am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
lesson modules are grouped at Primary (about K-3), Intermediate (about
4-5), Middle/Junior High (about 6-8) and High School.
This cross-aging of lessons has been very successful for
e-Tutor students as they can work at their own pace.
Some lesson modules may be easier and can be used for review
and some will be more challenging.
Students should do no more than four lesson modules each day.
We recommend one lesson module in each of the four major
curricular areas. One
lesson module a day is sufficient for those who use e-Tutor for
supplemental work. Students and parents can choose the area of
greatest need. However,
all areas support one another.
modules take from one hour to one and a half hours to complete.
Some may even take several days to complete.
The default for passing quizzes and exams is set at eighty
percent. Students are
to fully complete lesson modules.
We ask parents to review Activities and Extended Learning with
each lesson module since these are most often completed off line.
They can be used them as a springboard for discussion, ‘What did you
learn by completing this,” “How could you have done this
differently,” "Explain this concept to me," etc.
the student respond in writing to the Problem Statement before and
after completing each lesson module.
The vocabulary words can be used for writing sentences or
creating word puzzles. Students
should write a short description of each of the resource links. e-Tutor
is a Pass/Fail program. Completed lessons are reflective of
those where the student has successfully completed Quizzes and Exams.
are expected to spend approximately four to five hours studying each
day when using e-Tutor for their full curriculum.
We suggest that the student keep track of his hours of study
each day on a piece of paper or a calendar.
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were added to the
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in
Words and Pictures
By Brian Selznick
Ages: 9 - 12
This book is like nothing you've
ever seen before. When you or your child first pick it up, it
looks like one of those fat fantasies that are so popular
these days. When you open it, it seems similar to a graphic
novel. But lengthy sections of wordless illustrations (284
pages of drawings!) are interspersed with pages of more
traditional novelistic prose. Neither text nor pictures can
stand alone without the other. Brian
Selznick tells Hugo’s story alternately through words –
often just a paragraph or two per page – and 158
black-and-white pictures. The illustrations consist mostly of
pencil drawings but include memorable stills from the movies
of the silent filmmaker Georges Méliès, whose life helped to
inspire the book. And because you can flip through the
pictures at any pace, you can read the book quickly despite
Theheartfelt story involves a
plucky orphan, the history of early cinema, the mechanics of
clocks and other intricate machinery, and a little bit of
magic. Parents need to know that the hero of the story has a
sad life. Orphaned, alone, and homeless, he lives by stealing
and scavenging, and no one is kind to him until late in the
Families who read this book
could discuss some of the research-based themes the author
includes. How can an automaton be made to write poems and draw
pictures? How do they work? How were the earliest films made?
Many kids will want to learn more about mechanical machines
and automata, and about the history of film, especially the
work of Georges Melies. And they may also want to see the
films referred to in the story.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who
can't read them.
many homes, the morning scene looks like something on “America’s
Funniest Home Videos.” Kids fly out the door, eating their breakfast
as they run for the bus. Paper flutter out of their backpack (if not
lost at home). Let’s face it: not everyone is a morning person. But
children do need to learn to get to places on time and ready to go to
work. These tips may help:
- Help your children
establish good habits. Make sure they hang up their coats as they
walk in the door. Give each child a place to keep boots, hats, and
- A successful morning
begins at night. Before your children go to bed, have them set out
everything the will need for school. This is the time to make sure
everyone has lunch money, homework, and the permission slip for
the field trip.
- Establish a regular bedtime.
Kids who conk out watching the 11:00 news can’t rise or shine at
- Set everyone’s alarm clock
15 minutes earlier. Even a few extra minutes can make a real
- The night before, set
out some easy-to-fix breakfast foods. Kids learn better on a full
stomach. Cereal, muffins, toast, or yogurt are all good choices. A
peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich will do when kids are in a hurry.
- Before everyone leaves,
take a minute to say, “I love you” to each child. Nothing will
get their day…or yours…off to a better start.
The Parent Institute
During a recent conversation a
psychologist mentioned, "Raising children is not so difficult if
parents would realize one thing. Children need constant
praise. When the children cut their meat right.....great! Praise
them! When they tie their first shoelace....great! Praise
them! Even if they are just good all day....great! Praise
them! The human psyche seems to feed and thrive on praise and
attention." And people never really grow out of that
constant need for praise and appreciation.
One study of a number of
large corporations revealed the number one reason why
people quit their jobs was because,
as they put it, "No one appreciated what I did. "
William James, the best known of America's psychologists, said that
the desire to be appreciated is one of the deepest drives in human
nature. So get
in the habit of being "praise
minded." The way people dress, act, do their jobs and
express themselves as personalities can all be characteristics for
some words of praise from you.
Perhaps your own family and friends would be a good place to start.
The Public School
If you shy away from the word
“creativity” because you think only of Picasso and Beethoven are
entitled to use it, think again.
Most people are creative, but very few tap into their own
supply. One reason is
cultural conditioning. Creative
solutions to problems are left to artists, not to hardheaded types.
Another obstacle is in the association of creativity and art.
are bunk and rest on an inflated definition of the term.
Creative people do something that is original and unique, no
matter how small. The guy
at 3M who thought up Post-it notes was creative.
And you are too. All you
need do is dig your creativity out from inside yourself.
Here are some ideas to help
Make yourself comfortable with your unconscious mind.
As you probe your deepest inner thoughts you will find the road
opening up to your childhood and the easy creative ability all
Pay attention to your dreams.
You don’t have to be Freud or spend ten years on the couch to
do that. Thinking about
your dreams can reveal an interior logic that doesn’t show up right
away and is lost if you simply forget about dreams.
Counter-program yourself. Do
things you are not supposed to do.
Get rid of the shoulds and oughts that bedevil most of our
lives. Make waves in order to explore new possibilities.
Change how you think. Take
risks within yourself to find out what you are capable
Free associate ideas. Daydream.
Take time out. Go
for a walk with nothing on your mind.
ideas often come when you are not thinking.
Know yourself. Yes,
it’s a cliché, but remember that clichés emerge from a core of
truth. You do need to
understand how you tick inside.
Watch your thoughts;
they become words.
Watch your words;
they become actions.
Watch your actions;
they become habits.
Watch your habits;
they become character.
Watch your character;
it becomes your destiny.
Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences, and always be
open to new ones.
Self-Reliance, Self-Esteem and
How can you help your child develop
these important attributes? Here are a few suggestions:
- Let your child know how interested
you are in what he or she has to say. Show how carefully you
are considering his or her opinions.
- It is good to add "Do this
instead" when you must tell your child no. Substituting
a permissible activity takes the child's mind off the thing
forbidden and promotes a positive view.
- When answering your child's
questions or reviewing spelling words, suggest that he or she look
up the answer in a reference source. help your child find
the answer, but don't be too quick to "give" it.
- Speak proudly and frequently about
your child's strengths.
- Help your child find time each day
that is his or hers alone. Children
need time to think, dream, plan, make decisions and free their
minds from problems.
- Allow your child, when possible, to
experience the consequences of actions. A lost toy, for
example, might not be replaced.
- Proudly display your child's
accomplishments at home. This includes everything from a
five-year-old's artwork to a teenager's merit badge.
Adapted from National
Learning journals, also known as logs,
daybooks, thinkbooks and even diaries, have become a popular teaching
tool in recent years, and are being used with students ranging from
elementary school to college. Besides encouraging better writing
skills, the journals help students clarify their thoughts about what
they read in their textbooks and hear in class.
use is not limited to English composition classes. "Student
journals may be the best interdisciplinary tools we possess,
integrating personal with academic knowledge across the
curriculum," says the South Dakota Department of Education
in its publication Reflections.
For example, students who use a journal
in math class may find that switching from number symbols to word
symbols helps them solve difficult equations. Science and social
science students may keep a 'lab journal" to record personal
reactions to their experiments and make connections between one
observation and the next. A history journal may help a student
to identify with, and perhaps make sense of, the otherwise distant and
Advantages of journal use for students,
besides freedom from traditional grading, include an avenue to express
opinions and ideas and get feedback, and a chance to share experiences
and experiment with writing styles. For teachers the journals
offer another opportunity to answer questions the student didn't ask
in class, provide a positive way to begin or end a learning session,
and allow for non-threatening dialogue between teacher and student.
Adapted from Illinois
Association of School Boards
went outside to find a friend, but could not find one there. I went
outside to be a friend, and friends were everywhere.
BBC Schools Online: Online games
and sample testing are available (these are called revisions, like
review quizzes). Once you get used to the subtle linguistic
difference, this site is "brilliant." Desert Challenge
has students retrieving treasure from across the desert wastes.
Navigate your way round obstacles, refueling and changing your money
as you cross into new territories (using metric measurement).
Find other resources by grade level or discipline.
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
physics, evolution or robotics. http://sodaplay.com/creators/soda/items/constructor
Dive and Discover: Daily
updates and quizzes are available from this research project,
sponsored by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The current
journey consists of a series of research cruises to the Pacific
and Indian Oceans. See Plate Tectonics in action! Join the
adventure May 24 - June 9, 2004 to the Juan de Fuca Ridge
eNature: This great site
was developed by the National Audobon Society. Now, you have access to
field guides for more than 4800 species of plants and animals. Start a
list for you, as an individual or for your class, and add species as
you see them. Find out more about various habitats in the US or ask an
expert about a species you have observed.
Planning a student garden 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
The Knowledge Loom: This
site provides information about what is new in teaching and learning.
It is a place for educators to review research that identifies best
practices related to various themes; view stories about the practices
in real schools/districts; learn to replicate the success of these
practices; and to participate in online events and discussions.
“Spotlights” are specially organized collections of resources on
selected education topics or challenges.
Speeches: Full text and audio database of Top 100
American Speeches by rank order. Years worth of great speeches
are captured here by American Rhetoric. There is advertisement,
but listening and reading the speeches are well worth it.
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