Category: Every Day Inspiration

Attendance Is Important Too

Attendance Is Important Too

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Showing up for class is just as important as showing up for a job. Young adults must practice now for their future. My website if focused on motivating and encouraging young adults in every way possible. Attendance will be an important factor in one’s career.

Mary Adger, a former substitute teacher for Clarendon County who served for years, agreed to discuss the importance of attendance in schools. She was first asked to explain why attendance in grade school students important is important. She stated that attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school on a regular basis. She said students who are consistently absent make it very hard for teachers to teach their students skills so that they can progress and continue to learn new material.

Below is the S.C. Code of Laws: Section 59-65-90 Rules & Regulation
The State Board of Education shall establish regulations defining lawful and unlawful absences beyond those specifically named in this article and additional regulations as are necessary for the orderly enrollment of pupils so as to provide for uniform dates of entrance. These regulations shall require: (1) that school officials shall immediately intervene to encourage the student’s future attendance when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences and (2) that the district board of trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days. As used in this section, “intervene” means to identify the reasons for the child’s continued absence and to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and his parent or guardian to improve his future attendance.

Provided, However, That nothing within this section shall interfere with the Board’s authority to at any time refer a child to a truancy prevention program or to the court pursuant to Section 59-65-50.

Mrs. Adger was asked if she agreed with section 59-65-90 of the S.C. Code of Laws. She said, “Absolutely, action must be taken for those students who have too many unlawful absences”. She agreed that those students need encouragement and an action plan to help improve their attendance. Mary explained that learning is a progressive activity and that each day an assignment builds upon those of the previous day. “As a former substitute teacher, I can assure you that regular student participation in daily activities can play an important role in a student’s success.”

After discussing why she agreed with the law on attendance in school, Mrs. Adger was asked to provide information on how students can benefit from attending school versus those who have frequent absences. She replied, “Working in a public school allowed me to see students benefit from great attendance all the time.” She said students with good attendance usually achieve higher grades and love school. She added that students with a regular attendance routine seemed to develop other responsible behaviors. Mary went on to explain that those with poor attendance usually are not able to keep up with school work and that these students usually have lower grades.

Section 59-65-260 of the S.C Code of Laws talks about the duties of attendance supervisors relating to non-attending children. This section also discusses how the attendance supervisor works to get parents involved in motivating and persuading young adults to attend school. Mrs. Adger was asked to explain from her experience what parents could do to help. She said that parents must make sure their children go to school regularly, is on time and understand that their parents don’t approve frequent absences. Lastly, she mentioned that if days are missed, the parent is responsible for making sure the work is picked up from the teacher and is completed.

Theresa Gibson, is a local citizen of Clarendon County. She has a daughter that is currently attending public schools in this county. She was asked to give advice on the importance of school attendance. “It’s important for students to know that having a good education will help them get the best possible start in life.” She mentioned that when she was a student she learned things that she now uses as an adult. She said that potential job employers want employees who are going to attend work regularly.

For more information Mary Adger can be contacted @ (803)-473-7399. Theresa Gibson @ (803) 485-5500

The infographic below is a visual of how schools can improve attendance

The infographic below shows the impact attendance has on students

Career Counseling

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Deciding on a career path can be a challenge for some. If you’re in college trying to figure out what you should major in or simply trying to figure out what to do after graduation, career counseling could help improve your situation. As young professional adults, we can use guidance when making educational and career decisions.

Career Counseling

Career counseling, is a process that will help you know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational and life decisions. Career development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get when you graduate.
Latrice Nelson, a local citizen of Clarendon County, has held a Bachelors of Social Sciences Degree in Sociology for several years. She was asked to explain why career counseling is important and what particular group of people need this type of help.

Mrs. Nelson said “Career counseling is career guidance that helps with selecting, switching or leaving a career. Career guidance is available at any stage in life.” She stated that a person’s career is important when entering adulthood and that career challenges can influence other areas of life which can cause stress. Nelson also said that counseling can help with shaping and discussing career options.
When asked to discuss a particular group who normally needs this type of help Nelson said “Everyone needs career counseling and it doesn’t always have to be professional counseling.” She explained that everyone is on their own career level and career development is a process that lasts a lifetime. “One may need assistance with making quick decisions; while others need help making future decisions.” She used the example of how college students need career counseling on what classes to take immediately where as long time graduates working in their career fields for years need help choosing another career.

Lastly, she advised all young adults to seek professional career counseling to insure a successful career.
For more detailed information Mrs. Nelson can be contacted by phone @ (803)4737528. For more detailed information on career counseling or contacting a professional counselor check out the link below.

What is Career Counseling?

Boise State University has a website that is devoted to career development. This website agrees with the information Latrice Nelson provided. However, it also explains that career development is more than making decisions on what to school for or the type of job one will get after graduating from school. The website states that the main goal of career counseling is not only to help someone make decisions on a right now basis but to also give knowledge and skills needed to help make future career and life decisions.

Check out the infographic below: In this infographic are facilities where professional career counselors will most likely be located. If you’re in need of professional help check the nearest locations near you.


Source: Counseling Psychology

Inspiring Young Adults

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“The Greatest Inspirations” will at some point be an inspiration to viewers along their journeys to mastery. Viewers of this site may not always have someone to call and talk to when things are going downhill. This website may be the only source of motivation to keep readers focused and inspired to become successful. The main goal is to motivate young adults through inspiration. The article below shares insight on how young adults can be inspired from an expert’s point of view.

Inspiring Young Adults

Last Saturday, November 14, 2015, Latrice Nelson, a former substitute and current children’s church teacher of ten years sat down with Tiffany Billups, a youth advisor of seven years at Saint Mathews Church in Manning, SC to interview and give advice on motivating young adults through inspiration. They were both asked about previous education and experience in this area. Mrs. Nelson never attended an institution, but received training on motivating youth during her years of teaching. Other experience came from working with young adults over the years in church. Tiffany Billups, has also gained experience in the church.

Both ladies were asked to describe the moment when they finally grasp how to effectively motivate young adults through inspiration, to describe when it all made since. Tiffany Billups stated that for her it was one Wednesday night at church. All the young adults got together and had their weekly meeting. She said that during this meeting all the young people would get together in a huge circle and each person would discuss what’s going on in his or her life. The young people would get to release stress and open up to others who, were also going through situations.

As she stood listening to the young people express themselves something began to click in her mind. She said “ That’s when I realized that it takes knowing what motivates a particular person to get the drive to want to do something in order to inspire them through inspiration. Everyone is not motivated or inspired by the same thing.”

Mrs. Nelson agreed and added that in the classroom is where it hit her. She realized that everyone is different and will be motivated differently, but that the young adults must also be confident in themselves. She mentioned that a young adult could be inspired and motivated and still not have the drive to do because she or he lacks confidence.

Billups was asked to reveal one thing that most people don’t get about this area of content. “Most people don’t understand the attitudes that young adults often have. They are faced with hard times and tough situations that they have to pull through.” She said, people don’t always understand. If they don’t understand, they can’t motivate because they have no clue as to what it takes to inspire. She also stated that people would have to put themselves into the shoes of young adults to understand some things.

Latrice Nelson, who works with young adults in and out of the class, said that in order for someone to understand and do well in this area they have to study the age group, personalities and what the young adults like. “A person has to have patience to work with as well as understand young people.” They both agreed that guiding and directing young adults towards the right path and gaining their trust is most important of all information shared.

When asked what big picture might a person miss if they were to get all caught up in the details around the content Mrs. Nelson said that everyone is on a different level and is motivated differently. “ If you get caught up in the details, a young person may get left behind and never become motivated.”

Seeing youth succeed and the growth as they get older knowing they were trained right is how Tiffany Billups describes the image that comes to her mind when she pictures how all information given fits together. Lastly, Tiffany was asked to give advice to someone to help him or her prepare for the barriers they might run into when applying this content. She simply replied, “I would tell them to keep the faith, have confidence in yourself and training received in this area. Keep your eyes on the prize and love what you do.”

To follow up with Mrs. Nelson and Tiffany Billups, you can contact them @ (803) 433 0046

Below is a cool info graphic, which shows, according to Tami Strang, how some young adults get through their busy days as professionals in their career field.


Photo Credit: Ashley Singletary
Information Credit: Tami Strand/ @blog.cengage.com

References

How Students Stay Motivated in College. (2014, April 28). Retrieved November 18, 2015, from http://blog.cengage.com/how-students-stay-motivated-college/