does time go? Do you find this time of year to be as frantic as
I do? I always hope that the next year is going to be a bit more sane,
but the pace just seems to get faster and faster. In spite of earlier
snow this Fall, we have enjoyed a spectacular month. It has been
unusually warm, the leaves have fallen but many still cling to their
branches as if they just want to stay around for as long as they can.
We have enjoyed the extra time to feel the sun’s warmth, for we know
it will not last. And it hasn't....I woke up to snow and cold
temperatures this morning. It is still snowing this afternoon.
This month, I had the privilege of
presenting a brief overview of online learning to a community
group. Surprisingly, one of the questions was about
socialization (a comment we continue to hear after many years). We
have found students who use an online program to not have any
limitations on their socialization....either through community
programs, sports activities or church organizations, there seems to be
more than enough opportunities for students to socialize.
Further, when speaking with our online students or writing to them, we
have found them to be articulate and comfortable with themselves and
with others. Just this morning I spoke with a student from a
family in Mexico. She was able to express her needs and where
she was having problems in her learning without hesitation. I
wonder if these students speak and write more fluently because of
expectation that they take responsibility for their own
learning. Wouldn't that be an interesting
It was heartbreaking to hear that some
eTutor students were affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
Although they are safe, we nevertheless heard how they had to walk to
the library (where they access eTutor) in heavy rains. Then,
following quickly, the tornadoes in Illinois have us worried about
students there. As the number of enrollees continues to grow
around the world, it is inevitable that some will come in harm's way,
whether through natural disaster or war. We strive to be a
stable force for all of our students.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we gather
with friends and family to share and offer gratitude for what we have
been given. We want to thank each of you for your continued
interest and support. It is because of you that we remain
steadfast in our goal to provide quality online instruction to
students throughout the world.
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and
We have noticed changes by
the social networks we use. We think the good outweighs the bad
and find that more and more find us through social media than through
other means. It is another form of word of mouth. We hope
you will share with us and others your thoughts about online
Facebook - Those "liking us" continue to grow each
month. Our facebook page is reviewed in countries around the
Twitter - You may have seen eTutor in other places, as our short
comments are being retweeted by others.
eTutor Blog - Parenting and instructional tips and ideas are part of the interesting
topics on which we focus in the eTutor Blog.
Pinterest - The children's book list is a
big favorite and has been re-pinned by many. My Father's Dragon
was, again, recently re-pinned.
Make ripples more than waves.
Learning with eTutor
instruction offers students an exciting academic and intellectual
journey in a new and challenging way of learning. The success of
students will have a profound impact on all learning that follows.
Parents often have many questions about how to effectively guide their
student in a daily online learning program.
We know that parents who actively encourage their students to
engage in daily learning activities and take full advantage of the
eTutor curriculum, assistance, services, and opportunities are the
most likely to be rewarded by seeing their children reach their
academic goals. Therefore there are
several expectations of which parents need to be aware.
that you are your child’s instructional and academic
an atmosphere for learning at home.
learning goals with your student focusing on the subjects
recommended by eTutor for the appropriate grade level.
feedback to e-utor so that improvements to our program can be
to know your child's learning strengths and weaknesses.
daily, completed eTutor projects and activities.
your student to spend a minimum of one hour on each lesson module
and approximately four and a half to five hours learning each day.
your student with adequate equipment and materials to be a
and review quiz and exam scores with your student.
with your child in designating specific blocks of time for
eTutor if there is any change in your student’s educational
the learning experience with your student!
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.
Online Instructional Content
Join thousands of educators around the
globe in creating online lessons for your students. The LessonPro
template makes it easy to create internet-based instruction. The
template is offered to educators without fee as a service to increase
the availability of online instruction for students throughout the
world. Since our last newsletter over 90 teachers have signed up
to use the LessonPro template.
An Ohio teacher has published three lesson modules and has one in the
works since our last newsletter. Some interesting topics this month:.
- Immigration and Industrialization
- Algebraic Expression
- Human Respiratory System
- Solving Multi-Step Equations
- Verbo Ser
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Babylon Revisited
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Doris Gates
Ages 9 - 12
can't remember when she's lived in the same place for more than
a year. Her family has to keep moving so that her father can
find work. But Janey longs for a real home and the chance to
When Mom gets sick and the Larkins don't have rent money, Janey
offers to pay the rent with her beloved treasure -- the
beautiful blue willow plate that once belonged to her
great-great-grandmother. Losing the plate seems like the end of
the world to Janey, but it's really the beginning of something
This Newbery Honor Book explores
the migration of a family during the 1930s. They leave their
farm in Texas and follow the harvests, migrating to find
all shades of gray come from black and white.
Find Time Each Day to Relax
back, put your feet up, and imagine that you have the time to read
a chapter of a novel, talk to a friend on the phone or write a
long letter. Maybe you're so pressed for time that you can't even
day dream about activities that you would like to indulge in. Here
are some ideas for getting off the treadmill and enjoying thirty
minutes a day:
- Slow down. Take a leisurely walk
or window shop. Visit your local library to browse
through magazines or books or just enjoy the quiet. Checkout
the latest exhibit at a museum.
- Wakeup a half hour earlier than
usual. Pay extra attention to getting dressed or you may even
want to make a breakfast date with your spouse or friend.
- Use your lunch time. Make
a phone call to a friend. Go shopping or catch up on
- Make a regular date with your
spouse or friend. Stick with this date and don't cancel unless
something totally unexpected comes up that can't be put off.
- Observation: Instead of saying, "I should do this," try saying
" I want to do this."
Adapted from Working
Use Strategies for Kids
If your children seem to spend more
time staring at a monitor each day than, well, doing pretty much
anything else, they're not alone. According a recent Pew survey, 94
percent of U.S. families with children have a computer at home.
Recommendations are that total daily screen time for children and
adolescents should not be more than two hours; however according to
the American Academy of Pediatrics, fewer than 20 percent of student
in grades six to ten were meeting those guidelines.
So what's the problem with that?
Staring at screens for long stretches can lead to posture problems,
vision trouble and obesity. Other complaints include back, neck
and shoulder pain and dry, blurry, sore eyes and headaches. The good
news: The problems are preventable. Here are some guidelines.
- Learn perfect posture.
- Aim for ergonomic harmony.
- Stretch regularly.
- Take frequent eye breaks.
- Don't forget to blink.
With the proper practices in place,
it's possible for kids to spend time on the computer doing homework
and connecting with friends free of aches, pains and eye problems.
Jane Doucet, Adapted
you are having a discussion and voices start to rise as family members
disagree, you might want to consider some of these suggestions:
disagreements can be good. If everyone thought the same way,
chances are your family wouldn't grow.
Assume the role of
mediator: Draw a line down a sheet of paper and list
the pros and cons of the issue to allow all to see both sides
Consider ending the
discussion of the issue being debated as a minor one. It the
family doesn't think it is a secondary matter, then try to resolve
"You don't like what we had but we can't seem to come up with
anything better." Ask the question, "Where do we go now?"
Adapted from Communication Briefings
Start with good questions and hopefully
good answers will follow.
Guiding Gifted Girls
Telling gifted female
students they can do anything or be anything may not be the best
advice we can offer. A specialist suggests female students my
feel tremendous pressure to achieve in the careers as well as have a
family. We need to help them overcome career barriers women commonly
face and set clear and reasonable life priorities.
Some of the internal and
external barriers girls need to understand include their own fear of
success, others' lower academic and career expectations of them, and
the general competitiveness of the job market. Not all gifted
female students will fight these barriers, but they should be aware of
the problems the barriers can cause. In a recent study, fewer
than ten percent of the participating female adolescents recognized
even one potential barrier.
We should help these
students explore abilities many females don't identify with, such as
investigative abilities used in mathematics and science
disciplines. Students who have both typical and atypical female
interests should be coached to consider areas using skills from both,
such as arts management. We need to encourage our young women to set
up realistic plans for the future, helping them realize they can't do
everything and will have to make some difficult choices. Female
students need to assess their own abilities and balance their goals
somewhere between fear of exploration and too much free-wheeling
exploration, with an understanding of how stereotypes can affect their
Adapted from Education
Take Your Ideas to the
When Nathan was about 9 or
10,he made a little two-wheeled car out of a tuna can and an electric
motor for his cat to play with. "But the cat was
terrified!" That day, Nathan learned the same lesson that
Thomas Edison learned early. Never invent something that your market
We know you've got great
ideas. (Such as that homework-doing robot....) With a little extra
attention, you can take those ideas to the next step and turn them
into actual products. Follow these tips:
Be curious. Look
for problems to solve or ways to make things better. Many
inventions have come about because people looked for a way to make
life easier or better, either for themselves or for others.
Go to the mall.
Check out catalogs, stores or any place you can think of where
people would look for your product. Look for anything that does
what your invention would do.
already-patented inventions. A basic patent search isn't hard
to do, and you can do it online at the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Find out if people
would want it. Nicole invents a wide range of things to make
life easier. She researches her ideas, then bounces them off
strangers in places, such as the line
at the grocery store.
Build a prototype.
See if it works. As Bill Nye, The Science Guy says,
"Try things, then clean up after yourself. Then try some more
things, and clean that up, too."
Get others to try
it. This doesn't mean your friends or your family. Find people
who will be critical (and won't rip-off your idea). Ask them if
they would buy it, and how much they would pay!
miss the forest for the trees.
Beetles is a beautiful site that includes scientific drawings, a
Flash-based look at biodiversity, rotatable images of three beetle
specimens, timeline chronicling efforts to control an invasive beetle
pest (Asian Long-horned Beetle), a look at a virtual lab, information
about contributors, and links to more resources.
America’s Story from
This is like the Library of Congress lite. You can explore this
colorful site to find out tidbits about American history, culture and
the people of the
of the Agronauts: This
is an online science curriculum for students with the theme: How can
we grow plants on the Moon? Children become "Agronauts in
Training" and complete six different standards-based lessons
towards the final goal of growing plants on the Moon. The glossary
contains some movies that demonstrate concepts
Safari: This site will
encourage you to explore paintings and sculptures from the
. A series of questions will guide you to write about what you see.
Then, you can create and submit your own art.
Us In Games: Fifteen
online games designed to help children understand basic concepts in
mathematics. Simple lesson plans also available by click "other
activities." Major topics include: Comparing and Classifying,
Patterning, Counting, Chance, Halves, and more. All games require the
Flash 5 Player or higher.
a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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