From time to time we post articles from The Onion, simply because they made us laugh and that made us feel better. Why? Because laughter has the power to make us happy by releasing endorphins, or neurotransmitters which are responsible for feelings of euphoria. Include humor with instruction and student attention and recall will improve, as well as, participation in the discussion that follows it. To paraphrase Victor Borge, Laughter is the shortest distance between a teacher and a student. Good to know! This one really speaks to our movement into the digital age!
PAULLINA, IA—In an e-mail to readers on Monday, editors of the Dunbar Family Annual Christmas Update announced that due to logistical constraints, they had decided to cease print publication of the newsletter, which will move to a web-only distribution model. “Amid a rapidly changing Christmas-letter landscape, the printed word has become a less effective way to keep you informed about Dunbar family affairs,” wrote editor-in-chief Phyllis Dunbar, who assured a readership of more than 60 friends and relatives that the December bulletin would remain the most reliable source for updates on Nathan’s progress in school, pet acquisitions and deaths, and the family’s travel plans. “Even as we move to expand our online presence, we have not forgotten our core principles of journalistic integrity and holiday cheer. We are very proud of our digital edition, and we think you will like it too.” At press time, sources had confirmed that as part of their transition to the digital age, the Dunbars would be eliminating 37 jobs.
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The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.
Dr. James Stanfield, Ed.D.