The Modern Classroom
October 11th, 2013 by Buta in Business No Comments

Remember your classroom’s chalkboard? The sound it made when it squeaked and the dust that rose when you clapped the erasers together? If you think the current generation will share those memories, you haven’t visited a modern classroom.

 

The Tools of the Times

The tools that teachers in modernized classrooms use to educate our students have changed the landscape of education. From interactive touchscreen Smartboards to language labs to music writing software and more, children are exposed to a wide variety of technologies earlier than ever before.

 

The Dewey Decimal — What?

Visit your high school library and look for the card catalog. Wait! Come back—I was just kidding, because you won’t find it. The antiquated card and number system has been replaced by—guess what?—a computerized version. And don’t expect to see chalkboards and kids banging erasers out back, because they’ve been replaced, too—by Smartboards.

 

Smartboards

Instead of writing on black (or even white) boards, educators today use an interactive computer screen, often with web access, to engage kids during learning activities. Simply tapping the screen changes exercises, questions or expands on a topic as decided by the teacher.

 

And guess what? Kids like using the giant screen. Suddenly, learning becomes more like a game and less like writing “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” in cursive over and over. From math to English to languages and more, the Smartboard’s functionality is endless.

 

The New Labs

Powerful computers regularly adorn language labs, science labs, music labs and art labs. Kids in top schools are practicing their Spanish with a computerized tutor in period one, working on a graphic design on a state of the art Mac in period two and writing music on Garage Band in the lab in period three.

 

In these classrooms, students are learning the types of skills they’ll need to compete in the 21st century. In these labs work future Presidents, sports superstars, artists and SEO services professionals. Not only do these tools help kids become the best students they can be, they help them become the best professionals they can be, too.

Negative thinking can cause many issues that you may not be aware of.  It can keep you from generating the income you want, reaching any goals you may have and it can cause health issues. Negative thinking can lead to depression and a lack of self-confidence. You want to avoid thinking negatively about anything you do, but this is much easier said than done.

 

The habit of negative thinking is very difficult to break. It can be much like trying to use classic Mustang parts on a brand new car or trying to use Ford Mustang parts on a Dodge Viper. It just won’t work without some modifications and customizations to make the parts fit. Luckily, breaking the habit of negative thinking is not impossible.

 

Three Ways to Break your Negative Thinking Habit

 

1.  Self Awareness

 

The first step to break any type of habit is to become aware of it. Negative thinking is no different. You must start by becoming aware of the negative thoughts running through your mind. Whether these thoughts start when you first wake up, or you start to notice them when you play your regular weekend round of golf, becoming aware of the negative thoughts will help you break this habit.

 

2.  Surround Yourself with Positive

 

Your negative thoughts may be fed by the people you choose to spend your time with. This may be something you are not even aware of yet, but if you start to notice that those around you are very negative, then it might be time to seek out new companionship. We become our environment, and if you surround yourself with people that think very negatively, you will most likely become a negative thinker just because of the people around you.

 

It is better to surround yourself with those that have a positive outlook on life and don’t spend their time dwelling on the negative. Even just one new person in your life with a very positive attitude can make a huge difference.

 

Taking the Pregnancy Test!
August 16th, 2013 by Buta in Business No Comments

 

If you suspect that you may be pregnant it may be time to take a test.

There are two types of pregnancy tests on the market today that help to confirm pregnancy, a urine test or a more detailed blood test. No matter which test you decide to go with, both tests are looking for the same thing.

A urine test is a simple and quick way to find out if you are pregnant. Most can be found in the local drugstore and done in the privacy of your home, or it can be administered quickly at a clinic or doctors office. The results are immediate and can give you an easy yes or no answer right away.

Urine tests detect a hormone in your system called Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone is secreted by the cells of the newly forming placenta that has embedded itself into the lining of the uterus and will later be secreted by the placenta itself as the pregnancy progresses. It is instrumental in supporting the production of protesterone which is needed in maintaining the body during pregnancy.

hCG drops can be detected in the blood stream about 11 days conception and in the urine about 14 days after. In a normal pregnancy the level of HCG found in the blood stream will double every 48-72 hrs up until 11 weeks of pregnancy, after this point, the levels stabilize and stay constant throughout the duration of the rest of the pregnancy.
HCG is an important indicator because it can be used as a measure of how a pregnancy is progressing. It is measured in units per millimeter. If your tests shows that you have anything under 5 mlU/ml, it means that you are not pregnant, while a measure of over 25mlU/ml means that you are in positive territory. Once the levels taper to around 1200mlU/ml it is in an indicator that you are heading into the second trimester.