August 30, 2007

A Treasure Map Of Peer And Volunteer Tutoring

By Dr. Keith Topping

Abstract

My main focus here will be upon peer tutoring, and within that upon peer tutoring within colleges and universities. However, there will be implications for peer tutoring in other settings and other kinds of tutoring.

HISTORY

Peer tutoring has a long history, and can be traced back to Old Testament times. One of the most powerful factors in its popularity and effectiveness is encapsulated in the famous question from Joseph Joubert in 1842: "To teach is to learn twice over"-and this thought had been expressed earlier by the Ancient Greeks. Baltasar Gracian touched on the important social and affective components of peer tutoring in 1642 when he wrote: "Make your friends your teachers, and mingle the pleasures of conversation with the advantages of instruction."
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Filed under: Admin/Management,Associations,Peer-Tutoring,Productivity

August 28, 2007

Where in the world? – Improving your child's geography.

By Cheryl Feuer Gedzelman
February 2002 issue of Washington Parent
 
How quickly can your child locate Afghanistan on a map or globe?  How adept is your child at locating the seven continents, four oceans, and three of the world’s longest rivers?  Can your son point out the areas of the world with deserts and those with mountains?  Can your daughter name the capitals and leaders of several countries or states?  How easily can your child map out a trip to Chicago or the White House?
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Filed under: K-8,Small Private Practices,Study Tools

August 26, 2007

U.S. government web sites you didn't know you could use

By Wendy Boswell,
Lifehacker’s Weekend Editor,

Overlooked and difficult to find, there are hundreds of thousands of U.S. government web sites that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks. At the right federal .gov destination you can locate historical documents, keep tabs on Congressional happenings, view presidential paperwork, and a whole lot more. Keep reading for the most useful U.S. government web sites out there.


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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Government

August 24, 2007

Our Children are Not Learning How to Learn – But to Memorize

By Tracy Sherwood

 

Teaching a classroom has little in common with individual tutoring. When teaching a class, it isn’t possible to know how one child is really doing or to give the individual help that is needed. Effective tutoring requires more than just knowing ‘how’ the student is doing; it takes knowing what is or isn’ t being understood and why, and what to do at any given moment. Tutoring success is not only second nature to me; it’s as simple as breathing. I’ll share a few basics that have greatly helped in my tutoring results.
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Filed under: Home Schooling,Peer-Tutoring,Productivity,Training/Education

August 22, 2007

Technotes – Wikipedia & Wikis

By Brian Benzinger

While researching about wikis in education, I came across a Wikipedia article for educators called, “Schools’ FAQ,” covering the ins and outs of Wikipedia and how schools can benefit using Wikipedia. The article led me to Wikipedia’s School and University Projects, which I found to be very interesting. In short, Wikipedia encourages teachers and professors to use Wikipedia in their classes providing students with hands on exercises involving editing and publishing content on Wikipedia. Wikipedia suggests that students participate in exercises such as working on existing or requested articles; linking orphaned articles to appropriate places; fixing spelling, factual, grammatical, and other errors in articles; and even translating articles from other languages. It’s a great idea and is beneficial to both the student and Wikipedia. Students can learn about the topic as well as improve on their writing while Wikipedia gains more content. Wikipedia even provides teachers with a syllabus boilerplate to hand out to their students. If you are a teacher, think about giving it a try with your class, maybe as a project. I feel it would be a very perceptible and comprehendible variation of learning. I will also add that these projects may be more suitable for college and university students rather than K-12 students.
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Filed under: Admin/Management,High School,Small Private Practices,Study Tools,TechNotes

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