Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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James Ryan

Engineer - Chemical

Coillte

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  James Ryan

To have a career in engineering you have to be a problem solver. Engineering involves managing, analysing, communicating and problem solving so it helps to be a versitile individual. My backround is in chemical and process engineering and it would be necessary to have an interest in chemistry, physics, maths and also more practical applications.

I would advise someone who would be interested in a job in engineering to study hard for your leaving certificate and in college and your interest in certain areas should drive you on. If you were interested in a job in Medite you should be a hands on person and very interested in your work. There is a wide variety of work in Medite so you should be able to adapt to deal with what is assigned to you.

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Music helps children learn Maths 


Wednesday, March 28, 2012 




Music helps children learn Maths

Listening to music in maths lessons can dramatically improve children's ability in the subject and help them score up to 50 per cent higher in examinations, a new study has found.

For tapping out a beat may help children learn difficult fraction concepts, according to new findings due to be published in the journal Educational Studies in Mathematics. An innovative curriculum uses rhythm to teach fractions at a California school where students in a music-based programme scored significantly higher on math tests than their peers who received regular instruction.

"Academic Music" is a hands-on curriculum that uses music notation, clapping, drumming and chanting to introduce third-grade students to fractions. The programme, co-designed by San Francisco State University researchers, addresses one of the most difficult - and important - topics in the elementary mathematics curriculum. "If students don't understand fractions early on, they often struggle with algebra and mathematical reasoning later in their schooling," said Susan Courey, assistant professor of special education at San Francisco State University. "We have designed a method that uses gestures and symbols to help children understand parts of a whole and learn the academic language of math."

The programme has shown tangible results at Hoover Elementary School in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Courey's study included 67 students. Half the group participated in a six-week Academic Music curriculum and the rest received the school's regular math instruction. Students in the music-based programme scored 50 percent higher on a fraction test, taken at the end of the study, compared to students in the regular math class.

"Academic Music brings music into the classroom and gets children to learn math in a different way that's symbolic and not dependent on language," said Kit Cosgriff, principal at Allen Elementary School. "In every lesson I've observed, the children have been excited and enthusiastic about learning fractions," Cosgriff said.

Irish independent, 22/3/2012
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

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