Wednesday
Sep032014

Why Use Ignitia Online Courses

Why Use Ignitia Online Courses

 

The 50 Best Online High School Diplomas presents a description of private and university affiliated high school diploma programs comparing their programming, academic oversight, state approval, performance, inclusivity, personal attention and cost. Number 16, Alpha Omega Academy offers Ignitia online and print based LIFEPAC and Horizons.  

 

Marketplace Mission Learning Center (MMLC), starting its fourth year, offers our in-class students and our homeschool teachers 180 Ignitia courses with the support of a 31 year public school teacher and four year private school teacher who has had 5 years working with over 50 students using Ignitia courses and with the support of 24/7 access to my Moodle site Marketplace Mission Classrooms.   As a forty year teacher who has had over 5,000 students I am a text or an email or a phone call or a Google video call or a Facetime away ready to help you become a learning coach-teacher to your student. Articles and support lessons on my Moodle site offer online libraries to help you assume this role.   For more information about Ignitia, read the 24 page brochure Ignitia: Bible-based, Online Courses for Christian Schools.   

Ignitia has updated 24 courses from Flash to HTML5 making them easy to navigate on mobile devices. Click list of courses


 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Home Schooling and College Success

Home Schooling and College Success


From Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students by Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas


Home school lacks a clear definition.  The following characteristics describe it.

  • K-12

  • Child receives the majority of formal education in the home

  • Primary teacher is the parent or guardian

  • Curriculum may be structured or not

  • Approximately 1.5 million home school children in the US (3%) in 2007 with a growth from 800,000 in 1999 and from 300,000 in 1991


Generally, home school families compared to public school families have the same income level, higher education levels, likely to live in a rural area, have two parents and bigger families.


The reasons for home schooling are a concern about the school environment, a desire to provide religious and/or moral instruction and a dissatisfaction with instruction at other schools.


According to this study of over 1000 students over four years:


  • ACT scores of homeschool were 1.5 points higher with Math ACT scores the same, but English ACT  and Reading scores 3 points higher than public school students.

  • The first fall 91% of homeschool students completed their schedule with a GPA of 3.37 compared to 87% of public school students completing their schedule with a 3.07 GPA.

  • The four year graduation rates and GPAs were home school 66.7% with a 3.46 GPA and public school  58.6% with a 3.16 GPA.


Wednesday
Aug272014

Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Student

Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Student

 

Each year more than 3500 students from the five county district (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades) of southwest Florida start college life through Dual Enrollment at FSW - Florida Southwestern State College (formerly Edison State College). Dual enrollment college classes are free.  

See Dual Enrollment for more information about FSW’s program.

 

The Dual Enrollment/Early Admission procedure for FSW follows:

Submit an admissions application.

Submit a college placement exam (PERT).

Submit your high school transcripts.

Submit an Accelerated High School Registration Approval Form from your high school counselor.

After you are admitted:

Create your personal myFSW web portal to access your schedule, email and information about your student status.

Get your FSW Buc Card (your student ID).

Register for classes.

 

 

Friday
Aug082014

Hug Time and T.T.T. and Homeschooling

In the blog Watch Out for Gifted People  the author describes the whiteboard she uses to organize the daily chores for herself and her two homeschooled boys.  When one asks to use the computer, she points to the whiteboard and asks if he has completed his assignments. The whiteboard list reduces push-backs.  Recently, the author added “Together - Hug Time.” What a great idea. We spend too much time together on our own devices,  but  we are really alone. We need to spend time just being together.

 

Homeschool teachers, Hug Time recognizes, supports, encourages and authenticates your homeschool student. As a 39 year teacher (31 in a public high school) having taught over 5,000 students, I could not give hugs that way, but I could recognize, support, encourage and authenticate my students. I used the poem T.T.T. and a piece of candy when I sensed a discouraged student who needed a “hug.” I had the poem on a small sheet of paper and would discreetly place the poem and candy on the student’s desk even as I taught the class. Here is the poem:

 

T. T. T.

Put up in a place

where it's easy to see

the cryptic admonishment

T. T. T.

When you feel how depressingly

slowly you climb,

it's well to remember that

Things Take Time!

 

I also wrote back a kind of discussion on weekly themes sometimes even several paragraphs.  By the way any theme grade C or lower could be rewritten for a B. I also encouraged and supported class discussion.  To get thoughts from shy students into the discussion, I had students write a response with no names on a piece of paper, collected them, and read them into the class discussion.  Some of my best classes were when I stood in the back of the room and the students talked. When students made remarkable and insightful comments, I immediately wrote them down with their name, the date, the time and the class.  I transferred that information to a large sheet of paper and posted it on the classroom wall.  That “Hug” gave that student and the class a boast. Homeschool teachers, think of your own ways you can give your student “Hugs.” How do adults do it in companies?  Certificates, plaques, trophies, prizes, privileges, responsibilities, rewards, better working conditions, catch success, random acts of kindness, applause, time off, social gatherings, pizza/popcorn/cookie days, gags and gimmicks and even cash motivate employees.

Henry Hill
Marketplace Mission Learning Center

 

Tuesday
Jul292014

What does the “Marketplace” mean in our school name Marketplace Mission Learning Center?

What does the “Marketplace” mean in our school name Marketplace Mission Learning Center?


The following list from a July 22, 2014 article titled 15 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur presents the skill set needed to move forward in our fast changing world as an entrepreneur.


French economist Jean-Baptiste Say coined the word entrepreneur, and the work entrepreneur appeared in a French dictionary in 1723 defined as a person who makes decisions about obtaining and using resources while admitting the risk of enterprise. Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, in his 1776 The Wealth of Nations defined an entrepreneur as the person who puts together land, labor and capital to create an enterprise. Political economist Robert Reich considers leadership, management ability and team-building essential qualities of an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs engage in the gale of creative destruction to replace in whole or part inferior offerings across markets and industries by creating new products and business models. According to Frank H. Knight and Peter Drucker entrepreneurs willingly risk their careers and financial and social security to pursue a new idea.  Entrepreneurs don’t just take measurable risks.  Entrepreneurs take ambiguous risks - only partially measurable, and they take true uncertainty impossible to estimate or predict risks. Entrepreneurs experience what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow.  Flow occurs when the individual forgets about the outside world and becomes emerged in a powerful insight.  Maria Montessori called this flow state normalization and described it as the child’s capacity for joyful and lengthy periods of intense concentration. Maria Montessori use prepared environments that offered children opportunities to achieve flow.


Aren’t we all entrepreneurs in our own lives with our own life being the enterprise we strive to create?  Each one of us must launch ourselves into the marketplace.  Each one of us must decide where to live and work, decide what labor to perform, and decide how to use our own capital.  We are the entrepreneur of our own enterprise, our own lives. Days, weeks, months and years go by.  Our limited resource of time determines so much of our future.  How can we take charge of our own time and use it to further the enterprise of our own life?


Self-paced online learning in a teacher/tutor/coach classroom at Marketplace Mission Learning Center is where you, the student, learn to control and direct your day-to-day behavior which makes you an entrepreneur using your own resources to further your own enterprise, namely your life.


1. You take action.  

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you take over your own learning both the how to learn and the what to learn.


2. You’re insecure.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you face your fear of failing in a real way because you have taken over your own learning which means you can’t blame a teacher or other students or the school.  You must face yourself and take ownership of your own performance.


3. You’re crafty.  

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you must become crafty like the television character  MacGyver and apply your own creativity, optimism and street smarts to collect and use the  resources you have to solve the problems you face.


4. You’re obsessed with cash flow.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center time and efficiency become your obsession. Your creation of your own enterprise begins to take shape before your eyes. Your own creation of yourself becomes your obsession.


5. You get into hot water.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you try new things, forge ahead to seize opportunities and tackle issues all to explore uncharted worlds.


6. You’re fearless.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you don’t see problems; you see opportunities in work clothes.  Your optimism carries you forward.


7. You can’t sit still.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you don’t have to sit still.  Try something new. We did in starting our school, and together we will continue to innovate and build it anew.


8. You’re malleable.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you can change direction right now. You build yourself, your enterprise, day-by-day. Where do you want to go?


9. You enjoy navel gazing.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you evaluate your own performance. Lessons have quizzes and tests and projects, but you need to gather feedback from other sources, process the feedback, develop a plan to improve and implement the improvement plan.


10. You’re motivated by challenges.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center challenges feed your drive. Adversity makes the game fun.


11. You consider yourself an outsider.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you learn that all the students consider themselves  outsiders who have begun to recognize the reality of no inside and no insiders and no outside and no outsiders. Each student learns to take command of their own boat at sea charting their own course. This realization makes for a stimulating exciting environment.


12. You recover quickly.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you learn that what many call failure our students call experience. An experience called failure simple didn’t work that way at that time. Students learn not to wallow or mope or feel sorry for themselves; students learn to move on to the next big thing.


13. You fulfill needs.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center you learn to look for the problems and the holes and to think of ways to fix them. Students learn to apply this problem solving to themselves, to their fellow students, to their school, to their families, to their community and to their society.


14. You surround yourself with advisors.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center students learn that their advisors are their lessons, their teachers, their students, their parents, and the wealth of information on the internet. Students learn to strive to make informed decisions.


15. You work and play hard.

At Marketplace Mission Learning Center students learn that when they fall down, they must keep picking themselves up until they get it right. Students learn to stay focused on their enterprise building, namely themselves. This means learning the basics.