Teach them to work without a net, at least every now and then.
Learning at home is different than
learning at school. It takes self-discipline and hard work.
The hardest part is making sure to set aside time for your in-home
learning. These are tips from the booklet we send to each new
subscriber of the eTutor program.
- Develop a weekly calendar for
your eTutor Program.
- Enter important dates for your
social/family life and holidays during the week.
- Mark Monday Ė Friday as study days
- Each week develop a daily schedule
that includes routines and eTutor study time.
- Remember you should be spending
about 4 Ĺ hours each day using the eTutor Program.
- Post this schedule in your study
area. Use your schedule to refer to, to review,
and to mark your progress.
- Each evening develop the next
dayís schedule. This will help you organize for the next
day; include study time, routines, and important appointments.
- Review each day's
schedule in the morning before you start eTutor.
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
many ways to sample the vast instructional content offered through
the eTutor programs.
Take an opportunity to see samples at all levels and in all subjects
at eTutor Unplugged. Use the QR (quick response) code to easily
view lessons on your phone or
tutors and parents use the template to write online lessons for their
There is no cost to use the template or to access the lessons you have
created. All languages are acceptable. Here are a few of
the lessons we found in LessonPro this month:
The Fastest Growing Country
History of Immigration to the US
Newton's Law of Motion
Defects of Vision
If you have
questions or comments, please contact us. We hope you will join
The Writers' Circle now!
the Mixed-Up Files
of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she
doesnít just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to
somewhere ó to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and,
preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money
and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she
invites him along.
Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves
caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum
purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is
possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo,
and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isnít it?
Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs.
Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the
statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about
1967 Newbery Medal
Take chances every chance you get.
your children may be occupied with gifts during this season, it has
been my experience that there is a point when they need something
different. Here are some activities that will keep them occupied
and teach them at the same time. They are adapted from Newspapers in
Education (NIE), a nationwide program that uses the newspaper as a
- In the weather report, have your
child find the highest and lowest temperatures in your home state.
Subtract the lowest from the highest to find the difference.
- Find a news story that contains two
different viewpoints. Defend one of the positions while your
child defends the other.
- Read a short news story to your
child and have your child tell you the who, what, when, where, why
- From the ads, have your child cut
pictures of animals, food, clothing, and toys. Paste them on
construction paper, and label them with the specific name of the
- Have your child cut out all the
titles of the comic strips in the newspaper. Then help your
child paste them on a sheet of paper in alphabetical order.
- Organize a newspaper scavenger hunt.
Before the hunt begins, prepare a list of 15-20 items. Have
your child find eight to 10 of the items, which they then cut out
and paste on a sheet of paper. Hunt items could include a
picture of a political leader or movie star, a word with more than
five letters, the name of the president, a specific number, or a
word that starts with a certain letter. The possibilities
are endless, and more items can be added for later hunts.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. of Education
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Try to be the dream, not the destination.
the availability of well-paid jobs in fields such as engineering,
statistics and technology, many students do not take enough math
courses. They see it as hard, boring and irrelevant...not true!
Here are some reasons to learn math.
It makes you smarter.
Math is to learning what endurance and strength training are to
You'll make more
money. You can earn more than what pop singers and sports stars
make...perhaps not right away, but over a lifetime.
You'll have an easier
time at college. Math is a language, more concise and effective
than other ones. If you know math, you can work smarter, not
You'll live in a
global world. Obtain knowledge that makes you viable all
over the world, not just in your home country.
You'll live in a world
of constant change. New technology and ways of doing things change
life and work daily. If you have learned math, you can discover
how and why things work.
It doesn't close any
doors. If you don't choose math in high school, you close
the door to interesting studies and careers.
It's interesting. If
you do the work and stick it out, you will find that math is fun,
exciting and intellectually elegant.
You'll meet it more
and more in the future.
You can get through,
not just into, college.
It's creative. Math
can be a supremely creative force if the knowledge is used
correctly, not just as a tool for problem solving during your
It's cool. You
have permission to be smart; you have permission to do what your
peers do not.
Anderson, Professor, School of Management, Oslo
This is the season when stress starts
to build, both at home and at work. The following tips can help ease
you through the difficult times:
- Take care of yourself.
- See troubles as opportunities.
- Manage your time.
- Speak up.
- Get support.
- Enjoy your leisure time.
It is your choice. You can try to make
your situation satisfying. If stress arises, you can choose to attempt
a solution. There are many choices open to you. Which ones will you
As we plan for the year ahead Knowledge
Headquarters will focus on three questions:
will we remember most about 2015?
are the biggest challenges for us as we head into 2016?
are our predictions for 2016?
So, what will we remember
most about 2015? Probably, that it was a fantastic
year of growth for us. We
have added some fantastic new features to eTutor including: a
new website offering single lessons for users,
updated lesson modules, administrative tools, and more.
Itís also been a year of more
strategic use of online learning programs like eTutor. Online learning
seems to have come of age and has gained legitimacy. Increasingly we
are seeing schools interested in ways to address e-learning by using
their technology investments in more intelligent ways, not just using
games to meet student needs.
The biggest challenge
will be executing successfully to take eTutor to the ďnext levelĒ,
whether itís tactics like improving the instructional design or
adding eCommunity to strategies or about changing the student/parent
role. Itís also important to focus on the goals, not the tools.
Getting the design right is the hard part. That's where many of
you can help us as we move forward. Your input is always
appreciated and encouraged.
Our prediction for 2016
is that online learning will continue to grow rapidly not only with
individuals, but, in schools and agencies here in the U.S. but
internationally, as well. The capabilities are fairly mature, and
integration is possible, so that we have a whole new set of
capabilities that provide
some excellent performance opportunities. We canít assume that if we
build it, they will learn. We have to develop a learning culture, we
need to develop our learnersí ability to learn, and we have to
recognize and take responsibility for and foster learning to learn.
So, our task with your help, for the New Year is great. But the
rewards are huge for our students and parents! We look forward
to continuing to work with you through 2016.
Knowledge HQ Planning and
cast a spell past what you can see.
The Polar Express:
This is the author's (Chris Van Allsburg) page. Students can
flip through the pages of the book or read the story. The site
includes a Kid's Page and Teacher's resources. http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com/polarexpress.html
The History of Santa Claus:
The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its
inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas,
brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century. This is
part of a larger site. The home page has a lot of ads. http://www.the-north-pole.com/history/index.htm
The Traditions of Christmas:
The history of a Christmas
festival dates back over 4000 years. Ancient Midwinter festivities
celebrated the return of the Sun from cold and darkness. Midwinter was
a turning point between the Old Year and the New Year. Fire was a
symbol of hope and boughs of greenery symbolized the eternal cycle of
is a 30-year-old African-American holiday now celebrated in African
communities around the world. Its roots are both modern and ancient.
Holidays - Christmas:
scrapbook to learn about the history and traditions of Christmas.
Learn about the birth of Jesus, hear stories about St. Nicolas from
you a Happy Holiday Season!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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