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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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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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Jan
04

A Guide To Prepare Your Teenager For College Life

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer An estimated 20.4 million students started their first year in American colleges and university for the 2017-2018 school year. Next year, it is likely that there will be more teenagers entering college, and if your child is one of them, then you may have already begun the preparations for the big day. Preparing your […]

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Dec
18

Teaching Our Children the Values of Budgeting

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer We can all develop bad habits one way or another, but teaching our children financial literacy early on can help them prepare for when they haven’t got us to rely on when they’re older.  In the same way, as we develop effective study habits over time, we also need to learn help children […]

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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.

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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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Feb
13

Supporting Learner Differences in the Classroom

Within any given classroom at any particular grade level, a teacher will understand that their students come from diverse backgrounds and will have unique, personal and individual differences. Subsequently, each and every student may learn new knowledge differently and this naturally, will affect how they perform in the classroom. Understanding learner differences can be an […]

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