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Building Vocabulary and Fluency

Building Vocabulary and Fluency

January 15, 2020 | Curriculum Student Achievement Students

Listen   Part Three of our Four-Part Series: Helping Students Improve Their Reading at Any Age  Vocabulary Building vocabulary is one of the most commonly understood and utilized strategies in teaching, so we won’t spend an excessive amount of time one it. Everyone knows it’s important and many teachers have...

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Using Informal Checklists to Monitor Student Progress

Using Informal Checklists to Monitor Student Progress

January 14, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Early Childhood educators are probably most likely to already be employing this strategy. They are responsible for teaching every standard in every subject to every child. They are then responsible for assessing whether that child shows progress, masters the concept, or does not show enough progress to move on...

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Silent Children -How to Teach Students with Selective Mutism

Silent Children -How to Teach Students with Selective Mutism

January 10, 2020 | Performance Student Achievement Students

Listen   What is Selective Mutism? Selective Mutism is an anxiety-related disorder, according to the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition). Students with this disorder are only able to speak in “select” situations and environments where they are extremely comfortable and to “select” individuals. Selective...

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Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

January 09, 2020 | Curriculum Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen   Part Two of our Four-Part Series: Helping Students Improve Their Reading at Any Age  *A Note on Numbers We say there are “44ish” phonemes. The number varies due to differences in dialect or the way we speak. Some people count the harder, whispered /th/ sound in “thorn” and...

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Helping Students Improve Their Reading at Any Age 

Helping Students Improve Their Reading at Any Age 

December 12, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

Listen Read Part 1 of a 4-Part Series Reading is a fundamental skill for any age. If you read well, you can access and understand information on any subject, which can expand your opportunities for learning.  Nevertheless, fewer of our students are reading well. In fact, 65% of our students...

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Working With Students in Foster Care

Working With Students in Foster Care

December 11, 2019 | Bullying Performance Stress Student Achievement

Listen Read Students in the foster care system in the United States may be one of the most misunderstood groups we educate. Educators new to working with fosters may many misconceptions about who foster kids are. Although there are regulations in some states that prohibit you from knowing which of...

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Helping Parents Navigate the World of Education

Helping Parents Navigate the World of Education

December 09, 2019 | Parents School Safety Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Read Finish this statement: “The kids aren’t the problem. It’s the ______.” Did you say either adults or parents? Then you are not alone! Many teachers say the same.  After years in the public school setting, one of our writers transitioned from teaching to being a stay-at-home parent, though,...

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7 Tips For Helping Families in Crisis

7 Tips For Helping Families in Crisis

December 05, 2019 | Mental Health Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Read Everyone experiences a crisis at some point. No one is immune. Whether the person involved in crisis is a student, a staff member, or an administrator, the community is affected and may need to respond swiftly to provide meaningful intervention.  Here are a few crises that may affect...

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Using the Strengths of Students With ADD and ADHD

Using the Strengths of Students With ADD and ADHD

November 27, 2019 | Performance Student Achievement Students

Listen Read We talk a lot about the problems associated with things like ADD and ADHD, but there are advantages that accompany any difference our students may face. Sometimes it’s hard to look beyond the challenges, but finding a way to focus on a student’s strengths will help them to...

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The Aftermath Of Growing Up As A Gifted Child

The Aftermath Of Growing Up As A Gifted Child

November 22, 2019 | Performance Stress Student Achievement Students

Listen Read Ever heard someone say, “Oh, yeah, I used to be gifted, but I’m not anymore”?  Gifted and talented is not a social club that you try out for or even a class for kids who like to study and make good grades. When done correctly, the goal of...

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What Does It Mean to Label Someone GT?

What Does It Mean to Label Someone GT?

November 19, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

Listen Read A Brief History on Gifted and Talented Education and Its Evolving Perceptions Should I put my kid in GT? Many advocates for gifted and talented education frequently find themselves having to justify to a parent why they should allow their child to be in their school’s gifted and...

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Whose ARD Is This, Anyway?

Whose ARD Is This, Anyway?

November 05, 2019 | Administrators Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Read 10 Tips for Making Sure the Secondary Student Is the Focus of the ARD Imagine being an adolescent who struggles in school, walking into a stuffy room and sitting at a table with 8 adults while they all talk about you as though you weren’t even present.  This...

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