Learning With e-Tutor
Learning With e-Tutor
Learning With e-Tutor
Learning With e-Tutor
Learning With e-Tutor
Where ever you live, I'm sure the weather has caught you off
guard this year. For most of the summer where we are
located it has been pleasant. But now we are receiving
the heat that we missed at the height of the summer.
Friends from around the world have had to adjust to a
different kind of climate this year. One wonders if
this is a pattern that will stick with us. What a
change it will bring to our world if it does last.
Funny how the weather can change our moods and affect our
This has been a month of melancholy
as we have experienced losses in family and
friends. We've reflected on our own mortality
and our future. What a struggle life is, but what
rewards it holds for those who can adjust to the curves life
throws us. My brother recently sent a beautiful poem
about the valleys of life. That it is in the valleys
we grow, and had we always been on the mountain top we would
not have grown. So true! But so difficult to
accept at times.
is starting in our area. How fast time passes.
Where did the summer go? A parent stopped over the
other day to share with me the cost of books for her son in
public high school ...over $400. She received a
whopping $34 for selling last year's books. I'm sure
there are many in this community who cannot afford such
costs. One can only hope that the money is well
spent and all the texts are used to their fullest.
What a bargain e-Tutor is at $24.75 a month!
is a wonderful month to get your students interested in
Astronomy. Mars is as close as it will be for the next
60,000 years (just imagine!) and can be seen clearly with a
simple telescope. Three Mars landings are scheduled
for this year, as well. Our knowledge of the red
planet has changed drastically since I was a child.
Who knows, it may be your child who adds important new
information to our current body of knowledge!
the summer winds down, I hope you will find time to spend
together with your loved ones celebrating the beauty of our
is the time to write a lesson for your students' online
learning. Write lessons at LessonPro.
The template is easy to use. Your students
can access the lessons that you complete. And, you are
providing your students an appropriate way to use the
Learning with e-Tutor:
Twenty-five new lessons
were added to e-Tutor this month. We are constantly
adding new lessons to the bank of lessons. There are
nearly 1600 lessons in the e-Tutor program now.
lessons are grouped at the Primary (K - 3), Intermediate
(about 4 - 5), Middle/Junior High (about 6 - 8) and High
School (9 - 12) levels.
This cross-aging of lessons has been very successful
for e-Tutor students as they can work at their own pace.
Some lessons may be easier and can be used for review
and some will be more challenging.
Students should do no more than four lessons each
lesson should take from an hour to an hour and a half to
recommend one lesson in each of the four major curricular
lesson 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.
are important in the success of e-Tutor. There is
much reading and writing in the e-Tutor program and users
will have excellent reading and writing skills if the
program is used consistently.
Parents should check the activities and extended learning
completed each day. These
are included with every lesson.
They are frequently off-line projects and so e-Tutor
relies on parents to review them and use them as a
springboard for discussion.
will quickly know which areas their children are struggling
with and which topics they favor, by frequently checking
Parents might need to make recommendations to their
children about trying new subjects or topics.
New lessons are added frequently.
If you are not
an e-Tutor subscriber, don't let another day pass without
logging on to this great way of learning!
Do not follow where the path may
lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
The human mind can be adept at
creating meaning from stimuli. And, although a person
is capable of creating meaning from stimuli, he or she does
not automatically do so. If a stimulus does not
interest an individual, if it lacks meaning for him or her,
the stimulus is given little attention or it is
ignored. Reports of a flood in a distant country may
be given cursory attention by an individual unless he or she
has a relative in that country. Nutrition information
on food packages may not have been noticed by someone until
his or her physician puts the person on a low-sodium
diet. Automotive sections of the daily newspaper may
go from front step to garbage can, unread until the
subscriber needs a new car.
The importance to the individual of
finding meaning in stimuli presents a formidable challenge
to those responsible for learning. Learner insights
are an important key to successful learning. "An
educator cannot give an insight to a student as we serve a
person meat on a platter" one researcher wrote.
The insight will not be used by a student unless the learner
sees the insight's relevance and significance for himself or
Experience with several insights that
repeatedly bring the learner to the same conclusion form a
generalization. The generalization can form the basis
for a prediction and a generalization can be modified to accommodate
additional related insights. A generalization
is, then, an understanding that can be used for the
task at hand and for future similar situations as well.
Learning that helps students make
insights of their own gives them opportunities to become
actively involved in their own learning. We cannot expect students to take responsibility for their own
learning unless students perceive meaning for themselves in
the information to be learned.
Adapted from Idea
Factory for Teachers, Silver Burdett & Ginn
We cannot direct the wind, but we can
adjust the sails.
Although there are millions of
high-achieving kids in public schools, homeschooled kids are
making remarkable progress for themselves.
Approximately 1.7 million American children are schooled at
home. Although this represents only about two percent
of school-age children, the total number of homeschoolers
increases by as much as ten percent a year. They have
Twenty-six percent of homeschool
students who applied to Stanford University in 2000 were
accepted, nearly double its acceptance rate of
A 1999 study of 20,000 home students
found those in grades first to fourth performed better
than public and private school students in every subject
of the Iowa test of Basic Skills. By eighth grade,
the study found, the average homeschool student
performed four grade levels above the national average.
Students who are homeschooled scored an
average of 1,100 out of a possible 1,600 on the SAT
college entrance exam in 2000....80 points higher than
the national average. They outscored other
students on the ACT exam.
The winner of the 2001 Scripps Howard
Spelling Bee was homeschooled. In 2000, all three
top winners were homeschooled.
Excerpts from Better Homes and Gardens,
A Father and his small son were out
walking one afternoon when the youngster asked how the electricity
went through the wires stretched between the telephone
poles. "Don't know," said the father.
"Never knew much about electricity."
A few blocks farther on the boy asked
what caused lightning and thunder. "To tell the
truth," said the father, "I never exactly
understood that myself."
The boy continued to ask questions
throughout the walk, none of which the father could
explain. Finally, as they were nearing home, the boy
asked, "Pop, I hope you don't mind my asking so many
"Of course not," replied the
father. "How else are you going to
learn?" Sooner or later, of course, the boy will
stop asking his father questions and that will be
unfortunate. Curiosity and the desire to learn should
be encouraged and nurtured.
If we want our children to do well
with instructional activities, but don't respect learning we
are deluding ourselves. Not many children will be
motivated to do it on their own. We must set an
example for our children. If we have stopped learning
and growing, then we will be hard put to inspire our
children, no matter how much we may pretend to encourage
Adapted from Bits
and Pieces, Economics
The greatest mistake a person can make
is to be afraid of making one.
- Get back in the routine. Ease
transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the
school year by re-establishing bedtime, mealtime,
reading and homework routines.
- Set education goals. Help your
child set goals at the very beginning of the year.
Whether it is striving for an "A" in reading,
handing in homework on time or preparing for tests well
in advance, setting goals can help set the routine for
the new year.
- Establish a homework routine and
place. Designate a specific time for homework and
help your child discover a regular, quiet place where he
can study. Make sure that the area is free from distractions
and that study tools
are at your child's fingertips.
- Stay on schedule. Your child
should keep a schedule of all classes, assignments and
key dates. As part of that schedule, she should
include specific times for studying, projects and
- Emphasize organization. For
some students, having color-coded binders for each
subject helps them stay on track throughout the school
year. Keeping notes organized helps test
preparation later in the year, so work with your child
to determine the best method for him.
- Encourage learning at home.
To nurture reading skills spend at least one hour per
week ....10 to 15 minutes a day...reading with your
child. To enhance math proficiency, try letting
your child help plan the next family trip and encourage
him to compute miles, cost of gas, expenses for food,
hotel and entertainment.
To overcome the anxiety of meeting new
people....be it at a party or a seminar....remember you
don't need to know as much as you need to ask.
Asking questions that are
open-ended....ones that require more than just a one-word
response....encourages conversational flow.
Dr. Gilda Carle,
InterChange Communications Training, Inc.
In the middle of difficulty lies
A Very Memorable Gift
This is an activity in which the entire
extended family can participate. Have you ever
wondered why your great-grandparents came to this
country? Why did they leave the "old
country?" What ship did they come on? Did
they come alone?
By now, however, it's too late to get the
answers, for your ancestors are deceased. Their
life-experiences are gone and will never be part of your
precious memories. Involving the entire family in the
process of writing a family history will bring ancestors
alive, helping our children to understand and appreciate
their heritage. Events and anecdotes from all the generations,
including input from children should be included. What
better gift can a family give to itself than a tangible
memento of their family's heritage?
Getting a Start:
Using a package of index cards, write
down one event per card (a first job, a wedding, a
birth, etc.) Use only a few words.
Now go back to each card and jot down
phrases pertaining to the event (no sentences
please). Basically, you will be answering these
questions: Who? What? When?
Where? Why? How much?
Now you are ready to put your cards in
some kind of order.
Start fleshing out each card and try to
write one or two pages about that event. Before
you know it, you will have a manuscript
Adapted from Smart Families
The difference between the
impossible and the possible lies in a person's
Helping With Homework
With school starting,
our children will be bringing home work to do. Parents
who help their children, in elementary, middle or high
school grades, with homework play a major role in boosting
student achievement. Following are some guidelines
which might be helpful to you:
Set a regular time and
place. In the primary grades, before homework is
assigned, take time daily to read to your child and discuss
what's happened during the day.
In the upper
elementary grades, a half hour should be set aside for
studying and reviewing. Ask your child's teacher how
much time he or she would recommend for
In the junior high and
high school years establish with your child a homework
schedule that you both agree on and then see that it is
- If the homework
includes directions, read them carefully....or ask your
child to read them to you....to make certain they are
clearly understood before starting work.
- Check to see if
your child is following directions. If there are
problems, demonstrate one as an example, do the next one
together and then have your child finish the assignment
alone. Offer to read the finished work and help
your child correct any mistakes. Don't give the
answer or do the work for the child.
- If you don't
understand an assignment your child has received contact
the teacher....or advise your child to go to the teacher
for help. Write teachers from time to time
indicating what you have noted about your child's
progress with homework.
- Be certain your
child has a quiet place to study with good light,
necessary supplies....paper, dictionary, pencils,
thesaurus....and a secure place to keep materials where
they will not be disturbed.
- Conduct spelling
practice, math drills and other activities to help your
School Public Relations Association
Lord Nelson, England's
famous naval hero, suffered from seasickness throughout his
entire live. Needless to say, the man who destroyed Napoleon's
fleet did not let it interfere with his career. He not
only learned to live with this personal weakness, he
of us have our own little "sea sicknesses"
too. For some it may be physical, for other
psychological. Usually, it's a private war, carried on
quietly within ourselves. No one will pin a medal on
us for winning it, but nothing can dim the satisfaction of
knowing we did not surrender.
Imagination is more important the
Do you have fond remembrances of balancing Chemistry equations? This
site balances those pesky unbalanced equations and performs molar
conversions equations with ease. The Chemistry Functions site is an
excellent study aid authored by professors at Stanford. Note that some
features are still under construction.
Opinion Journal: The Wall Street Journal Editorial page is now available free on the Web.
The opinion pieces found in the WSJ cover a variety of topics such as
finance, politics and business around the world.
Survival Guide for New Teachers: This site might be called "What a First Year Teacher Really Needs" with
lots of suggestions, but the only resources linked to the page are very
general and Internet based. Still, this is a good article to get new
teachers thinking of building those personal networks which can help in
Although the travels were completed several years ago, this website lists all
kinds of information about the fifty US States in a colorful, user
friendly format. Picture postcards from each state contain photographs
combined with other graphic elements to give an impression of each
state. Some information from the governors page (some of whom are no
longer in office), is not current.
Mediterranean Archeological Resources:
This Greek website links to major archeology journals. Scroll past those
to get to some wonderful links to information about Ancient Greek,
Egyptian and Roman cultures. (Watch out for the Geocities
popup windows.) Great for some high school and college level students. Look under the British School at Athens for a Quicktime
VR tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
Insectclopedia: OK, at first we thought this site was just plain buggy, but
Insectclopedia is great for young students learning about insects and
how they fit into various ecosystems. A lot of information here, with
lots of images. Check out the lessons (all sorts of ideas) and Cuisine
(look under Hobbies).
A related resource has been developed by our staff,
"A Bug's Life" at http://www.knowledgehq.com/.
The Last Word:
Did you ever wonder..if you did, this site is for you. Readers of
NewScientist Magazine, a weekly publication from the UK, write in with
unanswered science questions. Have you noticed brown bread toasts more
quickly than white bread...several reasons are suggested. If your
students are in search of interesting science fair projects, this may be
the place to begin.
ThisNation: Created by a political science professor,
This Nation is a guide for students and the voting public, on the US Government. The online
textbook starts with an introduction "Why Government?" which explains
some of the roles the government plays in our lives. The library links
to many documents, speeches and constitutions of other nations.
Under the area marked students, you will find some very tough
self-grading quizzes. This has the easiest method to find your elected officials.
a Wonderful Month!
From the Staff at
Strategic Studies Corporation
Copyright © 2003 Strategic Studies Corp.