July 2000

In The News

 

President’s Message
moving.gif (3190 bytes)It looks like we are finally moving to the wonderful office space that I told you about several months ago. With fits and starts, we have been in and out of space for too long. But like so many other things, nothing comes easy. While this is not the first place we thought we would be in, it will be just fine and will, hopefully, be home to us for at least a year.
The e-Tutor staff has been absolutely wonderful. They have literally been tripping over each other in our small cramped quarters. We have continued to hire staff through it all. With a growing company we could not slow down…so with patience and a desire to grow together, a great staff has continued to produce the quality instructional program we have built our reputation on.

The Fourth of July came and went in a blast of heat and humidity here. The flags, the fireworks and parades can’t help to get one into a festive mood. This is a happy time of year. Children playing, parents barbecuing, friends gathering, couples strolling…happy faces, happy times. I love the sounds as I take my walk each evening.

 

A joy that is shared is a joy made double.

Anonymous English Proverb

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Lesson Pro Exceeds Expectations!!

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If you are one of the writers for LessonPro, pat yourself on the back! The LessonPro model for developing lessons from the best writers across the country is surprising everyone with its success rate. Over 700 teachers have enrolled and of those, over 100 are writing lessons. We believe that teachers create the best curriculum. e-Tutor has provided a way to develop lessons and earn money at the same time. Lessons
are made available to the teacher and students to use in school. If you have not done so, you will want to sign up today at http://www.lessonpro.net. Joining the Circle of Writers will benefit both you and your students.

 

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Leadership Characteristics
Of all the characteristics in a leader, four are particularly important:
  1. Do you relate to the larger picture? Beginning with your first job, did you try to understand how your department related to the larger overall organization? And did you think outside the organization, trying to understand the markets in which your organization competed, as well as possible future trends?
  2. Do you have a vision? The best visions are characterized by two elements: (1) they are simple and easily understood by all; (2) they are attainable by everyone working together.
  3. Are you willing to change your mind? Are you prepared to change direction whenever new information warrants making a shift? Top leaders are.
  4. Do you think long-term? Your focus must extend far into the future. How long? At least a decade, often longer.

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To hone your own abilities, begin to couch your thinking in leadership terms. Look at the larger picture. Work to develop a vision. Always be open to new ideas and be willing to change course if new information warrants it. And think as long-term as possible.

 

All art has this characteristic…it unites people.

Leo Tolstoy, Russian Author

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Reduce Stress
Try these tips to cope with stressful situations:
  • Schedule anticipated stress. When possible, space stressful situations so they don’t come all at once.
  • Arrange for privacy. Find a place and schedule a time where you can think alone without interruption.
  • Maintain control. Don’t allow insignificant events to control you.
  • Establish support systems among family, friends and colleagues.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Stressful situations get worse the longer you tolerate them.
  • Make decisions based on your needs rather than what others expect your needs to be.

Peg Kraft, The Newslink

 

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

Aristotle

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Home Alone Emergency Bag

  

At this time of year, many older children are home alone. The following suggestion may help with your children.Fill a large zip-top plastic bag with all the little things your children might need in an emergency:a flashlight with batteries that work;band aids; cotton balls; mild antiseptic; several quarters; safety pins; at least six direct-dial telephone numbers of relatives, neighbors, or co-workers; a piece of candy or some sugarless gum.

Have your children help you pack the bag. Talk about each item as you include it. Have your child decide which phone number they would call first, second, and so on. Then put the bag in a place that is easy to find.

Even when children are old enough to be home alone (most experts say that is at least age 10), minor emergencies can crop up. Having a focal point within the household for emergencies helps the child…and the parent…feel a little more secure.

Adapted from Parents Make The Difference

 

The interests of childhood and youth are the interests of humanity.

Edmund Storer Jones

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For Students…Make Reading Fun!

Students who get good grades agree with teachers on at least one point. The better you read, the fewer problems you will have with schoolwork. What’s more, reading provides an excellent way to relax after a stressful day. Students who read well have discovered a secret: pleasure reading. Not sure how to get started? Here are some suggestions on how you can learn to make reading a pleasure rather than a chore.

  • Set aside a special time, devoted solely to reading, and do this on a regular basis. Even if you only manage 15 minutes a day or an hour on the weekend. This can be enough to get the reading habit established.
  • Aim for comfort. Stretch out on the sofa, lie on the floor, or sit under a tree. Many people find bedtime reading to be enjoyable. Add a little music to the background if you wish…at low volume. (You may want to stay away from the TV set, however, since this can be distracting.
  • Make this individual reading time your time, not someone else’s. In other words, don’t read a textbook or anything else connected with
    schoolwork. Read only what you enjoy. Your choice could be a romance novel, a detective story, an article about how to relate to the opposite sex, or even a comic book.
  • Not sure what you would enjoy? Read about something that interests you. Do you like tinkering with cars? Do you want to dig up some trivia facts about your favorite
  • football team? Do you want to know what’s hot and what’s not on the fashion scene? Would you like information about a career? No matter what the subject is, chances are you can find dozens of books and articles about it. If you don’t know where to look, a librarian will be glad to help you
  • Finally start small. You don’t have to read a whole book in one sitting. Read a short newspaper or magazine article. If you want to tackle a book, read one chapter a night or a certain number of pages. If the story line compels you to keep turning the pages, that’s fine too.
book.gif (2567 bytes) The more you read, the better you’ll read. The better you read, the more you’ll enjoy it. In fact, those who read well often report that reading is one of their hobbies. And while homework may never be your favorite pastime, you might find that it gets easier.

Adapted from Illinois Association of School Boards

 

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.

Samuel Butler

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Physical Activity

For the first time in our evolution, an entire generation of children has the opportunity, or misfortune, of living a sedentary lifestyle. The habitual activity level of our children may be insufficient to provide the health protection that was inherent in the lifestyle of previous generations. This problematic, because the lack of activity could result in the accelerated onset of chronic disease and a premature loss of human resources and productivity.
Findings in research as part of the Elementary School Climate Study in New Brunswick, based on a large representative sample of grade six students, show that increased physical activity is related to higher self-esteem. The self-esteem of many children, particularly females, declines during adolescence. These results suggest that participation in physical activities may help children traverse this difficult period. Some children, especially those in lower socioeconomic families, have less access to recreational and sport facilities outside of school, and face other barriers to participation.

Atlantic Center for Policy Research, University of New Brunswick, Sept. 99

 

Andy Warhol was wrong: in the future, everyone won’t be famous for fifteen minutes. But everyone will have their own web site."

Jon Winokur, Author

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Hot Links for July!

The Bullying Project was created to help young people help each other deal with the problems of bullying and teasing.

http://www.bullying.org

Web Awareness for Teachers provides resources to help teachers and librarians give students the skills they need to evaluate online information and to protect their privacy and their personal safety as they surf the net.

http://www.media-awareness.ca/eng/webaware/teachers/thome.htm

After School Gov. includes some great resources put together by various departments of the government.

http://www.afterschool.gov/kidsnteens.html

A great resource of information for teachers and administrator of all disciplines.

http://www.teachertidbytes.com

Great Books OnLine

http://www.bartleby.com/

Each week, The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology features a new bird with sounds, great photos, and other great resources.

http://birds.cornell.edu/bow/

As the primary races are heating up, FreedomChannel lets you take a look at what the candidates are really saying.

http://www.freedomchannel.com/

 

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