4 Tips On How To Accept Others

February 16th, 2017

                                     4 Tips On How To Accept Others

A community is made of people from all walks of life. Our community is strengthened when we accept each other's differences.
The more we show compassion towards one another the more our differences tend to fade, allowing us to work together for a cause.

When we let our differences divide us, our community will cease to be effective.

Here are four tips on how you can embrace those who are different from you and remain a positive influence in your community.

1. Recognize your own ignorance
Realize that everyone in some way struggles with a form of ignorance when it comes to others. If you are not around the same environment and exposed to the same situations as someone else, then you will not be able to fully understand what another person is walking through.

2. Be willing to be uncomfortable
Trying to understanding someone else can cause you to be put in situations that you normally wouldn’t be in. Instead of staying in your comfort zone, surround yourself with new people. Ask questions. Share ideas. Accept the fact that you may be wrong. Make an effort to see through another point of view and watch your world expand.

3. Have an open mind
The best way to learn about someone is to listen to his or her story. One of the beautiful things about humanity is that we all have different backgrounds. When you take time to listen and share stories

4) Choose to see the person not the stereotype 

Stereotypes take away the opportunity to really know someone. We allow presumptions of individuals or a large group of people to dictate how we interact with them. Make the decision today that you will see a person based on their character and not their social class or race. 

Shari J. Watson

Shari is a recent UTC graduate with a background in musicand writing and is currently the Marketing Assistant at the Bethlehem Center. 

She enjoys being out in nature, laughing with friends, eating Chinese food, and traveling as much as she can.

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5 Simple Steps To better Time Management

    If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough time in a work day to complete your to-do list. That’s not surprising considering the fact that we’re juggling emails, our bosses objectives, our departmental objectives, networking, lunch, and (insert the remainder of your list here). I am so ready to change the way I spend my time at work that I recently attended a workshop about time management by specialist Traci L. Day, owner and founder of TDay Inustrices, LLC. Apply these 5 Steps to Better Time Management that I got from Traci’s seminar and watch your work productivity increase!

1. Make a To-Do List
     Take 15 minutes at the start of every workday to make a list of all of the things that you need to accomplish. Your list can include deadlines a month or even a year out, but keep your list in one place. I have found that I will remember several tasks that I forgot if I give myself the full 15 minutes.(This simple step will help you determine your daily priorities and help keep you on task as throughout the day.)

2. Start With 15 Minutes Of Easy Tasks
    Traci recommends this step because accomplishing several small tasks before you start a larger more time-consuming task is a great way to build morale and remind yourself that you can and will finish your assignments.

3. Give Yourself 35 Minutes To Get The Hard Stuff Done
     Set aside this time to work on the difficult tasks you may be tempted to put off. This allows you to chunk difficult assignments into pieces so that you’re making consistent progress.

4. Take Breaks
    After 15 minutes of easy tasks and 35 minutes of difficult tasks, celebrate! Give yourself 10 minutes to walk around your office, go outside, talk to your co-workers, or another activity that helps you relax your mind before applying steps 2-4 (in that order) again.

5. Learn To Say No (politely)
   It’s normal for new tasks to come up throughout the work-day, but they can easily side-track you if you don’t remember your goal- to be the most efficient employee you can be. Politely say no to tasks that are not your job and require you to step in someone else’s lane.

   Better time management can help you accomplish more in a day than you ever have. What is a tip that’s helped you make the most of your time at work or at home? Leave a comment below!

Gloria Dubose

Gloria is now the Projects & Marketing Manager at The Bethlehem Center. 
She started at the Beth as an unpaid intern and she's been here ever since doing everything from administration to event planning and social media.
She's a proud Moc (UTC alumni) passionate about learning everything Latin (including Spanish).
To connect with Gloria email gdubose@thebeth.org.

Posted by The Beth

What a Child Needs

January 4th, 2017

                                                    What a Child Needs

     I recently had the opportunity to step in for a teacher and supervise the Beth’s kindergarten through 3rd grade classroom. Not knowing what I was truly doing, it was a tough two hours with just me and another volunteer. There were about 25 kids, and they were not adjusting well to a change in teachers for the day. “Can we go outside,” “Can we go to the gym?” were just a few questions constantly being tossed around the room. Reluctantly, I answered each question with a resolute “No, what did I already say?”

    As stressful as the sheer amount of noise was, and the dizzying motion coming from all corners of the room, It was in these moments that I got to see some of the best in each of these students.

    One little boy, Clarence, couldn’t be torn away from his whiteboard where he was practicing his spelling words on a first grade reading level and higher! Another rambunctious boy named Anthony loved showing off his addition skills using flashcards.  A boy named Daren and I spent some time together as he flawlessly read one of my favorite children’s books, Corduroy, to me three times!

    During our activity time the only arguments that erupted were over  learning materials such as whiteboards and crayons. If there was pushing and shoving, it was often to get closer to me while I was reading a book or to hand me drawings to hang on the wall. I began to notice that a common problem among the students was a resource they lacked but valued most: attention.

   I realized that all our little ones want is affirmation in their work and a hand to hold while walking down the hall.

   As part of the fundraising staff, I knew the Beth wanted to lower our student-teacher ratio to  increase learning and participation. But after spending time in the actual classroom, I realized it was also because our students need more individual attention to be empowered in their learning and to encourage their curiosity. As the child of an educator, I was taught strong learning skills because my mother knew the importance of encouraging my curiosity.

   I want each of our students to know that their questions and their voices matter, and that they are smart.

   The Beth provides a supportive role in our student’s lives in order to create lifelong learners who feel successful during school and on into adulthood. If you are interested in supporting our students, you can volunteer as a classroom assistant or in many other ways.

   To sign up to volunteer please see the Get Involved section of our website or call Mr. Brian Allen at (423) 266-1834 ext. 5 for more information.

Aubrianna Pennington

Aubrianna Pennington is the Development and Projects assistant at the Beth. She graduated from Covenant College with an English Literature degree. She enjoys Zumba, reading, appreciates sitcoms, and is a sunshine enthusiast.

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