know oneself, one should assert oneself.
Camus (1913-1960), Writer
Learning with e-Tutor
e-Tutor offers twenty-three subjects in
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In the
last few months we have been sharing with you the goals and objectives
for subjects in each of these major curricular areas. The
subjects covered in Science include Astronomy, Biology, Botany,
Ecology, Geology, Physics and Chemistry. These subjects cross
all grade levels with age-appropriate lesson modules that provide the
skills and information necessary to be successful learners.
will understand the composition and structure of the universe and
Earthís place in it.
relative sizes and positions of bodies in the solar system.
earth as a sphere in the space and a part of the solar planetary
what is known about objects in the solar system.
Students will understand how living things function, adapt and change.
orderliness in nature and the schemes we use to express this order.
symmetries or patterns in the natural and physical world.
fundamental entities which are useful in expressing the structure of
Understand cycles in which
conditions or events are repeated at regular intervals.
Understand organism as a
system which can be characterized by the processes of life.
Students will understand how living things interact with each other
and with their environment.
A. Identify the
growth responses of plants under differing environmental conditions.
ways organisms adapt to life in various ecosystems or habitats.
the relationship of environmental conditions on the diversity of
plants and animals.
how a community interacts with its physical environment.
will understand properties of matter and energy and the interactions
energy/matter and their various forms and relationships.
interactions of two or more things and the effect each has on the
how different atoms are categorized.
D. Understand cause
and effect relationships which allow predictions to be made.
Students will understand concepts that describe the features and
processes of the Earth and its resources.
Understand cycles in which conditions or events are repeated at
regular intervals .
change including its rate, stages and mechanisms.
structure and function.
force as push or pull.
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by Richard Adams
Ages Teens to Adults
Watership Down is the tale
of a hardy band of Berkshire rabbits forced to flee the
destruction of their fragile community and their trials and
triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue
a glorious dream called "home." The story
tells of the remarkable life that teems in the fields,
forests, and riverbanks, far beyond our cities and towns.
We read of courage, leadership, and survival.
Watership Down was first
published in 1972. The book, originally began as a series of
stories Adams told to his two young daughters on long car
trips. Adams's tale of a band of adventurous rabbits has
become a huge success. It has the rare
distinction of being read by both children and adults and of
receiving wide critical acclaim.
Listening Requires Effort
"Do you have
trouble hearing?" asked the teacher of a youngster who sat
dreamily at his desk.
replied the boy, "I have trouble listening."
Most of us are like
that. The ability to listen is not an inborn trait. It
takes a conscious effort to do it well. Successful listeners are
Their minds do not wander. They concentrate on what the
other person is saying.
Repress their own
egos. They don't interrupt. Nor are they thinking
only of what they want to say when the speaker finishes.
Nothing is more annoying than a person who has no patience to hear
concerned. They care about what the other person is
saying because they care about that person.
up with a smile and go after life....Live it, enjoy it, taste it,
smell it, feel it.
to the National Commission on Excellence in Education, half of gifted
children underachieve. Bright children are under many
The pressure to be
The pressure to be
The pressure to do
The pressure to find
The pressure to be
The pressure to be
We can use different
strategies to help bright children achieve. The following may
appear at first to be simple and obvious. Yet, parents who have
been able to carry them out have found parenting to be more pleasant
and have discovered their children to be happier and more productive.
Be consistent in
setting goals for their children. If one parent sets goals
higher than the other parent, the child is likely to choose the
easy way out and will learn a habit of avoiding challenging
tasks. If at all possible, do not ally with your child
against your spouse, even subtly.
Voice respect for
education and educators. Children will not work or learn
from educators who are not respected by their parents.
Be models of effort,
work, and satisfaction of accomplishment.
Emphasize the positive
and plan fun family activities daily, even if family time is
limited. Television "zombie-ism" is not an
appropriate substitute for family interaction.
problem-solving strategies, creative thinking processes and ways
of dealing with failure so that children learn the routes to
and reasoning in their children but without giving them more power
than they can handle. Although gifted children often sound
more like little adults than children, they are
children. An extraordinary vocabulary is not the same as
maturity. Parents should be clearly in charge and set
limits, although children should be able to make choices and voice
opinions within these limits.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. Public Instruction
is just around the corner. It's hard to manage schoolwork, with
so many other demands on a student's time. If your student wants
to deal with everything on his schedule , then he'll need to learn to
organize his time.
are some important ways to get organized now so that as the months
pass by, your student can do well in learning, score high grades and
still have a life!
The first step in organization is always to make checklists. Start
by making daily and monthly ones. This will help you ensure
setting effective targets and actually working toward them.
Don't put anything important off for later. "Later"
never comes. Sometimes we tend to spend more time thinking about
what we want to do than we actually spend doing it.
Jot down all the important events for the school year in a
planner. Put in deadlines, holidays and other important dates.
We know your student may not want to throw away those tickets to the
first movie she ever saw, but if she wants to get organized, it time
to throw things out. Have your student get rid of clutter.
She'll thank you when she doesn't have to pull out the mouse cord from
beneath a stack of papers every time she wants to move it.
Make sure your student learns the art of saying no. They often
set out to do more than they can handle and will end up miserable and
Get a PDA or a digital diary to help your student keep track of
important dates and events. Or he can use free alarm or reminder
software for his computer.
Adapted from The Next
An innovator is a
trailblazer, a groundbreaker, a pioneer. If you are innovative,
you may have these characteristics;
Looks for new
preconceived beliefs, biases and assumptions.
Spots trends before
everyone else does.
Develops and tries
your own ideas and watches for concepts you can borrow and apply
in a different way.
Relies on intuition to
assess risks, reads people and deals with complex decisions.
Thinks long-term and
persists when others decide to quit.
Finds a way to do
things when the odds are against them.
Seeks both positive
and negative feedback from family members, friends and
Thrives on networking
and building support to carry out projects.
Adapted from Communication
have courage for whatever comes in life....everything lies in that.
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Reformer
We can do only what we
think we can do. We can be only what we think we can be.
We can have only what we think we can have. What we do, what we
are, what we have, all depend upon what we think.
Hard Work and High
Expectations: Motivating Learning
opinion has it that students' academic success depends on the quality
of their educators and textbooks. Ask the students themselves,
however, and you get a different view. Here is how they account
for their academic achievement: Most students believe their
ability and effort are main reasons for academic achievement. By
the same token, if asked whether they would prefer to be called smart
or hard-working, they will choose smart almost every time.
Why? Because they believe that hardworking students risk being considered
either excessively ambitious or of limited ability, both of
which they would find embarrassing.
avoid unpopular labels, students....especially the
brightest....believe they must strike a balance between the extremes
of achievement, not too high and not too low. Many students
adopt an attitude of indifference to hard work, a stance that implies
both confidence in their own ability and a casual regard for academic
the extreme, many low-achieving students deny the importance of
learning and withhold the effort it requires in order to avoid the
stigma of having tried and failed. They are the consequence of
long-standing, as well as, more recent conditions in schooling
that limit student effort and academic achievement.
Students have few
incentives to study.
policies discourage student effort.
Peer pressure may
discourage effort and achievement.
Good intentions often
Most parents want their
children to do well in school and get good grades. They also
want their children to have friends and to participate in after-school
activities. Teenagers are encouraged not only to learn academics
but also to develop a social life, get a job, find romance and pursue
myriad other activities that compete with academics for their time and
Indeed, in its quest for
the well-rounded student, we often steer the attention of students
away from academic pursuits. At e-Tutor we want students to
learn to be responsible for their own learning. A clear
understanding of what is required of each student is a first
step in achieving academic success.
Adapted from The Public
Let Go When It's Time
Letting go does not begin when your
children turn eighteen or twenty-one and box up their stuff and move
out. It begins in many little ways even when they are as young as two or three. Many a parent has sent a child
off to school
for the first time, waving good-bye at the bus stop and crying buckets
of tears. Many parents have felt pain as they watched the coach
keep their child sitting on the bench.
Opportunities for letting go continue
throughout a lifetime, and it almost always hurts. Not only do
we want to protect our children from all the unfairness and pain, but
we also want to share in their happiness and glory. Sometimes
they choose to share it with someone other than you.
Letting go means watching as your
children make their own way in the world without you. Letting go
means loosening your grip and your tendency to control. It means
letting them make their own mistakes and their own decisions.
Letting go is remembering that your children are not yours forever,
but are gifts shared for a time. Some parent hold on too
tightly; others don't get involved enough. Finding the balance
can be tricky, but it you listen carefully, they will guide you:
"Look, Mom, I cut my hair." "Dad, can I walk to the
store:" Mom, I'm going to ride my bike to town....see you
later." Mom, I'm getting my belly-button
pierced." Dad, I've decided to backpack through Europe with
Each of these milestones offers a new
challenge. How much you loosen your grip, of course, depends on
your child's age and the circumstances, but you will nevertheless come
face-to-face with such challenges almost every day of your child's
As they assert more independence, that
you will experience a loss is a given, but you can rest assured
knowing you have loved them enough to let them go. One mother
said, "When you finally know your children are happy, you are
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways To Love A Child, Judy Ford
is no one else who can ever fill your role in the same way, so it's a
good idea to perform it as well as possible..
Osmond (1917-2004) Psychiatrist
Bio-Interactive: This site is
filled with bio activities and tools for students of all ages.
For younger children, choose "Cool Science for Curious
Kids." For older students, especially AP students, access
the latest virtual tools for the geneticist, physician and
immunologist in the virtual labs. Take twenty minutes to be
introduced to the tools of the trade (Flash required). Take part
in a sequencing a strand of DNS, and identify the virus it
belongs to. Request Free CD-Roms of these activities if you are
bandwidth challenged. http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/click/index.html
This Nation: 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.
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 student is in search of interesting science
fair projects, this may be the place to begin. (Caution: There are
advertisements on this site.) http://www.newscientist.com/lastword.ns
The Five Paragraph Essay: One of
the ways to communicate is to write a clear and concise essay.
If this is a skill you are trying to teach your students, this website
will give you multiple ways to achieve that goal. Some of the
resources involve getting stated, all about getting organized and
knowing exactly what you need to do. How to write an essay tells
you exactly which each paragraph contains and offers tips for
transitions and other tricky ideas. http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/index.html
Impressionism: This unit leads
students through the works of impressionist artists of France.
Lessons include a look at nine French impressionists, how their work
shared common characteristics and how they viewed the world
Bird Sleuth: The
BirdSleuth curriculum is a series of inquiry-based science modules for
elementary and middle school students, developed at the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology. Students carefully observe birds, ask questions based on
their observations, answer questions using data and publish original
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