March 1998 Issue - Volume 1.7
Strategic Studies e-News
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President's Notes

Parents....
You Can Make a Difference

Ninth Wave

Seasons

On-Line Tutoring

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

President's Notes

Technology PlanThis month we spent a great deal of time assisting a local school district in putting together their technology plan for the next three years. It was obvious that this district had previously established a strategic plan for technology implementation, that the entire school community was involved in the process and that the students and community were benefitting from the use of technology. However, since the plan was not in the format requested by the state agency and did not have some of the important "buzz words" required, the district had to spend valuable time, resources and energy to write a new technology plan to the specifics required.

Today I had lunch with a superintendent who is part of a review panel for technology grants. The grants they are seeing are wonderful, exciting and place emphasis on student learning. My superintendent friend told me they were not being approved by other members of the panel, because they did not have a name with a title, or they may not have included requisite pictures to go along with a narrative.

While I recognize the importance of guidelines and accuracy, this adherence to detail concerns me. Sometimes when we spend so much time on bits of minutiae, we loose sight of the bigger picture.

Fortunately, the local school district completed their technology plan and it was approved by the state agency. But in the meantime, valuable time was lost that could have been better served in going about the business of schooling.....teaching and learning.

M Angulo

 

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President's Notes

Parents....
You Can Make a Difference

Ninth Wave

Seasons

On-Line Tutoring

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Parents.... You Can Make a Difference!

Professional Advice

You can help your child succeed in school by building his or her self-confidence at home. Use these guidelines:

  • Respect your child by treating him or her with the dignity you would a friend.
  • Have faith in your child. Don’t be afraid to give your child increasing responsibility and independence.
  • Concentrate on the positive; avoid using discouraging words or actions.
  • Recognize your child’s efforts, not just his or her accomplishments.
  • Build self-esteem and feelings of adequacy by using positive phrases such as...You Did It!
"I can tell you worked very hard on that."
"You are getting much better at that."
"I appreciate what you did."
"You really handled that situation well."
  • Discourage competition (in all forms) between brothers and sisters.

And, remember, don’t feel guilty if you "blow it", but use your energy to try again more effectively.

 

 

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President's Notes

Parents....
You Can Make a Difference

Ninth Wave

Seasons

On-Line Tutoring

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

The Ninth Wave

There is an ancient superstition of the sea that; inevitably, one wave comes along that is greater than any that has preceded it. It is called the Ninth Wave. It is the powerful culmination of sea and wind. There is no greater force. To catch the Ninth Wave at the critical moment requires a special skill, timing your movements to mount it at its peak.

Today we see such a powerful wave in our future. Our own Ninth Wave, bringing with it significant change. To catch this Wave, this change, we must prepare now. So that when it is our turn to respond, we can catch the mighty Ninth with the best that is in us and ride it all the way to the shore.

We hope you will continue to watch us grow. We appreciate the responses we have gotten about our work and the information we provide. Thank you for your participation.

Seasons

Spring is Here

Man is a creature of the seasons.....in his leisure habits, in his clothing, his shelter, his occupations. The farmer’s year is governed by the season, because the products of nature are governed by the seasons. Even in an age where we build domed, heated, air conditioned structures to defy normal seasonal climate, there is a seasonal cycle. We follow it with the school year, or the crop cycle. But if nature has created the climate and the natural conditions that identify each season, man has provided artificial characteristics. Christmas in the Northern hemisphere is a winter holiday, Easter a spring one. Thanksgiving is an autumn highlight in the United States. January is the time of department store white sales, September or thereabouts the time for the new model cars.....and so forth. For every single thing, there is a season. HAPPY SPRING!!

(Spinrad and Spinrad, 1987)

 

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President's Notes

Parents....
You Can Make a Difference

Ninth Wave

Seasons

On-Line Tutoring

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

On-Line Tutoring

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Finally

March

The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing. We should all be so fortunate. Have a great month and happy holidays.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Easter

 

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President's Notes

Parents....
You Can Make a Difference

Ninth Wave

Seasons

On-Line Tutoring

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Lesson Plans Wanted

Lesson Plans WantedStrategic Studies needs teachers to prepare lesson plans which can be used in conjunction with the Internet. Lessons are being sought in all curricular areas and all grade levels from primary to high school. You may want to visit

(http://www.strategic studies.com/lessonPlans)

to view a model lesson plan.

For more information about lesson plans, please call (847) 318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

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