you speak, but speak not all you think. Thoughts are your own;
your words are so no more.
Delany (1685-1768) Cleric
the experiences we have had with the many students who have used
e-Tutor over the years, we know that parents who actively encourage
their students to engage in daily learning activities and take full
advantage of the
e-Tutor curriculum, assistance, services, and opportunities are the
most likely to be rewarded by seeing their children reach their
academic goals. In
that regard we offer the following:
Expectations for Parents
- Understand that you are
your child’s instructional and academic leader/coach.
- Create an atmosphere for
learning at home.
- Establish learning goals
with your student focusing on the subjects recommended by e-Tutor
for the appropriate grade level.
- Provide feedback to e-Tutor
so that improvements to our program
can be made.
- Get to know your child's
learning strengths and weaknesses.
- Review, daily, completed
e-Tutor projects and activities.
- Expect your student to
spend a minimum of one hour on each
lesson module and
approximately four and a half to five hours
learning each day.
- Provide your student with
adequate equipment and materials to
be a successful learner.
- Monitor and review quiz and
exam scores with your student.
- Work with your child in
designating specific blocks of time for
- Contact e-Tutor if there is
any change in your student’s
- Enjoy the learning
experience with your student!
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
By E. L. Konigsburg
4 - 7
is another Newbery award winner and although it may
read like a fantasy today, this perfect, kid-size adventure is
Claudia Kinkaid feels
unappreciated by her parents and bored with her orderly,
straight-A existence. She is nearly twelve when she decides to
run away from her home in suburban Connecticut. Being
practical, she chooses a comfortable destination--New York's
Metropolitan Museum of Art--and a thrifty traveling companion,
her nine-year-old brother Jamie.
After careful planning, Claudia
and Jamie arrive at the museum, hiding from the guards in the
rest rooms, sleeping on priceless beds, and bathing in the
fountain. But when a statue of an angel, rumored to be a
possible Michelangelo, is given to the museum, Claudia decides
they must solve the mystery. Their search leads them to the
statue's original owner, eccentric Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,
who narrates the story in a peppery letter to her lawyer. Mrs.
Frankweiler both solves the mystery and helps Claudia
understand why the secret of the statue is so important to
The quest for the sculptor's
identity is bound inextricably with Claudia's own search for
self. The mystery is complicated, but the irascible voice of
Mrs. Frankweiler allows the author to clarify without ever
seeming to lecture. An unusual choice for a children's-book
narrator, eighty-two-year-old Mrs. Frankweiler makes a precise
and witty storyteller. She even saves one delicious secret for
the very end.
Common Sense Media
When you want to believe in
something, you also have to believe in everything that's necessary for
believing in it.
Betti(1892-1953) Dramatist and poet
How To Make Them Hear You
is the single most important factor that determined who won and who
lost almost all of the presidential elections in the past 32 years?
What can help you gain a greater sense of
accomplishment and satisfaction in life?
The ability to use the power of the "first brain," says
world-renowned speech expert Bert Decker.
first brain according to Decker, is our emotional brain. It is
the most primitive part of the brain...the non-rational part.
The other brain, which he calls "the new brain," is the seat of
conscious thought, memory, language, creativity and
decision-making. Decker offers these insights:
When most people
speak, they aim their message at the new brain and overlook the
first brain. That's why some competent people fail to
effectively get their messages across to their audiences,
Even though we must
reach the new brain, we must first pass through the
gatekeeper...the first brain.
If we leave the first
brain out of the equation, our message will be distorted or
diminished...or may not get through at all.
How do we reach the first
By being natural, warm
and genuine. We have to be freer...less inhibited.
By learning how to use
energy, enthusiasm, motion and expression.
The most effective
communicators are those who are expressive...yet fully in control.
To keep your
listener's first-brain channels open, your first brain must
be in a receptive mode...sensitive to the cues given off by your
You've Got to Be
Believed to Be Heard, Bert Decker
Interior Attitudes May
Be Steering You Wrong
managed, your subjectivity can be a serious obstacle to effective
parenting. When unconscious biases cloud your perceptions,
problems usually will follow.
objectivity is impossible...and undesirable. Nevertheless, you
should take some steps to keep your subjectivity manageable. For
Take a breather.
Say you have given much thought and study over a period of time to
an important decision. It still pays to call a halt before
rendering that final decision. By getting involved in
another activity for a day, or several days, chances are you will
get a clearer insight into the situation.
Seek out some
static. While you don't want to start a debating team, have
at least one other person whose views aren't in sync with yours
can be very beneficial. Maverick thinking should spur you to
question your attitudes and habits of thought so that you don't
proceed automatically. Similarly, activities that take you
out of your regular patterns and expose you to different
experiences and ways of thinking can keep you more
"How can they be so dumb?" feelings. When people
aren't seeing things your way, it could be a warning sign that
it's time to take another look at your own thinking. Before,
starting a new procedure, check out the perceptions of those who
will be affected.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction
all need encouragement...you do and so does your child. In some
ways we are all helpless little people trying to cope with a complex
world. The rules change practically every day and it's hard to
keep up. No one needs encouragement more than children.
There are so many pressures and temptations that they need all the
support we can give. Whatever they try to do, stand behind
them. Let them know you believe they can accomplish their goal
by saying, "I think you can do it." Acknowledge their
accomplishments, however small.
careful not to confuse encouraging with pushing. Too often I see
parents who are actually discouraging their child by
pushing the things they care about rather than letting the
child fulfill his or her own desires.
try to persuade your child to follow your dreams by saying, "I'd
rather you become and engineer," to her desire to become an
editor. When you encourage, you inspire your child to be
herself. If she has a dream, tell her it's a wonderful
dream...no matter what. Don't knock it and don't put fear into
her by saying, "There aren't that many jobs for astronauts."
have goals and ambitions of their own. Your job is to cheer them
on. And don't forget to recognize their efforts. Such
words as, "I trust you to know what is right for you," are
music to the ears of children and echo the message: It's okay to
discover who you are and to find out what you're about. With
such uplifting coaching from you, even when they have a setback, they
won't be pessimistic for long.
them and believe in them totally. Use words like, "Whatever you
are wishing for, we wish for you." With this kind of loving
backup, you will be a light of inspiration guiding your children as
they become what they are capable of being.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
a conversation alive, try using the ABC method...Angles, Bridges and
Look for a new angle on the topic, one that offers a fresh
Find a way to connect the current topic to one that's
When the conversation lags, just jump to another topic, one that's
unrelated. Wait about six seconds, though, before changing
Connections, Anne Baber
Whether we find pleasure in our
work or whether we find it a bore, depends entirely upon our mental
attitude towards it, not upon the task itself.
Qualities of an Effective Family
Good team members make
good family members. We often hear about the importance of being
a good team player, but the term seems to be a cliché, since rarely
do we hear the qualities of a good team player defined. So,
let's take a look at qualities that we think make a good family
member, as well as a good team member.
willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of the family.
In order to be a successful, happy family unit, it must merge all
the personalities into one unit that works together to solve
problems. The emphasis is not on one individual in the
family but the family as a unit. As a family member, this
won't bother you. You'll be happy to bask in the glory the
entire family gets from completing tasks well.
willingness to let other family members be the leaders. You
should be willing to let other members of the family be leaders
from time to time. The leader will determine overall
direction the family will take on a particular task.
ability to contribute your best to the family. We all
have expertise and talents in different areas. Do your best
to contribute in your specialized area.
spirit of compromise. Successful families usually make
decisions by consensus. Everyone speaks his or her mind and
then the decision is made. Once the decision is final, it is
your obligation as a family member to support it. In order
to arrive at these decisions usually means you must be able to
willingness to try something new. Successful family
members are like good explorers. They are always looking for
something new. The old ways may be quite good and logical,
but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.
Usually the best families keep an open mind.
ability to see things clearly and to solve problems easily.
Often families must solve vexing problems too complicated for any
one member to solve. In these instances especially, it is
important to be able to see things clearly. If you can
accurately define the problem, it is half-solved. Cultivate
a problem-solving ability, and you'll strengthen your family unit.
Adapted from Teamwork
Cause and Effect of Work
takes no genius to figure out the very rudimentary principle of
"cause and effect" is the most appropriate explanation
linking accomplishment and work. Wherever there is a human achievement
(effect) there must be effort expended (cause). It does not even
have to be intelligent effort, or skilled effort, or organized effort,
or managed effort, or highly effective effort, to get some results.
Great Wall of China was surely not skilled or intelligent
effort. But it was effort and did get results. The
Pyramids of Egypt were not built with the highly effective effort that
would be concentrated on such a project today. But it was a
massive effort that produced a massive result.
if you are a student who wants to get ahead you must recognize that
your progress is going to depend, to a degree at least, on the results
you achieve. You need not wait until you know more, get the best
educator, or hope that another instructional program will come
along. Just start expending more effort...work a little bit
more....and you cannot help but get results. Perhaps you won't
get results in proportion to effort expended, but you will get
results. And results are what count in this world.
Continued extra effort expended over a long period of time can mean
results of considerable size with substantial rewards to everyone.
from The Public School Administrator
If people knew how
hard I have had to work to gain my master, it wouldn't seem wonderful
Awesome August Links:
Secrets at Sea: This fun online game explores
topics in ocean science. Students meet interesting characters, uncover
amazing ocean facts and face challenging learning activities. The
story weaves together topics such as tides, food webs, salmon, whales
and more. Designed for use in grade 4-8, the site provides an online
teacher's guide and requires Macromedia's Flash plug-in. http://www.secretsatsea.org/
The Oregon Trail: The Oregon Trail has
a rich, dramatic history, wonderfully retold at this comprehensive
site. Presented like a colorful chapter book, major sections include
All About the Trail, Historic Sites on the Trail and Fantastic Facts
About the Oregon Trail.
1900s vs. Now: Peruse this engaging site for a snapshot of the
important people and changes of the past 100 years, then test your
knowledge or vote for the person and event of the century. http://www.time.com/time/time100/timewarp/timewarp.html
Net: With active e-mail lists, categorized links, and practical
information, ChoralNet is a useful starting point for choir directors
and singers. http://www.choralnet.org/
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 Symphony: Enjoy the music and learn
from the listener's guide. Users can browse, alphabetically or by
country, composer biographies and hear the most famous works of each.
Take a "crash course" in symphonic forms, and take quizzes
to test yourself.
Philosophy Slam: The Kids
Philosophy Slam is a program designed to make philosophy accessible
and fun for students of all ages and abilities. This site encourages
students to think for themselves and allows them to express their
ideas in a variety of formats, such as writing, drawing, painting, or
poetry. This contest is for grade levels K-12 and has a special
division for special education students. http://www.philosophyslam.org/
this last Month of Summer!
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