Key & News June 2017

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What is the Eye Level Math Olympiad?

Eye Level Math Olympiad is an annual, global math contest that began in 2004. Eye Level members and non-Eye Level members from around the world participate each year. The test is held each November, and the number of participants continues to grow.


Objective and Scientific Questions
Eye Level Math Olympiad is a test designed to challenge students’ math skills in a variety of areas including problem solving, reasoning, communication, and critical thinking.

The global test inspires students to strive towards higher goals in their Eye Level studies. The Math Olympiad is available to all students—one does not need to be enrolled at an Eye Level to participate—and aims to promote and motivate students of all skill levels from around the world. 


Prizes and Awards *USA and Canada Only
Gold - $300 (8 winners) 
Silver - $200 (8 winners) 
Bronze - $100 (8 winners) 


How to Register and Eligibility

  • Eligibility: 2nd - 9th grade
  • Registration must be completed online at myeyelevel.com
  • Registration Dates: August 1st - October 15th
  • Registration Fee: $20 for members and $30 for non-members



Date and Test Locations 

  • Test Date: November 4th, 2017
  • The test will be held in different locations around the U.S.A.
  • A detailed list of venues will be updated on myeyelevel.com in coming weeks.



Practice Math Olympiad
Eye Level Learning Centers can hold a practice Math Olympiad at their centers. Be sure to encourage students to attend and prepare for the global event! The recommended timeframe for the Practice Math Olympiad is early October. 

Franchisees can also let registered Math Olympiad participants take the practice test home to help prepare. A detailed list of venues will be released soon at myeyelevel.com.

Students within Levels A and B are at a critical stage in terms of building their foundational skills. Within Level A, they are learning how to write all uppercase and lowercase letters. Moving forward, they transition into Level B, where they will learn all letter sounds. If students have not mastered writing the letters as well as their corresponding sounds, they will have a difficult time of blending letters together and developing consistent fluency in reading words and sentences. 

Based on the student’s DT and progress, it may be essential to review Level A materials before proceeding into Level B. The levels should not be utilized side by side. There is a strategic reason that R&D developed the process of writing and recognizing letters as a separate and prior level to learning the sounds of the letters. If a student places into Level B but needs a small amount of reinforcement on letter writing, supplemental tools such as the letter writing sheets form Level A can be used. A student can also be given select booklets from Level A as review prior to starting Level B. However, a student should not start Level B and be given Level A concurrently.

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The audio component is an essential part of the learning process. Utilizing the audio for Levels A and B can be a valuable asset to both the student and the instructor. Once students have been introduced to the audio within the first or second week, they are able to pick up and adapt quickly to the usage. They have the ability to use it at home and in the center. Providing a parent with a quick access information sheet could help with students being more self-directed at home while they are working on their Eye Level homework. It is essential to make sure a tablet or computer is set up prior to the student’s session for easy access during class. Once set up, the functionality of the audio is a simplistic process and students are fully capable of utilizing it independently. 

Audio can also be utilized with Reading Booklets and young learners. Students that are not able to read directions can use the audio during the duration of class to listen to the directions of the target pages while working independently. This can help with instant support as well as classroom management. Lower level students have been using the audio for both Reading Booklets as well as the Alphabet Readers. It gives these students a break during the class session and reinforces the letters being learned in both Levels A and B.
 

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Level 12 Booklet 24 – Coach Pages 3 and 4

Analyze two given conditions to determine which objects three people prefer. 

Goal: Student will learn how to organize, interpret, and analyze data to develop an experiential foundation for later study of probability.
 

  • Ask students to read the directions carefully.
  • Use the given statements and check the appropriate sections on the table.
  • Cross off the option that does not fit for each person based on the given statements to eliminate the number of available choices. For example, when the grapes are chosen by Charlie, then we should cross off this box for Joanne and Grey.
  • Some students may have a hard time understanding the terms “neither” or “either.”
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Level 12 Booklet 24 – Coach Pages 9, 10 and 11

Find all possible scores when shooting 3 or 4 arrows. 
 

  • Make sure students understand the given condition: since all 3 arrows hit the target, one does not have to consider combinations that include arrows missing the target.
  • Start by assuming all arrows hit at the same place.
  • Then change one arrow’s placement, and then another arrow’s placement.
  • In the example below, if two arrows hit on 7, then one would hit on 4 as there are a total of three arrows.
  • When necessary, let students write the scores on the side of the table as a remark for calculation.
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Most parents are not happy to receive a starting point in the program that is lower than their child’s school grade. This is understandable. Parents want their kids to catch up to school as soon as possible. Because of this, however, Eye Level Center Directors often feel it necessary to give in to the parent and start the student higher than the diagnostic test indicates.

It is important to help the customer realize that starting closer to school grade will not help the student master the material better, or catch up with school topics more quickly. 

But why is that? It is due to the fact that concepts continually build upon each other in English and math. It is hard for a student to study current or higher grade level material without enough practice and mastery of the previous topics. Without a solid understanding and ability to work with whole numbers, how can a student be expected to master and excel with parts of a whole (fractions or decimals)? If a student has yet to master the concept of nouns, how can they be expected to master the possessive case of nouns or effectively understand adjectives, which describe nouns?

Many parents feel that because their child has seen the concepts before, they are ready to move on. However, it is important to recognize the difference between being exposed to a concept and mastering a concept. This can partly be accredited to the large gap between knowledge and application. Once a student has sufficient knowledge of a concept, they must practice and hone the skill to apply it and retain it. 

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If a student does not master the early levels, they will struggle, slow down, and get discouraged in the later levels. The appropriate starting point at Eye Level is designed to allow students to begin with confidence and keep a steady pace, even as students progress into advanced topics. The starting point is one of the most crucial components of the Eye Level program; it plays the biggest part in determining whether a student will ultimately be successful in their studies. After all, the philosophy behind the Eye Level program is understanding and instructing from the student’s perspective.

A swimming analogy can be a useful way to clarify the point to parents. A child cannot learn to swim by only understanding the theory and method. To be able to swim, the child must spend a lot of time in the pool practicing. No amount of studying will let a child step into the pool for the first time and perform the breaststroke, backstroke, and so on with mastery. It is the application and the practice that will prepare them. 

An appropriate starting point allows students to: 

  • Work at their own pace
  • Achieve goals and increase motivation
  • Become comfortable and confident in math and English
  • Receive minimum amounts of repetition
  • Become self-directed learners and problem solvers

Now is the time to decide if we would help our students become strong swimmers or leave them paddling and running in the shallow end of the pool. While both may know how to swim, one will surely find more success and continue moving forward. 
 

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“Together, We Build” 

The 2017 Eye Level Franchisee Conference will be held July 21st ~ 23rd, 2017 in downtown Chicago. The theme of the conference is “Together, We Build.” This event has been prepared with the intention of expressing our gratitude for our hard-working franchisees. We hope this event can be a chance to communicate and enjoy ourselves!

The details of this gathering are as follows:
Date: July 21, 2017 (Friday) beginning at 6 p.m. ~ July 23, 2017 (Sunday) until 1 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

Major Agenda

Education Session: 

1. 21st-Century Marketing Trend: Designing Your Web Blueprint
Gone are the days where consumers consult local newspapers for information. The 21st-century consumer is online, perusing the internet for information about anything and everything. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of having an up-to-date web presence, 21st-century marketing essentials, different strategies that can aid in increasing enrollment and retention, as well as the importance of maintaining and managing your online profiles. 

2. A Greater Learning Experience – Math & English Resources
There is an abundance of resources available on the ORL. Are you aware of the different items that benefit center and class operation that are available to you? These resources are designed specifically to expand the skills of your students during center time. We will also look at how Eye Level Math Online can be utilized to increase each student’s learning experience. In this session, we will discuss these resources along with how and when to use them. 

Keynote Session:

1. Keynote Speaker - Seth Andrew
Seth Andrew founded Democracy Prep Charter School in 2006. The school serves New York City students in the most economically disadvantaged communities. As a result of Mr. Andrew’s vision and leadership, the New York City Department of Education rated Democracy Prep New York City’s #1 middle school in 2010. Mr. Andrew is a well-known author and speaker on K-12 education. He will speak about his personal journey, the need for supplemental education in the U.S., and the current state of U.S. educational policies. 

2. The Best Center Director of Noonnopi Learning Center in Korea
The Noonnopi Learning Centers in Korea handle thousands of students each month. We have invited the top Noonnopi Center Director to share her experiences. She will discuss the practices and methods that have brought her success and have led so many parents to trust her and her center with their children year after year. 

3. Top-Performing Eye Level Learning Center Directors in U.S
Top-performing Center Directors from the U.S. will share their best practices on growing and building a center. To maintain one of the largest centers in the country, one must market the center intelligently and diligently. We will listen to the Directors’ strategies for center marketing and local business relations. 

          4 Forum Session: Let’s Build Together
         Daekyo America would like to build the future together with our franchisees. In this forum, we invite our regional representatives to join a panel. Together, we will discuss how we can             provide high-quality customer service to increase customer satisfaction and retention. We will consider how to maximize the effectiveness of our classrooms for each student through             the utilization of the SDL desks and layout. 

         Registration Fee:

  • Early Registration: Mar 10th ~ Apr 9th, $100 per guest
  • Regular Registration: Apr 10th ~ May 31st, $200 per guest
  • Late Registration: June 1st ~ June 30th, $300 per guest

         City Tour:

        We will be organizing a city tour of Chicago on July 21st. The tour will be a fun way to see highlights of the city. The cost of the tour will be $20 per person. You can purchase this tour              option at the time of registration. If participation is low, the tour may be canceled. In this case, you will be refunded your $20. 

      Subsidy:
     Daekyo America will provide a travel subsidy. All subsidies are per ‘1st guest only.’ Guests must be in attendance at the conference to be eligible for the subsidy, which will be credited           after the event.

    Hotel Lodging:
    Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
   We will provide a private link to reserve the hotel with this rate. 

  • $100 except Illinois
  • $50 Illinois (We will reimburse parking fee up to $25 per day)
  • 1 and 2 occupancy: $179.00
  • 3 occupancy: $204.00
  • 4 occupancy: $229.00
  • To register for this memorable Franchisee Conference, please click this link TODAY to reserve your seat(s). Reserve a Seat
  • Use this link to reserve your accommodations: https://aws.passkey.com/go/DAEKYOAMERICA