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Ministry: Gunmen attack Ukrainian military unit

CNN World - 2 hours 22 min ago
Gunmen opened fire on a Ukrainian military unit in the Donetsk region overnight, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Categories: International News

Ga. governor OKs guns in bars, churches

CNN - 2 hours 25 min ago
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.
Categories: National News

Syrian opposition: Army helicopter drops barrel bombs

CNN World - 2 hours 25 min ago
A Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on a vegetable market in Aleppo on Thursday, killing 24 people, opposition activists said.
Categories: International News

Ex-Blue Angels commander target of sexual harassment inquiry

CNN - 2 hours 26 min ago
A former commander of the elite Blue Angels is being investigated by the Navy for allegations that he tolerated a work environment that violated military policies against sexual harassment, the Navy said in a news release Wednesday.
Categories: National News

Lawmaker: Sunken ferry was renovated

CNN World - 2 hours 27 min ago
A South Korean lawmaker said Thursday that renovations last year expanded the top floor of the Sewol, the ferry that sank last week, to make room for 117 more passengers.
Categories: International News

3 American workers shot, killed in Afghan hospital

CNN World - 2 hours 32 min ago
At least three American hospital workers in Afghanistan were killed Thursday by an officer guarding the hospital, Kabul police said.
Categories: International News

Malaysia submits first report on MH370 but won't publicize it

CNN World - 2 hours 33 min ago
Malaysia has sent its preliminary report on the disappearance of Flight 370, but haven't released it publicly.
Categories: International News

LaMarcus Aldridge leads Blazers to 112-105 win over Rockets in Game 2

SI - 5 hours 2 min ago
Another huge night from LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers to a 112-105 win over the Rockets.
Categories: National Sports

Obama fails to secure breakthrough in Japan trade talks

Business News - 5 hours 23 min ago
Trade talks between the United States and Japan failed to produce a breakthrough Thursday, in yet another blow to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Pressure builds as Northwestern football team union vote nears

CNN - 7 hours 24 min ago
No matter what the ballots say, Friday will be historic for college sports.
Categories: National News

Your next profession: Are you meant to be a teacher?

Education - 8 hours 17 min ago

(BPT) - Teaching is an admirable profession, whether you’re helping kindergarteners learn to read or preparing high school students for life after graduation. If you’re looking for a fulfilling career, teaching could be a great option no matter how old or young you are. Are you meant to be a teacher?

Genevieve Koens asked herself that question. She was doing well working in business after she received her MBA. But when she got divorced, she realized she wanted to spend more time with her kids instead of working up to 60 hours a week at the office. She decided to attend Kaplan University and completed her Master of Arts in Teaching in just 13 months.

Today Koens works in a middle school STEM program – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “We do a lot of team work, which kids absolutely adore,” she says. “When I know what they like, I’ll try to put it into the lesson plans.”

Working at a low-income school allows her to feel like she’s making a big difference for children and helping shape their future. “I went from being a business person where my sole goal was to make money for me and my company, to being a service member where I help out kids and their families,” Koens says.

Many states face an alarming shortage of STEM teachers, according to the American Board. If you have real-world experience in these subject areas, your skills could be in high demand as a teacher.

What makes a good teacher? Here are five qualities that make teachers great. Do you embody these characteristics?

1. Passion
Great teachers are passionate about subject matter as well as helping students. Students typically respond well when they know a teacher is genuinely excited about what they teach. If you have a passion and the desire to pass on knowledge to others, teaching could be a good career for you.

2. High expectations
Great teachers set high expectations for all their students. Remember, you’re shaping knowledge and transforming lives. Make sure all students learn and succeed, and never give up on underperformers because they may be the ones that need you the most.

3. Organized
Preparing ahead of time and organizing lesson plans helps ensure every minute in the classroom can be dedicated to teaching and engaging students. If you are organized and like to plan ahead, these skills will serve you well as a teacher.

4. Flexible
Planning ahead is necessary as a teacher, but great teachers always adapt and are flexible when needed. It’s important to recognize how students really learn, and follow their lead. Watch and listen to what kids are doing and saying, and be able to change plans in order to teach more effectively.

5. Role model
As a teacher, you are a top role model in your students’ lives. Act as such and show you genuinely care about their future. When you build trust you’ll be able to make the biggest difference. To be the best role model and teacher possible, be a lifelong learner. Always hone your craft by learning new technology and teaching methods to help better reach students.

Is it time you make a career change? If you’re looking to re-career – start a different career than the one you have now – visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu to learn more today.

Categories: Lifestyle

Blue Jackets storm back, edge Penguins 4-3 in OT to tie series 2-2

SI - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:48pm
The Penguins got off to a 3-0 lead in Game 4, but Columbus stormed back to win 4-3 in OT and tie the series at 2-2.
Categories: National Sports

Kentucky postal worker jailed for stashing 44,900 pieces of mail

CNN - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:41pm
Newman, Jerry Seinfeld's diabolical nemesis and United States postal worker, was denied his dream transfer to Hawaii when the Post Office discovered he hadn't been delivering a lot of the mail he was supposed to be.
Categories: National News

Heat survive furious rally from Bobcats to take 2-0 series lead

SI - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:22pm
The Heat survived a Bobcats rally to hang on for a 101-97 win and take a huge 2-0 series lead.
Categories: National Sports

This video will make your heart stop

CNN World - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:02pm
Veteran BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a world record by BASE jumping off the world's tallest building.
Categories: International News

NFL releases full schedule for 2014 season

SI - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:09pm
A 'Fail Mary' reunion between Seattle and Green Bay is the perfect way to kick off the 2014 season.
Categories: National Sports

Patrasc Earns First Team All-SEC Nod

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:44pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second time in her career, sophomore Georgiana Patrasc has been named to the All-SEC team, released Wednesday by the league office. Patrasc received first team honors, after being named to the second team last year as a freshman.

Hamas, Fatah 'agree to reconcile'

CNN World - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:27pm
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced Wednesday they've agreed to reconcile -- a development that could see the Palestinian territories under a unified leadership for the first time in years.
Categories: International News

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

CNN - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:19pm
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.
Categories: National News

2014 NFL Sunday night schedule

SI - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:50pm
Categories: National Sports
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