Monday, October 17, 2016

Word of the week: Loquacious

The answer is talkative.

My loquacious sister can stay at a party and talk all night long, while I can make it only a couple of hours.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Education: The Great Equalizer

With Online Scribblers immersed in its 5th year, it is only natural to reflect upon its continued development and growth. In doing so, one question continues to present itself: What are the advantages of online learning?    

The answer appears evident. Online learning affords students a unique educational experience emphasizing superior accessibility, individualized pacing, and custom feedback.    

First, online learning allows every student access to experts in their field no matter where they live. Previously, students in metropolitan areas had greater access to higher education and renowned professional experts. Now even students in rural, less inhabited areas can learn from the best. Even more importantly, these students can collaborate and learn together. Their diversity lends a greater depth to the learning process. Online learning equalizes opportunity among all students.      

Secondly, online learning allows students to progress at their own pace and around their schedules. No longer must one student spend an hour on a lesson that made sense to them in 20 minutes. Similarly, a student who struggles with a concept has the chance to repeat and review it as many times as needed to fully grasp it.

Online learning also allows students and families to forge their own academic experience. It is flexible.

A family might travel frequently: no problem. 

A student might deal with intermittent health concerns: no problem.  

A student might be pursuing a competitive talent: no problem.  

These students don’t need to choose between their specific  interests or circumstances and a quality education. Online learning makes everything possible.    

Finally, online learning allows teachers to provide individual and customized feedback to each student. The teacher can push an excelling student a bit harder while praising and encouraging the smaller accomplishments of a struggling student to affecting greater confidence. It eliminates the competition in education and focuses on the outcome. No two students are the same and neither should be their education.

     In many ways, online learning is akin to having your own private tutor. And similar to the special relationship that develops between a student and their tutor, a unique relationship evolves between online students and their teachers. There is no hiding in the back row of the classroom or sinking low in a chair. There is no waiting for the outgoing student in the front row to answer all the questions. Online teachers get to know each student personally. Each student is held to a higher level of accountability and responsibility for their work.      

In a traditional classroom, a teacher has a finite amount of time to communicate a lesson, discipline, and develop a rapport among students. What a feat! However, online learning accelerates this one to one relationship between student and teacher. And once a level of comfort is achieved, the real nitty-gritty of learning can flourish.      

So, while knowledge is power and the road to success, online learning just might be the modern face of education in today’s world: the great equalizer.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Word of the week: Lexicon

The answer is dictionary.

There is no better place to consult when writing a term paper than a lexicon.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Word of the week: Incognito

The answer is hidden.

The agent had to remain incognito in order to recover the required intel.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top 10 Homophone Mistakes

Homophones are two or more words with the same pronunciation but different meanings. Mixing up homophones is one of the most common mistakes students make in their writing. Below are the most frequent errors that I see in student work:

10.  Tale: a story      
       Tail: the hind part of an animal

9.  Site: a place or location
     Sight: what you see

8.  Threw: having thrown something
     Through: passing or complete  

7.  New: not having been used before  
     Knew: understand (past tense)  

6.  Weather: the state of the atmosphere (rain, sunshine)
     Whether: if, depending

5.  Effect: noun—a change or consequence of an action
     Affect: verb—to make a difference

4.  Your: belonging to you  
     You’re: you are

3.  To: referring to direction or place
     Too: also, in addition, an extreme amount

2.  Their: belonging to them
     There: a place, where something is

1.  Its: belonging to it
     It’s: it is

Monday, September 26, 2016

Word of the week: Impeach

The answer is to accuse.

The newspapers all impeached the politician of bribery following the convention.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Word of the week: Hubris

The answer is arrogance.

The hubris coach needed to set his ego aside and focus on bonding with his team if he hoped to win the championship.