people are smiling they are most receptive to almost anything you want
to teach them.
have joined the e-Tutor learning community. We
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grow questions arise about how best to use e-Tutor.
While this is, for the most part, an individual decision,
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learning experience more enjoyable. Whether new or a
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Tips For Gearing Up To
Before you sit down and
start working, make sure you are aware of the best conditions to make
the most of your studying. This is the first step to studying
Listen and read
carefully so you will know
what is important.
Write down all
subjects, including what materials, if any you will need.
Use a small notebook
or calendar to write down the subjects and your study time in one
Try putting yellow
self-stick notes on the papers or books you need to review that
Find the study time
that works best for you.
Make sure you have
good light, a smooth surface for writing and a comfortable place
to sit for studying.
Gather pens, pencils,
writing paper, a ruler and a dictionary as your study tools.
Add a thesaurus, almanac
and atlas to your study tools, as needed. These can be found
in the e-Tutor program.
Soft music may help
concentration and memory. Try studying
with music on and off to see what works best for you.
Never study with the
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators
the turtle; he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.
Marching Home Again!
As the school doors fling open and the
backpacks return home each day, a seemingly endless flurry of
paperwork makes its way to refrigerators, countertops and tables....or
in some cases, not at all.
To help parents get the clutter under
control and encourage children to help out, you can try a quick, fun
family project that turns a standard
roadside mailbox into a colorful countertop in/out box for school
paperwork. This works equally well for e-Tutor Activities and
You will want to have your children
help with the design and painting. If it's their
design, they will want to use it. If it's colorful, it will be a
bright reminder to share schoolwork and updates with parents.
Here are the steps and materials for
creating the cheery in/out box:
- Select a plain metal mailbox.
- Spray the mailbox with metal
- When the primer has dried, spray on
your desired color. Allow paint to dry and add a second coat
- When the final coat has dried, write
numbers and letters with an artist's brush and red and black
acrylic paints. You may want to type fonts and enlarge
letters on your computer and print them out to use as templates.
This is a great project for teens, as
well, as it gives them a place to store school memorabilia such as
snapshots, notes from friends, activity certificates, athletic letters
and more. In this case, paint the mailbox in the school's colors
to show school pride and spirit.
Adapted Pioneer Press
Violence Hurts Kids
"There can no longer
be any doubt that heavy exposure to televised violence is one of the
causes of aggressive behavior, crime and violence in
society," Leonard Eron, a University of Illinois at Chicago
research professor told the U.S. Subcommittee on Governmental Affairs.
"Television violence affects youngsters of all ages, of both
genders, at all socio-economic levels and all levels of
intelligence," Eron said.
In one study, researchers
found a link between males viewing violent television violence at age
eight and aggressive behavior at age 19. Eron said the study
doesn't show that specific programs still had a direct effect, but
just that the show contributed to the development of certain attitudes
and approaches. This means that if media violence is reduced,
the level of interpersonal aggression in our society will be reduced
eventually," Eron said.
Illinois Association of
Two hundred years ago in September, the
Constitution Convention ended in Philadelphia, after drafting one of
the greatest documents in history. In the agonizing debate that
produced the final draft, many proposals and suggestions fell by the
wayside. One was a motion that the country's standing army be
restricted to no more than 5,000 men.
When George Washington heard this, he
said the suggestion was fine with him, as long as there was an
amendment requiring armies invading the United States to have no more
than 3,000 men.
Bits and Pieces
the way you'd like to be and soon you'll
be the way you act.
George W. Crane
to Criticize in a Positive Manner
are times when we have to criticize others, a spouse, a child, a
relative, a neighbor, a friend. If they don't know they're doing
something wrong, it's hard for them to improve. However, the way
we criticize is important. In the words of an old song:
"It's not what you do, it's the way that you
do it; it's not what you say, it's the way that you say
it." The right words at the right time are golden.
are several thoughts that can help you criticize positively:
- Get the facts first.
Don't jump to hasty conclusions. Find out exactly
what was done, who said what, what the circumstances were.
- Talk to them in private.
Don't add to the problem by embarrassing them in front of others.
- Go slowly. Wait until you
simmer down. Don't criticize when you're still angry.
Be calm, cool and collected.
- Focus on the mistake, not the
person. Even good people do wrong things. Talk about
behavior. Help them keep their self-esteem.
- Show respect for other
people. Don't talk down to them, ridicule them or talk
- Be specific. Don't talk
in generalities. Take time to discuss details.
Explain what was wrong and why it was wrong.
- Tell them how to do it
right. Discuss how to prevent future mistakes.
- Share the blame, especially if
you're also at fault. Their mistakes
may have been caused by your failure to explain things beforehand.
Even if you're not at fault, ask
about what "we" did wrong, instead of what
"you" did wrong.
- Sandwich the criticism between
positive comments. Indicate how
you value the person. Build his or her sense of
self-worth. End on a friendly note.
- Forgive and forget. Give
the person a chance to recover and improve.
Manners - Why They Matter
Neighbors, friends and family are
important all of the time. We sometimes forget the little
things. Basic manners don't change that much, but, it has become
a matter of how you do it. Verbal polish counts.
Soft-spoken people get more respect.
You don't have to pull out your
mother's copy of Amy Vanderbilt exactly or wear a hat and white gloves
to make a fashion statement. But you should review the little
things that make a good impression on other people.
- Be polite. Say "good
morning" and "good night" to family members and
- Watch your table manners.
Don't smack your lips or slurp your soup. If you can't tell
a salad fork from a fish fork, look it up in a book. Don't
be ostentatious. The times aren't right.
- Remember people's birthdays,
anniversaries and other special occasions. Show some
interest in your neighbors. We often see just one side of
those around us. With a little effort, you can get to know
more and make others feel good that you care enough to ask.
- Notice things about people: hair
cuts, clothes, suntans, pallor,
weight loss. Don't tell the local fatty he's just gained
another 20 pounds, especially if it's true. That's unkind
and it isn't funny.
- Lay off nasty humor. That
worked in the past when people were more self-confident, less
sensitive and more willing to laugh at themselves.
Observation: In this edgy
climate, the little things count for a lot. Anyone who makes the
effort to show good manners to others gets high marks for
Adapted from Executive
Keys to Motivate Your Learner
you or your spouse says, "I wish I could motivate
John," that usually means "I wish I could get John to
do better at learning." Here are six keys to doing exactly
- Ask for performance. Describe
how the work is being done now and how you want it to be,
based on his abilities and age. Then ask your child to do it
- Use lots of positive
reinforcement...and personalize it. Don't take
acceptable work for granted. Thank your child for it.
And praise him every time he improves. Remember, though,
that while everyone likes to be recognized, what motivates one may
leave another cold....or even irritated. So find out what
works with each of your children and use it.
- Build relationships.
This doesn't mean be buddy-buddy with your child. But it
does mean you should treat your child like real, live human
beings. That's what they are and they will respond best when
your actions show you respect their individuality and trust their
- Understand your child's point of
view. Make a habit of listening to your child and asking
his opinion before you give directions or offer
advice. If you listen first and listen with an open mind,
your child is much more likely to cooperate when you decide
something has to be done differently.
- Model what you want.
Approach your own work with a sense of urgency, use your time
efficiently and meet the goals you set. Show your child, by
your actions, that what you do really does matter, that quality is
important and that timelines are real.
- Refuse to accept poor
performance. Sometimes we just have to tell our child
that their performance is not acceptable. Sometimes this
means a reprimand. At other times you can handle it through
coaching. But either way you are demonstrating that
standards matter....and that, in itself, is motivation. As
the old saying has it, "It's better to aim for 'Excellence'
and hit 'Good' than to aim for 'Good' and hit 'Average.'"
Adapted from Practical
is nothing insignificant.
Coleridge (1772-1834), British Author
Historical Treasure Chests:
Combine a lesson on primary and secondary resources with a little U.S.
History with a smidgeon of personal history. The initial activity identifies some primary and secondary sources, with students looking for
similarities and differences. Activity two lets students work in teams
to discover information contained within primary source documents. The
extension activity allows students to investigate their family's own primary source materials and display them online.
Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design:
The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, future journalists and
teachers of journalists, has created an online tutorial to help designers with the complexities of color and its use in print and
online. Imbedded in the tutorial are page design exercises, which let
the learner experiment with the use of color in magazines, newspapers,
and websites. This tutorial would be a great addition to learning
about journalism and web-design.
Fear of Physics: As the creators of this website say "We created this site to be a
friendly, non-technical place for you to come and 'play' with the laws
of physics for a while." For Elementary grade educators, this gives you ways to better explain the physics of the world around us. Middle School
and High school students can try the different simulations, including Sound, Collisions, Making your Jump Shot, and Zero G. Illustrations will
appeal to students as something they could accomplish, and the explanations let everyone gain a better understanding of physics.
Autoshop101 - Automotive Training Resource Site:
Automotive training support for Automotive technicians, students, and teachers. Online ASE style electrical practice tests, technical
articles, online tutorials, etc. All items can be used for education purposes; students and teachers can reprint materials for class
use. Toyota supports education, their only requirement is that their copyright remain on the document and that their work not be modified.
exZOOberance: exZOOberance is dedicated to those who love and support the animal
kingdom. The pictures of animals make this site a joy for animal lovers of all ages. (Readers are invited to add to information about the
animals listed). News articles regarding all things touching the animal kingdom can tie Life Science in with current events.
Figure This! This site
was developed to provide interesting math challenges to families of middle school students, this resource can also work in schools. Three
to four math challenges using real world examples are posted here each
month. For those who need help solving the challenge, there are hints and complete solutions, along with related problems.
a Great Month!
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