How Technology Helps a Student

Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Mar 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Technology is important to me as a student because….

1. Technology helps me get my work done.  Electronics, such as computers, help me type my reports and essays online. The internet also provides helpful sites with facts on the topic I am researching.

2. Instead of saving my work on a hard drive or thumb drive, I now use GoogleDocs.  GoogleDocs is an online site where you can store all of your files (writing, photos, etc).  The cool part is that you can access your files anywhere! Once they are uploaded to GoogleDocs, it doesn’t matter what computer you are on because you can pull up GoogleDocs anywhere.

3. Technology is an amazing creation. Even if you have art homework such as designing a logo, you can use the program Photoshop.if If you are good with photo-manipulation programs, this makes homework for art a piece of cake for you! There are so many programs out in the store today that make using technology so important for productivity.

Technology can be used for almost anything.  Look where the old fashioned phone has progressed to with cell phone usage. Soon everything will be done with the touch of a button or the download of an “app”. I cannot wait to see where the future of technology will take us.  It just keeps getting better and better everyday!

By N.P. (student)



Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Jan 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

An essay by a Leola Student

There are many ways to show respect. I can show respect by caring for others, respecting the law, and by being polite.

The first way to be respectful is to be nice and polite.  You can be nice and polite by saying “please” and “thank you”. You can also be nice and polite by smiling at all times. You can also help your teachers! You can do these things and they will help you be polite and nice.

The second way of being respectful is showing that I care.  You can show you care by picking up a book for someone if they drop it. Holding the door for someone when they come can also show that you care.  Saying nice things to someone also shows you care. Showing that I care is part of being respectful.

The last way to show respect is by respecting the laws.  You can respect the laws by recycling paper and plastic.  You can also respect the law by not skateboarding on school property. People can also respect the law by not hitting and not bullying. Follow the rules to be respectful.

Being nice and polite, showing you care, and respecting the laws are ways to be respectful. Respect is amazing. I will always respect people and things.

By I.R. , grade 5 student


Mix it Up at Lunch Day

Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Oct 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Just what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.

Students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 18 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. Some schools choose to host a unique activity to get the students involved with their community as is shown in this poster by the Canyons School District.

It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.


“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” (Samuel Taylore Coleridge)


Welcome back to school!

Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Sep 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Looking forward to a great year!

  • “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond
  • “The important thing is never to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
  • “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” – Mortimer Adler
  • “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb
  • “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mohandas Gandhi

    Thanks to everyone for a great first week. We had a wonderful opening day assembly with our “beach theme”.  Students were happy to be back and enjoyed the fun of the first day (music, singing, videos, and getting to know each other).  Thank you to PTO for the treats provided on student desks.  Overall thanks to the entire Leola family (teachers, parents, students and friends) for your patience with all of the logistical and organizational tasks that are a part of the first week of school!


    Summer is Here!

    Posted by rick_jones on Jun 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

    The summer season will soon be in full swing! After only a few short days, what are the most dreaded words that you’ll hear?  “I’m bored!”  No one has to be bored during the summer.  The following four websites provide an amazing amount of ideas and activities for a fun-filled summer.

    The Family Education website provides academic activities in Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Arts, Activities, and Fun on the Road.

    The Activities for Kids website provides 15 minute, kid friendly daily activities for you and your child to explore during the summer months. There are 3 calendars (June, July, and August) with a daily link to an activity.

    The KidSource Online website provides many ideas for academic activities that are not internet based. Activities are grouped by Grades K-3, 4 -5, and 6-8.

    Finally, the Dollar Stretcher website offers 200+ ideas for summertime (or anytime) fun. It is a simple list of ideas that children of any age can do.

    May you never hear the words, “I’m bored”, this summer!


    Unraveling the Homework Myth

    Posted by rick_jones on Apr 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

    One of the most discussed issues at dinner tables across America is homework, and if you ask a student who does not like it, then they will call it “The Homework Myth.”

    The Homework Myth refers to the idea that homework does not produce a noticeable increase in a student’s academic success. It is suggested that many teachers give hours of work a night and that it is not beneficial to students because they either cannot do it, choose not to do it, copy someone else’s paper, or spend all night doing it just to forget it the next day.

    We believe there are some legitimate concerns with a single teacher giving several hours of work a night; these teachers are definitely in the minority, but as an educator, when assigned correctly there are some incredibly helpful benefits to homework.

    Here are some reasons why “The Homework Myth” is exactly that, a myth.

    First of all, homework allows students the chance to practice what they have learned during the school day. A teacher should never give work that does not cover material already taught and practiced in class. If this model is followed, then doing assignments at home builds upon the foundation of instruction and improves the skills.

    If you tell a basketball player that they will be successful in a basketball game by only putting in practice time during school, then you are setting them up to fail. Every athlete knows that the player who works the most is the one who improves the most. When a player stops practicing, it is not long before they forget their skills or the other players pass them in abilities. This is the same when it comes to academic work. If a student is not willing to practice the skills, then they will eventually forget them. Practice makes perfect and is a great way to make sure that your students understand the materials being taught in class.

    As educators, we have a big problem with the argument that when we give homework it is useless because students will cheat or just not do it. Our responsibility as teachers is to do everything that we know how to do in order to give students the tools they need to succeed. Within limit, homework is critical to this process.

    In a colleague’s tenth grade English class, he assigned homework once to twice a week. We realize that this is a very small amount of work compared to many people, but it set a standard for the students. They knew that when they had an assignment, it was to be taken seriously. The teacher would often hear the comments like, “I just copied it from someone else” or “I didn’t do it” and his response most of the time was, “How is that working out for you?”

    This may seem like a strange question, but it an empowering one, and will help close the gap between the over-achieving students and the less than motivated ones. When students realize that the only one’s they are hurting by not doing their work is themselves, then they are better equipped to make a choice. They will not always choose correctly, but you have empowered them to choose their own destiny.

    We agree that it is absurd to expect students to do extravagant amounts of work each night, especially when many of them have jobs and other extra-curricular activities. We are not debating that, but there is a responsibility that comes from making a choice to do an assignment at home to make oneself more knowledgeable or confident about a subject. There is an invaluable lesson learned from it.

    The Homework Myth – that it is of no use to students is only true when the homework is not being approached correctly.


    Common Core Standards

    Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Mar 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

    Recently in education the State of Pennsylvania, along with many other states across the US, are looking to implement Common Core  Standards (www.corestandards.org).   The standards would define the rigorous skills and knowledge that need to be effectively taught and learned for kids to succeed in college and the workforce.

    The standards are created to be:

    –          Fewer , clearer and of higher caliber

    –          Aligned with college and work expectations

    –          Envelops higher order thinking skills for the 21st century

    –          Internationally benchmarked for the global economy

    –          Research and evidence based

    The standards will also provide guidance for schools to design curricula and instructional materials that will help to build the high level cognitive demands – reasoning, justification, synthesis, analysis and problem-solving.

    The greatest thing about Common Core Standards is the global/international reach , the consistency and rigor they provide!



    Posted by Colleen Pavlovec on Nov 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

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