reluctant learners

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
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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May
15

Addressing Attention Deficits in the Classroom

The classroom environment can be a challenging place for a child with an attention deficit. The very tasks these students find the most difficult—sitting still, listening quietly, concentrating—are the ones they are required to do all day long. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that most of these children want to be able to learn […]

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Apr
12

Meeting the Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

As a teacher, understanding the common characteristics of ASD might help you work with students who may be on the spectrum. Remember that each person is unique and displays a different combination of strengths, weaknesses, behaviors, interests, talents, and skills that they bring to the classroom. Breaking down tasks into understandable components and providing motivational […]

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Mar
07

The Amazing Ways Dogs Can Boost Learning And Development in The Classroom

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer It has long been said that dogs are man’s best friend, but did you know they could be a child’s, too? In recent years, dogs have increasingly been used to aid learning and development in children with considerable success. It is estimated that 10 million children face difficulties when it comes to learning […]

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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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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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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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Mar
22

Developing Effective Student Study Habits

The study habits that children develop at an early age will influence how they learn throughout their school years. Elementary school teachers and parents play an important role in helping children establish the best approaches to learning.

By Jennifer McGregor | Blog
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