When you are done your first degree, sometimes it is nice to start work right away. However, sometimes work doesn't seem to be available for your specific field of study. Teaching is an excellent alternative, especially if you like to mold young minds. Not everyone can be an effective teacher, and I don't know how much can be learned in a university classroom. However, in Canada, to be a teacher, you must possess a teaching degree, which enables you to get a teaching certificate. Without a teaching certificate, you cannot teach legally in Canadian schools.

I am working on an adding game for very young kids (2 to 4 year olds). It is based on counting on fingers. Children learn how to add quickly if they start to recognize their hand and finger positions. For instance, children that are good at adding don't need to count if they see three fingers on one hand, they just know it's three. Similarly, it is beneficial for a budding child's faster math skills, for him or her to knows that a full hand of five fingers and the other hand with three is eight, without counting. This game is designed such that the child gets a lot of practice with associating finger positions with the appropriate numbers.

Here are a few games for physics for review...

For Grade 11 physics (Physics 20 in Alberta):


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One of my friends has a three year old daughter.  The girl goes to daycare.  My friend recently asked me if it would be beneficial for her to go to preschool as well as her daycare.  In her mind, I'm the authority on this kind of stuff, since I have four children, and they all went through some kind of childcare before they went to school.  Here is what my children did:

My oldest son: 


For a long time I really didn't understand how people learn.    Since I am a teacher I see people learning all the time.  How is it that some students understand what I am talking about when teaching them math, while others can't, or are only aware of it on the surface, or just pretend to understand at all.  After a while, I wasn't satisfied with no explanation, so I decided to go back to school, and tackle this question.  Every course I took, every article I read, every discussion I had during the course of my Masters, brought me closer to a full picture of how people learn.  Here is the my model of learning:

As children are exposed to many environmental stimuli they make millions of connections in their brain.  The more they are exposed to certain situations, the signal travels through those neurons and they get stronger, while the ones that are not used as much get weaker and after a while those weak connections are cut or "pruned". 

An example of this would be the different sounds an English versus Spanish native speaker recognizes


How does this work?

(If you can't see the above video, try this link: