succeeds in a big way except by risking failure.
Assessing Student Work
Evaluation is ongoing in e-Tutor
Virtual Learning. It is real time. As the student
completes a lesson, quiz or exam results immediately show up in the report
card. Parents can follow what the student is doing while at work, in
another room or on a business trip.
The screen above is displayed after the completion of
a quiz or exam. Quizzes, shown in the blue pencil column, consist of five questions and may be
taken any number of times. Each time the student takes a quiz
the questions and responses are rotated. No two quizzes are the
same. The arrows and the face indicate whether a score has gone up,
down or hs remained the same. The ten question exam, scored in the orange pencil column, may be taken only once.
Results show a child's progress for each lesson module.
Parents have access to
their child's report card through their own unique login and
password. Each child has a portfolio. By selecting one of the
four curricular areas, the
parent can view a list of the lesson modules the student is working on
and quiz and exam scores when completed.
In this example of a report card, the inverted orange triangle
indicates that the quiz has been taken more than once and the scores
are going down. Conversly a green triangle will indicate quiz
scores are increasing. The face indicateds the quiz was taken
once and the student did not meet the default passing score of 80
percent. The exam was taken once and the score did not meet the
default passing score of 80 percent. In the example, the student Adam Rock has read the lesson
"Anteater" but has not completed the quiz nor exam.
Report cards can be
printed or emailed. We recommend that parents print them once a
month so that students can watch their progress.
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It is not the critic who
counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or
where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred
by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes
short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best,
knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the
worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory
of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and develop
talent in others. .
Tears have many dimensions. There are
tears of pain and suffering and tears of happiness and delight.
There are the loud cries of a newborn signaling "I'm hungry"
or "Hold me...I'm lonely." A mother learns quickly to
understand the meaning of her baby's cry.
But it's not just babies that
cry. As they grow, of course, there will be many times when both
boys and girls need to cry. Tears are a natural way of mending a
broken heart and letting go of disappointment. Tears can be an
overflowing of happiness and running over of a heart full of pure
joy. Although it might be disturbing to see your child cry,
sometimes it is the only release that will calm him.
Even if your child's tears make you
feel helpless, please don't ever try to stop them; this will make him
feel ashamed and teach him to repress his emotions. If you want
to do something when your child is crying, ask quietly, "Can I
put my arms around you?" If he is willing, gently hold him
or tell him it's okay to cry. Let him know that tears are a sign
of a sensitive loving person. Don't judge or embarrass him. Let
him cry until he has emptied himself of his pain and hurt before you
ask what his tears were all about.
Don't force him to talk, because
sometimes he just doesn't know for sure. Sometimes the tears
themselves are the only expression needed. If you don't
interfere, tears will bring relief and soon he'll feel energetic and
Excerpt from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
schedules are becoming so hectic, the concept of family meetings is
growing quickly in popularity and is strongly recommended by many
family counselors and parenting experts. Families used to meet
together two, sometimes three, times a day, and that was a place of
discussion. For most of us, this is not possible. People
are busy, but most of us can pull out a calendar and find a space when
we can generally get together. Children often end up actually
liking regularly scheduled family get-togethers, when the meetings are
conducted properly. Here are some tips for holding family meetings:
Make meetings a
regular event at a set time.
Be realistic about
choosing a meeting time when most family members will be able to
Turn off the TV during
meetings and don't accept phone calls.
Don't use family
meeting time for a parental lecture.
for each family member to express his or her feelings.
Don't allow any family
member to be abused or insulted.
Don't project the
misconception that the family is a democracy....parents are still
Allow children to
participate in making decisions regarding negotiable matters.
Don't make meetings a
drudge. Invite children's input on fun issues, such as
family meetings brief (15 or 20 minutes).
Adapted from Better Homes
Already! Questioning Homework
For many parents, homework
assignments are an expected burden of childhood; math problems,
reading assignments and language exercises are simply considered part
of the experience of growing up. However, amid horror stories of
10-year-olds having three hours' worth of homework, some parents are
questioning the wisdom of extending academic schedules.
U.S. schools have always
had a love-hate relationship with homework. It has fluctuated with the
times. Now, however, some voices have begun questioning whether
piling on the additional work is really the answer. Regardless
of what experts and parents may think of homework, most would agree
that, given the prominence of education issues on the current
political agenda, it is unlikely that homework will be vanishing any
time soon. The question, then, becomes one of how much homework
should be assigned and at what age it should be assigned, rather than
whether any should be given at all.
There is an informal rule
of thumb that says homework should be roughly 10 minutes for each
grade level. Ten minutes for 1st grade, 20 minutes for 2nd
grade, and so on. Experts suggest that assignments for younger
children should not be overly complex or time-consuming. When
the assignments are fun and simple, the children learn to enjoy the
work. Homework assignments that are manageable and
age-appropriate can teach children important values that extend far
beyond the scope of an individual activity or learning exercise.
If they don't get a sense of pleasure of effort and the pleasure of
work and achievement, then children in their later years will view
homework as drudgery rather than a learning experience. What is
most important is that parents take an active interest in their
children's learning exercises, whether in class or at home.
Adapted from ASCD
is the companion of wisdom.
Family background, along with certain
behaviors, were identified by researchers as predictors of whether
young women will drop out of high school. The researchers found those
with intact families, parents who graduated from high school, and with
two or more kinds of reading material available at home were less
likely to drop out.
Most likely to drop out: young women
who are sexually active or begin smoking or drinking before age
sixteen. The researchers found that pregnant students who stay
in school after becoming mothers fare as well as those who progress
straight through without having a baby or dropping out. In contrast,
those who drop out, with or without giving birth, have a great
difficulty returning to school and graduating.
IASB School Public
the world becomes a smaller place, respect for differences becomes
increasingly important. Your children's future success may
depend as much on respect for diversity as it does on good grades and
job skills. To compete in the job market and live in their
communities, children must learn to get along with people of all races
and cultures. Those who avoid gender stereotyping may have more
successful dating relationships and marriages.
children are naturally fascinated by differences and the concept of
diversity appeals to them. Parents can encourage children to see
cultural pluralism as a positive and natural part of life. Or,
by their own attitudes, parents can teach children to view differences
as frightening or bad. Here are some ways to promote tolerance
for others, suggested by a number of experts:
Be prepared to deal
with a child's natural curiosity about the differences among
people. Don't say, "People are all the same." They're
not and you want your children to grow up to value the differences
between people. By ignoring a child's curiosity about
differences, parents actually teach that some differences are
unacceptable or must not be talked about.
Remind you children
that what's important about a person is what's inside, not
outside. Tell them that a person's race, gender or physical
disability should never be the basis
Teach them to put
themselves in another person's place. One aspect of
prejudice is the inability to see life from any viewpoint other
than one's own.
Teach your child to
recognize bias. Point out prejudice when it happens and
discuss it with them. Encourage them to speak up when they
see someone, especially another child, being treated unfairly.
Encourage children to
explore how other people live and broaden your own knowledge of
other cultures as well.
Try to have direct
contact with people whose cultures or lifestyles are different
from your own. Children are less likely to fear what they
Help your children
develop self-confidence. Insecure people who doubt their own
worth are more likely to be obsessed with conformity. People
who appreciate their own unique qualities are more likely to be
tolerant of differences in others.
within your own family. Expect sons as well as daughters to
help with household chores such as laundry and dishes. Encourage daughters
to excel at subjects such as science and math. Encourage children
of either gender to participate in sports.
Share with your
children how you have coped when treated unfairly. They need
to understand that there are some mean people in this world, but
his meanness and ignorance has nothing to do with their own
Illinois Association of
Around the Clock
cyclical. It begins with personal involvement, proceeds to
conceptual understanding, then to experimentation and finally to
individual adaptation. Research shows that quality learning
occurs when a variety of learning methods are employed. Some use
the visual of a clock to illustrate the different steps comprising a
well-balanced approach to training. Here is a quick checklist to
determine if learning is going full circle.
Twelve o'clock to
three o'clock: Making Connections.
Seeking personal associations, meaning and involvement.
Three o'clock to six
o'clock: Formulating Ideas
Seeking facts, thinking through ideas, learning from others
Six o'clock to nine
o'clock: Encouraging Applictions of Ideas
Experimenting, building, creating usability
Nine o'clock to twelve
o'clock: Creating Original Adaptations
Exploring, learning by trial and error, self-discovery
Thinking of the learning
cycle as a clock, learning happens at 11:59.
Adapted from About
will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
Archaeology of Jamestown The
mission of historic Jamestowne is to preserve, protect and promote the
original site of the first permanent English settlement in North
America. Two new interactive archaeology modules give users a
taste of how Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists do their work.
The Artifact Module and the Buildings Module illustrate the many
methods archaeologists employ to identify and give context to their discoveries. Requires Flash. You will be asked to provide
some basic information before you use them.
Interscholastic Water Challenge.
Although the contest has ended, students can undertake the tasks and
use the materials from this site at any time. Students can share
information about this important natural resource and create daily
water conservation habits.
NASAexplores Online Resources:
NASAexplores provides free weekly K-12 educational articles and lesson
plans on current NASA projects. Printable and downloadable,
these supplemental curriculum resources meet national education
standards. NASAexplores seeks to generate awareness of and to
build students' interest in space, science, mathematics, geography and
technology. Materials are adapted to three reading levels (K-4)
NBC American Dreams School
Project: This website contains lesson plans and activities for
middle school and high school classes based on a variety of themes
highlighted in the American Dreams program. These include topics
such as family relationships, friendship, love, war and peace, sibling
conflicts, school, courage, diversity, grades and heroes. The
interdisciplinary materials will focus on the content areas of
language arts, social studies and the arts. All educational
materials are correlated to national educational standards.
Virtual Knee Surgery (COSI: This
totally Flash-driven tutorial allows users to conduct a virtual knee
replacement. You will be guided step by step throughout the
procedure and will have opportunities to interact with various tools
such as the bone saw, a tool for cauterizing veins and so forth.
Also includes real photos of the procedure in a separate section which
are not too overwhelming.
AmericanPresident.org: When the
site opens, you are presented with two pathways: History or
Presidency in Action. The History section includes information
on the Presidents themselves; biographies of each first lady;
biographies of each cabinet member; listings of presidential staff and
advisers; and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of
each administration. Presidency in Action features the functional
side of the American presidency, outlining the
responsibilities of the President and the resources at his
disposal. Includes essays; a graphically rich Organization
Chart; and details about the offices the President relies on and the
personnel inhabiting them. Biographies of leading staffers and
advisers add further depth to this portrait of the White House at
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