The Benefits of Taking Online Classes

JUN. 30 326-illust_(Jun30The Benefits of Taking Online Classes

 

 

Do you want to study a new degree by taking an online class?

Enrolling in online classes is getting more and more common these days. In fact, even prestigious traditional universities worldwide are also offering online courses. Examples of these universities are Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Tokyo University and others. The most common reasons why people take online classes are for career advancement, career changes and to increase their credentials.

Here’s the list of benefits of Online Education:

  1. Students are given the opportunity to choose from various schools, programs and courses which are not available in the area they live in. It’s beneficial to those who live in rural areas.
  2. It offers flexibility to students. Students can take their classes whenever and wherever there is a computer and access to the Internet.
  3. Materials for studying are readily available 24 hours every day. Students can review the lectures, discussion and other materials related to their course anytime they want. Some online courses record their classes so students can go back and study their lessons again.
  4. Online instructors usually come from different locations across the globe. Students are exposed to knowledge shared by the instructors which cannot be learned in books.
  5. Online courses are cheaper. It’s because they don’t include the fees for school facilities and the typical classroom supplies. Aside from that, students are not required to buy textbooks since all materials are readily available and can be downloaded anytime they want.

These are just a few of the many benefits of taking online classes. Though it might not be for everyone, this type of education helps many people learn faster, get more information and earn a degree.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Enroll – to register formally as a member of something
  2. Prestigious – having a high status and reputation; well-respected
  3. Credentials – a document stating truth of certain stated facts; certificate
  4. Benefits – something that aids or promote well-being; gain profit
  5. Rural – related to the countryside as opposed to the city
  6. Flexible – able to adjust readily to different conditions
  7. Expose – make accessible to some action or influence
  8. Fee – fixed charge for professional services
  9. Degree – an award given by a college or university that means the student completed the course of study

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you tried taking an online class? What kind of online class is it?
  2. What are the other benefits that you can think of in taking an online class?
  3. Which is better for you, online class or classroom class? Why?

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Effects of Computers on Our Everyday Lives

JUN. 29 325-illust_(Jun29)Effects of Computers on Our Everyday Lives

 

 

How do you use the computer?

Computers have become one of the most essential items in our life. In the past, we use computers to calculate and store information, however, in the present day, we use computer to almost everything.

Computers are very helpful because it helps us keep in touch with others online, helping us do our work efficiently and helps us become more knowledgeable since information is readily available at the tip of our fingers.

Yet, despite these good effects of computers, they can also cause bad effects to us. Some people get addicted to the online games and waste too much time instead of doing other things. Aside from that, using computers too much is also bad for our health. Research has shown that computers are the killers of people’s eyesight. Additionally, sitting in front of the computer for a long time may result to bad posture and cause pain to our neck, arms and legs.

There are other numerous effects, both good and bad, of using computer. It might be bad for other people and good for others to use computers. The point is, the usage of computer depends on the person’s capability to control themselves.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Store – to keep for future use; keep in an electronic memory device
  2. Keep in Touch – to maintain communication with someone
  3. Efficient – able to accomplish a purpose without wasting time; being able to finish a task by using the shortest time possible
  4. Despite – regardless of
  5. Addicted – being highly dependent on something;
  6. Posture – the proper way of standing, sitting and moving
  7. Numerous – amounting to a large indefinite number

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How often do you use computers?
  2. What are the reasons why you use computers?
  3. What are the other effects computers have in your life?

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How to Stay Healthy When Working the Night Shift

JUN. 28 324-illust_(Jun28)How to Stay Healthy When Working the Night Shift

 

 

What do you do after you work the night shift?

We all know that working at night is not healthy. Research has shown that when we don’t sleep properly, our balance, alertness, concentration and health are affected.

Sleep is important. To those who work the night shift know that proper sleep is the best friend they can ever have yet the hardest thing to find. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions to stay healthy even when you work the night shift:

  • Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Some people go home as soon as they finish their shift while others use their remaining energy to get things done before sleeping. Whatever your preference, the key is to set a regular schedule and stick to it.
  • Strive for the sound of silence. Make sure that your living space don’t give too much noise when people walk and install soundproof window to keep the noise outside out.
  • Make your bedroom your sleep room. Your bedroom’s number one function is to encourage sleep. Don’t watch TV, use computer and/or read books there.
  • Good eating habits are the key. A study shows that most people who work at night have higher chances of having stomach related diseases. Night shift workers should eat smaller portions, choose easy to digest food and avoid fried foods.
  • Stay fit. Whether it is running, walking, gardening, swimming, biking, staying fit is essential to staying healthy.
  • Stay away from the medicine cabinet. Don’t use sleep aids like sleeping pills to fall asleep because it has been proven that they disturb sleep patterns.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Concentration – complete attention; constant attention
  2. Preference – a strong liking
  3. Stick to (something) – to do something that you promised or decided you would do
  4. Encourage – push for something; promote; recommend
  5. Digest – convert food into energy for the body to use
  6. Fried – cooked by frying and using oil
  7. Essential – all important
  8. Sleeping Pills – a type of medicine that will help you sleep

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you tried working the night shift before? How did you feel?
  2. Do you think these suggestions are helpful?
  3. What are the other things you can do to keep yourself healthy even if you work on a night shift?

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Risks of Working at Night

JUN. 27 323-illust_(Jun27)Risks of Working at Night

 

 

Is it okay to work at night?

In the United States, based from the report given by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly 15 million Americans work a permanent night shift or regularly rotate in and out of night shifts. That means, a big number of their work force is exposed to the hazards of working nights which includes restlessness, sleepiness on the job, fatigue, decreased attention and many more.

Working at night is causing a major problem for the natural rhythms of our body. The natural rhythm of our body is called The Circadian Clock. It is an essential timer that lets our body know when to release hormones and it also controls mood, alertness, body temperature and other functions of our body. People who work the night shift must fight their bodies’ natural rest period while trying to remain alert and energetic.

Working against our natural sleep cycle causes sleep disorders as well as fatigued. This worsens mood, decreases our thinking abilities and makes people weaker to diseases.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  • Risk – expose to chance of loss or damage
  • Bureau – an administrative unit of the government
  • Rotate – perform a job or a duty on a rotating basis
  • Hazard – source of danger; a possibility of having loss or misfortune
  • Restlessness – lack of patience, irritation with anything that causes delay
  • Fatigue – exhaustion; the act of being tired
  • Essential – necessary; important
  • Disorder – a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you know what kind of jobs that requires people to work on a night shift?
  2. Have you tried working at night? How did you feel?
  3. If your boss asked you to work on a night shift and proposed a higher salary, would you accept it? Why or Why not?

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Language of Flowers

JUN. 25 322-illust_(Jun25)LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

 

 

Do you know the message of a flower?

We gave flowers to those people who are important to us. We also give flowers depending upon the occasion. But what we aren’t aware of, flowers have meanings behind it. It might seem an innocent gesture or a custom to give flowers, but sometimes, flowers are used to send message to the recipient. If words wouldn’t be the most effective communication, let the flowers talk for us.

If someone was courting you and you accepted the person, you might give the person the flower ambrosia since it means; “Your love is reciprocated.” If you want to reject the person, a bouquet of withered flowers is the best to give for it means “rejected love” or a stripped carnation which means; “I can’t be with you.” If you missed someone, you could send a pink camellia since it means; “I’m longing for you.” or a red carnation which means; “My heart aches for you.”  If you want to win the heart of someone, you could give red camellia which means, “You’re a flame in my heart”, white camellia which means; “You’re adorable.” Or gardenia which means; “You’re lovely. If it was a deep relationship already, primrose is the perfect flower as it said; “I can’t live without you.”

A general chrysanthemum is the ideal gift for a friend since it said; “You’re a wonderful friend.” and if you share a secret to that friend, daisy is good to give since it speaks as; “I’ll never tell.”

Sometimes, saying sorry is difficult, so giving a purple hyacinth is advisable since it said; “I am sorry” or “Please forgive me.”

Other flowers like mistletoe stands for; “Kiss me”, white hyacinth speaks for; “I’ll pray for you.” and daffodil which said; “The Sun is always shining when I’m with you.” There are many languages a flower could symbol or speak for. Just make sure that the recipient knows the meaning of the flower or sending it together with its hidden message would be futile.

Contributed by: TEACHER LESLIE

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Custom – a habitual practice
  2. Courting – seeking the affection of someone; seek someone’s favor or approval
  3. Reciprocated – act, feel or give mutually in return
  4. Reject – refuse to accept
  5. Withered – dried up
  6. Stripped – having its outside materials removed
  7. Longing – unfulfilled desire or need
  8. Recipient – the person who receives something
  9. Futile – producing no result or effect; useless

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What flower, together with its message, would you want to receive?
  2. In according to the article, what message of flower you wanted to give to someone important to you?
  3. What flower, together with its message, would you want to receive?

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Parenting Toddlers

JUN. 24 321-illust_(Jun24)Parenting Toddlers

 

 

Do you enjoy being around kids?

It’s so amazing how one sweet minute can turn into a disaster the next! How one minute you are in wonder at the sight of your child playfully licking cupcake frosting and then watching in horror at the sight of the cupcake landing on another child’s head the next!

It can be extra challenging, not to mention stress-inducing and nerve-wracking, because it is in this special, crucial time when your toddlers need you the most. They’re at a stage when they need the best guidance you can give in order to mold them into capable, responsible, well-adjusted human beings.

Patience is a key. You have got to have a lot of it if you are to be a parent. You must realize that you have entered into a world of daunting tasks, non-stop worrying, and worsening life. But at the end of it all, despite the maddening chaos, is a peaceful thought that you are given a special role, a special chance to raise and nourish, and nurture lives. You are given an opportunity to love and be assured that you are needed, that you are wanted, and that as parents, it can be the most rewarding bittersweet experience not a lot of people are given the chance in this lifetime.

Contributed by: TEACHER ALANN

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Disaster – an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  2. Horror – intense and profound fear
  3. Stress-induced – something that is caused by stress
  4. Nerve-wracking– extremely irritating or annoying to the nerves
  5. Crucial – all-important; essential
  6. Guidance – direction or helpful suggestions regarding decision making or the future
  7. Mold – give direction to; to be an influence on
  8. Daunting – something frightening or scary
  9. Chaos – a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  10. Nourish – provide nourishment
  11. Assured – marked by assurance; promised; told
  12. Bittersweet – having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have a good experience being with kids?
  2. Do you have ideas on how to raise a child?
  3. What lessons in life should you teach children?

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COLORS AND THEIR MEANINGS

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Do you know the meaning of different colors?, Do you feel a any particular feeling when you see a specific color?
Colors bring wonder to the world. It might be a simple shade to us, but without it, our life wouldn’t imaginable and lifeless. Colors might be very important; each one of us has our own favorite colors. And we have our own reasons why we love those certain colors. But what are their meanings and what kind of moods do they bring to us?

In Psychology, Color is a form of non-verbal communication. It has many expressions but their language could be easily learned if you understand the simple idea. Like for example, the color red is a very vivid color, it symbolizes strong emotions like passion, eagerness and hatred. Orange is also a bright color; it signifies positive things social communication and optimism. Yellow has the impression of cheerfulness and intellectualism. To those people who loved green, it is the color of harmony and growth. Blue, which was the most popular color in the world, means loyalty and integrity. Lastly, violet is the color for royalty and imagination.

The meanings of colors might differ depends on the perceiver. A color must be simple to other spectators, but if you attached a certain memory from your experience, the color gives another impression to your eyes.

Contributed by: TEACHER LESLIE

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Lifeless– no life.
  2. Non-Verbal Communication– does not involve speaking or talking.
  3. Optimism – being hopeful about the future.
  4. Harmony – agreement of opinions.
  5. Integrity – moral conviction.
  6. Perceiver – observer.
  7. Spectators – lookers, watchers.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What is your favorite color? What do you feel whenever you see your favorite color?
  2. Why did it become your favorite color?
  3. According to the article, what is the meaning of your favorite color? Do you agree?

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Speaking Another Language is Good for Us

JUN. 21 319-illust_(Jun21)Speaking Another Language is Good for

 

 

How many languages do you know? Is it useful to speak more than one language?

Most reasons given by people why it’s good to speak another language are; being able to travel freely in other country, being able to interact with people other than our own, to understand and experience another culture and the simplest reason above all of them: to order off a menu and truly know what you’re ordering.

But aside from these reasons, a research showed how speaking more than one language is also good for our health, most especially the healthiness of our brain.

Here‘s the list of why being bilingual is an utmost advantage:

  • The brain stays sharper in old age. A test given to two people; one who can speak two languages and another one who can only speak one language shows that those who speak more than one language have greater cognitive abilities particularly in reading and general intelligence compared to the one who can only speak one language.
  • It may delay or decrease the chances of having Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia that causes long term loss of the ability to think and reason clearly and severely affects memory. Even until now, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s.
  • Bilingual people have the ability to look at certain words in a different way. People who speak more than one language may process certain words faster. And lastly,
  • People who are bilingual have higher problem solving skills. A study which included 121 children, about half of whom are bilingual solves math problems mentally, reproducing color patterns, and repeating numbers faster than those who speak one language.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Interact – act together or towards others or with others
  2. Order off – to ask or command someone to get off something
  3. Sharp – marked by hardheaded intelligence; shows attentiveness and keen observation skills
  4. Cognitive – psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  5. Cure – treatment
  6. Bilingual – someone who speaks two languages
  7. Mentally – in the mind

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that being able to speak two languages can make you smarter? Why or why not?
  2. What are the other benefits you can think of in speaking more than one language?
  3. If you can choose another language you’d like to learn, what would that be?

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The Beginning is Always the Hardest

JUN. 18 318-illust_(Jun18)The Beginning is always the Hardest

 

 

What is the hardest thing you did in your life?

Getting started with something is always the hardest part; starting a new job, going to school for the first time, learning a new language, running your own company, etc. Breaking the inertia is what makes things hard. But then, once you’re moving, inertia starts playing in your favor.

When starting something new, it’s always going to be difficult. But later on, things will get easier, you will get better and you will start getting closer to where you want to be. So many people find the right path, but they don’t have the willpower, motivation or desire to travel it. They encounter obstacles so they do the easy thing and give up.

We have three choices in life:

  • Give up.
  • Give in.
  • Give it all you’ve got.

Life is all about your choices, nobody else’s. If you decide to give up, that’s your problem.

Don’t look to blame somebody else. This is your life. You must take control of it.

Contributed by: TEACHER NEIL

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Inertia – a disposition to remain inactive or inert
  2. Favor – an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
  3. Willpower – the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
  4. Motivation – is the driving force that causes the flux from desire to will in life
  5. Obstacles – something that stands in your way

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe in the saying “the beginning is always the hardest”? Why?
  2. Are you a quitter or a winner?
  3. What is the most challenging thing ever happened to you?

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Junk Food

JUN. 17 317-illust_(Jun17)Junk Food

 

 

How much junk food do you eat in a day?

Junk foods are defined as food that tastes good but high in calories. Most people know this and a lot of organizations are starting different campaigns to encourage people to eat healthier food instead of junk food.

Junk foods do not contain the nutrients our body needed to stay healthy. As a result, we may sometimes feel fatigued and we may lack the energy needed to complete day-to-day activities. Also, the high levels of sugar in junk food makes our metabolism stressed out and when we eat refined sugar, our pancreas releases high levels of insulin to prevent a dangerous spike of blood sugar levels.

Additionally, most junk food contains large amount of fats, and the more fat we eat the more weight we gain and we could become obese. Getting more weight means increasing the risk for serious chronic illness such as diabetes, heart diseases and etc.

These are only some of the effects of junk food. Seems like it’s time for us to change our choice of food and live a healthier life.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Calories – a unit of energy that measures the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of one kilogram of water.
  2. Campaign – a cause
  3. Fatigue – exhaustion; drained of energy or effectiveness
  4. Metabolism – an organic process that digest food to get energy needed by the body
  5. Insulin – a hormone released in the pancreas to regulate the level of sugar in our blood
  6. Spike – a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
  7. Obese – excessively fat
  8. Chronic – of long duration

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How often do you eat junk food? What is your favorite junk food?
  2. Do you think it’s not a good idea to eat junk food?
  3. How do you stop yourself from eating too much junk food? What are the effective ways to stop eating junk food?

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