blossoms this month! Have you noticed how quickly the summer is
passing? This is such relaxing time of year. It is hard to
believe that our students will be going to school again in another
Our staff works through
the summer....but many of us celebrate our home
location by taking advantage of the sights, sounds and culture around
us. During the summer there are many concerts, plays, festivals
and outdoor activities in my part of the world. It is fun to put
away the car keys and walk to many of these wonderful functions. The
warm weather, even hot, beckons us out of doors. I like to have
friends and family over for backyard games,
chats and food. It is a friendly time of year and it seems to
pass all too soon each year.
We continue to pursue
large educational agencies in an effort to introduce them to
the concept of scaleable learning. Our technology gives us advantages that
we have not had in the past to provide quality learning to large
groups of students. As those in charge of educational
programming make decisions and prepare for a new year of
instruction, using online technology we can provide content
for multiple methods used for instruction, flipping, blended learning,
supplemental, gifted, remedial. During the next school year many more
students will have access to computer tablets and laptops. How these
technology purchases are used by educators for instruction will
determine the worthiness
of the investments.
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another school year is upon us. Enrollment
for the new school year has begun. Our students will be happy to see a
new format to lesson modules this year. All eTutor curriculum is
accessible on hand held computers, such as tablets and smart
phones. While many students of eTutor
Virtual Learning take a break from their instructional program during
the summer, we encourage new enrollees
to register now. There is a discount in fees for those who enroll by
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Internet technology gives us an
opportunity to do something different in education.
We believe that in order for online education to succeed it
must be different than what is offered in instruction today and it
should foster creativity. All
online learning should be highly interactive. There should not
be long passages to read, or long videos to watch. Students should do
something meaningful every few seconds. Without this we have a
deadening effect on creativity for many students.
Online learning should continuously adapt to the individual learner.
In this adaptive environment students can discover much of their
knowledge individually. Most
educational curriculum on the Internet has been adapted from other
learning materials. These
educational offerings include web-quests, games, targeted topics and
reference links. eTutor has incorporated the best of each of these in
a format that replicates the best qualities of instruction for the
include many parts….vocabulary, lesson problem, resources, study
guide, activities, extended learning and evaluation.
eTutor lessons incorporate related websites within the body of
each study guide that reinforce the concepts or skills being taught in
eTutor program helps students to take sensible risks and the program
rewards their risk taking. This
is a giant step toward creativity.
We continue to
edit eTutor instructional content to make it more adaptable for
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to create online lessons to motivate and inspire your
students to really delve into the concepts or skills about which you are
teaching. Interesting topics from LessonPro this
- Relation of B/W Electric Field and
- Cancer Biology
- The Power of Drugs
- Human Rights
- The Devil and Tom Walker
- Squares and Square Roots
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Illustrated by Diane
Ages: 4 - 10
There are no fish left in the
rivers and streams; hard times have come to the forest, and
everyone is poor and hungry. Calpurnia is determined to find
fish for her father to sell in his shop. Mother Albirtha, the
wisewoman, advises her to follow her nose to a secret river
teeming with fish. She finds this amazing river and politely
asks the fishes’ permission to catch some of them. On her long
journey home she shares her catch with several animals and, of
course, Mother Albirtha. Father sells the fish for promises of
payment, which are all fulfilled, and soft times come to the
entire community. In this reworking of a classic tale,
Rawlings’ voice is warm and tender, employing lilting syntax
and descriptive language that resonates with warmth and humor.
Calpurnia is a sweet delight, at once poet and adventuress,
whimsical and practical, filled with love and compassion. The
Dillons’ glorious, glowing earth-toned acrylic illustrations
capture Calpurnia’s spirit and soul and imbue the tale with
images that are nothing short of breathtaking. Magical.
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more
I have of it.
Unplugged makes it easy for educators to offer students online
learning in twenty-seven different subjects. Parents can
choose individual lesson modules to reinforce regular school
learning. eTutor Unplugged is the ideal solution for individual or
large groups of learners. Try a few of the student
lesson modules and let us know your comments.
A Child's Freedom of
Versus Parental Choice
child....every human being....needs and wants to exercise her or his
own individuality and autonomy. Parents can decide what areas are
comfortably left to the child's freedom of choice and what areas are
subject to parental discretion. To try to control every aspect of the
child's life not only smothers the child's sense of worth, but it also
causes the parents to waste time and effort on things that are not
In disciplining children,
parents need to maintain consistency of thought and action. It is
confusing and unfair to tell children they can't have dessert because
they didn't eat their vegetables, and then give them dessert anyway to
stop their fussing. It is also inconsistent to demand with equal
force that a child stop playing with matches and that he or she stop
picking on a younger brother or sister.
While it is important that
children develop a sense of self-worth based on the fact of their
unique existence, the task of instilling such a degree of
self-acceptance is not easy.
Winning Be Everything?
Of course you want your children to
earn good grades. You encourage them to participate in sports
and other activities. But when does encouragement become
An obsession with perfect grades may
actually interfere with learning by keeping children from taking
appropriate risks. Some students are reluctant to sign up for a
physics or calculus class for fear of spoiling a straight A
average. Some children can't form close friendships with peers, who
are seen consistently as competitors. Some respond by developing
emotional or stress disorders and others simply stop trying, since
they view perfection as a hopeless goal.
offer another source of frustration for some kids. The National Youth
Spots Coaches Association has expressed concern about parents who live
vicariously through their children, pushing them to become star
athletes. Unnecessary pressure drives some kids to cope by abusing
drugs and alcohol. In a society that often values winning over
being nice, how can parents avoid pressuring their kids too much?
Reward good grades with praise and
respond to poor grades with simple words of encouragement or offer to
provide help (a tutor, for example). Avoid rewarding good grades
with presents, such as money or car use and withdrawing them if grades
fall. The point is to teach kids to value intrinsic rather than
extrinsic rewards. Learning, or enjoying an activity just for the sake
of it, can relieve the pressure to always be the winner.
Most importantly, let your children
know you accept them as human beings. They are individual's with their
own set of abilities and talents. Try to resist comparing
them to other children...including brothers and sisters. No one can be
perfect at everything, first time, every time. Your children
need to know that their personal best can make you just as proud as a
Adapted from Illinois
School Public Relations
When people share their fears with you, share your courage with them.
children have not been on the earth very long. Sometimes we forget
that the children have just arrived on the earth, and we expect way
too much, way too soon. We become impatient, urging them to
learn it all, know it all, and "act their age," whatever
that means. Although it is true that children learn quickly
about life by observation, it is unrealistic to expect them to
be on top of it all and always get it right.
you find yourself beginning every sentence with "Don't,"
stop and ask yourself, "Have I explained what I do
want? Have I showed him how to shut the door softly?
Have I explained how to get my attention
when I'm busy?" Explaining the dos works much better than
constantly harping on the don'ts. Try this
three-time teaching and practice formula:
information three times in three different ways.
your children lots of practice time for whatever they are learning,
and remind yourself that, after all, they have been here a very short
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford
Your Child to Open Up
Buried underneath that
sullen look is someone who does want to talk to you. REALLY.
Imagine what it might feel like for your son to say, "Hey there,
Mom. I'm starting to have some feelings about girls. Can
we chat?" Ain't gonna happen. It can be scary or
embarrassing for him to bring up touchy topics. And a lot
of topics are touchy to kids this age. Try a tactful game of 20
Open with something such
as, "It seems like you're upset. Do you want me to try to
guess what's bothering you?" Then ask your child to tell
you if you are hot or cold." You could also ask if he wants to
write a note for you to read...either right away or after he's in
bed. Anything that takes your child off center stage may help
him open up. If he's not ready to talk, let him know you're
always available later, and then lit it go for now.
Sometimes the indirect
approach works even better. When you are hanging out with your
child and he's feeling comfortable, resist the urge to probe.
Beat around the bush a little instead. Ask a question like
"Hey, if you were interviewed by a reporter, what would you tell
him are the best things about fourth grade? And the worst?"
Or, "If a genie gave you three wishes right now, what would they
be? And if the genie could erase three things that really worry
you, what would those be?"
Yes, your smart child may
figure out what you're up to. But that's okay. If he really does
want to tell you what's on his mind, he just needs a safe way to do
Adapted from Parenting,
Laurie Zelinger, Ph.D.
It's Not Done That Way
listen to those who say, "It's not done that way." Maybe
it's not, but maybe you will do it anyway. Don't listen to those
who say, "You're taking too big a chance." Michelangelo
would have pained the Sistine floor, and it would surely
be rubbed out by today.
Most important, don't listen when the
little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says,
"They are all smarter than you out there. They are more
talented, they are taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have
connections. The have a cousin who took out Meryl Streep's
I firmly believe that if you follow a
path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity,
and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction
that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success
or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you will be
a person worthy of your own respect.
Adapted from Playwright
Pride is something we have. Vanity is something others have.
Off the Map:
A look at backyard paradises created by visionary artists. These
people did not consider themselves to be artists ? but what they have
built is amazing and very difficult to categorize.
Cool Cosmos: Learn about
infrared light through fun games, cool movies, images, and more.
Classroom activities and a Spanish-language version of the site are
also available. You'll need the free Flash plug-in to access the Flash
version of the site. HTML version also available. http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/
Chemsoc Timeline: Super cool
chemistry timeline with funky art. You can enter the Flash version or
html version. Each entry lists the date, a pictorial representation, a
small paragraph about the event, and links for further information.
You can also suggest a historic event for inclusion in the timeline.
Virtual Cave: Does popcorn
grow in caves? Do sharks' teeth exist there too? Find out by checking
out the beautiful photos of natural cave features at this site.
Smithsonian Institution - The Ocean
Portal: A beautiful website containing these sections: Ocean Life
& Ecosystems, Photo Essays, The Ocean Over Time, Ocean Science,
and The Ocean & You. There's also an Educators section that has
lesson plans, activities, and ways to use the Ocean Portal's features.
hope you are enjoying your summer!
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