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   eNews                               October 2015 Vol. 18-10


President's Message

This month we have been furthering our international reach.  We have been working with the State of Colorado Import/Export Office to make connections with schools and companies around the world interested in online content for elementary and high school students. The World Trade Center - Denver has occupied much of my time as I learn about requirements, documents and certificates to increase our exposure internationally.  It has been busy and exciting. And, I am learning much that I would not have known, had the opportunity not been available. Knowledge Headquarters was chosen as one of  ten companies in Colorado to participate in a Global Opportunities program offered by the State.   We are the only company focused on e-learning.  The program has provided us a platform to share with others the value of innovative online instruction. 

I recently read an article about how our children shape us. We traditionally consider our role as parents to be the ones who shape our children.  Yet upon consideration, think of how your life has changed since children.  Their personalities and attitudes demand we alter our lives to accommodate their own growth and development. This has been birthday month in our family as both of my sons were born in October.  And while they are both adults now, I spend the month each year reflecting on their years with me....what I would have done differently, how I would have changed things to make growing easier.  But we can't go back.  It helps me to consider that I am a better person because of them....they taught me; they worried me; they made me happy; they filled my days.  They shaped me in ways in which I am not even aware....I am a different and a better person because of my sons. We are blessed to be shaped by our children. 

Oh, I feel it in the air today....cooler days....the cold is coming! It has been a gorgeous Fall in my part of the country. The cycle of change in the seasons reminds us that experiences are fleeting and change will happen whether we want it to or not.

Happy Fall, my friends.


Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a grassroots movement that has introduced 100 million students to the basics of computer science. Your students can participate with any one-hour coding activity that they will love ó no experience needed!

Computer science is foundational for every 21st Century student. Most instructional programs still donít teach it. We owe it to our children to start with just one hour.

Details can be found at the Hour of Code website. We think this is an opportunity for all students to spend one hour learning the basics of coding. Every young person deserves to learn how to build technology that will impact everything in the future. 


      The eTutor Community

 You may be interested in knowing that Knowledge HQ, eTutor not only reached individuals in the U.S., but also, India, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Kenya, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Japan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, and Nepal last month.  Each month there are more and more interested individuals who connect with the eTutor community. We hope you will join the growing world-wide community of learners. 

   Facebook - Take a look and then if it interests you...."like us." 

   Twitter - Short bits of information about topics of interest in education. You can learn more by clicking on the included link.  

   eTutor Blog - We like to blog frequently, but time gets away from us. You are welcome to post a guest blog or make a comment.    

  Pinterest - We find ourselves from time to time on other Pinterest sites. The postings have a way of grabbing you.  But well worth the time....there is much to learn.  

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Enjoy children despite how others label them.





Learning with eTutor

Reinforcing and Extending Concepts and Skills

eTutor gives more freedom to students and parents to construct their own learning program using the vast array of instructional modules in the eTutor system.  Our goal has been to capture what the Internet offers in such abundance....information...and incorporate this into the structure of each lesson module. And so, each lesson module has Internet links imbedded into the study guide that will reinforce and extend concepts and skills.  

Further, every eTutor lesson module has a resource section composed of age-appropriate and vetted hyper-links to additional websites providing additional information and/or practice about the subject of the lesson.  You might find links to videos, games, diagrams, worksheets and other valuable resources. 

These hyper-links are important and should not be avoided.  For students experiencing difficulty in learning, the resources can provide additional practice about a skill or topic; for gifted students the resources provide a gold mine of information to keep the motivation and interest alive on all topics presented to them. For all students the resources may provide a link to previously learned material or provide a foundation linking them to the many new skills and information presented in each lesson. 

One activity we ask of students is to write a few sentences or draw a picture that tell what they have learned by going to these additional websites.  We want them to learn and experience the value added by using the internet in appropriate ways to enhance their learning. 

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

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

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eTutor Unplugged.com 

Sample a few of the eTutor lesson modules. You will be able to complete all portions and even take the quiz and exam. We want you to experience the quality of learning you find in the eTutor programs. 

You can access these on laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Go to eTutor Unplugged to access these lessons directly.  Use the QR (quick response) code to easily view lessons on your phone or tablet.

 


Instructional Content Writers

Try the easy to use template to write online lessons for your students.  The lessons you create are yours to use with students in and out of class at no cost to you.   You can use the language of your country as the template accepts all languages.  Here are a few of the lessons we found in LessonPro this month:  

Trigonometry Notes 
Similes, Metaphors and Imagery in Sound of Thunder
Multiplying Whole Numbers by Fractions 
Greeting in Polish
Business Management

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

www.lessonpro.net
admin@knowledgehq.com

877-687-7200


   The Book Case            

Caddie Woodlawn
by
 Carol Ryrie Brink 

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon


   Ages 9 - 12 
              

Children everywhere will love redheaded Caddie with her penchant for pranks. Scarcely out of one scrape before she is into another, she refuses to be a "lady," preferring instead to run the woods with her brothers. Whether she is crossing the lake on a raft, visiting an Indian camp, or listening to the tales of the circuit rider, Caddie's adventures provide an exciting and authentic picture of life on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860s. And readers will discover, as Caddie learns what growing up truly means, that it is not so very different today.

1936 Newbery Medal Winner

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Avoid being dull.

People and Values

There is no such thing as a value unless there are people involved. A value is something that provides benefit or opens up the possibility of benefit for someone. Values do not hang like clouds in the air. The have to be attached to people. Values require a constant asking of questions.

  • Who is going to be affected by this?
  • Who is going to benefit?
  • Who is going to be inconvenienced?
  • What will the perceptions be?
  • What are the immediate effects, both short and long term?
  • Will this value be noticed, will people talk about it?
  • Are there any special circumstances where the value will be different?
  • Are there special people for whom this could be a value?

Two Methods of Learning to Read

Consider the following two teaching methods in English Language Arts. Mr. Brown hands out a worksheet exercise to his first grade students on circling words that contain the same "ch" sound. This is an explicit exercise on phonics or basic skills instruction in reading. 

Mrs. Kato reads to the class and asks her first graders to write about the topic after the reading. Mrs. Kato was using the whole language approach to teaching reading. Which is a better method of teaching reading to children? 

Research says that a combination of the two methods or balanced instruction may be the most effective way to teach the beginning reader. This balanced instruction involves teaching the relationship between letters and sounds in a systematic fashion, and at the same time, children are being read to and reading interesting stories and writing at the same time. Researchers claim that the combination method presents the best of both worlds in teaching reading.

 

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Spend less time figuring out what's right and more time 
doing things right.

 

Source of Value

Every educator knows....or should know....that there is no "average" student. If there are characteristics of intelligence, discipline, laziness, energy, trouble making, or boredom, troubles at home, and so on, then an educator knows that every possible combination of these factors will be exhibited in an individual.

The trick is to recognize individuality as a source of value.

By Edward de Bono



Family Laughter

Having a good laugh is a great way to reduce the stress of family life.

Create your own "humor first aid kit" for days that donít go well. Collect items that will make you and your kids laugh....silly books, squeaky toys, cartoons, and funny videos.

Find a special place to tape up cartoons and other funny items....if your kids like silly poems, theyíll love Shel Silversteinís Where the Sidewalk Ends (Harper & Row).

Some families like to write stories about funny things that have happened to them....you may want to create your own silly stories.

Every library is full of humorous stories and songs that your children will love. And donít forget the joke and riddle books. Ask your librarian to recommend a few.

Laughter is not a cure-all, but it certainly helps.


Seeing With Words

At a recent dinner meeting I was seated at a table with a visually impaired woman. She graciously helped all of us at the table understand her needs and quickly learned a lot about us. When communicating with visually impaired people, these suggestions might help:

  • Identify yourself and introduce anyone else who is present.
  • When offering a handshake, say, "Shall we shake hands?"
  • When offering a seat, place the personís hand on the back or arm of the seat.
  • Tell the person when you need to end the conversation or when you move.

 

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Spend time fixing problems, not fixing blame.

Awesome October Links:

Genna's World:  There are so many blogs, but this one I think really captures the collaborative environment the Web can be. The brainchild of ten-year old Genna, this website hosts a "collaborative story" where visitors' suggestions are used to write stories. Kid visitors can also post stories, book reviews, and comments on children's writings. All submissions are reviewed prior to posting.
http://www.gennasworld.com/

Switch Zoo:  Create crazy animals that could never exist at this surrealistic virtual zoo!  Make new animals, play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour, and join a zoo quest. Listen to music performed by animals, watch a dogís dream, and uncover the Mystery of Switch Zoo.
http://www.switchzoo.com/

Thunk.com:  Spend time looking at the fun and mystery of cryptography, the science of secret codes, with lots of activities. 
http://www.thunk.com/

Centre of the Cell:  This London museum's Web site features numerous links that help students to further understand cells. It also provides links for educators and allows them to distribute specific information and quizzes to students 
https://www.centreofthecell.org/

Latitude:  The Art and Science of 15th Century Navigation:  Learn about the development of the mapmaking and navigation techniques which opened up the world for European exploration (and, more ambivalently, colonization). This site is impressively detailed and thorough.
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~feegi/site_map.html

 

Wishing You a Boo...tiful Month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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