warmer weather, it is hard for me to sit still....there is much on my
agenda that does not include being inside at my computer....so I grab
a few minutes here and there to stroll through my garden noting what
needs to be done over the weekend. Then there is the cleaning...with
the brighter days, I seem to see all the dust that has accumulated
over the darker days...so I grab a rag and take a few swipes here and
there. Then there is moving heavier clothing to the back of the
closet in favor of lighter wear, a few deft movements of hangers each
time I pass by is slowly getting the job done. Oh, but that sun and
warmth is beckoning. You may find me on the patio with the
computer propped on my lap, if you call or stop by.
This month we have
been working with the US Department of Education on a few grant
applications. We have submitted two and are working on two more. It is
an uphill task as the favored grantee seems to be universities and
school districts. But we believe there is much needed room for
innovation in the education provided for students today.
We hope we can spread the success of our programs to more students and
teachers. Early adapters of innovative programs are infrequently
recognized for their works. It was in 1997 that we first started
an online program, much earlier than most others were thinking of
e-learning. Look where we are today! Our work now is taking us
into advanced analytics, using student data to more clearly define
student led learning with machine learning and augmented reality
applications to enhance instruction.
has been a busy
month, as we have also had an opportunity to meet with industry
leaders from many parts of the world through our work with the World
Trade Center-Denver, and the Colorado Office of Economic Growth and
Development. Discussions inevitably center on education as the
driving force in business development and production around the world.
Globally the thirst for quality education continues to grow.
With increased access to technology the programs we offer will be of
value to immerging nations.
May this month find
you outside enjoying your days no matter where you are in the
world. Have great month!
memory, we celebrate all those who have sacrificed in keeping us
We hope you will join our
global community this month. There is so much to learn from our
friends around the world.
sometimes the more you find out,
the less you know.
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The rock group, the
Rolling Stones once sang, "You can't always get what you
want." That is true of lots of things in life, but it is
especially true of money. Learn more about money in this lesson
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Animal Farm- Character
Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
Area of a Triangle
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Carol Kendall
Ages 11- 13
Minnipins have lost their past. Long ago, the hero Gammage led
them in war against the horrible Hairless Ones. But now --
Bravery? Forgotten. Courage? No more. Heroes? The stuff of
Yet sometimes heroes turn up when they are least expected....
Muggles, Gummy the poet, and Walter the Earl are not like the
other Minnipins. They dress differently, speak their minds, and
-- when Walter the Earl finds a package of old scrolls and
swords -- dare to disagree with the Minnipin leaders. For their
troubles, they are banished from their village.
But Walter the Earl found the weapons for a reason: The Hairless
Ones have returned. And this time there is no Gammage to protect
the Minnipins. This time there are only Muggles and her friends,
outlaws who must rescue the very people who have cast them out.
Newbery Honor Book
Try to use
only what you need.
A survey of eighth graders’ parents by the
Illinois Student Assistance Commission found the parents seriously
lacking in college planning information. Although 64 percent of the
surveyed parents planned to use their savings to finance their
children’s college education, 56 percent said they had no idea how
much it was going to cost.
The survey found that parents also
lacked knowledge of financial aid and their chances of receiving it,
high school courses needed for college admission, and career and job
placement information. Because of rising costs and college admission
standards, the survey group found that eighth grade is not too early
to plan ahead for college.
Maintaining the Status Quo
In an ideal world,
improvement and new opportunity decisions are made on a rational
basis: cost effectiveness. Accurate estimates of costs and benefits
for each proposed alternative must be calculated. The costs are
relatively easy to isolate.
But what about the
alternative that doesn’t involve change, the status quo option?
Underestimated costs of doing nothing include downtime, clinging to
outgrown systems, incompatible mixes of old and new programs and
procedures, or using outdated procedures.
The demands on education
have increased greatly in recent years. Student populations have
changed, and community complexity have all increased. Instead of
adopting new methods and procedures, some organizations stretch their
old systems to accommodate the change they have experienced.
Eventually the organization slows down, becomes less efficient or
effective, and gives poor service. The costs are public
dissatisfaction, more complaints and pressure for privatization.
If an organization prefers
to maintain the status quo, it will only change when forced to. This
will result in a mishmash of new, old and totally obsolete practices.
One way to be prepared for change is to have procedures to respond to
new requirements and opportunities......built into the organization.
There is no such thing as cost-free status quo.
to have only what you need.
Leisure-time reading outside school is
a key to superior classroom performance, according to a study which
examined the reading habits of 155 ten-year-olds. The most surprising
finding was not the link between outside reading and classroom
proficiency, but rather the low amount of outside reading that is
actually needed to better school performance.
Astonishingly, ten minutes a day of
outside book reading makes a vast difference, according to the study
published in Reading Research Quarterly. Improvement tends to
level off as outside reading time increases beyond 20 minutes a day.
Unfortunately most students read very
little on their own. Therefore, the study suggests, parents and
schools should make sure children have access to interesting books at
a suitable vocabulary and comprehension level, and that adults read
aloud to them and provide time for reading during each day.
As spring brings out all that is fresh
and new, thoughts turn to spring cleaning and packing away our winter
hats and gloves. But as we look forward to getting ready for warmer
weather, we should not forget all of the progress we have made
throughout the school year. It is important to look back so we can see
how far we have come. Consider setting up a filing system for the
student. These files can prove to be a rich source of inspiration and
reflection for any student.
Grade school students may
wish to save cherished artwork and see the progress they have made.
With a quick flip through their file, they can see how their cursive
writing has become neater, how they can read books with chapters, and
how their artwork has improved. Middle
school students will be able to track the development of their skills.
Simple addition and subtraction give way to geometry and pre-algebra.
Essays extend beyond a page; science projects involve complex
equations and chemicals. As
their studies become more complicated, students may find their files
have grown dramatically in size, an indication of the increasing
complexity of their knowledge. They may be surprised to learn how much
material they have studied.
High school students may wish to save
long English papers which can be revised and turned into college
admissions essays. Favorite books can be a source of inspiration; an
essay about The Great Gatsby from the 9th grade
could be the source of an inspiring AP essay for college credit.
Chemistry and biology experiments may be the basis for scholarship
applications for science programs.
Over the long run, students can examine these saved
files and see how their interests develop. A science fair project from
the fifth grade could spark a lifelong interest in chemistry,
reflected in more and more complicated projects throughout junior high
and high school. History papers about the Civil War can spark an
outside interest in re-enactments. As
they look back on these files, students can see how much they’ve
improved year by year. The 3rd grade book report about Old
MacDonald’s Farm may be a far cry from Animal Farm in 11th
grade, but students will be able to see how they have developed into
mature young adults with a broad range of knowledge. These school
files show students how they’ve grown and where they are heading.
Try to fix it
long before it is broken.
Can't afford that summer vacation schlepping around
No worries, just pull up Toporopa on your nearest browser and learn
all about the geographical, political, historical and economical
aspects of the wonderful continent.
Math: Probably one of my favorite math sites, Cool Math is
"designed for the pure enjoyment of mathematics." This
interactive site features a plethora of fun games, puzzles,
calculators and lesson plans.
For Kids: This is a great site with some wonderful interactive
learning games that are engaging and fun. Students click on their
grade and can then choose from a list of games divided into subjects.
Here is a fantastic collection of videos, arranged by subject, that
have been individually reviewed by K-12 teachers. The videos are all
(at least the ones I've seen) via YouTube, all the ads have been
stripped, and all related videos removed which, for an educator, is a
great thing! There are also quizzes, games and puzzles as well as a
cool presentation creator that helps teachers or students create
presentations within the site.
This is another fun site for lots of great games and activities. There
is a nice word cloud generator very similar to Wordle that creates
nice-looking word clouds. The one-up ABCya! has over Wordle is that
you may directly save your word cloud as a .jpg without any
a Wonderful Month!!
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