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Learning with eTutor
eTutor was born out of experience.
While doing consulting work with school districts throughout Illinois,
we found that educators often wanted to incorporate technology and the
Internet into their teaching, but didn't know how or have a vehicle to
do so. In 1997, along with a small staff of part-time writers and a
programmer, we developed a nine-part lesson module format
incorporating all the best ideas about the teaching-learning process
and expanded it to a technology-based model. Each lesson part,
Introduction, Cross-Aged Levels, Goals, Resources, Problem Statement,
Vocabulary, Study Guide, Activity and Extended Learning, contributes
to the learning process in a unique way so that the student is
successful when taking the quizzes and exams that accompany each
lesson module. Our goal was to establish a new, higher standard for
delivering fully integrated, superior learning over the Internet for
Once we established what was needed in
each lesson, we simply (but not easily) put this format onto the
Internet at eTutor.com. The key to student success is engaging their
interests through a wide range of topics, informational websites and
interesting activities, which help create a unique learning experience
for each student. Practicing teachers understand how to engage
students in the learning process so we asked them to submit lessons
through our lessonpro.net program. Over the years we have gotten an
overwhelming response, with the diversity of topics, levels and
curricular areas we were seeking. Some of our lessons come from places
as far away as Russia. The interactive lessons are rich with
information, links to Internet resources, graphics and learning
activities, while still meeting state and national curricular goals in
the four core curricular areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
and Social Studies. We now have more than 3500 lesson modules online
that students and educators can make a part of everyday learning. Our
goal is to continue adding lesson modules each year!
In addition to lesson modules, eTutor
gives educators the tools to track student progress, modify and create
new lessons, plan and customize the type of virtual community that
works best for their own instruction. The program creates a virtual
educational community of learners, linking students, parents, educators
and administrators. Fifty schools and thousands of students have made
use of eTutor's lesson library, as well as its online tools to track
and assess performance.
Our early vision was to see education
evolving into a blend of Internet based instruction and tools,
classroom teaching and out-of-class experiences. eTutor was at the
forefront of this evolution which is taking place today. Now we
are advancing into new territory with easy applications students can
use on tablets, smart phones and laptop computers. Our goal remains
the same to give students and parents choices in their educational
instruction. Newer technologies allow us to dream and plan for
programs and applications which were beyond our imagination so many
Adapted from the Original
- Submitted 2012
Journal of Association of Education Practitioners and Providers (AEPP)
Just a few New Lesson Modules were added
to eTutor this month.
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
Online Instructional Content
This is your
chance to created instructional material for a new application. Use
the template at lessonpro.net
to create lessons that will motivate and inspire your
students to really delve into the concept or skill about which you are
teaching. Interesting topics from LessonPro this
- What State Am I?
- Inside the Cell
- Gauss Theorem in Electrostatics
- Transformations- Making a Change
- I Can Read
- Forms of Market
- Stretching a Sentence
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Mary and Conrad Buff
Ages: Grades 3 - 5
is the story of Fabian an Indian boy of Guatemala, grew up in
the old Mayan beliefs. He shared his father's fear of the new,
and the ways of the gringo (white man). Every
spring, he and his father spent the entire night praying to
their Gods of Nature before burning last year's dry brush from
their field. Every spring before planting seed, they offered hot
corn mush to their Gods hoping their field might become
fruitful. So did many other Indians in Guatemala. Yet,
this boy had the courage to secretly plant twenty kernels of
maize (corn) which his brother had given him. It was a new
maize, developed by the feared gringo.
While planting, Fabian uncovers a
rare jade earplug of the Ancients. On his way home he is
frightened as he watches the moon go into an eclipse, thinking
the Gods are angry at him for his deed. But
the earplug and the magic maize lead to adventures so unusual
that even Fabian's stubborn father is convinced the old and the
new can live in peace.
1954 Newbery Honor
moment's insight is sometimes worth life's experience.
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as you like it for grades 3 - 12. Choose individual lessons
or bundle a group for your student or yourself. At $1 each you
have many options to design your own instructional program.
Unlimited use for one year allows you to choose what and when
learning takes place.
credit for the instruction by transferring to eTutor Virtual School
for at least three months and passing exams in the subjects in
which you have completed lesson modules.
subjects and over 3500 lesson modules provides unlimited ways to unplug
from traditional schooling. Check your inbox often. We
will announce the web address for the site with options for
sampling a broad range of lesson modules.
With another month of unpredictable
weather the following is appropriate.
The fact that a lot of children aren't
as active as experts recommend isn't big news, but a recent long-term
study pinpointed exactly when couch potato-dom tends to set in: after
age nine. From there kids' exercise levels steadily drop from an
average of three hours a day (amazing!) to well under an hour by the
time they hit 15, according to researchers and the NIH. Here are
some ideas to reverse the trend...especially this time of year, when
they are apt to hibernate:
- Have an indoor or outdoor treasure
hunt. Hide old coins around the house for your child to
find. For outdoors, put some fun, fake jewelry or stickers in
plastic "Treasure chests," bury them in the snow
ll over the yard and challenge your kids to find them as fast as
- Set up an indoor miniature golf
course with toys or things from around the house that you can
putt, under, over, and round...and use plastic bats for
- Bundle up, go out in the yard, and
play tag, kick the can, Frisbee, touch football, kickball, or any
other playground favorite. No one ever thinks about these
things in the wintertime but unless there's tons of snow on the
ground, you can still play them. Running through several
inches of snow is like being on sand...it adds resistance and
really gets your heart rate up.
- Outfit everyone with pedometers and
make it a family goal to get a certain number of steps by the end
of the day or week. The usual recommendation is 10,000steps
a day. The gadgets are inexpensive, you can get them at any
sporting-goods store, and the "how many steps have you gotten
so far? factor keeps everyone motivated."
Adapted from Parenting
As the parent of school age
child, you want to know that your child is learning the skills that
are important for the future. One of these essential skills is written
communication. The rapid expansion of knowledge, the use of
computers, and the advancement of electronic communication have placed
new focus on writing skills and written communication.
The development of writing skills
begins when your child begins instruction. Your child has seen
things, heard things, experienced things that he or she is eager to
share. This eagerness to tell about things is the springboard to
begin learning written expression. Your child's scribbles and
pictures become his or her first written story. This story is an
important first step in the journey toward written communication
As soon as your child learns the symbol
system of the alphabet and
the sound-letter relationships, your young writer will write the word
the way he or she hears it. When writing "cnd" for candy
and "km" for come you may be concerned about
spelling. But at this point in the development of writing
skills, the goal is to get your child to see that written expression
is "talk written down" and to develop the concept that words
are written with letters that represent the sounds heard.
Spelling is not devalued. Correct
spelling will come into focus when the child has mastered more of the
phonetic structures of the language and when he or she has learned
some of the rules of how letters are strung together to make words.
By the time your child has reached the
intermediate grades, correct spelling, punctuation, form, and style
have become the focus. During the secondary years, the emphasis
is on the expansion and refinement of students' skills in written
expression. Reading and writing go hand in hand as students are
given more opportunities to use a variety of resource materials.
Beginning as a small story recorded in
scribbles and pictures, your child's writing skills are developed
continuously throughout his or her instructional program.
Adapted from the Master
If you don't plan to succeed, you plan
Begins At Home
birth and age eighteen, children spend just nine percent of their time
in formal instruction. That's why your home environment is so
important. Here re some ways you can help your children learn at home:
Establish routines for
your child. Children thrive on orderliness. Keep a fairly regular
schedule for meals, play, and work time. Set a regular
bedtime. When a child is used to routine at home, she
can adapt to rules for learning more easily.
Spend time every day
talking with your child about her interests, hobbies and
friends. Children learn language at home...and spoken
language gives children the foundation for better reading and
writing. As children grow older, they need daily
conversations as a way to develop values, test ideas, and share
Play games that
reinforce language skills. Try question/answer games in
which one player tries to learn facts by asking questions.
Decorate your child's
room with a large map of your state, the United
States, or the world. These colorful, inexpensive maps can
help everyone in the family learn more about geography.
Display your child's
work. Many families use the refrigerator door for this
purpose. Others install a bulletin board on a child's bedroom
door. Let your child know that you are proud of what he
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Look closely at the next
smiling face you see. A person's face has more than eighty muscles,
and usually present a pretty good portrait of what a person is really
When people force a smile, for example, they rarely use their eye
muscles and often don't raise their cheeks. When someone's
really smiling, however, the eyes will wrinkle and there will be
bagged skin underneath.
So, you see, those
wrinkles and bags are really an important part of a smiling you!
Now I can relax! What a relief!
Still In Style
properly praise the simple and brilliant word processing hardware
known as the pencil, it is necessary to sharpen one's point and draw a
satisfyingly dark circle around the exemplary writing instrument that
set the standard by which all subsequent pencils have been
measured: The Faber Mongol#2.
The lead in this
beauty is the perfect mixture of clay and graphite, neither resistant
nor smudgy. The wooden shaft is coated with many layers of the
most cheerful yellow paint, and the eraser is so embedded that,
according to company lore, an anxious test taker would have to exert
five pounds of pressure to
pull one off with his or her teeth.
For this taken-for-granted
miracle, we can thank Eberhard Faber, a German immigrant
who, in mid-nineteenth century, built America's first pencil factory
where the United Nations building now stands in New York City. Did he
name his product Mongol because it is tough and handy as the
famed warriors of Genghis Khan? No one seems sure. But
because the pencil can be sharpened seventeen times and will last
through about 45,000 words (or draw a 35-mile-long line, if you are so
inclined), what meticulous Mongolian bureaucrat wouldn't be proud to
wild one? Truly, it's the write stuff.
new idea either finds a champion or it dies.
Learn about dog sledding from informative articles and blog postings
Poisson Rouge: There are lots of
things to play with and see on this highly interactive site or
playroom for little and big ones alike. You'll need the free Flash
Ingenius: How have technological
discoveries affected our notions of who we are? Which does science
inspire more--creative solutions to age-old problems or new weapons
and methods of gaining or retaining power? Can science really provide
us with answers to complex questions? This site, sponsored by the
National Museum of Science and Industry, provides thought-provoking
viewpoints on timely science-related issues and encourages
participation in discussion about them. Drawing on photographic and
knowledge resources of a broad collection of museums, site visitors
can create their own collections, as well as contribute to online
Bet The Farm: How hard is
it to make money as a farmer? This interactive lets you make decisions
about crops, fertilizers, and sales. Like a real farmer, you're at the
mercy of influences like weather and world events. If you do manage to
make a profit over the course of the year, the game will figure your
hourly wage based on the time expected to grow the crops you've
chosen. You'll need Flash player
Simple Machines: You might never
have thought of the lid on your toilet as a machine, but this site
shows how simple mechanical devices dominate our everyday life. By
inspecting items in a home, garage, and tool shed, visitors discover
levers, gears, axles, inclined planes and other simple mechanics.
Which simple principle is behind the lid of your toilet? You'll need
for great achievements this month!
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