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by Ron Kurtus

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General Wants material to for students South Africa
General Motivating children to like mathematics Kenya
Resources Suggested resource Ireland
Resources Suggested resources for teachers USA
General Educational resources USA
Student Survey Web address for student survey USA
Student Survey Wants to use results in dissertation USA
General Looking for science curriculum for young children USA
General Link to educational website UK
Teaching Hyperactive Need help for nephew is who is hyperactive India

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Wants material to for students

Topic: General


December 6, 2014

kindly send me material study for maths and scince to teach young generation after school programs.

kind regards

jacob - South Africa



Your teachers and students can access the Algebra and Science lessons to help them learn. I am sorry, but we do not have material to send besides what is on the website.

Best wishes for success in teaching the young generation students.

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Motivating children to like mathematics

Topic: General


October 31, 2014

How can children be motivated to like mathematics?

joseph - Kenya



Some children seem to naturally like mathematics, while others don't. It is good to get them all to see the value of learning math and to be able to use the subject.

Some teachers use numbers games and puzzles to get the students interested and familiar with parts of mathematics. Another strategy is to use real world examples where math is used. Learning how to deal with money is a good motivator that can also help in other areas of life.

Questions such as how much change would a person have after buying something can get the student to be interested and perhaps motivated to learn more. At the more advanced levels, learning how to calculate interest is useful.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in successfully teaching your students.

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Suggested resource

Topic: Resources


September 29, 2014

Hi Ron,

My name is Anton McCarthy and I am working with to help them announce the launch of their new website. The URL of the site is

I am hoping you will consider including/linking to the site on your Education Resources page

I have included a brief overview of the site below.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Overview CoolKidFacts - fun facts for kids on Planets, Animals, Geography, History, Science and more!

Anton - Ireland



I added your website to Education Resources and Good Grades Resources.

Best wishes with your website.

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Suggested resources for teachers

Topic: Resources


August 25, 2014


I’m writing to introduce, a new volunteer-based startup that conducts free research for educators. We put retired teachers and librarians (like me) back into meaningful engagement with other educators.

Would you be open to sharing our Request a Resource page with your education visitors ( Maybe on this page: ? And by the way… thank you for the resources there… we added some to our collection, including the free education resource sites - always such a great type of resource to find!

I’m passing along some resources below that are in the same fun, educational vein as the others we viewed on that page. Please add them too if you think they’d be a good fit for educators:

Fun Facts & Trivia for Kids

Fun Car Facts: Simple Machines in Automobiles

Free K-12 Lesson Plans

Calculators for Kids: Teach Children Math with These Free Calculation Tools

ReadWriteThink Lesson Plans

Discovery Education | Classroom Resources

A Kid's Guide to Forest Fires

KidZone: Worksheets for Children

And, here is the link to our growing resource bank. We hope you’ll find this useful as well! :)
Fun Educational Lesson Plans, Activities and Printables

Let me know if you decide to post these - I will share the good news with the rest of the team!

Thank you for your time!

Rebecca - USA



Thanks for the extensive list of resources. They have been added to the Education Resources page. I am sure they will help our teachers.

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Educational resources

Topic: General


August 5, 2014

Hi! I started a project at the beginning of summer, which I’ve had a ton of fun with over the last few months. My interns and I have been compiling fun, hands-on lessons to entertain and educate students in summer school (and, hopefully, beyond).

Now nearing the end of the project, we have several to share, in hopes you’ll share them with others on your site. I also wondered whether you had any others you could recommend (other than those you’ve listed here: If not, no problem!

Here is the list so far - I hope you enjoy them as much as we have and that you’ll share them with your other visitors. I’d love to be able to tell my team of interns that you’ve added some (or all!) of these links to your site - it would be such a treat to know their work was appreciated!

Math Activities for Kids[1]=19647&gclid=CKGPkLqe0bwCFYRQ7Aod90AAwQ

Financial Literacy and Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans

Crunch the Numbers: Do More Math, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

ZoomSci: Science and Engineering Projects for Kids

The Kids' Guide to Simple Machines in Cars

Wildlife and Nature Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators

Forest Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids

Kids Know It Network

An Intro to Logistics for Kids

Astronomy for Kids

K-8 Space Education Resources

Thank you in advance for your time and for sharing these resources on your site, if you find they are a good fit!

Have a great day!

Kelly Campbell :: Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
EducatorLabs | 2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

P.S. Please let me know in an email response if your inbox is overloaded! If that’s the case, I will make a note not to contact you in the future.

Kelly - USA



It is great that you and your interns had a good time compiling the resources.

Thanks for the list of resources. I added them to Education Resources.

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Web address for student survey

Topic: Student Survey


July 30, 2014

While reading website pages, I saw your survey saying 17 of 33 students said "yes" to the question: "Is arithmetic difficult for you?"j. I need a website address so I can include those results in a paper soon to be published.

Second subject: I downloaded "Gravity & Gravitation", am still reading but like what I'm seeing so far...except for two issues: Phraseology in technical descriptions that misinform people and an opening statement saying how you "hate mistakes in book", yet have clearly publish this without good editorial assistance. If you are interested we may have mutual interests that would benefit by establishing a working relationship. Thank you, DCS

Don - USA



The web address for Student Survey Results in the Education section is at:

Those results were taken from the Arithmetic section on page:

Since the material is in a database, only the whole list is available.

I hope that helps.

As far as the Gravity book goes, I'm glad you like the material but am concerned about phraseology issues. It was edited but apparently not well enough. I am planning on coming out with a second edition in the near future to smooth out any rough edges. I will also get better editing.

If you see an explanation that is confusing, please let me know about it.

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Wants to use results in dissertation

Topic: Student Survey


July 16, 2014

Hello, I am currently working on developing a survey for students with learning difficulties. I am doing this as part of my dissertation in Speech-Language Pathology. I am asking your permission to use modified versions of some of your questions for my research. Also did you assess the survey itself?

Thank You,

Brian - USA



Feel free to use modified versions of our questions in your dissertation. I would appreciate it if you would cite the source.

I really haven't done a scientific analysis of the results.

Best wishes for success in your dissertation.

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Looking for science curriculum for young children

Topic: General


June 26, 2014

I am looking for curriculum to use with our Hot Wheels Club. I work with Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders in a small rural town. I want to introduce them to physics using the toy cars, ramps, tunnels, curves, etc. Any suggestions?




You might look at the lessons in Physics for Kids. Also check their Car Friction animation.

Also, Physics4Kids may give you some ideas.

Best wishes with your class.

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Link to educational website

Topic: General


June 24, 2014


I’m contacting you from FutureLearn; a new provider of free online courses from top UK and international universities.

We’re now enrolling for our new 4 week course – Basic Science: Understanding Numbers – from The Open University, which we thought you might like to share with the School For Champions' community.

The course looks at how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans.. You can find more information here:

We already have over 350,000 learners from 100 countries around the world, with exceptional feedback and satisfaction rates.

Would this be of interest to the School For Champions' community? If so, please feel free to share and let us know if you do so we can retweet/share it too! And if you’d like to discuss working together, please feel free to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Kate - UK



Your courses look very useful to teachers and students. I added a general link to your site from Education Resources.

However, it would be very useful if you would have your listings organized by subject matter. Then I could add links in the Science, Math, History, etc. sections.

Best wishes with your enterprise.

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Need help for nephew is who is hyperactive

Topic: Teaching Hyperactive


June 5, 2014

One of my nephew is hyperactive. He is six years old. He will not sit and listen in the class. Always he will be walking. Till now it was managed till LKG. Now , no school is ready to take admission for him for first standard. Teachers will complain he will disturb the class and they cant handle him. I can understand their problem also. Please suggest us, is there any perticular schools or institutes for this kind of students ? Please suggest us, what can we do ASAP.

Thank you,

Gurudath - India



See Special Schools for AHDH in India for a listing.

Check Schools in Chennai accepting ADHD children for some information.

Also see Normal School for my Son who has symptoms of ADHD to see what other parents in India are doing.

I hope that will help your nephew.

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