In The Know
Hobbs' Hotline -- GSC Education Department: December, 2014
This past Sabbath, my Pastor, Samuel Riemersma, shared this thought about Christmas: "This time of the year is one of great expectation: children are expecting gifts, parents (and teachers I might add) are expecting some time off from work, most people expect to spend some time with family, and stores are expecting record sales!...What are you expecting this Advent season?"
Good question. What are you expecting this Christmas? My favorite text comes to mind as I reflect: "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life." (1 John 5:11,12) Thanks be to God who gave us his Son, Jesus. And thanks be to Jesus for in Him we find life, joy and peace that surpasses anything we might have expected being the lost sinners that we were. Indeed, living with an eternal perspective changes everything including our expectations!
GSC headquarters Grand Opening took place December 15, 2014 in Montgomery. Our education ministry was promoted, and I was happy to be able to represent our education team!
Impacting Student Achievement
How to Conquer Your To-Do List
McKibben suggests M. Nora Mazzone's 3+ List, a technique she advocates in the book Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers: How to Manage the Pressures of Teaching (2014). The 3+ List is explained in this excerpt: "Start each morning with a 3+ List. The three tasks are your nonnegotiable tasks that will make the day feel productive and successful. Rank them. Then add two "plus" tasks. Your plus tasks are not urgent and can be considered bonuses if you actually get them done. When you get to work, post the 3+ List where you will see it often and cross off each item as you get it done. Stay attentive to your three tasks during the school day and don't add to them. After crossing off those tasks, you can consider working on the plus tasks. Plus tasks eventually make their way to the top of the list unless they are achieved as pluses."
I like this too. "See your to do list as a to-don't list: a catalog of things that you don't have to worry about once you write them down."
Click here to learn more about this interesting science resource, subtitled "Essential Science You Should Have Learned But Probably Didn't" by Bill Moreland, Ph.D.
Bloodborne Pathogens -- Part II
Look at the graphic below. We can't deny the impact of technology on our lives. Click here to find out more about how digital technology is ushering in a new age of learning.
Classrooms that successfully participate are given a classroom award and each student is given a medal with ribbon.
For classrooms that don't want to walk, alternate activities are accepted as long as everyone is active simultaneously for at least 5 minutes.
Teacher's must enroll by January 31. Contact:
Bob Benge Ph.D
Southern Adventist University
School of Physical Education, Health and Wellness
Orlando, Florida: February 26-28. It is similar to a "Bible Conference" but with a twist: The goal is to have each student participate in disaster relief training, provide church services for four churches and participate in four community-wide block parties at the four churches. The Southern Union Office of Education is planning the event and they will be sending out more information in the weeks to come.
Special pricing available through NAD negotiated contracts, with discounts of 30 to 37 percent depending on which service(s) you purchase.
Elise L. Orter
Regional Director, South and Central Florida
toll free 866.889.3731 ext 5030
GSC Education Fair at Bass Memorial Academy
Sunday, Jan. 25th 2015 at 12pm
6433 U.S. 11
Students, teachers and parents can feel part of the larger GREAT SDA education system: God centered, Result oriented, Environment that nurtures, Aligned with Adventist and national standards, Team effort.
Students and parents get a look at Bass -- sometimes for the first time!