VIPKid recruits teachers through referrals and social media and gets 10,000 to 20,000 applications a month. Prospective hires are tested and screened and about one out of every 10 applicants are approved, Mi says. Successful ones take VIPKid’s training courses for about a week and need to pass a final test before starting work. They’re not required to have degrees in education, but do need a bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience.

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Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.

 

Having a growth mindset doesn’t just mean learning about the theory and leaving it at that. It’s a constant process. Sometimes it’s difficult, often it’s a little painful, but it’s always worth the effort.

Six Tips for Instilling a Growth Mindset in Yourself

Focus on the hard stuff

 

Try innovative solutions, and if they don’t work, try some more.

 

Seek feedback wherever you can.

 

Reflect at the end of every day, especially the bad ones.

 

Notice the areas where you have a fixed mindset.

 

There’s a catch to learning a lot about growth mindset. Once we learn just how much of our lack of growth is a product of our attitude, it’s not so easy to write things off as impossible anymore.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Growth+Mindset

 

 

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Brazilian researchers have devised a way to immerse parents in virtual reality visualizations of their unborn babies, though the most vivid visuals will likely be reserved for a tiny fraction of pregnancies in which doctors suspect health problems. The technology has been tested in about 30 pregnancies at a Rio de Janeiro clinic but has not yet been peer-reviewed; it will be presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

 

 

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Fast reading is no more an option.  In today’s world, it’s a necessity. However, many people mistakenly believe the reading speed, as well as the writing, was fixed in their childhood, and they can’t change it. That’s the major myth about speed reading, and Lucy Adams, an outsourcer from a website you can see here, is going to dispel it right now!

#1 Stay Focused

The most important thing is to focus on reading. Entirely! No extraneous factors, no noise, no parallel consideration of other issues! Just reading!

The announcement and the reviews may help you to concentrate better. Even before start reading, we subconsciously assess the importance of the material and the key points of the book, whether it’s electronic or paper. Full concentration on reading and inner peace will make the reading process enjoyable and meaningful.

Only your desire and a clear knowledge of what you want to learn from a book or article will help you speed reading. If you’re passionate about the book, it’s a great chance you’ll read it really fast, even without applying any special techniques.

#2 Don’t Subvocalize

Subvocalization is an internal speech when reading. The problem lies in the fact that this way of reading is much slower, and just can’t be speeded up to the reasonable value. Thus, the only way out is to give up this harmful habit.

If you get rid of silent speech, you’ll read much faster. Selected texts will be literally absorbed by your brain well remembered.

#3 Split the Attention

A very important point is the ability to focus the attention on a few key phrases of the text at once. The secret of speed reading is the ability to read any text by splitting it into separate information blocks. You do not have to think about each word or paragraph – the brain will process the selected part of the text separately, and then output the ideas hidden in a book or article.

The more correctly you select the blocks, the faster and the more efficiently you read. Do not try to go back and re-read! Don’t be afraid of misunderstanding the author – just firmly hold the thread of the narrative and move on. Do not waste time on regression analysis of the already absorbed information. The time wasted won’t return you any bonuses!

The human brain is able to perceive the information, even if you read in reverse order. This feature is the base of “diagonal” reading. This technique allows you to increase the speed reading pace while keeping in mind all the information. Read the first line of text as normal, and then switch to reading diagonally the second and the third line. And so the entire text!

Please note that regarding memorizing, this technique is as effective as common reading. The amazing features of the brain make it easier to cope with multipage tomes.

#4 Bookmark

Use bookmarks. These indicators will help you to restore the memory and move on. Put all your efforts on reading, leave the rest of the work to your brain, and you’ll be pleasantly shocked.

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#5 Practice Until You Get Visible Results

Speed reading implies reading not by word-by-word, but the groups of words. Thus, you must have a well-developed peripheral vision.

Your brain is able to read several words at once, so why to limit it? To train the peripheral vision, try the next exercise:

  • Draw two vertical parallel lines in the middle of the page with the distance between of 7–8 cm. Watch strictly in the area between the lines. Your eyes should not move beyond these borders. Check whether your peripheral vision is able to capture text, located behind the lines. If you have this skill, then you have all chance to boost the reading speed.

The main advice is to read the whole line but not a single word. If master this skill, you will read newspaper news in seconds.

Regular exercises will help you read much faster. To begin, start with light texts not overloaded with accurate information. These may be novels or detective stories. All of the text and its meaning will gradually fit into your head clearer and clearer. And after some time, you’ll be able to recall the fragments accurately.

#6 Use the Software

Today, there are a lot of free applications to train your eyes and to speed up reading. The average person reads at a speed of 120–180 words per minute. While the development of high-speed reading may take up to 6 months, special software can help you to read fast right now!

Spritz technology allows you to increase your reading speed up to 1000 words per minute.  The secret lies in the optimized process of reading. Every time you see a post that does not align properly, your eyes naturally begin to look for the optimum position for recognition to read the word and understand its meaning.

The creators of the application have leveled the words on the screen. Also, the output has been made word-by-word. Thus, your eyes do not run the lines, and you do not lose time. You can set your own comfortable reading speed. With the app, reading a book of 500 at 420 words/minute reading speed will take about four hours.

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Every day we are faced with multi-lettered publications, documents and books that must be read and understood as fast as possible. However, you shouldn’t mix them with real masterpieces of world literature, which have unique sentence structure, vocabulary, and means of artistic expression. Such books should be read carefully and with a great pleasure. Thus, don’t apply speed reading to every case. Learn to distinguish.

Bio:

Lucy Adams is one of Buzz Essay writers. She’s fond of reading, not just the classical literature, but also modern magazines, business portals, etc. Lucy is a generalist. She has a strong background in marketing and graphic/web design. Feel free to send the blogger your ideas if you’re interested in publishing a unique and high-quality research on your website.

The Android app harnesses a smartphone’s motion detectors to measure earthquake ground motion, then sends that data back to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for analysis. The eventual goal is to send early-warning alerts to users a bit farther from ground zero, giving them seconds to a minute of warning that the ground will start shaking. That’s enough time to take cover or switch off equipment that might be damaged in a quake.

 

To date, nearly 220,000 people have downloaded the app, and at any one time, between 8,000 and 10,000 phones are active — turned on, lying on a horizontal surface and connected to a wi-fi network — and thus primed to respond.

 

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