Teach them to work without a net, at least every now and then.
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High Language Arts - Goals
Read with understanding and fluency. Reading is essential.
It is the process by which people gain information and ideas from
books, newspapers, manuals, letters, contracts, advertisements and
a host of other materials. Using strategies for constructing
meaning before, during and after reading will help students
connect what they read now with what they have learned in the
past. Students, who read well and widely, build a strong foundation for learning in all areas of life.
Listen effectively in a variety of situations. Of all
the language arts, listening, as well as speaking, is most often
used on a daily basis at home, school and work or in the
community. In person, by phone or through video, good
listening skills are essential to receiving and understanding
messages. To understand messages spoken by others, students
must be able to listen carefully, using specific techniques to
clarify what they have heard.
Write to communicate for a variety of purposes. The ability
to write clearly is essential to any person’s effective
communications. Students with high-level writing skills can
produce documents that show planning and organization and
effectively convey the intended message and meaning. Clear
writing is critical to employment and production in today’s
world. Individuals must be capable of writing for a variety
of audiences in differing styles, including standard rhetoric
themes, business letters and reports, financial proposals and
technical and professional communications. Students should
be able to use word processors and computers to enhance their
writing proficiency and improve their career opportunities.
- Literature: Read
and understand literature representative of various societies,
eras and ideas. Literature transmits ideas, reflects
societies and eras and expresses the human imagination. It
brings understanding, enrichment and joy. Appreciating
literature and recognizing its many forms enable students to learn
and respond to ideas, issues, perspectives and actions of others.
Literature study includes understanding the structure and intent
of a short poem or a long, complex book. By exploring the
techniques that authors use to convey messages and evoke
responses, students connect literature to their own lives and
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11 - 14
is a story of the
adventures of a pilgrim family in the early days of colonial
America. A work of historical fiction, telling the story
of the Separatists of Scrooby and the Pilgrim Fathers, through
the first-person narrative of young Matt Over.
The story of the
Overs, gallant independents, who left Old Scrooby in 1608,
because the King would permit them no freedom of worship; who
went to the Low Country and prospered there, but departed again,
when wars threatened; who sailed in the Mayflower and put down
new roots in New Plymouth, there to plant seed in a new land. A
panorama of the Pilgrims' story, through the adventures of Young
1942 Newbery Honor Winner
Take chances every chance you get.
the Order of Things
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
Niccolo Machiavelli, "The River"
Among the impacts of radical change is fundamental uncertainty, a knot-in-the-stomach feeling that what we normally do might not work this time. Fundamental uncertainty makes it easy to visualize a youngster, standing at the chalkboard with his hands in his pockets, completely stumped by the problem before him.
To complicate matters further, fundamental uncertainty has a companion malady ...... uncertainty of role. In addition to not knowing what to do, many are beginning to question whether we should be doing (or not doing) what we’re doing (or not doing).
America’s schools are not immune to the forces of radical change and the uncertainty it’s causing. In fact, some school people appear numbed by the magnitude of the events driving radical change. Like the young student, they’re stuck at the chalkboard, uncertain of what to do next.
from William J. Banach, 1994, Banach, Banach & Cassidy
a package arrives in the mail marked "handle with care," no
one would consider throwing it around carelessly. No one would
ignore it, regard it as a nuisance, or be annoyed with it. The
package would be opened slowly, tenderly, because it is fragile.
Loving attention would be given. Perhaps if we think of children
as precious little bundles sent special delivery directly from the
heavens, we might be more patient with their troublesome behaviors.
Our children do many things that
frazzle our nerves and push our buttons, but remembering that their
hearts are delicate might help us be more sensitive. It is
possible to devastate children's spirits with harsh words, or by
ignoring them, or brushing them off. There is a big difference
between acting and reacting, and as a parent it is important to learn
the distinction. This requires
thought, practice, and a lot of deep breathing. When you find
yourself coming down hard on your child, or when your reaction is out
of proportion, take a long deep breath, count to ten or ten thousand,
and ask yourself, "What is going on with me, right
now?" Breathe, breathe, breathe, and think before you act,
so that once again you can feel the extraordinary sweetness of your
child. Nothing is more important than handling their bodies and
souls with tender loving care.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
Try to be the dream, not the destination.
Teamwork Makes a Difference
This fall when you see geese heading
south for the winter, flying along in "V" formation, you
might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why
they fly that way.
It has been learned that as each bird
flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately
following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock has
at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get
where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on
the lift from one another or teamwork makes the difference.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation it
suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and
quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting
power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a
goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same
way we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired he
rotates back in the wind and another goose flies point. On good teams
it pays to take turns doing hard jobs. The geese honk from behind to
encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when
we honk from behind?
When a goose gets sick or is wounded by
gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it
down to help and protect it. They stay with the goose until it is
either able to fly or until it is dead.
Then, they launch out on their own, or
with another formation, to catch up with their group. If we have the
sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that. Good ideas
require the strength of teammates looking out for each other.
What is the one thing you give your
child that you can never replace? Time. You cannot buy it, sell it,
rent it or change it. All you can do is use it!
You cannot change the quantity
of time you have, but you can change the quality of your time.
- Write down the things that
are most important in your life. Chances are that your family will
be at the top of the list.
- Try to remember how you have
spent your time during the past few days, hour by hour. Does the
way you spend your time reflect your priorities? How much time was
spent with your children? How important were the things that you
- Make a plan for how you will
use your time in the week ahead. Write it down. Include
time with children in your plan. Check to see how you did at the
end of the week.
We do what we think is important.
Deciding what we think is important can be the first step in making
The Parent Institute
Improving Behavior for Learning
Good behavior begins at home. That is
where parents can help children become well-adjusted,
self-disciplined, law-abiding citizens. Control . . . conduct . . .
rules. We know what discipline is, but it is difficult to define. Here
are ten ways parents can improve discipline:
- Be familiar with rules and
regulations and support them.
- Take an active interest in your
child’s activities, both academic and extracurricular.
- Talk to educators or another
professional about your
child’s behavior patterns.
- When consistent discipline problems
occur, talk to your child. Find out why he or she is misbehaving.
Be an active listener.
- Stress the importance of good
discipline at home and away to your child.
- Monitor your child’s behavior at
home by encouraging the discussion of daily events.
- Be a good role model for your
- Show respect for your children and
they will show respect for others.
- Encourage independence. Give your
children a chance to take part in making decisions about things
that affect their lives.
- Be sure your child eats properly.
Bad eating habits can cause disciplinary problems.
National School Public
cast a spell past what you can see.
Renaissance Connection: A highly interactive, educational,
and fun site about art of the Renaissance from the Allentown Art
Museum. You'll need the free Flash player.
Doppler Game: This
is just one of the many resources at this site. Links and
descriptions of interactive websites teaching science. It is free and
based on National Science Education Standards. The site includes
inquiry, life, earth, space, and life sciences, and more. http://www.planetseed.com/relatedarticle/doppler-effect-train
A beautiful website containing these sections: Ocean Life &
Ecosystems, Photo Essays, The Ocean Over Time, Ocean Science, and The
Ocean & You. There's also an Educators section that has lesson
plans, activities, and ways to use the Ocean Portal's features. http://ocean.si.edu/
Tale: A self-guided module designed to acquaint individuals
with facts about comets. Check out the build your own comet section.
Graphically, this is one of the best-looking sites we've come across. cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SegwayEd/lessons/CometsTale/com.html
to Harmony: A wonderfully colorful Flash interactive
containing articles, videos, data, and research to get us thinking
about energy, education, sustenance, health, the earth, flora and
fauna, connectivity, exchange, and coexistence. http://awesome.good.is/ecosystem/index.html#/home
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