“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” My motto for 2012

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Nothing much to say about this teaching quote!  This will be the motto for me to live by for both my family and the high school students I teach for this coming year 2012!  For those of you who are or know teachers… matter of fact teachers are parents and parents are teachers… I invite you to make this part of your teaching strategy in the home and in the classroom.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THIS 2012!!!

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Neat Idea For Teachers!!

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I read my email as I always do and came across an article from one of my favorite blogs “Salvaged Grace”.  This one was aimed directly at teachers… me… about repurposing those things we find so commonly in our classroom, or even discarded on the floor or left in lockers during summer.  If you are an artsy type and wonder what to do with all these “teaching supplies” read her article by going to this link.

http://salvagedgrace.com/2011/08/25/repurposing-school-supplies/

 

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“Back To School SALE!” .. 50¢ .. FOR ALL POWERPOINTS LESSONS!!

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Yes you heard that right, all 150 PowerPoint lessons found on my educator’s resource site TeachPower.net are now only 50¢average price was about $4 – $5 each!  Get a head start in planning the first day/week/month of school by getting some of my custom made PowerPoint lessons I have been creating for the past 10 years.  Click on this link to go see what you can grab to help you out for this “Back to School” madness that is coming soon.

Here is a video sample of one of my best sellers (which I’ll be using first day)…

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How Can Teachers Make Extra Money During The Summer?!

June 15, 2011 1 comment

I was faced with this problem a couple of months ago when I realized I needed some income this summer.  What do I do?!  Who is hiring?!  Are they going to pay me enough to make it through the summer and be worth my time?

Applying to various temp and summer jobs became disheartening because most college students had filled them already OR they weren’t just paying enough because the job expects college level summer pay.

Then I realized I could make my own business by doing some summer cleaning, pile all the stuff I don’t use and can get rid of, and sell it at one or multiple yard sales!  When I did that I was amazed at how much stuff I had I could sell, and mentally calculated close to $1,000 dollars of value!  This weekend I am going to take this stuff and do a multi-family yard sale in South Miami, Florida with my friends and re-claim some stationary funds that have been sitting around in my house.
**EMAIL me before June 18th, 2011 to find out where my yard sale will be and I’ll give you a special deal when you pass by =).**

Now the question is, how do I continue making money for the next couple of weeks because what I made at the yard sale was not close to enough to hold me over the rest of the summer?
ANSWER:  Ask friends, family, and even neighbors if they have stuff they would like to sell.  Tell them how much you made at your yard sale and you are willing to help them out sell their stuff for a small fee [usually called consignment… equal to about %30].  It might take you several days to spread the word and get their stuff together, but once you do this a couple of times or ALL at once at a BIG yard sale; you can find yourself making quite a nice sum of cash!

Here are some handy tips in setting up this enterprise…

  1. Advertise your yard sale on a place such as Craig’sList or in the classified section of your local paper.
  2. Make some large, colorful, easy to read yard sale signs with arrows giving directions.  Put these signs on or close to the major intersections around where you are going to have the sale to attract more people.
  3. Serve some refreshments to your shoppers.  This is a nice gesture and it may keep them looking or talking long enough to make the sale.
  4. Price your items fairly.  Check ebay, Google shopping, Amazon, etc. to see what price your items are fetching currently.  Don’t expect to get those same prices, as your shoppers are looking for a deal.
  5. Be ready to negotiate (for me this is most of the fun!).  But make sure not to be offended by the shopper’s offer.  Expect them to offer low and be flexible with your price.  Many times, money in the hand is worth more than the item still sitting there at the end of the day for you to haul back to that dusty corner in your house.  On the other hand, this is business… don’t undercut yourself by negotiating so low you get pennies on the dollar, but your customer is happy.  We are not here to make friends… if you make friends and network then GREAT!  Remember this is your money to make it through summer.
  6. Lastly, the week before the yard sale start collecting plastic/paper bags, newspaper for wrapping fragile items, and maybe even some bubble wrap.  When yard sale customers come to buy (especially many items) they would like to have something to carry away their finds.

I sure hope this helps you enjoy you this long, hot summer alot more!

Be sure to check out TeachPower and  TeachPower ebay, where I have taken this a step further and mostly sell items that come from other teachers.

Also read my other blog post titled Your Guide to Effective Garage Sales to get more tips that might help.

Tips and Tricks To Improve Memory

I found this article and thought it would be a great article for those educators to give tips and tricks to improve a student’s memory when studying for final exams that are going to be given in the next few weeks.  This is NOT to help them to “memorize” the information they need for the final exam, but to help improve “long term”  memory which turns into knowledge.  This is the kind of memory we as educators are trying to create, not memorization which is forgotten hours to days later.  Hope this helps
-TeachPower

 

Author: Kurt Ferguson

 

A question that has bothered us time and again, whether we are professionals or students or simply homemakers, is how to improve memory so that life becomes less complicated. Very few of us are blessed with a photographic memory and for those who are less fortunate; there are some suggested ways on how to improve memory. Such memory training can ensure better memory management and help you stay mentally agile.

Steps To Improve Memory:

* Convince yourself that you own a good memory which simply needs to be nourished.

* Memory training begins with associations because when you are associated with someone actively you are more likely to remember his number for instance. Alternatively, you could start forming an easy phrase beginning with the first letters of the numbers to help you recall it easily.

* Improve memory by trying to visualize the information.

* Learning to club information together is a significant aspect of memory training. A shopping list is a random list which may be very hard to recall but categorizing the items might make this exercise simpler.

* When numbers are large, you can try to remember them by associating them with special events that can be personally important or even historically significant!

* Repeat learning is a great way of improving memory power – you can even make use of flash cards to improve memory for studying.

* Remember last minute cramming before exams only serves to insert information that will last in your memory for a very short period of time. When you space out studying, your brain gets the opportunity to store information in the long term memory. Varying your study routine like changing the place of your study may help you to remember better.

* Harnessing mental skills regularly exercises the brain like trying to learn a new language or play a musical instrument or solving crosswords and puzzles.

* Regular exercising that promotes blood circulation and eating right are critical when you want to know how to improve memory. You can feed your brain by taking supplements like Vitamin B6, Thiamine and Niacin.

* Avoid getting stressed because chronic stress tends to damage the brain physically affecting memory. Although stress cannot be completely eliminated, there are ways of controlling it by practicing meditation, yoga and so on.

* Being sleep deprived harms your memory; seven hours of rest at the least is a great way to improve both long term and short term memory.

* Giving yourself adequate time for a memory to form is one major trick on how to improve memory. Do not make space for distractions and concentrate exclusively on the thing that you must remember.

* A typical exercise in memory training would be to try and remember as much details as you can about an unfamiliar photograph after carefully studying it and then keeping it away.

* Students use mnemonic devices to improve memory – this involves associating every data with some commonly used object. Memory pegs use visualization techniques by employing known landmarks as links to critical data.

* Relating new data to already known things helps to boost memory.

* Teaching others new things can also help you recall better.

These are some easy tips on how to improve memory but none of it is achievable unless you learn how to balance the serious memory building exercises with lighthearted pastimes. Enjoying healthy relationships is the best way to enjoying good emotional and good brain health!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/internet-marketing-articles/tips-and-tricks-on-how-to-improve-memory-4459709.html

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Embed or Add Video Into PowerPoint

There are two things you need to consider when inserting or embedding video into PowerPoint.  1) Is the video clip on your local hard drive on your computer, or 2) Is the video clip a link to a place on the internet like Youtube?

To Insert A Video Clip That Is On Your Computer Follow These Steps:

To add video in PowerPoint from a file

  1. Go to the slide in your presentation where you want to place the movie.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media Clips group, click the Movie icon.
  3. From the Insert Movie dialog box display, browse to the drive and folder that contain the movie/video that you want. If you do not know which location to use, try the \Windows\Media folder on the hard disk.
  4. Click the video file that you want to use and then click OK.
  5. A dialog box appears, asking how you want the file to play in the slide show. Choose Automatically or When Clicked.


Follow These Steps If The Video Is A Link To A Video Online (Embedded Video)

  1. First you must have access to the Developer Tab
    1. If you don’t see the Developer tab do this to be able to use it:
    2. First, click on the Office button to open up the main menu of PowerPoint. At the very bottom of this menu is a button entitled PowerPoint Options. Click on this to continue.
    3. Select the Popular category and put a check in the box next to Show Developer tab in the Ribbon. Click OK to exit, and the Developer tab will now be present.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to embed a video.  Click on Developer tab then on More Controls button.
  3. Scroll through the list and select Shockwave Flash Object.  Click OK.
  4. Nothing might seem to be inserted, but PowerPoint is just waiting for you to tell it where you want the embedded video by drawing a box with your mouse.  Don’t worry that its not the perfect size, as you can resize it later.  You will get a box with a big X like the picture below.
  5. Click on the box object and select Properties in the Developer tab.
  6. In the box you will have to make some changes and add some things.  The picture below will show you which things you will have to change or add.  One of the most important fields to change is the Movie.  This is where you add the url (http:// link) of the online video (i.e. Youtube).  Before you add the link to this field you have to change it a little.  Delete the “watch?” text

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHCHfabcZ0w

    and replace the “=” that follows the “v” with a “/” character.

    http://www.youtube.com/v/BHCHfabcZ0w

  7. Another good idea is to change the Loop field to FALSE (so it stops after it plays through), and Playing to FALSE so we have control over manually starting the video.
  8. Now you should see the video ready to play with controls (play/pause, volume, etc.) in your PowerPoint slide.
  9. During this short process, if you find you have messed up, then delete the box object and start over.

This tutorial was made possible with help from graphics provided by brighthub.com.  Thanks.

Your Guide to Effective Garage sales

May 22, 2011 1 comment

As I have recently been researching ways to make some extra side income with and through my website TeachPower.net, I found auctions, estate/garage sales to be the perfect fit.  Not only have I found some great items for myself, but wonderfully priced stuff that I can resale which makes a nice side income.  Check out some of the things I and other teachers are selling through my TeachPower ebaY.  Here is an interesting article I on some basics of “garage sailing”.

Pick almost any city or town in the country, drive through any middle class neighbourhood or residential area on the weekend, and you’re sure to spot at least half dozen garage sales.

What’s being sold at these garage sales? The accumulated “junk” peoples no longer use or want taking up space in or around their homes. Are they making any money with these garage sales? You’d better believe they’re making money! It’s not at all uncommon to make $600 with a weekend garage sale. Is it hard to put on a profitable garage sale? Well, yes and no. It really does take some of your time, and also requires an awareness of a few merchandising tactics. But the problems in running a successful garage sale are small in comparison to the profits.

Who are the buyers, and how do you get them to come to your garage sale? Your customers are going to be everybody and you get them over to your garage sale with a little bit of advertising and promotion.

Let’s look at the background: Everybody accumulates the kind of garage sale items that other people are searching for, and are willing to buy. These items range from no longer wanted or outgrown items of clothing, to furniture, tools, knick-knacks, books, pictures and toys. Many garage sale items are objects of merchandise purchased on impulse, and later found to be not what the buyer wanted. He discovered too late that he really didn’t have a use for it, or he no longer has a need for it. Many items found at garage sales are gifts that have been given to the seller, but are the wrong size or incorrect choice for the recipient.

The problem with most people is that they haven’t the time to gather up all the items “just taking up space” in and around their homes and staging a garage sale to get rid of them. Many people don’t know how to stage a garage sale, and many other people feel that putting on a garage sale is just too much bother and work.

This is where you enter the picture. Your enterprise will be an ongoing garage sale of items donated and collected from these people who lack the inclination to put on garage sales of their own.

Step one is education: Spend a few weeks visiting all the garage sales, swap meets and flea markets in your area. Find out what’s being offered for sale, what people are buying, and how the merchandise is being sold. Generally an item is tagged with a price, but the seller is open to almost any reasonable offer from the customer. Another thing you want to make mental note of is the way the merchandise is displayed, and how the customers are allowed to browse.

You start your own garage sale by cleaning out your own basement, attic, closets and garage. Talk to your relatives and friends; tell them what you’re going to do and ask them for donations of no-longer used or unwanted items. It’s here that you’ll get your first experience in negotiating, and finally, an agreement for you to display and sell other people’s merchandise for a percentage of the sales price. You’ll find people explaining that they really don’t have a use for a specific item or they really don’t want to keep storing it, but because of sentimental reasons, “just hate to give it away.”

Once you’ve had a little experience with this type of seller, you will be able to advertise in the newspaper that you buy garage sale items, or take them on consignment for a percentage of the final sales price.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/sales-articles/your-guide-to-effective-garage-sales-422928.html

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