November 1999, Volume 3.3
Strategic Studies e-News
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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

Message from the President

Wow! Where is the time going?! Do you find this time of year to be as frantic as I do? I always hope that the next year is going to be a bit more sane, but the pace just seems to get faster and faster. In spite of everything, we are enjoying this particular autumn. It has been unusually warm, the leaves have fallen but many still cling to their branches as if they just want to stay around for as long as they can. We have enjoyed the extra time to feel the sun’s warmth, for we know it will not last. Winter will soon be here.

This month, our work has centered on preparing workshops for educators to teach them how to integrate the Internet into their curriculum. Technology abounds in classrooms, but there is just not enough time for teachers to adequately prepare lessons using the Internet. Instead, the Internet is used mostly as a resource that provides lists of links. While this is a decent use of the Internet, there are so many greater possibilities. As you know, for the last several years we have been writing lessons that incorporate the resources of the Internet right into each e-Tutor lesson. We would like to share our experiences with educators and pass on some of the "tricks" we have learned. If you or anyone that you know might be interested in this service, please inform us via e-mail.

Families are beginning to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast. My brother is the cook in our family, who surprises us each Thanksgiving with a delicious gourmet meal. We are always intrigued by the way he can take a common staple and make a spectacular dish with it. We treasure the opportunity to share new experiences and remember old times with our family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families!

 

M. Angulo

 

 

 

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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

Making Time Count

time.gif (19378 bytes)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 cannot remember?
  • 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 time count.

The Parent Institute

Don’t complain and talk about all your problems . . . 80% of people won’t care; the other 20% will think you deserve them.

--Mark Twain

 

 

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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

Rules for Being Human
  1. people.gif (3444 bytes)You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
  2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is the process of trial-and-error and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works."
  4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
  6. There is nothing better than "here." When your "there" has become a "here," you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
  7. Others are simply mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you make of them is up to you. The choice is yours.
  9. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you have to do is look, listen and trust.
  10. You will forget all this.

Author Unknown


Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimension.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

Stressed Out

This is the season when stress starts to build, both at home and at work. The following tips can help ease you through the difficult times:

  • Take care of yourself.
  • See troubles as opportunities.
  • Manage your time.
  • Speak up.
  • Plan.
  • Get support.
  • Enjoy your leisure time.

It is your choice. You can try to make your situation satisfying. If stress arises, you can choose to attempt a solution. There are many choices open to you. Which ones will you make?

Working with children makes us long for the good old days, when we were young and knew everything.

--Unknown

 

human.gif (4268 bytes)Improving Discipline at School

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:

 

 

  



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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

  1. Be familiar with school rules and regulations and support them.
  2. Take an active interest in your child’s activities, both academic and extracurricular.
  3. Talk to teachers about your child’s behavior patterns.
  4. When consistent discipline problems occur, talk to your child. Find out why he or she is misbehaving. Be an active listener.
  5. Stress the importance of good discipline at home and at school to your child.
  6. Monitor your child’s behavior at home by encouraging the discussion of daily events.
  7. Be a good role model for your children.
  8. Show respect for your children and they will show respect for others.
  9. Encourage independence. Give your children a chance to take part in making decisions about things that affect their lives.
  10. Be sure your child eats properly. Bad eating habits can cause disciplinary problems.

National School Public Relations Association

 

The best things you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories.

--Sidney Harris


 November Highlights on the Web

Official U.S. Atomic Clock Display Available Online
It's accurate within 0.2 seconds. For simplicity, only U.S. time zones can be selected.
http://www.time.gov/

The History Place
The History Place is not meant to be a total history resource. Rather, it offers a series of in-depth studies, using various media of some important eras and events in both U.S. and world history.
http://www.historyplace.com/index.html

 

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Message from the President

Making Time Count

Rules for Being Human

Stress Out

Improving Discipline at School

November Highlights on the Internet

Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution
Ever wonder about the original versions of old favorites like Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood or Cinderella? There's a bibliography of sources and modern "fairy" stories for further research and enjoyment.
http://www.darkgoddess.com/fairy/

Zoom to a Wealth of Dino Info
The amount of useful information at Zoom Dinosaurs is larger than a T. rex!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/
dinosaurs/index.html

Great Books Online
Do a quick search of an entire book for that memorable line that you just cannot remember.
http://www.bartleby.com/

Color Commentary
We have all heard how certain colors make you calmer or make you want to buy things, but what colors create a sticky web site? Color Matters gives you some ideas to work with.
http://www.lava.net/~colorcom/

I Want2 Learn2
Turn 2 these expert 2torials for help in mastering many of the basic skills that you need in everyday life. Forget how to boil an egg? Running out the door to a wedding but you cannot tie your tie? Looking to improve your gas mileage? If you have a problem to solve, or a skill to acquire, simply search Learn2's database of hundreds of 2torials and you'll discover simple, step-by-step explanations to fit your needs.
http://www.learn2.com

Panda cam

Watch the baby panda from San Diego Zoo grow.
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/special/pandacam/index.html

 

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