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Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the r a i n b o w.

Click on any of the cards or crafts to go to the instructions. Have joy!


These Heart in Arm Valentine cards are very effortless to make – even youthful children can make them.


Plain Valentine cards that even youthfull kids can make.


Very nice cards made with heart cut-outs.


This pretty heart card is lightly made from crimson or pink slot punch paper glued to a chunk of white or pink construction paper. It makes a good card or Valentine’s Day decoration.

Many incredible dinosaur Valentine’s cards to print.

Valentine Rose Coupon Card

This coupon Valentine rose card is very elementary to make – print, cut and write a coupon for your Valentine. The coupon can be for a big hug, a chore you will do (like washing the car or cleaning your room) or just a sweet message.


These coupon Valentine cards are very elementary to make – print, cut and write a coupon for your Valentine. The coupon can be for a big hug, a chore you will do (like washing the car or cleaning the family room) or just a loving message.


These heart-stamped Valentine cards are made using a sponge stamp — very elementary to make, but permit some time to let the paint dry.


A simple-to-make a Valentine card that is simply beautiful.


An amazing Valentine card to make for a very special person.


A card that opens to expose a 3-D vase of flowers for your Valentine.

Tissue Paper Flower Card Craft
Make a beautiful flower card using tissue paper. This is a superb Mother’s Day, Spring, Get Well Soon, or Bday Card.


A card that opens to expose a 3-D garden of hearts for your Valentine.


Sweet Valentine cards made from construction paper and a store-bought lollipop.


A Valentine card made from a grocery bag and some ribbon.


Unusual Valentine cards you can print and decorate.

Hand-Made Envelope Craft

Make a special envelope out of bounty wrapping paper, old maps, pretty wallpaper scraps, catalogs, brochures, newspaper, or magazines. You can even make a lil’ envelope to match a bounty exactly.

All-Purpose Check-Off Card

Print a card that is good for many occasions, including Blessed Bday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Congratulations, Graduation, Get Well Soon, Pi Day, Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Anniversary, Fresh Year or Many Thanks. Just print the card, then check off the suitable occasion.

String of 3D Hearts

A string of 3D paper hearts that makes a fine Valentine’s Day decoration.

3D Heart Mobile

Make a mobile with draping 3D paper hearts.


Make a pretty Valentine wreath decoration from paper hearts and a paper plate.


Create a clear Valentine heart candy holder for Valentine’s Day. This makes a nice Valentine’s bounty.


Make adorable animals from paper hearts – these make superb Valentine decorations.


Make a pretty crown from a paper plate and construction paper.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Beautiful flowers made from tissue paper.

Flowerpot Pen Holder

A flowerpot that holds a beautiful decorated pen.

A painted flowerpot that makes a good bounty – add a plant (or seed packet) if you like.


A elementary heart-shaped basket to make from paper or felt. Good as a party favor.

Valentine’s Day Books to Print

Valentine’s Day
Lil’ Picture Dictionary

A brief, printable picture dictionary of Valentine’s Day words — for early readers. The student cuts out the pages, staples them together, then writes each word in the lil’ book. The words are: balloon, candy, card, envelope, flowers, bounty, heart, hug, rose, tulip, and write another Valentine’s Day word.

Valentine’s Day
Cut-and-Paste Picture Dictionary

A brief, printable picture dictionary for Valentine’s Day — for early readers. Color, cut and paste the pictures in the right places. Then write the words under the pictures. Cut out each page and staple them together (in the right order) to make a little book. The words include: balloon, candy, card, envelope, flowers, bounty, heart.

How Many Colorful Hearts?
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A brief, printable activity book about numbers and colors for early readers, with hearts to count, pictures to color, and phrases to copy.

My Heart, A Book About Feelings
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A brief, printable activity book about feelings for early readers, with pages to write and draw about feeling glad, sad, bimbo, angry, frightened, good, bad, and loved.

Valentine’s Day I Can
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A brief, printable activity book on Valentine’s Day for beginning readers. Activities include matching, color by number, pack in the missing letters, connect the dots, solve a labyrinth, and finish the heart picture.

On Valentine’s Day, People.
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A brief, printable activity book about plain nouns and verbs for early readers, with pictures to color and brief sentences to read and copy.

Pour la Saint-Valentin
For Valentine’s Day

A brief, printable book about Valentine’s Day in French – for early readers. The book has heart-shaped pages for the student to cut out, read, and color, with French phrases to write. For example, “Nous envoyons des cartes.” (We send cards.)

Valentine’s Day Words Mini Book
A Printable Writing Book

A little, printable book about elementary words related to Valentine’s Day — for early readers and writers. The book has Two pages to print and makes 8 pages for the student to cut out, color, and write in. The words are: candy, gifts, card, heart, balloons, flowers, and “Can you think of another Valentine’s Day-related word?”

Drawing and Coloring Valentine’s Day Activities

Trace or Cut Out the Heart
Use a pencil to trace the heart or cut it out with a scissors. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet (subscribers only).

Draw Four Valentine’s Day Items
Draw four Valentine’s Day items. Below each item, write its name.

Valentine’s Day Card. Draw and Write Worksheet
Draw a picture of a Valentine’s Day card that you would like to send. Describe the card and tell who you would send it to.

Draw and Compare Valentine’s Day Gifts
Draw two Valentine’s Day gifts, write their names, and then reaction ordinary questions comparing them, for example, “Which one would you rather get?”

Hearts: Go after the Instructions
Draw and color hearts according to plain directions, such as, “Draw a crimson heart in the top center square.” Or go to the answers.

Symmetrical Heart Picture: Finish the Drawing Worksheet
Finish the drawing of the heart around the line of symmetry. Or go to the reaction page.

Raphael Coloring Page: Cherub
A coloring page based on a Raphael Sistine Chapel painting of a cherub.

Valentine’s Day Spelling Activities

Valentine’s Day Word Wheel
Make a Valentine’s Day word wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. When you spin the wheel, eight Valentine’s Day words are formed, one at a time: heart, rose, gifts, tulip, flowers, card, balloon, and candy. The student then writes down the word wheel words and other Valentine’s Day words.

Valentine Wordsearch Puzzle
Find the words in the wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret Valentine message. Secret Message: “Have a sweet Valentine’s Day.” Or go to the answers.

Valentines Day:
Word Hunt Worksheet

How many words can you make using the letters from “Valentines Day”? Sample answers. style, dealt, stand. Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.

Missing Letters in Valentine Words
Find the missing letters in Valentine words, and then color the picture of the word. The words are heart, card, balloon, rose, flowers, candy, bow and arrow, Cupid, chocolate, gifts.

Unscramble Valentine Words
Unscramble the Valentine words, and then color the pictures of the words. The words are heart, card, balloon, rose, flowers, candy, chocolate, Cupid, bow and arrow, gifts.

Valentines Day Spelling Word Questions
Use the list of Valentines Day spelling words to response plain questions. Words: heart, candy, flower, rose, love, bounty, card, bouquet, smooch, hug. Or go to the answers.

Match the Syllables: Valentine’s Day Words
Match two syllables to make Ten Valentine’s Day words. The words are cherub, flower, candy, present, Cupid, arrow, romance, smooches, friendship, roses. Or go to the answers.

Put Ten Valentines Day Words in Alphabetical Order – Worksheet
Put Ten Valentines Day words in alphabetical order. The words are: bouquet, candy, card, flowers, bounty, heart, hugs, smooches, love, rose. Go to the answers.

Circle the Correctly-Spelled Valentine’s Day Words
Circle the correct spelling of words for Valentine’s Day words, and then color the picture of the words. The words are rose, card, balloon, candy, flowers, bounty, bow, Cupid, chocolate, heart.

Picture Cloze for Valentine’s Day Words – Printable Worksheet
Pack in the missing words in the text given a picture prompt, using the Valentine’s Day word bank. The words are: balloon, bow, candy, card, cupid, flowers, friend, heart, present, rose. Go to the answers.

Valentine’s Day Word Ladder Puzzle Worksheet
On this printable worksheet, the student switches one word into another, one letter at a time. At each step along the way, switch only one letter to make a fresh word. At the end, you have the final, related Valentine’s Day word. In this puzzle, morph the word candy to heart. Or go to the answers.

List of Valentine’s Day Words
This is a word bank of Valentine’s Day words.

Miscellaneous Valentine’s Day Activities

“I Love You” in Many Languages

Learn how to say, “I love you” in many languages.

Circle the Symmetrical Valentine’s Day Pictures Worksheet
There are many Valentine’s Day pictures on this worksheet. Circle the pictures that are symmetrical. Or go to the answers.

Write a “Love” Acrostic Poem
Write a poem about love. Commence each line with a letter from the word “love.”

Valentine’s Day Acrostic Poem
Write a poem for Valentine’s Day. Embark each line with a letter from the word “Valentine.”

Write a “Friends “Acrostic Poem
Write a poem about friends. Commence each line with a letter from the word “friends.”

For each letter of the word “valentine,” find words and phrases that are related to or remind you of Valentine’s Day. Think of as many as you can.

Match Valentine Words and Pictures
Match Ten Valentines Day words to their pictures. The words are balloon, heart, card, candy, flowers, rose, bow and arrow, gifts, Cupid, chocolate. Or go to the answers.

Write a Sentence for Each Valentines Day Word
Write a sentence for each Valentines Day word. Words: heart, candy, rose, flowers, balloon, love, card, bounty, hug, smooch.

Valentine’s Day Grammar Worksheet
Find synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and compound words, then capitalize, punctuate, and correct the spelling of sentences. Or go to the answers.

Match the Valentine’s Day Synonyms
Match Valentine’s Day words that have the same meaning. Words: flower/blossom, love/adore, candies/sweets, hug/embrace, bounty/present, party/celebration, friend/pal, mail/post, get/receive, delicious/yummy. Or go to the answers.

Valentine’s Day Wordy Analogies
Printable Worksheet

Think about how the very first pair of Valentine’s Day words are related to each other. Then, look at the next word and find the word that is related to it in the same way. Mark the response. Example: love –> hate. sweet –> candy, bounty, sour. nice, Valentine. Or go to the answers.

Write Valentine’s Day Alliterations
Finish the ten Valentine’s Day alliterations, then write five alliterations related to Valentine’s Day. Sample answers: candy and cake, caring card, chocolate cherries, vivid Valentine, good bounty, strenuous heart, twin tulips, big balloons, fluffy flowers.

Match and Unscramble the Valentine’s Day Alliterations
Match the words to make Valentine’s Day alliterations, then unscramble the words to make more alliterations. Or go to sample answers.

Valentine Alphabet Code
Use the elementary alphabet code (A=1, B=Two, C=Three, etc.) to find the secret Valentine message. Answers: “On Valentine’s Day, candy is dandy.”

Valentine’s Day:
Add, then Decode the Secret Message

Solve the addition problems, then use the alphabet code to decode the secret message. Or go to the answers.

Valentine’s Day:
Subtract, then Decode the Riddle

Solve the subtraction problems, then use the alphabet code to decode the Valentine’s Day riddle, “What do you call a very petite valentine?” Response – A valentiny. Or go to the answers.

Hearts Venn Diagram Printout #1

On this printout, the student classifies hearts by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers.

Hearts Venn Diagram Printout #Two

On this printout, the student classifies hearts by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers.

Heart: Form Poem

Write a poem inwards the heart. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet .

Heart: Perimeter Poem

Write a poem around the perimeter (outer edges) of the heart. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet .

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. Traditionally, it is a day to tell someone that you love them. People often send each other cards on Valentine’s Day, sometimes anonymously.

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the r a i n b o w.

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Brainstorming: The Very first Step to Writing Your Essay Methodology

Brainstorming: The Very first Step to Writing Your Essay Methodology

The importance of explaining the methodology in a research paper or an essay is that it imparts clarity. Methodology is just inbetween you and your sources, it is the treatment adopted in preparing the paper. However essays are generally shorter and less elaborate in their content than research papers, they also require a methodology description. Brief methodology overview will help you to avoid a lot of questions, like «Why did you use only these sources?», or «Why didn’t you consider Mr. X’s research on the relevant topic». This page was designed with the aim to explain you on examples how to write your essay methodology .

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Essay methodology examples may be lightly accessible on the net. However, attempting to adapt an essay methodology example from the net for your essay may become messy if care is not exercised. Even if the subject of the example and your assignment are similar, not necessarily the same treatment is used in then. Therefore, tho’ choosing the right methodology that suits your assignment is significant.

How to introduce Methodology in the Essay?

However preparing an essay involves defined methods, it is seldom exposed within the essay. But it does not mean that you cannot include essay methodology in your essay. While writing a Frankenstein essay or a Macbeth essay. you undoubtedly would have used some method to collect, research, and organize your information. Attempt to reflect on that in the essay and it will provide your reader with a guideline to your essay.

For example an essay on Macbeth can be written very differently, depending on your essay question and your methodology .

  • Since 17th century a lot of scholars were attempting to provide there interpretation of Macbeth. You may choose several interpretations and compare them. But then you need to explain why you choose such topic and these very interpretations. The reaction to these questions will be your methodology description.
  • Macbeth is covered with superstitions, why not to explore them? The topic is very interesting. But how are you going to treatment it? Are you going to rely on some studies in your essay or do the research of your own? What sources are you going to use? Perhaps, you’ll determine to use articles from press, as it’s a superb means of transition of gossips. Or perhaps, you’d like to take an interview with an actor from a local theater and ask him about that.
  • It is known that Shakespeare based his play on some other sources. So your essay may address the question how these sources were used in Macbeth.
  • You may be interested how customs and manners (including the attitude to witchcraft) are described in Macbeth, and reflect whether these attitudes were common in Shakespeare’s time.
  • Research methodology involves the collection and analysis of materials relevant to the investigate. Thus, in all of these cases there are Four basic ways to deal with the essay methodology :

    – identify data collecting methods

    – identify data analysis methods

    – adopt the treatment of some scholar

    – describe what are you doing and why

    The type of research method that you go after will be much determined by the type of probe. Depending on the purpose, your research method may take different forms. Some of the examples of research methods are: experimental, expository, activity, unspoiled, and applied research. Also, based on the source of materials for the research and probe, you may have primary research and secondary research. But how do you know which research methods should you use? Determine your purpose of research very first; then the purpose itself determines the method. The type of research method that you go after is determined by the type of explore. Depending on the purpose, your research method may take different forms. Some of the examples of research methods are: experimental, expository, activity, unspoiled, and applied research. Also, based on the source of materials for the research and investigate, you may have primary research and secondary research. But how do you know which research methods should you use? Determine your purpose of research very first; then the purpose itself determines the method.

    Data Collecting Methodology

    Data collecting methods may be different. If you’ve done something special to get your information, you certainly need to mention it. For example, you may mention that:

  • you conducted an interview. In this case you should specify how many people you have interviewed, what did you ask them, and who these people were.
  • ready a questionnaire. If you have a questionnaire you need to specify which type of questions did you use, who your respondents were and how did you distribute it.
  • searched archive. Tho’ we live in the information age, not all information is available on-line. So, when you are doing a research paper on history a visit to an archive will provide you with unique material for analysis.
  • determined to base your essay on observation .
  • Data collecting methodology also includes the explanation of your choice of sources. Even if in the essay you compare two articles that were given to you at class, your essay will benefit if you’ll attempt to explain these choice. For example, that the authors held different views on the same issue because of their different professional background.

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    Data Analysis Methodology (Click on Picture to Enhance)

    Data analysis methods may be divided into quantitative and qualitative. For example you may either conduct a number of interviews for quantitative analysis, or have just a duo of them for case studies.

    Quantitative methods are used when you can rely on some reliable statistics. Mostly these are used in the essays connected with economics, where descriptive method can be applied. Quantitative methods are also widely used in social sciences and humanities. It’s hardly possible to imagine a sociological discussion that will not appeal to some statistics. Content analysis is a popular quantitative method used in philology, political science and history. Due to content analysis you may count how often certain topics are connected together in speeches of politics, and arrive at some interesting conclusion.

    Qualitative methods are widely used in different research areas. The most popular qualitative method is case investigate. tho’ context analysis, and surveys are also popular.

    Adopting an Treatment

    You may also go after the methodology of some author in your analysis.
    For example, attempt to apply the treatment of Edward Said to the analysis of some book that deals with foreign grounds. Or attempt to find the similarities of description of ceremonies connected with presidential post with the ceremonies of the king’s court as described by Mark Bloch.
    Tho’ such methodologies don’t have names of their own, it is possible to apply them in your essay.

    Describing Your Methodology

    If you fail to identify your methods, you can always just describe steps of your research. If you keep notes on how you engaged in the research, you will have enough material to prop up a methodology segment in your essay. Ensure that you have data on

  • The means used in research, such as digital library, books and publications, internet, etc.
  • The sources of information, such as particular publications, books, websites, etc.
  • The reason you chose those sources of information. The authenticity of the website like or the popularity of the publication, say National geographic.
  • The steps you used to confirm the veracity of the information, namely how you have crosschecked the information at another authentic site or publication.
  • Project Methodology Examples

    A project methodology gives an idea about how the project is carried out and an interpretation of the results. It may be related to entirely fresh activities, like a project, to bring out a fresh product or to existing activities like discovering problems and developing solutions. The following is an example of a project methodology for problem solving:

  • Developing the problem statement
  • Detecting the causes
  • Recognizing the alternative solutions
  • Determining the best solution
  • Implementation of the solution
  • Review and feed back
  • A correct project methodology is a precondition to the successful execution of projects, as it gives the project required degree of consistency.

    Research Methods Examples

    A research methodology section will inform the reader about:

  • Scope of the Investigate – This lets the reader know your scope of examine.
  • Sources of Data and Information – Whether it is primary and secondary.
  • Contraptions for Analysis- such as mathematical models, tables, graphs, etc.
  • Limitation of the Explore
  • Research methodology is the main bod of any research, thus it is worth good effort and endeavor from the students.

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    End of Course Reflection Paper Assignment

    End of Course Reflection Paper Assignment

    Write a two- to three-page reflection paper.

    • Discuss what you have learned during the class and how it will assist you in achieving further academic and work related goals.
  • Include your strategies for capitalizing on your strengths and overcoming your weaknesses in order to become a successful distance learner.
  • E-mail your paper as an attachment to the instructor. Name your file with your Lastname-ReflectionPaper.doc. Ex: Smith-ReflectionPaper.doc. Put the following in the subject area of your e-mail: pf282-LU3-Reflection Paper.
  • Three Sample Student Reflection Papers

    Sample Student Reflection Paper 1
    (loved online learning)

    How Distance Learning Has Switched My Life

    This course has helped me overcome my fear of technology. I was unassured of myself at very first, but I quickly became used to using e-mail, bulletin boards, and talk rooms.

    I have learned how to do Internet research. I had never used the Internet for research before. I always went to the library and looked everything up in the card file. The search engines on the Internet are swifter than looking things up by hand. The search engines even let the researcher search for articles containing key words that are related to the subject being researched. Just a few years ago, a person would have had to scan an article or book themselves to see if it related to their topic. I have noticed that not all search engines are created equal. Yahoo and Lycos are my favorites. To get a broad range of information on a topic, it is best to use more than one search engine.

    From taking this class, I have learned that my preferred learning style is visual. I learn best from reading the material and eyeing charts and graphics. If I am hesitant on the spelling of a word, I write it down several different ways and choose the one that looks right. I am blessed this is my learning style, because on-line classes are almost exclusively visual.

    From the temperament sorter, I learned I was a guardian sj. I have always been goal-oriented and have usually known what I want out of life. I also want to fit in with a group. I feel that I have accomplished this with this class. We all want to improve our lives, and hopefully our paychecks. Guardians, besides wanting to fit in, are always searching for security. I am a bit insecure, but am attempting to become more self-confident.

    Another aspect of my temperament is that I am an “ISFJ.” That means I am introverted, sensing, feeling, and judging. The article stated that ISFJ’s are “characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their need to be needed.” That is exactly like me. I never thought of myself as that way, but I am. I also seem to be taken advantage of a lot. I think that is because I want people to like me so much that I will give in in order to feel like I am accepted and desired. People can lightly take advantage of someone like me. This skill of myself will help me in the future. I will think twice before providing too much of myself. I will question the other person’s motivation.

    I can relate to the fact that ISFJ’s are often “harried and awkward in supervisory roles.” I was a retail store manager for three pitiful years. I spent most of my time attempting to get my employees to work. I never seemed to have enough time to get my own work done. I wasn’t rock hard enough to be a boss. I did fine when it came down to doing my own work. I just couldn’t motivate my employees. The part about traditional careers for ISFJ’s included training, which I found interesting. I have considered training at some point in my career. It might be a good choice for me.

    This course has helped me to know myself better. It has trained me abilities I will take with me to my future courses. I will know how to collect research, contact people through e-mail, and will be able to order books on-line. I have already used my research abilities to help myself with my accounting class. I went to Yahoo and searched for accounting tutorials. There were several tutorials that were very helpful in my studies. In future courses, if I have questions, the Web has a vast amount of resources I can tap into.

    This class will help me in my work-related goals as well. I have visited and set up an account. After I graduate, I will post my resume on-line and will hopefully get a job suggest or an interview. I may be able to find my wish job without leaving my house. That is amazing to me.

    Now that I have this class (almost) behind me, I am considering injecting the master’s degree program. I have found that I like on-line learning, and I know that I can achieve my goals if I work hard enough.

    My strengths in the distance learning format is my capability to set goals and be disciplined enough to reach those goals by the deadline. I kept a petite notebook and wrote down each day what I needed to do in each class. I also attempted to break down longer tasks into smaller lumps. I attempted to do something every day to reach the objective. This class compelled me to become organized. Being able to organize will help me in everything I do in college and at work.

    One of my weaknesses is my shyness. I have partially overcome this weakness because of the on-line format. I did not feel as self-conscious, because nobody would see me, and would not judge me because of my looks. I could be myself. This has helped me become more certain. I have found it lighter to speak up in my traditional classes and to speak with my classmates. I will be able to use this newfound confidence to do better in college and in finding a better job.

    Another weakness I have is being afraid to ask for help. As this course progressed, however, I overcame that timidness. I realized that in the working world, everyone helps each other out if a co-worker has a problem. Also, working in teams is significant in many jobs. The team project helped me to learn how to be a part of a team. That skill will help me immensely if I get a job at a bank or investment stiff, which is my aim.

    I have liked this class because it opened my eyes to who I truly am as a person. I have learned about my preferred learning style, which is visual. I have become more certain and goal-oriented. My organizational abilities have improved greatly. I am looking forward to the rest of my college practice, and to the working world beyond.

    Sample Student Reflection Paper Two
    (had difficulty with online learning)

    In the following paper I will discuss what I have learned during this introductory class to online learning. I will also touch on how I have attempted to overcome my weaknesses with online learning.

    The largest thing I have learned from this class is that I don’t think I would be a fine online learner. I am a more one-on-one person who likes to see people and talk with people. I like to see facial expressions from people when talking with them and this proved to be a very difficult course for me. Originally going into this I thought I would love it and this might prove to be a way for me to accomplish my master’s degree. I took this course for two reasons; one because I was required to by my employer because of our latest agreement with Franklin and two, because I truly wished to know what online learning is about. I am glad I took the course but I don’t know that I could take another one. It would have to be something I thought about for a long time before making that decision.

    Even tho’ I did have a lot of difficulty with this course I did love the talk room. I had never been in one before and it was joy but could be a little frustrating. I was always attempting to type quickly to react to one person and someone would usually get in before me and put a totally different thought up that might make our talk look a little confusing. But I liked it, and I think it is a superb asset to online learning. I also think the bulletin board is a good contraption to use for an online course. It was nice to post a message and have someone react.

    I think my strength in this course was that I am very comfy with the computer and had no fears with learning fresh things. My difficulties were not watching others and not having that one-on-one contact. Ways I attempted to overcome that were emailing others in the class and getting to know them better. I also attempted to react to things on the bulletin board. As far as being a visual or kinesthetic learner I printed all correspondence off of the computer and filed it into certain files. I then would review everything and make notes.

    I think this class was for the most part organized. I took a Web-based class at XXXXX my senior year and it was very unorganized. In that class my instructor infrequently put things on the bulletin board for us and we infrequently had any assignments and I feel it was a waste of my money. However, in this class the assignments were all posted and listed in superb detail which I truly loved. Plus I think we all used the bulletin board well and that helped me feel like I was not alone in this class. I think Internet learning will become more of the norm as time moves on and possibly I will learn to adapt to it better.

    Sample Student Reflection Paper Three
    (learned technology and about self)

    I have learned about technology through the Advance Online Learning Strategy class, PF282-G4CC, but I have also learned about what defines a learning community and how to successfully participate in one.

    Through the various assignments, I have mastered the use of technology as never before. I have learned to communicate through e-mail to my instructor and classmates. I have learned to use the online library to access various research articles. I have learned how to use the Internet and to use various search engines as vehicles for research, and how to evaluate the quality of the material I had gathered. In addition, I learned to create my own Web page and post it on the Internet. The class Bulletin Board was also a fresh learning practice for me, as was participating in the Talk Room. Both of these modes of communication enabled me to see how a person can indeed get to know someone without ever meeting face to face. Something I once doubted. What was particularly interesting for me was the Electronic Editing assignment. It was there that I learned how one must understand the original purpose of a document before one can edit it. Otherwise, the meaning can become somewhat altered from the original intent. These different forms of technical communication permitted me to participate by interacting with my class and instructor&#151in what I now define as a learning community.

    Prior to this class, I had never thought of education as a learning community. I had heard of the term before, but not in the same context as I have come to understand it in these last few weeks. I now believe that learning should be a voluntary act, and that instructing should be a response to that act&#151not a cargo, not a one-person showcase. Most likely the most significant aspect of this distance online class has been learning about what defines a learning community and how it differs from a traditional classroom. Not only does this environment place the impetus to learn on the student, it also offers students the plasticity they need to participate in their own education at their own rhythm. Many times across this past semester I had work-related problems and could not participate every day at a certain time. I participated, but when it was convenient for me to do so. In other words, to borrow a fresh term, I learned that learning can be both asynchronous and synchronous. Some of the time my learning took place on my own and then at other times with the class. In fact, I noticed that all of the elements that are crucial in accomplishing work-related goals are also present in this learning environment. For example, collaboration was necessary at certain times during this distance learning class, just as it is in the workplace. I couldn’t always “do it alone,” just as I cannot always do it alone on my job.

    As I reflect upon on my strengths and weaknesses as related to this course, I think that the old telling about how my “greatest weakness became my greatest strength” applies here. One of the problems I very first encountered in this class was not being able to get an instantaneous response when I was having difficulty with something. In a traditional classroom the teacher is always physically present, so if there is an instant need he or she is usually instantaneously accessible in one way or another (in class or during office hours). This problem, however, turned around as I little by little learned to dig deeper and investigate further for my own answers. I also learned to rely on my learning community (classmates), too. In the beginning of the semester there was an adjustment period, but as the semester progressed and as I began to work with the system, I learned to be less dependent on the instructor and more dependent on me. I think this was a good learning practice. Sometimes teachers response far too many questions lightly when they need to let the student search for their own response. As a distance-learning student, I found that it was significant to work independently to find solutions to problems. This is where my critical thinking abilities came in handy. I don’t mean to disregard the need for the learning community, but being an independent learner enables a student to be a better member of that learning community. So, to summarize, my greatest weakness&#151the inability to access information instantly&#151became my greatest strength&#151my capability to become an independent learner and achiever.

    In closing, I would like to add that I have indeed loved the practice of this class. It has been good for me to learn first-hand what this distance learning is all about. Thank you for your help and patience.

    End of Course Reflection Paper Assignment

    Write a two- to three-page reflection paper.

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    The World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the Zika virus as a global health emergency on 1 Feb. The outbreak of this virus, which is suspected of causing microcephaly and neurological problems, was very first detected in Brazil in May 2015 and has now spread to more than 20 countries. The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries other diseases such as the dengue and chikungunya. WHO estimates that up to four million people are likely to be infected by Zika virus by the end of 2016. Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the WHO, stated that the Zika virus was given the designation of emergency in order to ensure that people are alerted to the problem, and governments and non-profit organizations mobilize funds to take prompt act to stop the outbreak. Many research teams across the world are attempting to create a vaccine that would prevent and cure person who has come in contact with the virus.

    Read more in The Fresh York Times. 

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    Can you describe your career in brief? What did you major in? How did you determine to become a professional editor?

    I have a broad range of practice in the life sciences, gained from both academia and working as a research scientist. I spent almost 20 years of my career working in research laboratories at the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Institute, Norwich, UK, primarily in the areas of bacteriology and plant molecular biology. I hold a PhD in insect conservation ecology from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in plant breeding and biotechnology from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I have very first authored four academic papers (published in periodicals such as the Journal of Bacteriology and Biological Conservation) and have appeared as a contributing author on several others. My educational background and work practice are of particular advantage in my capacity as a senior editor at Cactus Communications, albeit I have to confess that I became an editor more by default than by design.

    Which aspect of editing do you love the most?

    In the world of science, the worth and career prospects of a researcher are typically based on his/her publication record. However, getting research published invariably means proficiency in written English. No matter how good the science, if a research paper is total of grammatical and typographical errors, awkwardly constructed sentences, etc., it has little hope of being published in a scientific journal. In this respect, I build up considerable satisfaction from converting something that will almost certainly be rejected on account of its poor language content into something that has a very good likelihood of being accepted. As I edit a manuscript, I am continually bearing in mind that the author’s future career may hinge on getting this particular manuscript into print, and that provides all the necessary incentive.

    Is there anything specific you do to provide high-quality edits across various manuscripts?

    The field of life science is so extensive that one can never be totally conversant with all the various disciplines and sub-disciplines. Moreover, science, particularly areas like molecular biology, is progressing at such a prompt tempo nowadays that it is virtually unlikely to keep abreast of all the latest developments. Consequently, I am often called upon to edit manuscripts the contents of which may be totally unacquainted. Accordingly, before commencing an edit, I often need to conduct extensive referencing of particular subject areas in order to build up familiarity with all the relevant concepts and terminology. And, having done so, documents that may have originally seemed incomprehensible are often seen in a fresh and clearer light.

    What advice would you give to junior editors on how to sustain their interest in editing and provide the client with high-quality work?

    As editors at Editage, we are providing a service, and our clients accordingly have certain expectations as to the quality of the service we produce. Thus, my advice to someone commencing an editing career with the company would be to put yourself in the place of a Japanese, Chinese, or Korean researcher pinning his/her hopes on the editor to revise, restructure, and format their valuable research report into something that is flawless in terms of English language content. Alternatively, I might say, imagine that the manuscript you are about to edit contains your own research findings, which you despairingly want to communicate to the world at large.

    As an editor, how do you define a good English paper? And is there any advice for authors to improve their writing abilities?

    For me, a good English paper is one that I can slide through effortlessly from commence to finish without being brought to an abrupt halt or having the read something twice because the meaning is unclear or there is some glaring error in the text. In other words, the text should have a logical flow and be free of evident typographical and grammatical errors and long rambling sentences. Authors wanting to improve their English writing abilities could begin off by scrutinizing research papers from reputable journals in their own field and/or in popular science journals such as Fresh Scientist and Scientific American, which are written in an lightly accessible style.

    A few words for our clients…

    Very first and foremost, as editors, we are on your side, we want to produce you high-quality documents, we want you to get your research papers published in the journal of your choice. Indeed, we get thrilled on learning that one of the manuscripts we have edited has been accepted for publication. Often, for various reasons, misunderstandings arise during the course of our editing; however, as clients, you always have the option of seeking and/or providing the necessary clarifications, such that outstanding problems can be suitably resolved. So, rather than viewing editing as some dislocated mechanical process, attempt to look upon the writing and editing of manuscripts as a collaborative team effort.

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