do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
e-Tutor Guided Program
One of the many advantages of the e-Tutor Guided
Program are the assignments that the tutors create for their
students. Tutors create at least four assignments each week that students
complete in addition to completing lesson modules assigned for their
particular grade level.
Guided Program - My Assignments
on assignments or review their progress by clicking on "My
Assignments." When they click on
the name of an assignment they can view the total assignment. By
clicking on "Do
Assignment" the student can work on the assignment. When
the assignment has been graded, the student can view comments the
tutor has about the assignment and how each section was graded.
Figure 9 a-f. A
List of Assignments
Above is an example of how
e-Tutor students keep track of their assignments.
In the column titled
"Assignment," the names of the assignments appear. If
a button marked "Do" appears at the end of the assignment
title, as shown in Figure 9a, the assignment has not been completed.
The student clicks on the button marked "Do" to begin the assignment.
If there is no
"Do" button, the assignment has been completed, as shown in
In the column titled
"Status," the student can view the status of each assignment.
"In-the-works" means that the student is working on the assignment,
as shown in Figure 9c. "Score Available" means that
the assignment has been graded.
In the column titled
"Due Date," the student can see the date and time by
which the tutor wants
each assignment completed, as shown in Figure 9d.
In the column titled
"Submitted," the student sees the date and time the
completed assignment was submitted to the tutor, as shown in Figure
In the column titled
"Result," the student can see the grade received
by the tutor on the
assignment, as shown in Figure 9f. When the student
clicks on the grade, full details of the graded assignment and
tutor feedback can be viewed.
New Lesson Modules
were added to the
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Pierre, A Cautionary Tale
Written and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
For Grades 1 and up
|"A story with a moral air
about Pierre, who learned to care". Young Pierre, whose
favorite line is "I don't care!" changes his mind
after meeting a hungry lion.
Oh, that naughty boy! No matter
what his parents say, Pierre just doesn't care.
"What would you like to eat?"
"I don't care!"
"Some lovely cream of wheat?"
"I don't care!"
Don't sit backwards on your chair."
"I don't care!"
"Or pour syrup on your hair."
"I don't care!"
Even when the hungry lion comes
to pay a call, Pierre won't snap out of his boredom. Every child
has one of these days sometimes. Parents may cajole, scold,
bribe, threaten--all to no avail. When this mood strikes, the
Pierres of the world will not budge, even for the carnivorous
king of beasts. Created by one of the best-loved
author-illustrators of children's books, Maurice Sendak, this
1962 cautionary tale is hardly a simple attack against
children who misbehave. Still, by the end of the rhyming and witty
story, most children will understand the moral of the story.
Pierre's downward-turned eyebrows, his parents' pleading faces,
and the lion's almost sympathetic demeanor as he explains that
he will soon eat Pierre, make the package perfect.
is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is
what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The best old-school teaching tool that
has not gone out of style. To 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 layer 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 the
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 as tough and hardy 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 wield
one? Truly, it's the write stuff!
Adapted from Edutopia
can rip apart a family or foster cohesiveness. Resolving conflict
means identifying its roots, owning up to it and compromising on a
successful solution. Here are some attitudes and actions you can
adopt to settle conflict:
you can't grow if you don't risk something. Even the
peacemakers in the family must agree that unless family members
face conflict ....and its unpleasantness...they won't be
happy. Resentments will linger. The issues that caused
the conflict will prevail. And the attitudes that spawned
the issues will instigate them again.
Keep in mind
that displays of power make conflicts worse. Cultivate a
level playing field on which you'll resolve conflicts. One
person simply can't stifle conflict discussions with an "I'm
the boss here" statement.
Agree that conflicts
threaten everyone. That common threat should bond family
members to find a solution.
Keep a sense of
humor in the discussions. Use humor to overstate the
conflict so it loses credibility and appears less threatening.
involved in the conflict to agree to a self-investigation about
what's really bothering them.
This key skill can analyze the conflict incident, the specific
issues involved and the attitudes responsible for both.
Bring the conflict
to a "critical-mass" tension. Using open discussions, get the offending attitudes and issues out.
Give them independent life; then, remediate them.
Use action solutions
that heal, not those that increase, the conflict. For
example, criticize privately; fault actions or attitudes, not
people; congratulate those who are open.
We should view conflicts
as opportunities to clarify values and share them with everyone in the
family. And we should remember that conflicts are merely
byproducts of humans interacting. Pretending they don't happen
or disregarding them when they do, simply ignores the fact that we are
Create a Circle of Quiet
Have you ever noticed that
children can get so wound up they can't calm down? Get cranky,
demanding and whiny with too much stimulation? Like adults,
children need quiet time each day. We sometimes get so focused
on activities for our children that we forget to teach them about quiet time. It's well worth the effort to help your family discover
the pleasure of silence and the advantages of slowing down and taking
life a little more easily.
Circles of quiet are
soothing to the nervous system; silence is the best
tranquilizer. Creating a circle of quiet helps children unwind
and relax. A fussy baby will calm down much more quickly when
held by a parent who is relaxed, inwardly centered and still. A
parent whose nerves are frazzled and whose energy is chaotic transmits
that to the baby.
It is through these
circles of quiet that your child will discover the difference between
the outer world and his own inner world. Through silence your
child will come to know himself and learn about his inner
Some families are so busy
with an overbooked schedule of activities and responsibilities that
they never take time to unwind, sit down and be still. Some
parents talk so much that the kids just tune out. Other families
are so addicted to television and background noise they have to have
something blaring all the time, regardless of whether anyone is
Children who are able to
simply play alone in a quiet space learn to understand their need for
solitude. Circles of quiet in your home are the beginning of
self-awareness and meditation. During quiet times a child feels
tranquil and serene. Creating circles of quiet in your home from
the very beginning will help you and your children find inner
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
best that the great teachers can do for us is to help us to discover
what is already present in ourselves.
Babbit (1865-1933) Scholar
The Value of Everyday Life
Regina thought of her
little sister as a second shadow; a mosquito sometimes, a sweet puppy
other times, but always hovering. But for Carla, her older
sister Regina was everything to her: her best friend and confidante,
her school tutor and life mentor,
even her fashion consultant.
So, on the day that Regina was leaving for college, Carla sulked.
"Don't be like
this," Regina said. "I won't be far away. Plus, I'll be home
for holidays and some weekends.
"But it won't be the
same when you're gone. I'll have no one to talk to."
"I know, but I want
you to do something for me," Regina said. "I want you to
write down all your thoughts and feelings every day. And the
next time I'm home, we'll sit down and talk about what you
wrote. I left something in your room for our talks."
After Regina left, Carla
raced up the stairs to her room. On the bed was a handmade
journal that Regina had created just for Carla. At the top of
each page was a positive thought, like: You have a wonderful smile,
I can be anything I want to be, and I am the best little sister on the
There were enough pages in
the book to get Carla through the next year. And just the thought
of her older sister taking the time to do something so thoughtful made
Carla feel special. And that was one of the best feelings is the
from "My Jar of Self-Esteem," Sigrid Stark, A Cup
of Comfort For Friends,
Parent's Role in Reading
parent is not only a child's first teacher, a parent is the child's
most influential teacher. However, many American parents are not
investing enough time in their 'teacher' roles. Evidence
indicates that fathers spend, on average, fewer than fifteen minutes
per day talking or reading with their children. Mothers spend
fewer than thirty minutes.
child who is read to serendipitously learns things about print.
The child understands that we read from top to bottom and from left to
right. A child might understand the meanings of words, letters,
sentences and chapters. Reading aloud to a child fosters good
listening skills and presents opportunities for visual discrimination
tasks. Reading aloud to a child also shows him or her that the
parent is willing to invest time and effort into the endeavor;
therefore, it must be worthwhile.
some eager parents push a child into "reading" before the
child is ready. This can shatter the very self-confidence needed
to become a successful reader. Studies show that informal
instruction in the home is as good or better than formal, systematic
instruction replete with workbook activities.
some point, a child may want to read independently. Many times,
however, when the parent stops reading to the child, the child stops
reading at home.
Studies have shown that students who read at home, not surprisingly,
improve their reading ability. An examination of the type of home
these students come from reveals that parents and siblings in the home
also read during their leisure time.
from Idea Factory for Teachers, Silver Burdett and Ginn
Fretters and Worriers
As a veteran
bridge-crosser and trouble borrower, I want to set down a few rules
which have contributed to my success as a worrier. First, don't
put off worrying until tomorrow. Don't say you won't worry today
because you are having too much fun right now. Tomorrow you may
be having more fun. And don't let anyone tell you you're
too young to worry. It's never too early to start. Some of
the most advanced bridge-crossing is done by fretters in their
teens. And don't be a square worrier in a round dilemma.
Find out what type of worry best suits your temperament and then stick
thoughts, like great deeds, need no trumpet.
Marvelous March Links:
Ocean.com: This site
was created by a multimedia company from California and features
quality streaming video of ocean life. The Ask Us section
touches on a lot of general ocean and water topics, such as which fish
on a menu might be endangered by over-fishing. The travel and
sports areas are a bit more commercial in nature. http://www.ocean.com/
National Math Trail: With
the philosophy "math is all around you," the National Math
Trail project challenges K-12 educators and students to observe their
surroundings and create math problems about what they see and what
they want to figure out. Educators can find examples of math
trail projects and other resources on this site. http://www.nationalmathtrail.org/
Annuities: Ordinary? Due? What Do I
Do?: This website at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
is for the financially undereducated. An annuity is a series of
equal payments or receipts occurring over a specified number of
periods. This website links to various sources for information
about annuities, explaining this complex financial information in
different ways. When you think you know all about annuities,
take the interactive quiz. http://web.utk.edu/~jwachowi/annuity1.html
Tinfoil.com: Dedicated to the
Preservation of Early Recorded Sound: Would you like to hear the
sound of the early 20th century? Visit this website to hear the
music of the times originally preserved on wax cylinder
recordings. Students can learn about the early technology used
to record sound and hear bans, singers and statesmen of the day.
The Cylinder of the Month Archive links to a variety of sounds, both
in WAV and Real format. http://www.tinfoil.com/
Linear Algebra Toolkit:
This site is designed by staff at Old Dominion University to help a
student understand basic linear algebra procedures. Learn to
solve linear systems of equations or transform a matrix to row echelon
Silicon Zoo: This
site was set up to show microscopic images found on silicon chips
created around the world. But then, go into the microscopy
section to see what other things look like when viewed through a
microscope. There is a section on beer microscopy; this site is
still a great resource for students to explore before their own work
on microscopes or after using microscopes to figure out how the images
are captured. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/creatures/
Hoping You Can Take a Break This Month!
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