June 1999, Volume 2.10
e-News
Visit us at http://www.strategicstudies.com
Message from the President

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

Homeschooling

Face to Face Communications

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

June Links

Message from the President

marine.gif (7668 bytes)It has been quiet around the office for the last three days... unusual because we seldom take a day off. But the staff encouraged us to spend valuable time with friends and family, so we all took a much needed vacation over this Memorial Day Weekend. I have had a chance to work in the garden and to take some long walks... quiet peaceful time... time to reflect... time to refuel... and time to create. I once had a professor who told me to slow down, that if I didn’t rest, I wouldn’t be able to create. As the years pass, I treasure his words more and more... as I have found them to be true. Whether working in the garden or watching others as I pass by on my walks, quite without thinking, my mind is putting things in place for the time when I do sit back down to write or work.

One of the joys of my work is to see the creative energies of others and how, when working together, a powerful result occurs. We have some bright young minds that help you when you visit our web sites, whether drawing, editing or planning... their dedication and resourcefulness have been a delight to watch. In the months ahead, you will have an opportunity to see some of what I am talking about -- new features and a new look are coming to our e-Tutor site.

signature.gif (1438 bytes)

 


All intellectual improvement arises from leisure...

johnson.jpg (12372 bytes)

Samuel Johnson, April 13, 1773 (per James Boswell)

 

 

e-News Page 2
Message from the President

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

Homeschooling

Face to Face Communications

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

June Links

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

daydream.gif (4753 bytes)Thinking and being aware of our own thoughts are skills that make us human. Thinking is an active process. It encompasses events that range from daydreaming to problem solving. It is a kind of ongoing, internal dialogue that accompanies actions such as performing a task, observing a scene or expressing an opinion.

As a parent, you can...

  • Encourage your children to ask questions about the world around them.
  • When reading to or with young children, ask them to imagine what will happen next in the story.
  • Actively listen to your children’s conversation, responding seriously and nonjudgmentally to the questions they raise.
  • When your children express feelings, ask why they feel that way.
  • Suggest that your children find facts to support their opinions, and then encourage them to locate information relevant to their opinions.
  • Use entertainment, a TV program or a movie, as a starting point for family discussions.
  • Use daily activities as occasions for learning. For register1.gif (1842 bytes)example, instead of sending a child to the store with a simple list of items to purchase, talk with the child first about how much each item might cost, how much all the items might add up to and estimate how much change s/he should receive.
  • Reward your children for inquisitive and/or creative activity that is productive.
  • Ask your children what questions their teachers are raising in class. For example, a history class might be "asking" how American westward expansion began.

Remember, if your children are active participants in a home where there is talk about the why and the how of things, they are more likely to be active thinkers both in and out of school.

Courtesy of the National Education Association

 

e-News Page 3
Message from the President

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

Homeschooling

Face to Face Communications

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

June Links

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

notepad.gif (3072 bytes)Why is writing important? It is functional. It helps us get practical things done. It is stimulating. Writing not only helps provoke thoughts, but helps us organize those thoughts in a logical, concise manner. It is therapeutic. It allows us to express feelings that may not be easily expressed in face-to-face communication.

  • Spend time on activities that require real writing rather than on short answers and fill-in-the blank exercises.
  • Spend time putting thoughts on paper in a logical, well-organized way.
  • Include research and brainstorming as part of writing.
  • Make writing useful.
  • Use drafts. Revising and editing are done by all good writers.
  • Respond to the ideas expressed in writing. The truebaseball.gif (1971 bytes) function of writing is to convey ideas.
  • Write about something that is of interest.
  • Take advantage of skills that lead to writing, such as, rhythms, reading, music, listening.
  • Reward writing that is clear and concise.
  • Write for real world applications, such as a letter to the editor, writing a resume or a job application.

 All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

President John F. Kennedy, June 6, 1963

Homeschooling

home.gif (8822 bytes) This month Suzanne Baugher, Program Director, and I traveled to Lansing, Michigan for a Homeschooling Conference. We expect this movement to grow in the next few years. Our purpose was to introduce E-Tutor to the attendees. We have developed a Homeschooling Corner in order to provide information, links and a forum for discussion. Please review the site and let us know what you think.

 

e-News Page 4
Message from the President

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

Homeschooling

Face to Face Communications

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

June Links

Face to Face Communications

When dealing with people, be ready to react to the actions of different personalities. Here are some examples:

  • Dealing with the aggressor who is intimidating, hostileaggress.gif (9454 bytes) and loves to threaten.

What to do: Listen to everything the person has to say. Avoid arguments and be formal, calling the person by name. Be concise and clear with your reactions.

  • Dealing with the underminer who takes pride in criticism and is sarcastic and devious.

What to do: Focus on the issues and don’t acknowledge sarcasm. Don’t overreact.

  • Dealing with the unresponsive person who is difficult to talk to and never reveals his or her ideas.

What to do: Ask open-ended questions and learn to be silent.  Wait for the other person to say something. Be patient and friendly.

  • Dealing with the egotist who knows it all and feels and acts superior.

What to do: Make sure you know the facts. Agree when possible and ask questions and listen. Disagree only when you know you’re right.

Courtesy of Business Marketing Reference Manual
Tom Lapham

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

What does it take to get something extraordinary accomplished in an organization? A study from Santa Clara University has identified the following practices as being key:

 

e-News Page 5
Message from the President

Helping Your Child Think More Actively

Ten Ways to Improve Writing Skills

Homeschooling

Face to Face Communications

Great Achievements: Do You Have What It Takes?

June Links

cheerleader.gif (6419 bytes)

  • Challenge the process. Leaders search for opportunities, experiment and take risks.
  • Inspire a shared vision. Leaders envision the future and enlist the support of others to share and achieve that vision.
  • Enable others to act. Leaders foster collaboration and draw the best from their people.
  • Model the way. Leaders set a good example and plan opportunities for their people to experience many "wins" along the way.
  • Encourage their people. Contributions are recognized. Accomplishments are celebrated.

The Leadership Practices Inventory, called LPI, was compiled from interviews and surveys with managers who attended management development seminars.

Courtesy of Measures of Leadership
B.Z. Posner and J.M. Kouzes

June Links

bbq.gif (6678 bytes)

Headlines updated hourly from Newspapers around the world.
http://www.1stheadlines.com/

 

 

page6_bar.gif (1700 bytes)

Copyright 1999 Strategic Studies (http://www.strategicstudies.com)