ABS brings data to life in the classroom

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has launched a new set of web pages designed for use by both teachers and students. Developed by the Education Services unit within the ABS, these new pages aim to assist educators to bring data and statistics to life in the classroom. The pages offer a range of learning resources, including classroom activities, games, professional development materials and specially selected ABS publications.

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Eat Local Challenge

http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/
A blog by people “committed to challenging themselves to eat mainly local
food during a specific period of time during the year.” It’s full of news
and stories about the challenges and benefits of the increasingly popular
idea of eating locally grown foods. Search, or browse by categories like
farmer’s markets, dining out, growing your own food, canning and
freezing, etc.

These cute posters make great decorations for children’s rooms

 Big Ears




Big Ears

Poster

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Baby Orangutan




Baby Orangutan

Art Print

Bloom, Steve


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Polar Bear Family




Polar Bear Family

Poster

Ward, Kennan


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The First Kiss




The First Kiss

Poster

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Emperor Penguins, Chick Being Brooded, Antarctica




Emperor Penguins, Chick Being Brooded, Antarctica

Photographic Print

Tipling, David


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the Seven habits of Highly effective families

by Stephen R. Covey, Sandra M. Covey

From the Reviews

“What is ‘effectiveness’ in a family?” asks author Steven R. Covey. He promptly answers with four words: “a beautiful family culture.”

Here, Covey reinterprets each of his now famous “habits” (Habit 1: Be Proactive, Habit 4: Think Win-Win, Habit 6: Synergize) to apply to parenting and family-life issues.

Covey suggests writing a family mission statement, implementing special family times and “one-on-ones,” holding regular family meetings, and making the commitment to move from “me” to “we” as techniques to improve family effectiveness.

While his message is not new, it is written with sincerity and simplicity, and even the most career-driven individual should feel passionate about family after reading this book. Covey contends that all families get off track, mostly because they don’t know where the track is headed. The remedy: develop a sense of destination.

The chapters in this book build upon themselves and as they grow they develop the theme of families being worth the effort. As in Effective People, each chapter here explains the significance of one of the “habits,” illustrated by personal stories. Chapters conclude with practical suggestions for putting the habits into action.

Covey is a brilliant storyteller. By weaving the voices and anecdotes of his wife and children with his own inspirational and informative stories, exercises, and parables, he has created a book with something for all parents interested in enhancing the strength and beauty of their own families.

“At times hokey, at times virtuous, always thoughtful and enlightening, this book is recommended.”

Facebook, states set online safeguards

Facebook, the world’s second-largest social-networking web site, will add more than 40 new safeguards to protect students and other users from sexual predators and cyber bullies, attorneys general from several states said May 8.
 
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Project targets new teachers’ tech use

National study to examine best ways to prepare new teachers to use technology

How best to prepare new teachers to use technology is the focus of new federal research

Indiana University’s School of Education is embarking on a $3.1 million study of how current and emerging technologies are being used most effectively in classrooms—and how best to prepare new teachers to use these tools.

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Parenting Tips

If you are a recent mother, or you will be a mother in the next months, you will surely need valuable parenting tips for taking care of your baby. Learn the 10 things a mother MUST know to grow his child healthy, and good parenting tips for life. Virginia Elder is a mother and grandmother that’s been teaching Parenthood for the last two years.

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Great Ways to Thank Teachers

 Whether you’re a student, a parent, or an administrator, chances are there’s a teacher (or many teachers) in your life who you’d like thank. We’ve gathered a few ideas you can use to show special teachers how much they mean. Take our suggestions and run with them! These are just a few possibilities to get you started.   http://familyfun.go.com/parenting/learn/activities/feature/teachers/

Children’s early academic and attention skills best predict school success

Children entering kindergarten with elementary math and reading skills are the most likely to do well in school later, even if they have various social and emotional problems, say US researchers who examined data from six studies of close to 36,000 preschoolers. Children’s attention-related skills also mattered, the researchers found. The findings are reported on in the November issue of Developmental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association.
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