Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Virtual School

Primary Education

Primary EducationNetwork Marketing is a booming industry spreading like wild fire around the world. Some will start the traditional “brick-and-mortar” businesses but many will harness the power of the internet and start Network Marketing and Internet Marketing as their own small, home-based business with very minimal(or none) overheads compared to the traditional businesses.
The prerequisites for Network Marketing business success is essentially Communication and the genuine products for sale. First, the products to be sold are genuine quality products of value to people. Determining quality products can be a determining point as to whether the proposed business is a genuine Networking business or mere pyramid scheme.
Genuine Networking business will sell high quality products of value to people’s livelihood. Whereas, pyramid scheme will hide behind the networking business structure only to sell(if at all) some gadgets that are of dubious value to people’s lives.
Secondly, Network Marketers should be good in Communication. Even in Internet Marketing, the level of education expected from any successful Internet Marketers is mere Primary Education. It is said that the level of language(=English), that any successful Internet Marketer should write on the internet is Grade 8(Primary School) level. Article Marketing is perhaps one of the two methods of marketing that can generate target-specific traffics. Article Marketing requires time and writing skills whilst Pay-per-Click(PPC) requires money investment.
It is paramount for any society to create a mass of successful entrepreneurs to ensure the successful implementation of primary education in instilling the life-long soft skills into their students/children.
Literacy is a fundamental right of every human being irrespective of geographical boundaries and every child is entitled to receive basic education. Different disciplines contribute accordingly in the spread of education. Here it is to be pointed out that education begins form the grassroots level at home among one’s family and peers but elementary school education begins in the form of primary education and is followed by secondary education and then higher education. Primary education more often follows nursery or pre-school education. Primary education is a vital stage in the development of the consciousness and personality of the child as it is at this juncture that a whole new world of bright ideas and knowledge open up in front of their eyes. At this stage children are extremely inquisitive and elementary education must encourage this tendency among the children. As the child attains about twelve years of age, he becomes eligible for high school or secondary education. However there are several educational institutions which provide middle school facilities which make the transition form primary to secondary schools quite gradual. Literacy is one of the most important goals that primary education sets to achieve and primary education concerns itself with introducing the study of history, geography, science and the various social sciences along with the necessary languages that need to be learnt. Primary education also encourages the practicing of the liberal arts like music, dance, fine arts and even facilitates physical fitness along with the development of the mind.
As a primary school teacher with 30 years experience, now retired, I have turned my attention to teaching the parents of young children. Why? Firstly, I want to turn my attention to creative writing, or story writing, for the 7-11 year olds. 1) Reading
2) Story Mountain / Story Board
3) Descriptive Writing
4) Characters
5) Introduction
6) Main Theme
Reading. What has reading to do with creative writing? Next, number two. The story mountain or the story board. A structure on which to build the story. The use of adverbs and adjectives. Sir Gawain leaned carefully over the rough parapet.
The word ‘carefully’ describes how Sir Gawain leaned. Now the adjective.
Sir Gawain leaned carefully over the rough parapet.
Adjectives describe things like tables, walls, shoes, things, objects.
Number four, the characters in the story. A boy or girl who is well read, and has enjoyed the experience of books from an early age, will have more mature characters featuring in their work than those children who have not had the same experience.
You see, once again we see how important reading is as an aid to story writing. When children have only a limited experience of books, or no experience at all, how can we ask them to write a story and compete with others in the class who have read a lot and have a wealth of experience on which to draw for their characters etc.
Character profiles or studies are important to the believability of the story and the action within. If the characters are weak, the story will not hang together very well, and the best way to change this is to write character profiles for those in the story. The introduction serves a couple of purposes. The introduction is just to set the scene, introduce the characters, and capture the interest of the reader. It has nothing to do with the main theme of the story. I used to give the children in my class a theme for the story like ‘Shipwreck’ or ‘Disaster in Space’, or whatever, but, if they mentioned anything to do with the theme in the introduction, then they were marked down. That way they learned to write superb introductions, introducing the characters to the reader and capturing the reader’s full attention in the first few paragraphs.
On to number six, the main theme. As long as the characters have credibility, and the introduction is sound, the story can be about anything the child wants. I mentioned a story mountain earlier. Stories have a start, a middle, and an end. Too often, children end a story too quickly before it has resolved. This happens a lot with those children with limited experience of reading books. They do not understand the pattern of a story.



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