You can find on the outside only
what you possess on the inside.
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Online education represents a new kind
of challenge for students. Each student’s and parent’s
expectations differ widely, and the eTutor response may not always
meet expectations. There are some things all students can expect.
Students can expect to be challenged academically. They can expect to
not understand everything they experience in an online educational
program. They can expect to not always see the relevance of what they
are asked to do. But, they also can expect that resources will be
available to help them.
may seem obvious, but it sometimes comes as a shock to students that
online learning will require increased academic skill. Subject
to state and local requirements for the required number of days of
attendance and hours of instruction required, eTutor allows students
to structure the school day flexibly to best meet their own learning
needs. An activity
originally expected to account for one hour of a student's day for
three days running can be extended to three hours in one day if the
task proves absorbing; conversely, a concept expected to take a week
of work may be mastered in one day.
Students can receive help
during the day from eTutor resource staff at Knowledge HQ.
Every student will be required to master the skills and
knowledge covered by the rigorous curriculum, which meets or exceeds
common core and national standards.
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Wheel on the School
by Meindert DeJong, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Ages: 8 - 12
This is the story of a group of
children in Holland who have the dream that one day storks will
return to nest in their small town of Shora. In
this small fishing village, there are only six small
schoolchildren. But when one of them asks a small question, big
things start to happen. Soon the whole town is involved and
dreams just might come true. Through touching character
interactions and teamwork, the children enlist the entire
community to realize their goal of putting “a wheel on the
gets better when you get better.
you haven't explored
Unplugged you will want to this month. You can
sign in as a sample student, view samples by subject or just check
out an introduction to each of the lesson modules being offered
through this amazing application. You might want to
use it to keep your student
involved in learning during the summer months.
Science Can Be Fun!
Programs that emphasize
arming all students with the critical thinking skills needed to function in
a society which is increasingly dependent on science and technology include:
Students learn to think, act and discover like scientists by
collecting and cataloging rock samples, observing animal behavior,
analyzing cell tissue, measuring and charting plant growth, and testing
properties of chemical substances.
Students work in groups with their peers, just as scientists
collaborate on experiments when pursuing their theories.
Less emphasis on
memorization and textbooks. Understanding the scientific method is
the main purpose of science teaching.
What can you do to encourage
your child's interest in science: A walk in the park, trip
to the zoo or a visit to a science museum opens up an opportunity for
you to talk about science. You too might discover something in the process.
Adapted from Community
The studies go on and on.
But the implications are quite obvious and perhaps a bit frightening.
A little like voodoo or the witch doctor poking pins in the doll
likeness of an individual and that individual suffering severe
anguish, even death. Carried to their ultimate conclusions one might
imagine that all sorts of expectations, positive and negative, maybe
conjured in the
mind of one to create the cauldron of human behavior for another.
Let's examine these examples and studies more
closely, for there are characteristics, other
than expectations or self-fulfilling prophecies, that play a part. They
are a little like the case of the young boy stealing food. He was
by psychologists, tested, environmental characteristics noted, and a
childhood work-up completed to determine why he stole. Then the
arresting officer's report was read and in it was the sentence that
revealed the strongest
motivation. It said, "The boy was hungry."
Of course positive
expectations of one person are a factor in influencing another's
behavior. But to say that expectations alone mold behavior is
to examining professional golfers and discovering that they have
hands, and presuming, therefore, that strong hands make people superb golfers. There
are other variable involved in the studies
conducted that are more obvious, and less profound, than
Adapted from the The
Public School Administrator
In everything one must consider the end.
Your Teen Goes To A Party
often run into serious discipline problems in connection with parties
they attend or host. Parents can help avoid these problems by taking a
few precautions each time a party is planned.
your teen goes to a party....
Plan to be up to greet
him or her when they come home.
When you take your
teen to a party be sure to introduce yourself to the host.
Call the host parent
before the party to clarify ground rules such as no
Be sure your children
know that you expect them to leave a party if drugs or alcohol are
Be sure your children
know not to drive with someone who has been drinking.
Make it easy for your
child to leave the party. Be sure there is someone your
child can call at any time for a ride home.
Adapted from School
Public Relations Service
of our language and communication system, spelling serves the
writer in recording ideas,
and assists the reader in comprehending the message. The purpose
of learning to spell becomes evident to students as they
endeavor to transcribe ideas in to written symbols which can be
read by themselves and others. The ultimate goal of spelling instruction
is to develop skills that will enhance students' abilities and
confidence as effective writers and communicators.
Conventional or standard spelling
assists the reader's understanding and fluency. Excessive
concern for the use of conventional spelling by young students can limit
their writing to those words they can spell accurately.
This impedes the flow and communication of ideas. Emphasis on
can make young students anxious about writing and exaggerate the
challenge or difficulty of spelling.
It is important to keep the
purpose of conventional spelling in proper perspective. Although
accurate spelling is a goal in all writing, conventional spelling is
emphasized in writing which is to be shared with or read by
Adapted from Elementary
English Language Arts - Spelling
do students account for their academic achievement? A study by
the Department of Education has examined what students sat about their
motivation. Here is how students account for their academic success:
They believe that
ability and effort are the main reasons for school success.
If asked whether they would prefer to be called smart or
hard-working, they will choose smart almost every time. They
believe that hard-working students risk being considered
excessively ambitious or of limited ability, both of which are
To avoid unpopular labels,
students...especially the brightest...believe they
must strike a balance between the extremes of achievement, not too
high and not too low. Many students adopt an attitude of indifference
to hard work.
At the extreme, many
low-achieving students deny the importance of learning and
withhold the effort it requires in order to avoid the stigma of
having tried and failed.
from Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
Prepare for mirth, for mirth
becomes a feast.
The Science Toymaker:
This non-commercial site features projects that use easily-available,
inexpensive materials, and don't require special skills, tools
materials or facilities. Activities are thoroughly tested to work, yet
also have the potential to be improved by creative inventors and
Scribbler: Another fun and
amazing interactive doodad from Ze Frank. Make a simple line drawing
online, then use The Scribbler to turn it into a different kind of
masterpiece. A must visit!
Swticheroo Zoo: Create crazy
animals that could never exist at this surrealistic virtual zoo!
Make Your Own Kite: Learn
how to make your own simple kite! You can also find out how kites fly,
and read stories from around the world that explain the origins of
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
the free Flash player.
a 'Spring' In What You Do This Month!
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