Put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you
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.
- 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?
succeed or fail, shall be no man's doing but my own.
Another Reason to
Smiling changes your breathing pattern
and reduces blood flow to the sinuses, thereby cooling the
brain. According to a psychologist at the University of Michigan,
a lower brain temperature makes for pleasant feelings and less
depression and helps you to remember positive experiences. It
also gives new meaning to the phrase, "Keep a cool head."
any age it is important to extend one's active vocabularies.
Activities that focus on classification skills effectively advance
vocabulary development. Strategies for vocabulary development
are based on the premise that new words are learned by associating
them with known words, a process that utilizes one's prior knowledge
and experience to learn new words. When classifying new and
known words, we compare and contrast their meanings. Through this
process one discovers the unique meanings of words and how they relate
to those similar in meaning. One strategic in
vocaulary development is semantic association.
association uses classification as a means to help expand the
knowledge of words. In semantic association we list words that
pertain to two related topics, such as objects found in kitchens and
objects found in living rooms. The process guides us in learning
new meanings for known words and the conceptual relationships among
technique is called semantic feature analysis where a grid visually
represents the relationships of words and concepts in a
category. Items within a specific category are plotted in a
column opposite a list of item's characteristics or features. It is
easy to identify how words are alike and how they are different.
from Silver Burdett and Ginn
As we plan for the year ahead Knowledge
Headquarters will focus on three questions:
will we remember most about 2006?
are the biggest challenges for us as we head into 2007?
are our predictions for 2007?
So, what will we remember most
about 2006? Probably, that it was a fantastic year of
growth for us. We have
added some fantastic new features to e-Tutor including: a new
home page with increased offerings, the e-Tutor Calendar, the Graphing
Calculator, hundreds of new lesson modules, administrative
tools, and more.
Itís also been a year of more
strategic use of online learning programs like e-Tutor. Increasingly
we are seeing tutoring centers interested in ways to address
e-learning by using their computer investments in more intelligent
ways, not just acquiring CDs to meet student needs.
The biggest challenge
will be executing successfully to take e-Tutor to the ďnext
levelĒ, whether itís tactics like improving the instructional
design or adding eCommunity to strategies or about changing the subscriber
role. Itís also important to focus on the goals, not the tools.
Getting the design right is the hard part. That's where many of
you can help us as we move forward. Your input is always
appreciated and encouraged.
Our prediction for 2007
is that online learning will continue to grow rapidly not only with
individuals, but, in schools and agencies. The capabilities are fairly
mature, and integration is now possible, so that we have a
whole new set of capabilities that provide some excellent performance opportunities. We canít assume that if we build it, they
will learn. We have to develop a learning culture, we need to develop
our learnersí ability to learn, and we have to recognize and
take responsibility for and foster learning to learn. So, our task
with your help, for the New Year is great. But the rewards are
huge for our students and parents! We look forward to continuing to work with you through
Knowledge HQ Planning and
Car-pe. Carpe diem. Seize the day....Make your lives
Poet's Society (Screenplay)
Do the Math
Despite the availability
of well-paid jobs in fields such as engineering, statistics and
technology, many students do not take enough math courses. They
see it as hard, boring and irrelevant...not true! Here are some
reasons to learn math.
It makes you smarter.
Math is to learning what endurance and strength training are to
You'll make more
money. You can earn more than what pop singers and sports stars
make...perhaps not right away, but over a lifetime.
You'll have an easier
time at college. Math is a language, more concise and effective
than other ones. If you know math, you can work smarter, not
You'll live in a
global world. Obtain knowledge that makes you viable all
over the world, not just in your home country.
You'll live in a world
of constant change. New technology and ways of doing things change
life and work daily. If you have learned math, you can discover
how and why things work.
It doesn't close any
doors. If you don't choose math in high school, you close
the door to interesting studies and careers.
It's interesting. If
you do the work and stick it out, you will find that math is fun,
exciting and intellectually elegant.
You'll meet it more
and more in the future.
You can get through,
not just into, college.
It's creative. Math
can be a supremely creative force if the knowledge is used
correctly, not just as a tool for problem solving during your
It's cool. You
have permission to be smart; you have permission to do what your
peers do not.
Anderson, Professor, School of Management, Oslo
Generate Family Festivals
Family festivals, celebrations
and rituals are opportunities to turn an ordinary day into one to
remember. Celebrations strengthen the bonds between the ones you
love, reinforce those things you have in common and establish
traditions that will live on, even after the children are grown.
It doesn't matter whether your family is made up of two, ten or
eighty, a family festival will draw you closer. Rituals marking
even seemingly insignificant events, when done in a spirit of gladness,
bring satisfaction and joy to the home.
You can have as many
celebrations as you like. They can be simple or fancy, planned
or unplanned. They can be incorporated into everyday life or
take place once a year. You can come together for birthday
parties, impromptu get-togethers, or to hone the milestones in
life. You don't even need an excuse...just the desire to be
What are your family
traditions? What rituals and celebrations bring you joy?
Do some need to be added or updated? You might want to change
the way you celebrate holidays or birthdays. One year a family
had a white twig covered with lights for their Christmas tree.
It marked the beginning of an effort to make their holidays less
A family festival centers
around the joy of being kindred spirits, of knowing each other and of
sharing lives. To generate a family festival requires only your
commitment to gatherings filled with honest, heartfelt
interaction. Getting together out of obligation is merely a dull
routine; but coming together to celebrate one another is fun,
meaningful and deeply fulfilling. A family event with heart,
gratitude and mutual appreciation is indeed a glorious occasion.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be
the most stressful. Holidays can also be a time of hectic shopping,
financial concerns, family conflicts and loneliness. We are so busy
trying to take care of the details of the festivities, we often forget
to take care of ourselves. Here are some suggestions to help you cope
with holiday stress this season:
Try to plan ahead.
See if the stores you need to go to
are on another personís list-maybe you can divide the list and
split up to get the shopping done in less time and less trips.
If childcare is an
issue, see if you can rotate days with another parent. Maybe you can
take turns with babysitting.
While waiting in line at the store
with the kids, give them articles or ads from newspapers or
magazines (usually the stores carry copies of their own flyers).
With a pen, have them circle all the letters in their names within
the ads or play a word search game.
For the bad weather days when
everyone is stuck inside, have activities for the family to do. Try
having wintertime crafts like creating "snowman garland"
for the younger kids or having older children create
and decorate their own holiday cards.
Excerpt from December
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.
Infection Detection Protection: A
clever online magazine from the American Museum of Natural
History. Divided into sections: Meet the Microbes, a colorful
definition of viruses, bacteria and protozoa; Bacteria in the
Cafeteria, a simple game to help children become aware of potential
dangers; Infection, a board game that lets you break thru the human
defense system; How Lou Got the Flu, explains how infectious diseases
spread; and more. Requires Macromedia Shockware.
Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of
Investigation (FFFBI) Headquarters: The site uses interactive
stories and original thinking games to get kids to solve mysteries and
learn crucial skills such as using the Interent for research and
investigation, reading and writing. The project encourages
exploration of a wide range of subjects from math and science to
geography, genetics and history.
Jo Cool or Jo Fool: An Online Game
About Savvy Surfing: As Jo surfs the net, you decide if he's a Jo Cool
or Jo Fool. Jo Cool means he's smart. Jo Fool means he's
about to "get a face full of virutal pie." Includes a
checklist for helping you decide if he's making a good choice, twenty questions at the end and a fifty page file to help educators use
the site. Finally, someone put some humor into media literacy!
Miscositas: This site features a
collection of over forty virutal picture books in English, French and
Spanish. Also includes games, realia, curricular suggestions for
teaching and learning these languages and links to more
resources. Illustrated throughout with colorful drawings
including entries in the large pop-up glossary.
The Home of Thomas Jefferson:
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the
United States. You can explore the house, gardens and
plantation. Includes: biographic info, "A Day in the
Life" with images, Jefferson's West (Thomas Jefferson and the
Lewis and Clark Expedition), an interactive floorplan, biographies of
people who lived and worked at Monticello, an exhibit on Oral
Histories, a narrative on slavery, picutres and descriptions of plants
and gardens, recipes and more.
Ribbit's Math Ventures: Ribbit contains
complex, life situated problems in mathematics. Problems are
grouped at Primary, Intermediate and Junior High. Hop to it!
Mountain Voices: How does development
affect individuals in different countries? Oral testimonies have
been gathered from communities in the Himalayas, the Andes, the Sierra
Norte, Mount Elgon, the highlands of Ethiopia and Lesotho, China, and
more. Students can learn of the past and present of many native
peoples in the world, as well as the realities of the global economy
in these regions.
Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!
From the Staff at Knowledge
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