blinked and there went January! It appears that this new year of
2012 is going to pass as fast, if not faster, than previous
years. We have a lot on our schedule for the year.
Hopefully this is the year that we will be able to launch a new eTutor.
As many of you, who have followed us over the years, know, we
have tried numerous times to get a rewrite of our very successful
But, for one reason or another, we have not been able to get it
done. I guess that is a testament to the strength of the
original programming. Much has changed over the years, so we
want to take advantage of some of the new technologies that are
available now. We are still in the early stages of a new
program, but the signals are promising. We will keep you
of new technologies, last week I was able to go to a symposium on
digital media. I was able to see and hear about programs that
are in operation now that were not even thought of five years
ago. I learned about future plans for ways to keep us all
engaged in new and exciting ways. More astoundingly, I found
that some of the things we have been doing for fifteen years are still
current and very much on the leading edge even today.
- Crowd Sourcing - This is the
practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by
soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially
from the online community. We have been doing this
for fifteen years through our Lesson Pro online template for
creating lesson modules by teachers and others throughout the
- Move from Search to Discovery -
Giving users the ability to explore in real
time topics of interest in various ways. The use of
hyper-links in each lesson module of the eTutor program allows the
student to discover more about a topic or skill introduced.
In coming years, we hope to move this up a notch or two to allow
more choice in the information provided and to make the links even
The future holds the potential of many
more virtual instruments. It is an exciting time for those of us
planning and developing tools and programs which will enhance the
learning process for students everywhere.
I write this, it is President's Day. Although we look to a
future that is hard to imagine, we want to remember the foundation
that was laid by the great men who contributed so much to us
individually and as a country. We would not be able to do what
we have done or dream the dreams we have without the sacrifices they
made for us.
Have a wonderful month.
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Educational studies consistently show that the most successful students
are those that are strong in six general areas:
* Strong Academic Skills
* Strong Concentration
* High level of Confidence
* High level of Motivation
* High Standardized Test Scores
* Strong Study Skills
and foremost, children who are successful learners have strong
academic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Strong academic
skills are so important that we make this our primary goal for your
child. We want to help your child improve in reading, math and
writing. We accomplish this with the e-Tutor Guided One2One
Program when used appropriately. This method of leaning combines
individual one-to-one online instruction with independent application
and mastery of the skills just learned.
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by Jerry Spinelli
Grades 3 through 6
This Newbery Medal winner tells the
mythical tale of a legendary hero: 12-year-old Jeffrey Magee –
known as Maniac Magee. An orphan with no place to call home,
Maniac Magee enters Two Mills, a town sharply divided by race.
Magee's athletic skills, combined with his nonjudgmental way,
lead the people of Two Mills to overcome segregation, racial
profiling, and ignorance
from the book.
1991 Newbery Honor Winner
Use yes and no
There is such a thing
as good stress: The "rush" of adrenaline that
comes when you are making a presentation, performing in a sporting
event, or solving a long-standing problem. Psychology professor,
Stephen Maier of the University of Colorado, says research shows
that this kind of stress can actually strengthen people's
resistance to disease.
Adapted from Working
The essence of our effort to see that
every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity,
not to become equal, but to become different....to realize whatever
unique potential of body, mind, and spirit he or she
My Child's a Space Cadet!
to frazzle even the coolest mom's nerves: Moooom, where's my
shoe? (Or learning activity Or video game.) Although we
expect our children to start being more responsible for their own
things at seven to nine, they've somehow developed the ability to be
more forgetful than Grandpa. When a child's stuff or room is
disorganized, it makes it harder for her to remember where she left her
things. Luckily, these three organizing experts, have answers:
- Put the ball in their court (not in
the middle of the floor!) We all learn by doing, so don't
clean up and organize your child's room for her. She has got
to put it away to remember where it is!" says Donna Smallin,
author of A to Z Storage Solutions. One bright idea
that stops school notes from mysteriously going missing:
Keep labeled file folders for each family member in a central
place (a desk in the family room, say). Make your child
responsible for putting school flyers in your folder; to motivate
her to check her file before school, leave a treat or a
funny note in it now and then.
- Make organizing an art
project. Repetition helps encode memories, so the key is
putting things in the same place time and again. "Every toy
needs a parking place," says Tonia Tomlin of Sorted Out in
Texas. Designate a basket for the Legos, another for the
games, and so on, and then get your children to print funky
pictures of the toys off the Internet (or draw them).
Binder-clip the pictures onto the baskets.
- Keep it simple! "The
first question you should ask yourself is, "Where do I use
this?'" says Samantha Moss, author of Where's My Stuff?
Your child does homework at the kitchen table? Keep the box
with school goods there. It is not about neatness and
looking spotless, says Moss, but rather being able to find things
at the right moment. That means a whole lot less shouting
for your help.
Adapted from Parenting
Use all the colors of the rainbow.
Strive for personal
evaluations. There is a need for continual evaluation.
Standards or criteria of judgment differ, depending upon the
circumstances. Will it work? Is it pleasing to the
eye? Does it meet the needs of the user? Is it
beautiful? Artists as well as scientists need to evaluate their
products. It is impossible to talk without involving ourselves
and our feelings. These feelings are a part of our uniqueness
and to be persuaded to parrot another denies the right of the
individual to contribute his true worth. Conformity that robs
one of his personal evaluations or views presupposes that it is better
to be alike, think alike, and act alike than to be different, when
actually it is the differences that count. We need to be able to
make our own judgments.
Adapted from The Public
Defense of Oral Defense
of the things we ask parents of eTutor students is to orally review
their learner's off-line work with them by asking questions,
"What did you learn by doing this? How could you have done it
differently? Explain this concept to me? The process reinforces
what the student has learned.
students just guess their way through the multiple choice quizzes and
exams. Even those who seriously try to do well rarely review
their errors as a source of learning. It bothered us that
students might think that the goal of a test was just to get something
down. The idea that they should have learned something from the
experience never entered their heads. So we changed our
methods. Now, we
ask the parent to have their student explain what they have
benefits of the oral assessment are enormous. Parents are asking
their student to think. "Tell me about that
idea." "I don't understand that definition, explain it
another way." These are the sorts of questions, students
should be asked every day.
may be amazed at what your student is and is not learning. If
your student is struggling with a concept, you can redirect him to
another topic. You can ask him to elaborate on his ideas to
stretch his thinking. This
assessment shifts student thinking. He now understands that the
objective of an assignment, exam or quiz is not merely to do it, but
also to learn something from it. You can't lie, cheat, or fudge your
way through an oral assessment. You either know what you have
learned or you don't.
from Classroom Leadership
your tasks one at a time may not always be possible, but it is a
worthy goal to shoot for. Remember the rules of the three
P's...procrastination, perfectionism, and perseverance.
- Avoid procrastination by acting now and by being a
decision-maker. Learn to make decisions promptly. Even
wrong decisions can sometimes be better than no decisions at
all. At the least, you can learn from wrong decisions.
- This is a noble idea that can bog you down. You never
really get the job done perfectly, anyway.
- Avoid the first two P's and practice the final one. Do the
important task first and persevere until it is finished.
from The Administrator
them overhear you saying nice things about them to others.
Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements: The Royal
Society of Chemistry’s interactive periodic table includes Murray
Robertson’s Visual Elements artwork. Hover over the elements
to see key facts and the supply risk which highlights elements where
limited abundance may hinder the production of new technologies. Click
the elements for interesting facts, atomic data, isotopes and more.
the Lions: The award-winning Between the Lions Web site offers
tons of expert-approved games, stories, video clips, and
activities—all aimed at reinforcing the literacy mission of the TV
Volcanoes Work: This website is an educational resource that
describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. The
site is sponsored by NASA under the auspices of Project ALERT (Augmented
Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching).
Zone: The NCES Kids' Zone provides information to help you
learn about schools; decide on a college; find a public library;
engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about math,
probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many
interesting facts about education.
you a happy month!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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