Mind Maps for Kids

mind maps for kidsOne strategy for teaching children how to organize their thoughts is by teaching them the visual technique called mind mapping. Mind maps allow students – and even adults – to organize their thoughts through the construction of a graphic organizer. Sign up for a class on mind mapping, which will teach you how to create mind maps and includes a list of software that can be used for this purpose.

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Theories of Motivation: What Drives Us to Do What We Do

shutterstock_141144724You signed up for a fitness class at the gym so you could lose five pounds, took it diligently and dropped the weight.

Your sister signed up for the same fitness class, took it sparingly, and then dropped the class without losing any weight.

What motivated you to go to the class each time, participate in the class, follow through with your fitness plan and lose the weight?

And why wasn’t your sister motivated to do the same?

(If you find YOU can’t get motivated, learn how in our Motivation Booster class, which teaches students techniques for getting – and staying – motivated!)

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Morning Motivation: Ideas for Starting Your Day on a Positive Note

morning motivationYou wake. You yawn. You open your eyes. You groan when you realize what awaits you for the day, and you wish you could go back to bed.

Sound familiar?

Morning motivation is not the easiest motivation to find. Some people hit snooze so often their palms hurt when they finally rise, while others run consistently late because they can’t find the steam to get out of the sheets. Still others count on a huge mug – or pot – or several pots – of strong coffee to get them through the day. Take our motivation booster course, where students learn how to become – and stay – motivated, and then make it a point to add some morning motivation to your schedule.

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Participative Leadership: What it Is and When it Works Best

participative leadershipIf you are the leader of an organization or company, you probably have a dominant leadership style. Theories and studies have been done for years on types of leadership styles and what works best within an organization. Some studies have reported participative leadership is the most effective style, while others have shown inconclusive results.

Since leaders often need to change the way they solve problems based on that specific problem, situation or setting, a good leader will need to use a variety of leadership styles. Our students learn how to develop their own leadership style, and the benefits of each, by taking our course Developing Your Leadership Style. Understanding the different types of leadership styles and how each works in a company is important.  You may find that you need to evoke more of an authoritative leadership style in one instance, while participative leadership would actually move the team forward better in another. At times you may have more information or knowledge about a situation than your team; at others, you might find involving your team brings to the table ideas you might not have considered.

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Upper Body Workout at Home

upper body workout at home bicepsWhile many people head to the local gym’s weight room to improve upper body strength, those without a gym membership can get a great upper body workout at home. You can do this through the use of weights, or you can choose upper body workouts that utilize your own body for the strength exercises.

In this article we’ll look at a variety of upper body workouts you can do at home, both with and without additional equipment. [Read more…]

Knitting Stitches for Beginners: Defining Basic Terms and Stitches

Knitting Stitches for BeginnersKnitting was once thought of as something grandmas did when new grandbabies were coming, but in recent years knitting has become a favorite past time for the young and older alike.

By simply browsing the crafty site Pinterest using the search term ‘knitting’ you will find a multitude of projects and patterns for everything from scarves and hats to headbands, sweaters and even crafts for the kids. These new funky, beautiful knitted projects are great way to pass time in a relaxing way while making something you can enjoy for years to come. (While you are at it, you might even create some cute accessories to go along with your new knitted creations by signing up for our Ribbons and Hairbows Galore class!)

If you are new to the world of knitting, though, the terms and the types of knitting stitches for beginners can seem overwhelming. Sign up for our beginners class to learn about knitting after reading this article. Now, though, let’s get  acquainted with some of the terms you will hear when you start out. First stop – tools!

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Inversion Yoga: Poses That Will Turn You Upside Down

Inversion YogaFeeling blue? Need some energy? Want to look at the world a brand new way? If you answered yes to these three questions, inversion yoga may be for you!

Inversion yoga is exactly how it sounds: Yoga asanas done in a way so that the head is below the heart. You might instinctively think of a hand or headstand, which are advanced inversion poses. (If you are new to yoga, sign up for the Beginner’s Yoga course to start.)

While you CAN learn to do hand stands and headstands, you can also focus on asanas that are a bit easier while offering similar benefits, such as the Downward Dog or Forward Bend, which are taught in depth in our Yoga Poses Decoded class.   

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Cases of Nouns: When to Use Subjective, Objective, and Possessive

casesofnounsNouns in the English language have three cases: subjective, objective and possessive. The case of the noun depends on how the noun functions in the sentence. Is the noun used as the main subject of the sentence? Is the noun used to show possession of something else? Is the noun in the sentence receiving something from another object? Does the noun follow a preposition? Answering the above questions can help you determine the type of nouns found in a sentence.

The function of the noun determines its case. Sign up for Advanced English Grammar to learn more about nouns (indefinite, definite) or other parts of speech. Then follow along with this article to learn more about the three cases of nouns: subjective, objective and possessive.

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How to Change Text Size in HTML

javascript absolute valueIf you are a weekend blogger writing posts through a well-known blogging platform or someone who runs a website for business or personal reasons, having an understanding of basic html coding can come in handy. At times you may want to make easy changes to the html on your blog; for instance, changing text size or color in html. Paying a web designer can get pricy for simple adjustments. Changing text size in html is an easy coding issue you can tackle on your own, and we will go over the way to do this in this article. You can learn more about html coding by taking a HTML Made Easy course. [Read more…]

ECG Basics: Before, During and After the Procedure

illustration of wave form on checked ecg graphIf you have been prescribed an ECG, or electrocardiogram, by your doctor, you might be wondering what the procedure entails and what your physician is hoping to find through the results. This article was designed to help you understand ECG basics.

ECG Basics: What is an ECG?

An ECG, also referred to as an EKG, is a painless procedure ordered by doctors for patients who might have exhibited or who might be prone to heart conditions. This procedure checks the electrical activity of a patient’s heart through the use of small electrodes that are attached at one end to the patient and at the other end to a device that records the readings on paper. [Read more…]