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"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin   I have always been told that to teach, you must be a student yourself! Intelligence is not enough when facilitating learning. The operative word being "facilitate" which means...I am not the only one talking and my student is involved; an exchange takes place between me and the one(s) being taught and a learning environment is created for all.   To prepare to teach or facilitate a learning session, requires preparation. My preparation includes making available to myself great resources (online or from my bookshelf) that have valuable and relevant content conducive for learning . One of my web sources is Lynda.com (gives me a library of over 1,800 video tutorials to learn software, business, and enhance my creative skills). Since I use Microsoft Office, I will sign into Microsoft Office 365 online for resources. Other online resources include... read more

The internet is full of useful information, but sometimes it can feel daunting trying to sift through all the websites. Teachers do create their own materials, but often get resources from others or just need some creative inspiration. Why recreate the wheel? Below are a few useful websites that I like to use. I will continue to add to the list as I come across more. Enjoy!   1) Common Core State Standards Literacy eHandbook (K-5th): http://mhschool.com/lead_21/lead_21.html 2) Mac App Store-Education: https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/mac-education/id12003?mt=12 3) American Literature: http://americanliterature.com 4) Making Learning Fun (Early Childhood): http://www.makinglearningfun.com/index.html 5) Printable calendars, lessons, etc...: http://www.freeprintable.com/ 6) Preschool & Kindergarten Readiness: http://www.schoolsparks.com/ 7) K12 Reading: http://www.k12reader.com/ 8) Fact Monster-Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus:... read more

After several months of carrying some pretty heavy textbooks around with me, I recently decided to switch to a Kindle Fire and start using electronic textbooks. Although there are times when a good old-fashioned book really cannot be replaced, I'm very pleased with the weight of my tutoring bag now, and my students seem to be enjoying the switch as well.   I'm able to download textbooks for free in some cases ("Boundless" publishing), and I also have several different dictionaries and other reference books a tap away! Any other books I might find helpful for my students? Just a few clicks away. This also frees up my paper textbooks to loan to my students in-between sessions. Using a Kindle gives me the added benefit of being able to load educational applications to use for practice and reinforcement. Since we are in the 'computer testing' age, this also gives my students some extra practice in preparing for computerized exams. I'm sure you'll notice... read more

I am a University of Utah mathematics major and I love the word FREE. (cheap is good too) I don't have a lot of money so any Free resources to help me study are worth it to me. Since I know a lot about mathematics that is what I will be posting here.   The key to Mathematics is Learning, Practicing, Learning, Practicing, and sometimes it goes in the opposite order: Practicing, Learning, Practicing, Learning. But either way a good resource to me has a bit of both: they teach you how and why you do something and they make you do it as well. A really good resource will teach you how and why, make you try it, and then will show you why you got it wrong and what you should have done, and then make you do more problems of the same type. So then, without further ado, here are the resources:   Paul's online notes (type it in google it will be one of the first to pop up) http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/   his notes are free, come with worked out problems,... read more

http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/fc-options.php?deck=ic3-1-1   This is a very useful online flashcard website. If you click on "Chinese flashcards", you'll find flashcards of other levels of this series as well as other textbooks. It's helpful if you're learning the characters, since they only have characters in the practice mode and character-English or character-pinyin in the match mode.

http://www.chineseetymology.org/   This is a very fun website if you're interested in the characters. Try to look up simple words such as tian1. You will have an idea what ancient Chinese understood the sky to be and see the evolution of the character.

http://www.langlab.wayne.edu/new-fltc/html-files/chinese_audio%203rd%20edition.htm   Wayne State University has posted the audio of both the textbook and workbook on this website. You can find the workbook audio if you scroll down.   I like these recordings because they're so short and slow. You can download them on your phone and listen to the pinyin pronunciation and dialogues again and again. Learning the dialogues is like learning a new song. Before you know it, you've already known the music by heart!

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