is nothing like a dream to create the future.
Learning with e-Tutor
is designed to increase knowledge in a collaborative, seamless
learning environment that promotes intellectual curiosity and lifelong
learning. e-Tutor benefits
students in the following ways:
motivation for learning
instructors multiples ways to improve instruction
the resources of the entire world wide web
students for the future
is comprised of learning modules that consist of a series of
tasks and information that reinforce the skill or concept
taught in each lesson module. Each
task in the lesson modules requires the student to use critical
thinking skills and the work involved becomes progressively more
difficult; later tasks often require the knowledge gained, skills
acquired and activities completed in earlier tasks.
In these activity-based tasks, students become active
participants in their own learning.
In the ideal sense, e-Tutor enables students to learn things in
order to do things. The
tasks are often research based, deliberately challenging, and require
continuous use of the pre-selected Internet sites, which are part of
each of the lessons.
key to student success is engaging their interests through a wide
range of topics, informational web sites and interesting activities,
which help create a unique learning experience for each student. The
visual instruction is designed to include all curricular disciplines,
balance the transfer of certain basic skills and strengthen the value
of education. The e-Tutor
program allows students to work at their own pace and to focus on
areas of their choice from a large selection of specific subjects.
(Lesson modules are searchable by topic, keywords and subject area.)
The student then becomes a responsible party to his/her own
learning while using e-Tutor.
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A Wrinkle In Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Ages 9 and Up
|Meg Murry, her little brother
Charles Wallace, and their odd friend Calvin are going on a
little adventure. Meg and Calvin are
older, maybe thirteen, while Charles Wallace is an incredibly
precocious five. All of them have weird character features or
flaws that make them special in their little world.
Early on, Charles encounters Mrs.
Whatsit, who helps the kids begin an adventure across time and
space to find Meg's father, who disappeared years ago under
mysterious circumstances surrounding some scientific
experiments. The book moves quickly, as the kids travel to the
planet Camazotz, which is enshrouded in darkness and evil, the
same kind of evil that is slowly encroaching on Earth. The
people there are under the control of IT, which regiments every
tiniest aspect of their lives. And IT quickly gains a foothold
in the minds of the children. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs.
Which are all ethereal beings who encourage the kids to use
their talents and even their flaws to solve their
In this book, there is an overarching
theme of youth on the verge of adulthood. The book has a strongly religious
tone to it, especially in its latter third. But it is subtle,
overall, and is an interesting adventure in growing up. A
landmark book in children's literature and intriguing for adult
readers as well. A television adaptation of the book was
made by Disney in 2003.
years we have had many high school students request some form of
automotive coursework along with the instructional program that
e-Tutor offers. We are exploring ways to do this and have an
opportunity for a project with www.todaysclass.com
for online automotive technical training. The course modules
include automotive electronics, brakes, suspension and steering, and
more. Students can print summaries for each of the modules. The program is used by career-based schools and
community colleges. In addition, a technical instructor will be
available online or by toll free phone when needed.
pleased to have the opportunity to offer a limited number of this trial automotive course
to our high school subscribers. If you would like to sign
up for the course or would like more information, please call
Knowledge Headquarters at 887-687-7200. Call quickly! Registration
closes May 31, 2007.
who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
(6th Century B.C.)
An Optimist or Pessimist?
- Optimists see the good in bad
situations: pessimists see the bad in good situations.
- Optimists feel they can control
their destiny; pessimists believe they are the victims of
- Optimists turn minor setbacks into
victories; pessimists turn them into disasters.
- Optimists say, "If at first you
don't succeed, try, try again;" pessimists say, "I'd
prefer to watch the game from the stands than to keep striking out
all the time."
- Optimists love to break through
barriers; pessimists say, "Why don't breaks ever come my
- Optimists see defeats as temporary
setbacks; pessimists see them as recurring events to be
- Optimists like to rub shoulders with
positive-thinking people; pessimists prefer to hang around with
cynics and complainers.
- Optimists' cars carry bumper
stickers that read, "Isn't life grand?"; pessimists
prefer, "Life's a drag."
Acceptance of Change
- A Four-Stage Process
When change is thrust upon
us, we tend at first to resist it. Then we gradually learn to
accept it and finally to work constructively with it. Change often appears as a
threat to one's ego....it means leaving the tried and true.
People usually respond first by trying to stay on safe
ground. The person who understands
the stages people go through when they react to uninvited change is
better able to help others through a transition period. Learning about these
stages also helps us understand ourselves better.
Researchers identify four
key stages in this process and ways we can help others move through
Stage 1: Shock. People shut down thinking and as many systems as possible
(as in physiological shock) and do little. They seek information
What to do: Give information (it will need
repeating) and support. Explain clearly expectations and
Stage 2: Defensive
Retreat. People are angry, want to hold on to their old ways and dwell
upon the past.
What to do: Identify for them areas of stability,
things that are not changing. Ask "What is risky?" and
provide reassurance regarding exaggerated dangers.
Stage 3: Acknowledgement. People have a sense of sadness over
are letting go, beginning to see the value of what is coming and
looking for ways to make it work.
What to do: Involve people in
planning for what lies ahead, but use a careful decision-making
process for structure. Encourage risk by pointing out
support. Emphasize that everyone is learning.
Stage 4: Adaptation
and Change. What is coming has arrived. People are ready
to establish new routines, help others and do whatever is called
What to do: Implement plans. Support
risk-taking. Provide information and new learning occurs.
Keep in mind that at any
given time, different people may be at different stages in the change
process. Only by recognizing the behaviors characteristic of
each stage will you be able to sort out what others and you, yourself
Adapted from The Pryor
Marvel at How They Are
Isn't it incredible how
quickly children grow? Only yesterday they were in diapers and
now they are going to the first grade, and the next minute they are
teenagers. They are so capable and independent that it is easy
to forget that they haven't mastered everything.
For example, many parents
assume that teenagers feel confident and understand all the steps for
getting a job when in fact, most teenagers are quite nervous about the
whole process. Although they aren't quick to let you know
it, they very well may need your direction. So instead of saying,
"Don't be so lazy....get a job," you might try teaching them
the steps for finding a job and sharing some of your
experiences. Then give them time to think it over. Thinking
it over is a kind of mental practice....an important first step before
As children grow there
will be many times when they reject your help even though they need
it. That's all right....it's just another way of learning.
The biggest challenge for you as parents is to avoid saying, "I
told you so."
When in doubt about what
they know, put yourself in their place. It has taken us years of
practice to master what works and what doesn't and still there are
many times when we stumble. Be patient and guide them gently,
allowing them to learn from their own mistakes. Marvel at how
they are growing. Remember that they are finding their
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
so made, that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
DeLaFontaine (1621-1695) Poet
Regain Control of Your Time
probably feel like you don't have enough time to do everything you
want. How are you going to find the time to get things
done? Here are some tips that might help:
If you fail to plan,
you plan to fail. Set daily goals of what you want to
Learn the theory of
"chunking." Any large project is easier if you
break it down into smaller, manageable chunks.
Look for smaller bits
of time. Use short increments of time wisely and you will
find you have more time to do the things you like.
Watch for "time
robbers." If you are using your free time for something you
like, but not that much, cut the time you are spending on
the time robber.
Allow some time for
the unexpected. Let's face it....sometimes things happen
that no one can predict. Be sure you have some time built
into your schedule to recover from these "expected
Try setting up your own
"time plan." You will be amazed at how much more you accomplish
and you will probably find time you didn't know you had!
American Association of School Administrators
Developing Mutual Trust
trust means each person having trust in the other. If you are to
achieve this relationship with others then it must begin with
you. You must be basically honest. Honesty crops out into
sincerity. And sincerity is the mold for mutual trust. So
let's start with honesty.
people believe themselves to be honest. But, on the other hand,
they do not think there is anything wrong with being a little bit
dishonest. Little white lies, exaggerations, minor distortions
of the truth, are not really being dishonest, many seem to
what do you think of the department manager who says, "The people
in my department are really upset about this new policy," but,
when the truth is known, there have been only one or two minor
complaints? Or how about the salesperson who pads the expense
account? Or fakes the call report to play golf in the
afternoon? Does this build mutual trust?
judge in a large Midwestern city was describing the causes of juvenile
delinquency speaking from personal experience with thousands of young
people: "Children want to be honest. They do not want
to cheat. They look to their parents and teachers to teach them
honesty. They are confused, let down, and disappointed when they
hear one parent on the telephone saying the other parent is not at
home. But they are both in the living room watching TV. It
is these little white lies that tear down the trust and confidence
children want to have in their parents. Children cannot tell the
difference between little dishonesty and big dishonesty."
Can anyone? Don't you have a feeling of insecurity in someone
you know does not respect absolute truthfulness and honesty?
trust starts with your total honesty, even at your expense. No
exaggerations, no cover-ups, no distortions, no little white
lies....just complete honesty. It is a contagious characteristic
that will spread to others.
from Idea Factory for Teachers, Silver Burdett and Ginn
Oh, Those Lights!
lighting is hard on the eyes and bad for productivity, find the folks
who study such things at Cornell University's Department of Design and
Replace lights that shine directly on the computer screen with
indirect lighting, which washes evenly across the ceiling and upper walls.
The indirect system is less bright, with fewer eyestrain-causing
"hot spots" and shadows.
thoughts, like great deeds, need no trumpet.
KidsGardening.Com: Planning a
garden with your student and need a little virtual help? Or,
your garden is growing great but you need ways to stimulate learning
in this environment? This site, developed by the National
Gardening Association, supplies many creative ideas for teachers and
parents to use while gardening with children. Learn about theme
gardens, participate in an activity (like Plant a Question), or
connect with another "garden" teacher. http://kidsgardening.org/
High School Hub: A good portal
for high school students. This website has all the major
categories an earnest student would look for, as well as reasonable
graphics. Good links in each area, but not a large number, which
makes for easy navigation. http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cfm
Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery: The Plant Image Gallery is designed to assist
botanists, ecologists and natural resource managers with the
identification of plants. It should also prove useful to
educators, as well as students, who are required to learn plants as a
part of their studies. Further, we hope that those of you with
any affinity to plants, hobby or otherwise, will find this to be an
interesting and useful site. http://www.noble.org/webapps/plantimagegallery/
Constructor: This site is kind of
a two-dimensional erector set that lets you choose a shape, put it
into motion and then tweak it by taking away gravity, speeding it up
and more. There are directions for this tool, but younger
students could just go in and construct something, then write a story
about it. High school and college students could use this when
studying physics or robotics. http://www.sodaplay.com/constructor/
Dive and Discover: Daily updates
and quizzes are available from this research project, sponsored by the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The current journey is
exploring the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. Research projects
include observing and sampling Antarctic plankton populations, a study
of whale genetics, based on samples of old whale bones left at an
abandoned whaling station on Deception Island, and biological studies
on feeding and growth by a different gelatinous animal—a ctenophore,
or “comb-jelly”—that preys on young krill. http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/
Map Adventures: This site was
designed by the USGS so that students can learn and review facts about
geography. The lessons at this website center on a story about a
little girl named Nikki who visits an imaginary amusement park. Nikki
goes up in an unplanned balloon ride that gives her, and the students,
different views of the park. Seven lessons investigate the
concepts of understanding and reading maps. http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/mapadv_story.htm
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