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Dec
12

Helping the Struggling Reader Succeed in the Upper Grades

Many people think that reading comes naturally and easily to all people, however, while the brain is hard-wired for speaking, it is not designed for reading. Instead, the brain must be taught to read and during this process, many things can go wrong. Many children, including very bright ones, can have problems learning to read. […]

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Dec
05

Engage Students In Expanding Their Thinking

Almost everyone agrees that schools should be places in which students learn to think. National, state, and district standards documents invariably stress the importance of having students interpret and synthesize information, draw inferences and conclusions, think analytically, and employ other higher order thinking skills. But how do you teach these skills? How do you help […]

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Nov
28

5 Reasons Why Students Benefit From A Problem-Centered Math Classroom

Teaching mathematics with a problem-centered approach may cause some teachers to step outside of their own comfort zone, the benefits that students receive from learning in this environment are well worth the discomfort that may be felt. Take a look at the 5 benefits of a problem-centered math classroom followed by a classroom video segment below.

By Jennifer McGregor | Blog
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Nov
16

Increasing Deep Student Engagement and Motivation

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level more than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, […]

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Oct
31

10 Classroom Strategies to Dramatically Improve Student Achievement

 1.    Establish a climate of mutual respect. Have students develop and agree on a set of guidelines for acceptable classroom behavior, based on the idea of mutual respect and everyone’s right to learn. Enforce these guidelines strictly and consistently and students will rise to your expectations. (Suggested Course – Classroom Management Keeping it Positive) 2.    Set high […]

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Oct
03

Engaging Students Through Relevant Context

When we think about engaging students through the use of rigorous lesson an aspect that we must attend to is the context in which students are learning. What we mean here by context is the setting, situation, or role that students engage with and/or take on when learning and applying new understandings.  This is often […]

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Sep
14

How to Select the Perfect Cloud Storage Solution for Students

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer As a hard working teacher, it is vital that your students have access to all their work. Imagine your students spending weeks on an end of term essay and then having their computer break down? They may have backed it up on an external hard drive or USB sticks, but these can […]

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Aug
31

4 Hacks to Teach Your Kids Good Study Techniques

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer Children learn very quickly at a young age, largely because they have a more malleable prefrontal cortex. Studies conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine have proven that children even use different parts of their brains to adults, allowing them to process new information more quickly. The more a child uses a part of […]

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Jun
14

Parent Engagement vs. Parent Involvement In Our Schools

Without parents, schools would not exist. Parents send their children to school for a variety of reasons, and all parents want what is best for their children. They want their children to learn and to thrive, to grow and develop, to become independent and productive people in society. It is clear, though, that parents of school-age […]

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Jun
06

Professional Development: Making a Difference for Diverse Students

The English Language Learner (ELL) Challenge When Tracy Landon enters her first-grade classroom at the start of the fall school year, she will be in for a challenge. Out of her twenty-two students, only twelve will be native English speakers. The other ten will be non-English speakers who are in a U.S. school for the […]

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