It has been said that people are
generally divided up into three different types: (1) those who
make things happen, (2) those who watch things happen, and (3) those
who don't even know what's happening!
Down through the ages famous
philosophers have pretty much agreed that action to make things happen
is what living is all about. Sir William Asler wrote:
"To know just what has to be done, then do it, comprises the
whole philosophy of practical life." The Emperor Titus
ruling Rome before 100 A.D. was accustomed to exclaim (no doubt to
murmurs of admiration from his courtiers!) that he had
"lost a day" on those days when he had failed to perform
some noble act.
This sentiment has been echoed by great
men ever since. Longfellow said it this way: "Each
morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; something
attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose."
Longfellow became captured by his own philosophy when he wrote his
"Psalm of Life," a poem that has inspired millions to
lead lives of action. In it, words such as these burst forth:
"Not enjoyment and not
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
Many celebrated people,
people who have made things happen, have acknowledged the influence of
this poem in their lives. Henry Ford memorized it as a boy and
claimed it inspired him to effort and action all through his
life. Firestone, Edward Bok, Gandhi, and many others gave credit
to the classic for contributing to the momentum of their lives.
"Let us,, then, be up and doing!" Take action! Make
things happen! As Olive Wendell Holmes advised, "Life is
The Public School
A person's face has more
than eighty muscles, and usually presents a pretty good portrait of
what a person is really feeling. When people force a smile, for
example, they rarely use their eye muscles and often don't raise their
cheeks. When someone's really smiling, however, the eyes will
wrinkle and there will be bagged skin underneath.
Yourself Four Questions
Every once in a while, get
off the merry-go-round and ask yourself these questions:
Adapted: From 36,000 Feet
for the Crankies and the Quarrels
time to time everyone in your household is going to be moody,
out-of-sorts, temperamental, or just plain hard to live with.
And every family has disagreements, little annoyances, and complaints
with one another. But the crankies and the quarrels do not have
to ruin your day or your family life. When you've had a bad day,
there's no reason to take it out on yourself, your spouse, or your
kids; and there's no need to be miserable just because your spouse is
being difficult or your child is being fussy.
good idea to teach your children how to voice their complaints and how
to respond to yours. Let them know that they can disagree with
you and that you won't put them down for it. Demonstrate how you
can arrive at creative solutions together.
dealing with family crankies and quarrels remember you can't always
please your children. If you try to, you will lose
yourself. Likewise they will not always please you, so don't
make them feel as though they have to. You don't have to be
right all the time and, when you are right, it isn't always necessary
to make it known. Don't exacerbate the problem by turning it
into an issue of who's right or wrong. Choose your battles
carefully. If you make a big deal out of everything, the
important things get lost in the shuffle. Overlook the small
stuff and remind yourself that healthy quarrels with win-win
resolutions can lead to better communication and a more cooperative
family life. And just because one person is cranky, not everyone
has to get flustered.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
Virtual Autopsy: Five centuries ago, a teenaged girl was sacrificed to the Inca gods on
a mountaintop in Peru. Anthropologist Johan Reinhard discovered her
preserved body in 1995. Using computed tomography (CT) scans and
studying tissue samples, scientists have gleaned information about her
DNA and possible links to living relatives as well as details of her
death that provide new insights into Inca ritual and religion. This
stunning National Geographic site offers a "virtual autopsy"
(annotated images of the CT scans) and a "virtual climb"
with Reinhard on a new Andes expedition. The site also links to Ice
Treasures of the Inca, a chronicle of the mummy's discovery.
Bat Unit: Use this site to get ideas for a thematic bat unit or find a fun
Halloween activity for your elementary students. Sections cover basic
information, resources (web links, books, etc.), projects &
activities, art, science, conservation, literature, environment,
sports, and even a Bat Quiz. Be sure to try the BatQuest
online activity. Even with some sections unfinished, there is still
plenty to do at this site. Created by students of CSU Hayward's
Educational Technology Leadership Graduate Program.
Schools and Landmines:
This UN CyberSchoolBus & I*EARN project tackles the international
problem of landmines. The Web site includes resources and information,
access to teaching units, and more. "The bold claim of this
project is that we can all make a difference, that our actions (as
well as our inactions) in the world have consequences not just in our
immediate environment but in places we could not have imagined."
EcoQuest - Desert Edition: Created by teacher Mark Kirk, this WebQuest was designed to help 7th
and 8th graders learn more about the desert ecosystem. Students look
at characteristics and challenges of the desert from different
perspectives. After they learn about the desert and complete the
assignments given to them, they design a multimedia presentation
describing what they have found and present it back to the class. This
project was designed to take about a week to do, with kids in groups
of 5 or less.
Necklace in a Box: In this graphical adventure game, kids must correctly guess the
answers to simple multiplication and division problems to work through
the story. Colors make some text difficult to read, but elementary
students should enjoy this enrichment activity.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground
Railroad: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is an interactive web site
created by a second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy
Hollow, New York. The site includes an interactive quiz, timeline,
research links, character sketches, and much more.
Renaissance - What
Inspired This Age of Balance and Order: This Annenberg/CPB Projects online exhibit transforms you back to a
time of great discovery. Find out what inspired this age of rebirth in
Europe and see how life changed for those who lived during this
period. This exhibit is inspired by The Western Tradition, a video
series in the Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection. http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/
a Boo...tiful Month!
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