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learning sometimes takes a back seat to everything else
the student wants to do during the day. Students who get into
the habit of planning their day find they have much more time to
"fit in" everything they want to do. The following is
taken from "Tips for Using e-Tutor." It may
help both parent and student to plan for a successful learning
Learner's Day Planner:
how you spend your time.
your goals and objectives.
steps may help you. Determine
how you spend a "typical" 24-hour day:
As you enter the hours or parts of hours for each activity,
that amount is
subtracted from the total:
in your day:
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Socializing and Playing (with friends):
Relaxing - Reading/TV/video games, etc. (alone):
Exercise - Sports:
Art or Music Activities:
How did you do? Make a similar chart for your own use.
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The View From Saturday
E. L. Konigsburg
Ages: 9 - 12
An uproarious Florida wedding, a
rain-soaked rescue of sea turtles, and a mysterious invitation
to afternoon tea are the connections that draw sixth-graders
Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian into a fast friendship.
Master-author Konigsburg gives each of these memorable
characters a turn telling how they formed an unbeatable team
in their school's Academic Bowl, in this brilliant but complex
When asked how she chose her
school's latest team for the Academic Bowl, sixth-grade
teacher Mrs. Olinksi never gives the same answer twice. Sure,
the four sixth-graders from her homeroom are intelligent, they
work well together, they practice hard. But what is the
mysterious bond that links these four underdogs?
Only Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and
Julian know -- and in alternating chapters, each one tells a
different piece of the story of how they became friends. The
calamitous wedding of Nadia's grandfather and Ethan's
grandmother, where Noah fills in as best man, is just the
beginning. Mrs. Olinski, a paraplegic, proves to be an
indomitable coach as the foursome wins one victory after
are spaces between our fingers so that another person's fingers can
fill them in.
Learn the "Sense-Able Way"
Most people use all their senses to
learn and they are more likely to remember things that way. Here
are some suggestions.
- See it. Use flash
cards, Whether it's vocabulary words, history dates, or math
formulas, a set of flash cars can go with you wherever you
are. Then, whenever you have a few minutes, you can study
the cards. You are likely to remember better if you make
yellow flash cards and write in black ink.
- Say it. Say things out
loud. Repeat them. (Repeating is the principle on
which all advertising is based. If you can complete the
phrase, "You got the right one....," you have just
proven the value of repetition. )
- Sing it. You may find
that you can set the things you need to remember to a popular
song. For example, one little girl say "Old MacDonald
had a farm, A E I O U" to remember the vowels.
- Write it. On student
had to learn important dates in Roman history. She drew a
simple picture to go with each date (a dagger for the year Julius
Caesar was assassinated, flame for the year Rome burned).
Then she posted the pictures where she could see them. She
found that she had learned half the dates just by making the pictures.
- Hear it. Does your
family have a tope recorder? Use it make your own study
tapes. Ask the question, leave a few seconds for your
response, and then give the answer.
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators
Answer Their Questions
If you want the kind of
relationship with your child in which he knows he can come to you with
any question, concern, or upset, be sure to answer his questions
honestly. This is not always easy, because children have a knack
for asking the hard ones: "Did you ever skip school?"
"What happens when you die?" Who is God's
Constant questions are a
sign of an intelligent child. And it isn't a sign of disrespect
when she questions your words or actions. An inquisitive child
does not go along willy-nilly with authority figures, including her
parents. A child who follows blindly without asking why can be
easily led. So respect questioning. And if you don't know
the answer, say so...."I don't know, that's a good question"...then
help your child find answers. Try not to lose patience with the
continual "whys" or "how comes" the little ones
ask, nor with the tougher questions that are sure to follow.
Here's the tricky thing
about questions: although it is important to answer their
questions, it is equally important that you not ask too many
yourself. Perhaps you have noticed that children, especially as
they approach their teens, often get defensive when you ask even the
simplest question. Though you are genuinely interested in their
lives, they for some reason think you are snooping, prying, or butting
in where it is none of your business. Teens share only what they
want, when they want. So here is the rule: Don't ask teenagers
many questions, but always answer theirs. You can survive
with your sense of humor intact if you think of it as a stage they are
going through, albeit a long one! This too shall pass, and you
will once again be able to have a normal conversation.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
More women are working
outside the home, which often leads to a renegotiation of roles
between men and women. People are living longer and having
children later, which means many Americans find themselves caring for
their young adult children and aging parents at the same time.
There are also economic pressures on families such as unemployment and
If they are going to cope,
families must rely on inner resources for strength. Time
together and commitment to working through problems appear to act as
buffers against stress.
Stress is a human reaction
to life's worries. It touches everybody at some time.
While stress and change are never easy, they are predictable parts of
family life and are, in fact, necessary for growth. Stress has
both positive and negative consequences but the severity of the consequences
depends on strengths and coping skills.
Several years ago,
researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University
of Minnesota observed that stressful life events in families tend to
occur in clusters,
resulting in stress "pileups."
These pileups, however, do not occur evenly across the life
cycle. Rather they appear at four distinct stages in the family
life cycle....in the couple stage; the childbearing and school-age
children stage, the teenager and young adult stage, and the empty nest
and retirement stage. Knowing that stress and change are part of
life may help family members anticipate difficulties.
The Next Step Magazine
The Last Word On The
One night at
sea, the ship's captain saw what looked like the lights of another ship
heading toward him. He had his signalman blink to the other
ship: Change your course ten degrees south."
reply came back: Change your course ten degrees
ship's captain answered: "I am a captain. Change your
which the reply was: "Well, I am a seaman first class.
Change your course north."
infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: "I say CHANGE
your course south. I'm on a battleship!"
which the reply came back: "And I say change your course
north. I am in a lighthouse."
is an escalator: You can move
forward or backward, you cannot remain still.
Great Attitude - Self-Confidence
your life you have been developing attitudes towards yourself and
discovering the importance of attaining self-confidence. You may
have realized that:
is rather difficult to meet yourself face-to-face and evaluate
your inner attitudes about your self.
is especially difficult to discuss your feelings about yourself with
you can bring your self-concept into the open it could be a
valuable first step in analyzing who you are, what you can do, and
where you are going.
your attitudes about yourself are being affected more by your
weaknesses than by your strengths.
may have taken for granted many of the strengths and natural
abilities you have and ignored them in your day-to-day thinking
who succeed in life generally build on their strengths and ignore
way you "verbalize" affects the way you think and
act. Words have a hypnotic effect on you. What you are
today is, really, the way you have hypnotized yourself with words
all of your life.
the words you use people get their first impressions of you.
People judge your intelligence, your capability, your personality
by your words.
are the bonds of interpersonal relationships. They are the
links of mutual understanding. By words you mold the
feelings for others and yourself.
mind and body react to words. Kipling said that words are
the most powerful drugs used by humanity.
are either your masters, or your servants. They control you,
or you control them. The choice is yours. Your mind,
your life, your body, your day-to-day existence, whether it be
brilliant success or dismal failure is determined by words.
used positively build up your self-confidence, your success, your
day-to-day living, even your health.
from The Public School Administrator
showing your interest in your child's learning, and by holding high
expectations for your child you can develop attitudes that lead to
learning success. Here are some ways you can improve academic achievement:
news is history in the making. Watch the evening news
together. Talk about current events at the dinner
table. Choose one or tow stories to follow closely.
Read more about them in newspapers and magazines.
using the "rule of thumb" when choosing books for your
child. Have your child read a page of a book aloud. Each
time he encounters a word he doesn't know, have him hold up one
finger. If he holds up four fingers and a thumb, or finds five or more troublesome words on a page, the book is probably too
your child for doing well. However, keep in mind that always
offering money or presents for special accomplishments will leave
the impression that people should work only for rewards....and not
for the pride of doing a job well. Try rewarding outstanding
performance with time together. Let your
"star" choose an activity for the whole family to
enjoy....a picnic, watching a favorite video, or a visit to the
your child into the teacher. You play the part of the
student. As he teaches you, he'll be absorbing important
Parents Can Help Students Achieve
Work Shouldn't Be Like
Many of us
expect to work at a sprightly steady clip all day long. We
believe we should fill every minute with productive work. This
expectation is contradictory to human nature. Clocks tick along
at a consistent pace at all times. But clocklike regularity is
not the way of nature.
nature, no day, not even one minute, is the same as any other.
The amount of light and darkness changes from day to day, and the
weather is shifting....sometimes obviously, sometimes
imperceptibly....from moment to moment.
is no precedent in nature for the relentless, unvarying pace of our
factory assembly lines, our repetitive office work or our full
schedule schools. Sociologist Edward Thompson has studied the
pace of work practiced by people who are not regulated by external
forces, mostly self-employed people such as artists and writers and
small farmers and craftsmen. He found they don't work at a
steady pace throughout the day. Instead, they alternate bouts of
intense labor and idleness....mixed together into their own personalized
Young, also a sociologist, writes, "No one can know what fits
someone else." The more people pick their own rhythms, the
better the chance they will pick the right ones. Society would
not survive everyone's making their own choices....but at least there
do not need to be so few choices for so few about how to make use of
their most precious asset [time]."
Metronomic Society: Natural Rhythms and Human Timetables, Michael
easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
Ewe 2: A Case
Study: This inquiry-oriented activity "places students
in the position to ask great questions, seek out the answers, develop
new relationships, and take a stand on a current hot issue: cloning.
" A team from San Diego County worked together to develop this
Case Study. Complete with warm-up activities, instructions,
forums, and grading rubrics, the site includes everything you'll need
to get started in the WebQuest..
Cinema: How Are
Hollywood films Made? Inspired by programs from the American
Cinema video series in the Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection,
"Cinema" explores the creative process of filmmaking from
the screenwriter's words to the editor's final cut. Includes
interactive activities from writing dialogue for a scene to managing
the production of a film.
The Evergreen Project
Adventures: This attractive site features What's It Like
Where You Live? (resources on biomes and aquatic ecosystems for
students in grades 4 and up), Partners For Growing (plant
investigations for primary students), and WebWorkShops (for
instructors). Produced in collaboration with the Missouri Botanical
Waterford Press: Here you will find lots of activities
and worksheets for those rainy days. This site offers free
print-based instructional materials to support elementary natural
Pilkey's Website of Fun: Children's author, Dav Pilkey,
aka Sue Denim, has a unique and amusing website about himself and his
stories. Also included is a section on jokes, interactive activities
that include printable coloring sheets and games, and a section for
teachers on how to use Dav's site as a teaching tool.
site presents kids with a fun and educational web based activity where
they make their own secret messages. Kids also learn about secret
codes cryptography and how secret codes are used in real life.
Climb into Spring!
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