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Emotional Intelligence in Students

Most of us realize, as we go through life that success is not about being the smartest person around. Intellectual capability alone guarantees nothing. Success is also dependent upon how you approach problems and deal with undesirable, sometimes unforeseen circumstances.

There is no denying the strong correlation between achievement and the ability to handle pressure on the way towards our goals. The ability to handle our emotions in a productive manner is termed Emotional Intelligence. Sociologists find that the IQ,(Intelligence Quotient) of an individual is an inaccurate predictor of ‘success’ in life. The importance of the EQ(Emotional Quotient) cannot be overlooked when we study performance and achievement.

Suffice to say, a steady and reasonably high EQ is required for fruitful completion of tasks in all phases of life, and this includes the demanding and very challenging phase of student-life. School-going young individuals are still in the process of learning from experience and this is the stage at which they need to learn how to handle the dilemmas that they are sure to face at some point.  Parents need to be proactive in fostering their children’s emotional growth and learning.

Traits of emotional intelligence, though innate, can be developed. There are a multitude of steps parents or students themselves can take in order to improve their emotional intelligence, and as a result, increase their odds of having a more fulfilling experience at school and in their work environment.
Let us briefly outline 3 basic ways in which emotional intelligence can be developed.

Stressing Positivity

Positivity is a major plus, when working towards a goal. Many students and their parents feel that if they adopt the stance of zero tolerance towards failure or mediocrity, they will do better. However, there is a need to understand that failing to reach a goal is not synonymous with the failure of the individual. The capacity to handle setbacks is part of emotional maturity. Setbacks are inevitable and are important in giving us clues regarding reassessing our preparation strategies, and for setting modified goals. If we get emotionally crushed each time things don’t go according to plan, we will not be able to bounce back as quickly as we would if we were to look at it as a positive learning experience. Perseverance and continued self-motivation are a necessary component for accomplishment.

Alternate Avenues or Distraction

Another technique that can help develop our emotional resilience is to step back and focus on another passion or activity for a while. A well-rounded individual with various interests is able to benefit from temporarily taking a break from the source of unrest when there is the danger of getting overwhelmed by a certain situation.  Engaging oneself with another interest, skill or pastime can help us approach the initial task in an improved way. This technique can also help ground us in the reality that our existence is multi-faceted and we cannot determine our worth through one particular experience.

Working With Others (Group Projects)

The benefits of working with other students on projects should not be discounted. Effectively and efficiently working with others is a skill that all of us need in life. Positive interactions with others teach the ability to coordinate, be respectful of the opinions of others. They learn to anticipate the feelings of peers and experience appropriate levels of empathy. In the work environment students will go on to constantly draw on these lessons of mindfulness. They must learn, at an early age, to value differences of culture and language etc. This also reduces bullying and disrespect in the short as well as long run.

These are examples of a few skills that parents of students and students themselves may want to start working on in a bid to improve their emotional resilience. Many books and online resources are available on the subject of Emotional Intelligence. It is definitely worth investing some time self-reflecting and seeing how you can improve your EQ and help your future self reach his or her goals more effectively.

The Connection Between Music and Math

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Observing most modern-day parents around us, we can notice them enthusiastically adding music lessons to their child’s roster of activities. There are a myriad of reasons for this. The child may express an interest in a particular instrument. However, more often than not, parents encourage their child to learn an instrument in the hope of adding to their accomplishments or for more practical considerations like increasing the odds of getting admitted to a college of their choice.

An additional, often-cited reason that fascinates yet eludes many, is the Math-Music connection, i.e. the theory that the honing of Music skills is linked to the honing of Math skills.

The idea that there is a definite overlap and connection between music and math is not recent. There has been much debate within the field of cognitive research, regarding the so-called “Mozart Effect”. Theories outlining the positive effects of listening to classical music were popularized in the early 1990’s. It was argued that test subjects performed better on spatial-temporal tasks after listening to a Mozart sonata. These theories gave rise to an increase in the popularity of music based toys and products for young children. Brands like ‘Baby Einstein’ thrived on the conclusions from this research, and incorporated classical music into toys for toddlers and babies. Parents encouraged their pre-schoolers to watch shows like “Little Einstein’, in which animated characters accomplish tasks in tune to and motivated by classical music. Some enthusiastic mothers-to-be took things a step further and it is not uncommon for women to listen to classical symphonies during pregnancy in the hope of positively influencing their baby’s mental development in the womb.

This supposed mental enhancement is attributed to the exposure to rhythms and patterns in music that draw listeners in, and appeals to their natural instincts. Research has shown that certain pieces of music end up being more popular and mainstream due to their ‘mathematical’ structure. We have an intrinsic need for repetition and structure and it is this mathematical structure of a piece of music that makes it appealing to us.

Some researchers, however, argue that mere listening does not do much to affect our reasoning and mathematical performance. Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh asserts that it is the active playing of an instrument that help the musician strengthen his or her mental skills. In her 2006 article published in the Educational Psychologist, she outlines her research on the link between math and music instruction. She explains by exemplifying that the part-whole concept employed by the musician while interpreting rhythm is similar to the mathematical concepts of fractions , percentages and decimals. Hence, besides the obvious use of math in counting beats etc., a more subtle mathematical reasoning is being unconsciously employed while learning and playing an instrument.

Some cognitive scientists contradict these studies and feel that the Math-Music link is mythical, and the connection is as sound as a connection between the handling of any two abstract structures. They argue that focus and determination are required in the mastery of any field, and have spillover beneficial effects, regardless of the field, hence the connection between Mathematics and music is no stronger than the connection between Music and grammar/linguistic ability.

Even if we take into account the criticism of the theories regarding the Math-Music connection, there is no doubting the fact that learning music has definite overall positive effects on young minds and as a consequence, their abilities and interactions. It can be concluded that music training from an early age can produce profound and lasting effects that enhance the general ability to learn as well as improve analytical ability and memory. It helps the brain process sounds better and also boosts multi-tasking, which is critical in the world we live in today.

So go ahead mom and dad, get those ear-plugs or sound-proof your garage, but don’t hold-back on your rock-star’s music instruction/practice-sessions!
Read more(Ref):

http://www.vancouversun.com/Entertainment/interesting+connection+between+math+music/1473881/story.html#ixzz3ZBd48MjC

Scientific American: Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/features/the-enduring-myth-of-music-and-maths-2307387.html

Can Education be Possible on the Road?

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Do you think travel and education can work hand-in-hand at helping each other improve the overall well-being and education mid-set of a student? Many parents are opting for either home schooling, education abroad, or online learning now so their children can be exposed to different cultures around in the world.

In 2013  alone there as many as 1.7 million student in the USA being home schooled and the number has been steadily growing as of that year. Homeschooling is one option among parents that allows them to have more freedom with time and location. You can be studying in the middle of the school year from anywhere in the world. Being able to experience other cultures and languages is inspiring to the growing mind of a child and can relieve students of the pressures of being in a school environment.

Allowing your child to study abroad is another way for your child to experience and learn a new culture. They are not only able to study in a completely different location, they may be exposed to a country with a new language, and have to deal with many new living situations such as dorms, host parents, and different foods. This experience is both scary and exciting for many students and gives them a chance to take their education into their own hands and grow as responsible adults since they do not have their parents to help them navigate through the daily challenges of life.

Online learning is one option that has seen exponential growth within the past decade. It’s so easy and convenient to be able to take online courses from any language to math via the internet. You and your child are free to travel, set you own schedule, and perhaps even pick up many new hobbies that you could not have before. Online learning provides a comfortable pressure free atmosphere and all online teachers and tutors are willing to help, and accommodate your busy schedule. Knodemy features great tutors that can help students learn core concepts and succeed while laying a strong foundation in a particular area. With the secure virtual classroom, students can set up a lesson at any time of the day, get the extra help and learn from the comfort of their dorm room or just a cafe.

In this highly competitive age, resources like knodemy give parents the peace of mind and help students overcome any obstacles that they might face due to lack of resources and opportunities.

Can Technology Help Student Learn?

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Most people don’t put “technology” and “learning” in the same sentence without a negative outcome, but is it possible that technology does more good than harm when it comes to education? How are some ways that you, or your kids, can use it to his or her educational advantage?

First of all, times are really changing and technology is in every place you turn, you can’t get away from it! So, why not learn how to live with it instead? Many schools in the US now have young students using ipads to do homework, educational activities, and research. Some high schools even give their students their own PC to help with their learning as much as possible. How do these new technological advances allow students to learn a new way?

One example is the use of the internet via tablet or computer. Hundreds of thick giant encyclopedias are a thing of the past, now that you can just Google and look up any piece of information from any part of the world. The world is literally at the fingertips of every young student.

Another example of how these technologies help students is the use of apps and games. Each student, or group of students, may be able to use games to learn a specific subject such as math, but in a more fun and interactive way. Other students can use reading apps to help improve not only their reading, but their grammar and spelling as well.

These new technologies are also good for the environment. Tablet or computers allow students to do and turn in homework electronically, eliminating the need for paper.

It is definitely a new generation when an eight year old student uses reading apps and math space blaster to learn English or even multiplication. We can always try to keep a positive outlook on new ways to learn.

educateONE : The Successful Results

Millions of school-age students in America live in difficult times. You don’t have to teach in a high-end urban area or a rural region to teach students who are from a undeserved community.

Students that struggle with these issues sometimes have a difficult time with succeeding in school. One of the most unfortunate results of schools not receiving enough funding is that students often drop out of school, or choose a low waged job to afford the luxuries they have been denied instead of an education.

At Knodemy, we believe that education should know no boundaries. We believe in educateONE to transform lives. Thus, we embarked on the educateONE campaign: for a total of 50 shares (of educateONE posts) on Facebook, we promised to deliver a lesson to children in undeserved areas. With the help of all of our fans, we were able to not only meet, but exceed our campaign goals.

Here are the results:

Testimonial 1: “The tutor explained very well, he was very thorough walking us through the problem. I really liked that he drew the geometrical figures for us to see on the whiteboard.” – Lorena

We delivered the lesson in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Center (HHC) from Livermore, CA. The lessons took place at the local library and all the students were in seventh grade from Junction K-8 School.

We delivered the lesson in partnership with the local heritage center in Livermore, CA. The lessons took place at the local library and all the students were in seventh grade from a local middle school.

Testimonial 2: “I liked it. He didn’t see me, but I could see him, and that made me feel more comfortable to ask him a question or to have it explained again. He explained the concept differently than my teacher but I got it.” – Stephania

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Testimonial 3: “It was cool (esta bien chido!) the way he drew the picture of the problem on the whiteboard. Interesting.” – Jose

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Spring Break Essentials

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It’s almost that time of the year to begin packing for that short, yet refreshing, one week vacation we all know as Spring Break! Most young children usually go on small trips to grandma’s house or even in a neighboring state with their families, but what if you are over 18? Or perhaps a college freshman ready to take on their first real spring break mini-vacation with friends? What should be in your tiny suitcase for that one special week? Here are some tips of important must-haves in everyone’s travel bag.

First off, make sure you have a sturdy, durable suitcase or travel bag. No one wants their luggage bursting open in the middle of an airport or hotel lobby.

If you are traveling abroad, especially for the first time, make sure you have the proper visas and a passport. Some countries may provide tourist visas when you arrive in the airport, others will require you to obtain one several weeks beforehand, so check the embassies of the countries you wish to visit to be fully prepared. If you are unsure of what to do in a new country, a guidebook for the prospective location is always a good option. A power adapter is also a good choice if you plan to do some cell phone or laptop charging.

If visiting a foreign country, research the currency exchange so you can be prepared with a budget.

Make sure to always carry plenty of water with you to keep hydrated for those hot weather destinations and bring along protective sun gear such as large beach hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harmful rays.

Last but not least, bring a digital camera (or a polaroid camera) to take plenty of pictures of you, your friends, the scenery, and all the good memories you’ll make. Every spring break is different, so making memories will help you relive those fun times over and over.

– SuzannaKnodemy tutor

Knodemy’s Code Academy

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At Knodemy, we want to redefine the meaning of ‘camp’ for the 21st century, which is why we’re offering a state-of-the-art Code Academy program for ages 11+. Learn computer programming, game design, app development and interactive web design. We want kids to kick-start their dream jobs and gain a competitive edge for college starting now.

Knodemy’s built in whiteboard allows students to learn coding at any time of the day virtually from the comfort of their home or their dorm room. Using a code editor, both student and the instructor can write and debug the code in real time, allowing the student to see the results instantly. Code Academy offers three different programs for students:

One-on-One: This course is customized with a learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to the needs of the student. The first “Hour of Code” is completely free and the students will be taught any programming language that they wish to learn. knodemy offers HTML5 and JavaScript as the core languages but any other language can also be needed based on the needs of the student. All classes will be virtual and students will get a chance to work on a project under the supervision of the instructor.

Girls Code Camp: The future is here and we don’t want to leave any girl behind. This program offers girls from 6th – 12th grade an opportunity to get comfortable with computer science education. The four week long program (2hrs/week) includes project-based learning and allows students to build real world software in a fun and a collaborative environment. Students gain confidence as well as explore a potential future in this field.

Code Camp: Knodemy Code Camp is offered on a weekly basis for students interested in learning HTML5 and JavaScript. The camp can accommodate up to five students at a time. For any additional unused spots, camp is donated to a student from an underserved community sponsored by knodemy, through knodemy’s educateONE program (http://www.knodemy.com/educateone.php).

Students have an option to chose a scheduled camp or they can opt for a flex camp schedule by choosing the dates that work best for them. The flex camp schedule works best for a group of students who want to bring their friends and learn together. Students create projects while collaborating in a fun and engaging virtual environment.

This program involves a small group of similar students building the critical 21st century STEM skills. You’ll learn the basics of JavaScript and HTML5 through fun activities and hands on development in an online virtual classroom. You’ll get a chance to collaborate, design, and build an interactive website in an engaging and fun environment.

Beginner or advanced, you’ll get inspired by our energetic, tech-savvy instructors. So sign up and get ready to create something great!

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