Pottieger Learns and Networks

May 12, 2009

Something Good

Filed under: Uncategorized,Workshops — San @ 10:04 pm
The story of the lion with the thorn in his paw reminded me of my morning, except the lion was my husband and the thorn was a tooth that needs extracted. We were in the dentist office when in walks three women, one with a baby. The young woman with the baby smiles at me, says hello, and begins to hug me. I tell her “What a compliment to get a hug!“

I recognize the face as one of my former high school students (when I worked as a school counselor with Harrisburg School District) but cannot remember her name. It doesn’t matter as she proceeds to present her baby for me to admire. The baby boy has a strong sounding male name and already his left ear is pierced. The baby spits up as she balances him on her shoulder. She scurries off towards the other women for help. Luckily the waiting room had a box of tissues as she had no burping cloth, only a blanket wrapped around him.

Seeing my former student with her baby stirs my passion…of course I’m passionate about my husband and his being healthy but I am also passionate about parenting education. I want to help parents grow great, healthy families! I want to do more good.

I am in the process of finding locations to schedule Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® workshops. If you know of a location with DVD/TV access for hosting a workshop, please contact me as soon as possible. For parents willing to host a workshop series in the privacy of their own home along with four or more other paying parent friends or family, the host parents are not charged any workshop fees.

It really is a compliment to me to be hugged by a former student. As Maria in the Sound of Music sings, “I must have done something good.”




January 28, 2009

Student Business Plans

Filed under: Workshops — San @ 7:18 pm
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I had the pleasure of attending a free workshop at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit on January 27, 2009, for business or economic teachers, “Preparing for Success in Business: Entreprenaurs, Economics, and the Business Plan.”   A good sampling of districts were represented (Harrisburg School District’s Career and Technology Academy, Susquehanna Township, West Shore, Middletown, Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech, Milton Hershey Schools, Big Springs…that I can remember). The workshop presenter was Carolyn Shirk, Vice President of Economics PA.  Each participant received numerous materials, a curriculum notebook and CD of the power point presentation.  Though I do not teach economics or business, I am hoping to bring the materials to the community and virtual world.  In fact, I have plans to network with a Twitter colleague, Angela Maiers, who is collaborating with another Twitterer about financial literacy curriculum for MS/HS students.  Twitter networking just never stops amazing me!

   Even though I was not a business or economics teacher, I was able to make a helpful contribution by sharing two internet resource links to workshop participants.  (I even shared what Twitter was with one teacher that I sat near who had never heard of Twitter!)

The one internet resource is an Hourly Rate Calculator.  A teacher had asked if there was a resource that shows students where all the money goes.  This calculator does just that.  Students can input their fictitious business monthly expenses like rent, office supplies, pensions, insurance, healthcare, savings, marketing, advertising, travel, etc.  It’s a genius tool for students and adults going into their own business!  Thanks to Katy Whitton and her book Managing Web Projects: How to Manage the full project lifecycle with minimum hassle.

Another internet link resource that I shared with participants is a link to help the students know their business market location.   This site has…

 “over 63,000 city photos not found anywhere else, graphs of latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment…), geographical data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of living, housing, businesses, local news links based on our exclusive technology, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government finances and employment, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, air pollution, latest unemployment data, time zones, water systems and their health and monitoring violations, comparisons to averages, local poverty details, professionally written city guides, a forum and a social network with 450,000 registered members and 6,000,000 posts, 5,000+ user-submitted facts, 14,000+ exclusive local business profiles with photos, and more demographics.”

Look up your area.  It is definitely a good read!  You’ll know more about your neighbors than you really care to!

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