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Apr
17

Does Project-Based Learning Increase Student Learning?
What Does Research Say?

The purpose of PBL is to develop what cognitive scientists call “usable knowledge. This means knowledge that is not just recalled when needed for a test or an in class response but rather, knowledge that once learned, can be used in daily life and in solving problems the individual encounters in the real world. This [...]
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Mar
25

Using Six Successful Scaffolding Strategies

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes — no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding — just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing […]

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Mar
11

Engage Your Child’s Learning Through Reading Strategies

One positive way to keep your child's attention focused on learning is to help in making the process fun. Using physical motion in studying, connecting dry facts to interesting trivia, or inventing silly songs that make details easier to remember can help your child enjoy learning and even reduce the symptoms of disengagement with learning. [...]
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Mar
05

What Factors Help Students with Attention Deficits?

Let’s look now at some of the important factors that help students with attention deficits find success in the classroom. Working with students with attention deficits can be challenging for both student and teacher unless the teacher understands the critical factors that students need to be successful in school. Some important teacher factors include: Teacher […]

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Dec
04

Making Kids Successful Adults Through Play

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer One often overlooked aspect of a child’s development is the teaching of life skills. In contrast to most lessons that focus on academic excellence such as math and science, life skills are, according to UNICEF, the skills that a person needs in order to successfully navigate everyday life. These skills are usually, in addition […]

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Nov
27

Creating Student Innovators In Our Schools

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation’s economic future – the capacity for innovation. Here are few questions to consider as you reflect on the status of our current educational systems and how they need to […]

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Nov
05

Building Student Persistence and Perseverance in Math

Do our young people really need math? The standard answer is “Of course, look at our changing technological world.” But the secret, seldom-spoken response is, “That’s exactly why I don’t need it. Machines can do it all for me. And besides, I’ll never be an engineer.” So students opt out, sitting in classrooms going through […]

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Oct
03

Focused Learning Units School Beta-Test

Is your school/district interested in participating? Building off the success of the Comprehensive Professional Learning Courses, Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) has developed a meaningful method for delivering focused professional learning that is personalized to the needs of each individual teacher. The Focused Learning Units incorporate the same Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) evolutionary reflective learning […]

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Oct
01

Cutting Through The Noise: How To Help Kids Focus

Brand new data has confirmed what many teachers already know: kids who spend more than 2 hours per day looking at screens (and that’s currently nearly 2 out of 3 American children) perform worse on memory, language and thinking tests than their peers.  Too many children arrive in school over-stimulated from screens, full of sugar, lacking a good […]

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Sep
24

Empowering Elementary School Children Against Bullying

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer Image by Andrik Langfield American politician and former labor lawyer Linda Sanchez, was quoted as saying: “For too long, our society has shrugged off bullying by labeling it a ‘rite of passage’ and by asking students to simply ‘get over it.‘ Those attitudes need to change. Every day, students are bullied into […]

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