July 1998 Issue - Volume 1.11
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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

President's Notes

I find the times in which we live, vastly exciting. Never did I imagine that the opportunity would arise in which we could discover, invent, and create as we can today. This new medium has potential that we can’t even imagine now. The Internet has given me the opportunity to feel like an explorer and inventor. The possibilities to define oneself, to share with others and to learn have always been available to us, but now there is another route. This new route can be extremely personal or it can be very visible and collaborative. Whichever route one chooses there is the opportunity to stake one’s claim in this Information Age.

During the summer months we tend to be busy with seminars and workshops and catching up on the reports that got ahead of us during the Spring. These are the months I put large blocks of time aside each day in order to read. While I haven’t gotten down to those "must-read" novels, I am beginning to make a dent in the educational journals and trade magazines. There seems such a wide gap between the thinking of business and education people. Business seems to focus on improving the organization as a whole, while education focuses on details such as learning styles, class organization, and salaries. I think there is something we can learn from each other. It is my experience, that as educators, we don’t keep our eye on the goal. In business we sometimes focus too much on the goal and then forget the things we need to do in order to complete the trip. By combining the two we would have powerful organizations in both business and education.

 

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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

Today we celebrate the founding of our Country.....the fourth of July. The neighbor children have been busy decorating their bikes for the local parade. Barbecues and picnics have been planned. The community is planning the biggest fireworks display ever. Flags are flying from porch rails. Happy Birthday, America!
M Angulo

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work:

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.

2. From discord, find harmony.

3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

A Thirty Minute Plan

Experts say that you need only 30 minutes to plan your week. How to do it? Follow the OATS formula:

O. Objectives. What results do you want to see by the end of the week? Write them down, then rank them.

A. Activities. What do you have to do to achieve your objectives? List the necessary activities and put them in sequence.

T. Time. How much time will each activity require? To plan realistically, allow yourself more time than you think you will actually need. This gives you flexibility if unexpected problems develop.

 

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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

S. Schedule. Look at your calendar and decide when you can perform each activity. Most people underestimate the power of a schedule, but you won’t get anything accomplished if you don’t schedule the time to do it.

Quill Newsletter

Looping - What is it?

In looping, the teacher has the same group of students for at least two years; then he or she "loops back" to teach a new class. For example, a teacher may teach a class of children in first grade, teach the same group of students the next year in second grade, and then pick up a new set of first graders the following year. In this situation, the teacher may know that some students are not quite able readers at the end of the first grade. But he or she can work with students on their reading during second grade until each student is performing satisfactorily.

The biggest advantage of looping is that it builds relationships. Students get to know their teacher very well, and parent-teacher relationships flourish in this kind of setting. Teachers like looping because they believe that by the second year with a group of students, they spend more time teaching and less time on record keeping and familiarizing students with classroom rules and procedures.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development - ASCD

 

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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Exercise is important to me and I try to walk every day, as well as use my free weights while watching the news. While I enjoy going it alone, most of my friends enjoy the companionship they find at a community center or sports facility. If you are considering joining a health club of some sort, here are some tips:

Pick one close to home. If you have to drive more than 20 minutes to exercise, the time cost will be too high, and you will end up not going.

Purchase a family membership. That way, you can take the kids, too. Many clubs have a children’s play area that they can use while you step on the StairMaster or make the rounds of the Nautilus machines.

Make sure the club has a swimming pool. Children love to swim, and there’s nothing better than having the whole family around the pool on a hot day. In the summer months, pack a picnic dinner and take the kids for a twilight swim....a cool way to cool off.

Ask other members if the club is "kid friendly." Some clubs are havens for the social set who believe that kids should be seen and not heard. You want to join a club where kids are welcome.

Finally, if a club is beyond your budget, use municipal facilities. Many towns and cities have a public pool and parks with fantastic facilities. Use them.....after all, you are paying for their upkeep, too.

 

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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

"Wisdom is like a clear cool pool.......it can be entered from any side."

Nagarjuna

Summer Activities

Encourage your children to join a community youth group
Visit the library with your child
Get your child a library card. It is a great gift
Check telephone listings for agencies and community groups that offer free parent and child materials. Don’t forget to check the Internet for these resources.
Take advantage of public recreation
Take nature hikes
Visit museums, zoos, and parks
Take your child to plays and concerts
When traveling with your children in a car or bus, discuss the sights you see along the way.

 

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President's Notes

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules Of Work

A Thirty Minute Plan

Looping - What is it?

A Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind

Summer Activities

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

Curriculum Writers Needed

Curriculum Writers NeededE-Tutor is hiring curriculum writers to write lessons for E-Tutor, an on-line, interactive web site.

A model lesson http://www.strategicstudies.com/lessonPlans demonstrates what a typical lesson includes. For more information please call (847)318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

Helpful Links

Surf the Web

  • http://www.thinker.org/
    A collection of 60,000 images which the museum has decided to share with the general online public.
  • http://normandy.eb.com
    The Longest Day. The site documents the D-Day invasion of France in "Normandy: 1944."
  • http://www.outofbounds.com/
    Around the World in a Thousand Days. A small crew from Newport, Rhode Island shares their three year voyage.

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