Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress. We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome. Children have to pass a certain... Read more
Are you traveling with young children this holiday weekend? If so, here are some easy reading and math games that will keep your children entertained, while reinforcing skills.
An adult says four words, three t... Read more
I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Young readers enjoy stories more when they can relate to characters, settings, or actions of the plot. Teachers call this a "self-to-text" connection. Children envision it as being "part" of the story.
Making a "self-to-tex... Read more
This week we are excited to have a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching students how to study effectively. Their aim is to show ... Read more
Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more
Are you facing the decision of whether your young child should repeat their school grade?
The goal of repeating a grade is to give a student extra time to grow, mature, and master grade level skills that were missed the first... Read more
I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
I asked my First Graders to write a story about "why their Mom was special to them." We talked about writing "from your heart." I told them how their words could be better than a "million dollar gift," and a keepsake that th... Read more
For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more