sometimes the more you find out,
the less you know.
twenty years ago,
educational consultants working with us saw a need for a method to
teach K-12 students through the use of the Internet.
We sought to determine how students could harness the
information found on the Internet to increase learning.
In workshops, seminars, focus groups and through experience, we
determined that instructional programs on the Internet should be
guided by the following standards:
lesson format needs to be consistent
feedback is necessary for both student and parent
should be customized to student progress
need to be part of the teaching-learning program
should be linked to National and State Learning Goals
Internet links need to be an integral part of each instructional
lessons should be available to students from grades K Ė 12.
should learn the value and appropriate use of the Internet while
completing instructional lessons.
guiding principles have been presented at many conferences and
conventions, delivered in white papers and used by the US House of
Representatives, Education Committee, in their planning.
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China - The Fastest Growing Country
Identity Paper Prompt
I Can Statements
Building on Achievements
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please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
By Claire Huchet Bishop
Ages: 9 -12
Ten year old, Marcel, sets off to
his family's pastureland in the French Alps, to care for his
family's cows for the summer. His father admonishes him to
"Keep to yourself, mind your own business and nothing
else"; the philosophy of the whole village. His friend
Pierre is doing the same job on a nearby peak, and when Pierre's
cows get loose, Marcel decides to help his friend rather than
heed his father's admonition. The boys are stranded together
after a landslide and the whole village must work together to
save them. The event transforms the village, and thereafter
people pool their resources and work together.
1954 Newberry Honor
Try to use
only what you need.
Man is a
creature of the seasons.....in his leisure habits, in his clothing,
his shelter, his occupations. The farmerís year is governed by the
season, because the products of nature are governed by the seasons.
Even in an age where we build domed, heated, air conditioned
structures to defy normal seasonal climate, there is a seasonal
cycle. We follow it with the school year, or the crop cycle. But if
nature has created the climate and the natural conditions that
identify each season, man has provided artificial characteristics.
Christmas in the Northern hemisphere is a winter holiday, Easter a
spring one. Thanksgiving is an autumn highlight in the United
States. January is the time of department store white sales,
September or thereabouts the time for the new model cars.....and so
forth. For every single thing, there is a season. HAPPY SPRING!!
(Spinrad and Spinrad,
Can Make a Difference!
You can help your child succeed in
school by building his or her self-confidence at home. Use these
- Respect your child by treating him
or her with the dignity you would a friend.
- Have faith in your child. Donít be
afraid to give your child increasing responsibility and
- Concentrate on the positive; avoid
using discouraging words or actions.
- Recognize your childís efforts,
not just his or her accomplishments.
- Build self-esteem and feelings of
adequacy by using positive phrases such as...
- "I can tell you worked very
hard on that."
- "You are getting much better
- "I appreciate what you
- "You really handled that
- Discourage competition (in all
forms) between brothers and sisters.
And, remember, donít feel guilty if
you "blow it", but use your energy to try again more
to have only what you need.
How can you help your child build a
"take-charge" attitude and assume more responsibility for
learning? Read and discuss these self-management strategies together:
1. Set Goals
- Help your child learn to set goals and work to achieve them. Let
your child know that successful people set goals. To succeed goals
- Short-term - do-able in a
brief period of time
- Specific - "75% on the
weekly math test" or "completing a research report on
schedule" are clearly defined goals. You will both know when
a specific goal has been met.
- Realistic - set only slightly
above current level of achievement so that improvement can be
- Planned - to include the
when, where, why, how, and how long of meeting the goal
2. Be an
example - Give examples of goals you have set and met. Tell
results and benefits of meeting goals. Let your child
know that you feel good about what you achieved.
Discuss stories about people in the
news who have set and met goals so that your child sees the value of
taking responsibility for achievement
checklists - Checklists build responsibility and provide
the sense of achievement that comes from checking completed items off
4. Encourage a
positive approach- A "canít do" approach
weakens a childís will to "take-charge" of learning.
instructions - Your child canít gain a sense of
responsibility, work independently, and "take-charge" in
learning situations without understanding directions and instructions.
Help your child know what to do with everyday instruction words by
explaining, using, and reviewing the key words and phrases of
instruction, such as:
- circle P cross out P underline P
delete P omit P graph
- compare/contrast P explain P
questions - When students sense that they need to know more
about a topic, their motivation increases and they want to take
responsibility for more learning.
7. Give praise
- Praise used effectively can increase your childís motivation and
build a sense of responsibility for learning.
Praise for successful or improved
performance, not just working on a task. Wait until you see that
enough effort has been put forth, or enough work accomplished, so that
praise is truly deserved.
8. Build on
success - Once your childís skills are beginning to
expand and you see a "take-charge" attitude toward learning,
you can help build on this success.
- Give opportunities to practice
- Encourage interests, activities, and
hobbies that provide practice in learning
- Give increased responsibility
To Face Communicating
Recently at a large convention I had an
opportunity to view first hand the good and bad in communicating.
These tips are great for anyone to use:
- Always remember that you never get a
second chance to make a good first impression.
- Every individual is a communicator
and has credibility with someone.
- Be genuine and honest. If you
donít know, donít guess.
- Be enthusiastic. A spark is
essential if you want to motivate enthusiasm in others.
- Identify key communicators.
- Use every available means to get
people to "witness" quality efforts in action.
- Make communications a part of your
objectives each year.
- Above all, listen. Listening is a
sign of caring, is basic to building responsiveness, and is the
key to confidence.
- To laugh is to risk appearing the
- To weep is to risk appearing
- To reach out for another is to risk
- To expose feelings is to risk
exposing your true self.
- To place your ideas, your dreams
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
- To love is to risk not being loved
- To live is to risk dying.
- To hope is to risk despair.
- To try is to risk failure.
- But risks must be taken, because the
greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
- The person who risks nothing, does
nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
- They avoid suffering and sorrow, but
they can not learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
- Chained by their attitudes, they are
a slave, they have forfeited their freedom.
- Only the person who risks is free.
Try to fix it
long before it is broken.
Magnificent March Links:
Comic Book Periodic Table: Comics and chemistry
together? What could be better? Click on an element in the periodic
table and see the comics associated with that element.
- A Giant Among Us: The site is an in-depth
interactive presentation about Florida's Wakulla Spring, one of the
world's largest freshwater spring systems. The site includes
information about natural and cultural history and focuses on threats
to the aquifer that feeds the spring. The free Flash player is
Geographic Maps - Tools for Adventure: This site
immerses the user into the dynamic world of maps and introduces kids
to the essentials of mapping and geospatial representation through
engaging (and fun!) games. http://education.nationalgeographic.org/mapping/
Kid's Site: What lives in the nano world? You'll find
out here through interactive activities, a gallery, and more! By
Rensselaer's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed
Assembly of Nanostructures. You'll need the free Flash
The Mind of
Leonardo - The Universal Genius At Work: Web site for
the exhibition "The Mind of Leonardo" at the Institute
and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy. Explore
Leonardo da Vinci's mode of thinking and his unitary conception of
knowledge as the effort to assimilate, through bold theoretical
syntheses and inventive experiments, the laws that govern all of the
wondrous operations of man and nature. You'll need either Window's
Media Player or the QuickTime player to access the video elements. http://brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/menteleonardo/
a fabulous month!
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