The Best Educational Experiences in Washington, DC

Educational travel can give teachers and administrators a boost in exciting many students about their academic lessons. Travel brings curriculum to life while teaching lessons that students will need throughout their lives. As a former middle school principal I found that educational travel goes hand-in-hand with offering a total educational program to young adolescents. This is even more important today as teachers and principals are facing increased pressure to prepare students to pass mandated academic tests.

During my years teaching in middle school, I learned that young adolescents can gain a multitude of invaluable experiences from travel, learning both the information they will be able to apply in the classroom and skills that will help them develop personally. Unfortunately, some young people will never be able to take educational tours without involvement with their school. So, middle school educators can contribute to a young adolescent’s complete education when they include education travel in their program.

Once you’ve decided to include travel in your student’s education, there are important plans and decisions that will affect the overall success of their travel experience. This article focuses on selecting the best educational venues in Washington, DC for a class or grade level trip.

The best time to consider such a trip is during seventh or eighth grade when the middle school social studies curriculum focuses on U.S. history. An educational trip to Washington, DC coinciding with this year can provide substantial benefits to both the individual and the school as a whole.

All student groups that visit Washington, DC should tour the White House and the US Capitol. Their educational links to the classroom are countless. It’s important to note that the popularity of these two sites coupled with the recent increase in national security now require that an appointment must be prescheduled by a Senator or State Representative.

Next, I recommend visiting as many of the following as possible:

 Ford’s Theater and the Peterson House

 Arlington National Cemetery

 Smithsonian Museums

 Washington Monument

 Lincoln Monument

 Jefferson Memorial

 Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

 Iwo Jima Memorial

 Korean War Memorial

 Vietnam Veterans Memorial

 World War II Memorial

All of these sites have strong ties to the social studies curriculum and, best of all do not charge an admissions fee. Once you have decided to include them in a travel itinerary, the key is to make sure the students receive the strongest possible educational connections during the actual visit.

You can easily increase the educational value of the visit by using a reputable student tour provider like Travel Adventures that specializes in educational travel to plan your trip. To begin with, their experience will help prepare an itinerary that sequences the stops so that the students are not overwhelmed with information. Their experience will also present you with strategies for planning effective group visits. I strongly recommend you ask the travel provider about adding Washington, DC guides when visiting the monuments and memorials. Their historical knowledge base will only enhance the educational experience.

Another outstanding educational venue is Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to visiting the John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Challenger Astronaut Memorials, your student tour provider can schedule a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. This ceremony adds depth to the educational value of the visit and allows those students selected for the ceremony the rare opportunity of interacting with an Army Honor Guard member.

A visit to the U.S. Holocaust Museum can be extremely educational especially if the students have studied this era in American history and/or read The Diary of Anne Frank in English class. The museum is self-guided. The emotional impact of the tour, coupled with their collection of newsprint, historical video and news reporting provides an outstanding educational experience for all visitors.

A student trip to Washington, DC should also include a visit to Mount Vernon – the estate of George Washington. The new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and a tour of the beautifully restored estate, outer buildings and the grounds have strong educational value.

Finally, I recommend that student groups traveling to Washington, D.C. schedule a cultural activity. Exposing young people to the arts and culture is invaluable to the overall development of the individual. One of the most popular activities is attending a theatrical performance at one of the area dinner theaters or a performance at the Kennedy Center. The theaters schedule age appropriate productions like “Beauty and the Beast or Fiddler on the Roof” to help make this opportunity both educational and entertaining.

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Video Conferencing Support Education Without Boundaries

At the basic level, video conferencing in education connects remote students to teachers. And on another higher level, it also leads students on visual tours, brings far-away experts on your desktop and allows kids and students to discuss their subject skills with their age group friends from other countries. All such activities might have been difficult in the previous days due to travel costs, time constraints and stress but now classroom video conferencing can offer a best solution. Video conferencing technology for schools can also create an interest and enthusiasm for learning which the traditional teaching methods cannot.

Recently some educational departments have started taking advantage of this technology to support learning and teaching. Video Conferencing Solutions can help us by providing facilities like giving instructions and providing distant learners with a group of resources and access to content providers, teachers, librarians, students and more.

Not only that but many more teachers are opting this medium as a method of improved communication and instruction. Many schools abroad are using this technology to connect with one another and produce large volumes of video and text data to teachers and students. other than students & teachers the one who also gets benefited from this technology includes librarians who can use video communication to develop their strategies, provide resources and improve the quality of their service and delivery.

Considering an example let’s see how it benefits? For instance, let us analyze how often would any school science class would interact with the astronauts at NASA? I hope till now it’s not been carried out anywhere, but imagine how interesting it would be for students if they can take a close look of NASA’s facilities with their school’s Online conferencing equipment. And how would it be if the students can interact with the astronauts and will be able to clarify their queries? This benefit may attract many students towards learning and such a field trip can be just impossible without Educational Video Conferencing because of the distance and the time involved in this process.

The same process can even be followed with museums, farmers, geographical and historical places too. Students can even get tuition from various experts around the world. After learning anything visually through Educational Video Conferencing, their excitement about the subject motivates them to come up with good questions, and give them a wonderful experience of learning.

This software works on broadband, mobile and wireless data card that enables you to reach even the most rural and remote parts of India and other countries, where setting up infrastructure and networks can be an issue. Video conferencing Software offers various solutions to education practitioners, students, researchers and administrators. By providing high quality, true-to-life communications, video conferencing helps educators extend access to learning, subject matter experts and improved project collaboration.

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Massage Therapy Continuing Education – Get Your Massage School CEUs

Massage therapy continuing education is very important in the professional field of a Massage Therapist. Once you have your degree or certificate in massage therapy, you must continue your education periodically with certified classes designed to increase your knowledge about the body and it’s muscles. There are many different classes to choose from to further advance your career as a massage therapist. Classes you may consider taking include but are not limited to are: Connective Tissue Manipulation, Craniosacral therapy, medical advancement therapy, traditional Thailand massage, and Tui-Na.

Connective Tissue Manipulation is a very important part of massage continuing education. Connective Tissue Manipulation is the study of fibrous tissue. Craniosacral therapy, also important is the study of working with the spine and the skull of a person. There are techniques that you will learn as you further your education that will help to alleviate many problems for people and help you have a better understanding as these systems work together.

Medical advancement therapy is very important especially if you choose to work in a doctor or chiropractor’s office. This is all about the doctor and therapy working together to benefit the patient. Traditional Thailand massage which is the pulling and manipulation of muscles. Finally, Tui-Na is a western alternative technique using two hands to push and manipulate muscles.

Additional programs you may find helpful would be an aromatherapy certificate. Aromatherapy works together with massage, treating the whole body. Advancements in therapy for laboring mothers also is another option of massage therapy continuing education. It is becoming more popular each day for mothers to find alternative routes for labor and delivery of their babies, with massage therapy being a very beneficial treatment for them.

There are many more programs for massage continuing education. It is important that as a Massage Therapist you continue to advance your education to keep up with the latest techniques. Each day you further your knowledge can only make you a better well rounded massage therapist. As we continue to learn more about our bodies and the benefits of massage as a whole and while working with traditional medicine, we can set out to help our patients with the best knowledge.

Many of these massage therapy continuing education programs can be done in as little time as a weekend seminar. Education programs are aware of how busy our schedules already are and they do as much as possible to create school schedules that will allow you to find the time to continue your quest of knowledge.

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Education Connection

The importance of a well rounded education is extremely important in today’s ever changing world. Although you may know exactly what field or business you want to get into, be sure to fully evaluate your situation and scenario. In order to do this I feel it is crucial test the waters, to get your hands dirty with something a bit unfamiliar.

I went to a a liberal arts school in Staten Island, NY and why, might you ask. I went because I had no idea what I wanted to study and furthermore, what I wanted to do, but I did know one thing, if I was going to find out I was going to find out in the most diverse city in the world, NYC. Here is where I got my well rounded education. I took my sciences, histories, mathematics, religions, and economics courses during my time in the class and learned very much from them. However I feel much of my formal education came from the time that I spent out of the classroom. The time learning and understanding how people work, how the city operated, the speed at which it operated, how trucks came in day in and day out to stock the city, all this baffled me and I was curious to learn about it.

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STEM Education: Connecting the Classroom to Careers

Over the past few years, there has been a focus on math and science education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Since President Obama has been in office, it seems like almost everyone is jumping on the “how important math and science education is and/or we need our kids to help us create our future STEM workforce” bandwagon. It seems like more resources are being put into enhancing math and science education programs. However, with all this attention on math and science, people are really not paying attention to the hows and whys we have gotten to this point in education and in our economy.

If you pay attention to economies of the world’s wealthiest countries; they have a strong educational system where there kids excel academically in all or most disciplines. The reason why education is linked to a strong economy because it is with education that you are able to have workforce that has the skills for the jobs in your economy. When the United States had a strong economy and was the global leader, we had a great educational system. However, the current state of our educational system is that students aren’t graduating with the skills for the jobs that are currently available in our economy. There are various reasons for this, however my main theory behind this is not enough kids or parents think about their future as it relates to connecting their education with their future careers.

I remember when I was growing up, I remember always knowing that I was going to get good grades so I can go to college and get a good job. Even my peers, who didn’t have any aspirations to go to college, had some plan in mind for a career, job or business after high school graduation. However, today’s K-12 students and parents are missing that connection to their education and their place in the future workforce; this disconnect takes place in all socioeconomic levels. So why are people asking where are all the jobs going? The question we should be asking is I am preparing myself and my children to get the jobs that are available in the current and future economy?

We prepare our children to become a part of the future workforce in two ways; researching the industry trends in the US and global economy and encouraging them to achieve academically and enhance the classroom experience with extracurricular activities. In the United States and global economy. It is true that jobs are disappearing as well as sectors, but there are sectors in the economy where there are plenty of jobs that go unfilled. The reasons why jobs in some sectors go unfilled is because there aren’t individuals with the skills and knowledge to do the job. The world is moving towards an educated workforce; which means individuals in the future economy will need to have a particular skill set or knowledge base to be employable. Most jobs in this new economy will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, however there are some sectors that require only technical training. The key to ensure that your child will have a spot in the future workforce is researching the trends and sectors in the economy; most of which can be found on the department of labor and other government websites. Once you find the job trends, look at the academic subjects your child is strong in and their interests and guide then toward a career path that is a part of the current and future economy. In the STEM sector, there are plenty of jobs that are available now and being created as new fields in STEM emerge daily.

The second thing we need to do is have our children see the connection between what they do in the classroom today and their career options in the future. There are great benefits for students that achieve academically and participate in extracurricular activities. Classroom grades and standardized test scores are the tools that are utilized to measure student achievement. Students and parents shouldn’t wait until high school to see the importance of grades and standardized test scores. There are public policy decisions for the society as a whole that are made based on the standardized test scores of third graders. In addition, your child’s educational path will be determined by their teachers and principals based on the third grade test scores as well. Therefore, parents must encourage and support academic achievement from the first day your child enters school; as early as Pre-K. An environment that encourages and supports academic achievement means checking and doing homework with your child. It also includes finding tutorial support for subject areas that students may struggle in to ensure academic success in all subject areas. The final part of encouraging academic achievement is being a part of your child’s standardized test preparation. There are countless studies that show that when parents are an active part of their child’s education, children perform better academically.

The classroom should not be the only place where students have learning experiences. Children should participate in extracurricular activities that support their interests and strengths. Students that are interested in math and science should participate in math and science competitions and clubs. Students should also participate in summer and after-school programs in their area of interest. Finally students should participate in as many events as possible in their area of interest such as visiting museums, attending career fairs, etc.

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