In The News                            July 2011   Vol. 14-05

 


President’s Message 

I recently met someone who has been very instrumental in how we view learning in this country.  However, his original concepts and ideas have been adapted and changed to such a degree that they are hardly recognizable from those he originally espoused.   When something does not fit the image of how we understand schooling to be, we force the idea to change so it will fit the original mold.  This just perpetuates the bad practices of the past and our students continue to lose.  And, those who might change our educational practices are turned away.  It is difficult to leave our comfort zone, but we must leave behind what may have worked for us in the past.  Outdated methodologies will not prepare our students for their futures in this rapidly changing world.  

Consider this....we teach the student who has a mind that is capable of going well beyond the physical. Yet we stop at introducing only what can be seen, heard, and felt.  What about the intuitive mind?  There is nothing in our teaching/learning practice that addresses the ability to intuit actions.  Yet the intuitive mind forms the basis of who we are and especially our capacity to learn. The intuitive mind determines how we relate to our surroundings and to others.  We as parents and educators must nurture and strengthen our students to rely on their intuitive mind if they are to truly reach their full potential.

 Let your mind soar this month!

   


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Learn how to make lemons into lemonade.





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5.      Instruction is linked to National and State Learning Goals

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   The Book Case            

Dear Mr. Henshaw  
by Beverly Cleary 

Intermediate -  Jr. High
              

Dear Mr. Henshaw,I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunch bag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school."  Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school. He is lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief steals from his lunch bag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project.

1984 Newbery Medal Winner


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Have unbirthday parties.

 

Reducing Family Tension

What is the cause of a high percentage of most family tension?  Miscommunication,  according to management consultant Marilyn Moats Kennedy.  To avoid stress caused by communication errors or misunderstandings, consider these suggestions:

  • Be definite.  Say "yes" or "no."  Don't respond to questions with "maybe" or "probably."  Telling your child you will try to get something done for Tuesday causes all kinds of grief when you don't.  Our families hear the "I'll try to have it for you" statement as a positive one.  When you don't deliver, they get upset.

  • Double check to be sure that your child has understood what you meant.  Ask a follow-up question to be sure you both are on the same wavelength.

If miscommunication does occur, don't blame it on the child.  Don't share your dissatisfaction with others in the family, because the word will get back to your child.

Adapted from Glamour, New York, NY 10017


Show Compassion and 
Ask For Theirs

As  a body needs food, a soul needs compassion.  Loving your children without compassion is not enough.  Compassion is a soft and gentle understanding...it's tender loving care.  It means you are attuned, that you really feel for another.  It's noticing the look on another's face that says, "I'm really having a bad day."

Children need a generous dose of compassion when they are tired, cranky, or just plain impossible, and so do you.  Take notice when they are out of sorts and tell them when you are having a rough time, too, then pour on the tenderness. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love A Child by Judy Ford


Six Keys to Motivation

When your thoughts run around, "I wish I could motivate John," that usually means: "I wish I could get John to do more of his learning activities."  Here are six keys which may help.

  1. Ask for performance.  Describe how the task should be done and how you want it to be.  Then ask your student to do it that way.

  2. Use lots of positive personalized reinforcement.  Don't take acceptable work for granted.  Thank your child for it.  And praise him every time he improves.  Remember, though, that while what motivates one of your children may leave another cold....or even irritated.  So find out what works with each of your children, and use it. 

  3. Build relationships.  This doesn't mean be buddy-buddy with your child.  But it does mean you should treat your child like a real, live human being. He will respond best when your actions show you respect his individuality and trust his intentions.

  4. Understand your child's point of view.  Make a habit of listening to your children and asking their opinion before you give directions or offer advice.  If you listen first, and listen with an open mind, your child is more likely to cooperate when you decide something has to be done differently.

  5. Model what you want.  Approach your own work with a sense of urgency, use your time efficiently, and meet the goals you set.  Show your children, by your actions, that the task really does matter, that quality is important, and that deadlines are real.

  6. Refuse to accept poor performance.  We do have to tell our children when their performance is not acceptable.  Sometimes this means a reprimand.  At other times you can handle it through coaching.  But either way you are demonstrating that standards matter...and that, in itself, is motivational.  As the old saying has it, "It's better to aim for 'Excellence' and hit 'Good' than to aim for 'Good' and hit 'Average'."

Adapted from Practical Supervision

 

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Look for a silver lining in every cloud.

 

Attitudes Toward Time

One who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide one through the labyrinth of the most busy life.  The orderly arrangement of time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his occupations.  But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidents, chaos will soon reign.
                                                                          ....Victor Hugo

Using time effectively is dependent on just one thing...your daily identification of priorities of the things you have to do.  You must decide what the important objectives are in your life and then establish priorities every day in relation to these objectives.  Perhaps this truth of self-management is so simple it escapes many people and they start getting up-tight about "time."

These frustrations of time are largely due to your attitudes towards time. Many of these attitudes are based on false assumptions.  For example, you have been told that to be successful you must learn to manage your time.  This is impossible.  You cannot "manage time."  It is frustrating to think you can mange something over which you have absolutely no control.  But you can learn to manage yourself.  You have been working on this most of your life. 

Adapted from The Public School Administrator


An Historical Pattern

If you look at yourself on the level of historical time, as a tiny but influential part of a century-long process, then at least you can begin to know your own address.  You can begin to sense the greater pattern, and feel where you are within it, and your acts take on meaning. 

Michael Ventura


Summer Writing Projects

If your child is at a loss for something to do, suggest a fun writing project.

  • Write down your preschool child's words.  For example, ask the child to tell you about a drawing, then you write the words below it.  This gives the preschool child a sense of the function of words and their power to express personal thoughts. 

  • Play word games such as Scrabble and crossword puzzles.  On trips, find the alphabet in license plates and tell riddles.

  • Suggest ideas for special writing projects...younger children can make signs for their room or for a lemonade stand; older children can keep a diary, a journal, or a vacation notebook. 

Adapted from National Education Association

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Every now and then, go through a whole day without criticizing anyone.  

Hot July Links:

Batters Up Baseball:  This game will give your student a few hours of fun with the national past time.  Be aware there is advertising on the page. http://www.prongo.com/math/

Kid Pub:  KidPub was created in 1995 as a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience. It's one of the oldest web sites still in operation. 
http://www.kidpub.org/kidpub/

Biology in Motion:   Original, entertaining, interactive biology learning activities. You will find animations, interactive activities, and cartoons designed to make learning biology a richer, more engaging experience.     http://BiologyInMotion.com/

Humpherlinks: This website began with listing software, predominantly freeware,  available via the internet for the benefit of children. Over the years, it has developed into a resource directory covering every aspect concerning the wellbeing of children off all ages.  It includes resources for parents, teachers, careers and children themselves.   
http://www.humpherlinks.co.uk/

San Diego Zoo for Kids:  Five games will keep your student entertained while teaching them about animals of the zoo. Colorful, with sounds and animation. You will want to explore, as well.
http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/games

These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Enjoy these warm days 
of Summer

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