5 Unique Thanksgiving Day Traditions for Your Family

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A delectable Turkey, crumbly cornbread, and mounds of gravy and cranberry sauce; these are just some of the quintessential foods that grace the Thanksgiving holiday dinner table. Nonetheless, each family partakes in its own customs during this holiday season. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend Thanksgiving Day, or want to start some new, meaningful Turkey Day traditions, this list will definitely bring your family together in the spirit of the holiday.

1. Turkey trot: Half of Thanksgiving day is spent eating, so why not spend the earlier half working up an appetite for your feast? Participate in a community walk or run. There’s probably a “turkey trot” or two in your area, and the registration funds raised typically benefit a good cause.
2. Turkey Day awards: At the half time of feasting (before guests go for seconds) hold an annual award ceremony. You could go around the table and celebrate everyone’s achievements over the year, or give out awards based on why you’re thankful for each family member.
3. House helpers: It’s never too early to teach kids how to lend a helping hand. Kids can be a great help with everything from setting the table to mashing potatoes.
4. Do unto others: Teach your kids the importance of doing good for one another. One commendable way to spend Thanksgiving Day is serving food to the less-fortunate, whether it’s at a soup kitchen, a local shelter, collecting food for a food bank, or donations to the needy.
5. Countdown tree: Start a “thankful” countdown to Thanksgiving. Each day, write down what you’re thankful for, and on Thanksgiving day, share your thanks and gratitude with friends and family.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, do you have any other holidays with special traditions? Please share.

A Veterans Day Reading List  

Veterans Day Reading List

Veterans Day began following World War I as a way to honor Veterans of all wars.  Celebrated on the 11th of November, Veterans Day is a time to remember those who served our country. We’ve put together a list of books about veterans, in general, for your educational purposes. Take a look:

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu – Written in the 6th century B.C., The Art of War remains the ultimate guide to combat strategy. Sun Tzu explains when and how to engage opponents in order to prevail in difficult situations. Instead of describing the logistics of warfare, he shows the reader how to succeed by motivating soldiers and leveraging tactical advantages.

What It’s Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes – In What It Is Like to Go to War, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other–if only he can come out of the war alive.

The Secret to Getting a Job After College

Job FairTrue, November may seem incredibly early in the school year to be thinking about your first job post graduation; however, while a handful of students receive job offers at the end of their summer internships, the majority will begin their last semester of college without an offer, let alone a plan.

Here is our unsolicited advice on how you can land a job prior to graduation day:

  1. Get noticed. Establish a presence, whether it’s on campus or online through a website, personal blog or YouTube channel. Discuss a topic related to your major, or simply a hobby or topic you’re interested in. The point is to gain visibility.
  2. Network, network, network. Think of every event as a potential networking event because you never know where a simple conversation can lead you. It’s important to create and maintain connections so you can sell yourself as a potential candidate.
  3. Befriend the Career Services center. A visit to the career center should be a top priority at some point in your college career because not only do they have an abundance of resources, but they have a wealth of information at your disposal (resume building sessions, application proofreading sessions, mock interview sessions, etc.).
  4. It’s never too early to get an internship. In addition to gaining great experience to complete your classroom learning, college internships allow you to beef up your portfolio or resume and make valuable industry contacts that can be essential to landing the ideal job upon graduation.

5 Halloween Fun and Safety Tips

stock-footage-jack-o-lantern-halloween-pumpkin-funny-shapeFall season holidays like Halloween are fun times for children of all ages, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, enjoy fall fruits and vegetables, and eat yummy treats. Parents can help keep their children safe this Halloween by following some trick-or-treating safety precautions.

  1. Only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets.
  2. For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you approve of the route they’ll be taking and know when they’ll be coming home. Be sure that they carry a cell phone, go in a group, and stay together.
  3. When kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re safely sealed and there are no signs of tampering.
  4. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  5. Encourage your children to always WALK during trick or treating.

5 Strategies to Help You Ace Your Midterms

Midterm Exams

Midterm season, that daunting time that falls conveniently between the two biggest holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. This season can prove to be successful with these fool-proof study techniques that’ll get you on the right path to acing even your toughest exams.

  1. Choose a beneficial study spot. Get out of your room — it’s a far too distracting place, especially when that little dorm cube doubles as your kitchen, dining room, and living room. Find a place with minimal disruption like a quiet coffee shop, the library, or in an empty classroom. The point is to find a spot that fits your habits.
  2. Take a break. A study break will help you stay focused, healthy, and stress-free.
  3. Eat superfoods. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best during test days. Additionally, when you study, your brain consumes glucose, so (as previously mentioned) take a short break every few hours to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).
  4. Form a study group. Your classmates may have different studying habits that you have not considered before. Their notes may also be more thorough than yours in some regards. A study group is a great way to guarantee that you’ll make time to study, and perhaps even learn things you didn’t know.
  5. Start early. This is often the single hardest technique to practice. Cramming is a poor habit because the information being gathered during a rapid cram session is also rapidly lost. Sure, glance over your notes the morning before an exam; but try not to lose sleep and cram the night before test day.

 

 

5 Things You Should Know before Heading in to the Real World  

The Real World

We can’t say it any other way, except that these life snippets will help you become a stronger, well-shaped person, and prepare you for the real world (when the time comes, of course).

  1. There is absolutely nothing standing in the way of what you want to accomplish. The only roadblock, of course, is you; so yes, dream big, but also set realistic goals that you can accomplish to help you get closer to the bigger picture.
  1. Life isn’t fair. It’s very important to be a realist. We all have struggles, hardships, and trials we must face. While you should and need to accept what comes your way, don’t lose sight of staying motivated and working hard.
  1. The balancing act is no joke. Spend your extra time (whether it’s during a commute, on your drive home, or in the evenings) on something captivating that is not work related. Trust us on this when we say you will feel like a healthier, less-stressed person. If you don’t take time for yourself, both physically and mentally, your body will catch up with you.
  1. Be patient with your goals. Keep in mind, your goals will not be accomplished over night and will take time – just like everything else in life. Just because you have the degree doesn’t mean that you will fall into your dream job right away – so stay focused and be patient.
  1. No job is a small job. Take advantage of any and all internships or jobs that will help you. Be humble and remember that no job is too small. Who knows you may even meet people at an internship or job that will help you network later down the road.

5 Ways to Build a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

 

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Every classroom in the United States today is diverse. Students nationwide have varying socio-economic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and family structures. Each student also has his or her own individual personality, interests, and abilities. Simply put, people from all corners of the world can be seen in the same classroom.

These days, most educators are embracing the bounty of cultures we call diversity, and using multiculturalism teachings to create a healthy, and more meaningful learning environment. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate the many cultures in your classroom into a strong and unified group:

  1. Pay attention to families and communities. Recognize that home and school are strongly connected, and support cultural traditions that occur at home
  2. Allow students to talk about their backgrounds. Make it obvious that you appreciate and value your students’ cultures
  3. Be informed. Take it upon yourself to learn as much as you can about the different cultures in your classroom. Read as much as you can. Search the Internet. Talk to other teachers and staff members about finding appropriate resources to help you with this. Once you are aware of some of the subtle differences among your students, you will find it easy to be a more effective teacher.
  4. Provide culturally responsive instruction. Promote activities that will increase your students’ self-esteem. Students who are self-confident tend to feel good about themselves.
  5. Teach cultural sensitivity. Teach your students to value their differences. By doing this, you are creating a truly global classroom. And by expanding students’ appreciation of each other, you are showing them how to appreciate the rest of the world.