Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Return: Nightfall Chapter 4

With the signed contract safely tucked in Bonnie's purse, they pulled up to the boardinghouse in which Stefan had taken up residence again. They looked for Mrs. Flowers but couldn't find her, as usual. So they walked up the narrowing steps with the worn carpet and splintering balustrade, hallooing as they came. â€Å"Stefan! Elena! It's us!† The door at the very top opened and Stefan's head came out. He looked – different somehow. â€Å"Happier,† Bonnie whispered wisely to Meredith. â€Å"Is he?† â€Å"Of course.†Bonnie was shocked. â€Å"He's got Elena back.† â€Å"Yes, he does. Just the way she was when they met, I bet. You saw her in the woods.† Meredith's voice was heavy with significance. â€Å"But†¦that's†¦oh, no! She'shuman again!† Matt looked down the stairs and hissed, â€Å"Will you two quit it? They're gonna hear us.† Bonnie was confused. Of course Stefan could hear them, but if you were going to worry about what Stefan heard you'd have to worry about what youthought , too – Stefan could always catch the shape of what you were thinking, if not the actual words. â€Å"Boys!† hissed Bonnie. â€Å"I mean I know they're totally necessary and all, but sometimes they Just Don't Get It.† â€Å"Just wait till you try men,† whispered Meredith, and Bonnie thought of Alaric Saltzman, the college student that Meredith was more or less engaged to. â€Å"I could tell you a thing or two,† Caroline added, examining her long, manicured nails with a world-weary look. â€Å"But Bonnie doesn't need to know even one yet. She has plenty of time to learn,† Meredith said, firmly in mothering mode. â€Å"Let's go inside.† â€Å"Sit down, sit down,† Stefan was encouraging them as they entered, the perfect host. But nobody could sit down. All eyes were fixed on Elena. She was sitting in lotus position in front of the room's only open window, with the fresh wind making her white nightgown billow. Her hair was true gold again, not the perilous white-gold it had become when Stefan had unintentionally turned into a vampire. She looked exactly the way Bonnie remembered her. Except that she was floating three feet off the floor. Stefan saw them all gawking. â€Å"It's just something she does,† he said almost apologetically. â€Å"She woke up the day after our fight with Klaus and started floating. I think gravity hasn't quite got a hold on her yet.† He turned back to Elena. â€Å"Look who's come to see you,† he said enticingly. Elena was looking. Her gold-flecked blue eyes were curious, and she was smiling, but there was no recognition as she looked from one visitor to another. Bonnie had been holding her arms out. â€Å"Elena?† she said. â€Å"It'sme , Bonnie, remember? I was there when you came back.I'm sure glad to see you .† Stefan tried again. â€Å"Elena, remember? These are your friends, your good friends. This tall, dark-haired beauty is Meredith, and this fiery little pixie is Bonnie, and this guy with the all-American looks is Matt.† Something flickered in Elena's face, and Stefan repeated, â€Å"Matt.† â€Å"And what about me? Or am I invisible?† Caroline said from the doorway. She sounded good-humored enough, but Bonnie knew that it made Caroline grind her teeth just to see Stefan and Elena together and out of danger. â€Å"You're right. I'm sorry,† Stefan said, and he did something that no ordinary eighteen-year-old could have pulled off without looking like an idiot. He took Caroline's hand and kissed it as gracefully and unthinkingly as if he were some count from nearly half a millennium ago. Which, of course, was pretty much what he was, Bonnie thought. Caroline looked slightly smug – Stefan had taken his time with the hand kiss. Now he said, â€Å"And last but not least, this tanned beauty here is Caroline.† Then, very gently, in a voice that Bonnie had heard him use only a few times since she'd known him, he said, â€Å"Don't you remember them, love? They nearly died for you – and for me.† Elena was floating easily, in a standing position now, bobbing like a swimmer trying to keep still. â€Å"We did it because we care,† Bonnie said, and she put her arms out again for a hug. â€Å"But we never expected to get you back, Elena.† Her eyes filled. â€Å"You came back to us. Don't youknow us?† Elena floated down until she was directly in front of Bonnie. There was still no sign of recognition on her face, but there was something else. There was a kind of limitless benediction and tranquility. Elena radiated a calming peace and an unconditional love that made Bonnie breathe in deeply and shut her eyes. She could feel it like sunshine on her face, like the ocean in her ears. After a moment Bonnie realized she was in danger of crying at the sheer feeling ofgoodness – a word that was almost never used these days. Some things still could be simply, untouchablygood . Elenawas good. And then, with a gentle touch on Bonnie's shoulder, Elena floated toward Caroline. She held out her arms. Caroline looked flustered. A wave of scarlet swept up her neck. Bonnie saw it, but didn't understand it. They'd all had a chance to pick up on Elena's vibes. And Caroline and Elenahad been close friends – until Stefan, their rivalry had been friendly. It wasgood of Elena to pick Caroline to hug first. And then Elena went into the circle of Caroline's hastily raised arms and just as Caroline began to say â€Å"I've – † she kissed her full on the mouth. It wasn't just a peck, either. Elena wrapped her arms around Caroline's neck and hung on. For long moments Caroline stood deathly still as if in shock. Then she reared back and struggled, at first feebly, and then so violently that Elena was catapulted backward in the air, her eyes wide. Stefan caught her like an infielder going for a pop fly. â€Å"What thehell – ?† Caroline was scrubbing at her mouth. â€Å"Caroline!† Stefan's voice was filled with fierce protectiveness. â€Å"It doesn't mean anything like what you're thinking. It's got nothing to do with sex at all. She's just identifying you, learning who you are. She can do that now that she's come back to us.† â€Å"Prairie dogs,† Meredith said in the cool, slightly distant voice she often used to bring down the temperature of a room. â€Å"Prairie dogs kiss when they meet. It does exactly what you said, Stefan, helps them identify specific individuals†¦.† Caroline was far beyond Meredith's abilities to cool down, however. Scrubbing her mouth had been a bad idea; she had smeared scarlet lipstick all around it, so that she looked like something out of aBride of Dracula movie. â€Å"Are you crazy? What do you think I am? Because some hamsters do it, that makes it okay?† She had flushed a mottled red, from her throat to the roots of her hair. â€Å"Prairie dogs. Not hamsters.† â€Å"Oh, who gives a – † Caroline broke off, frantically fumbling in her purse until Stefan offered her a box of tissues. He had already dabbed the scarlet smears off Elena's mouth. Caroline rushed into the small bathroom attached to Stefan's attic bedroom and slammed the door hard. Bonnie and Meredith caught each other's eye and let out their breaths simultaneously, convulsing with laughter. Bonnie did a lightning-quick imitation of Caroline's expression and frantic scrubbing, miming someone using handful after handful of tissues. Meredith gave a reproving shake of her head, but she and Stefan and Matt all had a case of themustn't-laugh snickers. A lot of it was simply the release of tension – they had seen Elena alive again, after six long months without her – but they couldn't stop laughing. Or at least they couldn't until a tissue box sailed out of the bathroom, nearly hitting Bonnie in the head – and they all realized that the slammed door had rebounded – and that there was a mirror in the bathroom. Bonnie caught Caroline's expression in the mirror and then met her full-on glare. Yep, she'd seen them laughing at her. The door closed again – this time, as if it had been kicked. Bonnie ducked her head and clutched at her short strawberry curls, wishing the floor would open up and swallow her. â€Å"I'll apologize,† she said after a gulp, trying to be adult about the situation. Then she looked up and realized that everyone else was more concerned about Elena, who was clearly upset by this rejection. It's a good thing we made Caroline sign that oath in blood, Bonnie thought. And it's a good thing that you-know-who signed it, too. If there was one thing Damon would know about, it was consequences. Even as she was thinking this, she joined the huddle around Elena. Stefan was trying to hold Elena; Elena was trying to go after Caroline; and Matt and Meredith were helping Stefan and telling Elena that it was okay. When Bonnie joined them, Elena gave up trying to get to the bathroom. Her face was distressed, her blue eyes swimming with tears. Elena's serenity had been broken by hurt and regret – and underneath that, a surprisingly deep apprehension. Bonnie's intuition gave a twinge. But she patted Elena's elbow, the only part of her that she could reach, and added her voice to the chorus: â€Å"You didn't know she'd get so upset. You didn't hurt her.† Crystal tears spilled down Elena's cheeks, and Stefan caught them with a tissue as if each one was priceless. â€Å"She thinks that Carolineis hurt,† Stefan said, â€Å"and she's worried about her – for some reason I don't get.† Bonnie realized that Elena could communicate after all – by mind-link. â€Å"I felt that, too,† she said. â€Å"The hurt. But tell her – I mean – Elena, Ipromise I'll apologize. I'll grovel.† â€Å"It may take some groveling from all of us,† Meredith said. â€Å"But meanwhile I want to make sure that this  ¡Ã‚ ®angel unaware' recognizesme .† With an expression of tranquil sophistication, she took Elena out of Stefan's arms and into her own, and then she kissed her. Unfortunately, this coincided with Caroline stalking out of the bathroom. The bottom of her face was paler than the top, having been denuded of all makeup: lipstick, bronzer, blush, the works. She stopped dead and stared. â€Å"I don't believe it,† she said in scathing tones. â€Å"You'restill doing it! It's dis – â€Å" â€Å"Caroline.† Stefan's voice was a warning. â€Å"I came here to see Elena.† Caroline – beautiful, lithe, bronze-limbed Caroline – was twisting her hands together as if in terrible conflict. â€Å"Theold Elena. And what do I see? She's like a baby – she can't talk. She's like some smirking guru floating in the air. And now she's like some kind of perverted – â€Å" â€Å"Don't finish that,† Stefan said quietly but firmly. â€Å"I told you, she ought to be over the first symptoms in just a few days, to judge by her progress so far,† he added. And hewas different, somehow, Bonnie thought. Not just happier to have gotten Elena back. He was†¦stronger somehow at the core of himself. Stefan had always been quiet inside; her powers sensed him as a pool of clear water. Now she saw that same clear water built up like a tsunami. What could have changed Stefan so much? The answer came to her immediately, although in the form of a wondering question. Elena was still part spirit – Bonnie's intuition told her that. What did it do if you drank the blood of someone who was in that state? â€Å"Caroline, let's just drop it,† she said. â€Å"I'm sorry, I'm really, really sorry for – you know. I was wrong, and I'm sorry.† â€Å"Oh, you'resorry . Oh, that makes everything all right then, doesn't it?† Caroline's voice was pure acid, and she turned her back on Bonnie with finality. Bonnie was surprised to feel the sting of tears behind her eyes. Elena and Meredith still had their arms around each other, their cheeks wet with the other's tears. They were looking at each other and Elena was beaming. â€Å"Now she'll know you anywhere,† Stefan told Meredith. â€Å"Not just your face, but – well, the inside of you, too, or the shape of it, at least. I should have mentioned that before this started, but I'm the only one she's ;;met,' and I didn't realize – â€Å" â€Å"You should have realized!† Caroline was pacing like a tiger. â€Å"So you kissed a girl, sowhat ?† Bonnie exploded. â€Å"What do you think, you're going to grow a beard now?† As if powered by the conflict around her, Elena suddenly took off. All at once she was zipping around the room as if she'd been shot from a cannon; her hair crackled with electricity when she made sudden stops or turns. She soared around the room twice, and as she was silhouetted against the dusty old window, Bonnie thought,Oh, my God! We've got to get her some clothes! She looked at Meredith and saw that Meredith had shared her realization. Yes, they had to get Elena clothes – and most especially underclothes. As Bonnie moved toward Elena, as shyly as if she'd never been kissed before, Caroline exploded. â€Å"You just keep doing it and doing it and doing it!† She was practically screeching by now, Bonnie thought. â€Å"What'swrong with you? Don't you have any morals at all?† This, unfortunately, caused another case of thedon't-laugh-don't-laugh choked giggles in Bonnie and Meredith. Even Stefan turned away sharply, his gallantry toward a guest clearly fighting a losing battle. Not just a guest, Bonnie thought, but a girl he'd gonepret-ty darn far with, as Caroline hadn't been shy about letting people know when she'd gotten her hands on him. About as far as vampirescould go, Bonnie remembered, which was not the whole way. Something about the blood-sharing substituting for – well, for Doing It. But he wasn't the only one Caroline had bragged about. Caroline was infamous. Bonnie glanced at Elena, saw that Elena was watching Caroline with a strange expression. Not as if Elena were afraid of her, but rather as if Elena were deeply worriedabout her. â€Å"Are you all right?† Bonnie whispered. To her surprise, Elena nodded, then looked at Caroline and shook her head. She carefully looked Caroline up and down and her expression was that of a puzzled doctor examining a very sick patient. Then she floated toward Caroline, one hand extended. Caroline shied away, as if she were disgusted to have Elena touch her. No, not disgusted, Bonnie thought, butfrightened. â€Å"How do I know what she'll do next?† Caroline snapped, but Bonnie knew that wasn't the real reason for her fear. What do we have going on here? she wondered. Elena afraidfor Caroline, and Caroline afraidof Elena. What does that equal? Bonnie's psychic senses were giving her gooseflesh. There was somethingwrong with Caroline, she felt, something she'd never encountered before. And the air†¦it was thickening somehow, as if it were building up to a thunderstorm. Caroline made a sharp turn to keep her face averted from Elena's. She moved behind a chair. â€Å"Just keep her freakin'away from me, all right? I won't let her touch me again – † she began, when Meredith changed the whole situation with two quiet words. â€Å"Whatdid you say to me?† Caroline said, staring.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Swot Analysis Of Virgin Media - Free Essay Example

Sample details Pages: 2 Words: 512 Downloads: 9 Date added: 2017/09/24 Category Advertising Essay Type Argumentative essay Did you like this example? SWOT Analysis of Virgin Media Virgin Media is an innovative new media company that was formed as a result of a merger between NTL and Telewest and then a re-branding as Virgin Media. Its main strength lies in the branding and the innovation that the name Virgin offers. Internally, Virgin Media is the only company in the United Kingdom that offers all four of the main media services, i. e. digital television, broadband, fixed line telephone and mobile phone packages. The ability to offer these products all together in one bundle is the unique selling point of Virgin Media and clearly sets the company apart from its competitors. Strengths In offering these combined services, the company has substantial economies of scale as it is able to combine many of its generic roles such as administration and finance, thus allowing the company to price more competitively for the benefit of its customers. Due to its perceived leading brand name in the media, Virgin Media has managed to s ecure an ongoing contract with Sky, extending further still its inclusive offering to its customers. Technical ability and infrastructure are also two of the key internal strengths of the company, which have been exploited to produce a market leading position. Weaknesses Despite this, the company does have some internal weaknesses that need to be managed. The merger between NTL and Telewest is still relatively new and there are cultural clashes between the two styles and the emerging Virgin style. In recent years, there have been several redundancies and outsourcing of customer services, in an attempt to bring down costs. This has resulted in a degree of unsettled behaviour and lack of loyalty from staff. Due to the size and complexity of the growing organisation, there are likely to be ongoing conflicts which will need to be managed if this cultural shift is not to impact on the customer experience. Opportunities and Threats Externally, the opportunities and threats facing Vi rgin Media are ever changing. The media sector is developing an exceptionally fast pace, resulting in both opportunities and threats for companies such as Virgin Media. Opportunities are widely available for Virgin Media, predominantly in offering value added services such as online gaming or more reliable broadband connections. Bundling these media services together, as Virgin Media has already done, offers yet further opportunities within the media sector, in terms of grasping greater market share. Consumers like simple, one-stop shopping when it comes to the media options available; this is something that Virgin Media can continue to exploit, particularly now that it has signed an agreement with Sky. Threats to Virgin Media come from other similar media companies such as Orange or BT who remain as large players in the market. In particular, Virgin Media is rumoured to have difficulties with its infrastructure reliability, which could potentially allow competitors such as BT to increase market share. The media sector as a whole is extremely fast moving; therefore, the main threat is that Virgin Media may fail to keep pace, thus losing its customer base to another more innovative company. Don’t waste time! Our writers will create an original "Swot Analysis Of Virgin Media" essay for you Create order

Monday, December 30, 2019

Emotional Intelligence As a Type of Social Intelligence - Free Essay Example

Sample details Pages: 2 Words: 489 Downloads: 6 Date added: 2019/05/06 Category Psychology Essay Level High school Tags: Emotional Intelligence Essay Did you like this example? In todays society, emotional intelligence is described as a type of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor personal and individuals emotions, to judge among them, and to use the resources to guide personal cognitive abilities. Research shows that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthen, why others say its a natural characteristic. Emotional intelligence brings together the fields of emotions and intelligence by viewing emotions as useful sources of information that help one to make sense of and navigate the social environment (Salovey and Mayer,1990).Emotional Intelligence monitors personal and individuals emotion by looking at personality characteristics of an individual. Don’t waste time! Our writers will create an original "Emotional Intelligence As a Type of Social Intelligence" essay for you Create order Personality characteristics are characterized as locus of control, achievement motivation, authoritarianism, and self-esteem. A view of individual personality is a combination of nature and nurture, and genetic characteristics are mold by individuals experience.When reviewing related information of emotional intelligence pertaining to self-esteem, the information includes elements in the concept of individualize evaluation. Self-esteem consist of three models which are affective models, cognitive models, and sociological models. Nature of self-esteem is viewed as a way that highlights affective processes instead of cognitive processes. Affective models begin in the early stages of life which helps you understand the influences self-evaluations and self-worth feelings. There are different perspectives that are observed about individuals thinking. For example, Crocker and Major (1989) have suggested that attractive people discount the positive feedback they receive (Im only getting this job because Im good-looking) and unattractive people discount the negative feedback they receive (I didnt get the job because Im not good-looking enough). In this manner, attractiveness ends up being uncorrelated with self-esteem (Brown and Marshall, 2002). Generally, people view themselves in a positive manner when they exemplify a higher level of self-esteem. Meanwhile people with lower level of self-esteem view themselv es in a negative manner. Self-esteem is not considered the only factor that affects self-evaluation. Cognitive models assume that self-esteem is based on primary beliefs about individuals qualities. High self-esteem is based on appearance, intelligence, and popularity. Alternate perspectives assume all self-evaluations are influenced by self-esteem. Self-esteem can be calculated by its degree of importance with its weighed value. When focusing on emotional intelligence, it views cognitive models on a holistically perception. Looking from a global level, self-esteem is view as a baseline of self-evaluations.Emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthen by personal emotions, others perspective, experiences, thoughtfulness, sentiments, drawing conclusion, and repetition. Individuals that exhibit high emotional intelligences are typically successful in everything they do. There are four attributes that will help individuals become successful; self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship management. Self-management allows an individual to control its feeling and behaviors and adapt to change. Self-awareness allows an individual to weight their pros and cons. Social awareness allows an individual to become self-confidence of their environment. Relationship management allows an individual to develop team building skills. Different discoveries explained capabilities such as empathy, opti mism, and self-control provided to outcomes and everyday life.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Physics Is It Really Genuine Knowledge Essay - 1244 Words

In a present day conference on whether physics can provide valuable, genuine knowledge of the world, two people sit, listening attentively. Both people are deep in thought about their own theories on the subject. One, David Hume, shakes his head in outright denial. While most those in the conference are in agreement that physics can, indeed, provide genuine knowledge, he contends that physics and mathematics provide nothing at all. In fact, he thinks to himself, only things that can be divvied up into various sensory impressions provide genuine knowledge and, since mathematics and sciences cannot (particularly because they rely on causal relationships) they are essentially a waste of time. Across the room is Immanuel Kant. At certain†¦show more content†¦In effect, impressions hold much more vivid senses since memories become increasingly vague. Furthermore, without impressions, there would be no ideas. Because all ideas originate from a combination of impressions, the only genuine knowledge we can certain of is that which can be broken down into impressions. As an example, take a grey cloud. We can only think of a grey cloud because it is formed by previously acquiesced impressions of grey and cloud, which we then combine. Therefore, without the corresponding impressions, any imagination cannot be of genuine knowledge. In physics this holds drastic consequences; let’s take the idea of causal relationships and the universal law that, â€Å"for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction†, such as when two balls collide. In essence this implies two things. One, there is, causal relationship – that is one ball causes the other ball causes the other ball to move – and, two, there is always a causal relationship – which means that anytime the first ball hits the second, the second will always be caused to move. 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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Technology’s Influence in Todays World Free Essays

Every single day a new type of technology is being introduced to the world. Technology has improved a lot over years, and it is a great thing these days, because it can be very helpful, especially for people with disabilities. However people are taking advantage of it. We will write a custom essay sample on The Technology’s Influence in Todays World or any similar topic only for you Order Now I think life is impossible without cell phones and laptops! This phrase sounds shocking but reality is reality. Some people can’t live without modern technology like cell phones. Everybody knows what modern technology is. Modern technology is a technology created or invented to help us do works and make our life easier. i think we should perfectly understand that modern technology can make our life more convenient and safes a great deal of our time. We become lazy because of modern technologies like cell phones, washing machine, televisions, and others. People used to wash their dirty clothes using hands, but now they just have to put their dirty clothes into the washing machine and press some buttons. as we know. Modern technologies create financial problems, too. Because most of the modern technologies are too expensive to buy. People need to be active in order to be healthy. Walking to the store, riding a bike instead of a car, visiting a post office instead of sending an e-mail, all these things may or may not be more convenient, but they are a better alternative because it involves doing things physically. Being active means just a little more then the click of the mouse. Everyone loves the Internet. Suddenly everything just becomes so fast and easy. But easy does not necessarily mean better. Although being active enough is a major concern when it comes to modern technology, there are more things to worry about. Today’s technology can be as simple as the push of a button. Because everything is so easy, human’s brain is functioning as much as it should, and that is not a good thing. People need to develop their brain by reading, thinking in order to be smart, however its nearly impossible with the kind of technology we have these days. How to cite The Technology’s Influence in Todays World, Essay examples

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Explain Different Methods of Assessing free essay sample

Twice a year the pastoral carers are required to transfer this knowledge from note-taking, observations, record books, assessments of the children they care for, onto ‘progress reports’ for the parents to receive. â€Å"Sound reflection on the observations we make not only enhances professional practise, but also aids our understanding of children. † (Advanced Early Years 2nd Ed: I Macleod-Brudenell amp; J Kay:Pg328:2008) We sit together and discuss each child and ensure we have accurate and up-to-date details to add onto the progress report. Any concerns are dealt with on a daily basis and are not collected to discuss just twice a year. A primary purpose of observation is to record in order to inform our response to the needs of children. † (Advanced Early Years 2nd Ed: I Macleod-Brudenell amp; J Kay:Pg328:2008) The pastoral carers are then able to take time to sit and write a short report for the child, of which a copy is given to the parents and a copy is stored within the child’s file at playgroup. We will write a custom essay sample on Explain Different Methods of Assessing or any similar topic specifically for you Do Not WasteYour Time HIRE WRITER Only 13.90 / page The parents are also invited to come along and meet with their child’s pastoral carer before the report is sent home. Observations and assessments of the children within our care may be required for the following reasons: Concerns about a child’s behaviour and/or development * Routine assessments (starting at playgroup, leaving playgroup) * Structured assessments in cases of special needs * Assessments for purposes of a case conference or court * Students for learning purposes * Assist with planning our curriculum * To assist with planning IPP’s (Individual Play Plans) â€Å"Observation is a diagnostic tool, confirming capability or progress at a point in time. It is a means of unobtrusively collecting potentially rich information about children’s development. † (Advanced Early Years 2nd Ed: I Macleod-Brudenell amp; J Kay:Pg329:2008) At playgroup we are aware of the following, but may only use a few within our setting: Observation: Observations can be taken inside or outside and at different times of the day and within different areas of the setting. They record what the child is doing in a subjective way, enabling you to support childrens development / be aware of their current stage of development? Its most appropriate to use this method when a childs development is causing concern. â€Å"Observations should be as objective, valid and reliable as possible; and conclusions should not be drawn from one observation only. (Special Issues in Childcare:M O’Hagan amp; M Smith:Pg37:1995) Information from colleagues and carers: Parents/carers who know the child and colleagues expertise are invaluable, especially when planning for social and academic success for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. If we are concerned about childs development its good to ask/share information. We also share information such as a parent pops in to explain theyre concerned their child might be feeling a little poorly one morning, a colleague lets you know how they saw a child achieve a milestone in their development. Your data should be discussed with appropriate persons and parents, compared, cross-checked and further assessments done where necessary. † (Special Issues in Childcare:M O’Hagan amp; M Smith:Pg39:1995) Assessment framework: It is the way in which a child is assessed to decide whether they have any particular needs and what these needs may be. It is useful in deciding whether the child is reaching expected milestones of development in different areas. Assessment frameworks involve methods from the Welsh ‘Foundation Phase’ and ‘Birth to Three Matters’. Assessments should not be judgemental and negative but should accurately reflect your findings, based on observational and other sources of information where relevant. † (Special Iss ues in Childcare:M O’Hagan amp; M Smith:Pg39:1995) Standard measurements: Tests/cognitive aptitude tests that demonstrate a snapshot of childrens academic ability or skill at retaining taught information and that might then be used to compare outcomes between a larger population of same-age children. Health programmes that might measure head circumference, weight, height, visual and auditory functioning. Educational psychologists may use reasoning tests to assess an intellectual age in contrast to a chronological age. Types of observation we use within playgroup are: Naturalistic – where we observe the children during the general playgroup routine and in their natural surroundings. No attempt is made to structure the situation. This is used for general information such as how well an activity has been received or how well a child completes an activity – especially useful with our new style planning as we can gauge whether children are enjoying the topic and getting the most from it. Structured – a situation is organised prior to the observation with a view to gaining specific information e. g. building blocks on the table, can the child build a tower of four blocks? This is used more for the child’s development book; we can record any progress or areas of concern. Snapshot – notes are made which capture what the child is doing at a particular point in time. This is useful to see what the most popular activities are and what children enjoy doing. Longitudinal – several observations over a period of time. We use these types of observation if there appears to be a concern over behaviour or development. Table of different techniques that we use at playgroup: Method of assessment, recording, monitoring children| How this is used| Why this may be used| Time Sampling| Regular intervals over a set period of time e. g. every half an hour during the session| can be used to observe a childs behaviour to identify possible concerns. E. g. a shy child who does not relate to other children| Event Sampling| Observing/recording specific events such as temper tantrums| helps to clarify what really happens during a tantrum. For example is the child provoked, does the event happen at certain times of day, how long does the tantrum last? | Checklist of development| Record of child’s abilities within a development book| Good way of seeing where the child is with their development – do they need encouragement in a certain area? | Structured records| Usually given by Flying Start/1st Opportunity to update their records| Records that are passed to us by a third party regarding what the child is able/not able to do prior to starting with us. Sociograms| Recording how children relate to each other in a group| Good exercise to see who plays with whom. In older children you can observe whether they are starting to form more settled friendships. | Anecdotal, diaries and log books| Specific events recorded over time and recording situations as they happen, of what the child does and says, and more importantly how the child does and says things| Spontaneous observations can show surprising things about a childs development that might otherwise never be seen. Target child| More specialised form of observation which focuses on one child within a group or situation| show a childs unique all round development at a particular age and stage| Video recording / photographs| To document a child’s progress and enjoyment of activities whilst at the setting| Very useful to show parents what their child is able to achieve at playgroup and great for non-verbal children to be observed without missing anything. |

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Gay Rights To Marriage Essay Research Paper free essay sample

Gay Rights To Marriage Essay, Research Paper Crystal Bloom Miss Hahn English 1113 November 22, 2000 Homosexuals Should Have the Right My aunt, who lives in Missouri, has had a loving spouse for about four old ages. They are both tribades and want to acquire married someday when the jurisprudence allows. I asked them to direct me a missive on some of their ideas on same-sex matrimony. Out of her four-page missive I pulled this answer out, # 8220 ; If two people of the same sex choose to do a life together I feel that they should hold the same rights as a adult male and adult females would hold one time they are married, but the existent kicker is # 8230 ; . That a adult male and adult females can populate together X figure of old ages and can be considered by common jurisprudence as a legal hubby and married woman. So for two twosomes of the same sex we should hold the same rights as a adult male and adult female does. We will write a custom essay sample on Gay Rights To Marriage Essay Research Paper or any similar topic specifically for you Do Not WasteYour Time HIRE WRITER Only 13.90 / page For illustration wellness insurance, if one has insurance thru his or her employment it would be of great benefit to set your mate on your policy. # 8221 ; So, why can # 8217 ; t my # 8220 ; aunts # 8221 ; acquire married? It is illegal, as of now, to hold same-sex matrimonies. Should these people have the same rights as heterosexual twosomes? I think so, because homosexual twosomes are existent people, in existent relationships, committed to each other the same manner in which a heterosexual twosome is committed to each other. I believe these people should hold the same rights as everyone else. Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the bulk of the Supreme Court in the determination in turn overing Colorado # 8217 ; s Amendment 2 referendum. # 8220 ; We can non accept the position that Amendment 2 # 8217 ; s prohibition on specific legal protection does no more than deprive homophiles of particular rights. On the other manus, the amendment imposes a particular disablement on those individuals entirely. Homosexuals are out the precautions that other enjoy or may seek without restraint # 8221 ; ( NetFirst ) . # 8220 ; A province can non hold a category of individuals a alien to its Torahs, # 8221 ; declared the Supreme Court, in 1996 ( Qt in Eskridge ) . Gay work forces and adult females are citizens, entitled, like everyone else, to equal protection. Not any particular rights, but the 1s created in The Declaration of Independence. The inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the chase of Happiness are guaranteed to the citizens of the United States. It is non common cognition that about three out of four people support homosexuals rights ( NetFirst ) ? But at the same clip the same per centum of people oppose cheery matrimony ( NetFirst ) . How can people be that insincere? One of the grounds is the definition of matrimony has changed throughout the old ages. It one time was held that matrimony was between a adult male and adult females. Then for centuries, matrimonies were a contract in which the married woman was her hubby # 8217 ; s belongings, and we have changed that over clip to suit our demands and wants. Later, the definition changed to marriage between two people of the same race, and one time once more we changed it to suit our ain definition. Definitions of matrimony vary from province to province. In Minnesota, the Supreme Court held that the right to get married was unsuitable to same-sex brotherhoods because matrimony, by definition, requires a adult male and adult female, non two work forces ( Eskridge ) . But on March 17, 1997, Maryland homosexual right militants won a conflict against statute law, which tried to censor the acknowledgment of same-sex matrimonies. Evan Wolfson, a homosexual rights militant provinces, # 8220 ; Time and clip once more people say we can # 8217 ; t win these battles. But sometimes we do # 8221 ; ( Advocate ) . Gay right militants won another little conflict in the province of New Jersey. The little triumph was that the tribunal recognized the matrimony of a post-operative male-to-female transsexual and a biological male ( Eskridge ) . Another ground people fight against homosexual matrimonies is the topic of raising kids. If two people of the same sex can non raise kids, so why are liquidators, convicted criminals of all kind, even known kid molesters allowed to acquire married and convey kids into their heterosexual matrimonies? Desiring a household is non a bad thing and the conservativists in this state should recognize that they are beliing their belief system by opposing same-sex matrimonies. The fact is many homosexuals twosomes do raise kids. They either adopt the kids and/or on occasion have their ain biological kids from failed efforts at heterosexual matrimonies. Many surveies have shown that the results of the kids raised in homosexual places are merely every bit good as those kids coming out of heterosexual places. Psychologists tell us that the difference is the love received by the parents, non their gender ( NetFirst ) . Surveies are really clear about the love received by the kids, and cheery peopl e have the same sum of love to give to kids, as anyone else does ( NetFirst ) . Gay relationships are immoral. Why? Who said so? The Bible? I don # 8217 ; t think so. Does non the Bible Tell people to follow the Golden Rule, which is to make unto others, as you would hold others do unto you? The Bible has no standing in American jurisprudence, and gives no 1 the right to enforce regulation on anyone else because they perceive it be mandated by the Bible. Buddhism celebrates homosexuals relationships freely, and would wish to hold the authorization to do them legal matrimonies ( NetFirst ) . Western United Methodist churches have been taking the battle for greater inclusion of homosexuals and tribades. Sixty-eight curates performed a same-sex brotherhood service for two tribades, in January 1999. United Methodist churches in 12 western provinces vowed to work for the, # 8220 ; full engagement at all degrees in the life of the church and society # 8221 ; for homosexuals and tribades ( Christian Century ) . The determinations made at the General Conference do no n needfully stand for the positions of everyone in the church. # 8220 ; For me, the hope is to allow folks in the church and who are no longer in the church to cognize? the quest for justness is non over, # 8221 ; said Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, a Los Angeles curate ( Christian Century ) . Scott Bidstrup argues that, if one believes cheery relationships to be immoral, yet one believes in spiritual freedom, so the acknowledgment that resistance to gay matrimonies is based on spiritual factors is ground adequate to annul this statement ( NetFirst ) . Three same-sex twosomes were actioning the province of Hawaii because they felt that their rights listed in the Hawaii fundamental law were being violated. Harmonizing to John P. Felfmeier, on May 5, 1993, the Supreme Court of Hawaii issued an sentiment keeping that the province # 8217 ; s refusal to acknowledge same-sex matrimonies would be found unconstitutional unless the province could back up such a prohibition by a compelling involvement. In Hawaii # 8217 ; s Constitution, Article I, Section 5, reads: # 8220 ; No individuals shall be deprived of life, autonomy, or belongings without due procedure of jurisprudence, nor be denied the equal protection of the Torahs, non be denied the enjoyment of the individual # 8217 ; s civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercising thereof because of race, faith, sex or lineage # 8221 ; ( Eskridge ) . On September 21, 1996, President Clinton signed into the jurisprudence the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) , which grants states the right to disregard same-sex matrimonies contracted in other provinces, and creates a federal definition of matrimony, which excludes same-sex twosomes, to be applied in connexion with all federal legislative acts and plans. Does this act that the President of the United States base on balls seem unconstitutional? Under Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, is the full religion and recognition clause, which states that provinces are apparently required to honour the public Acts of the Apostless of other provinces, such as matrimony. Richard D. Mohr writes this celebrated exchange between two people speaking about the DOMA Torahs a few old ages ago, as portion of a House subcommittee hearing on the alleged DOMA, Barney Frank grilled DOMA co-sponsor Henry Hyde to a revelatory consequence. Frank got Hyde to acknowledge that if homosexuals got married, they would take perfectly nil off from Hyde # 8217 ; s ain matrimony or, by extension, from any other current American matrimony ( Gay A ; Lesbian Review ) . This act was passed to exert the federal power to coerce the possible legality of same-sex matrimony in Hawaii. Why do we as a state demand this act? It is know aparting to gay and sapphic twosomes and should be illegal. I can understand people who oppose cheery matrimonies. They are merely non comfy with the thought. The fact that people are non comfy with the thought stems from the fact that for many old ages, society has promoted the thought that a matrimony between same-sex is someway immoral, chiefly because of the expostulations stated above. But, I don # 8217 ; t think that those expostulations make sense, and the thought of cheery matrimony should non sound so utmost. These are existent people who want the same rights as everyone else in America, the rights to marriage. David A.J. Richards says, # 8220 ; That same-sex matrimony is non a menace to marriage, but a acknowledgment of matrimony # 8217 ; s deeper moral values and the principled amplification of those values to all individuals ; the instance for legitimacy of cheery matrimony crucially rest on the value ( existent and symbolic ) moderately placed in our civilization on matrimony and household life, and argues, as a affair of rule , for just extension of that value to all individuals on just footings # 8221 ; ( Richards ) . There has been progress in legalising same-sex matrimonies, but more demands to be done about it. That is why this issue has started to turn into a civil rights issue. The fact is, mentioning to affair, that the twosomes can non do medical determinations for their spouses in an exigency. My aunt made an interesting statement here. This is what she had to state in her missive, # 8220 ; The concluding and most of import affair to me is, say if I was involved in an accident and I needed to be put on life support and I didn # 8217 ; Ts have a life will do out to state Do Not Revive and my lover knew really good how I felt, that I would non desire to be put on any machines of any sort, all it would take is for one LEGAL household member to step in and over see what my lover knows on how I feel and want. # 8221 ; Say a spouse is arrested ; the other is forced by the authorities to attest against them or supply grounds against them, which lawfully married twosomes are non forced to make ( NetFirst ) . Why are we striping cheery twosome of their rights? They are the boies and girls of infinite female parents and male parents, with all the failing and strengths and hope of everyone else. They want and desire love. 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