Finding Focus: How to Find a Distraction-Free Learning Area for Your Children

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by Susan Good retirededucator.org

Learning how to focus on the task at hand can take years to perfect, and for many kids across the US, it can be difficult to find a good balance between school work and homework. Moving from the classroom to all the distractions that home offers can be jarring, leading to a decline in grades and poor self-esteem. That’s why it’s so important to help your child find a distraction-free zone to do schoolwork in, whether it’s in a room that is isolated from the rest of the house or just a desk where they have room for all the tools they need to learn.

You can also make other areas of your home more conducive to learning, such as adding a reading nook that has good lighting and comfy chairs to sit in. This is especially helpful for kids who aren’t automatically drawn to books, and it can help them find a love of literature that will help boost their experience in school.

Keep reading for the best tips on how to create a distraction-free zone for your kids at home.

Find a Quiet Space

Whether the learning area you create is in a room by itself or is simply an organized desk for homework, it should be a quiet space that won’t allow for interruptions. This is especially important if you have more than one child. Look for an area that is away from the main part of the house, or one that can be closed off easily for privacy and quiet.

Create a Reading Nook

Even kids who don’t necessarily love to read will enjoy having a space of their own to sit and look through the books that interest them, so creating a reading nook could benefit your child greatly. Add a comfy chair or pillows, strong lighting, and storage for books, and make sure it’s in a spot that will give your child a little privacy, as it’s difficult to become engaged in a book when there’s a lot going on around us. Make sure you look for books that are both educational and fun, on topics that interest your child. If you’re unsure of how to get started, you might consider hiring a professional to come in and remodel the area; click here for more information.

Set a Schedule

Now that you have the space, it’s a good idea to set a schedule for your child to do his homework or to study. It can be hard to get into a rhythm when there are so many other things going on, such as soccer practice and afterschool activities, so help your child find a routine that will benefit him on a daily basis. Once he gets into the habit of starting homework at a certain time, he’ll be more likely to stick with it throughout the school year.

Turn Off the Devices

Whether your child loves the TV, computer, tablet, game system, or smartphone, it’s important to set rules about when he can use them when school is in session, as they can be a pretty big distraction. The area where he studies and does homework should be device-free, although some studies have shown that classical music played at a low volume can be beneficial for kids who are trying to focus on tasks.

Creating a distraction-free zone for your child can have multiple benefits, especially if he has a learning disability or finds it difficult to concentrate at home, where there are so many opportunities to do anything other than learn. It’s also important to make sure your child isn’t hungry, thirsty, or tired when he sits down to do homework, as being uncomfortable can be a distraction in itself.

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Summer and Job Postings 

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by Staffer 

The summertime is here!! School has ended for most students. However, just because school has ended doesn’t mean that learning ends. All 4 One Tutoring LLC will have summer tutoring. 

For school-aged children, we will align sessions to entering grade Common Core State Standards. We have two research-based curriculums that we will use for sessions. Having learning/tutoring sessions will avoid Summer Slide

All 4 One Tutoring LLC will also have sessions for adults. Whether you want to learn a language, prepare for the accuplacer, or even the GED exam, we have you covered! 

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We’re seeking a contractual company trainer or trainers who will be responsible for training incoming employees and contractors and conducting trainings throughout the year. We’re seeking someone who will be able to do trainings in Maryland (mainly Baltimore City and County) and someone who will be able to do remote (online) trainings. If you’re able to do both, please state that in your cover letter. If interested, please send us your cover letter and resume to hr@all4onetutoring.com. 


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Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell, Southeastern Grocers Partner with GED

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Via Kentucky AG Connection – 11/03/2015
GED Testing Service has partnered with some of the nation’s largest employers and most recognizable brands– including Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers– to create GEDWorks, a comprehensive program free for employees who want to earn their GED credential.
The GEDWorks program includes everything an employee needs to successfully prepare for and pass the GED test. Students are provided access to a GED Advisor, online GED study material, connections to local adult education programs, practice tests, and more. GED Advisors are a key element of GEDWorks and help guide, engage, and motivate students. GEDWorks also helps keep graduates moving forward after completing the tests by connecting them with college and career pathways tools on GED.com.
GEDWorks is one indicator that national employers understand the value of the new GED program, which is focused on better preparing learners to compete in today’s job market and to successfully enter post-secondary education programs essential to most 21st century jobs. This effort also marks the first time national employers have banded together to support a program aimed solely at decreasing the number of adults without a high school diploma, an important step in improving the country’s economic competitiveness.
“Employers have invested in this national program with GED Testing Service to boost the education levels of their employees because they recognize the benefits of the enhanced GED program and the importance of education in the lives of their employees. The program offers a cost-effective way for employers to help adult learners achieve their goals and invest in their futures. Students earning a GED credential enhance their career prospects and earning potential,” said Randy Trask, President of GED Testing Service.
The support that employers show their participating employees is another key element of the GEDWorks program.
“Taco Bell believes in helping our Team Members get more out of life– starting with an education,” said Frank Tucker, Global Chief People Officer at Taco Bell. “GEDWorks is great because it gives our employees everything they need to prepare for and pass the GED test on their own flexible terms. Not only are we developing our Team Members and creating an engaged workforce, but we’re also inspiring these valued Team Members to champion their potential, education and future.”
“Walmart believes that education is key to an associate’s personal and professional development,” said Michelle Knight, Vice President of Talent Development for Walmart U.S. “The opportunity to earn a market-valued credential helps our people gain skills to advance their career. Achieving success with the GEDWorks program is a gateway to opportunity.”
The program is completely free for learners. It is fully funded by employers or, in the case of KFC, by the associated charity, Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation. The only investment needed by students is time and energy to prepare for the test.
“Restaurant operators love that the GEDWorks and other Foundation programs help them recruit and retain high quality employees who are interested in working hard to improve themselves. The KFC Foundation is proud to be able to support them, and continue Colonel Sanders’ legacy of helping people be their best selves through education,” said Krista Snider, Managing Director of the KFC Foundation.
“Now that I have my GED, it takes away that little bit of shame and embarrassment [of not having graduated from high school],” said Courtney, an employee of Winn-Dixie/Southeastern Grocers in Alabama and one of the first graduates of the GEDWorks program. “My GED Advisor was very encouraging and friendly throughout the process– she addressed all of the concerns I had along the way. I think others should go for it as well!”
For more information visit the GEDWorks Media Kit web page, which includes: GEDWorks Press Release in English and Spanish, GEDWorks Infographic, Soundcloud Audio Clip, First GEDWorks Graduate Video, GEDWorks Student Profiles/Stories, Link to the GEDWorks Website.
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 20 million graduates since 1942. The GED test is accepted by virtually all of U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma. GED Testing Service is a joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson. The goal of the GED program that launched in January 2014 is to better prepare adult learners for today’s jobs and for entry into career and college training programs. The new GED test has two performance levels — one that is used to certify high school equivalency, and another optional level that indicates readiness for college-level coursework.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 

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Friday, September 25, 2015 

As AEFL week comes to a close, remember that it raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assists adult learners in need of literacy services, leverages local resources, and supports increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.

To support public awareness, we hope that you participated in various activities such as writing blogs, launching press releases, taking photos, and volunteering at adult education centers. It’s not too late to write a letter to elected officials asking for their support. Let’s continue to support adult literacy beyond this week. 
  

  

COABE Conference #COABE14: tweet about the conference! Join your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult education #COABE14: tweet about the conference! Join your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult education #COABE14: tweet about the conference! Join your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult educationJoin your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult education. Join your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult education. Join your colleagues from around the country in Pittsburgh, PA on March 16-19, 2014 for an outstanding professional development experience! With over 10 strands and more than 250 sessions, there is something for everyone in the field of adult education.

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The Commission on Adult Basic Education is having a conference this March. Those who are in this field, join your colleagues in Pittsburgh, PA  March March 16-19, 2014 for an excellent professional development experience. The early bird registration period ends January 20, 2014. Also, COABE is looking for board members. For conference updates and board nominations, visit COABE’s web address http://www.coabe.org. 

Educator Tools

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This website http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/content/educator allows practitioners in service-oriented organizations—such as libraries, schools, community centers, community colleges, and workforce training centers—to find digital literacy content. These trusted groups can, in turn, reach into their communities and teach residents the skills today’s employers need. This is great! Please visit.

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