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Chit Chatting with Trinitee Stokes


Written by Jill Sheets

I first saw Trinitee Stokes on the Disney TV show K.C. Undercover–she plays a member of the Cooper family…a robot member. I was surprised when I watched the show how perfect her comedy timing was and how great an actress she is. She looked perfectly comfortable in front of the camera. She is going to go far in her career. But don’t just take my word for it–check her out for yourself! K.C. Undercover is aired every day on Disney channel.

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting

T:  I am 11 years old and originally from Jackson, Mississippi. I When I was two years old, I was watching an episode of That’s So Raven and it was really funny. That’s when I told my mom that I wanted to be on TV, so that I could make people laugh, too. I started out in theater at the age of three when my mom created me a role in her first stage play. When I turned five, I landed an agent in my hometown in Mississippi and my professional acting career began.


R: You are in K.C. Undercover. For those who have not seen it yet, tell us about it and about your character.

T: I play the role of Judy. Judy is the youngest sibling of the Cooper family, disguised as a sophisticated robot. She is there to assist the family when solving missions. Judy is cute, sassy, no nonsense, and very intelligent. She has started to feel some human emotions, which is something she hasn’t been able to do in the past. Some of the lines in her scripts would be something that I would say, so it makes it that much easier to come across in a natural way. Judy also has great fashion sense.


R: What is it like working with Zendaya and the other cast? Has she given you any advice?

T: Its wild working with the cast. We work hard, but we also laugh a lot. We always find time to start a dance party on set. Since I’m the only kid on the show, I get treated like everyone’s little sister. Something Zendaya always says is that we have a voice, so we should use it for good.


R: Tell us about Teachers and about your character Lauren.

T: Teachers was so much fun to shoot. It was the first TV show outside of Disney Channel that I had the privilege to work on. My character Lauryn is a very intelligent girl, yet funny in her own way. Her character was totally different from Judy.


R: If you could work with any five people, who would they be?

T: Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Denzel Washington, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansen.


R: Who is your biggest influence?

T: My mom is my biggest influence because her life motivates me to believe the impossible and to pursue everything God has for me.


R: I read that you also sing. Tell us about your song “Win Now.” Where can people get your song? Do you plan on recording more in the future?

T: “Win Now” is a song about learning to be comfortable with the way that God made you. Sometimes God has a special anointing on you and no matter how hard you try, you just won’t fit in with the crowd. “Win Now” encourages you to embrace your gifts and know that the moment that you believe you are who God says you are, you win! “Win Now” is available on iTunes.


R: I read that you are also an author and fashion designer. Tell us about that!

T: I am currently working on my first novel and a children’s series with my mom.


R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

T: My favorite memory thus far has been when my parents packed up our home in Mississippi and drove cross-country to California on faith. We made the trip a three-day site-seeing adventure. We stopped and spent the night in different states, and we sang songs like we were the Beverly Hill Billies!


R: What are your top five favorite books?

T: The Great Chocolate Chase, Judy Blume and the Not so Bummer Summer, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Story of Josephine Baker, and Land of Stories.


R: What are five things people may not know about you?


1. I like country music

2. I love to do different experiments

3. I enjoy cooking

4. I love solving murder mysteries

5. I am a young minister of the gospel


R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us about them.

T: I recently “adopted” a child in need through Compassion International.


R: What are some of your future goals?

T: I have so many short and long term goals, but here are a few. I definitely want my own TV show and to star in feature films. I also want to travel the world performing and selling out arenas. Also, I look forward to walking into a department store and seeing my clothing line on display!


R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

T: www.thetrinitee.com

Instagram: @the_trinitee

Twitter: @the_trinitee

Facebook: Trinitee Stokes

YouTube: Trinitee Stokes


R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

T: I would tell all of my fans to always believe that they can accomplish whatever dream they have. Even if it looks impossible or they think that it is too big, still believe. Also, always work hard and have integrity. Lastly, always be true to yourself. Don’t try to be like anyone else. There is no one else in this world that can do you, so JUST BE YOU!

Photo credit: BOBBY QUILLARD

Everything You Didn’t Know About Teachers And That Will Blow Your Mind

It is easy to criticize teachers, because they might be scary, or too strict, or maybe they gave you a bad mark. After all, it seems impossible to think that teachers were once at your place and that they too have thought badly of the school staff! But, before you dress a black list of all the teachers who have wronged you at school, it is time to sit down and really understand who teachers are and what their lives are like.


#1. They Are Real Persons Who Love People

Stop to consider this fact for a moment: Mrs Lewis, the English teacher, and Mr Smith, the Math teacher, are real people when they are not standing in front of a class full of students. They were not born teachers, and they certainly don’t wear their teacher’s outfit at all times. They have their own interests and personal lives, just like you do, and you might find that they might even share common passions with you. It’s odd to think of them in this way, but picturing your Math teacher watching the same kitten videos than you on Youtube might just be the little push you need to think about them differently. While it is easy to be negative about teachers, you have to remember that they choose to help students like you to build their own future. One teaches out of love for people and out of a desire to help others to succeed in life.

#2. They Have A Stressful Life

Did you know that 4 out of 10 teachers leave within a year? This is often due to the big gap between their hopes and the reality of teaching, especially if they happen to start in a school with difficult classes. You need to remember: They teach because they want to help you build your future. So it can be destructive for their dreams to face students who are rude to them or don’t seem to care about the lessons. Additionally, teachers have some the longest working hours, from 10 to 12 hours a day for most, as they spend a lot of time preparing their lessons, noting how the day went, correcting homeworks, finding ways to help those who have troubles to understand the lessons, and making sure that the school remains safe for all students. This is a lot of work to pack in a day! Besides, just like pupils, teachers are also tested on their knowledge and performance, which can be very stressful as a bad mark for them can mean the end of a career.

#3. Teaching Needs Never Stop

A teacher never stops to learn and improve their skills. After all, the education keeps changing all the time with new reforms, new technology and new curriculum. So it is important for them to keep absolutely updated with everything and to provide their students with the best possible preparation to the modern world. Additionally, there are a variety of schools in the UK that all have different needs. Take a look at the Simply Education portal to get an overview of the multiple types of teachers that exist. These teachers need to adapt to the new mentality of their environment when they change schools, so remember to be patient with new teachers. It’s never easy to be the newcomer in a group!


Terrible Teachers And What To Do About Them

teacherGoing back to school or college is hard enough with all the changes and pressure that’s going to be weighing on you. The last thing you need is to enter a new class, and realize you’ve been assigned a terrible teacher! By now, you’ve probably figured out that teachers aren’t perfect, unquestionable authority figures. They’re just normal people in a normal job – some are good at it, some are bad. If you’ve been given a terrible teacher and you’re fearing for your grades, here are some good ways of dealing with them.

Go in With an Open Mind

As I’m sure you know, rumors and exaggerated reputations spread around any educational institution like wildfire. If you’re lined up to be taught by a teacher who’s known to be awful, try not to let other people’s opinions and experiences taint yours. Go into the class for the first time with an open mind, take your time to observe the way they teach, and see what you can do to work with it. If they’re unhelpful to some students but great with others, try to figure out what’s different about these students, and what sets the teacher off. While the best teachers out there can adapt to any personality type, sometimes it’s better to play ball with them in the interest of your grades.

Talk to Them

So, if you’ve tried to get on their good side and your teacher’s way of doing things is still making it hard for you to learn, you don’t have to go running to an education attorney straight away. Instead, approach them and see if talking about the problem does anything. If they give you homework that you simply can’t understand, then ask them to explain it better in class. If you’ve been waiting to ask questions all lesson but they’re too busy dealing with the more disruptive students in the class, then bring this up to them and see what they can do. Obviously, you being the student and them the teacher, it can be pretty daunting to approach them and tell them how to do their job. One way of getting around this is approaching them with another classmate. If you’re seeing problems in the way they teach, odds are someone else is too!


If you’re in college, and you and your teacher simply aren’t meshing, then it may be worth skipping classes, and then using the time you gain to study your subjects yourself. After all, attendance is down to you when you’re at this stage of education, and if you’re not learning anything from the teacher you’ve been given it’s best to take matters into your own hands. Provided your teacher isn’t too much of a stubborn so-and-so, it can help to approach them in their free time, and explain that you‘ve decided to self-study rather than attend all your classes. They might be able to point you towards some great resources for students who are taking their education upon themselves.

Get Them Working! How To Use Technology In The Classroom

technology-classroomWe have to admit that we’re living in a digital world. The days when students used encyclopedias to research their homework are long, long gone. The information in most books is now largely outdated as the internet moves so fast – but the problem is that a lot of the time, tech-savvy teenagers are racing ahead of their teachers in the technology stakes. Here are some tips to help you keep up with the kids in the classroom.

It’s been proven that not using technology can inhibit students from learning by disengaging them. We have so many resources at our fingertips that we should ensure that we make use of everything that we can. Send your students on an online scavenger hunt. This will help their research skills and show them that the internet can be used in ways other than socializing and following celebrities on social media. Put them into groups to make it into a competition – if you want to, you can put their names through a randomizer so the groups are completely fair and randomly picked.

If your school is able to provide it, use technology like iPads and Kindles in your classroom. A lot of reticent readers will be much happier about using Kindles to read on. You can change the text to whatever suits your students’ reading levels – serif fonts are best for kids with dyslexia, and if your student has limited vision you can make the text larger and clearer for them. In the past, teachers have used mini whiteboards to promote class interaction – you can use iPads to help with this if your mini whiteboards aren’t in the best condition any more.

If you have older high school students, show them online tools that they can use in their own work. Equipping them to do the work themselves will set them up well for the future. For example, the SAT test has recently changed and if your students are confused you can show them this SAT to ACT conversion tool so they can figure it out themselves. There are a lot of tools that you use in teaching that your students may end up using in their own working lives, like Google Drive and Dropbox. If you start encouraging them to use them during their high school careers, they’ll feel confident using them in the future in the workplace, thus improving their future job prospects.

You can also use technology to help creativity in class. Podcasts are huge at the moment; if you’re a history teacher you could assign your students the task of creating a podcast like Serial on Podbean to debate the causes of a historical event and look into all the evidence. Help your students to create videos using WeVideo so they can learn how to edit clips together and engage in active learning through group storytelling. You could use WordPress to create a class blog – if your students are studying creative writing, post weekly prompts that they can follow and respond to online. They could also create their own blogs to post book reviews and reports, creating their own online community, and reflect on what they’ve learned using Recap.

How to (Almost) Always Get Your Way

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How to (Almost) Always Get Your Way

From the Editors of Girl World Daily

How to (Almost) Always Get Your Way

OK, we’re not talking about coercion, persuasion or — yikes! — temper tantrums. But if you want to get someone on your side in any given situation, there are some effective (and ethical!) tactics you can use to sway it your way. We’ve tidied it up into an art form, right here.

“I want my parents to let me stay out an hour later on the weekends. Is that so much to ask?”

The Art of Accepting as Is

Whether you’re looking for a later curfew, more allowance or fill-in-the-blank-here, the first step is to do … nothing. Your parents know whatever privileges you’re after, right? If not, go ahead and ask. But once you’ve asked, do not bring it up again for at least 30 days. At that time, calmly ask again.

Repeat this pattern until they eventually agree. And the only reason they’re likely to go for it is because you didn’t hassle them. You demonstrated maturity, patience and acceptance of their decisions. Works like magic!

“This one girl in our group snubs me, and it makes me uneasy. I want her to be nice!”

The Art of Attitude Adjustment
First off, we know it’s tough, but never take anyone else’s attitude personally — even if it comes off that way. You really don’t know what insecurities or other issues this girl might have, so approach the situation from a place of non-judgment.

Also, remember that no one can make you feel uncomfortable. This is tricky too, but how you react to anything is always your choice. Turn this around by adjusting your demeanor. Relax, and treat her the same as you would like her to act toward you. Start out by subtly smiling and nodding at her. As long as you’re sincere, the tension will gradually fall away.

“My teacher gave me a totally unfair grade, and I want it changed.”

The Art of A+ Appreciation
If you genuinely feel the grade is unfair, make arrangements to see your teacher after class. But instead of storming in and waving your paper in protest, approach him or her with an air of gratitude.

Being authentic — not fake — and thank your teacher for taking the time to chat with you. Then make your case. Rather than griping, “I spent hours working on this project,” talk about how much you learned and gained from the assignment. If the teacher refuses to alter your grade, ask about extra credit. Whatever the outcome, continue to be appreciative, and you can be sure next time Teach is teetering between giving you a C+ or a B-, she’ll lean toward the better grade!

A Fresh Start: 3 Things You Can Do To Have A Successful Semester

A Fresh Start: Three Things You Can Do To Be More Successful This Semester

Written by Mary Beth Hills

How did your fall semester go? Good? Ok? Wish you had done better? Fear not, this semester will go better. With one semester under your belt and New Year’s resolutions written down, success is on your side. Keep these three tips in mind to enhance your semester:

Have a Successful Semester

Have a Successful Semester

Organize yourself. Remember how proud of yourself you were when you finished that 10-page paper a half hour before class? You haphazardly set it in the five-subject notebook you use for all your classes and shoved the whole thing in your backpack. Then, when you finally get to class to turn in the paper, you can’t find it. You flip through pages and pages of notes and dozens of lecture handouts and PowerPoint slide overviews, but you can’t find that paper anywhere. Take this as a sign: you need a new organizational system. Try a color coordinating folder and notebook duo; a green notebook and green folder for Biology, a purple folder and purple notebook for English, etc. Some students find it helpful to have one binder for every class and stick everything—notes, handouts, old quizzes and tests, etc.—in that binder. That way, everything stays together.

Look over your notes before class. Whenever I head to a Monday class and open my notebook, everything looks foreign. Not only is it Monday, but I also haven’t had class since Thursday or Friday. When my teacher starts to lecture, it takes me a few minutes to remember what he is talking about because I don’t remember what we talked about in the last class. Has this happened to you? One of the best ways to remedy this is taking five or ten minutes before class to look over notes from the previous lecture (you did take notes, didn’t you?). It gets your brain in the groove while reminding you of the material covered last class. If there was material covered that doesn’t make sense, put a question mark next to it and ask your professor.

Visit your professors. Most schools require professors to have office hours. There’s a reason for that— so YOU go visit. Need help getting started on a paper? Need some direction on an assignment? Have a question about something your professor said last class? You’re shelling out a lot of money for college, so make the most of it and take advantage of professors’ office hours. Professors are also the people you’ll look to for letters of recommendation as an upperclassman, so build rapport with them now.