to believe that Thanksgiving is here already. This holiday
begins a magical time of year. It is family time, children's
time, loved ones time. It is a time to remember and be
remembered. It is a time to celebrate tradition and
custom. It is a time to spread joy and love to others. It
is our time. May your life be filled with joy and
We've had a busy month. As we
mentioned last month we were visited by outside observers
who reviewed the e-Tutor program. Their purpose was to review
how e-Tutor stacks up against a set of nationally recognized standards
for an educational program such as ours. Preparing for the visit
took much preparation, however, we
looked upon the process as a way to to establish a benchmark for our
future growth. And, it was so very refreshing to hear their
comments about e-Tutor. Of course, we are enthusiastic and proud
of what has been accomplished, but it is wonderful to hear that others
agree. So, the outcome looks positive and we hope to have
accreditation sometime next year. We will keep you
What does all this
mean to you? It means that you can be assured that the e-Tutor
Program is recognized by a National accrediting board, that
students may be able to receive credit for their work and that e-Tutor
will initiate a self-study evaluation and continue to update its
programming. We are excited about beginning this new journey and
hope you will share in it with us.
who read for three or more hours per week outside of school are twice as likely as
students who do no outside reading to be proficient in advanced math and reading tasks, a
federal study shows.
Although, you may already
have a good idea about how to use the different parts of the e-Tutor
lesson with your students, it helps to review what our thinking was in
developing the program. If you have ideas and/or different ways
of using the program, we hope you will share these with us.
Several parents have
expressed an interest in communicating with others who are using the
program. If you are interested in communicating with others,
please give us a call (877-687-7200) or drop us an email: email@example.com.
Each e-Tutor lesson has nine parts:
- Title and Introduction
- Resources: These are
useful in furthering the study of the concepts and skills reviewed
in the lesson. Students might use the Resources to write a
report or research paper.
- Lesson Problem: This is
presented to have the students think about what they already know
about the concept or skill being taught. They might find it
useful to create additional questions they would like to find the
answers for in completing the lesson.
- Vocabulary: These may
be new or used as review words for the student. The words
can be used for writing sentences, spelling, phonic practice or
creating their own dictionary book.
- Study Guide: This is
the main part of each lesson. Students will notice that each
lesson has hyperlinks that take the student to another website
that reinforces a concept or skill introduced in the lesson.
Reviewing these hyperlinks is an important part in completing the
lesson. The hyperlinks will help the student recall
information learned in the Study Guide.
- Activity: This might
consist of worksheet, writing a paragraph, telling a story,
drawing a map or some other off line hands-on work.
directions for successfully completing the activity are given to
the student. Parents or educators are asked to review these
with the student. A grade is not necessary. Students
should be able to fully explain how they completed the
activity. Completing the activity gives the student practice
in problem solving skills.
- Extended Learning: This
activity pushes the student's thinking just a bit more than the
Activity does. It is included to reinforce the important
critical thinking skills. Often the student will be asked to
draw a comparison of what they know or a parallel concept to what
they have learned in the Study Guide. Neither the Activity
nor the Extended Learning should be skipped by the student.
To do so will jeopardize how he/she transfers skills and knowledge
to real life situations and/or testing situations.
- Quiz: The multiple
choice quiz can be taken as many times as the student
wishes. Each time the quiz is taken the score is averaged
and reported on the student report card. Each lesson has a
question bank of from twenty to sixty questions. Each time
the student takes the quiz, the questions, as well as the
responses are rotated.
- Exam: The questions for
the exam come from the same bank of questions as the quiz.
The exam can only be taken once. The exam has ten multiple
choice questions with five options for answers. Both the
exam and the quiz give an explanation for the correct
answer. Results are reported on the student report
We hope this review has helped.
If you have questions or comments about e-Tutor, don't hesitate to
contact us. We enjoy talking about this dynamic program and hope
you will call.
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People is a
This ability to make others come to
life, to grow, is a quality that more people should possess. In
fact, it is almost a requisite to leading a productive, physically
sound life according to modern science.
Dr. Hans Selye is an authority on
stress and its effect on life. All life is made up of
cells. Cells, he has found, all have the quality of
self-centeredness. This instinct must be modified when cells
exist in the same environment. Otherwise each organism will be
exposed to stress from which it cannot escape. This same
principle, according to Dr. Selye, applies to people. The only
way this self-centeredness can be modified, he feels, is to make a deliberate
effort to earn your neighbor's love. Do something to help
What more noble contribution can you
make to your neighbor than inviting that person to grow!
How do you become the person who helps others grow? It is really
quite easy. Give praise and encouragement. Be
tolerant. Listen. Try to understand. Share
yourself. Search out the good in others. Help them
dream. Dismiss their blunders and mistakes. Be kind.
Above all, treasure your own ability to
grow. See yourself as a more splendid person by constantly
giving to others a richer life by your invitations to them to grow!
Adapted from The Public
say snow is Nature's peanut butter. That is, it can be either soft or crunchy, kids love
it and it clings to the roof of your house.
Help Parents Find Answers
As the parent of a school-age child,
you know about some of the problems that children have from time to
time as they grow and develop. Even
though you may wish your child did not have problems, you are not
terribly surprised by an occasional problem. To quote a cliché,
"it goes with the territory" of being the parent of a
As adults, we often embrace our
children's problems. We suffer with our children; we agonize for
them; we worry about them; and we are often
frustrated when we do not know how to help them solve their
Let's look at some ways in which we can
seek solutions to problems that plague our children. We know
that behavior is evidence of a problem
and is often a valuable clue. Since all behavior
is caused, a child's behavior often points to the root of the
Problems often arise from four
relationships that a child experiences during his or her formative
years. These relationships are significant and powerful and all
four are interrelated and cannot be separated.
These four relationships are as
- The relationship the child has with
self. The way a child sees himself or herself and his or her
self-esteem, self-respect, self-identity and self-confidence are
powerful factors in success and satisfaction.
- The relationship the child has with
peers. The way the child gets along with peers, with friends
and with classmates is important to emotional and mental health
and is a factor in success in learning.
- The relationship the child has with
adults. The abilities to accept guidance, to respect
authority and to embrace the discipline and order of learning are
tied up in the child's relationship with parents and educators.
- The relationship the child has with
learning activities. The child's participation in the
on-going activities of learning influences the child's investment
in his or her own success in learning.
If and when your child has a problem
with learning, look carefully at these four
relationships. Be careful not to make a quick judgment and miss
some ways of helping your child
solve a problem. Focus on the way that these relationships
are intertwined...with one mixing in with another
As parents, we are inclined to look for
simple solutions to our children's problems. We are not beyond
believing that the problem is a result of an outside force. When
we overlook the total nature of the problem, we may overlook
opportunities to help our children build better relationships.
We can help our children by trying to
see the problem from their point of view. often what seems to be
a gigantic problem to a child appears to be no problem at all from an
adult's perspective. But if we can see the problem as a child
sees it, then we can begin to help. A diagnosis of the problem
with the focus on the child's four relationships is the point of
beginning. Even if you think it, be kind enough not to say,
"You don't have a problem; you just think you do." To
the child, the problem is a very real one.
The Master Teacher
Importance of Questions
If students are to be encouraged to
take responsibility for their own learning, they must be able to ask
themselves questions. To do this, many students need some help
in developing the skill of asking questions. Often students need
help in focusing their questions in meaningful areas. The very
act of questioning involves students and they begin to assume
responsibility for learning through increased awareness of the process
With practice students learn that
certain questions are more useful than others and that one has to
think rather carefully about the sorts of questions that are
asked. They also learn to appreciate that questions, more often
than leading to clear answers, lead to other questions and to understand
that the progress of science commonly takes the form not so much of
finding simple answers to questions, but in developing new questions
which have greater power and lead towards further understanding.
Adapted from Idea Factory
grab the attention of your friends and associates, it is hard to beat a big fat
a Better Listener
We've frequently noted how learning to
listen better can make students more productive and efficient.
We've just come across an article that offers some worthwhile
listening tips that everyone can apply.
- Limit your own talking.
By letting the other person talk more, you will automatically be a
- Become more comfortable with
feel compelled to talk just because you are uncomfortable with
natural conversational pauses.
- Take steps to build your
self-confidence. This will help you become
a better listener because you won't feel the need to hear yourself
- Learn to concentrate and
focus exclusively on what the other person is saying. Focus
on both the person's words and the way the words are being
used....rate of speech, tone of voice, volume, etc.
- Paraphrase. use
feedback devices, such as "This is what I think I heard you
say. Is that right?"
Adapted from Linda
Fracassi, Telephone Selling Report
It's that time of year when we are
beginning to plan into the new year. Are you using a calendar
someone gave you to plan, schedule and organize? Using a
calendar without evaluating it might cause you to become disorganized
and waste time. Here are some suggestions for selecting the
appropriate calendar that will help you stay organized.
- Use a size and style that fits your
workload and appointment load.
- Switch in the middle of the year if
you outgrow your calendar.
- Photocopy it periodically in case
you might lose it.
- Be able to access it both in and out
of your home.
- Select one that fits your profession
and appeals to you, in addition to one that's functional.
- Have one calendar. Exceptions:
if you have a foolproof technique
to maintain a second one. Also: You may want to keep
long-range plans on a separate calendar to avoid cluttering your
- Use the same calendar for personal
and professional entries.
- Avoid desk-pad calendars. They
are too large, can't be carried and wind up being a doodling
Organized To Be The
Best! by Susan Silver
for Positive Discipline
Disobedient youngsters are often "discouraged
children" with inaccurate ideas about how to achieve their main
goal...to belong. Their wrong ideas cause them to
misbehave. Thus we can't deal with them effectively unless we
address their mistaken beliefs and not just their misbehavior.
Here are some suggestions for
establishing a positive disciplinary approach:
- Give encouragement to your kids, in
order to help them develop a sense of belonging, so that their
motivation for misbehaving will be eliminated. Celebrate
each stride in the direction of improvement rather than focusing
- A great way to help kids feel
encouraged is to spend time "just being
with them." Many parents have noticed dramatic change
in a "problem child" after spending five minutes simply
sharing what they both like
to do for fun.
- When tucking children into bed ask
them to share with you their "saddest time" during the
day and their "happiest time." Then share your
happiest and saddest feelings of the day with them: you will
be surprised what you learn.
- Have family meetings to solve
problems in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. This
is the key to creating a loving, respectful atmosphere while
helping children develop self-discipline, responsibility,
cooperation and problem-solving skills.
- Give kids meaningful jobs. In
the name of expediency many parents do things that their children
could do for themselves or each other. Children feel a sense
of belonging when they know they are making a real
- Decide together what jobs need to be
done. Kids gain greater motivation and enthusiasm when they
are included in making decisions about such things. If
everyone can't agree on job assignments, put them all in a jar and
let each child draw out a few each week. Then no one is
stuck with the same jobs all the time.
- Teach and exhibit mutual
respect. One way is to be kind and firm at the same
time....kind to show respect for the child and firm to show
respect for yourself and the needs of the situation. This is
difficult during conflict, so don't wait until a crisis to use
- Make sure the message of love and
respect gets through. Start by saying "I care about
you. I am concerned about this situation. Will you
work with me on a solution?"
- Have fun. Bring joy into your
home every day.
Adapted from Positive
Discipline by Jane Nelsen
children play so much with video games the IRS reports some taxpayers have even tried
claiming the Mario Brothers as dependents.
The Language Center:
High School and College foreign language learners will appreciate the resources gathered on this page. The WWW Language Links feature
resources for many languages, including French, Chinese, Russian, and
Spanish. French language learners can access the French On-line Grammar
Quiz and other Web Exercises.
Count On: This great website from the UK has many areas for students to explore in
the area of maths (you know, mathematics). Top Jobs list ways working adults in the UK use
math in their daily work. Numberland lets students learn about numbers (for example, koala bears sleep an average of 22
hours a day). Puzzles, features describing mathematical tools and many
activities will appeal to students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Curtis Botanical Magazine:
Students of all ages can access antique illustrations of native plant species from around the world. The US Department of Agriculture has
created a database from the information found in Curtis Botanical Magazine (published 1787-1807). Use the search feature to find plants
by common name, species, or location, such as US state or country.
Gloria's Web Site: Build up your students' writing skills. Teachers can chart their
personal progress as they access and integrate the ideas found within this online professional development area. Learn new pre-writing
exercises, as well as ideas to make the process of preparing the first draft, revising, editing, and publishing student writing more
CyberBee: This site really does deserve a place of honor all its own. This is a
great site for teachers looking for more ways to integrate technology into their classroom. Look to the Curriculum Ideas, How
To's, Treasure Hunts, and the fine articles to give you fresh ideas.
The Canadian West:
How did Westward expansion play out in what is now the Canadian provinces? Access early maps that show European cartographers' best
guesses at the western lands. Learn how the fur trade and scientific expeditions impacted the future of the land and the peoples living there
then witness the urbanization and industrialization of Canada in the 1920s.
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