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The use of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences is gaining popularity in the planning of early childhood teachers. As more and more parents desire to hear their children are gifted, teachers are learning new ways to demonstrate each child’s unique gifts and abilities. Breaking talents down into seven areas help us define where are children are excelling. While we need to all have skills in each of these areas, each child will naturally have a different selection of skills they are more confident and comfortable in using. This is not from being taught, but refers more to the innate talent and gifts each of us were born with.

Howard Gardner believed there were seven main areas a person could display intelligence. As our children are growing, it is unwise to try and train them up in one intelligence of our choosing. It is far better to help them develop skills and experience sides of each intelligence so that they have a taste of each. In doing so, we allow our children the ability to develop in their area of strength naturally rather than at our own hand. We may all want a child who is an accountant or a doctor, but some children are more naturally inclined towards the arts or physical activity. We need to allow our children to be all they were created to be- rather than all we desire them to be. Hopefully as parents, our first priority is to see our children work in the talents they were born with, rather than in the skills they have laboriously worked at with little joy.

Planning and hosting a birthday provides the perfect opportunity to help your child develop skills in each of these intelligences while having plenty of fun at the same time! Try one idea under each section and your children will have had the opportunity to discover how they feel about using that type of skill in a practical and useful way.

INTERPERSONAL AND INTRAPERSONAL

The two intelligence models that relate directly to people are interpersonal and interpersonal intelligences. For a party your child will need to use their interpersonal skills of socialising, including others, playing fair and helping people feel welcomed at the party. For some children this is a natural exercise. Children strong in this intelligence will love entertaining and respond well to all the stimulation a party can bring.

If your child does not enjoy this type of experience, it is better to organise a smaller size party with only one or two friends rather than a large group. Children with strong intrapersonal skills may also enjoy the planning more than the actual event. For children who are definitely more intrapersonal than interpersonal, it may be a good idea to provide them with a refuge space for them to have a little time out during the party in case all the exciting emotions get the better of them and they become a little overwhelmed.

LINGUISITIC

Children who have strength in this intelligence love words. They will enjoy working out the invitations, and writing the thank you notes after the party. Involve them in helping you create a treasure hunt with written clues for the guests to decipher.

Another way to develop this intelligence is to get them to help you cook with recipes to read, make shopping lists for party food and make lists of who they would like to invite. They may also like to write out a party plan. If they are too little to write independently, spend a lot of time talking over the plans and preparation. You can help them record their ideas.

MATHEMATICAL

Children can develop this skill by working out the quantities of food required, how much it will cost for a party at McDonalds or similar, measuring out craft material for any activity and counting how many days or hours it is to go before their birthday. You can talk about being one year older and who is the oldest and youngest in your family. Talk about how we grow every year and compare their size when a baby to now. Talk about days of the week, months of the year and calendar dates.

ARTISTIC

Children who are developing this intelligence can have a lot of fun at a party. They can design the invitations, place cards at the food table, draw on party balloons and help decorate the cake. We always provide a craft activity my daughter and I have designed at our parties. This gives the children an activity to do. My daughter loves the quiet time spent completing the task at the birthday- a craft sch as a hat, a mask or a fairy wand/pirate scabbard can be a good option. Decorating the table can also be a good activity for developing this intelligence.

KINESTHETIC

Kinaesthetic Intelligence is shown best in children who love to move and be active. While all children enjoy this to a certain extent, these types of children excel in sports and physical activity.

It is a great idea to add some physical games into your party plan to burn off some of that excess energy young children can bring to a party. Play hide and go seek, duck duck goose, or make an obstacle course for each child to pass through.

NATURALISTIC

Some children seem to have a natural affinity with the natural world. They feel most at peace in a garden or in spending times with animals. This can help develop the theme or experiences of the party- you could go on a zoo visit, or have a picnic in the park. We have been known to rent a pony for pony rides! However living in a big city can make this difficult. Other options are getting them to help you prepare fruit platters for the party, and creating a beautiful party table using natural objects sch as flowers and fruit.

When we first begin to think of planning in terms on developing our children’s innate intelligences it can seem rather daunting. However, it can help us to focus the party plans to help provide learning opportunity even when our children are experiencing their favourite day of the year- their birthday!

America’s Declining Education And Its Impact On Society

What does education mean to you? Let’s turn our attention to solving one of the nation’s most important problems, education. Education is one of the most important, if the not the most important foundation that needs to be instilled in today’s children. The fact is that it’s every parents dream to see their children choose and eventually accomplish a higher level of education. Are we being surpassed by other countries, are they quickly becoming the world’s leading authority and provider of higher education?

Its clear that we have a need of higher education. We are in an economy that is based on education, we have doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and the list goes on. If we can’t hire the workers with the training and skills we require, major companies will find it necessary to move to those countries where the talent resides. To simply state the position simply as possible, we must hire the best work force in the world to stay competitive. We are outsourcing our needs because we don’t have the level of expertise that is required to maintain our own economy.

The need to outsource is only considered as a last resort because we can’t keep up with the rest of the world. Many times we don’t have much of a choice; we need raw materials and advanced technology to compete and that only comes with an advanced education.

So, how do we maintain our education and not sacrifice our economy? First we must develop self discipline and give out teachers the tools needed so they can make a positive impact. We must do more to ensure teachers have the training to teach the subjects they’re presenting with a deeper understanding of the curriculum. The fact remains “the U.S. has the lowest high school graduation rate in the world”. If we are going to compete in a knowledge based economy we must devote more resources to our teachers. Teachers must reflect an increased focus on science and math to better prepare students and allow them to compete on a global based level.

While other countries are graduating scientists and engineers at an impressive rate our students are straying away from these fields. We have many students that are looking for a quick fix. They are not willing to put in the time and effort to really understand the curriculum. I witnessed this first hand when I was in high school and college. Many students that did their homework the night before, no research or real effort was put into their work. I remember many students that had a great memory and were able to retain just enough to get by.

Understanding is the key to success in anything you do, if we complete our work without a thorough understanding; we will not be prepared for higher “University” based education.
Our education level will play a major role, on whether or not our future will succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. If performance and test scores are declining, who needs to step in and take charge? Should it be our parents, our schools, our government, or a combination? The debate and dilemma will continue, until this growing problem is addressed.

Drone Career Opportunities and Training Courses

When you were buying your very first drone, did you have any idea that these aerial vehicles would become so popular and useful that full-bodied training courses and study modules would be made available to public through university and college degree programs? Well, there are a good number of colleges in the USA that are already offering drone training to thousands of students. Of course, drone engineering is a full-fledged discipline because there are so many types of unmanned aerial vehicles now available throughout the world ranging from simple just-for-fun drones to combat flying vehicles housing missiles and other payload and military surveillance drones. Next is the category of drone pilots that need robust training as well as certification in order to become skilled, reliable and expert pilots of these aerial vehicles. In the years to come, the drone industry is only expected to grow and therefore more study modules need to be added to the pool for producing highly skilled drone experts in various fields.

Career Opportunities for Drone Experts

Students who decide to pursue a degree in drone education have a number of career paths to take. Some of these include;

· Military drone pilot

· Disaster control and relief

· Agriculture

· Search and rescue

· Traffic control and reporting

· Package delivery

· Filming and cinematography

· Aerial photography

· Seismic study and storm chasing

· Engineering and computer studies

· Drone consultancy and training

· Drone insurance

· Security

· Firefighter

There can be many other fields where drone applications are being recognized throughout the world. Since the concept is relatively new and still in its infancy, there is a horde of opportunities for fresh graduates of drone training programs. With the growing number of people who wish to take these courses, there is also a need for more teachers and instructors who will be paid huge amounts of money for transferring their skills to the next generation of drone experts.

How to Apply

If you are interested in one of the degree programs or certifications in drone training, you first need to do a little research on various colleges that are currently offering study programs in this field. There are online degree programs as well, which you can easily take while sitting in the comfort of your home. The application procedure is just like applying for any other degree program; you need to fill out an application form and submit it to the concerned department along with required documents and a covering letter to show your interest in a particular college.

Before you decide to apply, determine whether you want to learn to build drones or to fly them. These are the two basic categories that exist when it comes to drone training or education. Some of the degree programs offered by colleges in this discipline include;

· Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

· Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

· Master’s in Unmanned Systems

· Bachelor of Science in Professional Aviation Flight Technology

· Bachelor or Master of Science in Aviation Management

There are many other disciplines as well; the complete details can be obtained from an official college website. Some universities are also offering a post-baccalaureate certificate in UAS technology and application to students who come with an IB background. This is yet another factor that shows the future direction of drone training because IB is the current standard of education in most countries.

Some minor courses in aviation and drone applications are also offered to students who are currently enrolled into computer science or electronics engineering disciplines. These courses can help them change their area of study later on if they have decided to become a drone expert. There are tons of research opportunities for these students who can even opt for a doctoral degree in drone education.

Courses Offered in Drone Training

When you choose any of the above-mentioned degree programs, the most common subjects or courses you need to pass include design and construction of unmanned aerial vehicles, UAS structure, flight path management, aerodynamics, industrial robots, private pilot theory, principles of flights, human factors of drones, payloads and sensors, communications and data acquisition, advanced aerial vehicles, military intelligence, information security, and so on. As you can see these are complete modules and require years of training to master. The degree programs are therefore planned over 4 years for Bachelors and 2 years for Master’s degree.

Since the future of aviation largely depends on the success and effectiveness of today’s drones, there are golden opportunities for those who decide to take drone courses today. If you are interested in this area, you can also enter as an entrepreneur to offer your unique and useful services to those who want to benefit from this wonderful technology.

Many people are turning to aerial photography as their means of making a living. If you hold a certification or diploma in aerial photography, you have improved chances of gaining clients and being successful in this field. Moreover, such a course or training program helps to polish your skills and teach you how to take full advantage of a drone meant just for photography and videography. You may also apply for a post in filming or cinematography where you capture and edit videos or help with the marketing campaign of a company through your exclusive photographs and videos captured and recorded using a high-tech drone.

Drones or aerial vehicles controlled by a remote pilot are expensive machines. They are not just meant for having fun and taking part in drone racing but have applications in very sensitive departments, such as military surveillance for intelligent data acquisition and real-time streaming of the battlefield to take important decisions. Moreover, drones are now being employed to minimize the impact of natural disasters and to inspect the health of crops in agriculture. There is a need for highly skilled and experienced drone pilots in all these fields so that maximum benefits could be achieved and the risks associated with unmanned flight could be reduced. Drone training comes into play when all these requirements are analyzed and therefore many colleges and universities are now offering special degree programs in this field.