Live to learn, and
you will learn to live.
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.
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
edit eTutor instructional content to make it more adaptable for
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
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 lessonpro.net
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
- Settling A Wilderness
- Construction Zone
- Multiplication Arrays
- Theory of Demand
- Completing the Square
- Solving Systems of Equations Using
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
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
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
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
Try a few of the student
lesson modules and let us know your comments.
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.
- Make sure children get to bed on time so they
get up on time the next morning.
- Discourage children from watching television
in the morning before school. It’s hard to pull them away from
- Older children can take turns making
- Have the children choose and lay out their
clothes, shoes, school supplies, and other things for school the
- Children can rinse breakfast dishes as soon
as they finish eating.
- Set aside a place for books and other
materials brought home from school.
- Family members should share in getting ready
in the morning: parents
help children, children help parents, older children help younger
- Organize a task chart so that chores are
- 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.
- Make it a point to have telephone
numbers of each child’s teacher(s) and administrator(s) with you
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:
Contribute to the team by:
- Thinking about past failures;
- Dwelling on worst-case scenarios;
- Defusing praise that’s given to you; and
- Placing unattainable expectations on
- 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
The greatest ability is dependability.
as the Learning Place
- Provide a quiet
appropriate place to study.
- Encourage children to
complete homework assignments by providing help and by
- Monitor TV and computer
time and contents.
- Set consistent bedtime and
- Engage your children in
discussions on a variety of subjects.....current events,
hobbies, nature, sports.
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
- "Everything that can be
invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner
of the U.S. Office of patents, 1899.
Phi Delta Kappa
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.
He who would leap high must take a long run.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
out some new things this month!
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