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year! It is hard to imagine that we have been sending out our
newsletters for sixteen years! What will the next sixteen years
bring? We have seen many changes over the years....the most
notable is the recognition that internet-based learning has a place in
education. There are many players in the market now....both
public and private schools, book publishers, and business. And
although the market is more crowded,
not all programs benefit
students. In spite of best intentions, there is the tendency to
get caught up in the hubris of the day and rush to get a program or
product up and running. The bottom line is to improve student learning. If a program does not benefit
and the teaching-learning process then it is just taking advantage of
the current frenzy for online learning.
a new year gives one the opportunity to look back at the previous year
and plan for a new, challenging and exciting future. With the
years passing so quickly, we often forget such a planning phase in our
personal lives and in business. It is so much easier to let the
moment guide us rather than preparing for eventualities. I have
found that our productivity is much more effective when we have outcomes
and a timeline in mind. For me, it is much easier to write
things down, so I can see what I
have done and what is next. The sense of accomplishment that I
feel when I have completed the
things on a list is my reward.
We look forward to sharing
with you in this new year some of the exciting ways we have been
working for you and with you to improve online
learning for students.
May you find
joy, good health and prosperity in this new year!
Celebrate a new way of
keeping connected with us. Join one of our communication forums
Check everyday for new tips and information.
How about a short video of your child using eTutor? We can help
you download it to the eTutor page.
Short reminders for current news and links are posted daily.
Blogs are posted twice a week. Information on parenting, online
learning, curriculum, and more are hot topics.
Try repinning some of the things from the
eTutor Pinterest page.
Life is like a bicycle. You don't
fall off unless you stop peddling.
Learning with eTutor
does it mean to “fully complete" a lesson module?
modules have several sections. Each
section is important to your learning and should be completed before
moving on to the next section. To
fully complete a lesson module follow these guidelines:
Statement: Respond in writing to the problem statement
before and after completing each lesson module.
This acts a self check.
You will be able to quickly see how much you have learned.
a notebook with new words that you are trying to learn and
remember. Be sure to
write a short description next to each word. Use
the vocabulary words for writing sentences or creating word
puzzles. Or, if
you find writing difficult you can always draw a picture to go
with each new word.
teaches the concept or skill of the lesson module.
Carefully read the
Study Guide and take notes. Then
study your notes. You may even need to read the Study Guide several times.
You will notice some words that are blue with a line under
them. These are very
important to your learning. You
should click on these links. They
will give you more information that will help you remember what
you are learning in the Study Guide.
You will need to remember the information in the Study
Guide and in the links because you will be tested on what you know
at the end of the lesson module.
will be disappointed if you don’t check on every one of the
resources! These give
you more information about the topic of the lesson module you are
completing. You may
find a game or a song or something that really interests you.
Take your time when reviewing the resources.
They are important to your learning.
Write a short description of each of the resource links.
& Extended Learning:
are most often completed off line.
You may be asked to write a story, draw a picture, complete
an experiment, do a project or create something of your own.
This is where you get to practice what you have learned.
No skipping! Complete
the activity and extended learning for each lesson module.
now it is time to let us know what you have learned.
If you have fully completed everything up to this point you
will ace both the quiz and exam.
There are no shortcuts to learning.
Take your time, do your own best work!
Take quiz and exam.
New Lesson Modules were added
to eTutor this month.
than 3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
Lessons with LessonPro
So far during the month of January, we
have welcomed over twenty-five new writers to Writers' Circle.
While not all have finished their lesson modules we anticipate the
majority will have finished by the end of the month. Some recent
- Living Organisms and Their
- Letters and Lines
- Cosmic Discoveries
- Jacobs vs Douglass: Comparing Male
and Female Slaves
- Sources of Food
- Color Chemistry
- Harriet Beecher Stowe - Primary
We hope you will take the initiative
today to join other writers in using the LessonPro
template to create lesson modules for your students.
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
All Sail Set
A Romance of the Flying Cloud
by Armstrong Sperry
Grades 4 and Up
Who can love the spread of canvas
and the bend of oak and not thrill to the names of the great
clippers built by Donald McKay: Great Republic, Sovereign
of the Seas, Lightning, Star of Empire, and Westward
Ho -- these names ring from an era when the windships were
the queens of the ocean and sale was king. But the most famous,
the one that most securely captured the hearts and imaginations
of the entire nation, was McKay's masterpiece, the Flying
Here is the story of Enoch
Thatcher, a boy whose father lost his fortune at sea, whom McKay
takes on during the lofting, building, and rigging of the Cloud,
and who finally ships out on her for her maiden, record-breaking
trip around the Horn, Accompanied by Sperry's wonderfully
vigorous drawings, this realistic and riveting narrative will
keep even landlubbers pegged to their seats.
- Success is always started by
- the battery of
- ambition, and the spark
- plug of purpose
- It is powered by the
- fuel of persistence,
- lubricated by the
- elbow grease of effort.
- Guided by the steering
- wheel of common sense
- and smoothed by
- the shock absorbers
- of faith
- and forgiveness.
- W.A. Ward
is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.
Students!!! Paying attention is a skill, and it
can be learned. Here are some ways to learn to pay
To focus your attention on what you're studying, try to find
the main point in what is being covered. Some
questions you might ask include: "What's this
paragraph about? What will I need to remember for
a discussion? Do I agree with what is being said?"
In American history, for example, you might ask yourself,
"What were things like back then? How did kids my
Set Specific Study
Goals. Know where you are going and what you
are trying to learn. Challenge yourself....say, "I
am going to finish these ten math problems correctly in the
next 20 minutes." Then reward yourself:
"Once I am sure these problems are correct, I am going to
take a break and relax."
Imagine Yourself as
a Successful Student. Professional
athletes use this technique; they imagine themselves being
successful...perhaps hitting a home run. It works!
You can use this method, too. You might say to yourself,
"After I read this page, I am going to be able to look
away and remember the meaning of what I just read."
You can also imagine yourself calmly and confidently taking a
test on the material you are studying, knowing all the answers
because you studied the material thoroughly.
Children Cope With Death
Children growing up today are more
aware of death than adults may realize. They see it on television,
over the internet and on movie screens. Many of them will have to face
the death of someone they know before they reach maturity.
Whether the death is of a loved one or
someone in the school or community the child knows, it is important
that a child be guided to an understanding of what has happened and
what it means. It isn't always easy for adults to know how to do
Like adults, children react to
traumatic situations with disbelief, bodily distress, anger, guilt,
anxiety and panic. Children and adults follow common
process as they work through their grief. A
child's initial reaction may be denial and protest. The child cannot
quite believe the loved on is dead and attempts, sometimes with anger,
to regain this person. Pain, fear, and despair my follow as the child
begins to understand that the person really is gone forever.
Finally, there maybe hope as the child begins to accept the death and
reorganize life without the
However, it would be misleading to
suggest that all children will follow a predictable pattern. Children
often act out their feelings about death in ways that seem
inappropriate to adults. A child in denial may simply go outside
and play as if nothing happened. Children may not be able to say what
they feel in words and may depend on body language and behavior to
Childhood bereavement may also be more
long-term than an adult's. Do not be surprised to see grief return on
special occasions such as birthdays and holidays and during
significant life events such s graduation. Also, do not be
surprised to hear more detailed questions as the child grows and is
better able to comprehend the answers.
Adapted from Illinois
Association of School Boards
Nothing is interesting if you're not
To develop a strong self-image that can
handle stress that seems to accompany bad days, you might want to
consider these suggestions from a national speaker on management and
- Remember that it’s not what
happens to you in life...good or bad...that matters. It’s how
you react to it.
- Strive for at least one
success before you leave the office each day.
- Don’t rush. Schedule
appointments with 10 minutes between them so you can gather your
- Compliment someone every day.
You’ll feel better about yourself and those you work with.
- Listen to cassettes that
offer positive suggestions. Injecting yourself with someone
else’s positive convictions might help improve your self-esteem.
- Make a list of 10 key life
goals; then visualize yourself accompishing them.
- Spend at least one hour a
week on a hobby or something else you just enjoy doing. Be a
little selfish and block out at least one hour out of the 168 in
the week for yourself.
- Find a 40-hour block of time
each month and get away from office pressures. But schedule that
weekend just the way you do everything else. You owe it to
One night at sea, the ship’s captain
saw what looked like the lights of another ship heading toward him. He
had his signalman blink to the other ship: "Change your course 10
degrees south." The reply came back: "Change your
course 10 degrees north." The ship’s captain answered: "I
am a captain. Change your course south. " To which the reply was:
"Well, I am a seaman first class. Change your course north."
This infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: "I say change
your course south. I am on a battleship!" To which the reply came
back: "And I say change your course north. I am in a
is something we have. Vanity is something others have..
: It is simple,
inexpensive, and fun to grow your own snow crystals, using little more
than some dry ice, a plastic Coke bottle, and some styrofoam cups.
This page describes how to set up this experiment, and what you can
expect to see.
Parents can help their school-age children do better on
achievement tests on this site, which offers online testing tools for
children from kindergarten through college. Tests include the
Kidtest Benchmarked Sequence, a proprietary series of achievement test
based on national standards, and practice state achievement tests.
The site features detailed scoring reports for each subject and
confidential, free record keeping for each test-taker. Also
included o the site are an online educational supplies store and
Walk Through Time:
site presented by BBC this is a history
website for 7-9 year old. The
website is based on the BBC series
of the same name, but can be used independently to explore streets,
people and houses of the Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian times and the
1950s. These periods are compared and contrasted using games and
activities. The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any
one particular period, but rather an exploration of change,
development and chronology
Time line: The Play-doh
brand has been helping imagination take shape for over 50years! This
site offers highlights
from the colorful lhistory. You
will also find things to do and make for prents and teachers.
warm and enjoy this month!
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