We are getting everyone back on track who may have missed some work over the holidays. For those who diligently completed all their assignments, congratulations and you should be proud of yourselves. I know who you are! Thanks to parents, too.
Active Learning

Active Learning is a broad-based label which embraces a host of mediums of instruction where the onus of learning is transferred to the student. The concept was propounded in the 1980s since when it has more than vindicated its principles.

As the name implies, active learning is all about lively student participation, by which process a topic is better understood, better assimilated and becomes embedded in the student's mind. Many strategies are employed in active learning, but the common factor is vigorous student engagement where the instructor assumes a relatively unobtrusive guidance/advisory role. Active learning envisages a thorough understanding of a subject by teaching, followed by reading, writing, discussing and problem-solving. Only then will a student have complete understanding and a firm grasp of the subject matter. Active learning is an advanced form of education that seeks to develop and hone a student's skills in learning, thinking and writing.

Effects of Technology on Education

While advances in technology, including the internet, have been a boon and have made unprecedented strides in improving our lives, one cannot deny they have also adversely impacted educational values. Such technological strides have made life so easy as to rob people, especially younger generations, of the ability to think and reason for themselves. To cite one example, filling in online forms in a subjective manner has become so customary that many Americans - and indeed people of other nationalities - have lost the ability to write. While they are able to converse correctly they lack the ability to consign their thoughts to paper in a cogent and organized manner. Similarly total reliance on the calculator and computers has impinged on even basic mathematical skills. TV has consigned reading habits to a dusty page in history.
About Pinecone Learning

Pinecone Learning is an educational center in San Jose, Ca., which embodies the finest principles of active learning. Its mission is to inculcate in children a firm grounding in the traditional basics – reading, writing and arithmetic. The center offers tutoring services in the core subjects of Math, Reading and Comprehension under the expert tutelage of Ms. Vivian Hobbs and her team of skilled assistants. She falls back on her own personal experience of running a well known supplemental education franchise in addressing areas for improvement. Pinecone Learning adopts an incremental approach in its teaching techniques to ensure a child has a firm grasp of a topic before proceeding to the next.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at Currently it offers some special discounts, details of which can be got by calling 408.270.4548.

About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

What's the Toughest Level?

In Math, out of all the levels from Counting to Algebra, the single most difficult booklet for everyone who has taken it is Vertical Subtraction Booklet 4! Triple-digit subtraction causes difficulties because students forget whether they should borrow or not. It is especially challenging in Pinecone, where students do not show their borrow and cancel marks. This booklet requires lots of repetition - for everyone. But, this mastery will save you later in Long Division!

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Happy Belated Jan Birthdays To:

- Matthew Morton, Jan. 18, 2003
- Adrian Phuong, Jan. 30, 2002
- Brayden Preeshl, Jan. 24, 2006
- Kristine Tran, Jan. 12, 2001
- Nicolas Yousif, Jan. 6, 2001

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