month I took a week off to attend
the Conference on World Affairs held in Boulder, Colorado
each year.. Speakers come from all over the country to discuss
far ranging topics that, although we might not consider on a daily
basis, effect us all in one way or another. This year I had
occasion to ponder the projection of technology as it applies to its
influence upon each of us. While the topics were not specific to
education, everything eventually points back to learning. Those
of my generation (older) are still woefully behind in their adoption
of newer technologies. The
younger generation is definitely in the driver's
seat and will no doubt drag us all along...even if we go kicking and
screaming. I don't know about you, but often I get so involved
in day to day minutiae that the actions and thoughts of others and
movements here and around the world only get a cursory glance.
The week provides me the opportunity to think beyond my self-contained
world. It sparks my imaginings and the possibilities we
all have for change and a better world.
don't often recommend movies, but
this week I went to see Bully. It was troubling
and hard to watch. But it pointed out how easy it is to bury our
heads and ignore until confronted
personally with its worst consequences. I would suspect that
most of us have been bullied at one time or another and we find it
easier to not make an issue of such an offense. But, consider
how much we as individuals and a society lose when our young people
are unable to perform,
execute, create, learn, express, explore or enjoy... out of
fear. We fail our young people when we do nothing. Our children
deserve more from us and we must step into the fray to prevent
bullying at any level to take place. I encourage you to take
time out of your busy schedule to see the movie, to take action
in your community and to make it a priority to protect each of
our children from those who would take advantage of
been so fractious in the past month...changing
the lives of many in our Midwest. Hopefully the next month will
settle down and we can truly appreciate what the season offers.
Enjoy a beautiful month. .
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by Irene Hunt
Grades 6 - 10
This is the second month we have
recommended a book by Irene Hunt. The most powerful theme
of Across Five Aprils, a story about the Civil War, is the bond of family. The loving
relationships between the Creightons are a constant presence.
Hunt also chooses a theme that shows how perceptions of the war
can vary. There is a difference between the politics of war and
the realities of war; between the newspaper accounts and the
first hand accounts. Two minor themes are the power of the
Presidency and the importance of justice and forgiveness. The
second is even exemplified by the first - President Lincoln does
not waver because of gossip and public opinion, but remains
even-handed and compassionate.
1965 Newbery Honor
isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.
A young man entered a
psychiatrist's office, walked directly to the doctor's desk, and
stood stiffly before him. He told the doctor that he was
there against his will and that he had come only to please his
The doctor asked him
why his family wanted him to see a psychiatrist. "I
suppose it's because I'm dead," the young man replied.
The doctor, who
thought he had heard them all, asked, "how do you know you
"How do you know
you're alive?" shot back the young man.
decided this approach would get him nowhere so he tried
another. "I'm sure you'll agree that dead men don't
bleed." The young man agreed this was true.
The doctor reached
into the desk drawer, asked the young man to roll up his sleeve
and jabbed a small needle into his arm. A spot of blood
appeared. The doctor quickly pressed a glass slide against
the blood and held it up for the patient to see.
"There!" he exclaimed triumphantly, "It's
Goodness!!!" said the young man. "Dead people do
bleed, don't they!"
This story seems
absurd, at first, but it reflects a common human tendency...to
insist that we are right, to prefer consistency, even when faced
with contradictory evidence.
Adapted from The
The family is critical to
success in school. Indeed, the "curriculum of the
home" is twice as predictive of academic learning as family
socioeconomic status...(and) parental influence is no less important
in the high school years.
Research About Teaching and Learning, U.S. Dept. of Education
When you are in a funk,
there's nothing more annoying than those people who tell you to just
smile your way out of it. But it turns out, they may be onto
something. Scientists from Wake Forest University found that
people who were asked to do something bold and energetic...like
participate in a group conversation...ended up feeling happier than
those who kept mum. In other words, with a little bit of effort,
you can turn your own frown upside down. The author of The
How of Happiness, suggests the following:
Practice Acts of
Kindness. People who do five small good deeds one day of the
week are happier than those who stretch the same number of kind
acts over seven days. One day of small gestures, such as
letting a car ahead in traffic or opening a door for a stranger,
can add up to lots of grins all around.
Remember the Good
Things. Once a week, make a quick list of things you're
grateful to have...good health or even a great head of hair.
Or try writing a letter to someone who had a positive impact on
your life. Spending as little as eight minutes a week
penning a thank you...even
without sending it...lifts spirits.
Future. Every week, imagine your life several years down the
road, and then make a diary entry that focuses on how well things
have worked out. Did you complete your first 5K run, successfully
navigate your kids' tough teen years, or land that promotion you
always wanted? Visualizing a happy, satisfying future can
help give you an optimistic feeling for the present.
Adapted from The How
of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Sometimes the most complicated task in
life...is to keep things simple.
Playing with your children
does not have to be expensive nor a day-long affair. No fancy
toys are needed, nor elaborate plans. Enjoying spontaneous,
uninhibited play is a natural and refreshing expression of your
vitality. When you allow your adult worries and responsibilities
to subside for a while, a miracle of togetherness happens and lasting
memories are made.
Flying kites together
makes you feel free and joyous. As the wind takes hold of the
kite, you feel it on your body, gently rocking you back and
forth. The sky
quietly accepts you, surrounding you and protecting you. You
become a child yourself and your spirit is free. When you
disappear with the clouds, the dividing line between you and your
child dissolves. Look at the clouds and share the stories they
tell. Run with the wind, or roll on the ground,. There are
no rules, just freedom. You can't force a kite; you just have to
accept where the winds take it. A wonderful metaphor for
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
of Time on Creativity
may not develop under pressure; it needs time to take
shape. Recognize that there is no urgency toward answers.
Do not attempt to solve an important problem all in one sitting;
give it time to season. Some artists take years to complete a
canvas and make hundreds of preliminary sketches before even
attempting to put their ideas into a finished form.
permissive atmosphere that allows for mistakes and experimentation,
experiences that may be diversified or repetitious mark the time
element of discovery. If the answers were known to problems
there would be nothing to be creative about, is a statement to
instructional day may be arranged by adults who suppose that
everything needs to be finished and completed during a certain time
period. Students may be trained to stop, finished or not, but
urgency tends toward stereotype. Is it any wonder that so few
bother to say things differently when it is quicker to repeat
another's opinion or catch phrase? It is simpler to repeat
another's and to copy. To create takes time, energy and perseverance...hard
work. Too often class schedules seem to limit those pupils who
have the ability to produce, but due to imposed pressures fail to meet
deadlines. Remember that limited time may frustrate
from Public School Administrator
are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with
knowledge about letters and their sounds. Many very young
children scream "McDonalds!" when the fast-food
establishment is still a long distance away from them.
Environmental print is a powerful teacher and this information can be
built upon when children learn letter-sound relationships. These
children discover that "McDonalds," "mother" and
other words begin with the "m" sound.
unlock the vault to all human knowledge.
Knee Surgery (COSI):
This is a totally Flash-driven tutorial that will allow you to
conduct a virtual knee replacement. You will be guided step by step
throughout the procedure and will have opportunities to interact with
various tools such as the bone saw, a tool for cauterizing veins, and
so forth. Also includes real photos of the procedure in a separate
section which are not too gross.
of the Century Child: This project will involve you in a study of the life and times
of children in the early 1900's. http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/projects/20c/turn.html
the Bell (University of Minnesota): Get up close with
Bell Museum's famous diorama collection - online! GigaPan photo
technology allows you to explore even the smallest details within the
animal dioramas at the Bell Museum. While nothing compares to seeing
them in person, this is the best way around to see them via
Academy: A unique chess
site for kids, teachers and parents. Interactive chess lessons,
quizzes, videos, games and puzzles for kids. Play chess against
the computer. Online chess books for kids. Everything you need to give
your children the best possible start in chess.
Can you match the right sound with the right picture? To
find out... you have to be observant and a good listener!
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