Apr 12

Necessary skills in today’s workforce

Individuals must possess many skills for job success. Job skills are similar for different professions and careers. Multiple job skills are imperative for job success. If employees only have one or two skills and are lacking in other ways, they are missing out on important elements of their work life and career. The possession of many job skills makes for well-rounded employees.

Teamwork is a major factor in job success. Employees must be able and willing to work on a team. They not only must be called to the team, they must be commissioned to the team. When employees are called to work on the team, they are team members. When they are commissioned to work on the team, they are actually playing and working in the game. Commissioned employees give more energy, enthusiasm, and effort to the team as a whole.

A second important job skill is flexibility. Employees must be flexible in their jobs and work duties. Flexibility is essentially important in the educational field. Teachers write lesson plans each week with their goals and ideas to meet learning standards. However, students give the true lesson plan evaluations. If the students are not understanding and comprehending the material, then the teachers must revise their plans and teaching methods. Plans and activities and the methods to carry out those plans may work for one class or student but may not work for another. Teachers must be flexible and devise an alternative plan to meet the desired goal and standards.

Flexibility plays a big part in lesson plans but also plays a big role in teachers as well. Teachers write their lesson plans for their own classes but many times some teachers are out of work, causing other teachers to share their workload and have double class sizes for the day. These situations are unfortunate but often must be done due to staffing availability or budget resources. With larger class sizes and different students, teachers often must revise their lesson plans to accommodate these differences. They must be flexible with what they have planned and how they have planned to implement activities and assignments.

Sharing classes leads to another important job skill: sharing resources. As teachers, it is important to share resources. Teachers in the same grade level and on the same grade team must learn to and be willing to share resources. They can share books, activities, ideas, lessons, and even special guest speakers. Sharing resources is directly related to teamwork and being commissioned to work on the team. Many teachers become territorial throughout their years of teaching experience. They have their own things and ways of using things and often become competitive with fellow teachers. It is important to collaborate and share resources with teammates in order to do the job and tasks together to reach a desired outcome.

Another skill closely related to sharing resources and teamwork is having open communication. Employees must be able to speak openly to and with their teammates and communicate their needs and ideas. When employees hold back their feelings and frustrations from another during a project, the work is slow to be completed and is often not completed satisfactorily. Employees must be able to openly communicate with one other in order to accomplish goals and complete work projects on time for the benefit of the company.

The multiple skills highlighted are essential characteristics for job success. With these skills, employees can be strong individuals and will work to benefit and grow companies and institutions. These skills ultimately create a teamwork approach that lead to accomplishing tasks necessary to operate businesses as a whole.


Apr 10

M&Ms for Easter

mmThe M&M candies tell the story of Easter. Hold up an M&M to show the M on it. A big stuffed pretend M&M works well and is easily seen for this object lesson.

Turn the M&M candy different ways to make the M change to represent different letters. Hold the candy right side up to see the M. M is for the mercy the Messiah showed as He died in our place.

Turn the candy to one side and the M becomes an E to represent that E stands for Easter.

Turn the candy again to another side and the M looks like a 3 to represent the 3 days Jesus spent in the grave.

Turn the candy one more time upside down. The M becomes a W to represent that He alone is worthy of our worship and praise and calls us to be His witnesses all around the world.


Apr 10

Stained glass cross

This stained glass cross is a simple art project for very young children, even toddler age children. This is one variation of the project.

Cut a cross shape out of the center of a black sheet of construction paper. Use clear contact paper on the back of the black paper. Fill in different colored tissue paper squares in the open cross shape. Cover the other side of the black paper with another sheet of clear contact paper.

The colored paper will show through the open cross shape.


Apr 10

Very Hungry Caterpillar fingerprints

This is a simple art project for toddlers based on the Eric Carle book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

Draw a leaf shape on a piece of construction paper. Have the student dip his finger in paint or an inkpad and stamp his finger on the leaf. Draw small legs and a mouth and dots for the eyes and lines for the antennae.


Apr 10

Going to Kindergarten soon

Young children can be apprehensive about going to kindergarten. In preschool, the pre-k students are the big men on campus. When they go to kindergarten, they become the youngest students in the school. Many of them go from a small preschool to a much larger elementary school. This can be very overwhelming to young students.

These preschool students had a visit from a kindergarten teacher in their school district. She read a book about going to kindergarten and talked about what to expect in a new class at a new school with a new teacher and new classmates. She helped them to understand that everything they do and learn in pre-k is preparing them for kindergarten. She reassured them that many of their kindergarten activities and routines are similar to pre-k activities and routines.

The pre-k students loved this visit from a kindergarten teacher and they have visits scheduled from teachers at other district schools as well. They may just have one of these teachers in the new school year to make their kindergarten transition smoother with a familiar face.


Apr 09

Stranger Danger talk in preschool

Preschool students love guest speakers at school. One of the best guest speakers to visit pre-k students is a police officer. These pre-k students had a special visit from a DARE officer. He usually speaks to 5th graders in the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program. officerbowden

He made a special visit to preschool to talk about Stranger Danger. He talked about what to do (or not to do) when a stranger approaches them. He talked about gun safety and to never touch or play with a gun if they see one at home or a friend’s house. They learned a simple song to remember if a stranger approaches or they see something dangerous: Run and Tell.

A big highlight of the officer’s visit was seeing his truck. He was a police officer the students usually see around town in a normal police vehicle. The DARE officer had a truck loaded with big speakers and a big stereo system all acquired from drug dealers (bad guys or strangers).


He opened the speakers hatch and cranked up the stereo system and led the students in a line dance.

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