- We've Never Done It That Way.
- We're Not Ready For That.
- We've Always Done It This Way.
- We Tried That Once Before.
- It Costs Too Much.
- That's Not Our Responsibility.
- It Just Won't Work.
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like riding a bicycle. You dont fall off unless you stop peddling.
|Have you had an opportunity to go to LessonPro and write a lesson? If not
you will want to join the hundreds of teachers from around the world who have found this
tool useful for themselves, their students and they earn money at the same time. e-Tutor
pays teachers $50 for each lesson that is accepted for use in the e-Tutor program. It is a
win-win opportunity. e-Tutor has nearly 1000 great quality interactive lessons in its
With the success of LessonPro, e-Tutor is
building its library of lessons beyond the four major curricular areas of language arts,
mathematics, science and social studies to International Languages, Fine Arts, Physical
Development and Health and Christian Education. Although some of these lessons are now in
the system, we will create all new curricular areas in the next update.
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Gift of Writing
|As a parent you can play an important role by
encouraging your child to fine-tune this craft outside the classroom. Here are a few
- Encourage reading for pleasure. The abilities
to read and write are closely intertwined.
- Let your child do the writing. The next time
Aunt Alice or Uncle Jake sends your child a gift, let her write the thank-you note.
- Offer interesting extracurricular writing assignments.
Encourage your child to write about things which interest him, such as neighborhood or
school athletic events, or to keep a journal to record daily thought or details of family
- Suggest joining school clubs. School
organizations, such as the newspaper, classbook or yearbook, enable your child to have fun
while stimulating his writing skills.
- Help your child get published. Its
never too early to try getting your childs words etched in permanent type.
your childs writing ability will help him in his school work and, eventually, in his
. whatever it may be. And who knows? Theres always room for another
Ernest or Emily.
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once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take
the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. Indira Gandhi
|If you want to
influence people, says Elaine Zuker, learn how they try to influence others by listening
to the words and phrases they use.
||Words: explain, evidence, logic, facts, and
Statements: Let me tell you" and The facts show"
To influence them, provide numbers and statistics to back up what you propose.
||Words: authority, require, reward and need.
Statements: "Ill do x if you do y" and "We expect to
To influence them, talk about rewards and incentives.
||Statements: "The mistake would be" and
"Weve never done that before"
Argue your case by naming ways that you have already used your idea with success.
And show that your idea is not radical or risky.
||Statements: "I know what you mean,"
"Tell me more about it" and "Lets take a survey"
To get them on your side, start with small talk, tell them how you feel and then
solicit their support.
||Words: needs, benefits, goals.
Statement: "I always tell people how my ideas will benefit them"
Influence sellers by finding out what their goals are and tying your request to one
||Words: vision, pride, loyalty, standards.
Statement: "We have to climb this mountain"
To win over gellers, paint a word picture with metaphors and other figures of speech. And
show them how your idea will enhance their future.
|The Seven Secrets of Influence,
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Nothing is interesting if you are not interested.
|Heres a test you can use to gauge your creativity or to spot it in
others. Answer each question "yes" or "no."
- I like to tackle problems that dont have clear answers.
- Even if I think a problem approach looks unproductive, Ill
stick with it.
- When I discuss things with others, I encourage them to disagree with
- I like to solve a problem as a whole rather than breaking it down
into separate components.
- If I study a problem for a long time and find no answer, I give up on
it and go on to something else.
- Yes. A sure sign of creativity.
- No. Creative types know when to cut their losses.
- Yes. Creative types dont care who solves the problem, just that
- No. Creative types like to split a problem into parts and then
reassemble it to find the problems essence.
- No. The lack of a ready answer never frustrates creative types.
The College Store Journal , Veronica Hughes
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Of all the things you
wear, your expression is the most important.
|Over the years we have continued to
upgrade and enhance e-Tutor to the point that it is now a comprehensive program that helps
educators integrate technology into the curriculum, strengthens the school community
through communication and parent involvement, and continues to engage students with
high-interest topics. e-tutor.combines the best of instructional practice with the best of
technology. Each month we will give you information about a feature or two about the
program. If you are intrigued and want more information, dont hesitate to contact us
at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 877-687-7200.Class Manager (Teachers
- The HomePage Wizard is so easy to use! Teachers can create
their own web page without knowing any HTML or programming language. When you want to make
.click on "Preview"
.you will see the web page and you can go
back and change the font size or color or make other additions or deletions to your
.it is this easy to create and modify your own home page.
- Class Setup is where the teachers can control which class
communication tools their different classes will have access to, such as, bulletin boards,
e-mail, white boards and chat rooms.
Student Portfolio (Parents and Teachers
- Reports student progress by subject area. Lessons and
activities can be viewed and two way communication can take place between parent and
e-Tutor Lessons are the heart of the program
content that makes the best use of Internet resources. Each lesson has nine parts and
includes various methods for the student, parent and teacher to evaluate learning. The
program is based on National Goals for Learning and is aligned to State standards.
|Great News From The Sales Front!
|Elgin Academy is the first preschool-through-12th
grade independent school in the Chicago area to subscribe to e-Tutor. Teachers and faculty
are in the process of being trained. It has been thrilling to work with such a wonderful
and enthusiastic group of teachers. "Elgin Academy is excited to be among the schools
to offer an online curriculum platform for our entire program from pre-K to 12th
grade," said Dr. John Cooper, Headmaster of Elgin Academy.
- Molly Meiners, Instructional Technology
|My Life as an e-Tutor Editor
|Who can imagine a better job than spending the
day learning?! The editors at e-Tutor make the hundreds of wonderful lessons we receive
from LessonPro shine through proofreading, adjusting text flow and adding links and
graphics. We work hard to ensure that each lesson is presented in a format and in language
that is appropriate for the respective grade level. We also have a lot of fun working as a
team and learning about our natural and social world.
The vast array of
lessons we receive provides creative new ideas about teaching.
Like every good concept, and the Internet itself, we are always evolving. We not only edit
individual lessons, but also respond to feedback from our customers and field staff, to
make e-Tutor easy to use and a more fulfilling experience.
Some fellow students used to ask: When are we ever going to use this algebra, or
this information about cellular respiration? Well, as e-Tutor editors we often plug into
our own knowledge, as well as information from hard copy and online resources. Every
lesson we work on is a collaborative effort. We call on each others experience and
expertise. Some of us have had years of experience in the classroom. We use our knowledge
of mainstream educational expectations to help categorize the lessons into the most
appropriate grade levels. Editors also apply their specialized knowledge and training to
enhance lessons in subjects like music and history.
We pay special attention to the links included in lessons. Imbedded links are a
great opportunity for students to learn how to use the Internet and to see what a wealth
of information it holds. Our number one priority in finding and approving links for
lessons is that they are appropriate to the age group and to the subject. All the websites
linked in our lessons contain material that has been judged to be accurate and safe. We
make an effort to find links from credible sources such as public access, government,
museum and university sites.
More than once during the day we call each other over, to share a new treasure.
We have found sites that offer fun animations, real audio links to kids songs,
interactive games and so much more! The Internet is another, freer world, and our goal is
to navigate students through the best parts for them.
Adriana Stanoiu, Editor e-Tutor
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Thinking is the
hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
|A good way to help build your
childs self-esteem is to set a regular time for studying everyday. Children, like
adults, need things they can count on. A regular study time helps them feel in control of
Helping your child develop a regular study habit
can lead to success in school
a positive feeling about himself. And as children get into the habit of studying, they
learn to use their time better.
The Parent Institute, 1992
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|Andy Warhol was wrong: in the
future, everyone wont be famous for fifteen minutes. But everyone will have their
own web site."