October 1998 Issue - Volume 2.2
Strategic Studies e-News
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President's Notes

Family Laughter

Introducing ePALS

Seeing with Words

People and Values

Helpful Links

President's Notes

Strategic Studies is changing.Strategic Studies is changing and we are feeling the growing pains. Things that we once did with a few have grown so much that we are quickly having to add more staff. We have recently hired a Director of Programs and are adding more assistants to help us keep up with increased demands for our services. Therein lies the problem. As we increase staff we disperse tasks and work roles change. Some tasks have suddenly shifted and been dispersed to others. It is natural to establish routines for tasks one commonly does, however, that is difficult in a growing company like Strategic Studies. Dynamic, vibrant, and healthy we are, and a challenge to all of us that thrive in this exciting business.

In this part of the world, the weather is changing, as well, . The flowers have stopped flourishing, the squirrels are extra busy carrying nuts and pods to their nests, the birds are starting to flock, and the monarch butterflies are feasting before their long journey. Change occurs around us all the time, why are we so resistant to it?M Angulo

 

Family Laughter

Family LaughterHaving a good laugh is a great way to reduce the stress of family life.

Create your own "humor first aid kit" for days that don’t go well. Collect items that will make you and your kids laugh....silly books, squeaky toys, cartoons, and funny videos.

 

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President's Notes

Family Laughter

Introducing ePALS

Seeing with Words

People and Values

Helpful Links

Where the Sidewalk EndsFind a special place to tape up cartoons and other funny items....if your kids like silly poems, they’ll love Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends (Harper & Row).

Some families like to write stories about funny things that have happened to them....you may want to create your own silly stories.

Every library is full of humorous stories and songs that your children will love. And don’t forget the joke and riddle books. Ask your librarian to recommend a few.

Laughter is not a cure-all, but it certainly helps.

Introducing ePALS

ePALS

We have had the pleasure to welcome new friends to our online community this month. As you know we encourage the growth of an Internet community that focuses on education and learning. ePALS has developed a wonderful service for teachers and schools in connecting classrooms throughout the world. We are delighted to have them as neighbors and hope you will visit with them soon.

ePALS Classroom Exchange is a free web-based service which helps connect international classrooms via the Internet. Over 7,000 self-registered classrooms from more than 80 countries are currently participating. Founded in 1996, ePALS now represents over 350,000 students and teachers, making it the largest network of its kind in the world.

Teachers are invited to create a unique classroom 'profile' describing their classroom and the type of classrooms they want to connect with. After being manually screened, new profiles are added to the ePALS search engine which can be searched using a wide variety of search criteria such as age, grade, language and geographic location.

 

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President's Notes

Family Laughter

Introducing ePALS

Seeing with Words

People and Values

Helpful Links

Seeing with Words

At a recent dinner meeting I was seated at a table with a visually impaired woman. She graciously helped all of us at the table understand her needs and quickly learned a lot about us. When communicating with visually impaired people, these suggestions might help:

 

  • Identify yourself and introduce anyone else who is present.
  • When offering a handshake, say, "Shall we shake hands?"
  • When offering a seat, place the person’s hand on the back or arm of the seat.
  • Tell the person when you need to end the conversation or when you move.

People and Values

There is no such thing as a value unless there are people involved. A value is something that provides benefit or opens up the possibility of benefit for someone. Values do not hang like clouds in the air. The have to be attached to people. Values require a constant asking of questions.

  • Who is going to be affected by this?
  • Who is going to benefit?
  • Who is going to be inconvenienced?
  • What will the perceptions be?
  • What are the immediate effects, both short and long term?
  • Will this value be noticed, will people talk about it?
  • Are there any special circumstances where the value will be different?
  • Are there special people for whom this could be a value?

 

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President's Notes

Family Laughter

Introducing ePALS

Seeing with Words

People and Values

Helpful Links

Every teacher knows....or should know....that there is no "average" student in the class. If there are characteristics of intelligence, discipline, laziness, energy, trouble making, or boredom, troubles at home, and so on, then a teacher knows that every possible combination of these factors will be exhibited in an individual.

The trick is to recognize individuality as a source of value.

By Edward de Bono

 

Have a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN!!!

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