Homeschooling High School – Homeschool Transcript Tips

Making a homeschool transcript does not have to be a difficult thing. For those new to homeschooling high school, I want to start by putting you completely at ease about this from the very beginning.

A transcript is simply a piece of paper written in Times New Roman 12; it's just a regular paper with no notary on it. It can be printed on normal computer paper or if you would like you can buy a pack of parchment paper to use, but that is completely not necessary. There is nothing scary about it and you can do it at home.

The thing you do need to know about the transcript is that however you make it, it will look good. Without a doubt, if you put it out on print, it will look good and you will be amazed at how great your child looks.

The reason they look so great is that making a transcript is your chance to brag legally about your child. It's your opportunity to say everything wonderful that they've ever done; things that you would not need to tell your friends because they might think that you are bragging.

Transcripts do tend to look a bit foreign to us. When I ask about your homeschool, you might talk about the pond and the nature study as well as the great unit study that you've done recently.

While that is a wonderful education, it does not make a lot of intuitive sense to colleges. Colleges think in terms of words and specific numbers. When preparing your transcript you need to be able to put your wonderful homeschool experience into the words and numbers that colleges understand.

As you begin homeschooling high school some parents feel that they need to change how they homeschool so that they can have the words and numbers that colleges want. Do not change your homeschool because you become a high school. You want to keep doing what you're doing as long as it works. It is all a matter of translating. Not into German or Spanish, of course, but into the love language of colleges that they are going to understand. …

The Symptoms of a Bad Education

"… Waiting for Superman" , the movie, is best served by turning each of our students into the man of steel, by giving them the tools espoused in, On Building Better Students – the Critical Success Factors for Learning. Hooray, there are transformational tools, but we have somehow gotten out of control, and fixated on repairing the system.

We have known forever that there are bad teachers – we had them when we went to school too. They will not be reading new books on this subject. Along with other maladies bad teachers do not seek to improve their craft.


Why are we leaving students out of the equation? Here are the symptoms of a bad education:

  • Bad test scores
  • Bad attitude
  • Bad participation
  • Bad homework assignments
  • Bad abilities to duplicate materials
  • Bad reading skills
  • Bad test results
  • Bad report cards
  • Bad, bad, bad (I have left many off this list)

Many students today give every appearance of lazy, not committed, and totally irresponsible. Why is it that way? The Department of Education has spent decades blaming television, gaming, bad parents and substance abuse.

Okay, despite partially, but what if, in a large measure, these are just symptoms of the foolishness we all feel on seeing our children not getting better, and instead getting worse at school? What if the apathy is so great that PhD's write books that say the students are bad and the schools are good? What if students are feeling that same hopelessness? True apathy, if not treated, is a mental illness.

When something goes wrong, we look for answers – that's part of those critical thinking skills. Just because you know students did you think your answers were always right on what is wrong with them? Are we capable of pulling data from other sources to expand our critical thinking skills, and possibly have some better ideas?

We have clues from test scores over the last thirty years that we need a Renaissance in teaching methods? Have we ever had the thought that despite the problems we face today may have begun when our present day teachers were students themselves? Look, I know it is difficult to judge itself – but could you have had some bad teachers when you were learning how to teach?

Why have we taken such great care to download the latest edition of Microsoft Windows, but we have not downloaded the latest edition of how to help our student (s)? Are we just in this to make students, parents and society wrong, in order to make ourselves right? There is no solution in that.

Do you remember the movie Matrix? The part where the hero and heroine are running on a rooftop toward a helicopter, and he says, do you know how to fly that? She says, not yet, as she makes a call to her operational control person, and he downloads all the data so that she can now …

Figure Skating Careers

Can figure skating be anything other than a young kid's sport? What practitioners are available through figure skating? Are there lasting benefits? I'd like to weigh in on these issues since figure skating has been a huge part of my life for the last 25 years.

The Cliff Notes version of my path through skating goes something like this: Fell into the sport on accident while trying to play hockey; spent several years in recreational skating while doing a thousand other activities; other activities slowly got the boot as skating took center stage; by the time I was in middle school I found success in skating (it was anything but a straight line!); I had the privilege of representing the US at many international competitions over 10 years including the 2003 World Championships; and currently I am coaching full-time. As you can see, I have been fortunate to experience many of the different stages that skating can offer.

David McCullough said, "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." Sometimes that is why I have chosen to stay in this sport for my career. Or maybe it is because it is so complex that I never could master it and I was NEVER bored of it. My dad tells people that he thinks I chose skating because it is the hardest thing that I've ever done. That is so true!

So how does one get into coaching? As early as possible, start volunteering in your local basic skills program to learn teaching skills and PATIENCE. More importantly, it should be lots of fun. I HIGHLY recommended that you pass your Senior tests in the discipline that you want to teach. Many rinks and ice shows will not hire you without this credential. Down the road find a coaching mentor (s) who will let you apprentice with them. This will typically include standing in on lessons that the mentor teachers, keeping a journal, and some one-on-one mentoring time. The Professional Skaters Association (PSA) has a great Apprenticing program which is a must do. Around the time of the mentoring, you will also need to complete the PSA's Basic Accreditation Examination. Many rinks require this credential before allowing coaches to teach at the facility. Pursue PSA ratings exams as early as possible and work towards a Master Rating. The majority of top coaches have followed this path. Becoming a great coach has everything to do with from what you can learn. Be willing to travel to PSA educational events and visit top coaches at their home rinks. Try to visit a major training center with top coaches if at all possible. You can learn a great deal by being around others who are pushing the envelope.

If you have aspirations of becoming a choreographer, get as much practice creating programs as possible. Put your own competition or show numbers together. Help friends and younger skaters with their programs. The education for this skill is much less formal and …

What Is A Trade Career?

A trade career involves an individual having a set of specialized abilities. The skills may range from construction to HVAC to plumbing. While some of these individuals may hold associates, bachelors, or even masters degrees, the majority have usually attended a trade school, participated in an apprenticeship, and may have earned additional certification beyond the base qualifications. The examples below highlight the most common and well-known trade careers.


Those who wish to enter into this field usually attend a vocational technical school, or participate in an apprenticeship program. Those who choose the apprenticeship program are also usually required to take part in a few courses in a classroom setting. The main skills these individuals will learn include testing, assembling, installing, inspecting, maintaining, and diagnosing different electrical systems, wiring, and components. As these individuals will frequently be near high voltage, instruction should also include detailed safety training.


This acronym is short for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC). These individuals typically train at technical or trade schools, or partake in junior or community college course. Apprenticeship programs are also common, and typically take three to five years to complete. While in any program, these individuals should learn how to install, repair, and maintain equipment such as heating pumps, air conditioning, heating units, refrigeration, burners, electric motors, and boilers.

Construction Manager

This career is one that actually values experience over education. However, this fact exists for only earning this title, other than gaining construction manager certification, which is required at most job sites. This certification will prove an individual has experience in advanced construction and design. While in this career, these professionals typically opt to earn further certification in specialized areas, which allows their expertise and marketability to expand. Some may also earn a two to four degree in a relevant area such as construction engineering, building science, construction management, and construction science, among other similar areas.


This trade career is probably the most widely recognized and remembered. Those who are interested in this career typically participate in an apprenticeship program, which will take approximately four to five years to complete. However, individuals may also enroll in technical or community colleges, which offer relevant programs or smaller courses in particular skills, such as taking apart a kitchen sink. In order to begin an apprenticeship, individuals must have first earned at least a high school diploma. A high score on the ACT in the math section may also improve acceptance into these programs.…

Online Bible Colleges

Online Bible Colleges have a long history. A large number of universities and colleges within the United States started out as institutions of religious study, or Bible Colleges. In fact, Religious Studies is what our present day educational system was built on. The early Americans taught Biblical studies in all their classrooms and from this developed colleges centered around the Bible. Today, the advances of technology have made it possible for professional clergy and lay people to receive a Biblical education online.

Get the Key

If you own a computer and are seeking a Biblical education then you need to visit the extensive list of colleges with a Biblical emphasis to be found through any popular search engine; just type in the words "online Bible Colleges." These keywords will deliver you a long list of viable options. One of the great benefits of Internet access is that you can do your research from almost anywhere, which is a convenience for the busy minister or lay person. Discover what courses are offered online; Bible education at the collegiate level often have them.

Well-Rounded Education

Internet technology ensures that the colleges listed as online utilize the most modern teaching and learning methods to bring you a well-rounded Biblical education. Each online college offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, one of which will fit your educational goals and schedule. The greatest advantage of them is that you can study and achieve your degree around your busy schedule, at any time and from any place that has Internet access.

Pick your School

When you click onto one of the web sites of an online college listed for Biblical studies, you will be sent to a web page describing many important facts about the school. Here you will come across a tremendous amount of information about the school and the programs they offer, including financial aid information.

The colleges that offer online classes and lessons around the Bible have long established user-friendly web sites that easily guide you through your research. And research it has to be if you are to find the educational situation that fits your schedule and goals. Each of these schools wants to help you accomplish this and provide a great deal of information about their programs on their web sites.

In assisting you in locating the most appropriate educational opportunity, most of the Bible colleges offering classes via the Internet will provide you with an inquiry window where you can submit your name, your interest of study and your email address. Upon clicking the "submit" button you will receive additional information regarding your area of ​​specialization.

Online Bible colleges are easy from which to gather information and great for the Bible student who is not able to participate in a campus setting. …

College Grants – Learn Where to Get Funds For a Degree

College and scholarship grants can be obtained from various sources. The federal government is spending billions every year to help students earn a degree. There are also non-profit organizations that help select students study in college. Although these organizations have specific requirements such as the school or the chosen degree, many individuals have gained access to this type of financial help.

The main reason why scholarships are offered is to improve the lives of the recipients. While the person is improving in their career because of the degree, the government is also learning something in return. The government "earnings" would then come in the form of taxes or in the form of jobs when the student becomes an entrepreneur. This is the reason why a limitation was made on financial assistance – some students used to take advantage of the grant by staying in school for decades. Although they ever earn a degree, they are unable to use their expertise in the society.

Even with limitations, students are not the only possible recipients for a scholarship grant. Single parents, the unemployed or even those currently employed can still ask for financial assistance. Recession has limited some industries to prosper so some employees are thinking of transferring to another industry. By acquiring a new skill through additional education, the individual is no longer limited to a single industry. Even if their current company suffers the full effects of recession, they can still transfer.

Educational grants are everywhere but that does not mean it's just a walk in the park. There are certain requirements that have to be fulfilled before qualifying for any help. Never limit yourself to education grant offered by the federal government. There are some groups in your area that might provide some financial help in college. Explore these possibilities and go back college.

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The Business Model and Today’s Economy – A Warning to Universities and Investors

As spring is upon us, this is the time deans and higher education vice presidents across the land embark on their yearly budget exercise. Given the rosy economic scenario painted by improving wages, job reports and corporate profits, it would not be out-of-place to start dreaming of expanding their own little circles and propose larger budgets and increased hiring for their respective units – what Warren Buffett has dubbed the institutional imperative. My warning: beware!

As an academician, I have often heard high-ranking officials espouse how public universities should be run using a business model. My own university president is a strong proponent of the idea. The problem is that universities are saddled with challenges most companies don’t have to deal with. For example, let us suppose that demand for your company’s product goes down. To keep your company viable and responsible to stockholders you will cut down on production. Fewer sales means less personnel will be needed leading to workforce reductions. Despite lower revenue, the bottom line is kept steady by lowering expenses for materials and personnel.

Let’s look at what happens at a university. Let’s suppose demand for your product, classes, goes down – i.e., fewer students are enrolled. The cost of materials to run a class is minimal as compared to personnel and physical plant costs. You can’t shut down buildings so your only recourse is personnel reductions. Here is a problem corporations don’t have. They never have a case where the few remaining clients demand that the company put out as much product as before the reduction in demand. But if you have a class of 40 reduced to 30 or even 20 students the university cannot cancel it. These students registered for the class well in advance, before the semester even began. Their schedules and even graduation are predicated on it. If the class does not make, students will be in an uproar and in this day and age they have no trouble letting the world know – online. As the news become viral, the university will gain a bad reputation. It will affect future enrollment. Any whisper of lower enrollment sends chills down high administrator’s backs.

Here is another difference between corporations and higher education providers. Corporation hires are more fungible. If you let go someone all you need is several weeks’ notice. Not so for academia. You may let go of staff personnel that way but instructors are on an academic year contract. University administrators may decide not to renew a contract for a non-tenured instructor after the academic year but they cannot terminate during. That means hiring and budget decisions have to be made well in advance.

Back in 2007 I was in the middle of this dilemma. I was the founder and Chair of the Idaho State University Budget Committee. Our mandate, as I saw it, was to keep abreast of economic developments so we could best advise administrators of “hiccups” leading to reductions in state allocations to higher education. Once …

Synchronous Conferencing in Distance Education

A major drawback of distance education is the isolation practiced by learners. In traditional education it's easy to seek the guidance of instructors and fellow students. Students often form informal student groups and purely being present in an academic institution can boost motivation.

E-learning technologies can help increase the isolation of lone learners by enabling communication with instructors and peers.

Such technologies can be asynchronous, ie essentially bulletin boards where users post messages for others to view and respond to in their own time; or synchronous, ie communications take place in real time.

Synchronous conferencing applications originally consist of text-based chat systems. As Internet bandwidths have increased substantively so these systems can now support audio-visual conferencing. In selecting the delivery mode consider: i) students based in developing countries may not have the technological capacity to support audio-visual, ii) those studying in a second language may find it easier to follow with a textual record appearing on the screen.

General purpose messaging software such as Windows Live Messenger, Skype, and Yahoo! Messenger can all be utilized for educational purposes. In many cases students may already be using these services. Alternatively a product specifically designed for e-learning such as Elluminate can be employed.

Synchronous software can support e-learning in a variety of ways, eg:

* Instructors deliver pre-arranged seminars on specific topics, mirroring on-campus lectures or tutorials. In such cases it's important to avoid the monologue and allow plenty of opportunity for participation to take advantage of real-time collaboration.

* Instructors and support staff have "office hours" periods in which students can raise any issues of concern.

* Specialist guest speakers may be invited to give presentations (from their own location) and answer questions.

* The facility could be made available for student-to-student collaboration, either on specific projects or for general peer support through the course.

Where the student body is internationally based on the timing of sessions should be staggered to give everyone at least some chance to participate at a convenient local time. Different sessions could begin at different times, or (resources permitting) the same session could be offered twice (or more) to maximizeize opportunity for participation

Many people choose open or distance learning for the flexibility it offers. It's important not to compromise this flexibility by making participation in synchronous sessions mandatory.

Ideally synchronous sessions should be recorded and made available after the event. This minimizes any disadvantage to those unable to attend, as well as benefitting participants by giving the opportunity to review proceedings. …

Baby Gifts – First Step To Education

One of the challenges faced by parents around the world is to teach their children some useful things as they grow up. It is challenging because although the children are growing up they have not yet grown up to go to schools at the same time they are not so small that people can wait for them to grow up before teaching them anything. It is this age that is so important because kids are at their most receptive at this joke and any thing taught now can be learnt very enthusiastically by them. Only thing that is required is a teacher who can teach them some good lessons that would have an impact on their coming life. Talking about teachers one teacher that immediately springs to mind are those toys that can teach the kids so many things while they play with them. Indeed, baby gifts are very worthy teachers who educate their 'pupils' about plenty of useful things.

Now the question that arises is that if these gifts are so important then should not they be purchased with more more care then people normally do. Another thing that is striking vis-a-vis these gifts is the mindset that thinks that expensive the gifts better they would be. A misplaced thought, for the utility of gifts has nothing to do with the amount at which they can be purchased. An example would explain this point very clearly. A ball with a, b, c engraved on it, no matter how cheap, is far more useful than any other thing that might be very expensive but not much value otherwise.

One thing, however, that must be kept in mind while purchasing baby gifts is that since these gifts are being purchased for babies safety must be given the top priority. It is for this very reason that toys made of glass, steel etc. should not be purchased as they are potentially dangerous for kids.

In nut shell it should be said that baby gifts teach kids about a various things that go a long way in helping them cope with formal education when time arrives. …

Which Colleges Online Degree Program is For You?

Are you interested to know what colleges online degree program suits you? Not yet decided on the online degree for you?

There are a lot online degrees available nowdays with the proliferation of online colleges. Choosing which one is for you will prove to be such a dilemma.

The first step to take is to evaluate yourself and see what your interests are. Identify to which degree online you can apply it to. It only makes sense that you take up an online course that has your interests in. This is to ensure that you will finish what you start because you will love what you do.

Next is to identify the online college that offer the online course program that you are already eyeing. Examine their curriculum and see which program offer fits you.

Find out who your mentors are going to be. Make sure that they are really specialized in the field of study they will teach you in.

Know the different financial aids that the online colleges offer. You should know if you will be able to pay off the loan you get after graduation. Although degrees online lets you keep on working while you study for the degree you are approaching, you should be able to estimate how much you will pay for the loan so you can project your finances for the future.

There are some employers too that are willing to finance their employees education. Payment will be in the form of service. If you are amiable to this kind of arrangement, then go and get the online degree you have chosen.

Hungry for more colleges online degree programs insights? …