This Teacher Should Have Taken His Own Class

I thought I was being smart.  I had a plan.  I had a goal.  I had the will and desire to fulfill that goal. 

The reality of the situation was that I was overambitious, thickheaded, and just plain stupid.

I thought to myself, “I’m still young”.  At 45, I’m certainly not as young as I used to be.

I thought to myself, “I’m a former athlete”.  The key word here is “former”.

Old Story or New? You Decide

Below are 3 very brief descriptions of stories that you may enjoy reading.  As you read each description, ask yourself — Is this an old story or a new one?  Was it written long ago, or is it coming soon to a Barnes and Noble near you?  Has the author been gone for many years, or will the author be gracing the bestseller lists for years to come?

So, are you ready?  The answers will be revealed later.  Here we go:

Story #1

Learn American Sign Language Online with iLearnVirginia

It has been estimated that there are approximately 600,000 people in the United States that are considered completely deaf, while approximately 1,000,000 over the age of 5 are “functionally deaf”, meaning that they don’t utilize any hearing for communication.  Another 10,000,000 Americans over the age of 5 are considered hard of hearing, which means that they have some difficulty hearing normal conversations even with the use of a hearing aid. 

College and Career Preparation I & II

iLearnVirginia is very excited to announce the availability of two new classes — College and Career Preparation I and II.  Both of these classes will help students prepare for college and the job market.  These classes may be taken separately as two individual semester long classes, or together as one year long class.  A course description of each of the classes is as follows:

College and Career Preparation I

Online American Sign Language Classes Coming Soon

iLearnVirginia is very excited to announce that we will soon be offering online American Sign Language classes.  We are in the process of ironing out all the details, but hope to have the classes available within the next few weeks.  To help us gauge the interest in this new course offering, we will give a 10% discount to the first 10 people that express interest in the class.  So let us know if you are interested in learning sign language from the comfort and convenience of your home.

Nature's Awesome Power

This past week central Virginia, along with most of the East coast, was rattled by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.  Now we are all preparing for the potential devastating force of Hurricane Irene.  This will be followed by the power of the potential floods that Irene will leave behind.  I am always amazed and awestruck not only by the beauty of nature, but by the pure power of nature.  Mountains are built by unseen underground forces, and torn down by wind and rain.  Natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon are carved out by the power of running water.  Like I

The Field Trips of Everyday Life

As a teacher and the co-founder of an online learning company, it often seems like I am always in a “classroom”.  I’m sure that many of our students who are taking summer classes with us at iLearnVirginia would probably say the same thing.  They have been in school, in one form or another, since August, and will soon be packing up their backpacks and heading off for another school year.  It is hard for me to believe that school will be starting back up for me in less than a week.  Ugh!!

Be Your Own Boss

I have thought for awhile now that I would love to be my own boss.  I would love to set my own hours, set my own priorities, make my own decisions.  I would love for the rewards I receive to be limited only by the amount of hard work I am willing to put in.  I would love to be able to do something I love and I am good at and continually improve the way it is done based on my experiences and my decisions, without having to get the approval and okay from someone else.  I want to be my own boss.

Improve Your Writing by Writing

Jeremy had no intention of becoming a better writer.  After all, he had signed up for a history class, not an English class.  When Jeremy signed up for Honors US History with iLearnVirginia back in January he wanted to learn about things such as the Civil War and the Great Depression.  And Jeremy did learn those things.  He learned them very well, as he consistently earned excellent grades on all his quizzes and tests.  But somewhere along the path of learning history, Jeremy also became a better writer.  By writing essays discussing such things as the Missouri

Who Says You Can't Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

Except for the last couple of years, it seems like I have been in school, in one form or another, for most of my life.  Elementary school in Walnut, middle school and high school in Prophetstown, and college at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  A few years later I was working on my MBA at North Park College.  After taking a few years off from school, it was off to seminary for a few years.  A number of years later I was taking classes to complete my teaching certification.  It seems like I was always taking classes, with an end goal of a degree or a certification in mi

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