not how many years we live, but what we do with them. it is not
what we receive, but what we give to others.
Creating Lessons for
lessons are rich and varied. Each lesson comes with a different
voice because they are written by teachers throughout the
country. Lesson writers use a simple to use online template
created by Strategic Studies. LessonPro was developed to provide K-12 educators an easy way to write instructional
lessons for the Internet. Our goal has been to make the Internet easy for
educators to integrate into the teaching learning process. In that
regard, teacher-writers may use the lessons they have created for
their students. At the same time writers whose lessons meet our
high standards for quality and excellence are reimbursed. The lessons
then are exported for use in the e-Tutor Program. When you view
an e-Tutor lesson, you may notice the name of the teacher-writer under
Each e-Tutor lessons
has nine parts with testing options at the end of each lesson.
brief statement introducing the lesson
Grade Level: The
grade levels are -
Primary: Grades K - 3
Intermediate: Grades 4 - 5
Middle/Junior High: Grades 6 - 8
High School: Grades 9 - 12
Lesson Goals: Learning goals and objectives have been
established by e-Tutor and are aligned with the National Goals for
Resources: A list of Internet sites referenced or relevant to
the lesson. These are
helpful and informative for the parent, as well.
Lesson Problem: A key inquiry or main question that focuses
the learner on the concept of the lesson. Have your student
write what he/she knows about the topic or concept of the lesson
before beginning the Study Guide. After taking the quiz and
exam you might want to repeat this process.
Vocabulary: A listing of vocabulary terms used in the study
guide. These are
automatically linked to Webster's On-line Dictionary. These are often used as spelling words or for writing
Study Guide: The actual lesson itself.
The study guide include links, pictures, graphs and tables
as appropriate. The
links in the Study Guide add to the student's understanding of the
concept or skill of the lesson.
Activities: This can include a worksheet, hands-on activity,
project, problems, questions or sites relevant to the study guide.
This is a chance for students to apply what they have
learned. e-Tutor does
not grade or evaluate activities, but encourage parents to review
these with their students. They can be used as a springboard
Extended Learning: A critical thinking project, problem or
discussion that goes beyond the scope of the lesson.
e-Tutor does not grade or evaluate extended learning
activities. Again, use these to frame a discussion with your
student. We suggest that both Activity and Extended Learning
be kept in folders, one for each of the main curricular
lesson has between 20 to 60 multiple-choice questions relating to the
lesson, so there are ample questions for rotation.
The computer randomly generates quizzes and exams from the
questions provided by the writer. The test is then automatically scored on-line for the student
to view. The questions
are multiple-choice with five answer options.
At the end of each answer choice is a brief explanation of the
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man's dreams are an index to his greatness.
Perhaps more than anything else,
parents want to teach their children personal responsibility.
How can they do this in a society that urges instant
gratification? Here is some advice from the experts:
- Communicate your values openly.
Discuss how values such as honesty, self-reliance, self-respect
and respect for others help people make good decisions.
- Help your child contribute their
skills. Involve them in household chores and show them that
you consider homework an important responsibility. Children
who fulfill responsibilities in a timely manner learn to see
themselves as a valuable part of a team.
- Create financial awareness.
An allowance teaches lessons about budgeting money. Give
children as young as three a piggy bank. Encourage older
children to open their own bank accounts. Allow them to make
their own choices about how they spend their money.
- Instill ambition.
discuss your job and let them visit you at work on occasion, if
your employer permits. Emphasize how basic skills such as
reading and math are important in all jobs. Encourage older
children to do volunteer work or seek part-time summer
- Set reasonable limits.
Studies have shown that, contrary to popular belief, children want
structure in their lives. let them know
exactly what kind of behavior is and is not permitted.
- Help them understand the
logical consequences for both positive and negative
behavior. Go over in advance what may happen as a result of
certain actions. Don't protect children from the
consequences of their behavior. This will prevent them from
learning from their mistakes.
- Be consistent. Try to
make the consequences for a particular action the same each time
it occurs. And, try to make sure both parents discipline in
the same fashion.
- Have reasonable expectations.
Periodically review and update, with your child's participation,
your house rules and responsibilities regarding chores, homework,
time limit on TV watching, and the curfew on school and weekend
- Promote self-esteem.
Don't forget to praise responsible behavior. Reprimand a
misbehaving child privately. When correcting, criticize the
action, not the child.
- Respect your child's growing
independence. Let him participate in decision making by
allowing him to pick from a range of options
acceptable to you.
- Guide through example.
Children recognize and resent contradictions between what you say
and what you do. they may be more willing to acknowledge
their mistakes if you can admit yours.
Growing Up Drug Free:
A Parent's Guide to Prevention, U.S. Dept. of Education
The National PTA Talks to Parents, Melitta J. Cutright, Ph.D.
Your Spin on Learning?
One thing we have learned over the
years is that students as well as adults employ a wide variety of
methods for absorbing and using new information. Some very
common methods are often ignored in the teaching learning
process. The learners who naturally tend to these
"offbeat" learning modes often suffer as a
So how do we guarantee quality
learning? The following illustrates a well-rounded approach to
Connect - Engage in experience
Examine - Reflect, analyze, experience
Image - Imagine or "picture" the concept
Define - Learn concepts and skills
Try - Practice with content
Extend - Develop unique, original applications
Refine - Analyze application for relevance, usefulness
Integrate - Share and celebrate learning
By employing a variety of instructional
methods you will give learners equal access to knowledge and
About Learning, Excel,
tomorrow with today.
Into the Spirit of Writing
school-aged children are interested in printed symbols and are eager
to compose meaningful messages with those symbols. Reading and
writing abilities develop simultaneously. The development of
abilities in one process facilitates growth in the other language
experiences and instruction should enable students to use written
and expressing personal opinions, feelings and experiences through
forms such as diaries, journals, cards and letters, stories and
- Communicating information to others
through captions, charts, stories and reports;
- learning in all subjects by
recalling, organizing, interpreting and recording
ideas or information in reading logs, learning logs, notes and
Student writers need varied readers or
audiences to provide feedback and encouragement.
Suggestions and opinions shared through discussions with parents,
siblings, peers and other adults, contribute greatly to the
development of writing abilities.
Writing is a complex process of
composing meaning. It is a process that demands intellectual
activity that is shaped and structured by language patterns, usage and
There are six basic vocal elements:
volume, rate, pitch, inflection, stress and pause. Although
young students do not need to know these labels, all students' oral
language will benefit from at least an understanding of the vocal
Volume is the softness or
loudness of the voice. A soft voice can indicate smallness,
gentleness, carefulness or reluctance; a loud voice can indicate
largeness and power. Rate is the speed at which a speaker
talks. A quick rate suggest excitement or hastiness; a slow rate
suggests sadness or calmness. Pitch is the highness or
lowness of a voice. High pitch can indicate youth and tininess;
low pitch can indicate maturity and hugeness. Inflection, or
change in the pitch of a voice, allows the speaker to convey different
shades of meaning. Stress refers to the amount of
emphasis given to a word or words. A pause can indicate
uncertainty if it is short, and confusion, sadness, or deliberation if
it is long.
Students, while reading aloud,
should try to use different voices to indicate a variety of characters
and moods. Ask your child to use a 'whispery' voice, a 'whiny'
voice and a 'squeaky' voice. The intent of practicing voice
types is not to prepare our children for a career on the stage but to
have fun with oral language while increasing students' reading
Idea Factory for
Teachers, Silver Burdett & Ginn
Disciplined is Your Memory?
It is truly a joy to remember fun and satisfying
things. Then again, it's really awful to be plagued by negative
memories. People with undisciplined memories will recall things
randomly. They may also have trouble remembering specific things
when they want to. People with disciplined memories:
- Believe that they will remember
("I never forget a face");
- Integrate new information using
specific techniques (essentially attaching a "flag" to
it) so they can draw it out when they need it;
- review the information regularly;
- Congratulate themselves when they
get it right ("I knew I'd seen your face somewhere").
The Next Step Magazine
can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable
in the world.
The mission of Environmental Inquiry (EI) is to support teaching and learning about the environmental sciences through teacher education,
curriculum research and development, and scientific inquiry by students
and educators in grades 7-16. This site offers resources to aid development of meaningful research projects in the areas of toxicology,
watersheds, ecology and biodegradation.
Know Play? Reference Lookup: Some pages hit at just the right time. Where else can you access
online dictionaries, thesauruses, rhyming dictionary, acronym and artist lookup? The goal of this site is to simplify your life. It
works for me.
Mount Rushmore: American Experience:
This online exhibit chronicles the planning, design, implementation and minutiae of Mount Rushmore, the U.S. monument commemorating four
presidents. There is also an activity for students to
design a memorial commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. These activities, as well as activities in the disciplines of
civics, history, economics, and geography can be found under Teacher's Guide.
Recipes 4 Learning: This site is loaded with recipes for crafts, holidays,
learning and songs. There is some advertising on this site, but the clean design
makes up for any distraction the advertising provides. If you are enjoying a little warm
weather in your part of the world, try the Ice Cream in a Bag.
Web Publishing Curriculum Resources:
If you want to learn web page design, or if you just want to get that image placed just so on a page, this is a great resource for you. Nine
instructors at the University of Oregon collaborated on this website with workshop outlines, resources, and guidelines for good practice.
Planet Quest: Created at the Jet Propulsion Labs, this website offers online resources
as well as offline activities for middle school and high school students. Highlighting the technology of interferometry (a method
employing the interference of electromagnetic radiation to make highly precise
measurements of the angle between the two rays of light), students can begin to understand how this technology can change our
knowledge of the universe and the search for life on other planets. Virtual tours, 3D models and animations have been created to more
clearly show students the work being done by JPL.
You a Warm Month!
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