instructions given, but no results – we could not find a property matching the given search criteria. Therefore, the audience was not taught what the next steps would have been had we done so. Still filled with hope, I took careful notes and listened intently for the remainder of the workshop. What’s this I hear? I can have advanced training if I want, a coach to work with me one-on-one, and the almost guarantee that I would make money at that level? What’s the cost? Oh, only between $10 000 to $100 000. This is where I hit the proverbial brick wall. Where was I to find all that money, and for some of the workshops, the money had to be paid the very weekend! The long and short of the model is this; one has to spend anywhere from $1500 to about $100 000 without even doing your first real estate deal! It didn’t make sense.

Wait a minute. I now found that most of the real estate investors, who were calling themselves and each other gurus, were doing a massive on-line marketing campaign during the market’s downturn, only this time downplaying the ‘guru’ title. They were all offering one-on-one coaching. Why? No one was attending the conventions and workshops as before. The personal coaching idea sounded good. I decided to check out a few of them and tried one of them. I tell you the truth, because I was a rookie, I didn’t know what to ask for or what to expect from this coaching. As you can imagine, I did not get my money’s worth. By the way, the coaching was through e-mail and sometimes instant messaging only, at a cost of USD $1000 per month. Now, I could have allowed all these disappointments to derail my vision and cause me to be bitter. I refuse. Instead, I decided to use the experience to help others in similar situations make better decisions, spend less, and actually make money in real estate investment.

The sum of it all is this: not having the right real estate investment education will cost you money and just as truly; obtaining the right real estate investment education will cost you money. However, obtaining the right education is an investment, not a liability. What should one look for in a real estate investment coach/coaching program? What questions should be asked? Here are a few to consider:

• Before any money exchange hands, an outline should be provided to the student to ensure that both parties/sides understand what will be offered.

• Costs should be clearly defined and explained.

• Discuss funding. Will the coach/organization provide funding for your real estate deals? If not, will the coach/organization provide you with information that will allow you to access funding? What type of funding can you expect? Will it be transactional funding, hard money, private money, other?

• Discuss if there will be or is there an option to partner on deals. Will the coach/organization put up the funding for the real estate deal while the student does the ‘ground’ work? If partnership is an option, discuss and agree on the split. Will it be a fifty-fifty split?

• Discuss availability of the coach: Does the student have telephone, e-mail, and/or text access? What response time might the student expect? Does the student have to pay the fees for services like Skype or is it included in the coaching fee?

• What are all the things included in the coaching fee?

• If the coach is not available, is there a mentor or someone else that will be available?

• Is this a stand-alone coach or is there a professional team available to the student? Is there a lawyer, accountant, contractor, et cetera that are a part of the team? If the coach is a one-man-band, then this might not be a good option for you.

• Is there creative financing for property acquisition?

• What are the payment options for the coaching costs? What are the financing terms?

• How will the education be delivered? Will it be delivered through webinars, CDs, mp3’s, other? For how long does the student have access to the education?

• How current are the strategies being taught? Is there proof?

• Relative to the cost, how long is the coaching? How many hours of one-on-one coaching?

• Will the student be provided with a virtual assistant?

• What peripheral costs are entailed in the program? For example, LLC, websites, 800 numbers, et cetera. What other additional costs might the student expect to pay/cover?

• What real estate investment qualifications does the coach have? If the coach is reticent to discuss this, then that might be a cue to not sign up with that particular coach/organization. Also, if the coach has a bad attitude, then you should reconsider using him/her.

• Research the coach on-line. Look at reviews. Check out Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, et cetera. Also use these sources to review his/her profile. Hint: If the coach has less than five hundred contacts in their profile, then that could be proof of inexperience.

• What is the approximate turn-around time from the time the student signs up and follows all coaching instructions, to the time the student does his/her first deal?

• How many hours per day/week is the student required to invest?

• How are deals analyzed? Does the coach personally review them? How many exit strategies does the coach utilize per deal?

• What is the coach’s real estate investment specialty: wholesaling, fix and flip, buy and hold, et cetera?

• What real estate strategy are you expected to start with? Will this complement or go against your current financial situation?

• How much money is the student expected to have on hand to do his/her first real estate deal?

• If student does not make any money in say the first three months of the coaching, what is the next step? Will the current real estate investment strategy be changed or adjusted?

• What guarantees does the coach/organization provide?

• Is there a rescission period? What is it?

• Can the student do the coaching with his/her spouse or business partner at no additional cost?

With these points to consider, you should be well on your way to making the right decision as to your real estate investment education and coaching. I am sure that as you read through the points, they caused you to think of other questions that you might ask. Good.

All in all, I am very thankful that I have finally found an organization that is indeed the complete package for real estate investment education and coaching – and the price is right! Working with a team of experienced real estate investors does make a difference in performance and results! For more information please visit

Career in Elementary Education – Shaping the Lives of Children

Does the possibility of being surrounded by 20 to 30 children for 6 to 8 hours a day appeal to you? If so then a career in elementary education may be something to consider.

Perhaps you’ve always enjoyed working with children and wish to do this professionally. Maybe it’s the opportunity to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. Could it be the chance at enjoying an extended vacation during the summer months? Whatever the reasons, you can benefit from learning more about an elementary education career.

What is Elementary Education and What Do Teachers Do?

Elementary education deals with the teaching of children from kindergarten to the fifth or sixth grade. Unlike teachers in upper grades, elementary teachers teach children on a variety of topics (Math, English, Science, etc.). They ensure children receive a solid grounding in all the basic subjects so they are able to go on to more advanced studies. Teachers also facilitate the development of life skills during these impressionable years.

What is Necessary to Become an Elementary Education Teacher?

Elementary teachers are entrusted with the lives of our children during the majority of their formative years. Needless to say we want to ensure they are properly prepared for such a great task.

Most states require elementary teachers to complete an accredited program of study, usually a bachelor of education. Expect to spend at least 4-years at college to complete the degree or certification requirements. Visit a local college’s website to get an idea of some of the classes required for the programs offered.

You also want to check the requirements for the state in which you want to teach. Many states require additional certifications or testing.

Why Become an Elementary Education Teacher?

A career in elementary education can be very rewarding. Everyday, you get up and go to work where you are shaping the lives of children. You come home from work every day with a sense of accomplishment, with a sense of having made a difference. This can be an amazing feeling, which is why most teachers are very content and happy with their job.

One of the best benefits of having a career in elementary education, besides the reward of knowing you’ve made a difference, is you will be treated to roughly 2 or 3 months of vacation every year. Yes, those who teach children get the same amount of time off, as do the children.

How Much Will I Get Paid?

The average salary for an elementary education teacher is around $35,000 a year. It can be higher or lower based on location and State. Some teachers earn as much as $65,000 a year or more. There’s no need to sacrifice pay to seek an elementary education career.

An elementary education career can be an exciting and rewarding profession for people who enjoy working with children. If a career in elementary education seems appealing to you then do some additional research by contacting a school counselor or a local college. You could also try a stint as a substitute teacher to see if this career is something you want to pursue further. The only requirement in many states for substitute teachers is to be a high school graduate.