eNews                                        August 2014 Vol. 17-8

President's Message

It is hard to believe another summer has passed.  Hardly a blink or a thought and another season is leaving us. How quickly the time spins now. The weeks whiz by and with such speed I often can't remember what happened from one week to another. Remember when the days lingered and we thought a month an eternity? Oh, to slow us down to those times when things got finished and there was time to start another project. My deck is still waiting for painting to be finished which I started in the Spring. 

I was warned not to go to some stores this past week as the crowds of parents buying school supplies and university students outfitting dorms and apartments, made a madhouse of shopping.  In spite of my lamentations about the end of summer, our children are excited to begin another school year.  There is anticipation in the air as students look forward to another year of learning....a new beginning. Wouldn't it be wonderful if that motivation and anticipation lasted all year? 

This morning I am going to duck out of the office for a few hours to pick up some tulip bulbs from the City. Each year they offer bulbs used in the Spring gardens for a small donation.  It is a way for me to support the beautification of the city and to get some unusual spring flowers at the same time.  Most communities seem to have a similar program.  It is fun and engaging to participate in these civic activities.  So, there you go....from one season to another....always looking ahead.  

Enjoy a spectacular month and a Happy Labor Day!




Enroll Now for School Year 2014-2015!

Many new students have joined the eTutor learning community this month. Students from all over the world are experiencing the learning experience that eTutor offers. Individuals and organizations are offering eTutor for their students.  Those who have small tutoring programs have found eTutor an ideal solution to keeping their students engaged and learning.

All eTutor programs are accessible on hand held computers, such as tablets and smart phones.  Whether one student or 50,000, eTutor curricular content meets the instructional needs for all.  

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Live to learn, and you will learn to live. 

Portuguese Proverb

Learning with eTutor

eTutor is an accredited online school for K-12 students.  The program includes 27 subjects in the four major areas of English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.  The instructional program consists of over 3500 lesson modules. Each lesson module is aligned to common core standards, has nine sections and takes approximately one to one and a half hours to complete.  Lesson modules have been created by teachers throughout the country (crowd sourcing) and exclusive to the eTutor program. Both online and off-line work is included, as well, as self correcting quizzes and exams. 

The eTutor Program is subscription based, offering two programs, Independent Self-Guided and Guided One-to-One.  Both parent and student receive logins and passwords.  A report card gives results of testing, tutor responses and assignments.  Since its inception, 1997, eTutor has served more than 10,000 students.  About 87% of students are homeschooled, the others are credit recovery, summer school, adult learners, etc.

We see a convergence with many different methodologies and the text-based program of eTutor.  We want eTutor students to have as many different ways to learn as their individual learning styles dictate. eTutor students are conscientious learners who for the most part have strong parental support.  Parents, as well as students, learn from thoughtfully constructed instruction.  The addition of different methodologies in the eTutor program offers a whole new dimension to student learning.  

Our concern over the years has been that most view online learning as an extension of bricks and mortar schooling.  It is not....and needs to be viewed differently.  Institutions are much more comfortable in maintaining the patterns and protocols of the past.  I believe that we have a unique opportunity to change schooling as we know it today through the advancement of technology and online programs such as eTutor. 


  We are continuing to edit eTutor instructional content to make it more adaptable for hand-held devices. 

Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

 Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
the lesson modules.

Writers' Circle

There has been much activity on LessonPro this month as writers prepare online learning modules for their students. There is always time to use the template at to create online lessons to motivate and inspire your students.  This is your chance to inspire them to really delve into the concepts or skills about which you are teaching.  Interesting topics from LessonPro this month:  

  • Settling A Wilderness
  • Construction Zone
  • Multiplication Arrays
  • Theory of Demand
  • Completing the Square 
  • Solving Systems of Equations Using Substitution
  • Hurdles 
  • Statistics

Did you know LessonPro was launched 15 years ago in1999?  

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!

   The Book Case            

It's Like This, Cat 
by Emily Neville

    Ages:  Preteen and Up 

The main character of the story is Dave Mitchell, a 14-year-old who is growing up in mid-20th century New York City. Dave lives with his father and his asthmatic mother and her attacks worsen when Dave and his father have their frequent arguments. Dave's refuge after a clash with his father is with Kate, an elderly neighbor whose apartment is filled with the stray cats she loves. Dave adopts one of the cats, names it "Cat" and takes him home. "Cat" brings both joy and adventure into Dave's life.

Cat's presence brings Dave into contact with several new people, including a troubled college-aged boy named Tom and his first girlfriend, Mary. While documenting Dave's growing maturity, the book also provides glimpses of a few of New York's neighborhoods and attractions, from the Fulton Fish Market to the Bronx Zoo and Coney Island.

1964 Newberry Medal Winner
Available online

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Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. 

Mother Teresa

The intent of eTutor Unplugged is to give more freedom to students, educators and organizations to construct their own learning program using the vast array of instructional modules in the eTutor system (over 3500 covering 27 subjects for k - 12 students. The application is appropriate for groups of students of any size, whether 20 or 50,000. Students have access to interesting, motivating learning. 

  Try a few of the student lesson modules and let us know your comments. 

 Schooling Begins

As our children begin to return to the classroom, there are things we can do that will make the transition for from home to school easier for both parent and child.
  1. Make sure children get to bed on time so they get up on time the next morning.
  2. Discourage children from watching television in the morning before school. It’s hard to pull them away from the set.
  3. Older children can take turns making breakfast.
  4. Have the children choose and lay out their clothes, shoes, school supplies, and other things for school the night before.
  5. Children can rinse breakfast dishes as soon as they finish eating.
  6. Set aside a place for books and other materials brought home from school.
  7. Family members should share in getting ready in the morning: parents help children, children help parents, older children help younger children.
  8. Organize a task chart so that chores are evenly distributed.
  9. If children are stalling in the morning, set a timer and tell the children you expect to have certain activities completed when the timer goes off.
  10. Make it a point to have telephone numbers of each child’s teacher(s) and administrator(s) with you at work.


What's In It For The Team?

You may not think your self-confidence affects your teammates, but it does. Self-confidence impacts your ability to communicate, be productive and create top-quality work. When you feel a rush of self-doubt, give up:
  • Thinking about past failures;
  • Dwelling on worst-case scenarios;
  • Defusing praise that’s given to you; and
  • Placing unattainable expectations on yourself.
Contribute to the team by:
  • Knowing what’s expected
  • Sharing ideas
  • Keeping promises
  • Revealing your skills
  • Participating in training
  • Listening and giving feedback
  • Volunteering for extra assignments
  • Complimenting work well done
  • Attending all team meetings
  • Pitching in during emergencies

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The greatest ability is dependability.

Curt Bergwall


Home as the Learning Place

  • Provide a quiet appropriate place to study.
  • Encourage children to complete homework assignments by providing help and by answering questions.
  • Monitor TV and computer time and contents.
  • Set consistent bedtime and wake-up schedules.
  • Engage your children in discussions on a variety of subjects.....current events, hobbies, nature, sports.


Bad Idea!

Over the years we have met with many skeptics. Yet we have continued to grow and develop new ideas for increasing learning using internet technology.  We have the following helpful to remember when someone has tried to "pop our balloon." It is far better to give an idea a chance....or at least to not immediately shoot it down....than to be one of those who always says "Won’t work," "Bad idea," or "Too risky;" and so, never doing anything great!

  • This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, 1876
  • "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920's.
  • "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible." A Yale management professor in response to Fred Smith’s proposal for an overnight delivery service. Smith is the founder of Federal Express Corporation.
  • "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America like crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." Response to Debbi Field’s idea about starting Little Debbi Cookies.
  • "We didn’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Decca Recording Company rejection of the Beatles, 1962.
  • "I I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this." Spencer Silver on his invention of the Post-It Notes
  • "So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So, then we went to Hewlett-Packard and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t gotten through college yet.’ " Apple Computer Inc. Founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times on Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work.
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of patents, 1899.

Phi Delta Kappa

"Turn Down That.....!"

Can a teenager really learn while the radio’s blasting? If your teenager says he or she concentrates better with music in the background, what is meant is the teenager is in the habit of studying with music on.

What can you do? Try phasing out the music over a week or two by turning down the volume a little at a time. If your child complains about needing the music to drown out the TV or people’s talking, examine the noise level in your household. Perhaps you can designate quiet places or quiet times.

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He who would leap high must take a long run.

Danish Proverb

Awesome August Links:

The Grid on TryScience:  What's "grid computing" and how can it solve huge problems like finding a cure for cancer? You'll learn through several online and offline activities.

Moleculrium: What lives in the nano world? You'll find out here through interactive activities, a gallery, and more! By Rensselaer’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures. You'll need the free Flash Player.

Building Big:  Explore large structures and what it takes to build them. This site features the basics of building large structures, has online "interactive labs," and gives you a chance to apply what you've learned in an online "building challenge."

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen:  If you are curious about how to make strange goo, a crystal garden, or a crystal radio, then this site is a must-visit!

The Virtual Sun:  An informative tour about the sun. This site includes lots of fascinating images and MPEG movies. You can choose to take a tour in English or view it in Dutch.


Sniff out some new things this month! 

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