Home School Physical Education

Providing a physical education component while home schooling is an important part of the education of your child and it is actually one of the major challenges faced by parents that choose to use a homeschooling program to educate their kids. The good news is that it is rather simple to include a good P.E. curriculum to your home school schedule and it can also be done without having to use or consult any help from outside the home.

It’s important to remember that the stress of most people’s and student’s daily lives often leave them feeling tired with little energy, which is why taking a bike ride or a nature walk, or even teaching your child how to play a sport can be so helpful. So even if you hated gym class as a kid, or even loved it, physical education and exercise is really something that should not be overlooked. Because after all, a sharp mind and healthy body will make it easier for your child to do well academically anyway.

Furthermore, physical education deals with more than just learning how to play certain sports; it should encompass a well planned instructional program that is aimed specifically at helping your student or child meet and achieve a series of pre-defined objectives. Thus, home school physical education, which should be a necessary component of your child’s overall curriculum, needs to go beyond simply teaching him or her how to play a sport; it needs to teach overall fitness and self responsibility, along with the enjoyment of engaging in physical activities.

21st Century Workplace Education

I have been in the corporate environment for many years and always wondered why do we have a training department? I always thought it should be the Education department. Education is not only in academia. In this century, it is no longer learning in school first and then goes to work, it is a life-long learning. Education goes together with work. There is a continuous evolution of changes taking place and employees at all levels need to be current with what’s going on in the industry and in their line of work. Only then they can come up with creative ideas, think differently, share and make positive contribution. In which case, Education & Development department makes much more sense to me.

With mechanization, modernization and technological developments, businesses need fewer people who are trained to do things a specific way and more people who are educated to find new ways of doing things. All people should be able to think and come up with different ways of doing things and offer their thoughts because everyone is an intelligent human being, not just the so called executives. Thinking organizations are constantly alert for new ideas and new methods, keeping in mind the cultural diversity. People across the globe think differently. It is an added advantage to the organization to have diversity from as many angles as possible – experience, education, age, culture, ethnicity and gender leading to a wide variety of different perspectives for better customer focused results.

“You don’t train people; you train dogs, snakes, elephants and fish; you educate people.”- Stanley Marcus

What’s the difference? The word education comes from the Latin ‘educo’, which means to change from within. Training provides an external skill. Education changes the inner person. Training deals only with the doing level. Education teaches people how to think. 1-12 month infants are trained and after a year they too learn to think. This is critical even in schools, to teach the kids to think critically, analytically, logically, conclusively and inferentially.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. – Chinese proverb. When you give him a fish you train him and when you teach him to fish you’re educating him.

Let me give you an example: I received a letter from a company that said they do not have my current address. Well, but I received the letter at the current address. When I called and talked to this young woman she had been trained to act. She had been conditioned to recite her memorized lines. She has rehearsed it to perfection. But she had not been educated in customer interaction.

She said, ‘Please fill in the form and send us your correct address’. I said, “if you don’t have the correct address how did I get this letter from you to the correct address?’ She has not been taught to listen to the customer, to think about what the customer is expressing. She is a robot. Often times we try to standardize everything including interactions!! I have seen in corporate environment where people are given scripts to greet, answer the questions and solve problems. What is happening in corporate world? Getting brainless robots? How can they provide service to customers? Can they have a decent conversation on customer needs? The last question she asked me was ‘Is there anything else I can do for you?” I am sure many of you who read this article have heard this question.

Education deals with the feeling level, the way we respond to stimuli. First we think about it, then we begin to feel it, then we choose our behavior and act based on that feeling.

Training attempts to add on the qualities needed for success. Education builds them in. Training is required to teach a specific skill or to learn a specific procedure. But it is ridiculous to develop a process for human interaction… Corporations believe in a myth to develop a process for everything including smiling, greeting and thanking. You’re in a sealed box and they keep saying ‘think outside the box’. It’s vital and crucial for corporations to invest in ways that let people grow by knowing to think for themselves.

* Training focuses on teaching people yesterday’s skills.
* Education focuses on teaching them to develop tomorrow’s skills.

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about yesterday.” – Charles Kettering

We continue to spend our time in the past, teaching people what to do instead of focusing on how they think, feel and behave; far too much time is spent on getting a job done and conforming instead of producing outstanding results and being creative. We have the powerful creative, highly imaginative brain that we hardly use.

In my corporate experience for several years, I have seen even high level executives who are short sighted and focus on saving their jobs. It is rare to find people who think of “What kind of company do we want to be in 20 years and what kind of employees will it take to get us there? What can we do to educate them?” People seem to be self centered than being loyal even though their resume says so. Only when people start thinking those questions, we can plan educational development programs to develop competent employees for 21st century.

To bring about such changes corporations need behavioral agents, not trainers who are plentiful, easy to find and not particularly expensive. Behavioral facilitators who nurture lasting qualities that won’t become obsolete that quickly are not commonly available. Even if the qualities they taught did become obsolete, people are now educated to think and they will be able to adapt to change. And come up with ways to deal with the changes.

If yours is a thinking organization, you should be able to:

  1. Talk directly to people in other departments and divisions, to customers and suppliers.
  2. Form teams across departmental lines and employees at all levels, to execute new projects or to solve common problems.
  3. Ask front line employees for their opinions and rewarded for ideas that work on a regular basis.
  4. Treat mistakes and failures as learning experiences and not as black marks against people who then get fired.
  5. Thinking organizations are made up of people who are educated in such skills as goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making, communication and conflict management, negotiation, total quality management (TQM), time management and teamwork.

Classroom Management Techniques Educators Need

It is imperative that every educator should endeavor to be a good classroom manager. Being a good class manager means building classroom discipline in students. This is because the classroom is ideally the learning environment where everything proper and curriculum based takes place. Besides, an educator deals with different types of individuals who are psychological beings with different backgrounds and personalities as students in the classroom.

Therefore, when the educator applies good and proven classroom management techniques, he or she will be able to bring under control the different kinds of behavior the students typify. Nevertheless, there are educators who are known to have been using a set of unique classroom management techniques that works just like the several methods others apply. However, the creativity of the teacher as commonly taught in most classroom management workshops is vital in evolving different and proven classroom management techniques.

Here are some initiatives for building effective classroom discipline and fostering good classroom management that makes classroom teaching and learning fun for both the educator and his or her students.

Use focus and direct instruction techniques in building classroom discipline: If you begin your lesson anyhow with the hope that your students will get under control and ready to learn, you may be wrong. It is always important that the educator gets the class and the whole students’ attention focused on the task at hand before the lesson begins. If as an educator you consistently start to teach your class while your students are not paying attention, there is the likelihood they will assume it is proper to talk while you are teaching.

As a good educator, demand your students’ attention on the task at hand even before you start the introductory part of your lesson.

As one of the initiatives in building effective classroom management techniques, direct instruction helps the teacher to set out a plan for his or her class each day. The rule is to directly instruct your students about what they are going to learn and what you expect them to do. Without known plan or routine, your students are bound to become agitated and excited and therefore lose their attentions on the lesson task or simply have other misplaced priorities which will constitute class management issues for you. However, when you give direct instructions, you will need to follow up to know that your students understand what to do. The easiest way is by random selection of students and asking them to repeat your instructions. You might even ask them at intervals what task they should be doing or how much time they have left.

Use effective interpersonal relationship techniques in building classroom discipline: In order to have a long lasting and satisfying teaching career, every educator should consider the importance of keeping healthy interpersonal relationships with his or her students. This technique involves a lot of things and it should be applied mostly outside the classroom lesson period.

These classroom management techniques taught in classroom management workshops includes making eye contact with each student each day, getting to know your students by names, hobbies, likes, dislikes, sports, and their interests. It also involves spending one-on-one time with each student as practicable as you can and as often as possible even if it is just for a few seconds. Securing parental help is also an important part of this initiative once you see an issue developing.