you ever ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Every
once in awhile I find myself cogitating on what I do...especially
after listening to friends and family tell me of the many experiences
and travels that have occupied their time. But this lasts for,
minutes...because I love what I do. Yes it is
exhausting, and yes I wonder if my mind can still come up with new
ideas, and yes, it would be nice to take time off....but what we are
doing is so very interesting and challenging...it is
revitalizing and refreshing.
Talking and working with parents and students who desire change and an
alternative to traditional schooling gives me great joy. So, I
hope you will continue to call with questions and challenges...you
keep my mind growing.
Speaking of growing....I
finally broke down and purchased a new computer.
You know how you get attached to things that have worked well for you
for many years. I won't tell
you how long I have had the computer....but it was many, many
years...too many....and it would lock up on me when opening too many
windows, in spite of upgrades, the keys were sticking...it was just
time. So I have a shiny, lovely new machine with a beautiful,
large monitor. And, everything is so new...I find my fingers
just don't move quite fit right...so, I am in between the old and
new. One doesn't know what the other is doing...it will be a
fright when it all comes together. Well, there you go...after
all I have been writing about over the years about change....and I am
having difficulty with it. Hopefully this phase won't last long.
And speaking of
computers....we have been trying out the new tablets with the
eTutor program. We think these will be what students will use for
their instruction in the future. We are happy to report that
eTutor works beautifully on these delightful, easy to use hand-held
computers. Any tablet that can access the internet, can access
eTutor. They are inexpensive and their use will only grow,
especially for students. We hope you will tell us about
your experience with the tablets.
a quieter, calmer month!
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using the resources of the internet, then take a few minutes to view
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by William Pène du Bois
Ages 8 and Up
This is fantastical, subtly
hilarious story. The children in the story don't have to
go to school. Who among us hasn't wished we could just go away
for a year, floating about in a funny little house, not having
to deal with other people (particularly if one has a
well-stocked library of small-print paperbacks along for the
ride.) The story is unique and has many fascinating elements -
Shipwreck! Hot-air balloons! Krakatoa! Diamonds! Inventions!
Volcanoes! What's not to like?
1948 Newbery Medal
you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
Clement Stone (1902-2002)
Entrepreneur and motivational writer
is such an established part of education, it's hard to believe
it's not all that beneficial, especially in large
quantities. A recent Duke University review of numerous
studies found almost no correlation between homework and long-term
achievement in elementary school, and only a moderate correlation
in middle school. More is not better, according to the
researchers. In fact, according to guidelines endorsed by
the National Education Association, teachers should assign no more
than ten minutes per grade level per night (that's ten minutes total
for a first-grader, 30 minutes for a third-grader).
kids are simply developmentally unable to sit and learn for
longer," says the Duke researcher. Many have already
been glued to their desks for seven hours, especially at schools
that have cut gym, recess, art, and music to cram in more
instructional time. If you add on two hours of homework each
night, these children are working a 45-hour week. Too much
homework also means that children miss out on active playtime,
essential for learning social skills, proper brain development and
warding off childhood obesity.
are under greater pressure than ever before to assign more
homework. It comes from parents, administrators and the
desire for high scores on standardized tests. Specific homework
training is not taught in colleges of education. So your
child's teacher may not know what constitutes good or bad
homework, how much to give, and research behind it.
suggest you establish a policy for your family and inform your
child's educator, administration, friends and family.
Change comes one step at a time.
from 'The Less Homework Revolution," by Nancy Kalish, Parenting
Set aside a time for
independent reading. Make sure your children have time every
day to read to themselves by themselves. If you set bedtime half an
hour before you want them to go to sleep, your children can spend that
time looking at or reading books.
Let your children see
you read. Children need to see you as a model constantly
demonstrating the place of reading in living such as reading to get
the news, reading for entertainment, reading to solve problems, and
reading to get information.
Wisconsin Dept. of Public
Factors Foster Commitment
makes students feel committed to their studies. Commitment is
defined as having a clear focus in one's work and being willing to
make sacrifices to get it done. As educators and parents our task is
to develop conditions that elicit feelings of commitment from our
students. Commitment rests upon four fundamental supports.
knowing what is the aim of instruction. Clarity of focus is
achieved by communicating the goals, values and objectives of
develop commitment toward what they believe
they can do well. They don't like to fail and will avoid things
they can't do.
input into how things are done. Give students influence over
decisions that affect them.
commitment. Expressions of appreciation needn't be formal,
but recognition for their effort.
Adapted from The
Maturity: acting your age instead of
It is a good time of year
to help your student in developing attitudes of
anticipation....attitudes that one develops in respect to the
future...the ability to plan, look ahead, envision and map out one's
life to achieve dreams and purposes. Your student will benefit
from writing down the following.
Decide what it is you
want in life. Write these down.
Decide what kind of
person you want to become.
Determine long range
goals (5 years and longer) for achieving these
purposes, wants and self-image.
Set short range goals
(one year and less) for working towards your long range
Develop general plans
for achieving these goals.
Break the plans and
goals down into small parts so you can achieve a little bit each
Learn to plan daily
for spending your time in a worthwhile manner.
Goals plans can always be
changed. The important thing is that your student is always working on
some goal, his life has a richer meaning when directed toward a
Adapted from The Public
Children who have
high self-esteem are willing to take chances in learning. They are
able to stay with a difficult subject until they master it. Here
are a couple of ways you can boost your child's self-esteem.
Be aware of your
expectations. Parents who assume boys are "naturally" better
at math or sports...and girls better at reading...may be limiting
their child's future accomplishments. A recent study by a
University of Colorado psychologist found, for example, that parents'
beliefs may lead girls to drop out of math courses. That, in
turn, can prevent them from entering many high-paying careers.
"Girls don't get worse grades than boys at any level of math,
"the author of the study said. "But they drop out of
it much sooner, and here's where parents' expectations are
having an effect."
Encourage your child
to take part in extracurricular activities. After school drama,
athletics, music, service, language and other clubs give children a
chance to try new skills and receive recognition for a job well
from Parents Can Help Students Achieve,
American Association of School Administrators
Have you ever noticed
that children, as well as adults, are fascinated by water?
Everyone seems to gravitate toward it. From bathtubs to wading pools
to the kitchen sink, children like touching and feeling it; they like
to sprinkle and spray it. Water has magical healing powers...you
feel better around it. It washes the blues away.
Let your kids be
around water. Take them to a pool, a lake, a river, or the ocean
and notice how life flows so easily. Swimming is a family
that's fun as well as great exercise. Visit your neighborhood
pool when you're bored, tired, or cranky. Although knowing how to swim
is important if your children are around bodies of water, don't turn
water into a task to be mastered. Kids know instinctively what
we have forgotten: that water can and should be fun, and that
the joy of splashing is as important to them as the skill of
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
you wish to learn the highest truth, you must begin with the alphabet.
Arts Alive is a performing arts educational website developed by the
National Arts Centre of Canada. There are sections for students,
teachers and parents to learn more about the performing arts and ways
to discover a greater appreciation of music, theater and dance.
is a collaborative drawing site which requires no joining, logging in
or registration. Perfect for elementary classes. It's a no frills
tool, so there are not a lot of extras, but for simple drawing and
text, it works great. Users just go to the site, click on create a
sketch, and begin drawing. To add more people, you just send them the
url. There's also a nice chat feature. I could see using this to
collaboratively solve math problems, play hangman using vocabulary
words, exploring maps (there is a built-in Google Maps support), and a
variety of other applications. Finished drawings can be embedded into
blogs or websites.
Simulations: From the
come some fantastic Java-based interactive simulations. From glaciers
to natural selection to circuit construction, these simulations really
show students how things work.
This website is offered by GlaxoSmithKline. It includes
information for educators. The
has 15 different scientific modules, each with interactive
Kerpoof is an online story and comic-creator which allows students to
create comic scenes and stories, as well as animated movies, cards,
drawings, doodles and pictures. Educators are able to sign up for an
account, which allows students to login simultaneously using the
assigned nickname and password created by the teacher. There are no
ads or inappropriate content, and the artwork is fun and lively.
Finished products may be saved, printed, or emailed. Great site for
New and Returning Students to eTutor!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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