We can do something. We must do something. At the Eloy Job Club we found an alarming amount of adults and youth who did not have a high school education and could not work. That is simple, I thought. Have them take classes from the Adult Education Department of the local college.
I called and asked if they would come to the library to recruit students for their classes. No . Students had to come to their offices. These are people without transportation and no jobs. Did not matter. They had to come to their registration. Without ten enrollees, no classes would be helld in Eloy.
We had GED Test Preparation classes every Thursday for two years. There is so much help free on the internet, but my favorite is Khan Academy where students watch video instruction and practice, usually math. We had math tutors come to help, Elease and John, winter visitors and senior citizens were available from nine to noon.
Franklin Stover of Recognition High School helps students who are this close to graduating and helps them obtain a diploma by working on the missing credits. “A diploma can change your life,” he believes. For some it has been failing Arizona’s AIMS Tests and for others it was missing math credits. The Providence Project has math drills that we use.
Follow Megan Farrel at Farrel Link dot com Invite her to bring her workshop and resources on Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book. She focuses on teaching low-level learners, and gives participants a chance to create their own interdisciplinary lesson plans. Bravo for fixing education! What can you do to fix it? Can you help us?
“The figures in the US are very worrying. It has one of the highest nongraduation rates in the developed world despite spending more money on education than many.
So, how do we fix that? We individualize it. Education is being driven more and more by testing. We pay a high price for this in terms of kids’ interests. I can’t imagine that there’s a student in America who gets up in the morning hoping he can improve the state’s test scores.
–Ken Robinson, educator and author in 10 Questions interview in Time Magazine, June 10, 2013
Find his TED Talks on You Tube. He spoke April 2013 in New York.
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Look at the muscles on Gene! How did he get that way? He exercises. Every day. So does Adam Ginsberg, exercise. I look at them and then look at myself. Disgusting. In my old age I have become fat and flabby. After being in class for three days, I am inspired to take better care of myself and exercise. These men start their day at the gym. I met Eddie Jasso who is also a personal trainer and her exercises at 24 Hour Fitness in Mesa Riverview. He is an amazing young man. Smart. What do they have in common? At least an hour of exercise daily. I am going to start as soon as I get my good shoes on.
I met these buffs at an Ebay Class in Phoenix. I have never sold on ebay and now I know how to do it. I am getting my ebay shoes on and selling every day. I start today.
Adam Ginsberg and Socorro
Adam Ginsberg is an amazing genius who shares what he knows about being successful to others. He is unstoppable.
I completed the sentence. How about your answers?
1. “I can summarize who I am in three words: Enthusiatic, Creative, and Friendly.”
This grabs attention immediately and demonstrates your ability to be concise, creative and compelling.
2. “The quotation I live my life by is from Zig Ziglar, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
This proves that personal development is an essential part of your growth plan. Also shows your ability to motivate yourself.
3. “My personal philosophy is: whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Companies hire athletes – not shortstops. This line indicates your position as a thinker, not just an employee.
4. “People who know me best say that I am helpful.”
This response offers insight into your own level of self-awareness.
5. “I Googled myself this morning, and here’s what I found about 75,550 results!”
Tech-savvy, fun, cool people would say this. It is unexpected and memorable.
6. “My passion is helping people find work.”
People don’t care what you do – people care who you are and what you’re passionate about is who you are. Plus, passion unearths enthusiasm.
7. “When I was seven years old, I always wanted to be a big sister taking care of my little sister and brother. I really like helping. My name, Socorro, means help in Spanish.”
An answer like this shows that you’ve been preparing for this job your whole life, not just the night before.
8. “If Hollywood made a move about my life, it would be called Big Mama of Social Media.” It will be engaging, interesting and entertaining.
9. “Can I show you, instead of tell you? I have a business card and a picture of my children.”
Then, pull something out of your pocket that represents who you are. Who could resist this answer? Who could forget this answer?
10. “The compliment people give me most frequently is about how wonderful my children are. I like to tell parents of amazing children that “The acorn does not fall far from the tree.”
This is almost like a testimonial; this response also indicates self-awareness and openness to feedback.