Just Arrived

The library added a new book this week that will appeal to those who love apples and are looking for new ways to enjoy them. Check out The Apple Cookbook: 125 Freshly Picked Recipes by Olwen Woodier. This book celebrates the all of the diverse things that can be made using one of nature’s favorite fruits. Enjoy crisp salads, warming soups, hearty entrees, and of course delicious desserts. There are descriptions of the many varieties of apples as well as tips for buying them throughout the year. There is even a history of the apple and its development.

The recipes have detailed instructions and many are accompanied by color photographs. They are divided into categories including breakfasts, drinks, salads, meals and desserts. There is a section on ways to preserve apples including canning and freezing.

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Posted Thursday August 27, 2015 09:00am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The story begins with the life of an elderly man that has just had a car accident. He is pinned in the car at the steering wheel with minor injuries and can't get out. His life flashes before him as he is in and out of consciousness. He carries on conversations with his deceased wife, remembering, together, how they met and grew to love and cherish each other through the years.

A few miles away at a rodeo arena, on a 'get-away' trip, a college girl is introduced to a totally different lifestyle than her own. She meets an honest, true life, gorgeous cowboy with a passion for bullriding and a love for family and its traditions. In spite of their different upbringing and indivdual problems, they date and fall crazy in love.

The lives of these two couples come together in an unexpected and unconventional happening and change the future of the young couple in a miraculous legacy of love and fortune.

I think this story is a very good read because I love a 'rags to riches' kind of tale. Also, the romance and mystery thats inside left me satisfied in a way that only a great book can.

If this title interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday August 26, 2015 09:00am

Tech Tips

In today's Tech Tip we just want to give a quick reminder that we have Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers installed on all workstations at the library. If you are using Firefox and something seems to not work properly give it a shot in Chrome, it could help. The same goes for something behaving strangely in Chrome. And remember, if you just can't seem to get something to work, go ahead and let us know. We would be happy to try and help out.

That's it for this week but please check back next week for a brand new Tech Tip!

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Posted Tuesday August 25, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Punjabi

Punjabi

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Punjabi.

Punjabi is spoken by about 100 million speakers in India and Pakistan, and it is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world. It is part of the Indo-European language family, as English is. That means in the distant past the languages had the same origin. Unlike English, Punjabi is written with a different script. For ease of learning, Mango presents the language in both teh real script and a phonetic transliteration--writing it out in Latin script how it sounds to most of us native English speakers.Punjabi is truly a world language as it is widely spoken in England, Wales and Canada. With the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema, the language will only grow into a new audience.

Here is a snapshot of Punjabi according to Mango:

This language is spoken in an incredible place that contains every kind of natural landform—waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, deserts, forests—something for everyone! The scenic vistas create the perfect backdrop for the beautiful cities. Pick up a delicious mango in the marketplace, haggle with a local over the price of the pottery, indulge your eyes at a wondrous mosque. The people are friendly and warm wherever you turn. If you are invited to a private home for a feast, don’t forget to say مہربانی (MEHr-baani), which means “thank you”, to your host!

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about asking for assistance you can learn from Unit 4, Chapter 19: Help! Please note that the examples below are written in Mango's transliteration.

  • Excuse me. I need help. maaf karna maynoo madad chaahidi ay
  • What happened? ki hoyaa ay
  • I can't find my purse and wallet. maynoo apnaa batvah tay tayla nahi mil rayaa
  • Was it stolen? ki ay chori hogaiyaa
  • I don't know. Maybe. maynoo nahi patah khabray
  • Where were you last? tusi aakhri vaar kitay si
  • I was on the subway. may subvay tay saa
  • Let's go to the station and file a report. chalo taanay jaanday aa tay rapart kaday aa

Punjabi is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 24, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: History

History

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you brush off what you know or learn new things on the topic of history. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

History of the Universe
"This course will explore the very beginnings of our Universe and examine its fundamental components. We will explore the formation and basic elements of our own solar system, and we will reach out from there--deep into the darkness to explore the sometimes exotic and always fascinating elements of space. We will also peer into other worlds in search of life on other planets, and we will learn about the exciting discoveries that have been made throughout the centuries by some of our greatest thinkers."
[13 lessons]
American Civil War
"This course attempts to briefly summarize and present the major events and battles related to the War Between the States in chronological order. In addition, this course will set forth the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War, sustained the conflict, and continue to linger on to this day in the hearts and minds of most Americans. Finally, a list of the major figures related to the Civil War will be presented to highlight each notable person's contributions to the struggle itself and to the overall development of our nation."
[12 lessons]
World War I
"In this course, the major issues and causes of the First World War will be discussed, along with a summary of the major battles, powers, and personalities (both military and political) that shaped the events and ultimate outcome of this epic struggle. This information should give the student a working understanding of the basic history of the war and how it helped set the stage for the next tragic global conflict."
[11 lessons]
World War II
"World War II was a conflict like no other in human history. Everything that had made the First World War such a monumental event was soon eclipsed by the colossal scale and impact of the next. World War II involved more nations and soldiers than any major war before or since. The technology was grander and more deadly. The villains were easily identifiable, worthy adversaries bent on global domination. The resistance to the Axis Powers; comprised of Germany, Japan, and Italy; was pushed to their limit in terms of providing soldiers and war materiel. The epic battles of World War II on land, through the air, and at sea were waged with ferocity unlike any other war--on two fronts. The effects of World War II cannot be underestimated, as they still impact lives and nations to this very day. Clearly, the impact of this greatest of wars cannot be emphasized enough."
[17 lessons]
The Vietnam War
"This course will examine the history of the Vietnam War. It will provide the student with the historical background that set the stage for the conflict, the events that led directly to the war, the major issues involved at home and abroad, and an overview of the major battles. Further, this course will also cover the non-military aspects of the war, such as the changing political climate in the United States during the late 1960s, that had a profound impact on the outcome of the struggle."
[12 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday August 23, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Be an Angel Day! It's a day to do an act of kindness, big or small, to make a difference for someone else. To emphasize the goodwill and spirit of this day, take a look at this video on Angel Island and think about how far we have come since these dark days.

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Posted Saturday August 22, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

As promised last week this Find It Friday has tips and tricks for searching MEDLINE. MEDLINE is a scholarly medical database offered by BPL that could provide patrons like you with the latest scholarly medical and pharmaceutical information; MEDLINE is perfect for nursing students, medical professionals, or interested patrons. To access MEDLINE click here.

It is important to note that MEDLINE will not be the easiest, or best database to use if you just want to do a quick search for a disease or medical condition. In the following weeks we will walk through some online databases that offer more basic platforms!

Advanced Search option. While it may take more time to set up an Advanced Search, it will help you receive more accurate search results in the end. There are so many ways to use the Advanced Search, but the best way to start is at the top and work your way down. There are plenty of boxes to check to filter your search, you may use one or fifteen depending on how in depth you want the results to be.

First Step: Enter a keyword for your first concept in the search box at the top of the screen. Use the drop down menus to the right of the search box to select what type of search you entered. As you will see there are many options in the drop down including Title, Subjects, Author, Date of Publication, Exact Subject Heading, and Issue.

Second Step: Work your way down to the search options. You can choose the “linked full text” option which means that all of your results will have the full text available for you to read. Or, if you are a nurse or medical professional looking for Evidence Based Medicine Reviewed articles you can check that box. Take the time to read through all the filtering options and keep them in mind for the future!

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Posted Friday August 21, 2015 11:00am

Just Arrived

Many people enjoy watching old classic television series on DVD. The library has many of the old favorites and they are very popular. This week we added a couple that you might want to check out.

Dr. Kildare: The Complete First Season, parts one and two. This was a medical drama that launched the career of mega-star Richard Chamberlain. He played a young, handsome intern working at a large metropolitan hospital. Dr. Kildare must learn to deal with his patients and their illness, while earning the respect of the older doctors. The series dealt with real medical conditions that were not widely discussed at the time and the American Medical Association provided technical assistance to keep it all realistic. The show lasted five seasons and influenced many later medical dramas.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. : The Complete Season 1. You may have seen the current movie based on this classic series. The series ran from 1964-1968 and featured actors Robert Vaughn and David McCallum (NCIS fans will recognize a very young Ducky!). They are secret agents, one American and one Soviet, working for an international counter espionage and law enforcement agency dedicated to stopping the evil organization T.H.R.U.S.H. in their attempt to conquer the world. The series combined suspense with some light fantasy, making it very popular with viewers. It had elements of James Bond as well as Alfred Hitchcock films.

As more of the old classic shows are released on DVD, we will continue to add them to our collection. Be sure to browse our shelves and our online catalog to see if your favorite is available.

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Posted Thursday August 20, 2015 09:00am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This is a story of family, a story that questions the ethics of scientific study. This is a story of loss and one of gain. It is the story of one chimpanzee's impact on a mid-western family.

If looking for a novel that makes you feel and simultaneously question societal "norms," check out We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Fowler's easy-to-read novel packs a punch covering intense topics.

If this book interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday August 19, 2015 09:00am

Tech Tips

Today we would like to remind you how to change your email address from the docucolor device in Deridder when sending an email. After typing in the address you want to send the message to, on the right hand side you will see the from address as help@beau.org. You should click here to change that address to your own email address. This will help the person you are sending the message to if they need to reply.

We hope this tip has been helpful and that you will be back next week for another handy Tech Tip.

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Posted Tuesday August 18, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Hungarian

Hungarian

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Hungarian.

In honor of St. Stephen's Day and the founding of Hungary on August 20th, this time we bring you Hungarian. While the people are European, the language itself is not. It's nearest related languages are Finnish and Estonian, but the speakers do not easily understand each other. The language can be a challenge for English-native speakers, but with Mango's tools it is easy. You will be speaking in no time. The language uses Latin script as English does, but there are more vowels in Hungarian than English. They are marked with diacritical marks (dots, slashes, etc) that indicate a specific pronunciation. Once you have it, though, Hungarian is regularly phonetic.

The people behind Mango have this to say about Hungarian

You can be the envy of your friends when you brag about knowing one of the world's most unique languages—Hungarian! Hungarian is almost completely unrelated to any other language in Europe and as such, it commands a great deal of respect from natives when a foreigner speaks it well. And natives abound: Hungarian is spoken by over 13 million people in Hungary, Transylvania, Slovakia, and Serbia. If you want to see Buda Castle, the beautiful blue Danube, or the amazing Chain Bridge, speaking Hungarian is a sure-fire way to maximize your Hungarian travel adventures.

Fun fact for rock music fans: Gene Simmons, famous for Kiss and other music endeavors, speaks Hungarian. It is a heritage language for him because his mother was born and raised in Hungary.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about family and meeting people that you can learn from Unit 1, Chapter 2: Family.

  • She is my sister, Erika. Ő a húgom, Erika.
  • Do you also have a brother? Van bátyád is?
  • Yes. He is over there. Igen. Ott van.
  • He is with our mom and dad. Anyával és apával van.
  • Does he live here, too? Ő is itt lakik?
  • Our whole family lives here. Az egész családunk itt lakik.

Hungarian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 17, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: Business Writing

Business Writing

With this week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class we will help you improve your skills for the job with some sample courses on business writing. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Business Writing Basics
"We live in a world where communication is paramount to survival. In a work environment where communication is equated with the professionalism and efficiency of an individual, would you jeopardize your career because of bad writing? Do you want the embarrassment of sending out a poorly written email to your peers? Can you risk sending out badly written communications to customers and putting your company's reputation on the line? Of course not, no one aspires to be a bad writer. No one wants to communicate badly.
This course will also give you insights into your reader's mind. Who are they? What do they want? How can you effectively reach out to them?"
[19 lessons]
Advertising, Marketing and Sales Writing
"Without effective Advertising copy, consumers are oblivious to the product or service's existence…or, worse, notice it in a negative light. A savvy sales professional may be able to initiate a sale through mere spoken words, but without well-written sales materials to back them up, such sales will be few, and the company ‘dies on the vine' for lack of income. Proper business writing can, and should, combine these three elements. We will show you the words to use, and as many formats as possible. "
[13 lessons]
Technical Writing 101
"Technical writing is the art and science of translating technical information into readable, accessible writing usable by a wide audience. If you have ever read the user's manual for a piece of software or equipment you've purchased, you've seen technical writing in action. Creating manuals, help and technical support systems, online help systems, and instruction manuals are some of the main projects technical writers take on.
We'll talk more about the kinds of products technical writers get involved in, and discuss the kinds of skills that successful technical writing requires. We'll talk about ways to approach and organize a technical writing project, and look at the kinds of materials technical writers produce, from written manuals to video tutorials. For those looking at technical writing as a new career, we'll discuss ways of improving your skill set, getting training, making contacts, and breaking into the field."
[11 lessons]
Writing Improvement 101
"We know that effective writing will help students in their coursework but it's equally important to write well in the workplace. If a job interviewer is considering two qualified candidates, the candidate who can write well will have the edge. If you're interested in improving your basic writing beyond correct grammar and punctuation, this course will help you. The more you write, the more confidence you will have in your abilities as a writer.
The best grammar and punctuation in the world can still produce average or even poor writing if you don't know how to use the sentences properly or which type of sentence works best to get your point across. This course is designed to give students the most flexibility and independence. You set your own schedule and learn at your convenience."
[12 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday August 16, 2015 12:00pm

Weekend Webcast

Today is Best Friends Day! Today we are supposed to spend the entire day hanging out and having fun with our best friends! In honor of the occasion check out this video about an animal sanctuary that loves helping mans best friend!

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Posted Saturday August 15, 2015 12:00pm

Find It Fridays

BPL offers access to a wide variety of health information databases that can come in handy when you need to search for medical information. While some of the databases offer scholarly articles and full text journal entries, others were designed to offer basic health information for the consumer.

There are too many great databases to cover in this one segment, so here is one option to get started with, CINAHL. This database contains scholarly information that can be used in reports, classes, or just for your own knowledge. To access CINAHL you will click on the “Louisiana Library Databases” tab on the lefthand side of this homepage. From there, select the Health & Medicine tab.

CINAHL is a valuable database for any patrons who may be studying nursing or want to enter the medical field. This database provides full text articles from over 700 nursing and allied health journals, all which may come in handy when you need to find scholarly sources. The search platform is through EBSCO Host, which we will cover in-depth later in the month (For a quick overview of searching click on this link.) Just like many of our other resources you can access CINAHL both in the library or from the comfort of your own home.

Next week we will look into the Medline database and all that it has to offer. Until then, take some time to poke around CINAHL and see what you can find!

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Posted Friday August 14, 2015 09:00am

Just Arrived

This is the time of year when many students head off to college. Some may be worried that they did not select the best school. Or perhaps they were not accepted into, or could not afford the the school of their choice and are concerned that they will not get the best education. Many high school students are beginning the process of deciding where to continue their education. They are stressed with the challenges of meeting the entrance requirements of their top choice school, as well as how to pay for it. We received a new book this week that might provide some valuable information for those young people.

It’s the Student, Not the College: The Secrets of Succeeding at any School – Without Going Broke or Crazy by Kristin M. White. The author claims that students who go to schools that are considered the “best” do not necessarily become any more successful than those who attend other schools. She says that research shows that personal qualities such as ambition, perseverance, and a sense of purpose are more important. In this book she shows how to focus on these important things and avoid the huge debt that many incur simply to go to a big name school. Students can create a personal "Success Profile" that helps them to be successful at any school and prepare to graduate career-ready and land a great first job. This book gives practical advice that can help ease the stress of this difficult, but exciting time in life.

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Posted Thursday August 13, 2015 09:45am

Staff Picks

With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

The Last Man on Earth [DVD] starring Vincent Price

This is a review of an older classic movie. The Last Man on Earth is a DVD starring Vincent Price. Made in 1964, it is based on the novel by Richard Mathieson 'I am Legend'. A second movie was based on this same novel (Omega Man with Charleton Heston) which is part of the same genre. It was one of the movies that led to a decades long discussion about zombies that has not yet been finished. Night of the Living Dead is also based on this same novel but The Last Man on Earth is the first of the series.

A youngish Vincent Price plays the part of a scientist who is the sole survivor of a global pandemic. This movie is true to the novel and expresses the idea of the rest of mankind as vampire-like zombies who are suffering. Their suffering is also a form of torment for Price. His wife and daughter have been taken by the plague as well as his fellow scientists.

This movie is in black and white which requires the actors to pull their weight of the story rather than relying on cinematics. Price does an excellent job with both sobs of grief and almost heinous laughter at times.

All is not lost. There is a solution. The surprise solution is remarkable and worth watching for the whole story. See your friendly library personnel for assistance in obtaining this movie.

If this DVD interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.

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Posted Wednesday August 12, 2015 09:00am

Tech Tips

A reminder this week that if you have a video that you'd like to watch and it won't seem to open try it in VLC! Just right click on the video and select open with VLC Media Player. VLC can play virtually anything you would want to watch so you can come into the library and learn! (Or watch a fun video too). We hope this helps you out and that you will come back next week for another Tech Tip.

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Posted Tuesday August 11, 2015 12:00pm

Mango Monday: Thai

Thai

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Thai.

There are 62 million Thai speakers primarily in Thailand, Northern Malaysia, Cambodia, Southern Myanmar, and Laos. Thai is a tonal language that has five tones, but don't let that worry you. Mango has the tricks to help you see and hear the tones easily.

Our friends at Mango describe Thai thusly:

Slip into the Thai state of mind and travel to the land of smiles. Gather round Thailand’s bountiful table and revel in this golden country’s local flavors and friendly faces. Steeped in Buddhist tradition, embrace your spiritual side in Thailand’s many sacred spaces, from the Golden Buddha to the Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple. By day, become one with nature in the breathtaking Krabi province, then dance the night away among Bangkok’s sweeping cityscape. Mingle with naturalists, spiritualists, and urbanites alike in one of the world’s most compelling and varied destinations: Thailand.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about greetings you can learn from Greetings, Gratitude and Goodbyes. Please note that the writing below is not in the proper script, but in the transliteration that Mango uses.

  • M: Hello. How are you? sawat1dii krap3. sabaai dii mai4
  • F: I'm fine, thank you. And you? chan4 sabaai dii ka2, kawp1kun ka2. laew3 kun la2
  • M: I'm fine, thank you. pom4 sabaai dii krap3, kawp1kun krap3
  • M: It's hot today. wan nii3 aagaat1 rawn3 maak2
  • F: Yes, it's very hot. ka2 rawn3 maak2

Thai is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.

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Posted Monday August 10, 2015 09:00am

Sunday School: Teacher Tools

Teacher Tools

Every profession has professional development, and we can help teachers with theirs. This week's edition of Sunday School with Universal Class has various teacher tools to help you in your classroom. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others are available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers
"This is an overview of autism spectrum disorders for teachers and paraprofessionals. We will examine the psychological, physiological, social, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Rett's disorder, Asperger's syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder."
[11 lessons]
Bullying in Elementary School 101
"Bullying is an issue that touches virtually all schools across the nation. Even at the preschool and elementary levels it is a major source for concern. Many parents and educators around the country are at a loss for what to do about the problem, as it continues to plague our nation's youth. That's where this course comes in! This bullying course is chock-full of the research that has been conducted on bullying, as well as the tools that people need in order to be successful at preventing and addressing the issue. This course covers all about what bullying is, the impact it has on children, who bullies and why they do it, how to deal with a bully, how to teach children kindness and compassion, how to stand up to a bully and why it's so important, ways to talk to children about bullying, self-esteem matters, understanding feelings and working through them, how to help shy children to blossom, and more."
[12 lessons]
Middle and High School Bullying 101
"This course you can help you learn what you can do to help prevent, and even eliminate bullying at your school, in your community, and beyond. This comprehensive course will share with you some of the tragic stories that have made the headlines regarding bullying. Through these stories you will learn about what bullying is, how often it happens, how far of a reach the problem is, and who the bullies are."
[12 lessons]
How to Be a Substitute Teacher
" Substitute teaching can be a rewarding profession for people looking to make a difference in children's lives and to leave a positive impact in their communities. It is also a job that allows someone a flexible work schedule and the ability to work just about as much or as little as they want to. However, there are many questions and concerns that someone may have when thinking about working as a substitute teacher. This course will walk any prospective substitute teacher through the beginning thoughts of the profession all the way to how to handle that first day with the students. Potential substitute teachers will learn the benefits and challenges of substituting, the characteristics of effective substitute teachers, how to find out minimum requirements and qualifications, how to apply for jobs, important things to know, details of what to expect in a day of substituting, techniques for managing student behavior, and the future outlook of substitute teaching."
[12 lessons]

There are over 500 different courses available. If these are not to your interest, log in to Universal Class. You're bound to find something you like!

If you need a reminder of how Universal Class works, please click this introductory post.

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Posted Sunday August 9, 2015 12:00pm
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