Monday, April 28, 2014

Summer Camp at The Academy of 21st Century Learning

 

Welcome to Summer Camp at The Academy of 21st Century Learning!

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!

Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning. Please take some time to read through our Summer Schedule, make your choices, and return the registration form with payment. Many of our classes fill up quickly!

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

I look forward to seeing you and your children this summer!

Barbara Dwyer, Founder


Download our Summer Catalog and call 
The Academy of 21st Century Learning at 
707-474-4710 to enroll or with any questions.

Friday, April 25, 2014

How to Choose the Right Tutoring Service

Tutoring has become a large industry with many learning centers and tutoring services from which to choose. Here are 15 questions to consider which will help you make an informed decision as you consider tutoring for your student.

  1. How long has this service been operating in your area, and how many satisfied clients have they already helped?
  2. Is there an Owner or Director running the company that you can talk to when necessary?
  3. Does a student get matched with a well-screened professional tutor by the service both quickly and efficiently?
  4. Do the instructors have appropriate academic qualifications, and previous teaching or tutoring experience or are they simply high school or university students?
  5. Will your student receive 100% attention from your tutor in every session or does the instructor have other students to help at the same time?
  6. How quickly can you be in contact with the tutor provided by the service and is there a tutor satisfaction guarantee offered if the tutor / student match is not the best?
  7. Does the tutoring service offer convenient payment methods such as for individual sessions at a time, or are there a variety of money-saving tutoring packages / options from which to choose?
  8. Does the service or learning center require students to follow their proprietary learning programs, workbooks and study materials or are the sessions customized using the curriculum of the student's school system?
  9. Is the company an international franchise or is it locally based, owned and operated having strong relationships with area schools?
  10. Is the tutoring available year-round and held at convenient times and in your home or must you travel to a center and attend sessions only at specified times?
  11. Does the service commit you to a specific number of sessions per week on specified days, or can schedules adjust to your student's tutoring needs?
  12. Will the tutor coordinate with your student's classroom teacher upon request?
  13. Does the tutoring company provide the same tutor for each session or will your student have a different instructor for their sessions?
  14. Will you receive written progress reports after every lesson keeping you updated, and ensuring continuity if you ever change tutors?
  15. Does the service offer a student assessment or diagnostic test and if so are they optional or mandatory with extra fees attached to them?

James Weaver provides tutoring services to students at all learning levels in order to help them succeed in their own personal academic journey. Find out more about personalized one on one in home tutoring at: => http://www.academicchoicetutoring.com
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Climate Change: Earth's Giant Game of Tetris - Joss Fong



There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants. Joss Fong outlines how this overload of CO2 leads to climate change and reminds us that, unlike Tetris, we won't get an opportunity to start over and try again.

Lesson by Joss Fong, animation by Provincia Studio.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Argument for Summertime Tutoring

When the school year ends, many students also stop receiving tutoring. While this may be fine for some students, for students that are receiving tutoring in order to catch up with their classmates, this summer vacation from tutoring can have a negative affect on their progress. This article discusses why students should continue to receive tutoring during the summer and how tutoring companies should adjust to offer summertime tutoring.

Hermann Ebbinghaus was a German psychologist best known for his research related to memory and learning. Ebbinghaus discovered what he called the forgetting curve which shows how the rate at which information is forgotten over time. The forgetting curve shows that people quickly forget newly learned information unless they review that information within a short time-frame. After reviewing it once they can go a bit longer without forgetting it, but need to review it again in a few days to retain it. If the information is not reviewed again in several days it will be forgotten. Each time the information is reviewed, it takes longer and longer for the information to be forgotten.

How does this relate to students and summer tutoring? In order for students to remember what they have learned they must repeat the material frequently at first and less frequently over time. Summer vacation is a two month period where the student does not review any material if they aren't receiving tutoring. Much of the subject matter they were introduced to during the last month or two of school will quickly be forgotten if they don't review it during the summer months. As a result they will have to relearn this material at the start of the new school year. For many students this won't be a problem since other students have also forgotten what they learned the previous year; however, students that are already having difficulty keeping up with their classmates should take advantage of the summer to review and consolidate their knowledge so that when they start the new school year they will be at the same level or higher than their classmates.

In order for students to at least maintain the knowledge they gained during the last couple months before summer vacation, the forgetting curve suggests that they continue to review the material frequently for the first couple weeks of summer vacation and then less frequently further into the vacation.

Tutoring companies can encourage students to continue receiving tutoring during the summer by sharing the information mentioned above with parents. Most parents can quickly recognize the value of maintaining the knowledge their children have already gained and giving them a head start for the new school year. Companies can also tailor their summer schedules to match the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve with more frequent tutoring sessions at the start of the summer followed by less frequent tutoring sessions later in the summer.

Many families have irregular schedules during the summer and will be gone for vacation at various times. It's important to be flexible with your students' summer tutoring while maintaining the appropriate frequency and spacing of tutoring sessions to maintain your student's knowledge.
Christie Van Arragon is a tutor and education enthusiast that enjoys writing about interesting topics related to tutoring and education. If you are a tutor or own a tutoring company Christie invites you to evaluate this tutoring center software for your tutoring company.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How Many Ways Can You Arrange a Deck of Cards? - Yannay Khaikin



One deck. Fifty-two cards. How many arrangements? Let's put it this way: Any time you pick up a well shuffled deck, you are almost certainly holding an arrangement of cards that has never before existed and might not exist again. Yannay Khaikin explains how factorials allow us to pinpoint the exact (very large) number of permutations in a standard deck of cards.

Lesson by Yannay Khaikin, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Benefits of Summer Tutoring

Many K-12 students work with tutors throughout the school year. Summer tutoring, on the other hand, is less common. I am about to explain how hiring a summer tutor can make a big difference for a lot of students.

Today, it is not uncommon for students to be enrolled in summer school. Students enroll in summer school either to retake failed courses, or to simply get ahead. Unlike regular school, summer school goes at a very fast pace. Typically, summer school classes last about a month and cover the equivalent of four months of regular school material. Students do not have as much time to master the material as they do during the school year. This is particularly stressful for students who were already struggling with the course during the school year. A summer tutor can help the student master the material quicker and improve her chances of succeeding during summer school.

Students that do not attend summer school may also want to take advantage of the summertime to either fill gaps from the prior semester or to get ahead. Students typically have far more free time during the summer that they can use as a stress-free learning opportunity. A private can help the student achieve this goal.

There are summer tutors who work with students from all grade levels and all ages. Summer tutoring programs are also available for home-schooled students. Parents can often purchase or lease textbooks for the upcoming school year and provide them to a tutor so that the tutor can better prepare the student for the upcoming school year.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring. Plus Plus Tutoring offers one-on-one private summer tutoring services. Plus Plus Tutoring offers personal K-12 subject tutoring, and test prep services. Plus Plus Tutoring serves the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Plus Plus Tutoring also serves the Washington, DC area.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why Is Ketchup So Hard To Pour? - George Zaidan



Ever go to pour ketchup on your fries...and nothing comes out? Or the opposite happens, and your plate is suddenly swimming in a sea of red? George Zaidan describes the physics behind this frustrating phenomenon, explaining how ketchup and other non-Newtonian fluids can suddenly transition from solid to liquid and back again.

Lesson by George Zaidan, animation by TOGETHER.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Summer Camp at The Academy of 21st Century Learning

 

Welcome to Summer Camp at The Academy of 21st Century Learning!

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!

Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning. Please take some time to read through our Summer Schedule, make your choices, and return the registration form with payment. Many of our classes fill up quickly!

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

I look forward to seeing you and your children this summer!

Barbara Dwyer, Founder


Download our Summer Catalog and call 
The Academy of 21st Century Learning at 
707-474-4710 to enroll or with any questions.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Nature's Smallest Factory: The Calvin cycle - Cathy Symington



A hearty bowl of cereal gives you the energy to start your day, but how exactly did that energy make its way into your bowl? It all begins with photosynthesis, the process that converts the air we breathe into energizing glucose. Cathy Symington details the highly efficient second phase of photosynthesis -- called the Calvin cycle -- which converts carbon dioxide into sugar with some clever mix-and-match math.

Lesson by Cathy Symington, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

School Tutors Can Give Your Child The Upper Hand

Having some difficulties understanding what is being taught in the classroom is nothing new, it happens to every student at some point in time. One of the best ways to meet this problem head on and tackle it is through the use of school tutors. Whether your child gets the help of a private tutor or a peer tutoring group, or gets the tutoring at home or at a tutoring center, the benefits to your child are unmistakable. Your child will be able to learn tips and tricks that really work, be able to learn without the pressure of the classroom, be able to get help with his homework, and learn the satisfaction that comes from success.

School tutors have experience in the subject that your child is having his difficulties with and may have even had the same problems when they went through the material. This puts them in a unique position to point out any tips, tricks, or short cuts that they picked up on and can pass on to your child to make his journey through the material easier. An experienced guide who has already made the journey is an excellent resource to lean upon especially when struggling with a new subject.

The pressure of trying to perform in the classroom can be unbearable for some students. These same students may be able to perform much closer to their capabilities when they are away from the classroom and in a one on one setting with a school tutor. Their anxiety levels will be lower allowing them an easier time of understanding the information that is presented to them.

Homework is the bane of existence for most students. They do not like it, do not understand why it is a necessary part of the educational system, and are many times afraid to ask questions if they do know how to properly complete the assignment. Homework is a part of learning that many students ignore and this leads to them falling behind. School tutors can provide the much needed assistance in understanding the homework assignment and in completing it.

While struggling to understand the lessons and keep up with their classmates many students can lose their confidence which just makes the struggles that they are having even worse. A school tutor can divide the material up into smaller pieces for your child and allow them to consume it at their own pace and succeed at completing the assignment. Success breeds more success and students get to learn the satisfaction that can only come from being successful at something after you have worked hard for it.

By providing your child with school tutors your child will be able to learn tips and tricks that really work, be able to learn without the pressure of the classroom, be able to get help with his homework, and learn the satisfaction that comes from success. Success is just around the corner and school tutors can give your child the upper hand in reaching it.

Anton Lebedev has school tutors available in many locations in the United States.
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