Sunday, May 27, 2007

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Home School, Public School, Private School Science Education

Our education should be exciting and prepare us for becoming global citizens. What do you think about this statement? Do you agree or disagree? Why do you feel as you do?

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(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

A Synthesis of New Research on K–12 Online Learning

A Synthesis of New Research on K–12 Online Learning (November 2005)
Rosina Smith, Ph.D., Alberta Online Consortium, Tom Clark, Ph.D.,TA Consulting and Robert L. Blomeyer, Ph.D., Learning Point Associates. Source: Accessed May 27, 2007.

Here's an interesting article to read, "Online learning is an emerging but rapidly growing phenomenon in K–12 education. Although practitioners believe that online education is effective in reaching and serving a wide range of students, little empirical research has been performed to determine its effectiveness in elementary and secondary settings. Questions remain about the educational needs best addressed through online learning as well as its impact on school improvement and learner outcomes. Programs of research informed by early lessons learned are needed to inform the future development of online learning. "

What do you think?

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(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

Night Flowers

What does light and dark have to do with flowering? Think about that. You can also watch these videos on night-blooming flowers. Is there an advantage to blooming at night? Submit your comments.

To play the first video, click the arrow in the center of the box below:

To play the next video, click the link:

Here is more information on the genus Epiphyllum

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Are you interested in on-line schooling for your child?

Do you want to keep your gifted child challenged, catch up a child whose reading level is grade three when the child is in high school, or just enhance and supplement your child's learning? Do you want to give parent/guardian's homework when, "school assigns none [hah!]"

Please e-mail your contact information, including state and your child's grade level and whatever you want us to know about your situation. Just collecting information for now...

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Note that: is a site with more research information on on-line schooling.
(c)2007 J. S. Shipman

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ready for your standardized tests?

Think of these tests like a new video game. Look for the challenges. What do you remember from other games? Do you remember what others have said about your previous game levels? Each test is a new "game level," Think of these tests as fun and you won't be nervous, or at least, not as nervous as you could be. And remember...practice improves your, "game." You can do well...and you will do well. I am confident of that.

Want more practice? Try again....20 minutes a day!!!

(c)2007 J. S, Shipman

Where's Irondequoit, you ask?

Just outside Rochester, NY...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The H.O.T. Skills Wheel

I created a H.O.T. Skills Wheel(TM) for use by students by modifying one that the Irondequoit teachers created for their own use in lesson planning. Using the H.O.T. Skills Wheel helped students be more aware of their conitive processes. Interested, leave your e-mail in the comment and I'll get you more information, time permitting.

What do you think?
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(c)2007 J S Shipman

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bank Fees and School Math

Reading the article by putting the above link into your search engine, might give you the courage to overcome math phobia. It could boost motivation to learn about percent and interest and addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It could make you want to use your math skills in other classes, like science, but not only science, not only classes, but using math for connections to real life. ...Might be worth doing math homework every night!

(c)2007)J S Shipman

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

H.O.T. Skills

Higher order thinking skills are under development in young minds! What does that mean? In Elementary school, some children already have higher order thinking skills. Parents and teachers help them to develop more. By high school, students should be capable of developing their own higher order thinking, as should adults. We all need to think to solve problems, make decisions, create things, analyze data and perform the tasks our various roles require.

Some students make it all the way through high school without developing their H.O.T. skills, however. These students are readily identified because they think the teacher is not teaching if he or she doesn't tell them what to think...what the answer is. This teacher, though, is the true teacher. The one who shows students how to use their own brains. The one who says, "You can do it."

Coming soon: Ways to develop your child, or your own, H.O.T. skills.
(c)2007 J. S. Shipman
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Your Role in Closing the Achievement Gap

At those schools where I've worked where there is no achievement gap, parents know that there is homework even when students say, "There is none," or "It's done already."
Parentally assigned reading, writing, math or science assignments will help close the gap. No school homework? Okay, here's Mommy (or Daddy or Guardian) homework: Do 30 math problems on this page.

Watch how quickly your child does start doing assignments the teachers give. Then, watch the achievement gap close.

(c)2007 js shipman

Friday, May 4, 2007

Circadian Rhythms affect Living Things

Circadian rhythms are patterns repeating about a day apart. The word, circadian, means about a day. We may be more familiar with monthly or lunar cycles, because women have menstrual cycles monthly (and men, too, have monthly flux in their hormones). But circadian rhythms are quite common: Examples. You can do a lab where you check pulse, breathing rate, body temperature and eye-hand coordination and see some of your own cycles. (Post a comment if you need details.) Plants also have circadian rhythms:
  1. Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology. Vol. 52: 139-162 (Volume publication date June 2001) (doi:10.1146/annurev.arplant.52.1.139)
    CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IN PLANTS by C Robertson McClung .

Math overlaps with science. Here is a Math model for circadian rhythms