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Latest Trends in Mangalsutras for a Telugu Wedding

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The mangalsutra is the most important of the five signs of marital status of a woman, the others being toe rings, kumkum, bangles and a nose ring. In a Telugu Matrimonial the ‘pustelu’ is also referred to as ‘thaali’, ‘thaaly’, ‘maangalyam’ or ‘mangalsutram’.

Traditional Mangalsutras: The traditional mangalsutra consists of black beads strung on a gold thread. Telugu brides wear two thaalis. One is a plain gold chain with a semi-circular pendant while the other is a chain with black beads. The older generation Telugu women chose to add some gold every year to their original mangalsutra; the increased length and weight of which would showthe number of years they had been married.

Traditional Designs: The design of the mangalsutra in a Telugu Matrimonial varies from family to family. In Shivite families the design of the tulasi goddess is highlighted while some have the Shiva lingam. For Vaishnavites the design consists of U or Y pattern thiruman (tilak) with sanku and chakram on both sides. There are different forms of this jewellery called Pottuthaali, Lakshmi thaali, Kumbhathaali, Elathaali etc.

Modern Trends: With changing times and varying needs of women the concept of wearing the traditional mangalsutra has undergone a lot of change. These days one can find a dramatic transformation in the style and make of the mangalsutras. The modern day mangalsutra is more of a fashion statement than a symbol of marriage. Seldom does a working woman don a mangalsutra over her stylish business suit. The trend is to wear short, sleek and single string mangalsutras with or without a pendant. Some women try to match the mangalsutra with the type of clothes and other jewellery accessories worn by them.

Diamond Mangalsutras: It is the dream of every bride to own a mangalsutra with a stunning diamond pendant. Cast in platinum and white gold a diamond mangalsutra is a very popular choice and gives the bride a very feminine touch. Designs vary from exquisite diamond pendants to intricately designed filigree work studded with diamonds and precious stones like rubies and emeralds.

Layered Chains: Nowadays two layered chains beaded with gold balls and black beads is a new trend. A 22 carat gold mangalsutra designed with detailed filigree patterns and alternative gold and black beads in a double layered fashion is very much in vogue.

Fancy Mangalsutras: The old fashion single chain mangalsutras are being exchanged for the more fancy ones. A fashionable 22 carat gold mangalsutra in three layers with alternate patch style in black cylindrical beads and gold cup chain is an eye catcher. Another popular choice these days is a 22 carat fancy gold mangalsutra of contemporary design with colored stones and beautiful meenakari work.

Gone are the days when Telugu brides wore a single gold chain with black and gold beads as their mangalsutras. Nowadays they are going in for the latest trends in mangalsutras- making a fashion statement for themselves!

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Open Adoption: How Birthparents Choose a Family for Their Baby

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The pain of giving up a child for adoption can be lessened with open adoption. In open adoption, the birth mother can interview prospective parents and decide who the birth parents will be. The birth parent can be just a single mother or it can include the father in the decision-making. Either way, their one concern is that the baby be placed in an adoptive home where it will be well cared for and have the best chances for its future.

The tools birth parents use to evaluate prospective adoptive parents:

  • Resume
  • Photos
  • Phone Call
  • Interview

The Resume

Unlike a job resume the adoptive resume consists less of vital statistics and more of the personal attributes and view of life of the adoptive parents. In it there should be a letter, which should begin “Dear Birth Mother” and indicate why the parents are seeking adoption and their views on open adoption. It should include personal information like the type of neighborhood, hobbies, relatives, education and home life. This gives the birth mother a good idea of how committed the family is to adoption and what types of resources her child will have growing up.

Photos

As corny as the old adage is, a picture is still worth a thousand words. Close-up photos of the birth parent are important, but so too are the pictures of siblings, pets, household, neighborhood, and special occasions. Here a prospective adoptive couple can get very creative in conveying just how wonderful their life is and how they have much to offer an adopted child. The birth mother will want to be able to picture her child in the happy, loving home of its adoptive parents.

Phone Call

Before a face-to-face interview is scheduled, often a phone call is set up by the adoption agency or lawyer. This is usually a conference call and questions are sometimes scripted so that all prospective adoptive parents get the same questions. If the birth mother feels there is a potential match, she can request an interview.

Interview

The birth parent interview with the prospective parents may be held at a restaurant with the prospective parents understanding they are to pay for the meal. The counselor helping the adoption process will most likely also be there. This is the time when birth parents can assess if the family is a really good match with more in-depth questions than what were given in the phone interview.

After this entire process, there are a variety of factors a birth mother will evaluate in choosing the new parents. Many focus on education, religion, and the stability of the home. They prefer to know that their child will have a good chance at being well-educated and that the family doesn’t move around too often and the marriage is sound. She will be anxious to know their views on open adoption and how much contact they will allow her after the adoption takes place.

The deciding factor in all these communications can end up being the fact that birth parents are musically inclined, like the birth mother, or have hobbies and skills that the birth mother appreciates. It’s hard to tell what will swing the vote, but mostly both adoptive parents and birth mother can tell upon the interview if they are a good match without hesitation.

Another set of factors may be the cultural heritage of the couple or their expressed religious faith. If it closely matches the birth mother’s values, the birth mother will know her child is being raised in a similar environment to her own. Language barriers may also be a reason why a birth mother chooses close to her own culture, plus the understanding that the child will have good roots in a family that can support it, but also roots in its ethnicity and people.

There are many ways a birth parent chooses the family for her baby. It is a long and involved process but one that can bring a sense of peace to the birth mother and the joy of a new child to adoptive couples. Establishing good, honest communication during the adoption process between the birth parent and the adoptive parents is a skill they will need to continue on with a process that can last a lifetime.

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A Peep Into the Future Tech Innovations at CES 2017

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every year in January at Las Vegas is a premier electronic convention held annually for showcasing exceptional technological advancements in the consumer electronics industry. This year, the 4-day event held from January 5 through January 8, 2017, marked its 50th anniversary with 3,886 exhibitors showing off myriad revolutionary tech trends and avant-garde gadgets that will drive the future of technology globally.

It goes without saying that Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence voice assistant ‘Alexa’ has been the star of the show as several Alexa-enabled next-generation devices including voice-controlled smart-home gadgets, cars, and robots were displayed at the event. Alexa, which has outperformed Google Assistant and Siri can be programmed to perform multiple functions such as starting your car, locking doors, adjusting thermostats, controlling lights, and finding locations.

Now let’s throw light on the futuristic innovations witnessed at CES 2017 that will have a major impact in the coming years.

1. Tech innovations in Smartphones: Qualcomm unveiled its latest processor named Snapdragon 835 for revolutionizing mobile technology. Snapdragon 835 aims to bring High Dynamic Range to smartphones besides facilitating better virtual experience by enhancing sight and sound for mobile Virtual Reality. The new processor will also enable smartphones to produce high-resolution photos even in poor lighting conditions. It will also facilitate faster connection by paving the way towards 5G network. Moreover, the chip also guarantees longer battery life as it consumes 50% less power compared to Snapdragon 801. Additionally, biometric sensors embedded in the 835 promises better security to smartphone users.

World’s first smartphone with molecular-sensors “H2” was also unveiled at CES. This 6-inch Android phone can scan any object to provide you with instant feedback on its chemical composition, be it food items or medicines.

2. A Glimpse Into the 5G future: Qualcomm demonstrated the various ways its technology is going to empower the 5G future. At CES, the CEO of Qualcomm Stephen Mollenkopf asserted that 5g will be a ground-breaking network that will support a wide array of devices with exceptional speed and scale. Moreover, it will have a significant impact on world economy.

At the convention, American technology company Intel too launched its 5G Modem which can deliver 5G in both mmWave spectrum and 6GHz bands. Besides this, Intel also unveiled its new automotive 5G platform named Intel Go to support automated driving.

3. Cloud-Based Innovations: CES 2017 also witnessed numerous cloud-based announcements. Nvidia grabbed the attention of PC gamers by launching its cloud program ‘GeForce Now’ for PC and Mac that will enable gamers to transform their PC into a sophisticated gaming rig to stream and play the latest games of their choice.

Besides this, world’s first cloud-based keyboard ‘the 5Q’ also made its debut at the event. The special function of this keyboard is that it will be connected to the cloud and display color-coded email notifications, sports updates, and stock quotes on the keys of the keyboard.

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stole the Show: AI undoubtedly took centre stage throughout CES 2017. AI has been featured as an integral part of almost everything- from smart jeans that show directions, and smart pet collars to feel your pet’s emotions, to smart gloves for stroke victims and smart vehicles. These computerized brains are empowering humans to replicate virtual worlds besides endowing computers with the intelligence to comprehend the real world.

· AI-powered Cars: Automobile companies are focusing on AI-powered vehicles as the day is not far when customers will seek self-driving cars. Smart car manufacturers will soon come up with AI-powered cars that can generate their own emotions because soon customers will opt for cars with which they can establish the best emotional relationship. CES 2017 saw the launch of many AI-powered emotional cars including Honda’s NeuV that features HANA (Honda’s Automated Network Assistant) to personalize the driver’s experience. HANA’s face recognition technology and heart-rate monitor assist the electric car to understand your happy and melancholic moods. It can also suggest music based on your mood besides remembering your favorite places such as cafe’s, parks, etc.

Toyota too released its futuristic car the “Concept-I”, powered by AI technology that can comprehend the need of the driver as well as passengers. Likewise, Nvidia introduced its self-driving car system named Drive PX designed to comprehend the driver’s mood, the car’s environment and figure out what is going on in the interior of the car.

· AI-powered Health-tech Devices: In order to incorporate advanced technology and new-age thinking to the workout routine of fitness freaks, fitness technology companies unveiled a range of sophisticated fitness wearable devices at the CES. For example,Boltt, a Mumbai-based fitness tech company unveiled AI-packed fitness trackers, smart shoes embedded with stride sensor, and a virtual health assistant named “B” that provides users with real-time feedback and voice coaching on health and fitness.

The show also displayed digestive trackers to help users determine the type of diet that is ideal for their body, and a smart hairbrush embedded with sensors that can detect how you brush your hair so that it can train you to correctly brush your hair by sending data to your connected smartphone.

The world’s first smart toothbrush Kolibree Ara was also launched at the show. It features deep machine learning algorithms to understand and provide feedback about your brushing habits even if it is not connected to your smartphone. What’s more, CES 2017 also saw the launch of Sleep Number 360 bed which has been designed to prevent snoring.

5. Humanoid Robots: CES 2017 also introduced the world to the mind-blowing capabilities of human-like robots. At the event, LG unveiled three robots- to mow your lawn, to take care of your daily chores, and to welcome you at the airport. Besides this, quite a few educational robots were also displayed at the event for children. Additionally, there were a lot of humanoid robots designed for making your coffee, folding clothes, pouring candy, singing lullabies to your kids and taking photos of your pet when you are away. World’s first robotic suitcase Cowarobot also stole the limelight as this four-wheel suitcase with a laser and a camera can follow its owner like a puppy.

So these are some of the futuristic trends witnessed at the CES 2017. This year the CES focused mainly on digital interactivity. This is evident from the fact that a majority of exhibitors at the show were looking to leverage the concept of interactivity for financial gain.

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Deleted Recycle Bin Files – How to Recover

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Is it possible to find deleted recycle bin files? Many people want to know the answer to this question. Usually, when you delete a file, it is because you don’t need it anymore. Your deleted file will go into your recycle bin.

You may have a habit of emptying out your recycle bin regularly, and it you do, this will not help you when you need to find a file that you deleted by mistake. So what happens to those deleted recycle bin files?

These files are moved to your hard drive in an area of space that is allotted to be overwritten. The meaning of this is that those files can be erased at any time by being covered up with new data. It might be the next time you save something, or it could be a lot further down the road, but in any case, it will be over written.

It will not be so easy to locate deleted recycle bin files. The reason for this is that when you delete a file from the recycle bin, it’s name and extension is removed along with any other features that made that a recognizable file to you. The file may have a different name that you do not easily recognize. Your operating system does this with deleted files in order to allocate that file to be erased.

Once your file is stripped, your operating system has placed it in the garbage pile, literally. If you have no idea where to find the file, you are likely having a small panic attack. You won’t be able to search for the file with normal search methods as the name has been altered.

You will need something more powerful to locate the file. You need a data recovery software program. These programs are specifically designed to recover your data no matter where it is now. The value of these programs is easy to see when you need to locate something that you did not mean to delete and you really need to recover it as soon as possible.

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What You Must Know About The Cloud Hosting Services

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Cloud server hosting, private and public alike, is the next big thing in the world of web server hosting. This trend is currently attracting the e-commerce retail websites, corporate organizations, online app websites, etc. Though, it has not inculcated every organization, here is what you need to know about the cloud hosting and the service providers.

What is cloud hosting in layman terms?

This form of hosting allows you the use of cloud computing technology to divide the needed resources for maximum uptime, then spread them among different servers to be used as and when needed. So, the primary focus is the flexibility of using resources. It should allow the enterprises to get no downtime.

The advantages of cloud server hosting

There are quite a few advantages of using the cloud computing technology for the large enterprises. However here are some of the most common ones.

• 100% optimization: With the cloud computing technology, the storage devices and servers can be easily shared. As the applications transfer between the different devices as per the requirement, it allows maximum use of the storage available.

• Pricing: With the flexible approach to storage and usage, the cloud hosting also has the advantage of per-per-use pricing policy in quite a few cases. Along with the optimal use, there are several other financial benefits. With the use of data centers for storage, enterprises neither need IT staff nor maintenance. As the technology is so scalable, most enterprises are in profitable space as far as web hosting needs are concerned. Therefore, they can use the cloud hosting for different purposes such as email, file backups, website hosting, database storage, etc.

Therefore, if you choose the right cloud hosting provider, you will get much better storage and sharing system across multiple platforms at much affordable rates.

Primary factors for selection of cloud hosting providers

• Uptime: Cloud hosting services are part of web hosting, uptime will be an important consideration. Though, theoretically, there should be no downtime with the efficiency of cloud computing technology, all clouds are not the same. They vary with the proprietary model, workload, etc. So, confirm the uptime record. Though, 100% uptime SLA is the best one available, you can consider any cloud server hosting with 98% to 99.99% uptime record as a decent one.

• Pricing: Cloud hosting in India is a much profitable solution than the traditional choices. But, shifting your current web hosting is expensive. Installation is not free either. So, you must have enough cash to spare for a smooth shift.

• Deployment model: While selecting the cloud hosting in India, you need to look at a long term solution. It should be flexible enough to scale with your growing business requirements. Do they have public as well as private cloud hosting? How many data centers are available? It will matter.

• Well established data center with the applicable security, network redundancy, electricity redundancy and customer support.

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Nuts and Bolts of How to Make Money Online – For Real

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You see a gazillion emails everyday bombarding you for everything imaginable about making money online. How do you tell the difference between hype and ripe?

Well to start off, it has to be simple. You shouldn’t have to create web pages, you shouldn’t have to create capture pages, you shouldn’t have to write auto-responder messages.

Everything should be done for you. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is learn to send traffic to a capture page to build your list so that you can follow-up and introduce them to you business flopportunity.

Get them from skeptical visitor to getting them engaged by sharing your story. (And everybody has one). Your job is not to sell them on the business, but to build a relationship with the people on your list.

Learn to be a Leader. Get out of the learning curve. Find a strategy that works and… Master It.

If you’ve never grown a business before, if you have zero business experience, no internet experience… you’re in the right place at the right time because there is nowhere better to learn all this… and nowhere easier.

Don’t get left behind – start your business online. It’s very easy to be a leader in your own home business.

You’re told… “We have everything here for you to help you develop the skills that you need to develop. You will learn how to turn those leads into members and to be the leader you want to be.”

Helping other people to realize their dreams, helping other people to become healthier, helping other people to understand or find a solution to the problem they’re having is pretty rewarding – pretty sweet, (and it helps that you’re making big money).

That feeling is what you need to fall in love with. Fall in love with helping the people whom you introduce your business to. You need to put YOU into your business. Engage, Learn, Teach!

And here is a million dollar idea for you…

When you wake up in the morning the first thing you need to do is decide that you’re going to have a GREAT day. Regardless of what went on yesterday, regardless of how good or how bad your results are, regardless of the amount (or lack of amount) is in your bank account, wake up and decide…

You’re going to have a Great Day!

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Dating Tips – Learn How to Distinguish Friendly and Romantic Dates

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Any of us possess the nature of a social being. We need people to interact with, talk to, laugh along, argue with, love and be loved. Therefore dating is so popular.

There are several kinds of dating. Going out with a specific person or in groups to enjoy each others company is considered dating. We may go out to movies, sports activities, parks, or merely lazing around in the house. There are prepared dates and spontaneous dates. There are also dates that are satisfying and others becoming not so cool in the end. In short, dating is a social activity where a person has the opportunity to grow in the presence of another.

Being in a company is one opportunity to know a person or persons at a deeper level. Meeting them two or more times may develop the interest and the natural bond. Some end up becoming good friends for a lifetime, others mere acquaintances for some time and others end up having romantic relationships.

In this dating phenomenon, when can we identify if it is just a friendly date or a romantic date?

The following facts may help determine which is which:

1. Friendly date

  • The level of interest and curiosity is on the general activities of the person. For example, families, hobbies, skills, talents, and favourites
  • Both parties are not self-conscious of how they look and behave
  • They can talk about anything and everything without feeling awkward on how the other party will respond
  • A friend can easily say no to a date if he or she does not want to go
  • Setting or location does not necessarily have to be fancy
  • There are no sparks or chemistry going on and it is just a fun of being together
  • No effort of setting the best foot forward to prove that you can be likeable
  • No physical attraction present
  • No expectations of becoming girlfriend or boyfriend

2. Romantic date

  • There is an added pressure to look good on a date
  • Compromising what you really want over the desires of the person you asked to go out with
  • Not able to say no to the person you like especially when he or she asked you out
  • Has become more concerned with personal issues (example: daily activities, whom they get to spend time with, etc.)
  • You give your full attention and focus to what he or she says
  • You make extra effort to get a fancy place and set up a romantic tone
  • There is physical attraction
  • You think about him or her over and over again once you get home

There is not so much importance why one needs to be conscious whether he or she went out for a friendly date or a romantic one. The only concern though would be for both parties to be aware of any intentions or expectations that may potentially arise later on. At least both will have a clear cut understanding of their social status in their so-called budding relationship. Identifying which is which will spare them from getting confused whether they are only friends or are indeed romantically attracted to each other.

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Things Aren’t Always As They Seem

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As a young child I enjoyed dressing up in my moms high-heeled shoes, jewelry and any piece of fancy clothing that I could get my hands on. It was like being transported to a magical land of make-believe. I would spend hours pretending to be a fairy princess or a celebrity! It was great, but at some point, the make-believe would end, the clothes, shoes and jewelry would go back in their proper places and I would once again go back to being Crystal, the little girl, that lived on West 6th Street.

Even as a teenager and young adult I would spend hours getting lost between the pages of a romance novel. I would spend hours reading about and dreaming about love everlasting, moonlight kisses and magical romances. Again, this was enjoyable, but there would yet again come a time when I had to return to reality and embrace my life for what is was. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but most of all tangible and real!

Still today as a wife, mother and mental health clinician I still find myself getting lost from time to time in a great day-dream. The key word however is dream and the reality that it is just that a series of thoughts, images and sensations that are occurring in my mind, not in my reality.

So often, however, it is hard for many to accept the everyday realities of life. This leads them to hide behind their titles, careers, money, marital status and so on. Many of us on the outside looking in buy into the mask, engage in the superficial conversation and walk away with the belief that because everything looks good it is good. This is so far from the truth!

With the recent tragic deaths of Fashion Designer, Kate Spade and Celebrity Chef and TV Personality, Anthony Bourdain, it has become all to clear that we must pause as a society and take the time to look behind the façade that so many put forth. We must begin today to ask the uncomfortable questions of those we love and often of those we have chance encounters with. Questions like:

• How are you doing spiritually?

• How is your marriage really going?

• How are you doing with your finances?

• How are you doing with your purity? In both thought and action.

• How are your private thoughts about yourself?

• What do you need most right now?

We can no longer accept the standard polite “I am good” or “things are fine” responses. If we claim to love someone we must be OK with maintaining eye contact during those few moments of awkward silence that often come when we ask the tough stuff.

We must begin to look past materialism and titles when we feel in our gut that something is just not right. Feelings of hopelessness are real. People are hurting. People are dying because of the stigma associated with Mental Illness. We no longer have the luxury of keeping it safely tucked away in the shadows only to be discussed in secret discreet whispers during family gatherings.

According to a 2016 Center for Disease Control Report, suicide claimed the lives of nearly 45,000 people and was listed as the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. However, suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. In 2016 there were twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19, 362).

When you feel something is not right 9 times out of 10 something is not right. Below are a few warning signs that someone may be having suicidal thoughts:

• Unusual Focus on death – talking openly, dwelling on the topic or researching ways to kill themselves

• Making plans for death – updating their will, giving stuff away, saying goodbye, writing a suicide note

• Becoming withdrawn – avoiding close friends and family, losing interest in activities & social events, becoming isolated

• Showing signs of despair – talking openly about unbearable pain or feeling like a burden to others

• Changes in mood or sleep patterns – depressed, anxious, sad, or angry. They may also be very irritable, moody, or aggressive. They can also suddenly become calm once they have decided to go through with it. They may also sleep a lot more or a lot less

Proverbs 20:5 says “The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out”. We must start today to be that man or woman who will take the time draw out what is really going on within a person.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). It’s always open, and you can speak to a trained counselor.

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Tricks of the Trade For Dealing With Discipline Problems of Mixed Ability Classes

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When students aren’t listening, it’s usually because of one main thing: they are not engaged with the setup of the classroom and how the lesson is structured. As you may have already realized, when students don’t understand the rules and procedures in your classroom, they then begin to take control in the classroom. And you know what that means, right?

As a new teacher, you’ll want to set up three simple systems in your classroom that effectively engage your students. Simple systems help students become more self-directed. They know how your classroom is run and feel safe with a sense of a routine. Simply put, your students know they can succeed and won’t challenge your authority because they WON’T need to.

Here are three basic systems which you should implement from the first day of school:

* Set up your expectations for success in the classroom so students always know exactly what to do. This goes for every task, rule and procedure.

* Set up a system of rules, procedures and consequences. Teach and reinforce those rules and procedures using consequences that are most crucial for running your lesson effectively. Ideally, you should have three or four rules and a variety of procedures for running your classroom effectively.

* Cater to a variety of learning styles and abilities. Using differentiated instruction, teachers cater to a wide variety of varied interests, cultural backgrounds and world knowledge which results in more dynamic classroom interaction. In a differentiated learning environment, students feel safe because they know they will learn something in your lesson.

Tips for Establishing Procedures

1. Set up the classroom with procedures that aim to establish self-directed behavior that engages students right away so you can start content teaching rather than managing a class. Use time saving management strategies such as a timer or a “Do Now” activity so students know exactly what to do and what not to do the minute the lesson begins. I begin my lesson by writing on the board in big letters “To Do Now” and then say to the class: “let’s see how many vocabulary words you recognize in five minutes.”

2. Many discipline problems occur when students feel that the lesson isn’t organized properly with appropriate activities for the beginning, middle and end parts of a lesson. Write down the activities and what students will do for each one. Write the number of minutes for each activity

and then check off when that activity is completed.

Examples of self-directed procedures

o Have a box for turning in work.

o Have students do something else while you are dealing with administrative matters.

o Have routines for concluding each day: turning in folders, completing a check-off sheet or behavior chart

o Have a cue or signal when noise level is unacceptable

o Procedures for students coming to and going from the bathroom. (i.e. students can go to the bathroom only once during a given lesson)

Developing Consequences

It is important always to invoke a consequence for any violation of a rule. Therefore, teachers should develop a range of alternative consequences, beginning with one that is a warning. Having a range of consequences enables teachers to be consistent yet not be trapped into applying a consequence that exceeds the offense.

Summary

o State the consequences in clear and specific terms so that the students will know exactly what will happen if they break a rule.

o Determine a range of alternatives (maximum of five) so that you can always implement a consequence.

o Relate the consequences to the rule as directly as possible.

o Make the consequences logical to help emphasize a cuase-and-effect relationship.

Additional considerations

o Severe behavior clause

o Sending discipline plan to parents/caregivers

o Cooperative plan with administration

Tips for Setting up Systems for Success

It is our goal as educators to communicate success in an attempt to enhance student motivation and engage students. When teachers communicate their expectations for success, they will also enhance student motivation. Teachers can employ certain strategies to increase the motivation factor:

Strategies teachers can use to increase the expectancy component of success

o Teachers provide success oriented activities (there is an appropriate level of challenge that will bring success.

o Teachers establish a positive learning environment

o Teachers introduce cooperative learning using group and pair work.

o Teachers can cater to different individual interests

o Teachers can provide choice leading to more student autonomy.

o Teachers can provide a variety of positive reinforcement

o Teachers can personalize the learning tasks.

Using easy to engage lesson beginnings

Activities: Easy to engage lesson beginnings

* A review of previously learned words

* An activity with a personal element

* A light activity such as a game

* Write the plan of the lesson on the side of the board and go over.

* Go over class behavior and rules

* Write new vocabulary words on the board and try to elicit from them the meaning.

* Write a short story or several sentences and have them copy.

* Start with something surprising like a strange object or question or picture. Ask the students why you have brought it.

* Write the goals of the lesson on the board and discuss them.

* Have short conversations with them like: “Good Morning, How are you?”

* DO NOW – write a few exercises on the board for them to do as soon as they enter the class.

Procedures for Transitioning from one lesson part to the next

It’s important to communicate success by using transitions to glue one lesson part with the next such as “Good! You did that very well. Now let’s see how you can apply your knowledge of vocabulary with the reading comprehension.” Think of 1 personal and 1 transitional statement you can use to “glue” each part of the lesson with the next.

As a post part of your lesson, you can ask the class what you did in the class in order to give a sense of closure.

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The holiday season is officially upon us, and while this can be an exciting and magical time of year, it can also be a stressful time, especially for parents who have recently gone through a divorce.

Most parents struggle the first few holiday seasons after a divorce or separation occurs as they get used to new schedules and holiday traditions. It can also be very difficult to spend the holidays away from your children. This is especially true around Christmas time.

However, it is important to remember who the holidays are really about: your kids. An article from the Huffington Post recently provided some good tips on how to put the children first and manage parenting time during the holidays and holiday season. A link to this article is posted at the end of this article for you to read.

First, the article said to make sure that the children remain the No. 1 priority. It can be easy to get caught up in your own emotions, wants and needs, but putting the children first means allowing them to spend time with family on both sides of the family and keeping them out of any parenting disputes.

Second, if there is any confusion over who should have the children when, consult your divorce decree. Chances are that the decree provides specific instructions as to what was determined to be in the children’s best interests for dividing holiday time. If you forsee or experience problems it would be wise to talk to your Orlando family or Orlando divorce attorney about your concerns.

Next, it’s smart to start planning out a holiday parenting schedule ahead of time. in advance. With Christmas just a few weeks away, now is the time to establish a holiday parents schedule if you haven’t already done so. Then make sure to let your children and family know what the holiday plans are so that they can feel prepared.

Finally, don’t make the holidays about competing with your ex husband or ex wife. Divorced parents have a tendency to want to “out do” the other parent during the holidays by buying more presents or celebrating more extravagantly, but it’s never a good idea to try to buy your children’s love in any situation including upcoming holidays.

These are great tips for divorced parents to keep in mind over the holiday season. Even though this can be a tough transition in the beginning, rest assured that it will get easier over time after you have created new traditions and memories.

Article link – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-tips-for-coparenting-du_b_6136216

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IT Outsourcing: Is It Safe?

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A lot of companies have worked with an outsourcing partner to decrease the number of shortcomings that occur, reduce costs and restructure procedures. These advantages have already made certain impacts on various operational processes of many organizations. Outsourcing was once actually limited to some functions in a business’s supply chain and to manufacturing as well. While that is true, more companies are now increasingly dependent on outsourcing when it comes to other functions, like those having to do with technology. Although IT outsourcing has been one of the latest trends since the paradigm shift started, many firms still question its safety.

Tech dominance, risks growing

Today, companies need IT services more since technology continues to advance at such a rapid rate. Considering the increase of more complicated systems that companies cannot entirely manage (handling employee requests for assistance, installations of new hardware, software updates, etc.), the practice of IT outsourcing has become a necessity for nearly everyone. On the other hand, there are some professionals who question its safety in a world where data breach is frequent and hacking can significantly impact a lot of business operations.

Information Technology security has become a common apprehension since technology continues to advance, especially in the business world. This means that as technology advances, the risks will be there as well. Experts, big companies, and even government agencies have been victims of hacking. The results could be a lot worse – loss of confidential data, damage on reputation, stolen and accessed customer data, etc. Certain circumstances may lead to businesses worrying about outsourcing their IT tasks, especially if the BPO company handling the projects will have access to sensitive and confidential data.

IT outsourcing a safe move

While there may be hesitations from a lot of businesses in outsourcing their IT duties, their precautions about it are likely to be unreasonable. Experts say that a legitimate BPO company shouldn’t pose security risks and threats. PC World pointed out that even providers based in countries that have been charged of state-sponsored hacking are more eager to please and keep clients, and would not pose a threat to IT security.

Those businesses that are still concerned about the safety of IT outsourcing should use caution whenever they are in the process of selecting the best and most trusted BPO company. They must ask the right questions about security practices, staff turnover and client retention rates. This practice can help them a lot in choosing the right partner that will go all-out just to streamline processes and help a company reduce expenses while protecting any confidential and sensitive data.

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