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Learning with eTutor
and Expectations for Students
Many new students have
enrolled in the eTutor program. It is helpful to remember the
following guidelines in order to be successful learners.
which subjects and lesson modules are recommended for your grade
read and complete each section of the lesson module.
Study Guide and Vocabulary before taking the quiz or exam.
with a parent or another adult the Activities and Extending
Learning Assignments you have completed.
at least one hour on each lesson module.
no more than twenty lesson modules each week.
track of when you start to study and when you stop each day.
Keep record of sport and art activity on your list, as
a notebook, pencil, paper and any other necessary materials
available before starting eTutor each day.
a schedule for learning and start, as much as possible, the same
time each day.
with your parents the goals and time management plan you have
established for yourself.
eTutor if you are experiencing any difficulty with the program.
New Lesson Modules were added
to eTutor this month.
Over 3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
Many schools and districts have
increased their technology budgets in order to purchase computer
hardware for their students. Many schools are now using computer
tablets for instruction each day. If you are in one of these
schools, you may be required to create new instructional material for
your class. The LessonPro
template makes it easy to create internet-based instruction, which you
can use with your students. There is no fee for using the template and
using it with your students. A teacher at one University
has used to template to write eleven lesson modules since August.
.Since our last newsletter over 90 teachers have signed up
to use the LessonPro template.
Some interesting topics this month:.
- Longitude and Latitude
- Measurement and Data
- Paragraph Development
- Balancing Chemical Equations
- Landforms and Their Evolutions
- Active Listening
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Richard & Florence Atwater
Grades 3 to 6
Mr. Popper painted and papered
houses in the pretty little city of Stillwater. To look at him
with his vacant expression and paint-spattered clothes and hair,
one would never imagine that he would one day be the most famous
person in Stillwater.
Once the house-painting season is
over, Mr. Popper settles in for the winter to read his travel
books. He dreams of going to Antarctica one day; in fact, he
never tires of reading about the South Pole. But one day the
South Pole comes to him, in the form of a penguin in a package
sent from the Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. The penguin,
dubbed Captain Cook after the "gook" sound he makes,
lives with the Popper family, puts a strain on their modest
means, and creates quite a stir in little Stillwater. Mr. Popper
and his penguin are photographed together during a stroll around
town, and this sparks the interest of the national press.
a little spark may burst a mighty flame.
Because it is impossible,
impractical and undesirable to completely isolate young children
from traffic, it is essential to teach them safe behaviors near
streets and driveways. Here are some ideas from AAA to begin
teaching good pedestrian habits:
- Play, walk, drive. Point out the
differences areas for play (yards, sandboxes, playgrounds),
for walking (sidewalks, walkways, trails) and for driving
(streets, drive-ways, parking lots).
- Sights and Sounds. Driveways are
especially hazardous because they are used for play and
parking. Drivers may not see children directly behind
their vehicles. Show your child what a vehicle operating
in reverse looks and sounds like. Identify back-up
lights, exhaust coming out of a tail pipe, and the sound of a
car's engine starting. Teach your child to move out of the way
quickly when a car is backing up.
- Boundaries. Point out curbs,
shoulders or other boundaries that divide the child's play
areas from the street, discussing which side of the boundary
is for children and which side is for cars.
- Direction of Travel. As you
stand at the side, teach children how to identify whether cars
on the street are driving toward them or away from them. Share
the child's field of vision by stooping or kneeling as
together you look for traffic before crossing.
- Stop, Look and Listen.
Instill an unbreakable habit by teaching a child by your
example, to stop before reaching the edge of the street or
driveway. That margin of safety lets oncoming drivers know the
child is aware of traffic. Next, ask them to watch you look
for approaching vehicles. Show them by turning your head, and
not just your eyes, to the left and the right.
Adapted from AAA
All Our Children
As parents we want to
protect our children from all the pain and injustices of life. That,
of course, is impossible, but we can create an environment where
children are physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe. And
we will do a much better job of protecting them when we think of all
the children in the world as our responsibility.
All children need our
protection from the many forms of abuse...the verbal put-downs, name
calling, physical punishment, and beatings. Some children suffer from
a lack of love and others are the victims of poverty. We can and
should make it our business to
protect children from the tyranny of parents and
other adults who, because of their inability or unwillingness to heal
their own personal pain, inflict their rage on helpless children.
In cities and communities
cross our country, there are children in need of guardian angels. We
can begin today in small ways to make enormous differences in the
lives of such children. Together we can find a way to protect children
everywhere from hunger, disease and violence.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
SAT Critical Reading Test
reading differs from ordinary reading insofar as it reflects a
more active and critical mode of engagement. "Is the statement
true? Is it useful? How does it relate to things I already
know?" Knowing how to critically read is important. The
deeper we are able to think, the more likely we are going to create
the world we want for ourselves.
critical reading test is comprised of three sections for a total of
seventy minutes and sixty-seven questions. Each reading section starts
off with sentence-completion questions. These questions are followed
by two short reading paragraphs
with one or two questions each. Longer reading passages
taking the test, students should read only the most important parts of
the essays, and ignore thorough, time-consuming regular
reading. To prepare, students
should read things they enjoy, anything and everything, but increase
the level. Whatever is read is adding something to overall skill in
understanding and engaging the world.
from Next Step Magazine
You can't get a positive charge from a
to Write Right
Do you remember when you
were in school and your assignment was to write a term paper? It was
an important task and one that took your attention for
significant period of time.
Students are still writing
term papers. The development of the skills and concepts needed to
produce a credible product is one of the primary goals of the writing
curriculum. The term paper remains a symbol of achievement and, in
coordination with the many skills involved in creating a well-written
paper, a mark of success.
The development of
necessary skills begins as soon as the child begins schooling.
In kindergarten, the child is asked to tell about something he or she
saw on a walk in the park which is beginning to guide the child toward
using observation as a source of information. When the child
responds by saying, "Some men were trimming the trees and putting
the limbs in truck," that
child is learning to place facts in sequence.
Everyday, in every grade,
there is careful learning and re-learning of sentence structure,
spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, and language usage. As students'
skills are guided and polished, a continuous emphasis is placed upon
By high school the student
has the ability to find material in reference sources, organize that
material into useful notes, produce paper on a given subject,
and work independently toward an assigned goal. Computerized
information storage has made access to resource materials less time
consuming. Technology has improved the look of the finished
product. But the skills required to organize and produce a term
paper are still the terminal goal of the written language
Adapted from Master
While some stress in life
is normal and even healthy, kids today seem to be confronted with a
myriad of experiences that can create tension and make coping with
life a challenge. Common examples of these stressors include:
lack of basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), divorce, death,
illness, incarceration, foster care placement, family substance abuse,
domestic violence, extended separation from a parent or loved one, or
physical, sexual, emotional abuse.
We are often faced with
the challenge of supporting children who are coping with stressful
life circumstances. The guidance provided by a caring adult can
make the difference in whether or not children feel completely
overwhelmed by their stressors or are able to develop healthy
emotional behavioral and psychological coping skills. The
following are helpful strategies to assist in supporting kids coping
Be a role model
- Set an example and keep in mind that kids learn from watching
the adults in their lives.
Connect with kids
- Pay attention to their fears; respect their wish to not talk
until ready; help them keep stressors in perspective.
communication - Speak in terms that are easy to understand;
reassure nd provide opportunities for them to express their
thoughts and concerns in safe ways; answer questions as openly and
honestly as possible.
consistency - Expect and respond to changes in behavior;
maintain consistent academic and behavioral expectations.
- Help kids interpret what has happened and make sense of it; help
them explore positive ways of coping with fears and anxieties.
Be alert to special
needs - Spend extra time with kids if necessary; make referral
to counseling for additional support if needed.
Adapted from Helping
Kids Cope with Stress
the vision of an eagle and the work ethic of plow horse.
With hundreds of thousands of web cams located around the world, there
is always something to see. This month we will focus on a few we think
you might find interesting.
Watch the giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.
The best times are 9:15a.m. and5 p.m. when the giraffes move in and
out of their enclosure.
Japan's famous "snow monkey," macaques which soak year-round
in the Jigokudani Yaenkoen hot springs are worth watching.
North Pole: Check out what's going on at the North Pole via NOAA's
drifting ice-floe web cam. You won't need to worry about time
zones...the sun doesn't to down until October.
National Park: Watch Old Faithful and other nearby geysers
on Yellowstone National Park's live video cam. When a geyser
erupts, the camera zooms in for a closer view.
views of the pyramids at Giza. Although it seems the web cam is inactive,
there are many beautiful shots of the pyramids you won't want to
Park, Colorado: Estes Park offers nine different cams,
located around the town and in Rocky Mountain National Park. There is
also information about the recent flooding in Colorado.
some time outside this month!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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