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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 117 comments and questions on Education issues. They are listed according to date.

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Suggested resources Resources USA
 
Why were Clinton years not good for honesty? Bennett Teaching Virtues Congo
 
Wants to project pictures for class General USA
 
Wants to project pictures for class - 2 General USA
 
Suggested resource Resources USA
 
Discuss sociology of education Process Tanzania
 
Suggested Education resources Resources USA
 
How many people took this survey? Student Survey USA
 
Why is Philosophy of Education important? Philosophies Zimbabwe
 
Suggested resource General USA
 
Wants material to for students General South Africa
 
Motivating children to like mathematics General Kenya
 
Suggested resource Resources Ireland
 
Suggested resources for teachers Resources USA
 
Educational resources General USA
 

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Resources

Suggested resources

March 24, 2017

Question

Hi,

I'm Natalie from ForeverCurious. We are a group of educators and libraries who find and create lesson plans and other resources for others. I'm writing to say "thank you" for the enlightening resources you've shared! If you have any ideas for content you'd like to see, please let me know.

I don't know if you've come across these pages, but here are some cool articles I've come across that you might find useful.

Thanks for all you do.

Best,

natalie - USA (27955)

Answer

Thanks for the resources. I added them to the Education Resources page.

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Bennett Teaching Virtues

Why were Clinton years not good for honesty?

March 9, 2017

Question

Why does William Bennett say that the Clinton years were not good years for impressing the virtue of honesty on our kids ?

Lucy - Congo (27934)

Answer

Although former President Clinton showed dishonesty during the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, I don't think that Mr. Clinton or people in his administration were basically dishonest.

Mr. Bennett's view of the Clinton years is somewhat biased by his political views, since he is a Conservative Republican and Clinton is a Democrat.

I hope that helps in your understanding. Best wishes for success in your studies.

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General

Wants to project pictures for class

July 27, 2016

Question

I read stories to children and I do not have enough pictures. Can I find other pictures scan them and flash these pictures on the wall? Please name the equipment I will need. Thanks

Reedia Mae - USA (27174)

Answer

Walmart has a multimedia projector for about $65. You can project scanned pictures, and connect the projector to your computer or use a thumb drive.

I hope that helps. Best wishes with your class.

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General

Wants to project pictures for class - 2

July 27, 2016

Question

Can I turn pictures into a film and use a projector to flash pictures on to a wall? When reading a story to children I look for extra pictures. This is my second idea to you. Please answer as soon as possible. Thanks

Reedia Mae - USA (27175)

Answer

You can use a digital camera or even your smart phone to take photographs of pictures in books or such. You can then connect to your projector or use a thumb drive to input the pictures.

I hope that helps. Best wishes with your class.

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Resources

Suggested resource

July 23, 2016

Question

Suggest a site

(http://www.school-for-champions.com/education/resources.htm#General_education)

TITLE: Good Calculators

URL: http://goodcalculators.com/

DESCRIPTION: This website provides a variety of online calculators, some math, engineering and conversion calculators.

Andrew - USA (27164)

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Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link at Education Resources.

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Process

Discuss sociology of education

May 16, 2016

Question

question.
Discuss some research things in the sociology of education

mary - Tanzania (27010)

Answer

You can see Education Resources for a good list. However, there isn't much on the sociology of education.

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Resources

Suggested Education resources

November 19, 2015

Question

Hello fellow educator!

Can’t believe I’m saying this already, but Happy Holidays! (Where has the time gone?!)

I’ve been a cheerleader for math (and, really, education as a whole) for as long as I can remember (in fact - that’s ultimately why I started my own site: http://www.mathcamps.org/!). Over the last several years, I’ve tutored 100s of students to make math more attainable and fun.

Teaching becomes increasingly difficult during the holiday season when thoughts of sugar-plums are dancing in our students’ heads! :) That’s why I decided to put together a list of resources to help educators keep a classroom full of excited children focused and (hopefully!) ensure that learning still happens during this somewhat chaotic time! :)

Please enjoy! And feel free to share with others (on your site: http://www.school-for-champions.com/algebra/resources.htm, and any other medium you prefer)!

I hope these resources ease this somewhat chaotic time for learning!

Keep Calm and Teach On!

Stacy - USA (26545)

Answer

Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to the Education Resources page.

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Student Survey

How many people took this survey?

October 21, 2015

Question

How many people took this survey?

Olivia - USA (26463)

Answer

Students and teachers answer questions at random. It is not a formal survey.

From the summary of the Education Survey, it looks like about 700 answered a specific question.

Most students entered their opinions in the Good Grades Survey.

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Philosophies

Why is Philosophy of Education important?

May 4, 2015

Question

Why is Philosophy of education important to a school teacher? Give examples

Nothando - Zimbabwe (25973)

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There are different views on how to best educate students. It is good for a teacher to know the different techniques and philosophies to be able to apply which is most effective in the opinion of the teacher. But also, school systems select a philosophy to follow, and the teach usually must follow that route.

An example of different philosophies concerns teaching arithmetic. The common way is to have the children memorize the addition and multiplication tables. However, a new philosophy is to teach them more closely related to doing Algebra. This is called "new math" and has created much controversy.

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General

Suggested resource

March 23, 2015

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My name is Erik Seidenberg and I am an Assistant Director for Summer Study Programs. Summer Study has been running pre-college programs for 25 years and our Penn State program is one of the largest and most successful in the country. We also offer opportunities at The Sorbonne in Paris, Colorado State University, and Fordham University. We offer a great mix of college credit and enrichment courses as well as fun and exciting summer opportunities for teens.
I wanted to reach out to you and inquire about placing a link to our site on your website so we may offer these opportunities to young adults. We believe that taking our classes in the summer not only prepares students for the rigors of college, but puts them in a great position to be accepted in to the college of their dreams. Please let me know if this would be a possibility and if you have some time please check out our website at summerstudy.com. Thank you so much for your time and consideration

Erik - USA (25849)

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Thanks for the suggested reference. I added your site to Getting Good Grades Resources under College Preparation

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General

Wants material to for students

December 6, 2014

Question

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

kind regards

jacob - South Africa (25615)

Answer

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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General

Motivating children to like mathematics

October 31, 2014

Question

How can children be motivated to like mathematics?

joseph - Kenya (25492)

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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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Resources

Suggested resource

September 29, 2014

Question

Hi Ron,

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

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 (25409)

Answer

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

Best wishes with your website.

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Resources

Suggested resources for teachers

August 25, 2014

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Hi!

I’m writing to introduce EducatorLabs.org, 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 (http://educatorlabs.org/request-a-resource/)? Maybe on this page:http://www.school-for-champions.com/arithmetic/resources.htm ? 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
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/jokes/trivia.htm

Fun Car Facts: Simple Machines in Automobiles
https://www.kanetix.ca/simple-machines-in-cars

Free K-12 Lesson Plans
https://uclass.org/

Calculators for Kids: Teach Children Math with These Free Calculation Tools
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/calculators-for-kids.php

ReadWriteThink Lesson Plans
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/

Discovery Education | Classroom Resources
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

A Kid's Guide to Forest Fires
http://www.treeremoval.com/kids-guide-to-forest-fires/

KidZone: Worksheets for Children
http://www.kidzone.ws/

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
http://educatorlabs.org/resources/listing-category/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 (25320)

Answer

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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General

Educational resources

August 5, 2014

Question

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: http://www.school-for-champions.com/education/resources.htm)? 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
http://www.graphite.org/reviews?subjects[1]=19647&gclid=CKGPkLqe0bwCFYRQ7Aod90AAwQ

Financial Literacy and Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/finance-lesson-plans.php

Crunch the Numbers: Do More Math, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/unitplan.jsp?id=277

ZoomSci: Science and Engineering Projects for Kids
http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/

The Kids' Guide to Simple Machines in Cars
https://www.kanetix.ca/simple-machines-in-cars

Wildlife and Nature Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators
http://www.nwf.org/what-we-do/kids-and-nature/educators.aspx

Forest Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids
http://www.treeremoval.com/kids-guide-to-forest-fires/

Kids Know It Network
http://www.kidsknowit.com/

An Intro to Logistics for Kids
http://www.camcode.com/asset-tags/logistics-guide-for-kids/

Astronomy for Kids
http://www.planetsforkids.org/

K-8 Space Education Resources
http://www.e-aircraftsupply.com/space-education/

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

Kelly Campbell
EducatorLabs.org :: 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 (25247)

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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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