Success is a result, not a goal.
That success is gained
through thorough and diligent efforts is the point of this historical
During the Tonkin Gulf
situation, Henry Kissinger asked an assistant to prepare an
analysis. The assistant worked night and day for a week and put
the document on Mr. Kissinger's desk only to receive it back within an
hour. Affixed to the report was a note asking that it be
redone. The assistant dutifully redid it; he slept a total
of nine hours for a week. The document again went to Mr. Kissinger's
desk and an hour later it was returned with a note form Mr. Kissinger
asserting that he expected better and asking that the work be done
again. And so the assistant went back to the drawing board once
more. Another week of intense work, and then the assistant asked
if he might present it personally to Mr. Kissinger. When he came
face to face with Henry Kissinger, he said, "Mr. Kissinger, I've
spent another sleepless week. This is the best I can
do." Said Henry Kissinger, "In that case, now I'll read
Executive Speechwriter Newsletter
Self-Esteem a Must
Self-esteem is the nucleus for all
motivation. Activities within the family and community should
constantly be aimed at enhancing self-esteem. Often a reason for
less than maximum educational attainment for many students is the lack
of self-esteem. Self-esteem erodes when one area of life is out
of balance - physical, spiritual, emotional, occupational,
intellectual and social. It is often effective to address
another area, for example, physical training, when a student is not
performing well intellectually.
All of our behavior is dictated for one
of two reasons. We exhibit protective behavior, which is a
behavior that is defined as a controlling, hard-driving, closed type
of behavior; or we exhibit learning behavior, which is described as
being soft, curious and open. The two types of behavior are
mutually exclusive. In other words, when we are protecting we
cannot be learning and vice versa.
A relatively safe environment is
required to maintain learning behavior. When people feel
threatened, they will protect themselves. It is critical that
learning behavior, i.e., soft and curious, is modeled and encouraged
by families. This is one of the reasons that the emotional and
social aspects of a student's health must be addressed by family and
others working with the student.
As the saying goes, we give our
children roots and we give them wings. A sound education which
includes the knowledge as well as the support for a healthy and
balanced individual, results in strong self esteem.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction
perseverance in disguise..
Helping Your Child Learn
child develops in many ways.
And children vary in their
rate of development; some mature faster than others. Children's
abilities vary, too....they do not all reach the same level.
Your child is an individual with his or her own rate of growth and his
or her own set of abilities and talents. Accept your child as he
or she is....children are not all the same! And try to resist
the temptation to compare your child to other children.....including
brothers and sisters.
National School Public
One of the major concerns of a parent
is how can you help your child improve mathematics learning. The
mathematics instruction your child receives may be very different from
the mathematics instruction you received in your own learning experiences.
Mathematics is no longer just arithmetic and basic skills.
Today, mathematics instruction is richer in problem-solving,
reasoning, communication and making mathematical connections with the
As our children progress through
mathematics, it is essential that they develop an ability to visualize
spatial relationships (geometry, measurement, patterns), to
approximate (estimation and number sense), to interpret data
(probability and statistics), to reason mathematically (logical
thinking and reasoning), and to know why it is important to study and
Problem-solving skills include the ways
in which people learn how to think about a problem using such
strategies as looking for patterns, drawing a picture, working
backwards, working with a partner or eliminating possibilities.
When your child has a variety of strategies, this allows him/her
different ways to start looking at a problem and relieving the frustration
of not knowing how or where to begin. The more strategies your
child has, the more confident he/she becomes, the more willing he/she
is to tackle new problems and the better problem solver he/she will
Lesson modules in the e-Tutor Virtual
Learning program provide practical experience in mathematical skills
that are meant to prepare students for the real world.
Mathematical skills go beyond memorization and extend into a world of
problem solving and reasoning.
Adapted from Illinois
Council of teacher of Mathematics
Life happens when you are busy making other plans.
Child's Number One Job
Learning is the primary
opportunity before our children. In order to turn this
opportunity into successful achievement requires four goals for those
of us working with children:
Striving to see
that expectations for each child are in keeping with the job he or
she is able to do. This means that we expect the very
best from each child....the very best effort, the very best
performance, the very best finished product....in keeping with a
realistic goal for the individual child.
Other things may
have to be put aside. Learning must come ahead of all
other jobs, other activities and the multitude of demands on the
child's time. Clubs, sports, private lessons, vacations,
computers and television all have a rightful place in the child's
life, but they will need to come after the demands of learning if
learning is to be the child's number one job.
life styles. We need to encourage our children to get
sufficient sleep and rest. They need to have good
nutrition and eating habits.
seriousness of purpose. Punctuality, responsibility and
pride in effort are a part of success in the world of work and an essential ingredient in achievement of note in the job of
learning. Dependability, commitment to task and respect for
the efforts of others can be learned by our children by observing
the adults around them. Adults who go about their job with
an attitude of seriousness and dedication provide a positive role
model for young people.
from The Master Teacher
Let Them Come Back
When your children are
young you are actively involved in directing their lives, but as they
grow and eventually move out, your role shifts to standing by just in
case they need you. It's paradoxical, but when you give your
children the freedom to make their own way in the world, to live their
lives fully, they'll be more likely to come back to share their lives
with you. When they know they can come and go without feeling
guilty, they'll enjoy hanging out with you more and want to know how
you are doing. Sometimes they'll surprise you and ask for your
That's because, just as
children want the freedom to explore beyond their own family, they
also want to belong, they want to know that they have the security of
a cozy home and a loving family who will be there through thick
and thin, no matter what.
As they head out into the
world, you will be giving your children a great advantage if they know
you will be there to listen, to understand, to provide the security of
a loving home in which they can re-charge their batteries and get
going once again.
Even as an adult you
probably feel comforted knowing your parents are there for you,
knowing that, in a pinch, you could turn to them....for advice, a
loan, whatever. And if your parents are no longer alive or there
for you, you are keenly aware of what you are missing and how you
don't want your own children to feel such a loss. When your
children know they have you on their side, they feel a lot more secure
in the world, trusting they can turn to you for assistance. Give your
children the blessing of life-long connection by letting them know you
will always be there whenever they are in need of a home, a shoulder,
or just a good, hot meal. With you as their biggest supporter
saying: "Mi casa es su casa," they'll know that you'll always
welcome their calls or their visits, and all of you will
Wonderful Ways to Love
A Child, Judy Ford
Heart For You
took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day,
And as my fingers pressed it, still
It moved and yielded to my will.
came again when days were past;
The bit of clay was hard at last,
The form I gave it still it bore,
But I could change that form no more!
took a piece of living clay,
And gently pressed it day by day,
And molded with my power and art
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.
A determination to succeed is the only way to succeed.
Fabulous February Links:
Douglas Henderson's Earth History
Illustrations: This terrific site is posted by professional
illustrator Douglas Henderson. Showcasing the blend of
researched science and the fancy of human curiosity, the rich
illustrations in this collection succeed on both counts. Helpful
text also accompany the detailed drawings. Click through the geologic
timeline of Earth history to visualize life in prehistoric times, thus
entering a special place where earth's mysteries are complimented by
one artist's ability.
Frontline: Secrets of the SAT:
PBS's Frontline has created a site that explores the role of the
Scholastic Aptitude Tests and how they potentially affect students'
academic futures. Besides investigating the test preparation
industry and racial issues related to admissions policies, the site
allows users to play the role of admissions officers. Click on 'Who was Good Enough?' to see how your picks stack up against the
professionals who admit students to the University of California -
Animal Omnibus: This site
designed with children in mind, was previously offered by the
Birmingham Zoo. The site is a list of web sources indexed by the
name of the animal. Users search by animal name to get returns
in the form of hyperlinked resource lists. The resource lists
contain sites ranging from simple color photographs of individual
species to sites steeped in scientific classification to publicly
targeted zoo sites.
The Official U.S. Time: As more
students collaborate with others around the nation via chat and
videoconferencing, it is helpful to know the correct time. This
site provides just that in an elegant interface. Also, in its
list of related links, users can access other sites about clocks, time
and calendars. Similarly, you can access another site for the
correct time internationally.
Parlo: Language, culture, life is
the motto for Parlo, a language web site that currently features
English, Spanish and French language resources. Register for a
few lessons free and Parlo gives you access to vocabulary and lessons,
as well as articles and discussion boards. Your locker tells you
lessons you have already covered, articles you have read and music you
DoHistory: Delve into the diary
of Martha Ballard, featured in the book and film "A Midwife's
Tale." This website allows students to learn about using
primary sources in research by having access to 27 years of this
remarkable woman's writings. In addition to the diary, there is
information about midwifery and herbal medicine and tips on reading
older documents. Students can compare the journal entries of
Martha Ballard and one of her contemporaries, Henry Sewall.
Your Disease Risk: The Harvard
Center for Disease Prevention designed this tool for adults to assess
their risk of disease. Individuals are asked questions about
diet, personal history, environment and family history. The
results can be a little shocking, but clarify the factors that
contribute to disease. Educators can use this tool to
demonstrate to students the lifestyle decisions that impact the
future. Adults can assess their risk of disease and find out
ways to reduce these risks.
Have a happy month!
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