only lasting joy comes in erasing the boundary line between
"mine" and "yours."
Accreditation Mean To You
e-Tutor was accredited by
two outside agencies in March. It was a huge endeavor for us to
go through the process, but we felt it necessary to give parents
and students the security of knowing that e-Tutor has the strong
reputation we have been telling you about over the
The North Central
Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA
CASI) and the Commission on Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) are
non-governmental, voluntary organizations that accredit more than
9,ooo public and private schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation and
the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools worldwide.
To earn accreditation,
schools must meet NCA CASI - CITA's quality standards, be evaluate by
an outside group of professionals and implement a school improvement
plan focused on increasing student performance. Accreditation is
voluntary and must be renewed each year.
Benefits to Students
Increased performance. Accreditation
focuses a school on improving
learning for all students. A six-year study of schools actively
engaged in NCA CASI - CITA's process revealed that 79% made verifiable
gains in student achievement. Consequently, NCA CASI and CITA
accreditation is a proven method for improving student
Transfer of credits.
In addition to raising student achievement, accreditation eases
the transition of students as they move from one accredited school to
another. The regional nature of accreditation allows a receiving
school in the same or another state to assess the quality of a sending
school and accept the incoming student's credits and academic
record. This ease of transfer applies across the nation through
reciprocal agreements between the regional accrediting agencies.
Access to programs
and scholarships. Accreditation can also benefit
students as they participate in specific sports programs, apply for
federal grants or scholarships or pursue admission to colleges,
technical schools or military programs that require students to come
from regionally accredited schools.
Benefits to Parents
and the General Public
Accreditation assure parents and the public that the school is focused
on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching
learning environment and maintaining an efficient and effective
operation. Accreditation extends across state lines, assuring
parents and the public that their school adheres to high quality
standards based on the latest research and successful professional
Sixteen new lessons
were added to the
e-Tutor Lesson Library this month.
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and Effort: Lessons from Japan
You may have heard about
the impressive academic accomplishments of students in Japan.
There are numerous reasons why Japanese children seem to accomplish
more. But one important reason is that Japanese students are
expected to learn. They are taught, in the home and at school,
that effort is the key to success.
Ability, on the other
hand, is rarely mentioned. One American who live in Japan said
that Japanese recognize differences in ability among children.
But they consider these differences to be like the distinction between
an automobile capable of going 100 miles per hour and one capable of
doing `40. There is a difference, but for most purposes, it is
Japanese teachers and
parent teach children perseverance, self-discipline and concentration.
For example, Japanese children typically spend at least twice as much
time on homework as children in the United States.
Illinois Association of
best that the great teachers can do for us is to help us to discover
what is already present in ourselves.
Babbitt (1865-1933) Scholar
An effective learning program must
consider a wider range of
objectives than just skill work. Our children should understand
skills necessary for daily life, but these are neither more nor less
important than the development of understandings that free our
children from rote memorization. In grade K-4 the learning
program should include numerous opportunities for communication so the
- Relate physical materials, pictures
and diagrams to ideas
- Reflect upon and clarify thinking
about ideas and situations
- Relate everyday language to written
language and symbols
- Realize that representing,
discussing, listening, writing and reading are a vital part of
learning and using what has been learned
By grades 5-8, learning should include
opportunities to communicate so that students can:
- Model situations using oral,
written, concrete, pictorial, graphical and mathematical methods
- Reflect upon and clarify their own
thinking about learned ideas and situations
- Develop common understanding of
learned ideas, including the role of definitions
- Use the skills of reading, listening
and viewing to interpret and evaluate learned ideas
- Discuss learned ideas and make
conjectures and convincing arguments
- Appreciate the value of print
material and its role in the development of learned ideas
If you see some of the rationale for
the Activities and Extended Learning sections of the e-Tutor lessons
above, you are correct. We encourage parents to take an active
part in listening to their children describe their work.
Adapted from Today's
Prior Knowledge in Predicting Outcomes While Reading
Predicting outcomes is practiced during
the act of reading. Children make logical guesses about what
will happen later in a story based upon their understanding of
text-based clues and their prior knowledge.
Predicting outcomes is similar to using
the strategy of inference. When predicting outcomes and making
inferences, children must find stated, text-based clues and integrate
them with their prior knowledge. Predicting outcomes may be
thought of as "forward inferencing" because children examine
a stated cause and infer an effect that has not yet been stated.
When making an inference, on the other hand, children analyze a stated
effect and must infer its cause.
Predicting outcomes can be used to
monitor reading comprehension. Once children have made their
predictions, they continue reading to verify their
hypotheses. Based on this information, children make new
predictions. This process continues until they reach the end of
the selection, at which point they verify and evaluate as many
predictions as possible.
Adapted from Silver
Burdett & Ginn
the most of yourself. For that is all there is of
What is this umbrella and what purpose
does it serve? It is the curriculum a student receives. It
covers everything that is offered in a program. It embraces all
learning activities, all experiences and all interactions that are
part of the teaching-learning program.
In our society and in our country there
is a need for all types and varieties of educated people.
Certainly we need engineers, doctors, scientists and teachers.
We also need farmers, builders, factory workers, artists, clerks and
computer technicians. Perhaps we have also come to recognize
that we distinctly need trash haulers. Each of these persons,
regardless of lifestyle, needs an education that is in keeping with
his or her abilities, interests and ambitions. It is the aim of
a good educational program to provide the opportunities needed for all
to reach potential.
Students now are faced with selecting a
direction in keeping with their interests and goals. Some
students choose the college preparatory curriculum; some select the
curriculum which includes courses that prepare them to enter the
business world; some follow courses that prepare them for
service-based careers; others have ambitions in the science and technology
areas; while still others take courses that lead to careers in food
and other product product production. Many students, whose goals
are nut yet firm, choose a general curriculum that embraces required
courses and allows a sampling of several
The curriculum umbrella should offer a
broad range of topics and skills that are focused on creating a
successful learning experience for all students.
Adapted from The Master
and Peer Pressure
Teenagers long to be
accepted, to be part of a group. And groups of teens want
everyone to do things the group's way. That's peer pressure
and it comes in many forms.
Some peer pressure
is good...Wanting to get good grades in school, to excel in a
sport or to become a good musician can all result from positive peer
Some peer pressure
is bad...The pressure to try drugs, to drink or smoke, to take
wild risks, to do something illegal also result from peer pressure.
peer pressure comes in the form of a direct challenge: "If
you don't join us, you're out!" More often peer pressure
will be in the form of silent rules. "Do it with us
or be excluded." No matter what its form, peer pressure is
real and teenagers are especially vulnerable. To help your
children during their teenage years you can begin with
Parents want children to
become self-sufficient, to make their own decisions. The problem
is, some days your teenagers may amaze you with their mature insights
and the next astound you with some foolish stunt pulled with
inevitable and can even be healthy in adolescence.
taking risks, testing limits are all part of the way teenagers
prove to themselves and their friends that they do have some
control over their lives.
Parents do have to set
clear limits in these years. They must recognize both the
movement toward independence and the continuing need for guidance
and authority. It is a delicate balancing act.
Hanging out in groups,
dressing and talking like their friends and being part of the
crowd are also normal ways of struggling for independence.
it builds the confidence necessary to take the big step into
adulthood and genuine independence.
With the help of
peers, teenagers learn how to build friendships including
friendships with the opposite sex. They learn about trust,
compromise and the value of friendship. Teens use each other
to develop and practice social skills that will serve them
throughout their adult lives.
Peer groups provide
the testing ground for trying out emerging adult identities.
They are a bridge between childhood dependence and adult
independence. That is why friends and peers are so important
in a teenager's life.
There will be times
when teenagers will want to do things that you believe are
wrong. You can help guide the way through these years to
help your child survive what can be bad peer pressure.
Helping Youth Say No,
National Assn. of State Boards of Education
Return To School Days A Calm Event
Those lazy, hazy, crazy
days of summer are almost over. On the horizon: the inevitable
beginning of school. Education, now perhaps more than any other
time in history, is essential for the welfare and happiness of our
children. Let your child know that you expect education to be a
high priority. Encourage your child to view his education as a
challenge and an opportunity rather something to be avoided or
dreaded. The following are some suggestions for making the
coming school year successful.
Provide the proper
environment for home studying that is free from distraction.
Furthermore, by assisting the child when appropriate with homework
and special assignments, the parent can place the child's
education in a healthy perspective. The first 5 to 10
minutes in the morning are among the most important of the
day. Calm, unrushed positive communication and action must
take place. Allow enough time to prepare for the day.
Resist the urge to gripe and complain. Depart each day on a
Recognize that the
first days or even weeks of school may be stressful for some
children. Those who have not gone to school before and are
separating from their parents for the first time, those who are
new in a town and don't have many friends, those who are moving
from one school to another and other similar situations can
produce stress that needs special and added attention from parents
Spend time after
school talking with your children about how the day went and allow
them to express feelings about teachers, classmates and subjects
in school. Let children know that their feelings and
perceptions are important to you. Look over any work that
they bring home and show an interest in what they are
By Hap LeCrone, Cox
handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
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Diamond Ranch: This site by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum contains
colorful characters and a variety of activities for young children including songs, games, reading and
coloring. Cowboy Jack and Dusty Trails teach and entertain as children enjoy a
visual ride through the museum and interact with cowboys from the
Diamond R Ranch to learn the code cowboys live by....honesty, integrity
and plain hard work.
Care For Animals: This site, presented by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is
an excellent site for helping young children learn about caring for pets. Animated Journeys is easy to navigate and contains areas such as
Selecting a Pet and Pet Health. Pet Stories contains stories written by
children and children can use an online form to submit their own pet stories. Kids Corner contains a mix of activities about animals.
State Web Games: This site contains web games that are a wonderful way to learn about our
fifty states. Students learn state capitals, abbreviations, and
locations. The games provide clues that include over 500 important and
Weedpatch Camp: This site is a wonderful companion to John Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath.
While writing the book, John Steinbeck visited Bakersfield, California
and based his book on Arvin Federal Government Camp which he portrayed
as "Weedpatch Camp." This site includes the history and pictures of the
camp as well as personal reminiscences and music of the time.
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose:
This site provides engaging on-line and off-line interactive activities,
focusing on the areas of science, mathematics and literacy for preschool
and elementary-aged children. Educators can search for activities by grade level and can also register for an online newsletter that contains
creative activities for children.
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