Sunday, February 17, 2013

New GED Test coming

If you are working on a GED, you might want to speed it up. On January 14, 2014, a new GED test will be coming out. The creators say it will align with the so-called Common Core curriculum that is being adopted by many states. This is to have students who get a high school diploma be more college-ready.

Study hard now so that you won't need to basically start all over again next year, especially if you are taking practice tests. If you do not pass all sections before December 31, 2013, your test scores will expire and you will indeed be starting all over again.

The new GED test will also be much more expensive at $120.

The GED test was first created to help out military personnel in WWII, helping them to get a high school diploma that would be good in all states.

The new GED test will undergo the most changes ever in the coming year. The test will no longer be five sections, but four: language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. Instead of writing an essay, writing will be incorporated into the social studies and language arts sections.

Because these are "new" standards, many adults probably have not yet been exposed to them during their regular school years. Writing and analysis are more emphasized.

The new GED test will most likely be computer-based when taken, but some states are trying to adopt a pencil and paper pathway as well.

Bottom line, if you are going for your GED this year, get it done ASAP!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Become a school counselor

This is National School Counseling Week, and school counselors will be celebrating their career choice. Have you been thinking about becoming a teacher, but thought it wasn't quite right for you? Perhaps you still want to get into the education field, but are having trouble with a career choice. Becoming a school counselor may be just the choice for you! You will be able to work with kids, helping them, without being in charge of a classroom at a time. School counselor is a rewarding job that can make a difference.

School counselors work with students at all schools, all grades, and all ages. They will help with education choices, but they do other things as well. They help students plan careers, discuss learning strategies, and help with the academic success of students. But they also deal with personal issues like drug abuse, conflicts, even family matters. Anything that affects the student in any way, a counselor is trained to deal with it.

Students are not the only ones a school counselor works with. They work with parents and teachers, helping each one to understand and plan for the needs of the student. They will help parents understand their student's achievement level. Counselors can help parents plan for their child's college and career choice. They are there to provide resources and references for teachers and parents. Teachers can readily get help for classroom interventions.

School counselors can also help teachers with lesson planning, helping to adapt them to students. Counselors can help with study skills and general academic support.

Administrators are also part of the mix. School counselors help with school policies on bullying, conflict resolution, as well as picking speakers for assemblies. School counselors will be expected to understand the school atmosphere and overall needs of the student body.

Counselors may also work with outside people and organizations, setting up job opportunities, shadowing, or other employment experiences. High school counselors are most involved with helping students with career and college choices.

Job opportunities will continue to grow for school counselors. And company or organization, from schools to residential facilities, utilize counselors. Counselors will become more involved in vocational training and drug abuse as the country changes and faces challenges in new ways.

How do you become a school counselor? First thing is to contact a local college, or a college in your state of choice. They will have all the details and requirements. Generally, a school counselor gets a bachelor's degree, then goes on for a school counselor credential. Normally these are graduate level programs, giving you the school counselor credential and a master's degree at the same time.

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